When you’re new to this whole Android experience or when you’ve just bought yourself a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, any new message that you don’t understand can scare you. The same goes for when you see this message on the display – “Downloading… Do not turn off the target!”.
You may not know what just happened and what that “target” is, whether it is something important or you can afford to ignore it, and, ultimately, you don’t know how to go about it. All that will change, after you get to hear our simple instructions from below.
This warning to not turn off the target shows up when the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is in the download mode, not the normal running more or any other mode that a Note 8 can support.
More often than not, the message is triggered by the installation of a new Android software version. If you have initiated this process of updating the OS using a USB cable, you might get this Downloading warning.
Consequently, you can make the notification go away by simply connecting the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to the computer via USB. You do have the alternative of turning the device off from the power button. Whatever works for you, it’s ok to use, just consider if you want to pursue with the software update or not!