Samsung Galaxy users might have already heard of the popular Odin tool for firmware flashing on their devices. It is simple standalone windows based tool which will help you flash stock firmware or CF-Auto-Root firmware on your Galaxy device in just a few clicks. The Odin tool is quite simple to use but most of the users tend to make mistakes during the flashing process due to various factors which may brick your device. However, with a pinch of guidance, you can make the Odin firmware flashing process a cake walk.
In this tutorial, you’ll see how to prepare your Galaxy smartphone/tablet and PC for Odin flashing and the procedure to flash a firmware using Odin tool. We will make this tutorial as simple as possible with an additional bonus of giving you the related information of the process so that you get to know what’s happening rather that just blindly following the process. So, without much of the intros and stuff, let’s see how to install stock firmware on Samsung Galaxy devices using Odin firmware flashing tool.
Odin firmware flashing tool is specifically designed for Samsung Galaxy smartphone and tablets, so don’t use this guide on any other device. Choosing a compatible firmware is of utmost priority for this guide, so be extra cautious while choosing a firmware for your device as flashing wrong firmware will brick your device. Always download the firmware from any reputed developer communities and double-check whether if it is safe to flash or not.
Unauthorized firmware flashing may void your device’s warranty either temporarily or permanently. Even though the practiced method is safe and tested, there might be a chance for misfortunes. So, you alone are responsible for any consequences that might occur during the process. We shall not be held responsible for any damage to your device but we will try our best to provide assistance if you land into any trouble.
Don’t proceed with the tutorial unless you meet all the prerequisites listed below. Don’t rush these things as your device might be doomed if things go sideways. You can spare a couple more minutes before the main task, can’t you?
Charge Your Device
Charge your Galaxy smartphone above 60% before proceeding with the guide. If your device runs out of juice in the middle of flashing, you’ll end up with either a soft-bricked or hard-bricked device.
Enable USB Debugging
Enabling USB Debugging on your device is an important thing as it will let the Odin tool communicate with your device for flashing. Follow the below steps to enable USB debugging on your device.
- Navigate to Settings » About Device
- Scroll down to find Build number and tap on it 7 times continuously. This will enable Developer options menu on your device.
- You’ll see a toast message “You are now a developer” on your device.
- Go back to Settings menu and you will find the Developer Options menu.
- Tap on it and search for USB debugging option and check the box next to it to enable the USB debugging option.
Install Samsung USB Drivers
You should install proper USB drivers on your PC to make sure your device is detected by the Odin tool. If you have not installed them on your PC, it’s high time to do it now. Click the below link to download and install Samsung USB drivers on your PC.
Flashing firmware using Odin might format your entire device, so make sure you backup everything before proceeding with the guide. Backup everything on your Internal memory and make sure you don’t lose any precious photos or other important data. If you have a custom recovery installed on your device, better take a nandroid backup or else use any 3rd party backup apps to backup everything that you can on your device.
Download Odin Tool
Download the recommended version of Odin tool from the below link. If you’re not sure, you can use the Odin3 v3.09 for JellyBean and KitKat firmware and the latest Odin3 v3.10.6 for Lollipop firmware.
How to Install Stock Firmware on Samsung Galaxy Devices Using Odin
- Download the compatible firmware for your device. Odin compatible firmware should either have a .tar or .tar.md5 extension. So, if you have downloaded a Zip file, it will probably have a .tar or .tar.md5 file inside it. Make sure you extract it before proceeding to the next step.
- Download the Odin zip file and extract it on your PC. You will get the following files in the folder (Files may change with the version):
- Odin3 vx.xx.exe
- Double-click the Odin3 vx.xx.exe file to open an Odin window.
- Now boot your device into download mode. To do this:
- Power off your device and wait until the device is fully switched off.
- Press and hold ‘Volume Down + Home + Power’ buttons together and release them when you see a warning screen shows up on your device.
- At the warning screen, press the Volume Up button to accept the warning and boot into download mode.
- Connect your Samsung device to the PC using a good quality USB cable.
- As soon as you connect the device, the ID:COM port on Odin window should turn Blue or Yellow depending on the Odin version you’re using. You’ll also see an “Added!!” message in the message box.
If neither of this happened, please go back and make sure you’ve installed drivers and enabled USB debugging on your device. In case that didn’t help, try the below tricks:
- Uninstall and reinstall the Samsung USB drivers on your PC.
- Reboot your PC and try using different USB cables and different USB ports on your computer.
- Reboot your device and turn off USB Debugging, turn it on again. Then reboot to the download mode again.
- Now click the AP button (if you are using Odin3 v3.09 or 3.10.x) or the PDA button (if you are using an older version) on Odin and select the firmware. To do this:
- In the Options section, make sure that only the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time boxes are checked and everything else are unchecked.
└ Note: Do not check the Re-Partition box unless you have a .PIT file to flash or it might corrupt the partition table and leave your device bricked.
- Finally compare all the highlighted fields as shown in the above screenshot with your Odin screen.
- Once everything seems fine, just click the Start button on Odin to start installation. The flashing might take a few seconds to a matter of minutes depending on the firmware size.
- If everything goes well, you’ll see a success message such as PASS! or RESET! on Odin. Your device will restart automatically after the process is completed.
If you encounter a FAIL! message instead of PASS!, remove the battery from the device and re-insert it, restart Odin (preferably a different version) and repeat the process once again carefully. If you want to diagnose the issue, take a look at the Odin log in the Message box.
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