The download mode is a dedicated environment that can be accessed with ease on the new Samsung Galaxy J3. However the mentioned mode can be reached only through a dedicated reboot sequence as it is hidden by default. Thus, that’s why I am here to help you out. If you choose to check all the guidelines from below you can learn when you need to access the download mode, which are the advantages and the downsides related with certain operations that can be completed through this environment and also how to actually enter download mode on your own Galaxy J3 2016.

Reaching and using download mode is a basic Android operation which any user should know how to perform. Why? Well, mainly because it is related to update type of operations. Yes, that’s right, by using the download mode you can learn how to smartly update or downgrade your Samsung Galaxy J3 to stock or official Android OS. Of course I am talking about manual update operations which can be applied by using Odin, a dedicated program developed by Samsung.

As we all know, when a new OTA is pushed out, some users are luckier than others. The Android notification is released in phases or gradually so you might have to wait a long time before being able to flash the OTA built. But, that isn’t necessary if the full firmware package is also available. In that situation you can skip the wait by manually applying the software on your Galaxy J3. And, of course, you will be able to do so only by knowing how to boot your device into download mode.

The same thing can be resumed if you want to perform a downgrade operation. Let’s say you installed a new OTA or a new custom ROM which is not yet fully stable and you somehow end up in experiencing different bugs, lags and similar other issues. In that case you will of course want to go back to a stable Android system. You can do so by downloading the proper firmware and by using Odin while your phone is booted into download mode.

As a conclusion, the download mode is required if you want to manually fix your soft bricked Samsung Galaxy J3 2016. Updating or downgrading with stock Android OS will restore your phone back to its initial state which means that you can resolve or addressee different annoying situations and problems such as boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, screen freeze, battery drain, heating issues, alerts, total blackouts and lot more.

Good; so these are of course the advantages of learning how and when to put your Samsung Galaxy J3 2016 into download mode. Therefore, which are the downsides? Well, restoring your handset back to its initial state implies in losing some third party access. For example, if your phone is rooted, afterwards the root access will get revoked. And the same will happen with other tweaking procedures such as in the following examples: you will relock the bootloader, you will reinstall the stock recovery, you will re-flash the bloatware and so on. Of course, these aren’t necessarily negative aspects, but we can consider them as being downsides.

The download mode is of course featured by default on your Galaxy J3. So, entering this mode will be an official operation to complete. That’s why you can do it regardless the state in which your phone is found (it can be rooted, locked and so on). Also, you won’t risk anything by following this step by step guide and you definitely won’t lose your phone’s warranty during the reboot process.

However, you do have to backup your data as during the update / downgrade operation, which is related with the download mode, your personal info and accounts, might get corrupted and in rare situations even wiped out. Thus, you should apply a proper backup process during which to save everything that you might have to use afterwards – you shouldn’t forget about more general stuffs either, such as the EFS folder, internet settings or the IMEI / NVRAM data. As for the actual backup operation you can make things work by syncing your data with your account, by using a different cloud storage platform or by managing tested apps from Google Play.

The ideal thing to do before anything else is to charge your Galaxy J3 – if your phone will get switched off while you try to enter the download mode, various software related problems might be issued. So, in order to be safe and secured you should plug in the charger before doing anything else: don’t worry, I recommend you to charge your phone only if the battery power is currently lower than 50%.

How the Enter Download Mode on Samsung Galaxy J3 2016

First Solution

  1. Power off your smartphone.
  2. The power off should be fully completed; don’t just reboot your phone.
  3. Wait while the shut down process is running.
  4. When the screen is finally of, you should start the reboot sequence.
  5. Thus, press and hold (at the same time) the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons.
  6. Keep pressing these keys until the download mode is displayed on your phone.
  7. You can now connect your smartphone with your computer in order to resume the update operation.

Second Solution

If you are an advanced Android user, or maybe even a developer, then this second method might be more useful for you. In order to complete it, first you will need to use a computer. On this machine you have to install the Galaxy J3 2016 USB drivers – you can do so through the Samsung KIES utility. Also, on the computer you have to install the Android SDK toolkit – learn how to apply Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. In the end, take your phone, navigate towards “menu – settings – about phone” and start tapping on Built Number until your become a developer. Afterwards, access “menu – settings – developer options” and check the USB Debugging option. You can then resume the following steps:

  1. First of all, power on your device.
  2. Establish a connection between your phone and your computer – via USB cable.
  3. On the computer access the Android SDK folder.
  4. From there open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space.
  5. Next, in the cmd window that’s displayed enter the following command: “adb reboot download”.
  6. That’s it; download mode should be rebooted on your Samsung Galaxy J3 2016.

Third Solution

Another way in which you can enter download mode on the Samsung Galaxy J3 2016 is by using a third party app from Google Play. Root access might be required in this situation. Anyhow, access Google Play on your smartphone. Search, download and install the Quick Boot app. Run it when ready and follow on screen prompts in order to reach the download mode.


Good; you should now know the most common methods in which the download mode can be entered on the new Samsung Galaxy J3 2016. You can use the comments field from down below if you need our further assistance or if you want to share your experience with other Android users. Enjoy and stay close for further tips and tricks.

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