Rebooting download mode on the Galaxy Note 5 represents a basic Android operation that should be checked out by all the users, whether we are talking about advanced or entry level customers. As you will see during the guidelines from below, using download mode is quite important as through this environment you can resolve different tasks and complete essential procedures on your Samsung branded device. Therefore, read everything from this tutorial and learn when, why and how to enter download mode on Galaxy Note 5.

The download mode is similar with the recovery environment – learn how to enter recovery mode on Galaxy Note 5 by using our dedicated step by step guide. Both are hidden menus that can be reached on your Android based device and both are establishing a link between you and your phone’s internal system. Now, if through recovery you can perform backup, restoration, optimization and customization procedures, from download mode you can manage updates. Thus, the first thing that must be concluded is the following one: through download mode you can flash official Android updates on your Galaxy Note 5.

Of course, I am not talking about OTAs, as these types of releases can be flashed automatically. No, I am actually talking about manual update operations and about downgrade procedures. These installation processes can be easily completed by using Odin, a dedicated program developed and offered by Samsung. But, in order to make things work, first you have to put your Galaxy Note 5 into download mode – else, Odin will not recognize your smartphone, so you won’t be able to successfully complete the update operation.

Therefore, now you know why you have to reboot download mode on your SGN 5. But, when should you do such a thing? Well, basically when you need to manually update your Android device. Thus, if you are tired of waiting for the new Android notification, or if your phone is rooted or installed with a custom ROM firmware (in that case you can’t receive new OTAs) you must use Odin for manually flashing the stock Android software on your Note 5, which means that reaching download mode becomes a must.

Moreover, as already pointed out, using Odin is also a solution if you want to downgrade your Galaxy Note 5 to stock Android OS. That will be a great idea if you are currently using a buggy custom ROM or if you are dealing with other software related issues – downgrading to stock Android OS can fix a bricked Android device and address Android issues like: boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, battery drain, heating issues, screen freeze or total blackouts. Bottom line, this guide can be easily used as a manual troubleshoot solution.

Anyway, before applying a new update or before using download mode for completing such an operation, make sure you backup your Samsung Galaxy Note 5. In that matter, you should consider in saving everything that you might need afterwards, including contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, EFS, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on – you can make it all work through cloud storage platforms, or through various backup and restore apps that can be easily downloaded from Google Play.

Finally, before heading towards the steps from below, charge your smartphone – first check the battery status and if the power left is lower than 50%, don’t hesitate and plug in the charger. If you skip this process, your device might get turned off, and possible bricked, in the middle of the reboot sequence.

How to Easily Reboot Download Mode on Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The Classic Procedure

  1. Turn off your Handset – power it off by pressing once on power button and by selecting “power off”, or by pressing and holding the power key for a few moments.
  2. Then, press and hold the power, volume down and home buttons for a few moments.
  3. Keep pressing these keys until the download mode is being displayed.
  4. You can now connect your smartphone with your computer and use Odin for resuming the update operation you have to complete.

Use a dedicated third party app

Another way in which you can reach download mode on your Galaxy Note 5 is by using the Quick Boot app. So, just access Google Play, search and download the mentioned app and wait while the same is being installed on your phablet. When done, run the tool and just follow on screen prompts in order to resume the reboot sequence.

Use Android SDK

This process is more for advanced users as a computer must be used; on this machine Android SDK must be installed, so learn how to flash Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Also, on your PC temporarily turn off antivirus protection and then on your Note 5 gain developer options (from “menu -> settings -> about phone” tap a few times on built number) and check USB debugging option (it is located under “menu -> settings -> developer options). Finally, from your computer access the Android SDK folder and from there open a command prompt window where you need to type: “adb reboot download”. That’s it, your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will be automatically rebooted into download mode.


That’s how you can enter download mode on your Galaxy Note 5. Do note that the steps from above will work in any situations, whether you root your phone, install a custom recovery image into its system or if you add a custom ROM firmware. Moreover, the download mode comes pre loaded on your Android device which means that rebooting your phone into this hidden menu is an official operation – you won’t lose the warranty of your Note 5 by using this step by step guide. So, we are done for today; use the comments field from below if you want to share your thoughts with us or with our readers.

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