How To: Downgrade A Samsung Device Running Lollipop Back To Kit-Kat

Last updated: January 2018.

 Downgrade A Samsung Device

We know that most of you eagerly update your devices to the latest Android versions as soon as they are available.  Sometimes, in our eagerness to get the latest version, we don’t really look at the features and we might find that, we actually prefer the older version.  If that happens then, we need to find a way to downgrade our device.

Samsung has released an update for many of it devices to Android Lollipop and many users already have it on their devices.  While it is a great update, it’s not perfect. Most complaints centre around battery timing.

Some people who have updated their Samsung device to Lollipop are now looking for a way to return to Kit-Kat.  In this guide, were going to show you a method by which you can do just that.  Follow along.

 

Prepare your device:

  1. Backup everything: EFS, Medisa Content, Contacts, Call Logs, Text Messages.
  2. Create a Backup Nandroid.
  3. Install Samsung USB drivers.
  4. Download and extract Odin3 v3.10.
  5. Download and extract the firmware: Link

 

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.

 

Downgrade the device:

  1. Wipe your device so you can get a neat installation. Boot into recovery mode and perform a factory data reset.
  2. Open Odin.
  3. Put device into download mode. First, turn 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 your Odin matches the one in the picture below

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  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 Android Kitkat firmware.

 

 

Have you downgraded your Samsung device?

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JR

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