Using the Galaxy S6 is great as the smartphone comes with new features, apps and Android dedicated capabilities, not to mention that you can anytime spice things up by tweaking your phone. However, if you are planning in completing different operations on your device in order to customize and optimize the stock Android Lollipop OS, first I recommend you to learn how to complete some basic procedures, such as entering recovery mode or rebooting into download mode.

While the first task has been already covered in another dedicated tutorial, during the following guidelines I will show you how to enter and use download mode on your Galaxy S6. We will also discuss about the reasons why you should learn how to complete such an operation and what other procedures can be applied while using the mentioned environment. Thus, for further details, don’t hesitate and check the lines from below.

Similar with the recovery mode menu, the download mode environment represents an in built feature that is pre installed on your Samsung Galaxy S6 – and on any other Samsung branded device (the download mode is dubbed as fastboot or bootloader mode on non-Samsung handsets). Therefore, rebooting into download mode can be done easily and safely as this will be an official operation, which is also featured by default on the Android Lollipop system.

Moreover, download mode is also a hidden menu, just like the recovery feature. However, you cannot complete the same operations through these modes. That’s why you now need to know that usually the download mode is required when you need to apply an official Android update through Odin or through other similar programs. Therefore, entering download mode on your Samsung Galaxy S6 will be a must if you will have to use Odin for updating or for downgrading your Android device to stock Android OS.

In conclusion, you will have to learn how to complete the methods from below if you will have to update, downgrade or unbrick your Galaxy S6 – by flashing stock or official Android OS you are also restoring your smartphone back to its initial state, which means that in this way you can resolve various software related issues such as boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, battery drain problems, heating issues, or even total blackouts.

As already pointed out, the reboot sequence from below represents an official operation, so reaching download mode will not void the warranty of your Galaxy S6. Moreover, the steps from this tutorial can be completed in the same way whether we are talking about a rooted or locked smartphone, or if you phone is installed with a custom recovery image, with the stock recovery or with a custom ROM firmware – this is a general guide that can be anytime followed.

Before using the download mode environment for completing an update operation, you should backup your Samsung Galaxy S6 – else you might end up in losing your personal data, info and accounts. Therefore, don’t hesitate and save what’s important for you (including contacts, call logs, texts, EFS, internet settings, current ROM, market apps and so on) by using free distributed backup and restore apps from Google Play, cloud storage platforms or any other similar tools.

You also should charge your device because if the battery level is currently lower than 50%, your handset might just get turned off in the middle of the reboot procedure. Well, if that happens, your phone might get bricked or damages, so the best will be to avoid unpleasant situations like this one. Other than that, you are good to go.

How to Reboot Download Mode on Samsung Galaxy S6

Use the Classic Hardware Method

Using a hardware button combination represents the classic reboot method that can be safely applied when trying to enter download mode on your Galaxy S6 – in fact this solution works perfectly on all the Samsung branded devices; however, this is what you need to do:

  1. First of all, turn off your phone; you can either press once on power button and select “power off” or you can press and hold the power key for a few seconds.
  2. Next, initiate the reboot sequence by pressing and holding (at the same time) the power, volume down and home buttons.
  3. Release the keys when download mode is displayed on your Galaxy S6.
  4. You can now safely connect your smartphone with your computer in order to use Odin for resuming the update process.

Use a compatible app from Google Play

If following and applying the steps from above seems like a complex process to complete, you should choose a dedicated app instead. Thus, on your Galaxy S6 tap on Google Play and from the market download the Quick Boot tool. Install and run the software on your phone and follow on screen prompts for automatically putting your SGS6 into download mode.

Install and Use Android SDK

For being able to apply this last method you will have to use a computer, your Galaxy S6 and your phone’s USB cable. You should also temporarily disable security tools from your PC and then you should ensure Android SDK: learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. When done, follow the steps from below.

  1. Use the USB cable and establish a connection between your SGS6 and your computer.
  2. On your PC access the Android SDK folder.
  3. There, open a cmd window – press and hold Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space.
  4. When done, on the cmd window type “adb reboot download”.
  5. That’s it.

Congratulations; you now know how to enter download mode on your Samsung Galaxy S6. So, now you are prepared for update-types of operations. Do tell us how things worked for you and also stay close as we will bring further step by step guides for your Galaxy S6 soon.

DonGateley ยท 3 years ago

With my Galaxy S6 "adb devices" says my phone is connected but "adb reboot fastboot" merely reboots the phone into Android.

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