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How-To: Install Stock Firmware On Samsung Android Smartphones

Last updated: October 2, 2018.

Install Stock Firmware

Sometimes, if your Samsung Smartphone gets soft bricked or stuck in boot loop, the best way to fix it is to install or flash stock firmware. Install Stock Firmware clears all junk from your phone and can also unroot your phone.

Another reason to install the stock firmware manually is, if an OTA update is taking a long time to reach your region, you can still find firmware files available over the web and you can get the update on your phone by flashing the firmware using Odin on your PC.

Before we begin, we recommend you back up all data in your phone’s internal storage.  This includes contacts, call logs, and messages.

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.

Install Stock Firmware on Samsung Android Smartphones:

  1. Download the following:
    • Odin
    • Samsung USB Drivers
    • Stock firmware
      • For stock firmware, you need to make sure that you download the file that is for your particular Android smartphone. In order to do so, you need to check you device’s model number by going to Settings>About Phone>Model.
  1. Download the latest stock firmware for your device here and extract the stock firmware onto your desktop. This should be in .tar.md5 format.
    • PDA – is the file that contains the firmware for your device.
    • Phone – refers to the baseband or the modem of the phone
    • PIT – refers to the re-partitioning of your device. The file is not used in most cases, it is only required when you have messed up your phone in a serious way.
    • CSC – refers to the settings provided by the carrier or the custom apps.
  2. Open Odin. Put the .tar.md5 file on the PDA tab in Odin.
  3. Now, put your device into download mode by pressing and holding down the volume down, home and power buttons at the same time. When you see a warning to continue, press volume up.

Install Stock Firmware

  1. Connect your phone to the PC with an original data cable. When you phone  detected in download mode, you will see the ID:COM box in Odin’s top left corner turn either blue or yellow depending on what version of Odin you have.
  2. Go to the PDA tab and select the .tar.md5 file you placed there.
  3. Choose Auto Reboot and Reset Time in Odin but leave the other options unchecked.

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  1. Hit start and then wait a few seconds for the firmware to flash.
  2. When flashing get finished the device will restart.
  3. When the device restarts, go to recovery mode by pressing and holding down the volume up, home and power buttons at the same time.
  4. When in recovery mode, reset factory data and cache.
  5. Restart the device.

Have you installed stock and factory firmware on your Samsung device?

Share your experience in the comments box below.

JR

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