In this guide, we will show you how to flash stock firmware on your Samsung device using Odin software. Samsung devices are among the biggest player in the smartphone industry. Based on Google’s Android OS, there are a plethora of tweaks that you could try out. While Samsung’s own UI is itself no short of customization opportunities, yet if you make use of Android’s open-source nature, the possibilities increase exponentially.
We aren’t just talking about downloading numerous icon packs or custom launchers. Well, you could install an-altogether new ROM on your device. That’s not it. You could also replace your stock recovery with TWRP, or gain administrative privileges in the form of the root. However, while all these definitely add a few features to your device, it comes with an associated risk or two.
Bootloop or a bricked device are two of the most common ones. In that case, flashing the stock firmware is all that is needed. To do so, Samsung has released a separate tool known as Odin (also known as Odin Downloader or Odin Flash Tool). Along the same lines, you could also flash the latest software update on your Samsung device manually.
However, unlike other flash tools, this one wasn’t released for the general users. It’s used by the Samsung developers to flash or install stock firmware on any of their devices, and most probably got leaked over the internet. Anyways, the tool is used to flash stock firmware on Samsung devices, granted that the firmware is in .tar or .tar.md5 format. On that note, here are all the required instructions and the installation steps. Follow along. Anyhow, if you wish to roll back to the stock Samsung firmware, then you can make use of the Frija tool to download the firmware
What is a Stock Firmware
Stock Firmware is the official ROM that the manufacture ships into your device. Although it is still based on Android, yet it is further optimized by the respective OEMs. They tend to add new features, customize the existing ones, or make some changes as they deemed fit. More often than not, all the devices from a particular smartphone manufacturer have near-identical customized Android OS. For example, in the case of Samsung, all the devices, whether they are the entry-level device or its flagship, ship with the latest OneUI operating system.
Although the offering and features will definitely vary, yet the underlying UI and stock options will be the same. Earlier, Samsung shipped their devices with Samsung Experience UX followed by TouchWiz. Now it comes with OneUI for Android 9 devices and OneUI 2.0 for devices running on Android 10. With that said, let’s check out the advantages of the stock firmware. After that, you will show you how to install stock firmware on your Samsung device via Odin.
Advantages of Stock Firmware
Not everyone wishes to tweak their device’s OS, yet owing to the massive custom development support, this user base is constantly on the rise. As a result, users just have to meet one requirement, that is an unlocked bootloader, and then there a plenitude of things to try out. Installing custom ROMs is among the top of the priority list. But by doing so, they are inviting some associated risks as well. Some users do end up bricking their devices. In that case, there is a handy escape route available. You could just flash the stock firmware and bring it back to working condition.
Apart from that, not all custom ROMs are stable and free of bugs. In fact, one can hardly deny the fact that even though these custom ROMs offer many more features than stock firmware, yet they can never match the stability of the stock firmware. Furthermore, since they are officially released by your device manufacturer, there stands complete surety from the safety point of view. Furthermore, if there are any bugs, they will release a new update pretty quicky and patch that issue on the go. So all these might have given you a rough idea as to the importance of the stock firmware. On that note, let’s check out how to install stock firmware on your Samsung devices using Odin.
- Before you go ahead with the procedure, make sure to take a complete backup of your Samsung phone.
- Install the appropriate Samsung USB drivers.
- Make sure to charge your device to at least 60%.
- Download the latest version of the Odin tool.
- Make sure to enable USB Debugging:
– To do that again, head to the Settings>>Developer Options>> allow USB Debugging.
- Enter your Galaxy device into the Download mode by pressing Volume Down + Home + Power buttons for Samsung phones with capacitive buttons and Volume Down + Bixby + Power for newer models.
How To Install Stock Firmware on Samsung Phone Using Odin
- Download the appropriate Galaxy stock firmware for your phone.
- Extract the contents of the firmware zip file.
- Notice that the extracted files will be in “.tar” or “.tar.md5” format.
- Now download and extract the Odin tool on your PC.
- Open the extracted folder and click on the Odin.exe file.
- You need to connect your Galaxy device to the PC while it is in Download Mode.
- Notice that the CO port will light up on Odin once you connect your phone.
- Click the AP button and select the firmware.
- Do the same for BL, CP, and CSC.
- Keep in mind that the regular CSC file will erase the entire data. In order to save the data, select the ‘HOME_CSC‘ file.
- Don’t forget to select Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time in the Options tab.
- Click the Start button to install the firmware on your Samsung device.
- That’s it! You will see a PASS message once the installation is complete.
Below is the list of issues that you might come across while installing the Samsung firmware using the Odin tool. You can quickly troubleshoot the issue by following the solution mentioned below:
- Device not detected by Odin: Make sure that Kies is disabled, and you have installed the correct Samsung USB Drivers on your phone.
- FAIL message on Odin: Make sure to download the correct Odin tool and use the correct USB drivers. Try to Force shut down the device and follow from step 1.
- The device enters boot loop: Boot into the stock recovery and factory reset your device. Hold the Volume Up + Home/Bixby button and Power key together for a few seconds. On the No command screen, keep holding the Power button and tap the Volume Up key once. Then select the Wipe data/factory reset button and confirm.
So, there you have it from my side in this post. I hope you guys liked this post and were able to install stock firmware using Odin on your Samsung phone. Let us know in the comments below if you come across any issues while following the above-mentioned steps. Until the next post…Cheers!