Boot Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode using our step by step guide given below. Samsung’s Galaxy A series is considered as the next best thing to the flagship Galaxy S series. The main motive to launch this series was to provide an almost top-level experience, which encompasses the astonishing specs, features and of course performance, but at a reasonable price. So far, the company has done a good job of maintaining this balance, and now, it’s time to take the 2017 edition of the Galaxy A7 for a spin.


Launched in January 2017, Samsung Galaxy A5 is a flagship lookalike which performs as a mid-ranger and is priced somewhere in-between. This 2017 edition smartphone has some upgraded specs and features which definitely makes it eye catchy. It features a 5.2 inches of Super AMOLED screen with 1080 x 1920 pixels of resolution, Octa-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A53 Exynos Processor with 64 GB of internal storage and 3 GB of RAM. It even features 16 megapixel of primary camera and 16 megapixel of front camera for selfies. It was released with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS which was later upgraded to official Android 7.0 Nougat OS. It is also known as Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Duos with dual SIM card slots.

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

Download mode is a special state or we can say a sub-system of an Android device and is mainly used to flash stock firmwares through official means. Once you enter your Galaxy A5 2017 into download mode, the system of your device will boot from external sources instead of the stock bootloader which will directly help you to replace the stock ROM on your device. Moreover, download mode is also widely used in gaining root access, installing custom recovery, custom ROMs, boot loader, kernels, modems, pit files, system update etc.

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By entering your Samsung Galaxy A5 into Download Mode, you can easily install the newly released Samsung OTA updates. You can easily flash them from your computer directly into your smartphone using only a USB data cable. Remember that for flashing an official stock firmware you’ll need a tool called Odin which must be installed on your computer. Below you can find the download links for all versions of Odin.

If you are installing ROM by entering your Galaxy A5 into download mode, then you need the ROM package file in tar or tar.md5 format which can be flashed by Odin tool from a computer. Note that Odin does not accept zip files which is completely different from flashing ROMs through recovery mode. Download Mode is essentially considered as the same as Bootloader Mode.

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

For entering the downloading mode, it is not necessary that your phone much be rooted. Download mode, also called as Odin mode can be entered on any smartphone or tablet irrespective of whether it is rooted or unrooted, whether it has custom ROM or stock ROM installed. To confirm that you’ve successfully booted your Galaxy A5 into download mode, you’ll see a black/blue screen with an Android image in it which says “Downloading”.

There are different methods to boot Galaxy A5 2017 into download mode. The universal method is by pressing and holding the hard keys/buttons. But what if your button is not working or is broken. Still it is possible to boot your Galaxy A5 2017 into download mode. Entering Galaxy A5 2017 into download mode is one of the easiest tasks that any Android user can implement, as you just need to follow any of the instructions mentioned below. Here in this step by step guide, we’ll discuss four important methods on how to easily enter Galaxy A5 2017 into download mode with or without keys.

How to Enter Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

Here we have mentioned 4 different ways to enter your Galaxy A5 2017 into download mode. You can refer any one of them.

Note that the below mentioned methods are applicable on all variants of Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 including SM-A520F, SM-A520F/DS, SM-A520K/L/S.

Method 1: Using Hard Keys

Step 1: Switch off your Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone completely until it vibrates.

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

Step 2: Press and Hold Volume Down key + Home button (middle button) + Power button simultaneously until you see a warning message. Leave all the keys as you see the warning message window.

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

Step 3: Now just press Volume up button to continue.

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

This will directly land your Galaxy A5 into download mode.

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode
That’s all! You’ve successfully booted your Galaxy A5 into download mode using hard keys.

Method 2: Using ADB commands

ADB and Fastboot is a versatile command line tool that lets you communicate with your device when connected to computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) using a USB cable. Through these commands you can perform various actions such as installing and debugging apps, backing up partitions and many more. Lets use this ADB and Fastboot method to boot your Samsung Galaxy A5 into download mode.

Step 1: Firstly enable the USB debugging mode on your phone. For doing so, follow the path Menu->Settings->Developer options ->USB debugging. If you don’t see Developer option then go to Settings->About Phone and tap 7 times on the Build number. This will make the Developer option appear in the Settings menu.

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

Step 2: Also enable OEM unlocking and Advance reboot mode from Developer options.

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

Step 3: Download and install ADB and Fastboot setup on your computer.

Step 4: Connect your Galaxy A5 to computer using USB cable.

Step 5: Launch Command window on your computer. For doing so, hold Shift button and right mouse click anywhere on your PC. You’ll see a list of options from which select Open command window here option. This will launch the command prompt window on your computer.

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode
How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

Step 6: Now to ensure that your Galaxy A5 is properly connected to your computer or not, type the following commands in the command window and press enter key:

adb devices

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

As soon as you press enter key, you’ll see a message saying ‘List of devices attached’ along with some random numbers. This will confirm that your Galaxy A5 has properly connected to your computer.

How to Boot Galaxy A5 into Download Mode

Note: If such thing doesn’t happen, then re-install device drivers, enable USB debugging mode and try again. If the problem still persists, try changing USB cable or even the USB port.

Step 7: Now to boot your Samsung Galaxy A5 into download mode, type the following command in the command window and hit enter key:

adb reboot download

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

As soon as you press enter key, your Galaxy A5 2017 will boot into download mode.

Method 3: Using Terminal Emulator (Requires ROOT)

Terminal Emulator app helps you in accessing the Android’s built-in Linux command line shell.

This method requires root access on your phone.

Step 1: Download and install Terminal Emulator App on your Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone.

Step 2: Launch Terminal Emulator App.

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

Step 3: Type this command in it and press enter:

su

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

Step 4: As soon as you hit enter key, a popup will appear to grant Superuser permissions. So click on Grant option.

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode
How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

Step 5: On the next line type the following command and press enter:

reboot download

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

As soon as you hit enter key, your Galaxy A5 will enter into download mode.

Method 4: Using Quick Reboot App (Requires ROOT)

Quick Reboot app provides advanced reboot options to boot your Galaxy A5 into download mode, recovery mode, normal reboot, fast reboot, safe mode and much more.

This method also requires root access on your phone.

Step 1: Download and install Quick Reboot app in your Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone.

Step 2: Launch Quick Reboot app.

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

Step 3: Tick the ‘I have read and accept the terms’ and click on confirm.

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

Step 4: To boot into download mode, simply click on Fastboot mode option.

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode
How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

Step 5: Then Tap on Yes to confirm.

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

Step 6: As soon as you hit Yes, a popup will appear to grant Superuser permissions. So click on Grant option.

How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode
How to Boot Galaxy A5 2017 into Download Mode

This will enter your Galaxy A5 into download mode.

How to Exit (get out of) Download Mode

  • For Android phones with a removable battery, you just need to open the back panel, remove and re-insert the battery and then normally start the phone by pressing Power button.
  • For non-removable battery phones, long press + hold the Power button to exit the download mode and restart the device.
  • For phones with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above OS, Google has introduced new process to exit the Download mode. For that you need to press and hold Power button + Volume Down key simultaneously until your device reboots.
I hope that this clear things up on how to enter and exit your Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 SM-A520F, SM-A520F/DS, SM-A520K/L/S into Download Mode.
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