What to Do When Phone Says Downloading Do Not Turn Off Target

Don’t know how to eliminate Downloading do not turn off target message on your Android phone? Let’s take a closer look at what you can do to resolve this problem in this post.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jan. 06, 2021

Understanding how to deal with the “downloading do not turn off target” problem requires you to be familiar with Odin. Samsung is using the Odin software to flash new or custom ROMs as well as firmware onto its devices. Hence, the so-called Samsung Odin Mode enables you to customize your Android device in accordance with your needs.

However, this mode can also be entered accidentally, by holding the wrong combination of buttons for a sufficient period of time. The “downloading do not turn off target” problem occurs when your device gets stuck in this mode which renders it unusable.

So, in this article, we will show you what to do if you can’t leave the Odin mode by following the on-screen prompts.

Android Phone Says Downloading Do Not Turn Off Target

Android Phone Says Downloading Do Not Turn Off Target

Also Read: How to Get Out Recovery Mode on Android >

What Does it Mean “Downloading Do Not Turn Off Target”

The failures of the Odin software are not uncommon on Samsung phones, as the issue usually occurs when you enter the device’s Download mode. You can enter this mode by holding the Power, Home, and Volume Down buttons simultaneously. Once you enter the Samsung Odin Mode, you will be asked if you want to continue and flash a new ROM or firmware onto the device or exit the mode. You can navigate through this mode using the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons.

And it is relatively easy to end up in the Download Mode since you need to hold the Power, Home, and Volume Up buttons to enter the Recovery Mode. But the issue occurs, when the phone displays the ‘downloading do not turn off target’ message instead of leaving the Download mode.

The software glitch is usually the reason why Samsung phones display this message, so resolving it requires some previous knowledge of how the Android OS works. There are several methods you can use to fix the problem once your device gets stuck on the ‘downloading do not turn off target’ message.

Method 1. Leave the Download Mode

Fortunately, exiting this mode is fairly simple, so even if you end up in the Odin mode you can leave it quickly. This approach should work on Samsung S7, S6, S5, and S4 models, but you may not be able to use it on other Samsung’s Smartphones.

Step 1: Once the ‘stuck downloading do not turn off target’ message is displayed on the screen, you should press and hold the Home, Power, and Volume Down buttons at the same time.

Step 2: Release these buttons after the device’s screen turns black and your Samsung Smartphone should restart normally. However, if this doesn’t happen it means that the problem still needs to be resolved.

Method 2. Erase the Cache Partition

This method will fix any firmware issue that may have occurred on your Smartphone as it will delete all data that may be causing the conflict.

Step 1: You should start by switching off your phone, but if holding the Power button doesn’t produce the desired result, you must take out the battery. Once you ensured that the device is turned off you should press and hold the Home, Power, and Volume Up buttons until you enter the Recovery Mode.

Step 2: Use the Volume Up or Volume Down buttons to navigate to the Wipe Cache Partition option and Press the Power button to select it. This will initiate the process of erasing the cache partition.

Step 3: Once this process is completed you should navigate to the Reboot System Now feature.

Wipe the Cache Partition

Wipe the Cache Partition

Method 3. Perform a Master Reset

Resetting the device to the factory settings may help you get rid of the ‘downloading do not turn off target’ message, but it will also delete all data from your phone. That’s why you shouldn’t use this method unless all of your data are safely backed up.

However, there is no guarantee that this method is going to work, which means that you can easily end up losing all your data while failing to resolve the stuck downloading do not turn off target problem.

Further Reading: How to Recover Lost Photos from Android after Factory Reset >

Method 4. Make a Backup in the Safe Mode

All you need to check if the conflict between the software and firmware is causing the issue is to enter the device’s Safe Mode. If the phone boots the safe mode without any problems, then the stuck downloading do not turn off target problem is most likely caused by the software-firmware conflict. Here’s how you can enter the Safe mode on Samsung phones.

Step 1: Make sure that your Smartphone is switched off. In case you cannot accomplish this by simply holding the Power button, then you should either physically remove the battery or simulate that the battery was disconnected.

Step 2: A few minutes after you’ve turned off the device, you should switch it back on by holding the Power button. You can release the Power button once the phone starts loading, and then press the Volume Down button and hold it until the phone restarts.

Step 3: You can release the Volume Down button once you see the Safe Mode icon displayed in the left corner of the screen. Head over to the Settings app and open the Advanced Settings option.

Step 4: Locate the Backup & Reset feature, then tap on it and proceed to select the Backup My Data setting. Restart your phone after the backup in order to save the changes you’ve made.

Further Reading: How to Fix Safe Mode Stuck or Won’t Turn Off >

The Bottom Line

Hopefully, some of the methods we described in this article are going to help you resolve this issue quickly. If none of the methods works, it is better to seek professional help to fix the ‘Downloading do not turn off target’ problem in the Odin mode. If you have some tips to share with us and was this article helpful? Leave a comment and let us know.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.