Users can consult this guide to find out how exactly the download mode partition on the recently announced Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) can be accessed. The smartphone was announced at the start of 2017 and is now shipping to multiple regions. The download mode, however, has been a part of the Galaxy smartphone lineup since the very start. This mode allows for system partition modification which simply equates to manual firmware gradation or even custom package installation. The firmware upgrade guides we publish at TeamAndroid for Galaxy smartphones all utilize this mode. The method of accessing download mode on the Galaxy A7 (2017) is quite easy and as this is an advanced mode, you wont be able to access it through the normal OS. You can find the exact steps for accessing the Download Mode on your Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) right 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 A7 (2017) 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 firmware 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 7.0 Nougat should be arriving very soon for the Galaxy A7 (2017). 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 (2017) – all variants.
How to Enter Download Mode on Galaxy A7 (2017)
Here is a quick step-by-step instruction on how to enter Download Mode on your Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) phone. If this is your first time with a Samsung Android phone, follow the following carefully:
Step 1 – Turn OFF your Galaxy A7 (2017).
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.
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 Down 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:
Some articles you might be interested in:
- USB Drivers: Download Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 USB Drivers for Windows / Mac.
- Recovery Mode: How to Enter Galaxy A7 2017 Recovery Mode.
- Install CWM Recovery: How to Install ClockworkMod Recovery on Galaxy A7 2017.
- Take Screenshots: How to Take Screenshots on the Galaxy A7.
You may also like to check out our Galaxy A7 (2017) section for official updates, custom ROMs etc.