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    Unhappy Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    Alright so this is what happened. Since around 2 days ago, my Galaxy S 3 would have a black screen pop up for literally no reason, and it would mean it's turned off. My phone's also been really slow and laggy these days, especially when I'm trying to type. I kinda figured that it was lagging a lot and then died because overuse or something? I really don't know. I wasn't overusing it more than normal.

    Anyway, I'd be using an app (like Facebook or Snapchat) then it would black screen/power off. It wouldn't power on if I pressed the home button or power button, so I took out the battery then put it back in. In the past 2 days I've done this a lot... (my charger has also been weird and won't charge unless it's in a certain position... so my phone's been on low battery or dying quick)

    Right now, I've taken out the battery then turned it back on and now when I turn it on it's stuck on a weird screen... it has the android logo, and says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!" And on the top left corner in small print, it says "Could not do normal boot. ODIN MODE."

    I don't know what to do Please help! I really didn't install anything and am not downloading anything? It's so weird. I don't know what "root" means. (I googled my problem but all these terms are so confusing) I really don't know anything about phones so please try to explain things in a way I would understand? D:

    This isn't my picture, but I found it when I searched it up. This is what it looks like.
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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    Quote Originally Posted by bubblyduckie View Post
    Alright so this is what happened. Since around 2 days ago, my Galaxy S 3 would have a black screen pop up for literally no reason, and it would mean it's turned off. My phone's also been really slow and laggy these days, especially when I'm trying to type. I kinda figured that it was lagging a lot and then died because overuse or something? I really don't know. I wasn't overusing it more than normal.

    Anyway, I'd be using an app (like Facebook or Snapchat) then it would black screen/power off. It wouldn't power on if I pressed the home button or power button, so I took out the battery then put it back in. In the past 2 days I've done this a lot... (my charger has also been weird and won't charge unless it's in a certain position... so my phone's been on low battery or dying quick)

    Right now, I've taken out the battery then turned it back on and now when I turn it on it's stuck on a weird screen... it has the android logo, and says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!" And on the top left corner in small print, it says "Could not do normal boot. ODIN MODE."

    I don't know what to do Please help! I really didn't install anything and am not downloading anything? It's so weird. I don't know what "root" means. (I googled my problem but all these terms are so confusing) I really don't know anything about phones so please try to explain things in a way I would understand? D:

    This isn't my picture, but I found it when I searched it up. This is what it looks like.
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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    Thanks for replying, I still haven't fixed it. On step 3b: "For the Galaxy S3, you will need to hold the volume up, home, and power button at the same time until you see the Samsung logo, and then release." I just get back to the same screen "Downloading... do not turn off target !!" I don't see any screen with blue bars that I can navigate with the volume buttons?
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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    Are you still under warranty?

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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    Judging by her picture I think she has many years left on her warranty
    (Heh heh - couldn't pass up the opportunity - got to have fun once-in-awhile!)

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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    bubblyduckie,
    That key sequence is rather timing dependent - you should continue to hold all three keys until you see the Recovery menu.

    If you still get taken to the Download screen, take the battery out, then remove your SIM card and SD card (if present). Reinsert the battery then try turning the phone on normally. If the phone boots normally, let it finish, then power it off fully. Remove the battery, reinsert the SIM card and SD card, replace the battery and see if the phone boots normally.

    If none of this pans out it's time to take it to your local carrier store.

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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    Dude you saved my behind. thanks XD
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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    I forgot about this post haha. Thanks for all the help, but I ended up having to take it to the store. They said the only thing they could do is reset it, or send me a new phone (since I was under warranty) since there was no way to even get past the screen that was being displayed. So, I chose to get the replacement phone.

    I asked them what the cause of this was, or if it would happen again.. He said sometimes if you're rooting it blah blah (which I haven't been doing). So he said, it's really rare, and I shouldn't worry about it happening again. Sigh
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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    Samsung has put out updates and they had bugs. They tried to fix them but only made them worse tryinging to fix them so fast. My galaxy s4 did that thing a couple mins ago with the "Odin" screen. I kept turning it off and on till it worked.
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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    Today I tried to root and got the same thing. I got on IRC #Verizons3 and they helped me get back. They told me that since I had the latest OTA from VZW that was my problem.
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    Unhappy stuck on Odin mode in samsung galaxy tab android 3.2

    well i was just gonna wipe my cache to take off the force closes but i accidently put on a wrong thing now i dont know what to go so i only have a power button and a volume up and down button and i still dont know what to do so please help me quick! because if my sister sees it im dead im on odin3 download mode it is like this format:
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -----ODIN3 Download mode--------------
    (Protocol v3.1)
    Reason: Force Key
    Secure mode : Secure
    check Signature: check
    Custom binary download : no (0 counts)
    Current binary : samsung official
    Waiting USB cable.......







    DOWNLOADING
    Do not turn off target!!!
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    please help me! i want to know this quick!
    P.S. im using a samsung galaxy tab. 3.1
    my buttons are the power button and the 2 volumes thats only
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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    11thank you it helped
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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    Hi victor mansour [deleted my Moderator] different story same picture androd donotturn off modsome mosture from bananna link in back phone on safety mode phone wanted to turn off!when shutting down phonetakingbattery out due to overheating battery!tried let system finish downloadingmade nodifferece called my provider birch comunication to currect problem by making phone like new!smaeproblem had differentproblem when lockoutofphone somesaidyou can pess done volum down&shut off putone plus third buton when hold button you can reset phone to manufature!nouthing happen!now asking for help& praing!
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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    ??? What???
    Why would you post your phone number?

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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    Quote Originally Posted by AxlMyk View Post
    Why would you post your phone number?
    Let me guess - because he didn't read the posting guidelines that prohibit posting personal information like phone numbers or email addresses? Just a SWAG.

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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    My [language]hath been saved.
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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    this happened for me when i used flashify

    try hold +power +home +volume to reboot for a few seconds until a reboot
    Let go of all of the keys and hold down Volume down, dont let go until you see the blue samsung animation.

    Then should be able to boot up normally.
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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    im stuck in odin mode please help
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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    Pull the back off, then take the battery out. Put it back together and boot it up.

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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    It helped! )
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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    Hi guys, I'm also encountering the same problem with her, the first post on this thread, when I normally boot the galaxy nexus it automatically starts on odin mode, wherein it says downloading.. dont turn of the target blablabla, and yet the lock buttons doesnt seem to work,
    and when I tried to open in recovery in order to clear the cache, the volume buttons and the lock button arent working. and it doesnt get me anywhere even if I get the phone to recovery mode.
    however there seems odd writing down that gets me suspicious, it the lock state wherein it says locked.
    need help guys! thanks
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    Default Re: Stuck on "Odin Mode" for no reason? Screen says "Downloading... Do not turn off target !!"

    Vol Down + Power + Home before vol down again

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