Boot Samsung Galaxy S4 into Recovery and Download Mode

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Knowing how to boot your Samsung Galaxy S4 into recovery mode and download mode is extremely important especially when you are looking forward in tweaking your smartphone. Actually, you will not be able to perform official or unofficial operations on your device without having to enter the recovery (stock or custom) and download mode. So, if you are new to the Android system and want to learn more about its features, then you are in the right place; here on Android Flagship our team will develop important and useful tutorial that will teach you how to use and operate your Android based device.

However, today we will be checking on how to perform an easy task: booting into recovery and download mode. The present tutorial will be suitable with the Samsung Galaxy S4 (any model of the same) though the procedure mentioned below can be safely performed (the steps will work) on any Samsung branded smartphones. So, this is something like a general step by step guide meaning that it will work for any Samsung branded devices; of course the handsets that are being powered by the Android OS.

SGS4 Download and Recovery Mode

SGS4 Download and Recovery Mode

Now, the Galaxy S4 is one of the most powerful smartphones released on the market (it competes with the HTC One, Xperia Z and of course with the iPhone 5). Anyway, the best is that the device is running on Jelly Bean 4.2.2, which is the latest release of Android firmware. And when operating on Google’s platform we can only think about customization and optimization operations. As you know, when owning an Android device as powerful as the Galaxy S4, it is really hard not to try to obtain more power from the same. Therefore, you will be tempted in rooting, flashing a custom recovery image and updating with custom ROMs and unofficial software.

The mentioned procedures are complex ones that should be applied only by those who are used with the same – the warranty of your device will get void and if you don’t know what you are doing you can end up in bricking your Android powered handset. Anyway, as you will notice, when trying to tweak your Galaxy S4, you will also have to first learn how to boot your device into recovery or download mode.

The Download Mode usually must be accessed when updating with official firmwares. I am talking about manual updates procedures, as the OTA releases are being applied automatically. So, if Samsung or Google is releasing a new stock Jelly Bean and you need to manually update your Galaxy S4 with the same (via Odin), you will notice that somewhere during the flashing procedure you will have to boot your smartphone into download mode.

Then, you need to learn how to enter the recovery mode when dealing with more complex tasks, like rooting, installing a custom ROM firmware, making Nandroid backups, perform maintenance, optimization and customization procedures and so on. Be aware that your device is being powered by a stock recovery mode; for applying the mentioned operations you will have to replace the stock recovery with a custom one, like CWM recovery. Now, the method explained below will teach you how to boot your Galaxy S4 into stock and custom recovery mode, so you have nothing to worry about.

Anyway, that was all for now, meaning that you can check on how to enter download, or recovery mode from your Samsung branded device.

How to Boot Samsung Galaxy S4 into Recovery Mode

  • Turn off your phone.
  • Then, reboot it by pressing on Volume Up, Home and Power buttons at the same time, for a few seconds.
  • Release the buttons as soon as you notice the stock, or custom recovery logo displayed on your handset.
  • Use the recovery menu in order to complete several operations.
  • You can boot into Android by returning to the recovery main menu; from there just select “reboot system now”.

How to Boot Samsung Galaxy S4 into Download Mode

  • Similar with the recovery mode, you first have to turn off your smartphone.
  • Then, reboot the handset by pressing on Power, Volume Down and Home buttons together.
  • When the “warning” message will be displayed release the buttons.
  • Press Volume Up in order to confirm that you want to boot into download mode.
  • You can now safely connect your device with the computer as the download mode has been successfully reached.

So, that was all; I know that the process is quite easy to complete but there are users who haven’t booted their Galaxy S4 into download or recovery mode until now. If this guide was helpful for you, don’t forget to share your experience with us and also subscribe to our newsletter in order to receive more Android related tips, tricks and step by step guides / tutorials.

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Andy Stevenson

Andy is a senior editor here on Android Flagship and you can surely rely on its experience as the Android subject is more than a hobby to him. Andy is currently focusing on developing dedicated and detailed tutorials, tips and tricks, so you will be able to find its work through the “how to” section of our website. Also, don’t hesitate and contact Andy if you have questions or if you want to hear a second opinion about anything that’s related to the Android OS.