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How to Enter Download Mode on Samsung Galaxy A7 2016

Here at TeamAndroid, all of our Samsung firmware guides are based on download mode, and that is why we think it is really important for you to know how to access the download mode on your Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016). With new firmwares coming frequently, you need download mode to apply them immediately on your phone. Download mode is an extra built-in feature included in your Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) which allows you to upgrade your phone’s firmware, regardless of the fact that which region you live in. ODIN, acts as an assisting partner application, allowing you to utilize download mode to its full potential along with covering all PC-end tasks for you. Here in this post we will be discussing in detail of what download mode really is, and what are its key features. Other than that, a detailed way of how-to access the download mode on your Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) is also mentioned.

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 A7 (2016) USB drivers installed.

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What is Download Mode / ODIN Mode?

Samsung is one of the very few manufacturers selling their phone’s boot-loader unlocked. This allows you to flash any sort of firmware without the extra frustration of unlocking the boot-loader first. ODIN mode and Download mode are two different words referring to the same thing.

ODIN mode is named after the partner software it requires to flash firmwares which is called ODIN – Download ODIN v3.09. This program is very diverse and has multiple functions. For instance, you can not only install an official firmware but you can flash root packages as well. As the program has access to phone’s crucial partitions, it is not meant to be experimented with. Small mistakes can cause various parts of the phone to malfunction. This is why it is recommended that you follow a tutorial if you are doing this for the first time.

The upgrades are one thing but you can downgrade your phone as well. This comes in handy when a newer update is causing you problems and the previous firmware was just fine. It can be considered as a restore point however your data is lost in any case.

There is no harm in simply accessing or checking the Download mode but once you flash an unverified package or firmware, your Samsung warranty gets void. Custom firmwares, root packages and custom recoveries are some of the things you should keep away from if you don’t want to lose your warranty. All our guides mention this one drawback before actually giving you the steps. Android 5.0 Lollipop  should be arriving very soon for the Galaxy A7 (2016). Once we get our hands on the firmware, we will publish a guide on how you can update to it using Download mode and 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 A7 (2016) – all variants.

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How to Enter Download Mode on Galaxy A7 (2016)

Here is a quick step-by-step instruction on how to enter Download Mode on your Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) phone. If this is your first time with a Samsung Android phone, follow the following carefully:

Step 1 – Turn OFF your Galaxy A7 (2016).

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 blue screen with a warning sign. You can read through all that if you want. To proceed, just press the Volume Up button once.

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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.

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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.

We also have a quick video on how to enter download mode:

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Shamir Javed

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