How to Unbrick or Restore Galaxy Note 9 back to Stock (N960 variant)

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the latest Note series offerings by the Company. The device has some of the most powerful internals as well. There is no denying the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is one of the most popular offerings from the company right now. That being said, it looks like that you are not someone who just uses their Smartphone for basic tasks. You are smart, someone who wants to have more control over their Smartphone in order to get the most out of it. Alright, that’s why you rooted your device or tried to. But, things did not go well.

You now end up bricking your  Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and are now finding a way to Unbrick or Restore Galaxy Note 9 back to Stock (N960 variant). That’s the reason you are here on this page reading this post on How to Unbrick or Restore Galaxy Note 9 back to Stock (N960 variant). Don’t worry as the GetDroidTips got your back. Today, in this post, we would be covering on the method which you can use to Unbrick or Restore Galaxy Note 9 back to Stock.

But before we get straight to our guide on Unbrick or Restore Galaxy Note 9 back to Stock. Now, there are 2 types of bricks. One of them is known as “Soft Brick” which is easier to resolve and then there is “Hard Brick” which is it difficult to resolve. With that being said, let us dig a bit in and find out What exactly Soft-Brick and Hard-Brick is. Should we?

What exactly Soft-Brick and Hard-Brick is? 

There are 2 types of behavior of a Smartphone by identifying which we can consider an Android Device as “bricked”. The first type- In case the Device doesn’t boot into recovery mode and show no response to any key combination at all, then it is much likely to be a Hard Brick. There are chances that you did something wrong with your Android Device while playing with it which resulted in the Hard Bricking of your Device. Though, the chances are a Smartphone getting hard bricked are much less.

A lot of people consider a hard bricked device as dead. Which is true in some way or the other. You can still visit the nearest repair shop authorized by Samsung or you can try USB jig to restore Galaxy Note 9 owned by you. But we really don’t recommend you to try that as with that too the chances of success are very less.

As we have already mentioned, the chances of hard brick are very less and it only results when the Power-Supply of a device get interrupted while installing an update, Custom ROM or any other software that contributes to the functionality of your device. One of the most common reasons behind this can be not following the guide properly, lack of prerequisites, not having enough charge left on your device and more.

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Anyways, now let us discuss What is Soft Brick. In this case, the device is not totally dead but does face issues while you try to boot in. Most of the times, there is some software glitch that actually doesn’t let it boot properly. Most of the times, a brick is a soft brick. Anyways much about the types of brick. Now, let us take a look at Identifying Bricked Galaxy Note 9 which would help you in identifying the type of brick.

Identifying Bricked Galaxy Note 9 

So, now we know that if the device is able to boot into download mode,  it is a software brick and if it doesn’t, it’s probably a hard brick.

Here are some of the Possible causes of Soft-Brick:

  • Bootloop- Bootloop happens when you flash something which is not made for your device. In this case, users experience frequent restarting of Galaxy Note 9 after being stuck at the Samsung logo for a while.
  • Corrupted but in a working condition- In this situation, your device is not able to turn ON and boot in a proper manner but is able to enter download mode or the recovery mode after you press the associated key combinations.
  • Other Factors- Keep in mind that if you are able to enter the download mode, it really doesn’t matter what has happened to your device, it is a soft brick and there is a possible solution for every soft brick.

Now, Here are some of the Possible causes of Hard-Brick:

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doesn’t boot into recovery mode and show no response to any key combination at all, then it is much likely to be a Hard Brick. There are chances that you did something wrong with your Android Device while playing with it which resulted in the Hard Bricking of your Device. Though, the chances are a Smartphone getting hard bricked are much less. Hence, we don’t recommend you to try fixing the device yourself unless you are a professional. We recommend you to take your Galaxy Note 9 to a Samsung Authorised repair shop.

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Now, for those of you who are facing a soft-brick on their Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the best solution is to flash the stock firmware again. Please do note that this will indeed remove all the user data that may be present on your Galaxy Note 9. Now when that’s clear, let us take a look at How to Unbrick or Restore Galaxy Note 9 back to Stock (N960 variant).

How to Unbrick or Restore Galaxy Note 9 back to Stock (N960 variant)

Video Guide to Flash Stock Firmware on your Device Using ODIN Software

Let us first take a look at the prerequisites.

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Prerequisites:

  • Your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (N960 variant only).
  • A Windows PC or Desktop.
  • You should have at least a 60% charge left on your Device.
  • Make sure you have Installed the Latest Samsung USB Drivers and ODIN Tools on your PC.

Now, let us take a look at the download section, should we?

Download Required Files: 

Here are the links for Odin zip file and Firmware file are given below. Simply download them on your Windows PC.

For Odin Zip file click below link

Download Latest ODIN Downloader

For Firmware Zip file click below link

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Stock Firmware Collections [Back To Stock ROM]

Steps to Unbrick or Restore Galaxy Note 9:

Now, in order to Unbrick or Restore Galaxy Note 9, you need to follow these steps carefully:

  • First of all, extract the Odin Tool on your Windows PC.
  • Now, extract the Firmware File you just downloaded as well.
  • Move the firmware files to the same folder where you extracted the Odin Files.

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  • Double click on the odin.exe file to run it.
  • Now, boot your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 into the download mode. To do this, simply turn OFF the device and wait for 10 seconds. Now, press and hold Home, Power, and Volume Down buttons altogether until you see a warning message on the screen.

download-mode-samsung

  • Simply press the Volume Up key to boot into the download mode.
  • Now, Connect your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to your Windows PC using a USB Cable.
  • You must now see an “Added” message on the Odin window.

Just in case “Added” message didn’t appear, you can follow some basic tips and they are:

——–> Ensure the drivers have been installed properly

——–> Use a different USB cable/port

——–> Uninstall the driver and re-install them again

——–> Reboot your device and PC too and try once again

  • Now, click on AP button and select the Firmware file (the file which ends with .md5 extension).
  • Make sure that the box for re-partition is unchecked in the ODIN.
  • Now, click on the Start button to begin flashing.

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  • Wait until a pass message appears on your Screen.
  • Once that’s done, simply disconnect your device from your PC.

That’s it you have successfully unbricked your Galaxy Note 9 back to Stock. Just in case, if you have stuck somewhere between the steps or have any questions related to the topic. Then feel free to leave them in the comments section down below.

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