If we opt for newer technology, we will have to be ready for newer technical glitches as well- sometimes much more challenging. If you have experienced “downloading… do not turn off target” on your Samsung phone screen, you probably know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t and are here to find out and be prepared for it, we have got you covered!
To understand this glitch, you will need to know a bit about Odin. Odin is the firmware flashing software developed and used internally and exclusively by, Samsung. It is generally used to flash a custom firmware recovery image to your preferred Samsung device. It is mostly a convenient feature to use. The problem occurs when the screen gets stuck on the “Downloading… do not turn off target” message.
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What is the meaning of the “Downloading… do not turn off target” message.
Well, entering into the Odin mode is one of the simplest things you can do. All you need to do is press down on the Home button, Volume down button, and the Power button at the same time. But is getting out of this mode easy? Mostly, yes, but at other times- not so much. Often you will find your screen stuck with the “Downloading… do not turn off target” message flashing on it, while it is supposed to automatically exit the Odin mode.
Why does this happen?
The most common reason is pressing the buttons for longer than required, or pressing the wrong button. Either way, if you are stuck in this mode, chances are that you will be stuck there for a long time until you take some steps to manually exit this mode.
So how do I exit this mode?
There are a number of ways. You will need to figure out which one works best for you.
Try leaving the download mode.
- Try the opposite of what you did to enter the mode- press down on the power button, and the volume up and home buttons altogether.
- The exit and restart process should start automatically.
If this doesn’t, we have other options for you.
Erasing the Cache partition
- Switch off your phone. The power button might not work. In that case, carefully take out the battery.
- Then, press down on the Volume up, Power, and Home buttons till the recovery mode activates.
- Using the volume up and down buttons, navigate to the option of erasing the Cache partition and perform the action.
- Then click on the “Reboot System Now” option.
Performing a major reset
This option should be used carefully and judiciously as it erases all the data on your phone. Do not try it if you do not have all important documents safely backed up.
- Navigate to the “Reset the device under factory settings” option and perform the action.
Creating a back-up in the safe mode
- Switch off your phone.
- Switch it on after a few moments and press down on the Volume up button when it starts coming on.
- When you see the safe mode icon at the corner, you can release the Volume down button and proceed to “Advanced Settings” from the Settings app.
- On finding the “Backup and Reset” section click on the “Back-up my data setting option”.
- Ensure that you restart your phone to save all the changes.