Samsung Galaxy phones are one of the most popular devices in the Android community and there are so many of them. All these devices come with the popular TouchWiz firmware which can also be called stock Samsung firmware. As the firmware of a Galaxy device is based on Android, it can be customized, modifies, tinkered, etc. as per the user’s requirements via root, custom recovery or packages, etc. However, while modifying the firmware, something may go wrong and you may end up bricking or making an unnecessary change and you may need to restore the changes you have done. For this, you will need the full stock firmware file. This full firmware file can be installed using a software called Odin which is specially designed for Samsung phones.
Here is a tutorial that will enable you to flash the full stock TouchWiz firmware and install it on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone. We also have listed a tool to download this full firmware file directly from Samsung servers. This guide will also help you restore any or all the changes you have made to the system and also revert it back to stock or factory images. It will enable you to unroot, remove custom TWRP recovery, and unbrick your Samsung Galaxy device as well. This is a usual Odin flash method common to almost all Samsung Galaxy devices. All you need to do is download the proper firmware file for your Galaxy device and flash it using Odin for PC. Though this is not an official process, it is a common practice among Samsung users who like to tinker with their Android device. The procedure will perform a clean firmware installation. That means you will lose all your data, app, media etc. Hence, it’s recommended to backup before you proceed. Update: you can also install the latest Samsung Experience 8 based Android 7.0 Nougat firmware from the manufacturer using this Odin method.
Downloads Samsung Firmware, Drivers & Odin
Here you will find all the tools required to restore your Samsung Galaxy device to restore it to complete stock. You can download the firmware directly from Samsung servers with a new tool. This new SamFirm toll will let you download the full stock image without any speed restrictions or subscription. Usually, you will find many third arty download links. But they demand a subscription or speed limit for free users. However, this SamFirm tool will let you download with full speed.
- Tool to Download Official Samsung Galaxy TouchWiz Firmware
→ Download Link| [Faster download method with no speed limit]
- Tools Required to Restore Galaxy to Stock
Warning: Although going through this procedure should not cause harm or any damage to your device, it still remains an unofficial process and you should be cautious about it. Reader’s discretion is advised.
1. Verify your device for compatibility. Check out the download section for the stock firmware file.
2. Enable USB Debugging on your Samsung device. To do so, go to Settings>About Phone> Tap on the Build Number several times until you get a new Developer Options in the Settings. Open Developer Options and enable USB Debugging from there. Trust the connection by allowing it when you connect it to your PC for the first time.
3. Make sure you have latest device drivers setup on your PC for a better connection.
How to Restore Samsung Galaxy Device to Stock Firmware? How to Use Odin?
Step 1: Download the listed firmware for your for your Samsung Galaxy device. Extract the zip file to get the firmware with .tar or .tar.md5 extension and transfer it to PC where you can easily locate it. Also, backup everything before you proceed.
Step 2: Boot your device into Odin Mode [Download Mode]. To do so, turn off your device completely and then press and hold Power button + Volume Down + Home keys for a few seconds. If you see a warning sign press Volume up/ Volume down to get to the Odin screen.
Step 3: If you already have Odin software on your PC then simply run the Odin3_3.11.1.exe file. If not, then download the Odin3.zip file from the download section and extract it. Run Odin software as administrator.
Step 4: While your device is still in the Odin Mode, connect your device to your PC using a USB cable.
Step 5: After a successful connection, the ID: COM in the Odin should turn Blue and an Added!! message should be displayed in the Log tab. In case your device doesn’t show up in Odin, then you can troubleshoot it with the steps given at the end of the tutorial.
Step 6: Now click on AP button and add the firmware file by navigating to the file path. Once added, it should show like this — File Path\G930FXXU1APAW_G930FXSA1APAW_XSA.tar.md5. Check out the screen shot below.
Step 7: Take care that only Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time are selected in the Options tab. Do not check Re-Partition.
Step 8: Once done, verify everything and proceed with installation by selecting Start button.
Note: Sometimes firmware could come in 4 different files like BL, CSC, AP, CP. If it’s a 4 file firmware, then add each file to its proper location. Take a look at the image below:
Step 9: When you get a PASS! message in the Log tab on your Odin software, that means firmware has successfully been installed and the device will restart itself. If not, then reboot manually.
Once you see the boot animation, you can enjoy your new firmware. Be patient as first boot may take a while. However, if the system doesn’t boot up for a long time, then go through the following troubleshoot.
How to Fix Bootloop on Samsung Galaxy Device?
If you come across boot loop or your Samsung Galaxy device is stuck at the boot logo then factory reset your device from the recovery. To do so, turn off your device (also remove the battery if applicable and put it back again) and reboot into recovery mode by press and holding Power + Volume down + Home keys for a few seconds. From the Recovery, select Wipe Data / Factory Reset. Confirm the action and reboot once done. Your device should now boot up.
How to Troubleshoot Connectivity problem on Samsung Galaxy Device?
If your device doesn’t show up in the Odin software, then turn off USB Debugging and turn it on again and Reboot. You can also reinstall the Samsung USB Drivers or try changing the USB cable and connection ports from device manager.
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