This guide details how users can access download mode on Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018). Built into each Galaxy device, the download mode or also referred to as Odin mode is something quite handy. It was initially created to serve as a back-door for Samsung employees to tweak system firmware. Fortunately, with the correct steps, any user can now access it and then utilize it to either flash official firmware files or even custom ROMs. As it is a maintenance mode which requires a certain level of know-how, it is kept hidden from normal usage. Hence, to access it, there is a special procedure which needs to be implemented. Read ahead to find exact steps that work for accessing Odin / download mode on Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018).
Few important things to note are, download mode is built-in from stock so you don’t need any sort of installation, just the right method to access it. Further, to make proper use of download mode, you need to have Odin installed on your computer as it will then allow you to flash firmwares and other files such as custom recoveries. Continue to find all the steps detailed for entering Galaxy A7 (2018) download mode.
What is Download Mode / Odin Mode?
Galaxy A7 (2018) ships from Samsung with an unlocked bootloader from the factory which is quite different from other manufacturers who ship their smartphones and tablets with a locked up bootloader. This is also one reason why Samsung phones receive the highest amount of custom mod packages as it is very easy for any customer to use Odin on their PC along with their newest Samsung Galaxy smartphone – in this case, the Galaxy A7 (2018).
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 A7 (2018).
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 A7 (2018) 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 A7 (2018) Download Mode / Odin mode – works with all variants of the phone.
Some articles you might be interested in:
- Download Odin: Download Odin 3.13.1 for Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018).
- USB Drivers: Download Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) USB Drivers for Windows / Mac.
- Recovery Mode: How to Enter Galaxy A7 (2018) Recovery Mode.
How to Enter Galaxy A7 (2018) Download Mode to Connect with Odin
Here is a quick step-by-step instruction on how to enter Download Mode on your Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) phone. If this is your first time with a Samsung Android phone, follow the following carefully:
Step 1 – Turn OFF your Galaxy A7 (2018).
Step 2 – Now press and hold the following buttons on your phone together: Volume Down + Bixby Button.
Step 3 – Next, plug in one end of the USB-C cable to a computer and the other end to the phone. As soon as you will connect, your phone will power on.
Step 4 – 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 5 – 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 7 sec.) and your phone will reboot normally.
You may also like to check out our Galaxy A7 (2018) section for official firmware updates, custom ROMs, tips and other tutorials.