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How to Enter Download Mode on Samsung Galaxy J6 / J8

Ahead find tips on how to enter download mode on Samsung Galaxy J6 and Galaxy J8 smartphones. For each Samsung smartphone, the brand packs in a special bootloader mode called download mode. Similar to other Android devices, this built-in special mode allows for system partition modifications. Simply put, through download mode or also known as Odin mode, users can update their smartphone’s software, install custom recoveries and other mods. Generally, this mode has been applauded by developers and enthusiasts alike as it is quite simple to access and offers great versatility. Exact and specific details for how to access download mode on Samsung Galaxy J6 and J8 smartphones mentioned ahead.

Meant to accompany this special smartphone mode, Samsung also maintains Odin tool which provides a computer-side interface. As once Galaxy J6 and Galaxy J8 is booted into download mode, the phones can not be interacted with rather you would need a computer to make use of them. Further, our favorite use cases for Odin mode include custom recovery flashing and updating system software. Further, if you are running a custom ROM and want to restore back to original OEM specifications, download mode is equipped to do that as well.

Enter Download Mode, Galaxy J8, Galaxy J6

Similar to what Fastboot mode is on other Android devices, Samsung has its own proprietary mode which is referred to as Download Mode or Odin Mode. The benefits of having these system modes is the fact that users can easily restore official software if they start facing any glitches. Also, third-party developers make use of the same mode to flash mod files and custom ROMs.

What is Download Mode / Odin Mode?

Samsung devices have a factory unlocked bootloader, unlike most other OEMs that launch phones with a locked up bootloader. This makes it very easy for every Samsung device user to plug in their phone with their computer and start using Odin — this free utility allows you to flash stock firmware, modified custom recovery and install system patches.

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. After the phone is connected to your PC in Download Mode, Odin will detect the device and if the connection is successful, it will set up a communication port between the phone and the computer. That will allow you to flash different packages on the Samsung Galaxy J6 / J8.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Download Mode

A word of caution, do not mess around with Odin while in the Download Mode of your phone. It can cause serious damage to your device, beyond repair. And not to forget, anything you do in Download Mode is not covered in your official Samsung device warranty. Therefore, we recommend you use a specific guide or a detailed tutorial rather than experimenting on your own. You can find a really good guide on our website.

You can also use Odin to downgrade your Galaxy J6 / J8 from a specific Android release or build number to another one. This comes in handy when a newer firmware causes slow downs, long boots or even crashes.

Just by accessing the Download Mode, you will not lose your warranty by Samsung. However, if you flash custom files like a ROM or root package which Samsung doesn’t officially intend, your warranty will be void. These custom files are generally those which are created by third-party developers and are not signed by Samsung. We think this is the only downside once you try to customize your phone through Download Mode and we also warn of this in every post we cover.

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 Galaxy J6 / J8 Download Mode / Odin mode – works with all variants of the phone.

Some articles you might be interested in:

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  • Recovery Mode: How to Enter Galaxy J6 / J8 Recovery Mode.

How to Enter Galaxy J6 / J8 Download Mode to Connect with Odin

Here is a quick step-by-step instruction on how to enter Download Mode on your Samsung Galaxy J6 / J8 phone. If this is your first time with a Samsung Android phone, follow the following carefully:

Step 1 – Turn OFF your Galaxy J6 / J8.

Step 2 – Now press and hold the following buttons on your phone together: Volume Down + Power.

Step 3 – After the Samsung Galaxy J6 / J8 logo, you will see a screen with a warning sign as shown below. Proceed ahead by pressing the Volume Up button.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Download Mode

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.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Download Mode

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 J6 / J8 section for official firmware updates, custom ROMs, tips and other tutorials.

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