Use this guide to find out how exactly you can enter the download mode on Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016). Samsung Galaxy smartphones all have this built in mode which is used for maintenance of the device. The new J1 (2016) also carries this mode. As it is strictly maintenance-oriented, normal User Interface doesn’t have any “reboot to download mode” option rather there is a whole procedure to access it. Once in the download mode, you would be able to modify the system’s read only memory which consists of the operating system. Also, root packages and other system oriented tweaks can also be flashed through this mode. All our firmware upgrade guides here at Team Android utilize this mode so it is good to read this tutorial before actually following update articles for Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016). In order for your computer to correctly communicate with the phone in this mode, it is essential it has ODIN install. Hence, Odin mode is also a popular reference for the download mode. You can read all the steps given below to access the Download Mode on Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016).
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 J1 (2016) USB drivers installed.
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.
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 J1 (2016) – all variants.
How to Enter Download Mode on Galaxy J1 (2016)
Here is a quick step-by-step instruction on how to enter Download Mode on your Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) phone. If this is your first time with a Samsung Android phone, follow the following carefully:
Step 1 – Turn OFF your Galaxy J1 (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 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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