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Fix Download Mode & Recovery Mode Bug in Galaxy S

Galaxy S LogoWe got several comments that some of the users of Samsung Galaxy S GT-19000 are unable to get into the download mode and the recovery mode which is a must before updating with the new firmware. Though this problem is normal and there is no need to panic if you too are experiencing this issue with your Galaxy. Many of them have experienced this issue, but since Samsung doesn’t allow you to flash, so even if you take your phone to the service centre of Samsung they will not solve this problem as flashing your device with the firmware of your choice is not yet allowed by the Samsung.

Actually many users are unable to put the device in the download and recovery mode by using the 3 button combo and due to which users are unable to try the leaked firmwares and also some of the mods like Cyanogen mod etc. Please note that the below procedure will work for most of the users but the below procedure is not advisable for those whose Galaxy S GT I9000 is locked by their operators. Most importantly, we take no liability for any problem arised after following the below procedure. So, lets see how you can get away with this problem. It’s also recommended to take a backup of all your data as in an unlikely event you may even lose all the data in your phone.

Make sure that you have the following things before proceeding to the procedure,

  • Make sure that you have all the drivers installed on your Galaxy S which can be done from Kies PC suite.
  • Also, make sure that you install ADB on your system and also USB debugging mode should be turned on which can be done by going to Settings>Applications>Development and select USB debugging.

USB Debugging

  • Now, without plugging in the USB cable just type in *#0228# in the phone dialer, and ensure that Voltage value is at least 3800 (mV).(This must be done WITHOUT plugging in the USB cable).
  • Now, download the Odin and also the Modified SBL tar file. Ensure that you have removed your SIM and external microSD card before initiating this process

Now, after this ensure that you are having the admin rights to the PC from which you are accessing it. After downloading the Odin, click on the PDA tab and select the SBL tar file which you have downloaded. Most importantly ensure that you have unchecked the option of “Repartition” and checked the option of “Phone Boot loader Update” as shown in the below screen shot and apart from this no other option needs to be selected like Phone, CSC, Dump or also don’t check mark any other options as this may completely mess up your mobile which may eventually lead to  bricking of your device.


  • Now, after selecting the options as mentioned above, you will now have to start a command prompt and need to go to the location where you have installed the ADB. After this you will have to enter the following command,

“adb reboot download”

  • Now, you will see that your device will enter in the download mode, please here don’t pull out the device from the USB as this may do a serious damage to the device, now if you check the screen, you will see that the “ID:COM” block will turn yellow as shown in the above screen shot. If it doesn’t turn yellow, repeat the whole procedure again till the block turns yellow. Now, after checking all the options as shown above you are now ready to proceed.
  • download mode

  • Now, just click on the “Start” button in the Odin and wait till the whole process gets finished as it will take some amount of time after which your phone will be rebooted automatically.
  • recovery mode

So, that’s it after the reboot, you can now check that the download mode and the recovery mode in your Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 will be working fine. Actually in some of the batch phones this problem is there, though most of the handsets are OK and doesn’t require the above procedure for activating the download mode and recovery mode combo.

Now, as both the download mode and the recovery mode are activated, you can download the latest firmware for Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 which is one of the most battery efficient and also one of the smoothest firmware.

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  1. FONKOU Barthélémy

    How to verify that ADB is install on the system ?

  2. FONKOU Barthélémy

    Hello. Thank for the answers anyone could give me. I have one question. Is the above procedure can be applied to the Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-9300 ?

  3. alright so… the sbl tar file… I’ve read all the comments here but it doesn’t seem like you’re replies help, no offense. I downloaded Modified-SBL.zip onto my windows PC. After unzipping once, I found a single file under the name “Modified SBL”. So when I opened the file it only contained 2 bin files: “boot.bin” and “Sbl.bin”. There was nothing in there close to .tar whatsoever. So could you give a new legitimate link to a SBLtar?

