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How to Install Stock Firmware on Galaxy S4 (All Models)

posted by Rakesh Shukla

Install Stock Firmware on Galaxy S4

The Galaxy S4 is the current flagship device from the Korean manufacturer Samsung. It was officially announced at the Samsung Unpacked event in New York on March 14 and began shipped by the end of April. The S4 is being seen as the most powerful contender for the best smartphone of 2013, but to win the crown it’ll have to wrestle neck to neck with the HTC One.

If you already have the Galaxy S4 and wish to avail the latest software update for your phone, you can do it in a number of ways. By keeping your phone’s firmware up-to-date, you can enjoy many advantages as with each new firmware version Samsung introduces fix to the bugs found in the previous version and new features as well. Sometimes, new updates bring OS upgrade and thus lots of new improvements and enhancements.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Models

The international variant (GT-I9500)  of the Galaxy S4 Exynos 5 Octa (octa-core) system on a chip (SoC) chip containing the first ARM big.LITTLE heterogeneous architecture central processing unit (CPU). The Galaxy S4 variants for North America, most of Europe, LTE models and other countries has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 SoC containing a quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 CPU and an Adreno 320 GPU.

With the help of the present tutorial, you can update the firmware of any variant of the Galaxy S4, given the fact that the firmware for that model is available for download.

  • Galaxy S4 International GT-I9500 (Exynos5 Octa)
  • China Unicom Galaxy S4 GT-I9502
  • Galaxy S4 International LTE GT-I9505 (Qualcomm Snapdragon)
  • AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-I337 (Qualcomm Snapdragon)
  • Canadian Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M (Bell, Rogers, Telus, Virgin & Others)
  • T-Mobile USA Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 (Qualcomm Snapdragon)
  • Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-I545
  • Sprint Galaxy S4 SPH-L720 (Qualcomm Snapdragon)
  • U.S. Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970 (Qualcomm Snapdragon)

 

Also Read:

How to Unbrick Samsung Galaxy S4 [GT-I9500 & GT-I9505]

 

Updating Galaxy S4 Firmware via OTA

As I mentioned above, you can update your Galaxy S4′s in more than one way. The most preferred and safest method among users to get the latest update on their Android. If you have a good data or WiFi connection Over-the-Air update is the best way to avail new software. Here are 2 ways you can receive the OTA firmware update. Both the ways require a working internet connection on your computer or Galaxy S4.

Using Kies:

Download and install the latest Samsung Kies on your computer. Launch it and connect your device to computer using USB cable. Kies will automatically show the current firmware version on your device and notify you if a new update is available.

galaxy-s4-software-update-kies

On-Device-Update:

You can also update the firmware of your Galaxy S4 without taking aid of a computer. To get latest  software update notification on your phone, make sure you are signed in on your Samsung Account. To check the availability of the latest firmware for your device, open phone Settings> More tab> About and then tap on Software update option. If an update is available, just follow the on-screen prompts and you’ll have the latest version of firmware on your Galaxy S4.

Galaxy-S4-Firmware-Update

Update Galaxy S4 Firmware Manually

Personally, I do not like the OTA way because I do not have great amount of patience to wait calmly and helplessly for the latest update to knock my doors. I prefer to grab the very first firmware that rolls out for my Samsung device model and install it manually.

Since OTA updates are made available in phases, you might have to wait for it to arrive your country or region. The sad part of the story is that sometimes the wait never comes to an end and you might be forced to remain with the older software on your device when it is already available for other countries. This might be a sound reason for you to install the update manually.

Another reason why you might prefer to chose the manual ways is because you have either rooted your Samsung Galaxy S4 or have installed a custom ROM on it. In any of these cases you might not be able to get the OTA till you unroot your phone. If you do not know how to unroot your rooted Galaxy S4, read the following tutorial;

If you ever wish to root your Galaxy S4 after updating the firmware, do not forget to refer to our easy and step-by-step rooting  tutorials.

