With firmware updates starting to roll out, here is how you can enter the download mode on your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy Note 10 Plus. If you are upgrading from an older Samsung Galaxy device, you would have probably experienced download mode before. It is a built-in partition to the device which can be accessed via a special process. Once within it, users can utilize Odin to flash firmware and other system files. Also, due to its correspondence with Odin, download mode is also sometimes referred to as Odin mode. Regardless, here is the exact procedure on how to access and enter download mode on Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10+ and even Note 10 Plus 5G.
For security and protection against accidental damage to system software, download mode is not directly accessible from your device’s OS. Rather, there is a special procedure that you need to follow in order to gain access to download mode. Now, after you succeed in accessing, you would need Odin to make use of it. You can directly download Odin compatible files such as complete official firmwares, custom recovery images and more. We have dedicated installation guides for the Galaxy Note 10 which include download links for firmwares so make sure to check those out as well!
What is Download Mode / Odin Mode?
Galaxy Note 10 series of phones ship 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 Note 10, Note 10 Plus.
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 Note 10.
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 Note 10 / Note 10+ 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 Note 10 Download Mode / Odin mode – works with all variants of the phone.
Some articles you might be interested in:
- Download Odin: Download Odin / JOdin for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.
- USB Drivers: Download Samsung Galaxy Note 10 USB Drivers for Windows / Mac.
- Recovery Mode: How to Enter Galaxy Note 10 Recovery Mode.
How to Enter Galaxy Note 10 Download Mode to Connect with Odin
Here is a quick step-by-step instruction on how to enter Download Mode on your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phone. If this is your first time with a Samsung Android phone, follow the following carefully:
Step 1 – Turn OFF your Galaxy Note 10.
Step 2 – Now press and hold the following buttons on your phone together: Volume Down + Power 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 Note 10 section for official firmware updates, custom ROMs, tips and other tutorials.