Download Mode

How to Boot Galaxy Y into Download Mode

Boot Samsung Galaxy Y into Download Mode using our step by step tutorial. Launched in August 2011, Samsung Galaxy Y is a low-end smartphone with decent specs and features. Some of its specs include 3.0 inches of TFT screen with 240 x 320 pixels of resolution, powered by 830 MHz ARMv6 processor it featured 180 MB of internal storage and 290 MB of RAM.

Download mode is a special state or we can say a sub-system of an Android phone and is mainly used to flash stock firmware through official means. Moreover, the download mode is also widely used in gaining root access, flashing a custom recovery, custom ROMs, boot loader, kernels, modems, pit files, system updates,s etc. By booting your Samsung Galaxy Y into Download Mode, you can easily install the newly released Samsung OTA updates.

For entering into downloading mode, your phone doesn’t have to have root access. 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 Y 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 your Galaxy Y 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 into download mode. Here in this step by step guide, we’ll discuss four important methods on how to easily enter Galaxy Y into download mode with or without keys.

How to Boot Galaxy Y into Download Mode

How to Enter Samsung Galaxy Y into Download Mode

Here we have mentioned 4 different ways to enter your Galaxy Y into download mode. You can refer to anyone of them. Note that the below-mentioned methods apply to all variants of Samsung Galaxy Y including GT-S5360, GT-S5360L, GT-S5360B, GT-S5360T, GT-S5363, GT-S5367, GT-S5368, and GT-S5369.

Method 1: Using Hard Keys

  • Power off your Samsung Galaxy Y smartphone completely until it vibrates.
  • Press and hold the Volume Down key + Home button + Power button simultaneously until you see a warning message.
  • Leave all the keys as you see the warning message window.
  • Now just press the Volume up button to continue.
  • This will directly land you into download mode.
  • That’s all! You’ve successfully booted your phone 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 a computer (Windows, Mac, or Linux) using a USB cable. Let’s use this ADB and Fastboot method to boot your Galaxy Y into download mode.

  • Enable the USB debugging mode on your phone.
  • Also, enable OEM unlocking and Advance reboot mode from Developer options.
  • Now, download and install ADB and Fastboot setup on your PC.
  • Connect your Galaxy Y to PC using USB cable.
  • Launch the Command window on your PC.
  • For doing so, hold the 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.
  • Now to ensure that your Galaxy Y is properly connected to your PC, type the following commands in the command window and press enter key:

adb devices

  • 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 Y has properly connected to your PC.
  • If such a thing doesn’t happen, then re-install device drivers, enable USB debugging mode, and try again. If the problem persists, try changing USB cable or even the USB port.
  • Now to boot your Samsung Galaxy Y into download mode, type the following command in the command window and hit enter key:

adb reboot download

  • As soon as you press enter key, your Galaxy Y 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.

  • Download and install Terminal Emulator App.
  • Launch Terminal Emulator App.
  • Type this command in it and press enter:

su

  • As soon as you hit enter key, a popup will appear to grant Superuser permissions.
  • So click on Grant option.
  • On the next line type the following command and press enter:

reboot download

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

Method 4: Using Quick Reboot App (Requires ROOT)

Quick Reboot app provides advanced reboot options to boot into download mode, recovery mode, normal reboot, fast reboot, safe mode, and much more. This method also requires root access on your phone.

  • Download and install the Quick Reboot app.
  • Launch Quick Reboot app.
  • Tick the ‘I have read and accept the terms’ and click on confirm.
  • To boot into download mode, simply click on the Fastboot mode option.
  • Then Tap on Yes to confirm.
  • As soon as you hit Yes, a popup will appear to grant Superuser permissions.
  • So click on Grant option.
  • This will boot your Galaxy Y 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 the Power button.

Conclusion

I hope that this clears things up on how to enter and exit your Samsung Galaxy Y into Download Mode. If you have any issues with the guide given above, then do comment below.

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