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How to boot Samsung Galaxy S4 into Recovery and Download Mode

Being able to boot your Samsung Galaxy S4 into recovery mode and download mode is crucial, particularly if you need to make some changes and adjustments on your smartphone. In fact, in order to complete some tasks, you first will need to enter the recovery (stock or custom) and download mode. If you haven’t used the Android system in the past, don’t worry because here you will learn more about its features and will be able to complete additional operations on your Samsung Galaxy S4 device. Booting into recovery and download mode is not difficult. In this tutorial, we will tell you how to boot your Samsung Galaxy S4 using simple steps. The process works for any Samsung device, as long as it runs Android.

While the Galaxy S4 is not the latest option from Samsung, it is still a very powerful smartphone. Thanks to the advanced technology that Samsung offers and the flexibility of Android, the Samsung Galaxy S4 gives you a great user experience. However, it is possible that you want to get even more out of your device. You already may have many customization options, but you may be considering rooting as a way to take your smartphone to the next level. Rooting allows you to complete additional operations such as flashing a custom recovery image and updating with ROMs and unofficial apps. Just keep in mind that these tasks require some technical knowledge. Any mistake could result in permanent damage on your device.

If you are familiar with the procedures and want to modify your Samsung Galaxy S4, you first need to learn how to boot your device into recovery or download mode. The Download Mode usually needs to be accessed when you are updating the device using official firmware. If there is an official update from Samsung or Google for instance, a new version of the Android OS and you need to manually update the Galaxy S4 with the same, using Odin, you’ll find out that at some point during the flashing process, you need to boot your smartphone into download mode.

This is why you need to know how to enter the recovery mode when working on complex tasks such as rooting, installing a custom ROM firmware, performing maintenance, carrying out backups, implementing customization and optimization options and more. Keep in mind that your device uses a stock recovery mode by default. In order to be able to extend the functionality of your device, you will need to replace the stock recovery with a custom one such as CWM recovery. The process that we describe in this article will allow you to boot your Galaxy S4 into stock and custom recovery mode.

How to boot Samsung Galaxy S4 into Recovery Mode

  1. Switch off the phone
  2. Reboot it by pressing on Volume Up, Home and Power buttons simultaneously for a few seconds.
  3. Release the buttons as soon as the stock or custom recovery logo appear on your device
  4. Use the recovery menu to be able to complete multiple tasks. You will be able to boot into Android by going back to the recovery main menu. From there, you can simply select “reboot system now”.

How to boot Samsung Galaxy S4 into Download Mode

  1. Just like with the recovery mode, the first thing that you need to do is to switch off the Galaxy S4.
  2. Press the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons at the same time to reboot the device. Release the buttons when you see the “warning” message.
  3. Press Volume up to confirm that you want to boot into the download mode. Then you can connect your device with the computer safely as the download mode has been entered successfully.

That is all. Now you know how to enter the recovery mode and the download mode on your Samsung Galaxy device.

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