Now, there are 4 ways you can install an updated version of firmware on your Galaxy S4 and we’ll see them all one-by-one:

  1. Installing an update.zip package via stock recovery.
  2. Installing firmware using Odin3 tool on your Windows PC
  3. Installing the latest firmware using the Mobile Odin app on your Galaxy S4

Downloading Correct Firmware for Galaxy S4

The Galaxy S4 is a costly phone and being its owner, you will certainly not even dream of putting your device into danger. Remember, there is a fine line between a successful firmware update and a bricked device. If you are careful and follow the rules obediently, there are no chances that any damage will be done to your phone.

At the center of most unsuccessful tales of phone-bricking lies the simple but surprising  fact that some people do not even match the phone model and the firmware they are going to install! Take care of the following things while choosing a firmware for your device.

galaxy-s4-about-device

  • There are 2 types of firmwares- Branded and Unbranded. If you have bought your Galaxy S4 via a network carrier/operator and are unable to use any SIM other that that of your network provider, you have a branded Galaxy S4. A branded firmware can be recognized easily as you’ll see the name of the carrier written after its name. Always avoid installing a Branded firmware on an Unbranded phone.
  • The most accurate way of choosing the right official firmware for your Galaxy S4 is by taking note of CSC code. The easiest way of finding out the CSC code of your phone is by connecting it to Kies.
  • All firmwares have the device model name at the beginning. You should make sure that it matches with your phone’s model name. You can find it from Settings> More> About.
  • Another way of finding out the appropriate firmware for your Galaxy S4 is matching the Country/Region code that is found in the CSC part of a firmware name after the device model name. Here is an example: I9500XXUAMDK_I9500ODDAMDK_INU.zip

Here is a list of country/region codes for Samsung Galaxy devices’ firmwares:

  Code         Country

  • AW     Hungary
  • AZ      France
  • BD     Cyprus, Greece
  • BY     Greece
  • CB     Poland
  • CE     Benelux
  • CP     Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
  • DB    Vietnam
  • DC    Thailand
  • DD    India, Bangladesh, Nepal
  • DT    Australia
  • DX    Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam
  • DZ     Malaysia, Singapore
  • JA     South Africa
  • JC     Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia
  • JP     Arabic
  • JR     Arabic
  • JV     Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia,South Africa, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey
  • JW    West Africa
  • JX     Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia,South Africa, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey
  • KA     Turkey
  • ME    France
  • MK    Serbia
  • MS     France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, UK
  • MT     Switserland
  • MY    Italy
  • NH     Latvia
  • PO     France
  • PU     Russia
  • UB     Brazil
  • XA     Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom
  • XB     Denmark, Norway, Sweden
  • XC     Portugal, Spain
  • XD    Croatia, Czech, Hungary, Slovakia
  • XE     Bulgaria, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine
  • XF     Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania
  • XP     UK, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Portuguese, Turkey
  • XX     Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
  • XW    Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
  • ZC     China, Hong Kong
  • ZH     Hong Kong
  • ZS     China, Hong Kong
  • ZT     Taiwan

How to Find Latest Firmware?

You can easily find out which firmware is latest by taking note of the last two Alphabets/digits of a firmware name. These 2 alphabets denote that date and month of the firmware release. Look at the examples given below:

  1. I9500ZTOAMDK
  2. I9500OZSAMDF

In the above CSC part of a Samsung  firmware name the first of the last 2 alphabets shows the month. “D” is the 4th letter in alphabet and it denotes the 4th month of the English calendar, that is April. In the same way, “K” shows the date (K is the 11th letter), that is 11. Thus the date of the first firmware is April 11. Thus, the second firmware’s release date is April 06.

Where to Download the Firmware for Galaxy S4?

Finally, here the spots from where you can download the latest  firmware for your Galaxy S4. Click the device model number below to download the latest firmware for your phone.

