The exact method on how to access the built-in Download Mode on the new Galaxy S8 Plus has been given below. The new flagship from Samsung comes with some major upgrades, of which includes the replacement of physical home button with an on-screen one. This means, you can no longer apply the old Download Mode procedure on the new Galaxy S8 Plus. Luckily, we have the updated method with us and you can read further to find out more about it. As for the download mode itself, it comes in handy when you want to restore your phone to stock firmware or even update to a newer firmware. The process of entering download mode on the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is very easy, we have detailed steps given right below.
As we mentioned before, the download mode is quite useful when it comes to updating the firmware on your phone or even restoring it back to stock. When you have a custom ROM installed, the best way to return to factory settings is to flash an official firmware. Moreover, we publish all our Samsung firmware articles with this mode as a pre-requisite so its good to know how to access it. Once you read below, you will further find out more detailed about the download mode and how it is accessed. In case your phone is not detected by your computer at all, please make sure you have all the Galaxy S8 Plus USB drivers installed.
What is Download Mode / Odin Mode?
The Galaxy S8 Plus from Samsung arrives with an unlocked bootloader. This means, if you own an international / unlocked Galaxy S8 Plus, you don’t need to unlock the bootloader in order to get through to download mode. In fact, you can do it easily without changing any settings or options.
Odin is an internal tool at Samsung that allows them to flash various firmware and files on to the Samsung phones and tablets. There are many releases of Odin available online, and you can download them all here: Download Odin (All Versions). Once you connect your phone when it is in Download Mode to your computer, you can run Odin to flash firmware and other system partitions it allows.
The most popular uses include firmware upgrade and root access. When we talk about flashing system partitions, it comes with consequences. If you do anything wrong, there is a chance you can cause malfunction and potentially ruin the device. To counteract this, always use a detailed guide to flash firmware or any other package.
As updates are possible, so are downgrades. If you update to a new firmware and find out that it has few bugs that weren’t present in the firmware you just upgraded from, you can use Odin and download mode to downgrade.
Simply accessing the download mode on your Galaxy S8 wont cause any sort of warranty problems. But once you install third-party packages such as ROMs and themes from Odin, the warranty would be void. Even rooting through Odin trips the KNOX security hence breaking warranty. This is a downside to flashing third-party packages but if you find them worth it, there is no issue. Google has unveiled Android O developer preview and it is expected to come out soon for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus 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 S8 Plus – all variants.
How to Enter Download Mode on Galaxy S8 Plus
Here is a quick step-by-step instruction on how to enter Download Mode on your Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus phone. If this is your first time with a Samsung Android phone, follow the following carefully:
Step 1 – Turn OFF your Galaxy S8 Plus.
Step 2 – Now press and hold the following keys on your phone together: Volume Down Button + Bixby Button + Power Button.
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.
You may also like to check out our Galaxy S8 Plus section for official firmware updates, custom ROMs, tips and other tutorials.