With Download Mode, it’s possible to download future updates and flash previous version of your Galaxy S8 software. Using the Download Mode on your Galaxy S8 will not void your warranty, but if you use it to flash a custom ROM, your warranty will be voided. The Download Mode can still be used to manually install official updates though and this will not void your warranty.
We’ll explain how you can enter the Download Mode on your Samsung Galaxy S8 below. It’s fairly straightforward, but if you don’t follow the steps below, you won’t be able to find Download Mode. If after following the steps below, you fail to connect to Download Mode, chances are your Samsung Galaxy S8 version does not have Download Mode available. Unfortunately, not all variants of the Galaxy S8 have access to Download Mode.
Make sure you’re careful about what you’re doing before using Download Mode. This feature is designed for advanced users so you must make sure you’re following a step by step guide carefully and understand what you’re doing. Following steps incorrectly on the Download Mode screen could cause software issues with your device. You should also make sure that your Samsung Galaxy S8 has at least 50% battery before you try to perform anything from within Download Mode.
How to Enter Download Mode on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus:
- To begin with, turn off your Samsung Galaxy S8
- Once your Galaxy S8 is switched off, hold down the volume down and power button together.
- Keep holding down these two buttons until the Galaxy S8 display shows the Maintenance Boot Mode screen
- Once the Maintenance Boot Mode screen appears, you can let go of the buttons
- You’ll now have access to a number of Maintenance Boot Mode features
- To navigate through this menu, you’ll need to use the volume up and volume down buttons to move up and down. The power button can be used to select options within the menu
- Select the reboot option when you’d like to go back to the standard Galaxy S8 software
- You can also exit Download Mode by holding down the power button for 10 seconds. If you find your device frozen in Download Mode, this can often be a good fix.
If you have a custom recovery such as TWRP or CWM installed, you’ll be able to download apps from the Google Play Store, such as ROM Manager, to access download mode without rebooting your device. It’s a much easier option than booting into Download Mode each time you need to use it.
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