Samsung Galaxy S II Odin Download Mode

Samsung Galaxy S II Odin Download Mode is new to me. Basically, it is used to install firmware, kernel and root Samsung Galaxy S2. Samsung Galaxy S2 needs to be in Odin download mode on these operations.

Samsung Galaxy S II Odin Download Mode

How to load Samsung Galaxy S II Odin Download Mode?

  1. Turn off Samsung Galaxy S2.
  2. Press and hold down Volume Down + Home + Power buttons at the same time.
  3. Press Volume Up button when warning prompt.
  4. Finally, SGS2 Odin download mode will be loaded.
Custom OS installation warning

Samsung did a great move by letting Samsung Galaxy S2 bootloader unlock. Therefore, lot of developers are developing custom ROM for Samsung Galaxy S2 now compare to HTC Sensation and HTC EVO 3D which have locked bootloader.

  • rizal

    Hello bro, do u use screen protector for ur sgsII? can u specify it and the price

    • Nope.

      • rizal it save to leave the screen without any screen protector?

        • It depends on your usage. My 18 months old HTC HD2 screen is still free of scratch even without screen protector. I put it in pouch all the time.

          • Aslhey sanchez

            My phone took a whole night to download . How long would it usually take

  • tan boon kok

    what has this Odin to do N with what advantage in ??????no idea!He!HE1HE!

    • Install firmware, kernel and root SGS2. You can use custom ROM and use all application that require root.

  • tan boon kok

    So what type of application that require root,so far dnload fr the android stall without problem.may be I’m too far out need to learn more fr u.

    • ShootMe, Titanium Backup, MarketEnabler, SetCPU… Just search ‘root’ in Android Market to find out more.

  • Ronnie Lim

    Hard habit to break. After playing with custom rom on HD2, i see that you already itcy to do the same to your new SGS2

  • Danilo

    How long it is suppose to take? My SGS2 is about 1 hour with the “downloading screen” and I don’t know what it is doing.


  • Hellow Jayce,

    Thanks for the article.
    I hav a few question to ask,
    Do you know other vendor who not lock the bootloader beside samsung?
    is it still the same : power button + home + vol up to boot in safe mode for sgs ii ?

    • Sony Ericsson if not mistaken.
      Safe mode? What is that?

  • rob

    hey so i just got this phone like 2 days ago and i don t want to mess with it. i accidently came across this thing and now i cant get out of it. so what can i do?

    • Just power off it will do. No worry. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • netty

    my grandson was playing with my galaxy s2 and locked it as he was playing with the pattern lock, how do i unlock the phone as ive forgot my gmail and password i used when i first had the phone… or how do i do a hard reset to get in to my phone…
    please help!!

  • sgs2_usr

    Hi Jayce,

    May I know what is Odexxed and Deodexxed?

    • Deodexed == easier to tweak, lighter on ram, heavier on space.
      Odexed == smaller on space, tougher on tweaking and ram usage.

  • sgs2_usr

    Thanks for the explaination!
    But how do one tell that the firmware is Odexed or Deodexed?
    I am currently on XXKG6 2.3.4 for my SGS2, that I got from your site. Is this Odexed or Deodexed?

    Also, can I use odexed for deoxdexed firmware or vice versa?

    • Official firmware is odexed. Most of the custom firmware is deodexed.
      No, odexed cannot use on deodexed firmware. Same vice versa.

  • ejoy

    elo.. i`m new in adroid.. iwant to root my phone.. but i dont see the odin mode.. how can i get it??
    can u explain to mee..

    • Can’t you load Odin mode with above steps?

  • iTh0R

    Hi Jayce,

    Is there anyway I can get the files to upload Bootloader, CSC, PDA and Phone of SGS2. I made a terrible mistake by choosing to download with ODIN’s Bootloader the kernel_i9100xxki3.tar file. The operation failed but after that, I couldn’t do any more downloads with other options. I also have the Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies and try again message.

    Luckily, the phone is still recognized on my PC and ODIN so I am hoping I can correct the issue.



  • @vyruzz: Follow the link that I gave you.

  • Olivia

    Hi, I would like to ask for your help. I tried to flash the modem to KG5 using odin. But it stated failed at the end of the process. (it is my first time trying) So I took out the batt and tried to restart my phone but it couldn’t be on. It showed a black screen with a pic of [phone]–!–[com] is at the top left corner of the phone. May I know what can be done to solve this problem?? I am still a noob wiith android. Thanks a lot for any help!

    • Is your SGS2 model I9100?

  • Olivia

    Yes it is

  • Silvia

    Dear Jayce,
    I did everything you said (wrote) and now I’ve got my phone in Odin mode ( it was and still is my last hope, i’ve tried many many many ways-my friend’s blocked my phone with trying “too many patterns” ) but what now? It’s been like this for about 5 min. I’d just like to know if I should wait & for how long? (as much as i love my expensive SGs2, i don’t feel like staring at it all day long)
    You’ve guessed right, I’m certainly not into that stuff but thios is my last hope. It really is.

    • What are you trying to do now?

  • Loune

    Hi Jayce, my sGs2 in in odin mode that says downloading do not turn off target, i know from previous reply that i’m supposed to flash a new firmware but i don’t want to do that. How do i get out of that screen?

    • Just power off it will do.

  • Jimmy J

    Hi there i’ve been trying to download the stock rom on my tmobile s2 and everytime i do i get this far

    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    T989UVLE1_T989TMBLE1_T989UVLE1_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)

    then my odin stops working and it says its not responding i have a compaq presario CQ57 and i just wanted to know if you could help me fix this. Please and thank you in andvance

    • Sorry Jimmy, I have no idea on T989 model. Please consult others at XDA Forum.

  • Sandra

    okay so i have a question my Galaxy s II is in odin mode after some moron tried flashing it from sprint to boost mobile however when u try to make a call its virgin mobile please tell me how to fix this

    • Maybe install back stock firmware will help.

  • sharul

    Hi there,
    I got a problem where i tried to upgrade my galaxy s2 4.0.2 to a 4.1.2 jellybean. i downloaded I9100XWLS8_I9100XXLS8_I9100FOPLS3_HOME.tar.md5 and then used odin3 1.85 to do it. Then my friend unplugged the usb cable while it was processing. the next thing i know, my phone got this symbol “phone—-!—–pc” on the screen. dont know what to do now. pls helpppppppp

    • Hi sharul, try to reinstall firmware on that mode with Odin see.

      • sharul

        when i reinstall it, it fails ๐Ÿ™

        • Sorry sharul, you need to ask Samsung Service Center for help in this case.

  • ben

    how long does ODIN mode take for the SGH-S959G? it has been doing it for a while now. how long am i suppose to wait?

    • It will be on that mode unless you install a firmware on it.

  • Gina Williams

    I have a samsung galaxy smart camera. It put itself in Odin mode. I can’t get it to quit this application. Can’t use my camera in any way. What is it doing? Why ? What do I do? Help please.
    Gina Williams

  • mary

    my samsumg galaxy sii got stuck in odin mode and my battery died now when I turn it on, it doesn’t even make it thur the media scan without out shuting down. and shows and error :… I can read it fast enough .. plz help me

  • ryan

    how do I flash a custom rom once im in odin mode