Galaxy Note8 is going to receive the Android 8.0 Oreo OTA update. And when that will happen you should be prepared for properly completing the flashing operation. As you might know, there are different ways in which a new official update can be applied – you can install the OTA automatically, you can sideload the firmware or you can manually install the software through Odin. Now, some of the update processes already mentioned can be performed only if the download mode is used. Thus, today, I will show you how to reboot your Samsung Galaxy Note8 into download mode.

Just like the recovery mode, the download environment represents a special feature that must be reached when you try to complete certain manual operations. If when discussing about recovery mode we described maintenance and restoration initiatives, now our attention is focused on update types of procedures. Basically, the download environment is related with Odin, the official Samsung program that can help you complete different manual processes.

By default, Odin is used on manual update operations. But, in other situations the same program can help you initiate tweaks such as flashing TWRP recovery, gaining root access, unlocking the bootloader and more. As outlined, Odin is related with the download mode. Shortly, this program can recognize your Galaxy Note8 only if its system is running on download mode – the environment will bring your phone into a particular state that lets Odin access, modify, optimize and customize built-in features, apps, processes and internal Android files.

Good; now you know why you should learn how to use the download mode on the Samsung Galaxy Note8. As you can already tell, this mode is featured by default within the Android core system. So, going into download mode is a supported operation – you can complete the steps from below without using third party apps or other risky tools. Moreover, Samsung KNOX will not get tripped which means that you won’t risk in losing your phone’s warranty.

Additionally, the reboot sequences which are being described during the following lines will work all the time, even if you choose to tweak your Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Thus, this tutorial can be used without problems if your phone is locked, rooted, running on stock Android OS or on a custom ROM firmware, if the bootloader is locked or unlocked, if the stock recovery is ensured or a custom recovery image is running in the background. This is a general step by step guide that is showing you how the download mode can be reached on the Samsung Galaxy Note8.

There is one thing that must be verified before you start the actual steps from below: the battery level. You see, it’s important to ensure enough power on your phone before initiating any type of manual operation. In our case, I recommend you to ensure at least 50% power. Otherwise the Android OS might be turned off while you try to reach download mode or why you are using the download mode environment for completing other manual processes. And if that happens your Galaxy Note 8 might get soft bricked. In conclusion, charge your handset if that’s required for avoiding further unpleasant situations.

How to Enter Download Mode on Samsung Galaxy Note8

Use hardware keys

  1. Your phone must be turned off for this method to work.
  2. Therefore, initiate a switch off process – press and hold the Power key for a few seconds or press the Power button once and select ‘power off’.
  3. Afterwards, press and hold (at the same time) the Power, Volume Down and Bixby buttons.
  4. Keep pressing these keys a few seconds.
  5. Eventually, the download mode should be displayed on your Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
  6. When that happens you should connect your smartphone with your computer via USB cable.
  7. Odin will now recognize your smartphone.
  8. That’s all.

Use specific adb command

If you can use a computer where Android SDK is installed you can execute a dedicated adb command which will complete this reboot sequence automatically. Thus, before applying the next steps, install the Android SDK toolkit on your PC – for the Windows platform, use this tutorial; if MAC OS X / Linux is used, go to this guide instead. Note: the Galaxy Note8 drivers must be installed on your computer too – you can get the right drivers through the Samsung KIES software. On your phone you need to access Developer Options; from there you have to check the USB Debugging field. Hint: for enabling Developer Options you need to tap repeatedly on Built Number – tap for 7 or 10 times just until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message. Then, follow:

  1. Power on your computer and switch on your phone.
  2. Connect your handset with your PC with the help of your phone’s USB cable.
  3. On your computer access the Android SDK folder.
  4. From the SDK directory open a cmd window – press and hold the Shift keyboard key and while doing so right click on any blank space; from the list that will be displayed choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
  5. In the cmd window type: adb reboot download.
  6. Your Samsung Galaxy Note8 should be now rebooted into download mode.
  7. Done.

Use a third party app

If you want to use a more intuitive solution for completing this operation you should try to use a third party app from Google Play. You can choose from different tools, though some of these apps will work only with a rooted system. Anyway, one of the apps that can take your Galaxy Note8 into download mode is Quick Boot. Download and install the software and when done run the app on your phone. From there just follow on-screen prompts and choose to go into the desired mode.


As you could notice, download mode can be easily reached on the Samsung Galaxy Note8. If you cannot manage to access this mode or if you had problems while trying to apply the steps from above, share all the issues with us – in that matter you can use the comments field from above. Of course, we will try to find troubleshooting solutions for your problems as soon as possible.

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