Applying a new Android update or taking care of similar operations on your Galaxy A8 can be done only if you know how to complete a basic operation: reaching download mode. So, during the present step by step guide I am going to show you how to easily reboot download mode on the Samsung Galaxy A8. We will also talk about other procedures that are related to this reboot sequence, so if you want to learn everything about the download mode, don’t hesitate and check all the lines from below.
As you can already tell and as I have already mentioned, the download mode is mostly related with the update operations. Of course, I am not talking about OTAs, as these types of updates are usually applied automatically. So, the download mode will be required if you will want to manually update your Galaxy A8 and I am not talking only about official firmwares – as I will see, by using this guide you can afterwards manage all sorts of update operations such as: downgrading back to stock, flashing custom ROMs, install beta software and early releases of Android and so on.
Manually updating your Samsung Galaxy A8 with an official Android OS (whether it is about a previous Android release or about the latest Android firmware) implies in restoring your phone back to its initial state. That means root access will be revoked, all the factory restrictions reinstalled and the third paty apps remove. Thus, the download mode can be used as a troubleshoot solution as you can fix different software related issues like boot loops, lags, force close errors, battery drain, heating issues, screen freeze, total blackouts and so on.
The download mode is quite similar with the recovery environment. Both are pre installed on the Galaxy A8 like on any other Android based device and both can be easily accessed – without using complex operations and without using unofficial procedures. Moreover, both environments are hidden by default so it is your job to learn how to reboot your A8 in order to reveal recovery or download mode.
Thus, bottom line, reaching and using download mode represents official procedures that can be completed all the time – whether you have a rooted Galaxy A8, a phone installed with the stock Android OS or running on a custom ROM, or if you are using a custom or the stock recovery image. Therefore, you won’t lose your phone’s warranty by using this step by step guide, so you have nothing to worry about.
However, what you need to make is a backup. This is an essential operation if you are planning in reaching download mode for completing a manual update operation – through the same your personal data, info and accounts might get wiped out or corrupted. So, make sure you place your data in safe hands before doing anything else – you can do so by syncing your data with your personal account or by using other dedicated cloud storage platforms and backup and restore apps from Google Play. On your way you should consider in saving at least the essential stuffs such as images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, EFS, IMEI / NVRAM, contacts, call logs, text messages, calendar info, saved passwords and so on.
You should also charge your Galaxy A8 before choosing and resuming one of the following methods from below. It is important to know that your smartphone might get bricked if it will get turned off in the middle of the reboot operation. In that matter, I recommend you to charge your device if its power left is currently lower than 50%.
How to enter download mode on Samsung Galaxy A8
Use the hardware keys
- A computer is required and on your phone you must gain Developer Options (tap a few times on Built Number) and enable the USB Debugging option (from “menu – settings – developer options”).
- Turn off your smartphone (don’t reboot it, complete a proper shut down operation).
- Next, press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons.
- Keep pressing these buttons for a few seconds and while still pressing them connect your device with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- Release the keys as the download mode should be displayed on your Galaxy A8.
- You can now use Odin or any other programs for completing your update operations.
Use the Android SDK Utility
A computer is required as you must install Android SDK on the same device. Thus, first learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Also install the Galaxy A8 USB drivers on your computer before doing anything else. Finally, enable USB Debugging on your phone: first gain Developer Options and then check the USB Debugging field from “menu – settings – developer options”. Then, follow:
- Connect your smartphone with your computer with the help of the USB cord.
- On your computer navigate towards the Android SDK folder.
- From there open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space.
- In the cmd window type the following command: “adb reboot download”.
- Wait while your Galaxy A8 is being automatically rebooted into download mode.
Use a third party app from Google Play
If your Galaxy A8 is rooted, you can head towards Google Play from where you can download and use a dedicated and intuitive app. Thus, download the Quick Boot tool and install it on your device. Run the app and just follow on screen prompts in order to reach download mode on your Samsung Galaxy A8.
There you go; that’s how you can learn to enter download mode on the Samsung Galaxy A8. Use this guide each time you want to apply a new update and also remember to check our latest tutorials in order to see how to perform all the basic Android operations on your phone. Also, don’t hesitate and share your experience with us by using the comments field from down below.