We will be showing users of the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on how to access the built-in Download Mode, also referred to as ODIN mode. Wondering what really is Download Mode? Well, simply explained, this mode is dedicated for the maintenance of the device as it allows you to upgrade and flash different firmwares either official or unofficial. You don’t really need to know how to access this mode in order to use the phone itself but it is necessary if you plan on constantly updating your smartphone or also plan on rooting it as well. ODIN software can be installed directly on your PC along with correct USB drivers for Note 7 and then you can start flashing. Below, we have included a detailed guide along with a more detailed description of the Download Mode. All of the steps require to enter download / ODIN mode on your Galaxy Note 7 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. NOTE: The following steps can be used to enter Download / ODIN mode on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 – all variants.
What is Download Mode / ODIN Mode?
Android phones by Samsung come with an unlocked bootloader, which means you do not need to access any bootloader / fastboot mode to unlock it — lie you have to do with Google Nexus devices, HTC, Sony etc. Download and ODIN modes are exactly the same, more like different words for the same thing. So if you read either of these two anywhere, you should know they mean the same.
ODIN mode allows you to connect your Samsung phone with a tool called ODIN on Windows. This tool lets you flash firmware updates, root packages or any other system file that you would like to. But do keep in mind this is only for advance users. If you mess up anything with ODIN, you can permanently brick your phone for any further use. And most importantly, this even voids your official warranty. So you should very well know what you are doing.
NOTE: Screenshots below may be of a different Samsung device, but should have similar screen on your phone as well.
How to Enter Download Mode on Galaxy Note 7
Here is a quick step-by-step instruction on how to enter Download Mode on your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone. If this is your first time with a Samsung Android phone, follow the following carefully:
Step 1 – Turn OFF your Galaxy Note 7.
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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