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How to Enter Galaxy M10 / M20 Download Mode

Samsung Galaxy M10 and M20 come with their own maintenance mode called download mode and you can learn how to access it with this guide. We have compiled all the steps you would need to enter download mode within this single tutorial. Occasionally mentioned as bootloader mode, this specific system side of Galaxy M10 / M20 is dedicated towards maintenance such as firmware flashing. Even though it was originally designed to flash official firmware files, third-party developers do also release various mods that can be flashed via download mode like root and custom recovery. To access this special partition, which is built-in, the procedure is quite straightforward. To make it even easier, we have broken it down into small steps right ahead.

Just as we mentioned, the important thing to note is, download mode is already built-in within each Galaxy M10 / M20 right out of the factory. However, as the mode is strictly meant for advanced users, technicians or people with proper knowledge, it is hidden away to avoid accidental access. In order to get to the download mode, there is a special button combination which needs to be used. Further, once accessed, users would require Odin to be installed on their computers to make proper use of it. Odin would let you flash firmwares, custom ROMs and even other mod packages. For a detailed how-to on accessing Galaxy M10 / M20 download mode, use the following instructions.

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What is Download Mode / Odin Mode?

Samsung Exynos devices such as the new Galaxy M10 and M20 do come with unlocked bootloaders right out of the box which is a big plus as competing brands ship their devices with a locked bootloader. Thanks to this factor alone, Samsung devices generally get the best third-party developer support in the form of custom ROMs, recoveries. Most of these mods generally rely on a custom recovery, which itself first needs to be flashed through Odin hence requiring you to know how to access download mode if you want to modify your Galaxy M10 / M20.

Odin is an internal tool at Samsung that allows them to flash various firmware and files on to the brand’s 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 to your Samsung Galaxy M10 / M20.

Samsung Galaxy M10 / M20 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 M10 / M20 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 M10 / M20 Download Mode / Odin mode – works with all variants of the phone.

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How to Enter Galaxy M10 / M20 Download Mode to Connect with Odin

Here is a quick step-by-step instruction on how to enter Download Mode on your Samsung Galaxy M10 / M20 phone. If this is your first time with a Samsung Android phone, follow the following carefully:

Step 1 – Turn OFF your Galaxy M10 / M20.

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.

Samsung Galaxy M10 / M20 Download Mode

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.

Samsung Galaxy M10 / M20 Download Mode

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.

Samsung Galaxy M10 / M20 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 7 sec.) and your phone will reboot normally.

You may also like to check out our Galaxy M10 / M20 section for official firmware updates, custom ROMs, tips and other tutorials.

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