Galaxy Note 4: How to Boot into Recovery Mode

Android System Recovery

Recovery Mode for the Galaxy Note 4 is something that you might need access to in order to wipe the cache partition, perform a factory reset and a handful of other useful tasks. So today I’m going to show you how to boot up your Galaxy Note 4 into Recovery Mode.


All Android devices come with a stock version of Recovery for the device. This will let you do things like a factory reset, wiping the cache partition and even executing ADB and Fastboot commands. I almost always install a custom recovery on my devices when they are available since it gives you more control. You can still wipe the cache partition and do a factory reset with a custom recovery. You’re just given more features like flashing custom ROMs, formatting individual partitions, perform full backups and more.


Thankfully, booting up into the stock recovery and a custom recovery involves the same steps. So let’s take a look at the steps that are involved.


Galaxy Note 4 Recovery Mode

  1. Power Down Your Galaxy Note 4
  2. Press and Hold the Power Button, Home Button and Volume Up Button at the Same Time
  3. Continue Holding These Buttons Until You See Some Blue Text at the Top
  4. When You See the “Recovery Booting….” Text, Let Go of These Buttons
  5. Wait Until it Boots into the Recovery Mode



Just like with the tutorial on booting the Galaxy Note 4 into Download Mode, the first thing you need to do is to power down the smartphone. Once the device is completely powered off, you will then need to press and hold the Power button, Home button and Volume Up buttons at the same time. You will need to continue holding these buttons until you see the standard Samsung logo. However, if you did everything correctly, you will also see some colored text at the very top left of the screen.


This colored text says “Recovery Booting” and once you see this, you can let go of those three buttons. Next you should see a little green Android robot appear on the screen and facing the left. After you see the little green Android laying on its back(with the text “No Command”), you should then be taken to the standard menu for Recovery Mode. This whole intro sequence(after you let go of those three buttons) will most likely be different if you already have a custom recovery installed. From here, you can navigate through the menu with the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons and you can select a menu item by pressing the Power button.


When you are ready to reboot, simply select the “Reboot System Now” menu option or you can probably press and hold the Power button to reboot as well. Both ways will boot you back up into the standard Android operating system. Just don’t pull the battery, or reboot with the Power button, while you are in the middle of a task(like restoring, wiping cache, applying an update, etc).


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  • Brad c

    After reboot, it says applying system update then says no command . Is this normal?

    • Marcus Aurelius

      yes mine is the same – still boots into recovery

  • Ziad

    Thank you.