If you are a Samsung user, then you must have heard how to use Odin at least once. For those haven’t heard, Samsung Odin is the official tool for Samsung firmware flashing. Stolen from Samsung by an Unknown employee, this tool is used by the Community ever since.
Latest Version of this Remarkable Tool is 3.13.1 and it can be downloaded from here.
Once your Smartphone booted into the Odin mode, Connect it to a Windows PC running Odin and it will Detect your Phone and then you Are Good to Go. (Unfortunately, Odin is Only Compatible with Microsoft Windows but there also a JAVA Version of Odin Available(!))
Flashing a Stock firmware of a Samsung smartphone using Odin download is really easy compared to other OEMs. Almost All the Samsung Android Phones are Supported by Odin. By using this, You can flash compatible files with .tar or .tar.MD5
Choosing a Relevant Version of Odin
Sometimes you have to use Different Versions of Odin for different smartphones. Currently, it Supports Phones by the following way,
- Version 1.85 is Specially Recommended for Flashing Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich Firmware.
- V. 3.09 is for Flashing Jellybean and Kit-Kat Firmware.
- V. 3.10.7 is for Lollipop
- V. 3.11.1 is Recommended for Marshmallows.
However, some modern smartphone models always need to download the latest version of Odin. For Galaxy S8 and Note 8 or latest, you have to use Odin 3.13.1 or the latest version to the date.
Now, Let’s see how to Use Odin to Flash a Stock Firmware
- At first, download any Samsung Firmware from the direct downloading links
- Go to settings in your phone and enable USB Debugging in the Developers Options (if there isn’t a menu as developer options, tap the build number 7 time in the about screen) and OEM Unlock.
- Once you Downloaded the compatible firmware, boot your phone into Odin Mode and plug it into your PC.
- Make sure you have plugged your smartphone into a steady USB port on your PC. Like the ones on the back side.
- Make sure to run the Odin as Administrator.
- Most of the times Odin will identify your phone and show its as COM: ID. (If your phone isn’t identified by Odin, please install Samsung USB Drivers.)
- Then Extract the downloaded firmware files. Now you have an Odin flashable tar or tar.md5 file.
- Now Click on the PDA or AP Button and Select the Extracted firmware file. (If you are using an older version of Odin, there will be a PDA button. Use that instead) This might take some time to verify the file’s integrity.
In the Options Select “Auto Reboot”, “F. Rest Time” and leave the rests as it is.
- Then Click Start and Wait! This usually takes about 5 minutes.
- Finally, Odin will Display Pass and You Phone Will Automatically Rebooted.
Now You Have Successfully Flashed a Stock Firmware Using Samsung Odin.
Flashing A Custom Kernel or a Custom Recovery is Very Similar to the process above. The only difference is the Flash file.
A Final Word…
Always Double check if you have downloaded the correct firmware. Always use Stable Internet connection when downloading firmware otherwise files could be damaged. Sometimes you have to try different Odin versions Depending on your device. Sometimes Odin will not detect your Phone even you have installed Samsung USB Drivers.
Try restarting your PC and use a Different USB Cable and a Port. We do not Recommend using JAVA Version of Odin download due to instability. Hope all the users got the correct method on how to use Odin from here. Don’t forget to contact us if there’s an issue with the flashing process.