Unroot Samsung Galaxy S4 by Flashing Official Firmware

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If you just rooted your phone, and you are now happy with your Samsung Galaxy S4's performance, but noticed that the device abnormally gets hot and restarts every 30 minutes, you may consider returning it. But once you have rooted the phone, you have thereby voided your phone's warranty. Do not worry, there is a solution. Below are the steps to unroot your Samsung Galaxy S4. Follow these directions, and you should be able to regain your device's warranty.

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Unroot Your Samsung Galaxy S4

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    Download the official firmware for your Samsung Galaxy S4 at sammobile.com/firmwares/1/?model=GT-I9500&pcode=0#firmware
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    Extract the downloaded file.
    You should get a few files, including one with a .tar.md5 ending. Take note of that file.
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    Download ODIN V 3.07 at mediafire.com/download/7v7zor9d379emeg/AndroidJinn.Com.Odin307.zip.
    You can also find the latest ODIN version at http://odindownload.com/.
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    Extract the downloaded file.
    You should get a few files, including a file named Odin3 v3.07.exe. Take note of that file.
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    Turn off your phone.
    Remove your battery, then put it back.
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    Press and hold the following buttons simultaneously:
    Volume Down, Home, and Power.
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    You should be able to boot your Samsung Galaxy S4 to Download Mode.
    Release the three buttons. When a message prompts you to press Volume Up, do so.
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    Right click Odin3 V3.07.exe and click "Run as Administrator." You need administrator permission to be able to successfully unroot your Samsung Galaxy S4.
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    Connect your Samsung Galaxy S4 to your computer by using the Samsung Galaxy S4 USB cable.
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    A prompt that says "Added!" should appear.
    If the prompt does not appear, make sure to install the correct drivers for your phone by using Samsung Kies. You may download Samsung Kies at Samsung.com/us/Kies/.
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    On ODIN, choose the files extracted from step 2, based on the instructions below:
     
    1. Tick on the "PDA" box and browse for the file with the .tar or .md5 extension
    2. Tick on the "Phone" box and browse for the file with the word "modem" on its file name.
    3. Tick on the "CSC" box and browse for the file with "CSC"" in its name. If there is no such file, ignore this step.
    4. Tick on the CSC box and browse for the file with .pit extension name. If there is no such file, ignore this step.
    5. Tick on "Enable Auto Reboot" and "F. Reset Time" boxes.
    6. If there is a PIT file chosen, tick on the "Re-Partition" box. If no PIT File was chosen, do not tick on it.
    7. Review the steps. Make sure that you have followed everything and ticked/unticked the correct boxes
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    Click the "Start" button and flashing should commence.
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    When flashing is successful, you should get a PASS message that your Samsung Galaxy S4 is rebooting.
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    Congratulations!
    You have just unrooted your Samsung Galaxy S4.
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    To restore the warranty, make sure to install Triangle Away app to reset your flash count to zero.
    Download the application at play.Google.com/store/apps/details?ID=eu.chainfire.triangleaway.
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    Uninstall the Triangle Away app once you reset the flash count to zero to avoid suspension.
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What to do if your Samsung Galaxy S4 is unrooted but still won't update

You may have gone through the steps that are mentioned to unroot your Samsung Galaxy S4 device, but after all that, it still cannot update normally. What can you do in such a situation? If you find yourself in such a dilemma then there is a solution. You just need to update your device with the newer version of the operating system by following these guidelines step by step. The following simple procedures can be very helpful. Follow them and you will be able to successfully update your device.

