Monday, 19 November 2018

Downloading Do Not Turn Off Target Samsung



Whether it's the Samsung Galaxy S4 S5, S6, S7 Edge, S8, Note 4 or Nexus you're using which is now stuck on the 'downloading do not turn off target' screen, there is a quick fix for it.

This is an issue encountered by some users of this Android smartphone, where it is required that they do not disrupt the process while it's stuck on o]Odin mode.

What happens is that when you try turning off your phone, it displays a black screen with the message a shown on it.

The phone automatically boots into the factory mode and shows a detailed information about the device at the upper left corner of the screen.

It can be stuck there for a while, and has even left some users wondering, 'downloading do not turn off target how long?'. 

It can happen occasionally after replacing your SIM and SD card, or it can be a continuous process that prevents you from using your phone.

Here's what it looks like:



FACTORY MODE
PRODUCT NAME: SM-G900P
CURRENT BINARY: SAMSUNG OFFICIAL
SYSTEM STATUS: OFFICIAL
REACTIVATION LOCK(KK): OFF
KNOX WARRANTY VOID: 0X0
QUALCOMM SECURE BOOT: ENABLE (CSB)
AP SWREV: S1, 53, A1, A3, P1
SECURE DOWNLOAD: ENABLE
UDC START


The weird part is, this can occur just about anytime especially when you least expect it.

That is to say, after charging your phone, rebooting it, rooting, flashing firmware, etc. and many can't really pinpoint what may have caused the error message they're seeing on their Samsung smartphone.

Now, if that has been your case, there's a solution.

In this post, you'll get to know what causes "downloading do not turn off target" error on Samsung and the various methods you can employ to restore your phone's normalcy.


What Causes Downloading Do Not Turn Off Target on Samsung


The Downloading...Do Not Turn off target error in Samsung is either be caused by the corruption of the EFS explorer or missing files in this memory partition.

The EFS explorer is a memory that contains information about your Samsung such as ESN, IMEI, MEID, and MAC address.

There are other data held within this partition and they are all specified by the device's manufacturer.

Therefore, an error in this partition will make your smartphone boot into this mode.

The corruption of the EFS explorer can be as a result of flashing the firmware, rooting of the phone or a malfunctioned hardware.




If it's neither of these, then rebooting will be the quickest fix for this error because it could have also been caused by software glitches or erroneously trying to access the recovery mode.

In the case of the latter, you may have accessed the Odin or Download mode which serves as an interface for rooting the smartphone or restoring its Stock ROM.

For instance, on the Nexus 10, these key combinations perform a different function:

Power + Home +Volume Down = Download Mode

Power + Home + Volume Up = Recovery Mode

Most users have noted that it differs on some Nexus devices like the 6 and 7 as well.


How to Fix Downloading Do Not Turn Off Target Error


Due to the fact that this error stems from the malfunctioning of the EFS explorer, a solution would be to restore the data held in this memory.

But then, only the product manufacturer may be able to do this or if possible, if you had already saved a copy of the data in this partition.

That notwithstanding, there are more ways to get your Samsung screen out of this mode.

Now follow the steps below on how to fix downloading.... do not turn off target error on Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, S6, and Samsung Galaxy S7.

The methods that can be used to effect this change are:

  • Rebooting your phone
  • Wiping the cache partition
  • Hard Factory resetting of Samsung 



1. Reboot Your Phone:

The first thing to do in order to resolve the Android Odin mode downloading do not turn off target is, to reboot your phone.

This is because you may have wrongly tried to access the Android recovery mode using the wrong key combinations or accessed the Odin or Download mode.

The Odin Mode on Samsung is also known as download mode and its function, is to enable users of the device to install a ROM or flash the smartphone.

By using a number of key combinations operated at the same time, this mode can be accessed.

For this reason, rebooting may be just what you need to exit the Odin mode.

So, go ahead and pull out your battery, SD card, and SIM card. Then replace each of these again before rebooting your phone.

If it resolves the issue and leads you to your Home screen, well done!

But if it doesn't, let's try something else.

  • Hold down these buttons: Volume Down + Power + Home buttons at the same time.
  • Once the phone reboots, hold the Volume down button again until the the Samsung animation shows.



2. Wipe Cache Partition:


The next thing to do is try booting your device in safe mode and then soft reset it in order to resolve this error.

If you're wondering, what does it mean to wipe cache partition or does wiping cache partition delete everything? 

Here's a brief explanation.

The cache is that partition that temporarily holds data so that they can be easily accessed. This means that over  time, this memory can get cluttered and as such, your smartphone may tend to lag or encounter some error.

Accordingly, data that is  stored in your Android's cache memory will be deleted if this partitioned is wiped.

Clearing this memory can restore your device's level of operation and moreover, you will not lose any of your stored data and files such as pictures, videos, etc.

To boot in Safe mode,

  • Turn off your smartphone
  • Hold down the Power Button for some seconds
  • Release the button when the Samsung logo appears and instead,
  • Hold down the volume down button for some seconds
  • Once the device restarts, you'll see a 'Safe Mode' displayed at the bottom part of the screen

To wipe the cache partition of Samsung, do the following:

  • Turn off your phone
  • Hold the Volume Up, Home, and Power keys at the same time
  • Release only the Power Key when the phone vibrates
  • Once the Android  Recovery Screen comes up, release the keys
  • Use the Volume keys to navigate and scroll down to option 'wipe cache partition'
downloading do not turn off target

  • Use the Power button to select this option
  • After the process is complete, select the option 'Reboot Now' using the Power Key.

Wiping the cache should be able to resolve this issue.

Don't fret, there's one more step outlined below.


3. Factory Reset: 


You can also boot your device in safe mode and then carry out a hard reset to eliminate the error in the EFS folder.

This a process that will require that you back up your data first because a hard reset will delete them all.

To begin:

  • Turn off your smartphone
  • Hold down the Power Button for some seconds
  • Release the button when the Samsung logo appears and instead,
  • Hold down the volume down button for some seconds
  • Once the device restarts, you'll see a 'Safe Mode' displayed at the bottom part of the screen

Here, you can proceed to Backup your files to your SD card and then remove it from your phone as well as the SIM card.




To back up the data on your Samsung smartphone while in Safe mode, follow these steps:

  • Navigate to your device's 'Settings'
  • Click on 'Advanced Settings'
  • Select  'Backup & reset' 
  • Finally, click on 'Back up data'

The next step is to factory reset your phone.

To do this:
  • Turn off your phone again
  • Simultaneously hold the Volume Up, Home, and Power keys
  • Release only the Power Key when the phone vibrates
  • Next, you'll be presented with the Android  Recovery Screen, which you can now release the last two keys
  • Use the Volume keys to navigate and scroll down to option 'wipe data/factory reset'

downloading do not turn off target

  • Use the Power Key to select this option
  • Navigate to the Option 'Yes — delete all user data'
  • Again, select using the Power Key

You can now wait for your smartphone to reset and delete its corruption files.

  • After completion, select the option 'Reboot Now' using the Power Key.
This should resolve the problem and get your smartphone up and running immediately. 

On the other hand, if you're still encountering the same problem, you need to contact Samsung in order for them to help you fix the device.



Conclusion:


These are the easy steps that will help you to resolve the downloading do not turn off target message on your Samsung S4, S6, S8, Note 8, Galaxy tab or Nexus smartphone.

Whether it was caused by wrongly accessing the recovery mode, glitches, or tampering with the firmware, each of the solutions outlined in this post is an attempt to quickly fix this issue.

That being so, if the problem persists, please contact Samsung or a smartphone expert who will be able to tackle the problem better.