How to Restore Samsung Galaxy S3 to Stock Firmware

How to Restore Samsung Galaxy S3 to Stock Firmware [Ultimate Guide]

How to restore stock firmware on Samsung Galaxy S III? Is that the question you ask before install custom firmware or root Samsung Galaxy S3? Or if you are planning to replace, return, sell, or repair your Galaxy S III, then you should restore your device to official stock firmware or ROM. If your current Samsung Galaxy S3 on stock rooted ROM and think that just by doing a factory reset will restore the device to a stock ?, you’re wrong, even a factory reset doesn’t remove root access.

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It could be more complicated if your device’s boot loader is unlocked and you perform flash custom ROMs/kernels frequently, as you may know several Samsung phones has the ‘flash counter’ feature that serves to keep track of how many times you are doing flash custom ROMs via Odin.

Everything will be back to stock the way like you turned on Samsung Galaxy S3 for the very first time. What to know more? Just follow below step by step video guide…

II. Downloading Required Files:

  1. Triangle Away [Google Play Store] or Xda Developer
  2. Odin 3.07
  3. official Samsung Galaxy S3 firmware and stock kernel here

Step by Step Guide

  1. Power off Samsung Galaxy S3.
  2. Press and hold down Volume Down + Home + Power buttons at the same time.
  3. Press Volume Up button when warning prompt.
  4. Odin download mode will be loaded.
  5. Remember your custom binary download counter number.
  6. Long press Power button to restart Samsung Galaxy S3.
  7. Remove back cover after Android OS loaded.
  8. Go to Settings.
  9. Select About device.
  10. Select Status ~ show status of battery, network, and other information.
  11. Device status should be modified.
  12. Launch Triangle Away.
  13. Grant it root access when prompted.
  14. Download latest update when prompted.
  15. Double check counter number at Current status is the same as Odin Download Mode.
  16. Select Reset flash counter if everything is correct.
  17. Follow Triangle Away instructions then.
  18. Note – It will boot into Triangle Away bootmode if failed to reset on in Android OS. After reset, pull out battery immediately after rebooting start. Then put battery back.
  19. Power off Samsung Galaxy S3.
  20. Press and hold Volume Up + Home + Power buttons at the same time.
  21. Release all buttons when you see SGS3 Logo.
  22. ClockworkMod Recovery will be loaded then.
  23. Go to wipe data/factory reset with Volume Up / down buttons.
  24. Select it with Power (or Home) button.
  25. Then select yes — delete all user data.
  26. Select wipe cache partition.
  27. Then select yes — Wipe cache.
  28. After wiping data and cache, pull out battery.
  29. Put battery and back cover back.
  30. Press and hold down Volume Down + Home + Power buttons at the same time.
  31. Press Volume Up button when warning prompt.
  32. Odin download mode will be loaded.
  33. Custom binary download should be No, current binary to Samsung Official and system status to Official.
  34. Connect USB cable to your phone.
  35. At PC, extract firmware .tar (or .tar.md5) file that you downloaded to Firmware folder.
  36. Then bring up Odin3.
  37. Click on PDA.
  38. Select the .tar (or .tar.md5) at Firmware folder.
  39. Click Start then.
  40. Remove USB cable from your phone when you see green PASS! at Odin3.
  41. Android OS will be loaded.
  42. Then follow phone onscreen instructions to setup.
  43. Go to Settings.
  44. Select About device.
  45. Build number should be the same as the firmware that you installed.
  46. Select Status ~ show status of battery, network, and other information.
  47. Device status should be Normal.
  48. That’s all.

Your Samsung Galaxy S3 should be back to stock firmware after you done everything as above. No need to worry about warranty claim now.

2 COMMENTS

  1. My phone(ATT-I747) Galaxy S3.. OTA updated to 4.3… My coninuously fails when trying this in Odin.. did I miss a step.. i just go into download mode.. select the pda.. point to the file and it fails

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