Many Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus users have heard at least once about this Download Mode. Most of them don’t really know what it is and how to tackle it, which is why testing this mode could prove disastrous for your device. It’s not that it is difficult to access it but rather that some of the changes you can operate in there might as well brick the phone or void your warranty.
To prepare you for such situations, we’ve put together this guide that will shed some light on the topic. Here is what we think you really need to know about it:
- The Download Mode is a sub-menu that all Samsung Galaxy devices feature;
- Tech-savvy users access it for a wide range of actions such as:
- Installing a custom recovery;
- Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S8 device;
- Manually installing Android updates through the ODIN app etc.
- In theory, neither the simple access to the Download mode nor the actions you can take in there will void the warranty, with some exceptions like flashing a ROM, a root package, or other custom files – actions that Samsung doesn’t really recommend;
- In addition, a simple wrong step or inappropriate command can lead to bricking the device, which is why it is recommended that you use it with caution, provided you’re not very experienced with all those options;
- The process of entering the Download Mode is rather simple, though not available on all the devices from the market;
- If you’ve been trying to do so without success, it could be that your Samsung Galaxy S8 version doesn’t support this kind of action;
- For now, make sure that you have at least 50% battery (it is an essential criterion!) and try to follow the steps presented below.
To access the Download Mode on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus:
- Check your battery level and charge the phone if necessary;
- Completely turn off the device;
- Simultaneously press and hold the Volume Down and the Power keys;
- Hold these keys until the device displays the Samsung Boot Screen and officially enters the Maintenance Boot Mode;
- Once within the Maintenance Boot Mode, release the buttons;
- You will easily notice that the touch screen isn’t working and the Volume Up and Down keys are the only options you have at hand to surf through the menus;
- Use these buttons to select particular menus and enter the menus or initiate the actions with a simple tap on the Power button.
Feel free to explore this mode and do whatever you wanted to do in the first place. To return to the normal running mode, you can simply press and hold the Power button for approximately 10 seconds or just use the option labeled as “Reboot”.
More experienced users who already rooted the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone and even have a custom recovery tool installed on it – CWM, TWRP or anything else – can also access the Download Mode with a third-party app.
If you insist on trying this option, we recommend you use the ROM Manager, an intuitive app available here, on the Play Store. With its help, you should be able to flash the recovery to the latest version of ClockworkMod recovery, install ROMs right from the microSD card, experience with backups and restores within the Android system and many other cool things.
That’s all for now, hopefully, you know what to expect from the Download Mode and make the best of it on your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus device.