How to Boot Galaxy A5 into Download Mode

November 16, 2023

Boot Samsung Galaxy A5 into Download Mode using our step-by-step guide given below. Launched in December 2014, the Samsung Galaxy A5 combines a sleek new design with decent specs to create a compelling mid-range smartphone that looks much better than its competitors. Some of its specs include 5.0 inches of Super AMOLED screen with 720 x 1280 pixels of resolution.

Besides, it sports a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 Qualcomm Processor with 16 GB of internal storage and 2 GB of RAM. It even features 13 megapixels of primary camera and 5 megapixels of front camera for selfies. It was launched with Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS which was further upgraded to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS.

Download mode is a special state or we can say a sub-system of an Android device and is mainly used to flash stock firmware through official means. Once you enter your Galaxy A5 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, the download mode is also widely used in gaining root access, installing custom recovery, custom ROMs, boot loaders, kernels, modems, pit files, system updates, etc. 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.

For entering the downloading mode, it is not necessary that your phone must 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 that says “Downloading”.

Entering Galaxy A5 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 into download mode with or without keys.

How to Enter Samsung Galaxy A5 into Download Mode

Here we have mentioned 4 different ways to enter your Galaxy A5 into download mode. You can refer to any one of them. Note that the below-mentioned methods apply to all variants of Samsung Galaxy A5 including SM-A500F, SM-A500FU, SM-A500M, SM-A500Y, SM-A500YZ, SM-A500F1/A500K/A500S, SM-A500FQ.

Method 1: Using Hard Keys

  • Switch off the smartphone completely until it vibrates.
  • Press and hold the 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.
  • Now just press the Volume up button to continue.
  • This will directly land your Galaxy A5 into download mode.
  • That’s all! You’ve successfully booted your Galaxy A5 into download mode using hard keys.

Method 2: Using ADB commands

  • Enable the USB debugging mode on your device.
  • Also, enable OEM unlocking and Advance reboot mode from the Developer options.
  • Download and install ADB and Fastboot setup on your PC.
  • Connect your device to the computer using a USB cable.
  • Launch the Command window on your computer.
  • To do so, hold the Shift button and right-mouse click anywhere on your PC.
  • You’ll see a list of options from which to select Open command window here option.
  • This will launch the command prompt window on your computer.
  • Now, type the following commands in the command window and press enter key:

adb devices

  • As soon as you press the enter key, you’ll see a message saying ‘List of devices attached’ along with some random numbers.
  • 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 the USB cable or even the USB port.
  • Type the below command in the command window and hit the enter key:

adb reboot download

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

Method 3: Using Terminal Emulator (Requires ROOT)

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


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

reboot download

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

Method 4: Using Restart App

  • Download and install the Restart app.
  • Launch the app.
  • Tick the ‘I have read and accept the terms’ and click on confirm.
  • To boot into downloading mode, click on the Fastboot mode option.
  • Then Tap on Yes to confirm.
  • 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 the Power button.
  • In the case of 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 a new process to exit the Download mode. To do so, you need to press and hold the Power button + Volume Down key simultaneously until your device reboots.


I hope that this clears things up on how to enter and exit your Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500F, SM-A500FU, SM-A500M, SM-A500Y, SM-A500YZ, SM-A500F1/A500K/A500S, SM-A500FQ into Download Mode. If you have any queries regarding the guide mentioned above, then do contact me through the comments section.
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