With this guide, you can easily access the built-in Download Mode present on your Samsung Galaxy A3. This mode comes under the maintenance part of your phone. It isn’t meant to be accessed frequently. The most popular and major use of this mode is to update your firmware. At Team Android, we cover firmware guides that rely on download mode only. You can also refer to this as the ODIN mode. ODIN is the partner program needed in order for the up-gradation to take place. The good things is, this mode is built-in therefore no need to install anything. ODIN offers security and reliability without compromises. All of the steps require to enter ODIN / Download Mode on your Galaxy A3 are detailed below.
Download Mode comes in handy when you want to connect your phone with ODIN, root your device or install custom recovery or any other updates or system tweaks. Getting your device into Download Mode is no big deal, but we still get questions from many readers on how to do it. In case your phone is not detected by your computer at all, please make sure you have all the Galaxy A3 USB drivers installed.
What is Download Mode / ODIN Mode?
Samsung replaces the Fastboot mode found on many popular Android devices — such as Sony, HTC, LG etc — and replaces it with Download/ODIN mode. In Samsung’s case, there is no unlocking or installation required to access this part of the system. The method remains widely similar over all Samsung phones but we have a dedicated guide meant to address the Galaxy A3.
ODIN name comes from the popular Windows software that can associate and manipulate your phone in this specific mode – Download Odin v3.09. With this software, you can upgrade to new firmwares, install custom ROMs and flash root packages. This mode is very delicate and shouldn’t be used without direct knowledge or experience. A single mistake can end up damaging your phone’s functionality. This renders it very important to have a guide to help you.
Opposite to upgrade, you can use this mode to downgrade as well. This comes useful when your phone fails to boot into a newer firmware. If you get stuck in a bootloop, just flash the stock firmware which was previously running on your phone.
Simply accessing the Download mode or even connecting your Galaxy A3 with ODIN would not cause any sort of loss in warranty but once you try to flash unverified firmware or something which Samsung doesn’t want you to flash, your warranty will be lost. Things that will cause your warranty are root packages and custom firmwares. This is the only negative when you decide to customize your phone and we warn this in all of our guides. Android 5.0 Lollipop is expected to come out very soon for the Samsung Galaxy A3 and as soon as it comes out, we will provide you with a full guide on how you can update to it via ODIN.
NOTE: Screenshots below may be of a different Samsung device, but should have similar screen on your phone as well. The following steps can be used to enter Download / ODIN mode on the Samsung Galaxy A3 – all variants.
How to Enter Download Mode on Galaxy A3
Here is a quick step-by-step instruction on how to enter Download Mode on your Samsung Galaxy A3 phone. If this is your first time with a Samsung Android phone, follow the following carefully:
Step 1 – Turn OFF your Galaxy A3.
Step 2 – Now press and hold the following keys on your phone together: Volume Down + Home + Power.
Step 3 – After the Samsung phone name logo, you will see a screen with a warning sign as shown below. Proceed ahead by pressing the Volume Up button.
Step 4 – Then you will be shown a screen similar to as shown in the photo below. This is the Download Mode aka ODIN Mode for flashing firmware files using the Samsung flashing tool called ODIN.
That’s it. You are now in the Download Mode. If you want to get out of it, simple hold the Volume Up and Power buttons for a few seconds (around 10 sec.) and your phone will reboot normally.
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