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I'm working on Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets, specifically with Tab 3 (SM-T210) and Tab 4 (SM-T230), and being learning a bit about the boot and recovery images and the bootloader. I have not being able to find the answer to this very simple question: Is Download Mode Samsung's Bootloader? If not what is the difference?

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    Yes and no. The Download Mode is an interface between the Loke component, which resides in the bootloader, and Odin/Heimdall. In fact, if you issue the reboot bootloader from your device's command line, it will boot the Download Mode.
    – Grimoire
    Apr 12, 2016 at 22:13
  • @DeathMaskSalesman Thanks for your comment. Do you have any tutorial or articles regarding the information you supplied, so I can read on?
    – Storo
    Apr 12, 2016 at 23:24
  • Sadly, I don't have any direct link at hand. You may want to search at XDA. If you're interested in the Odin tool, though, I was researching its features, and you can find my notes under a question named Odin configuration file analysis, or something similar, in this very SE.
    – Grimoire
    Apr 12, 2016 at 23:27
  • @DeathMaskSalesman I issued the reboot bootloader and rebooted into normal mode, same happened when I issued the adb reboot-bootloader. The only one that worked was adb reboot recovery.
    – Storo
    Apr 13, 2016 at 11:38
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    @DeathMaskSalesman For realz though, is totally stealing your comment and reposting it as an answer like the guy did below allowed here on SE?
    – Andy Yan
    Feb 11, 2017 at 0:16

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Yes and no. The Download Mode is an interface between the Loke component, which resides in the bootloader, and Odin/Heimdall. In fact, if you issue the reboot bootloader from your device's command line, it will boot the Download Mode. (thanks to @death-mask-salesman)

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