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    Ensure that you have the following in place for you to be able to update your Samsung Galaxy device effectively after unrooting it.
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    1. USB Debugging, inclusive of the micro USB cable.
    2. A computer with installed drivers.
    3. Your device must be the AT&T model version.
    4. Have it installed with CyanogenMod ROM which is just the CM10.1 that you can actually download and install.
    5. Download the CM10.1 M3 Jelly Bean Operating System.
    6. Put the model number as something like SGH-i747.
    7. Ensure that you have an installed ClockworkMod for the device.
    8. Make a back-up for your device.
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    After putting all the above in place, the next step is to connect your device to the computer through the micro USB cable.
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    Now go to the downloaded CM10.1 and copy it, then paste it to your device.
    It can actually be downloaded for free from the CyanogenMod website. You must have downloaded it first as specified in the requirements above.
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    Now switch off your Samsung Galaxy device and wait for a few seconds.
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    Detach the USB cable from the devices very gently.
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    Press and hold the following buttons together:
    Power, Volume Up, and Home. This will enable you to enter the ClockworkMod recovery for the device. This will get you to the recovery menu.
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    Navigate the recovery mode by using the Volume key.
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    Perform the Full Wipe Data or the Factory Reset while in the recovery menu.
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    Perform the Wipe Cache partition by getting to the menu and then selecting "Yes" for the option.
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    Select "Advance" from the menu, then select "Wipe the Dalvik Cache."
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    Select "Yes." This will confirm that you have actually performed the task.
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    Get to the main menu in the recovery and select "Install Zip from SD card."
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    Select "Choose Zip" from the internal SD-card.
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    Now browse to the location of the specific folder to choose "CM10.1 M3 4.2.2 Android Jelly Bean Operating System."
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    Click "Yes," and you have installed the update for your device.
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    Now go back to the recovery menu and choose "Install Zip from SD card."
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    Go to "Choose Zip from Internal SD card."
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    Browse to the location of the folder and select the "Google Apps" file, just to the right of the list.
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    Install the app by clicking "Yes."
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    Wait for a few seconds for the installation to be completed.
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    Once the installation is complete, just go back to the main menu of recovery.
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    Reboot your device by selecting "Reboot System Now," and wait patiently for the device to boot, as it may take some time.
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    You have successfully updated your device!
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How to get out of suspension

Suspension only occurs if you have a "provider" or "carrier" (most of them require a contract of one to two years) on your mobile phone. As the word itself suggests, suspension will restrict your phone from any communication. You will not be able to send text messages, make outgoing calls, access the internet or use any other data related application. There are ways to remove the suspension on your mobile phone. Here are some of them:

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    Pay your outstanding balance.
    This is one of the main reasons why mobile phones are suspended. An outstanding balance occurs whenever you forgot to pay one to two months of service fees to your "Provider" or "Carrier". Their system will automatically detect if you have already paid or not for each and every month. You can call your provider or carrier to see how much you owe them and settle your balance to remove the suspension on your mobile phone.
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    Make a payment arrangement.
    If you know beforehand that you will not be able to settle your phone bill in the upcoming month, call your mobile phone provider or carrier as soon as possible. Tell them that you would like to make an arrangement on your payment. They can often adjust your due date for more than two weeks. This will keep your line from getting suspended. You can also do this even if you are already suspended. Some providers or carriers are generous enough to give you leeway, even if it's for just a few days.
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    Call your provider or carrier to ask if there's been an error.
    If you know that you already paid your bill, and paid it on time, and you still had your account suspended, call your provider or carrier as soon as possible. It could be that their systems are having some problems on updating their files. Call them to tell your situation. They will be able to look at your payments and update your account manually. They can remove the suspension on the account if it's proven that you're settled for the month, or they can adjust your payment if it's a company error.
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  • Note: Always call your provider or carrier to check up on your account and make sure if the suspension on your account is legitimate or not. This will help avoid confusion and also avoid future problems for both parties.

Tips, Tricks & Warnings

  • When your Samsung Galaxy S4 gets stuck at boot animation after rebooting, wipe data by going to recovery mode.
  • You can go to recovery mode by pressing and holding the volume up, home and power buttons simultaneously.
  • You can use the volume keys to navigate to Wipe data/Factory Reset and Wipe Cache Partition.
  • You can use the power button to confirm actions.
  • NOTE: This procedure will erase your phone's internal memory data.

Questions and Answers

I was trying to root my phone ended up bricking it?

DOWNLOADED oden super us and a ROM off of galaxys4root.com. this is the first time I attempted rooting a phone, I do have cwm which I can get into

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Galaxy S4 SCH-R970 enable GSM on Us Cellular phone?

I am trying to get the GSM working on a Us Cellular Galaxy S4. I don't think its possible though...Its a CDMA phone but it does have the abilities but I think I have the wrong radio installed.

I own a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 and I have this option on my device in order to change the networks mode. I will below be giving you the steps that you can take in order to possibly enable this mode on your device if it is available. Please follow my steps below in order to change your network:

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-Go to settings

-Tap on the tab My connections

-Tap on more networks

-Tap on mobile networks

-Tap on network mode

-select the option GSM/UMTS from the list

From here your device will change its settings ROM CDMA to GSM

What if in the firmware doesn't come with a file named "modem"?

Good morning: I followed all the steps indicated, but in the downloaded firmware, there is no file with the word "modem"in it. Just the .tar and another one named "SS_DL.dll" . I don't know how to proceed and any help will be appreciated. Regards.

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Is it possible to get my data (pictures and videos) out of a soft bricked Samsung S4?

