How to restore Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to complete stock firmware using Odin?

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How to restore Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to complete stock using Odin

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the latest flagship phone from the South Korean electronic giant. It comes with the latest Exynos 8895 Octa core processor for the global variant (EMEA), and Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in USA & China supported with 6GB of RAM. In order to make the most out of this stunning hardware specifications, a phone needs good software as well. The Note 8 comes with stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box with a highly optimized Samsung Experience 8.5 firmware. The new stock TouchWiz user interface after Nougat has become quite materialistic UX. Samsung also cut most of the useless bloatware from the system to make it faster, smoother transition, and battery friendly.

We already posted about the Galaxy Note 8’s first stock firmware available for download. However, here we will show you how to download the full stock firmware for all the variants be it global SM-N950F or SM-N950FD, or the Unlocked US carrier variants from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile with model number SM-N950U/U1.

You will also find instructions to restore Note 8 to complete stock. Restoring means flashing the full stock firmware onto your Galaxy Note 8 to remove any or all changes or modifications you may have made to the device. You can see it as a factory state of device. If you flash the latest firmware image, it will update your Samsung phone to the latest OTA update rolling out currently.

The full stock firmware for Samsung comes in a TAR image file weighing over 2 GB in size. It can be downloaded via Samsung servers. Samsung is now rolling out a new update with firmware build number N950FXXU1AQI1 based on August 2017 Security patch with camera optimizations. Download the latest Note 8 firmware update from here.

Read: Download latest Note 8 apps.

Download latest Samsung Galaxy Note 8 stock firmware update

The full stock firmware can be downloaded directly from Samsung Severs. The SamFirm tool will let you download the latest TAR file for your device from any region. All you have to do is find the model number of your Note 8 from About Phone and also find the region or CSC code it belongs. For instance, product code or CSC code for Australia is XSA, India is INS, and for US carrier Verizon is VZW.

How to download Odin flashable TAR file for Note 8 all variants?

  • First, download and extract the latest SamFirm tool.
  • Go to About Phone under Settings on your Note 8 and note down the Model number like SM-N950F.
  • Find the CSC code for your Note 8 from here. Also known as region or product code.
  • Input the model number and region code.
  • Select or check the Auto box.
  • Also, check decrypt automatically box.
  • Hit Check Updates option.
  • Once the details are shown, hit the download button.

See the below image for more information.

download Odin flashable TAR file for Note 8 all variants SamFirm

Download from third-party websites

Although we are listing third-party websites, we are confident enough in them. Some of the websites may give you slower download speed and some may not. So a better option is the above method downloading directly from Samsung Servers.

Stock Sprint Note 8 firmware:

Sprint Note 8 Odin firmware file | Download TAR image

Stock T-Mobile Note 8 firmware:

T-Mobile Note 8 Odin firmware file | Download TAR image

Stock AT&T Note 8 firmware:

Note 8 Odin firmware file | Not available

Stock Verizon Note 8 firmware:

Note 8 Odin firmware file | Not available


Note 8 SM-N950F – Firmware download links

Note 8 SM-N950U – Firmware download links

Note 8 SM-N950U1 – Firmware download links

Note 8 SM-N950N – Firmware download links

Note 8 SM-N950W – Firmware download links

Mega app links:

SamMobile links:

Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950F – Firmware download links

Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950U – Firmware download links

Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950U1 – Firmware download links

Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950N – Firmware download links

Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950W – Firmware download links

How to restore Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to sock and install latest update?

In order to flash the latest firmware update onto the Note 8, you must backup all the data, apps, photos, videos, media and all storage to PC. This is because the Odin tool we use for Samsung devices will factory reset the phone. Hence, backup. You can later restore the backup onto your new firmware.

Don’t worry it will not trigger the Knox counter.

Click here to know how to troubleshoot connectivity issue while flashing stock firmware using Odin software.


Here are some tools you will need before you proceed.

Note 8 – restore to stock:

Step 1 – Completely power OFF your Galaxy Note 8 phone.

Step 2 – Now reboot into Download mode or Odin mode. To do so, Press and hold the Volume Down + Bixby + Power Buttons.

Step 3 – Once the Samsung logo appears, you will see a screen with a warning sign. Press the Volume Up button to proceed. You will be in the Download Mode.

Note: To get out of Download Mode, simply hold the Volume Up and Power buttons for a few seconds (around 10 sec.) and your phone will reboot normally.

Step 4 – Download and extract the Odin or Prince Comsy Odin tool and run the .exe file as administrator.

Step 5 – Connect Note 8 to PC via USB cable. Odin should output a message called “Added!!”.

Step 6 – Now download and extract the firmware zip file to get TAR image files. Add the firmware files to Odin. If there is only one file, then add it into the [AP] slot. Otherwise, add to the Odin sections appropriately. Like BL for BL, AP for AP, CP for CP, CSC for CSC (not HOME_CSC).

Step 7 – Now under the options tab make sure that only “Auto Reboot” and “F. Reset Time” are selected.

Step 8 – Check the log tab and click the Start button on the bottom right.

Output should be shown in the log. Once the flash is successful, log should say PASS.

Congratulations, your Note 8 is now brand new.

Why should I restore Note 8 to stock?

  • Unbrick Note 8 if anything goes wrong.
  • It will help you upgrade to latest update.
  • Remove or uninstall any changes you have made to your Note 8 device.
  • Un-root Note 8.
  • Remove or uninstall TWRP from Note 8.
  • Factory reset.
  • Remove bugs after upgrade.

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2 responses

  1. MrElectrifyer Avatar

    If I install the Note 8 SM-N950N firmware, will it re-install all the carrier bloatware and boot-up screen? I bought the phone factory unlocked but it still came with the carrier bloatware. Is there any way of getting the carrier independent firmware on my 256GB Exynos Note 8?

  2. Adam Demel Avatar
    Adam Demel

    whats with the “userdata….” file is that just unimportant to ppl like me who have to constantly find guides for odin even tho ive dont this … maybe 750 times or so?

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