How to Boot Samsung Devices into Download and Recovery Mode

If you are into unlocking the bootloader or rooting your phone then, surely you might have heard and used the term Download mode or Recovery mode. These menus are very important to perform and execute various actions on your devices. This includes sideloading apps, ROMs, unbricking your phone, etc. Though Samsung had a pretty simple way of entering the download or recovery mode previously because, after the launch of the Galaxy Note 10 series, Samsung has eventually decided to let go of the Bixby button.

And with the removal of the Bixby button, entering the download and recovery mode can be a bit new if you haven’t already tried entering into any of the modes. And if you are also looking for ways to enter the download or recovery mode on your new Samsung phones then, you are at the right place as in this post, we will guide you on how to boot Samsung devices into Download and recovery mode. So, that being said, let us get straight into the article itself:

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What is Download mode?

Download mode, also known as Odin mode, is a mode for SAMSUNG devices only. It is a state that allows you to flash firmware through Odin or other desktop software. The mode allows Samsung users to flash stock firmware, modem, bootloader, pit files, and sometimes the root package files or custom recovery files with the help of their PC. For this purpose, users can utilize the tool named as Odin3. Hence, this mode is also known as the Odin3 mode.

To use the download mode or flash files with the help of your PC, all you need to do is boot into the download mode, connect your Samsung device to your PC, and flash the desired file using Odin3.

How to Boot into Download Mode?

In order to enter into the download mode on your Samsung Note 10 or above phones, you need to press the button combo:

  • You need to turn off your phone first.
  • The button combo is: Hold Volume up + Volume down and plug in your PC.

And for devices prior to the Note 10 series, i.e. the comes with a dedicated Bixby button (Galaxy S-series):

  • Press and hold the Bixby + Power + Vol Down buttons.

And for Samsung devices that have the dedicated home button:

  • You need to press the Power + Volume Down + Home buttons.

However, if you wish to enter the download mode using ADB commands then you need to type adb reboot bootloader to get your Galaxy phone booted into the download mode.

What is Recovery mode?


You can enter the Recovery mode on your Samsung phone using the button combination or the ADB commands. You can perform various tasks in the recovery mode like factory resetting the phone, running a graphical test, clearing the cache partition, etc. You can also flash firmware files, take a backup of your data, and also restore your system files using the recovery mode.

How to boot into recovery mode?

  • Turn off your device
  • Turn the device on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home Button + Power Key.
  • You should see the Recovery interface now.
  • For some devices, turn off completely, now turn on your device by pressing and holding Volume Up + Power Key.

When you see the Galaxy logo, stop pressing the keys, and wait for the device to display the recovery mode.

And if you want to enter the recovery mode using the ADB commands then,

  • You need to enter the command adb reboot recovery

So, there you have it from my side in this post. Note that there are some differences between the methods of entering the download or recovery mode on your phone based on the model that you own. So, let us know in the comments if you faced any issues while entering any of the modes on your Samsung Galaxy phones. Until the next post…Cheers!


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