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Fix: Verifying VBMeta Image OK_NOT_SIGNED(3) Error

A VBMeta file is basically used to verify the integrity of the system on the Android device, especially on Samsung Galaxy devices. So that your device is able to boot the authorized and signed firmware only. These days most of the custom firmware do come with their own VBMeta file to avoid this conflict but some don’t have it yet. So, if you’re getting Verifying VBMeta Image OK_NOT_SIGNED(3) Error, follow this full guide to fix it.

It seems that Samsung is actively trying to remove third-party firmware flashing or rooting or even unlocking the bootloader for users and pushing its own sort of customizations on their Galaxy devices. Well, if you want to bypass this restriction on Samsung Galaxy devices, you’ll have to flash the stock or a blank VBMeta.img file manually for those custom firmware that doesn’t have any VBMeta in it.

Fix: Verifying VBMeta Image OK_NOT_SIGNED(3) Error

Here we’ve mentioned three possible different methods to easily fix the VBMeta not signed error on your Samsung Galaxy devices. So, without wasting any more time, let’s jump into the guide below. If the first method doesn’t work for you then try the rest of the two methods one by one until the problem gets fixed completely.

Fix: Verifying VBMeta Image OK_NOT_SIGNED(3) Error

Warning: GetDroidTips won’t be responsible for any kind of issue or error that may happen with your handset while/after following this guide. It fully depends on your own call. You should know what you’re doing. So, proceed at your own risk.

Method 1: Flash Stock ROM via ODIN Tool

If you’re using Samsung Galaxy devices for a while then the chances are high that you may have heard about flashing stock firmware via ODIN Flash Tool which is developed by Samsung itself for the users. So, this method should gonna work for everyone unless there is some other issue happening.

OR, you can check the quick steps here:

    • Press the Volume Down + Power buttons together for a few seconds until the device restarts.
    • Now, quickly connect the USB cable to the computer and then plug it in the handset while holding the Volume Up button > Then press the Volume UP button and your phone will reboot again.
    • Then quickly press the Volume UP + Down buttons together at the same time and don’t remove the USB cable until the Download Mode appears.
    • Now, press the Volume UP button on your device and it should boot into the Download Mode.
  • Make sure to download and install the ODIN Flash Tool on your Windows computer.
  • Once installed, launch the ODIN Tool on the PC > Follow this guide to flash the stock firmware on your Samsung Galaxy device.

OR, check out the short steps below to easily flash the firmware via ODIN.

    • Just extract the firmware zip file on the PC.
    • Make sure that your device is still connected to the Download Mode. [Important]
    • Next, launch the ODIN Tool > Select the firmware file that begins with ‘BL’ and put it into the BL section. Do the same step for AP, CP, and CSC sections with respective files.
    • Then avoid the USERDATA field > For the CSC field, do not use HOME_CSC. Just use CSC.
    • Keep checked F.RESET TIME and Auto Reboot > Click on Start.
    • The firmware flashing process will start now and it can take a couple of minutes. So, have some patience.
  • Finally, your device will automatically reboot into the system after flashing.

This official and well-tested method should work for you seamlessly. However, if this method doesn’t help you out, then check out other methods too.

Method 2: Flash VBMeta.tar in CP Slot

Now, if you’re encountering the Verifying VBMeta Image OK_NOT_SIGNED(3) Error on your Samsung Galaxy device while flashing the TWRP Recovery that means you’ll have to flash VBMeta.tar in the CP slot and TWRP file in the AP slot on ODIN to avoid the error.

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  • The best part is that you can easily find out the VBMeta.img file from the downloaded Stock Firmware file that you’ve already downloaded by following the first method.
  • Now, launch ODIN Tool > Put TWRP on the AP slot and VBMeta.img on the CP slot.
  • Then boot your device to the Download Mode as mentioned above.
  • Next, start flashing both these files via Odin on your device. It may take some time to complete.
  • Once the flashing is done, your device will automatically boot to the system.

Still, the VBMeta not signed error appearing to you? Well, check out the last method too.

Method 3: Flash Recovery.img.tar and PIT Files

  • First, make sure that you’ve downloaded the latest stock firmware for your Samsung device model properly. [Check out the first method to grab the link]
  • Now, extract the firmware file to get the CSC file on the PC.
  • Then you’ll have to extract the PIT file from your Samsung Device.
  • Additionally, find the recovery.img.lz4 file from the extracted firmware folder and rename it to the recovery.img.tar file. [Important]
  • Next, open the ODIN Flash Tool > Go to the PIT section > Click on the PIT button.
  • Select the extracted PIT file of your device firmware and click on Open to load it.
  • Now, put the recovery.img.tar file on the AP slot.
  • Head over to the Options tab of the ODIN tool > Ensure to uncheck the Auto Reboot option.
  • Then boot your Samsung Galaxy device to the Download Mode as mentioned in the first method and connect it to the PC via a USB cable.
  • Once the ODIN tool detects your connected handset, click on the Start button to initiate the flashing process. [If not detected then reconnect to the PC]
  • Wait for the flashing process to be completed as it may take some time.
  • Your device will boot into the recovery mode automatically > Make sure to perform a factory reset of the device to go back to the factory default state.

Note: Performing the factory reset on your device will delete the user data from your handset.

  • Finally, boot your device into the system normally as you do.
  • Enjoy! This should fix the VBMeta not signed error from your device completely.

That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.

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