  4. I have Galaxy SL GT-I9003, I followed the above procedure to fix the three button download and recovery mode. Everything went smoothly, i.e., from the command prompt I run “adb reboot download”, then I went to odin and wait until the com:id become yellow then I press “START” after checking that repartition is unchecked and phonebootloader is checked as instructed in above. The process went good and I got a message which says “PASS” in the Odin box above ID:COM box with a green color but after that my phone wont start at all. No power, no nothing. Pls help!!

  5. it is illegal so i will not get help from there and when i went to centre they said we will not help you to root or do anything

  6. i have galaxy ace and i m not able to go to download mode and not even not able to do any thing in recovery mode it always says
    error in tmp/sideload/package.zip
    status 7 help me

  7. Now, after selecting the options as mentioned above, you will now have to start a command prompt and need to go to the location where you have installed the ADB. After this you will have to enter the following command,
    i m not able to understand this and can u send me the link for abd plz plz after installing abd what to do plz help me

  8. Would this work on a Samsung Captivate Glide i927? It’s from the same family, but it is not a Galaxy S.
    I have the same issue: no download mode with the button combo.

  9. i have this same problem on my galaxy ace

  10. thank u very very much bro.it did work for mine. wish u best

  11. Hi,
    I have already installed the XXJVP 2.3.4 ROM after following instructions from you on this site.(about 6 months back)
    Now when i wish to access Recovery mode, i can’t access it from adb or the 3 button method. Download mode works fine. I had rooted the device and installed the Voodoo Lag fix at the same time when i updated the device. Can i update without going to recovery mode?

  12. Neal, you are of no help –at all.

  13. Got to the point where I am to enter “adb reboot download” at the command prompt. Unfortunately I cannot find the ADB file. My computer does not recognize the phone even though it shows up as a device. I am stumped.

  14. Having tried to update to this firmware and after several failed attempts I now have a phone which is bricked. I have taken the battery out of it to stop it but every time i reconnect the battery all I get is a phone symbol with an orange triangle with a ! in the middle of it between a symbol representing a PC.

    I cannot get out of this and feel that my phone is bricked. I would not advise anyone to try this unless they are prepared to have a phone that is useless, sorry but I do not think it is worth the chance that your phone will end up like mine, useless as it is. Can someone please help me to try and recover my phone, thanks to anyone would can and will help.

    Best wishes Wez

  15. what exactly do you mean by.. ”you will now have to start a command prompt and need to go to the location where you have installed the ADB. After this you will have to enter the following command “adb reboot download” ” ??

  16. cant get into recovery/downloading mode//////

  17. cant get into recovery mode ….. held down the volume and power button but still…. doesnt seem to work…..getting frustrated… i ve a galaxy s vibrant from t mobile…. unlocked …. need to update the os to gingerbread2.3.3….. help needed ……

  18. Help!

    Followed instructions to fix the bug on my Samsung Galaxy S 4G. After completing the process, I unplugged the USB cable, replaced the SD and SIM cards and hit the power button.. NOTHING. No boot, no reboot, charging light doesn’t even come on when I plug it in. Is there any way to fix this?

  19. Hi- i did this steps to my galaxy ace device…
    When it is finished and i saw the blue “Pass” icon I closed odin and removed the cable and now my phone doesn’t turn on!!!!!

    what should i do?????????

    Help me!

  20. I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab Model P1000.
    I had Android FROYO 2.2 installed and all the fuctions worked well.
    The official Samsung update to 2.3.3 failed.
    Following a manual upgrade to Gingerbread 2.3.3 / Baseband P1000XXJPZ / KERNEL (SE.INFRA@SEP-52 #2) – Build Number GINGERBREAD XXJQ1.
    My Galaxy Tab works but I CANNOT access the recovery mode to clear the cache etc.
    Would the patch for the galaxy S work on my Galaxy Tab?
    Is another patch available to fix the recovery mode failure issue on the 7″ P 1000 Samsung Galaxy Tab?

    Any help you can offer would be appreciated Thanks

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