The Galaxy Note concept started as an enthusiastic project that wanted to combine two different ideas: the portability of a regular smartphone and the large display of a tablet. Well, during time this ‘phablet’ idea appeared that it will eventually lose its authenticity mostly because general smartphones gained both power and dimensions. However, with the new Galaxy Note 9 Samsung is trying to refresh the ‘phablet’ concept by designing new unique features and a great Bluetooth-enabled Pen which can help you take full advantage of that large screen.
Anyway, as always, the Android OS that comes pre-loaded on your devices represents the most important aspect as everything happens through this platform. In our case, the Galaxy Note 9 promises a smooth software experience regardless the processes that will be performed. But, knowing how to keep everything updated all the time will be the only way in which you will be able to ensure a fully stable and secured Android experience during time. And, in that respect we should now discuss about the download mode and the methods in which this special mode can be entered on your new handset.
Download mode is the environment especially created for update types of operations. The mode will put your Galaxy Note 9 into a special state during which the Android OS can be updated, downgraded or further modified. Therefore, if you really want to use your smartphone without experiencing software-related problems you must learn how to enter and use the download mode.
This environment is pre-installed on your handset. So, it is installed by Samsung and can be used without assuming any risks. Entering it can be done without using third party apps or other risky tools and without performing additional changes within the stock Android UI – no, root access is not required. However, download mode is hidden by default on your Note 9 because this mode can run only separately from the Android mode. Shortly, download mode cannot run at the same time with the regular Android system – in download mode your apps and processes are disabled and your phone will load only certain files from the ROM memory.
And, as already outlined, you must enter and use the download mode when you will want to manually install a new firmware package on your smartphone. It can be a new update, or a previous built of the stock Android system; it won’t matter: if you want to manually set up a certain Android system on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 you first have to access the download mode. In download mode your smartphone can be recognized by Odin, the flashing program that’s developed by Samsung and which must be used during manual update operations.
So, you can enter your Note 9 into download mode anytime that’s required regardless of the state in which your smartphone is found – it can run on stock or custom Android ROM, it can be powered by a locked or unlocked bootloader, root can or can’t be ensured; it won’t make a difference as you can anytime use the steps explained below and reach download mode.
And, since by manually installing the Android OS you can fix different software related issues within the Android core system, learning how to perform the process that’s explained below is not really optional.
Anyhow, before using the download mode for applying a certain update you should first backup your Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Samsung already installed different backup and restore platforms on your device, so saving general files shouldn’t be a problem. Of course, you can also choose to sync different files with your Google Account and you can also download special backup and restore apps from Google Play. Thus, you should be able to easily and quickly save stuffs like contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, EFS, IMEI / NVRAM data and other packages that might be important for you.
Charge your Galaxy Note 9 before reaching download mode and choosing to install a firmware package. As a general recommendation you should plug in the charger if the power left on your phone is currently lower than 50%. Afterwards, you can successfully start following the next steps:
How to Easily Access Download Mode on Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Switch off your smartphone.
- Afterwards, press and also hold the Power, Volume Down and Bixby buttons (keep these buttons pressed simultaneously).
- When you see that the screen is starting to change, release all the buttons.
- Choose ‘OK’ when asked – use the Volume Up key in that respect.
- The download mode should be now displayed on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
Download mode can be reached by executing an ADB command. So, in this case a computer will have to be used. There, Android SDK must be installed – if you use a Windows based machine you can use this tutorial and if you use a MAC OS X / Linux based device you can learn how to set up Android SDK by using this guide. On your Note 9 the USB Debugging option must be enabled – you can check this option from Developer Options. If the Developer Options entry isn’t displayed under general Settings, go to About Phone and tap for 7 or 10 times (repeatedly) on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ prompt is displayed. Then, you have to follow:
- On your computer go ahead and access the Android SDK folder.
- Switch on your phone.
- Connect your device with your computer – connect the devices by using your phone’s official USB cord.
- On your computer, from Android SDK folder, open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key; while doing that right-click on any blank space; from the options that are displayed choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
- In this cmd window type ‘adb reboot download’ and press Enter.
- That’s it; the download mode will be automatically entered on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
The easiest method that can be used is this one as it uses the help offered by a third party app available on Google Play (there are different apps from where you can choose, but do note that some will require root access enabled on your phone). For example, you can download and install the Quick Boot app – run this tool, follow on-screen prompts and choose into which mode you want to go.
Hopefully, you can now easily and quickly access download mode on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9. However, if you still have questions or if you want to learn other similar tips and tricks for your Note 9, don’t hesitate and contact us. You can easily get in touch with our team and with other Android users by using the comments field from below. Enjoy and don’t forget to check out our ‘how to’ section for more tutorials and step by step guides.