Samsung is one of the top smartphone manufacturers in the world. Despite getting a very hard competition from some Chinese manufacturers, it has successfully attracted the attention of many new Smartphone freaks all over the world. One of the key reasons for their success is the timely updates.
Well, when it comes to the Firmware, Samsung has set some protocols for the different variants of their gadgets. For example, if you purchase a smartphone from India, the same model may not be exactly same when purchased Europe or America. The smartphones are loaded with different firmware and understanding the same let you know a lot of things about your gadget. Here is all you need to know about the CSC and Home_CSC.
What exactly is a Firmware?
A firmware is nothing but a permanent software which is programmed into the ROM. It actually provides control for all the hardware in an electronic device. All the necessary instructions for a device communication are provided by it.
How CSC and Home_CSC are different?
Actually, they don’t have much difference between them. However, still, there are a lot of things that users must know. There are generally two different CSC binaries which you can see upon downloading the firmware for your Samsung gadget. These are generally tagged as CSC and Home_CSC. Generally, the users find themselves in a confusing state to know which one to proceed with and which one to neglect.
CSC and the Home_CSC are basically the important parts of the firmware which powers the hardware of your Samsung device. However, their use is different from one another. The Country Specific Code (commonly known as CSC) is generally a component which provides all the information regarding the carrier and the region for which your device is manufactured. In short, it also let you know about the variant of your Samsung phone. It actually decides the type of updates that will remain available for your phone and the type of services (sometimes smartphone features) which you can access. Although this kind of information is rarely required by the users, it actually helps you to understand how exactly the phone owned by you perform its task.
What is the role of CSC in Samsung your device?
It is not necessary that CSC for the different Samsung phones is same. There are certain things which make it different. There are actually some defined guidelines and rules which CSC bounds on the device. When the brand new phone is turned ON for the very first time, the CSC sets itself based on the type of SIM card and its region. The bloatware (the phone’s default apps) are then automatically installed and the network configurations are applied. In addition to this, the default language is selected based on the information provided by your SIM card about its region and carrier. Upon completely turning ON, the Samsung device establishes a link with the servers of the Samsung to let them send the correct updates for the phone.
Checking the CSC of your Samsung phone
It is actually a very easy task that you can perform through the below instructions
- Open the phone Settings and click on the “About Phone” section
- Scroll down and click on the option “Software legal Information”
- You will see an option “Service Provider SW Version”
- You can find the different entries that usually reflects the different type of CSC
- The one listed at the top is the “active CSC and is the one which is useful to your device
XXX/YYY/ZZZ (phones with single SIM) XXX/YYY,YYY/ZZZ (phones with dual SIM)
Structure of CSC
CSC is a combination of two sections. The very first one is the SIM card inserted in the phone and the second is the region for which the phone is manufactured. The entry next to it is not of any prime significance but it only reflects the device’s origin.
Is it possible to change the CSC on Samsung devices?
Disclaimer- Although it’s possible, you will be doing it at your sole risk. The warranty of your phone might be gone and there are chances that you have to face additional problems in the phone. It is not the responsibility of any one of us at www.getdroidtips.com but only yours.
Generally, when you take your phone to another place (away from your home country), an attempt is made by the device to automatically change the CSC through the new SIM card inserted. It gets the new country code from the same and the user is notified through a popup message. Upon accepting the same, the new information gets align itself in the phone and the modification of the phone configuration begins. The device automatically performs a factory reset and therefore you must keep a data backup upon giving permission to the phone to make changes to the default information.
It is also possible to manually change the CSC of your phone. However, you must keep everything mentioned in the above disclaimer in your mind before proceeding with the same.
CSC vs. Home_CSC, the difference
Upon downloading the full firmware on your Samsung gadget, you can see the 5 different separate files. They together form a file in the phone. They are tagged as
- BL (Bloatware),
- CSC and Home_CSC,
- AP (Kernel, Vendor and System information),
- CP (Modem)
In this post, generally, the CSC and the Home_CSC are focused. They are available for the different purposes despite there is not much difference in the two when compared with each other. You can select it depending on one prime factor.
CSC- When you choose to flash this file in your Samsung device, it will erase everything in it and your data will be gone before making the changes to take place in your Samsung device
Home_CSC- This is a file which can be selected if you really don’t want to lose your phone data and any of its important settings. You can find it same even after flashing the same.
CSC is the option which is generally recommended. This is because it confirms the most appropriate updates for your phone. On the other hand, Home_CSC instruct Odin to don’t cause any change to the phone settings and the data stored while reinstalling an update such as a security patch.
When you may want to change the firmware
- If you wish to move to another country, this is required. However, the thing which you need to keep in your mind is not all the Samsung devices are sold in all the countries.
- For changing a branded CSC to an unbranded CSC
- Getting an update on your phone or a version of Android which is actually not available for the same
How you can select the right firmware for your device?
- Well, it is recommended to you to boost your knowledge about the gadget owned by you. There are actually certain apps available on the Play store that can be helpful for you. you can install the app “Phone Info” which is amazing to be considered
- It is necessary that you look for the firmware that supports the sub-codes of your gadget including its model number
- Always prefer the open sales code CSC
- Read the opinions and experience of others before doing so
How to flash a different Odin?
As far as you choose to install an update through the Odin which has similar CSC as the present configuration, there is nothing to worry about. In case the firmware which is not specifically for the variant of your phone (for another carrier/country), you need to be very careful about this. Certain things can go wrong here. you can read more about installing a stock firmware on your Samsung device by clicking here.
First, you must check if the CSC is open or it’s locked. The open ones are tagged as Multi-CSC whereas the ones which are locked are for specific country/region Samsung devices. They are generally tagged as carrier-specific firmware. In the case of Multi-CSC, the country code is obtained through the SIM card inserted in the phone.
Generally, the flashing procedure for the different CSCs is similar. However, this task is to be performed carefully. There are total 4 files which you have to load in your phone. Although you can go ahead with the Home_CSC but the one which is recommended to you is CSC. You can take your decision based on if you need to unlock a locked device so that it can be used in another country or with another carrier. It is to be kept in mind that changing the CSC of your Samsung device usually affects the future updates you will receive for your device.