Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Boot into Download Mode

When you are in download mode on your Samsung Galaxy SIII, then you will be able to download and flash ROMs and kernels on it, and you will also be able to install CWM Recovery while you in this mode.

See also: How to Install ClockWorkMod Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S3

But, in addition to the advantages mentioned above, it also carries considerable risk to you. If it is configured poorly it is very susceptible to brick your device. Indeed it's very easy to enter download mode, like everything else we do with this great phone, but given the risk that you might get you need to be very careful and always follow the instructions and all the steps before you start flashing your device. You'll also need to boot into this mode when you want to install CWM Recovery on your phone which will allow you to boot into recovery mode.

See also: How to Boot into Recovery Mode on Samsung Galaxy S3

This mode can be extremely vulnerable to damage your device if you are not careful and do not follow the instructions correctly. In addition, when you are flashing the device means you will void the warranty. So, you really have to understand the risk of what you might receive before you do this on your device.

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One thing that is very important and you have to remember, that I am not responsible for any damage and the risks that may be experienced by your phone after you run the download mode using the steps listed here. So, remember the risk before you decide to do this.

How to enter download mode?
To get into this mode is easy. As written on, here are the steps you need to do:
  1. Turn off your device.
  2. Turn it back on by hold the Power button, Home button and volume down button simultaneously.
  3. You'll notice the download mode image and will be asked to confirm whether to continue to download mode or you want to cancel and reboot.
  4. To contiune press the Volume up button, while to cancel and reboot press the Volume down button.

For the record, you will need Odin to flash your device, click here to download it. Below is a video that will show you on how to enter download mode on Samsung Galaxy S3:

In conclusion, just do it if you really have to understand the risk that you might receive. So, let me know your feedback through the comment below :)


  1. when I hit Vol Down, Home, and Power I get a "Android System recovery (3e)"

    1. Hi Amir Irfan,
      Thanks for the visit and comment.
      Try to press Volume up button when you get to that screen and you should be able to enter into Download mode.
      Hope it helps :)

  2. I am unable to boot into cmw recovery mode even after rooting my s3. The device is rooted for sure but still I am unable to get into the recovery mode. Every time it takes me to Android stock recovery mode. I even tried deleting the "" but couldn't delete it. pls help me out....

    1. Hi Prins Gupta,
      Thanks for coming.
      In order to make you be able to boot into CWM Recovery mode, first of all you need to install CWM Recovery on your phone. To see the complete steps to do this thing, kindly visit our post about installing CWM Recovery here:
      Once you've finished installing CWM Recovery on your phone, now try to boot into CWM recovery mode by turning off the phone and then turn it back by holding Power button, Home button and volume up button simultaneously.
      Hope this helps :)

  3. Does this erase any memory from the sd card, sim card, or the phone?

    1. Hi Andrewrich99,
      Thanks for coming.
      If what you mean is flashing the phone, yes It will erase the data on the phone. So, backup the data first before you flash the phone.

  4. i am try to reset my passcode (i forgot it) will that work

    1. Hi Ben,
      Thanks for coming.
      Did you mean that you forgot your lock screen password and want to factory reset your phone?
      If so, there are some ways that you can do to unlock the screen lock aside from resetting your phone:
      1. Find the forgot PIN screen
      When you enter your PIN 5 times or so, usually you'll see the forgot PIN button on your screen. Tap the button and you'll be asked to enter a Google account related with your phone. It'll allow you to unlock the screen.
      2. Open Google Play Store through PC using Google account related with your phone and then install the Screen lock bypass Pro app(here's the link: and then install any app. It'll trigger your phone to unlock the screen.

  5. hi when i try to put my s3 in download mode my phone just vibrate 5 times and restart

    1. Hi Daniel Vadeboncoeur,
      Thanks for coming.
      Does your phone also restart when you boot it in the normal mode? Also please check maybe the Power key got stuck and then try to boot into download mode again.


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