How to Boot Samsung Device to Download Mode

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boot samsung download mode

In this guide, we will show you various methods through which you can boot your Samsung device to the Download Mode. Samsung devices tend to perform quite decent in custom development, especially when it comes to its flagship S series. However, it could have been way much better has it not been for the plethora of roadblocks that have been put in place by them.

From the inability of North American users to unlock the bootloader [due to missing OEM Unlock] to the changes in its flashing mode and numerous fastboot commands, it might be a tough domain to enter, especially for newcomers. For instance, most of the flashing that you carry out in other Android devices is usually done in the Fastboot Mode, but that isn’t the case here. Likewise, unlocking the bootloader or even rooting the device doesn’t follow the generic approach here.

Instead of patching the stock boot/init_boot, herein you’ll have to patch the AP file and instead of flashing it via Fastboot, you’ll have to use the third-party Odin Tool. Talking about flashing, there’s a major difference between Samsung and non-Samsung devices as the former has a standalone dedicated mode for flashing, which is completely different from the usual Fastboot Mode. So let’s have a look at this mode after which we will list out various methods to boot your device to this mode. Follow along.

What is Download Mode in Samsung?

Similar to the Fastboot Mode in other Android devices, Download Mode is Samsung’s own flashing mode wherein you can flash all the different types of files. Whether it’s flashing patched AP for root or the entire firmware [AP, BL, CP, and CSC], all of these files are flashed in this mode. As a result of which, if your device ever ends up in a bootloop or bricked state, then you could easily bring it back to life by flashing the stock firmware in this mode.

Likewise, you could also flash a custom recovery like TWRP in this mode. Moreover, flashing in this Download Mode isn’t carried out by executing commands in the CMD window inside the platform-tools folder, instead, you’ll have to take the help of the Odin Tool. With that said, do note that Samsung devices do have a Fastboot Mode as well and you could access it via the adb reboot bootloader command, but the stock firmware files cannot be flashed in that mode.

How to Boot any Samsung Device to Download Mode

There exist quite a few ways of getting this job done, and we have listed the one that comes with the maximum success rate [works across numerous Samsung devices] at the top, followed by the one that has a relatively lower rate. With that said, you could try out each of the below-listed methods and then see which one works out in your favor. So on that note, let’s get started.

  1. Plug one end of the USB to your PC but do not plug the other end to your device.
  2. Now power off your device.
  3. Then press and hold the Volume Up+ Volume Down keys together.
  4. While holding both these keys, connect your device to PC via the USB cable.
  5. The device will now boot to the Warning screen.
  6. Press the Volume Up key once and the device will boot to Download Mode.samsung warning

Samsung Devices with Home, Power, and Volume Keys

Older Samsung Note and Galaxy devices that came with all three buttons, namely: Home, Power, and Volume Keys can be booted to Download Mode as follows:

  1. Power off your device.
  2. Then press and hold the Home + Volume Down + Power keys for a few seconds.
  3. Now release all these keys and then press the Volume Up key to continue booting to Download Mode.

Samsung Devices with Power and Volume Keys (no Home Button)

If your Samsung device doesn’t have a dedicated Home button, then here’s how you can boot it to the Download Mode

  1. To begin with, turn off your device.
  2. Then press and hold the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power button for a few seconds.
    samsung download mode

Samsung Devices with Power, Bixby, and Volume Keys

If your device has a dedicated Bixby key, then follow the below steps to boot your device to Download Mode:

  1. First and foremost, power off your phone.
  2. Then press and hold the Volume Down + Bixby + Power key for a few seconds.
  3. You will now be instructed to press the Volume Up button,
  4. Do so and your Samsung device will be booted to Download Mode.

Samsung Devices with Volume and Power-cum-Bixby Keys

If your Samsung has a single key that acts as both the Power as well as the Bixby key (new Galaxy and Note series devices), then here’s how you can boot your device to Download Mode:

  1. Power off your device.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up and the Power keys for a few seconds.
  3. The device should now be booted to the Recovery Mode.
    samsung download mode
  4. Use the Volume keys to select the Reboot to Bootloader option and hit the Power key to confirm this decision.
  5. Your device will now be booted to Download Mode.

How to Boot Samsung to Download Mode via ADB Commands

You also have the option to boot your Samsung device to Download mode via ADB Commands. The benefit of this method is that you don’t have to fiddle with the hardware key combinations and more importantly, it is universally applicable across all Samsung devices.

On the flip side, some tag the requirement of a PC as a drawback of this method but that isn’t necessarily the case as you would anyhow require the PC even if you boot to Download Mode without using one [because how else are you going to flash files!]. So on that note, here’s how you could get this job done:

  1. First off, head over to Settings > About Phone > Software Information.
  2. Then tap on Build Number 7 times. This will enable Developer Options.
  3. Now go to Settings > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging toggle.samsung usb debugging
  4. Then download and extract the Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC.
  5. Once that is done, now connect your device to the PC using a USB cable.
  6. Then type in CMD in the platform-tools folder address bar and hit Enter.
  7. This will launch Command Prompt. Type the below command in the CMD:
    adb devices
  8. Make sure that you are getting a serial ID. If not, then fix this issue right away.
  9. Finally, type in the following command to boot your device to Download Mode:
    adb reboot download

    boot samsung download mode adb command

That’s it. These were the various methods to boot your Samsung device to Download Mode. if you have any queries with regard to any of the steps mentioned here, do let us know in the comments section. We will help you out at the earliest.

Is Download Mode Same as Fastboot Mode

This question has been asked countless times over the past decade or so [no, we aren’t exaggerating the fact], so it’s time we address it right away- No, the Download Mode is not the same as Fastboot Mode. Both of them are completely different and the files that you flash in the Download Mode cannot be flashed in the Fastboot Mode and vice versa.

Right from unlocking the bootloader to rooting the device or even flashing firmware, all of these tasks could only be carried out in the Download Mode and not via Fastboot Commands on your Samsung device. if we talk in technical terms, then the differences between the two modes can be put forward as follows [Credit: XDA Senior Member Alex240188]

Fastboot is the main method of flashing, you send the files to the phone with fastboot, then the bootloader will write them to the relevantly specified partition.

Download mode allows you to connect via lgtool (the equivalent of Odin) as in you dump the files into an app. Then the app writes them to offsets in the nand.

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