How to Install / Flash a Stock Firmware using Odin

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Update [April 14, 2018]: Check out our new guide on this ‘How to Install stock firmware on Samsung Galaxy device‘ here.

Ignore the old guide below.


Flashing a firmware using Odin is pretty easy, but you’ve to be very cautious with the options you chose on the Odin screen and the files you flash. Any carelessness might lead to a bricked device. If you’re flashing a firmware using Odin for the first time, we’d recommend you to not rush and follow each and every step very carefully.

Instructions

[icon name=”download” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Download Odin 3.10.7
  1. Unzip the Odin 3.10.7 .zip file and run/open Odin3 v3.10.7.exe file from the extracted files on your PC.
  2. (If applicable) Enable OEM unlock:
    1. Go to Settings » About phone » and tap “Build number” seven times to enable “Developer options”.
    2. Go back to the main Settings screen, scroll to bottom and select “Developer options” from there.
    3. Under Developer options, look for “Enable OEM unlock” checkbox/toggle and make sure you Check it or turn it ON.
  3. Boot your Samsung device into Download mode:
    1. Switch off your phone.
    2. Press and hold “Home + Power + Volume down” buttons for a few seconds until you see a warning screen.
    3. Press Volume Up on the warning screen to accept it and boot into Download mode.
  4. Once your device is in download mode, connect it to the PC with a USB cable. The Odin window on PC should detect the phone and show an “Added!!” message.
  5. Now extract the .zip firmware file you have downloaded to get the Odin flashable .tar file inside.
    └ Skip this step if you already have a .tar file of the firmware.
  6. Click on the AP tab on Odin window and select the .tar.md5 FIRMWARE file that you downloaded.
    └ Note: DON’T play with any other options on the screen. You’re only required to connect your Samsung device and select the FIRMWARE file in PA tab.
  7. Click the Start button on Odin and wait for it to finish the process. Once it has finished successfully, you’ll see a pass message on the Odin screen.
  8. Your phone will automatically reboot when Odin is done flashing. You can then disconnect your device.

That’s all. Hope this guide served you well. If there are any additions you’d like to be added to this guide, let us know in comments below.

37 comments
  1. […] now, use the AP slot for flashing the bootloader. If you need help with Odin, check out this guide over here. └ Just saying it again, flashing OC5 bootloader is only necessary if your AT&T S5 Active […]

  2. This helped me out ALOT. THANK YOU. You have NO IDEA how many nights I have been trying to fix this phone. You are a real life saver. Thank you I mean that.

  3. You need to add all possible files in Odin.
    the 4 files .ship.tar.md5 AP -> AP , CP -> CP*, etc.

  4. You need to add all possible files in Odin.
    the 4 files .ship.tar.md5 AP -> AP , CP -> CP*, etc.

  5. Finally figured out what I was doing wrong all this time. I always entered RECOVERY mode and not DOWNLOAD mode. I did the volume UP combo and not volume DOWN. Now it’s working like a charm

  6. Didn’t work for me. Odin said that the operation failed. Someone plz help me fix the problem

  7. Finally figured out what I was doing wrong all this time. I always entered RECOVERY mode and not DOWNLOAD mode. I did the volume UP combo and not volume DOWN. Now it’s working like a charm

  8. Thank you so much man, you are a lifesaver! I hated the new 7.0 but, thanks to you, I have my 6.0 again!!! Thanks so much!

  9. Thank you so much man, you are a lifesaver! I hated the new 7.0 but, thanks to you, I have my 6.0 again!!! Thanks so much!

  10. “Click on the AP tab on Odin window and select the .tar.md5 FIRMWARE file that you downloaded.” is quite confusing. When I unzipped the file, there are 6 files in there and there are named .tar.md5. So, which one should I choose?

    1. If you got four (or more) .tar files, then load four files into Odin. BL tab will get file beginning with BL, AP will get file beginning with AP, and the same goes for CP tab and CSC tab.

    2. Is it true if I flash my phone, some features like Secure Folder won’t work anymore? May I know what other features will I be losing?

  11. “Click on the AP tab on Odin window and select the .tar.md5 FIRMWARE file that you downloaded.” is quite confusing. When I unzipped the file, there are 6 files in there and there are named .tar.md5. So, which one should I choose?

    1. If you got four (or more) .tar files, then load four files into Odin. BL tab will get file beginning with BL, AP will get file beginning with AP, and the same goes for CP tab and CSC tab.

      1. Is it true if I flash my phone, some features like Secure Folder won’t work anymore? May I know what other features will I be losing?

    1. If your device already runs on stock Samsung firmware, then flashing another stock firmware over it won’t delete your data (if you follow the flashing instructions mentioned above). However, if you have a custom ROM installed, then flashing a stock firmware through Odin will wipe your device’ data.

    1. If your device already runs on stock Samsung firmware, then flashing another stock firmware over it won’t delete your data (if you follow the flashing instructions mentioned above). However, if you have a custom ROM installed, then flashing a stock firmware through Odin will wipe your device’ data.

  12. Odin stuck on NAND Write for over 10mins. I decided to shut down Odin and rebooted my phone, luckily the worked but all my data is gone. I got a new fresh phone! lol

  13. Hi

    I’ve did the same things in the same way.

    Everything was fine. I’ve got the VoLTE Symbol is displayed on the screen.
    But the calls are not connecting. Other operator SIMs are working fine. Only the 4G Jio is not working.

    Any help will be highly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Venkatesh

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