Boot Samsung Galaxy S10 Into Download Mode and Recovery Mode

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Rooting, installing the stock firmware using Odin, performing a factory reset, or stopping the OTA update manually, all these procedures require you to boot your Galaxy S10 into Download Mode or Recovery Mode.

In this guide, we will show you how to boot Samsung Galaxy S10 into Download Mode and Recovery Mode when needed. This guide supports all three S10 series devices – Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e.

Samsung released the Galaxy S10 lineup in February 2019 and the device has proven to be the best Galaxy smartphone to date, offering an all-new unlimited display with camera cutouts, powerful hardware, and amazing features like WiFi PowerShare. The phone also comes with One UI running on Android Pie, offering perhaps the best software Samsung has designed.

How To Boot Samsung Galaxy S10 Into Download Mode?

Download mode on the Samsung Galaxy S10 is a pre-boot menu that allows you to flash firmware images or custom binaries like TWRP using a program called Odin. This is very similar to “Fastboot Mode” on most other Android devices like the Google Pixel 3. So, if you want to restore stock firmware, manually upgrade software, or root Galaxy S10, you should know how to enter Download Mode. on a Samsung Galaxy S10 device.

Just follow the instructions below to boot Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e into Download Mode. All you need is a USB cable, Samsung Galaxy S10 device and PC.

  1. Press and hold the Galaxy S10 Power button.
  2. Tap on Power off and again on Power off to turn off the phone.
  3. Once the phone is turned off, press and hold the Volume Down and Bixby buttons at the same time.
  4. While holding the button, connect Galaxy S10 to the PC using a USB cable.
  5. Now you will see a ‘Warning’ message on the screen of the phone.
  6. Finally, tap Volume Up button to enter Download Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+/S10e.

Once the phone is in Download Mode, you can connect it to a PC and use the Odin Tool to flash firmware files and custom binaries like TWRP.

How To Boot Samsung Galaxy S10 Into Recovery Mode?

The Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S10 is a bootable partition where you can do a factory reset, wipe cache partition, and sideload OTA updates manually. When we say recovery mode, it’s not limited to stock recovery that comes pre-installed on the device, but also custom recovery like TWRP which you can use to flash custom ROMs, wipe/erase device partition, take android backup and much more.

Here are two different methods you can follow to boot your Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+/S10e into Recovery Mode, be it stock recovery or custom recovery like TWRP.

Method 1: Using Physical Key Combinations

  1. Press and hold the power button of the Galaxy S10 device.
  2. Once the power menu appears on the screen, tap on ‘Power off’.
  3. Then tap on ‘Power off’ again to turn the phone off completely.
  4. Press and hold the Volume Up, Bixby, and Power buttons at the same time.
  5. Keep holding the button until you see the recovery screen.

So, you have just entered Recovery Mode on Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+/S10e.

Method 2: Using ADB

While following tutorials that require you to use ADB, such as overriding OTA updates, you can also use ADB to boot your Samsung Galaxy S10 device into Recovery Mode. To use this method, you must first install ADB and Samsung USB drivers on the PC and also enable USB debugging on the phone.

  1. Open folder on the PC where ADB is installed (eg C:\ADB).
  2. While holding the SHIFT key on the keyboard, right-click on an empty space in this folder.
  3. Select the ‘Open PowerShell window here’ option.
  4. Now, connect the Samsung Galaxy S1 device to the PC using a USB cable.
  5. Enter the following ADB command to ensure that the device is detected correctly:
    adb devices
  6. The command should display the device ID. If not, then make sure you have correctly installed USB drivers and reboot your PC.
  7. Finally, enter the following command to boot Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+/S10e into Recovery Mode:
    adb reboot recovery

Immediately after entering command, the device should reboot and enter Stock or TWRP recovery mode (Whichever is installed).

So, through this guide, you have just learned how to boot Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+/S10e into Download Mode and Recovery Mode. If you have any questions about the method above, you can leave a comment below.

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