This is a tutorial that you can use in order to learn how to successfully boot your Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone in Download Mode. Note that this process can be completed by both advanced and beginner users.

The Download Mode is a sub-menu of the Samsung devices, one that you can use whenever you're looking to install new Android official updates manually using ODIN app. Every time you use the download mode you should be creating backup for some of the most important files.

If you have installed a custom ROM on your Galaxy S7 and you are looking to flash a new official Android update, then you have to boot Download Mode and to use Odin to send the Android firmware files successfully. But, for your smartphone to be able to boot successfully after that you will need to factory reset your smartphone from its other Recovery Mode menu.

The Recovery Mode boot can be done easily by pressing Volume Up, Home and Power buttons at the same time, while the Download Mode boot will require you to press Volume Down instead. You can find below two more detailed methods of booting Download Mode for the Samsung Galaxy S7 devices.

For you to be able to connect your device with your computer you will need to install the Samsung USB Drivers on your PC. After you install the USB Drivers you will be able to easily connect the PC with the S7 phone and to make sure that it is successfully detected allowing you to flash new official Android firmware easily.

Also, note that your device's battery charge level should be over 50%, as it will prevent the phone from powering off while the Download Mode is launched on your device. If you encounter any problems while trying to boot Download Mode, then it would be best for you to stop there and try to get advanced user support before applying any changes for your device.

We cannot be blamed in case you lose any data files nor in case you end up bricking your Galaxy S7 smartphone while using the Download Mode menu.

How to boot Download Mode for Samsung Galaxy S7:

Method 1 - Boot Download Mode manually:

  1. Power off your smartphone completely by holding Power button.
  2. Next, press and hold Volume Down, Home and Power buttons at the same time.
  3. Release the buttons when the Warning alert screen is displayed on your phone.
  4. Now, press Volume Up to load Galaxy S7 Download Mode.
    - if you've changed your mind and you don't want to boot Download Mode press Volume Down and your device will reboot in normal mode.

After you're done using Download Mode and updating your phone you will see the device restarting. If you've changed your mind and you don't want to use Download Mode anymore, then you can press the Power button for ten seconds in order to exit Download Mode. Every time your device gets stuck while you're using it, you simply need to press and hold Power for 10 seconds and the Galaxy S7 will reboot in normal mode.

Method 2 - Boot Download Mode using 3rd party app:

Note that for this method to work with your Galaxy S7 smartphone you will need for it to be rooted. You can't reboot the Galaxy S7 device in Download Mode in case your device still runs on a stock Android firmware.

  1. Go to Google's Play Store.
  2. Download Quick Boot Reboot tool.
  3. Open the app and press Bootloader / Download Mode option.
  4. Confirm and then wait for the Galaxy S7 to reboot in Download Mode.

If you need any extra help completing the Download Mode boot for Galaxy S7 phones, then you should tell us in comments.

Remember that in case you flash an official update over a custom ROM using the Download Mode, then you will need to factory reset the device after that, as otherwise your phone won't boot in normal mode successfully.

alex evans · 3 years ago

just as an fyi, i got stuck in download mode, holding power didn't do anything so i tried various combinations and volume down + home + power did the trick. so don't panic just start mashing buttons :)

fanSte · 2 years ago

same here! tnx!

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