How to Enter Download Mode (Flash Mode) on Xperia Z1

There are a few operations that you need to learn when you first buy your Android device. I am talking about the basic operations that are usually required for applying official and helpful procedures on any Android smartphone or tablet. In that matter, during the following lines I will explain you how to easily and safely enter download mode / flash mode on your Sony Xperia Z1.

Booting your Xperia Z1 into flash mode is a must have, this operation being somehow similar with entering recovery mode or making a hard reset. Why? Well, because it can be used for fixing a bricked Android device, for removing some problems and for improving the Android experience that is featured on your Sony Xperia Z1.

Flash mode is actually the same thing with download mode. The download mode is a term which is applied when talking about Samsung branded devices. Now, the other handsets can be entered in flash mode, which of course isn’t different at all from the already mentioned download mode. But why should you learn how to enter flash mode on your Xperia Z1? Basically this mode will be required when you will be trying to apply an official Android firmware manually and not via OTA release.

Flashing an update manually is also a must have especially when you have problems with your device. In this matter you can fix various issues, bugs, lags, force close errors, freeze situations and lot more, problems that are the result of unofficial procedures like gaining root access, unlocking the bootloader, flashing a custom recovery image, updating with a custom ROM firmware, installing a custom kernel, removing bloatware and so on. So as you can see, learning how to enter and use flash mode / download mode on the Sony Xperia Z1 is not really an option for you. Of course, also for resolving the issues from above you can try to make a hard reset / factory reset, or to clear cache.

Before flashing an official Android OS by using the flash mode the best will be to backup the Xperia Z1 data because everything that you have saved on the internal storage memory will then be wiped out – the same is happening when applying a hard reset. So, take your time and complete a full and proper backup for saving stuffs like personal data, info and accounts including your contacts list, call logs, text messages, market apps, internet settings and everything else you might use or need afterwards.

Good; now it should be clear for you that this tutorial is compatible only with the Sony Xperia Z1 and with no other Android based device. You should always use compatible guides that have been tested or else you might end up in damaging your handset or in messing things up.

How to Enter Download Mode (Flash Mode) on Xperia Z1

  1. You will have to use a computer, your phone and its USB cable.
  2. On your computer you should install the Xperia Z1 drivers.
  3. Good; now turn off your phone – you can do this by pressing on the power button and choosing “power off” or by pressing the power key for about 15 seconds.
  4. Wait a few seconds and then complete the next steps.
  5. Press and hold the Xperia Z1 volume down button.
  6. While pressing the mentioned key establish a connection with your computer – just plug in the USB cord.
  7. Now your Xperia Z1 will boot in flash mode thus the device’s LED light should turn into Green.
  8. You can now install official updates; don’t unplug the USB cable while there are processes running as you can end up in bricking your Android smartphone.

Congratulations, that was all for today, which means you have successfully applied our dedicated step by step tutorial. Now you know how to easily and safely enter download mode, or flash mode on your Sony Xperia Z1. If you are still having problems with your device, or if you want to feedback us, don’t hesitate and share your thoughts with our team and with our readers by using the comments field from below; we will then try to assist you as soon as possible with further details and info.

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