A Guide to Installing Stock Firmware On A Samsung Galaxy S6

Guide to Installing Stock Firmware

The Samsung Galaxy S6 will be hitting the world markets in a few days.  Developers are already itching to get their hands on this device and play around with its specifications.

If you are an Android power user, chances are you are going to be tweaking this device and making the most of the open source nature of Android.  Even the most experienced power user is not immune from mistakes though and chances are you might end up soft-bricking your device or messing up its software in some way.  Don’t worry too much though, because restoring your device to stock firmware is easy enough.

In this post, were going to give you a comprehensive  guide on how you can install stock Android firmware on all variants of the Samsung Galaxy S6. Follow along.

Prepare your phone:

  1. This guide is meant for Samsung Galaxy S6. It should work with all variants of this device.
  2. Charge the device’s battery so it has 60 percent of its power.
  3. Have an OEM data cable available. You will use it to connect your device and a PC or laptop.
  4. Back up SMS messages, contacts, call logs and any important media files.
  5. Turn off Samsung Kies and any antivirus or firewall software first.


Note: The methods needed to flash custom recoveries, roms and to root your phone can result in bricking your device.  Rooting your device will also void the warranty and it will no longer be eligible for free device services from manufacturers or warranty providers.  Be responsible and keep these in mind before you decide to proceed on your own responsibility.  In case a mishap occurs, we or the device manufacturers should never be held responsible.


How To Install Stock Firmware & Restore Samsung Galaxy S6:

  1. First extract the firmware zip file. Find the .tar.md5 file.
  2. Open Odin.
  3. Put the device into download mode. First, turn the device off and wait for 10 seconds.  Then turn it back on by pressing and holding the volume down, home and power buttons at the same time.  When you see a warning, press volume up.
  4. Connect the device to the PC.
  5. If connection was made correctly, Odin will automatically detect your device and the ID:COM box will turn blue.
  6. Hit AP tab. Select the firmware.tar.md5 file.
  7. Check that your Odin matches the one in the pic below


  1. Hit start and wait for flashing to finish. When you see the flashing process box turn green, flashing is finished.
  2. Reboot your device manually by pulling out the battery and then putting it back in and turning the device on.
  3. Your device should now be running official Android Lollipop firmware.


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