My Galaxy S4 won't boot pass the Samsung logo stage, after reading online I found out it is soft bricked, however I don't need the phone again, I just want to get my files of the phone thus leading to my question, is it possible? and does flashing the phone wipe all the data on it including pictures and videos. Sorry for such questions but I'm not a tech guru. Thanks in advance. I have tried: Nothing. I think it was caused by: I don't know

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Un-root / (un-brick? Galaxy S4 SGH i337m) Canadian model, rogers?

I recently rooted my SGH i117m Galaxy S4 with towel root one click root and I did not like it it stopped me using Google apps, so I attempted to un-root using mobile ODIN. Now it won't boot and says kernel is not Android enforcing on boot screen. How can I fix this? My phone won't connect to ODIN, it may be because it is not USB debugging enabled, but I cannot enable it as phone won't boot

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My phone is having a boot loop problem please help?

I rooted my phone to get the S5 look and I got the exact same S5 notification bar after following the steps from a website and then went on to get the same settings as the S5 and it asked me to download a settings .apk and replace it with original 'secsettings' file and I did so but then I could not go into my settings I thought it was because I needed to restart as I had to get the notification bar but since then the phone is stuck at the boot animation and I don't know what to do?

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To fix a boot loop, you will need to perform a Factory Reset. This process will delete all of your phone's data. Click here to read through a great VisiHow guide that will teach you how to perform a proper factory reset. If this does not fix the issue you're having with your Samsung Galaxy S5, you will need to call Samsung to schedule a repair. Since rooting is not covered under warranty, whatever broke your phone will not be covered by Samsung and you will need to pay for the repair.

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In the future, do not go to any website to make modifications to your Samsung Galaxy S5. Stick to the one truly reputable developer site that will never lead you to bricking (also known as rendering your phone useless): XDA Forums.

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I'm trying to un-root my Galaxy S4 back to stock?

I've tried every method and it just keeps saying fail.

There might be a lot of reasons to that. The most popular is related to the "hidden.img" file. Try to open the firmware file in WinRAR and extract the "hidden.img" file. Rename it to "hidden.img.tar". In ODIN, load the file into the "PDA" section. Start flashing your device. If there is no "hidden.img.tar", try to find another firmware that is related to your device.

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Can I unroot my T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 without a SIM card (the SIM card slot is defective and will not read a SIM card)?

I rooted my T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 but when I put my SIM card back in, I saw the following error message: No SIM card. I called T-Mobile (of course I did not tell them I had rooted it) who said that my phone was part of a group of cellphones that had a bad SIM card slot and that they would replace it. They told me to take it into T-Mobile and the store would take care of sending in my old phone and would give me a new one. Of course when I got there they ran diagnostics on it and said my warranty had been voided because my phone was rooted. After banging my head against the wall because of my stupidity, I decided to try to unroot my phone. But since the SIM card mechanism doesn't work because it is defective, I'm not quite sure how to do this although I've done some research and it looks as though I can. If I'm able to, my husband is going to take the cellphone back into another T-Mobile facility, play dumb, and see if he can work the exchange. Can you help?

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How do I extract the file .tar.md5?

I rooted the phone and it worked for 24 hours and as soon as I started downloading apps it started to reboot cycle again, why?

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Installed Kitkat ROM, now only having a 4 color loop?

I can't get the phone out of this loop

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I want to restore my Galaxy S4 I9505 back to stock ROM?

Hi I am running CyanogenMod 10 on the Galaxy S4 and I want to restore it to stock so I can switch between CyanogenMod and stock using cwm recovery

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ODIN keeps saying failed when trying to restoring?

I'm having a hard time restoring phone to stock from ODIN, keeps saying failed

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Can I remove phone from suspended status?

My husband left me and our children, he hasn't paid the phone bill so its suspended. The ESN is clear... I don't have money for a new phone so I was going to activate it with US cellular on a prepaid plan that would be affordable to a single mom but they say its attached to a suspended account... help

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Links to L720TVPUCOK3 firmware?

Just trying to unroot my S4 then root it again.

Sprint (CDMA) firmware can be downloaded from this location. Generic firmware can be downloaded from this location.

How to install Google play service?

Hello, I have just installed WhatsApp on my Samsung S4 Chinese version, but it didn't work, it gives an error message that says 'WhatsApp relies on Google play service that is not supported by your device"

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I think a used phone I bought is rooted. How can I fix this?

When the phone starts up the word "custom" with an unlocked padlock shows up on the screen. I cannot sign into my Google account to install any of my apps. How can I fix this?

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