GT-I9500

GT-I9502 

GT-I9508

SCH-I959

GT-I9505

SCH-I545

Note: Since firmwares for Verizon Galaxy S4 are not available for download yet,  the owners of this device can download the following firmware. It is also official and has been pulled out from the device itself and has been prepared to be installed with Odin. Installing any of these files might wipe the system and internal storage of your device and it’ll boot into factory state. Backup your phones data before installing.

Android 4.2.2: SCH-I545_VZW_1_20130613171315_24s13crny1_fac.zip

Android 4.3 (wipes data): SCH-I545_VZW_1_20131023084910_v4vth34m5z_fac.zip

Android 4.3 (no wipe): SCH-I545_VZW_1_20131023084910_4t7oj0w5gv.zip

To install the Android 4.3 firmware, use Odin v3.09, and click AP button to select the firmware file. Make all preparation for Odin installation as described below.

Another Firmware: 

SCH-I545_MDK_562219_Stock_Restore.tar.md5.gz

Pre-Rooted Firmware:

I545_StockRootOdexME7.zip

Stock Modem: 

SCH-I545_MDK_562219_Modem.tar.md5

Stock Recovery:

SCH-I545_MDK_562219_Recovery.tar.md5

Stock Kernel:

SCH-I545_MD2_423399_Kernel.tar.md5

SCH-I545_MDK_562219_Kernel.tar.md5

 

SGH-I337

SGH-I337M (Canada)

SGH-M919

SGH-M919V (Canada)

SPH-L720

SCH-R970

SHV-E300S (Korea)

SHV-E330S (Korea LTE-A)

Sammobile: Link

Want to SIM Unlock Your Galaxy S4?

Read this tutorial

Flashing OTA Update.zip Package via Stock Recovery

This method is not very common as it is not very easy to find the OTA update package that contains the new files. One important thing that you should know before attempting to install an update.zip is that it is Baseband and CSC specific. In other words, you can install it only over a base firmware that has the required baseband and CSC info. For example, if you get an update.zip (Android 4.2.3) for Galaxy S4 Germany and you have an S4 with UK firmware (4.2.2), you will have to install the German firmware with lesser version (Android 4.2.2) on the device first.

Here is how you can install an firmware update.zip file via Android stock recovery on your Galaxy S4:

  1. Download the update.zip package and copy it to the external SD card of your Galaxy S4.
  2. Make sure you device has at least 50% battery left and then turn off your device.
  3. Boot it into recovery mode: hold down Volume Up+Home+Power buttons simultaneously for a few seconds till the phone’s screen turns up, you feel a vibration and the Samsung Galaxy S IV logo blinks for 2 times. Then release the Power key but keep the other 2 keys pressed till you a screen blue menu and “Android system recovery” written at the top.galaxy-s4-stock-recovery
  4. Since touch input system does not work in recovery mode, you will have to use the Volume (up/down) keys to scroll and the Power key to select an option.
  5. Scroll to “apply update from external storage”, navigate to the “update.zip” package and select it.
  6. Select “yes” on the next screen to confirm your choice.
  7. Doing this will begin installation.
  8. When it is finished, go back and select “reboot system now”.

Your phone will now boot and it will take a little more time that it takes usually to boot up. Wait till you are able to see the phone’s lockscreen. Done!

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Install Galaxy S4 Firmware Using Odin

This is the most popular and familiar method among users for installing complete firmware package on their Galaxy devices. Most commonly the firmware for Galaxy devices come with .tar.md5 extension. If the firmware you downloaded is a zip file, you’ll have to extract/unzip  it first with the help of a Zip extractor program to find the file with .tar.md5 extension.

Here are the steps that can be used to install firmware on any Samsung Galaxy device, whether a phone or tablet. This method works only with Windows PC.

  1. Download either the Odin3 tools from below and unzip it on your desktop.:
  2. Download the firmware and unzip it too (only if it is a zip file).
  3. Also ensure you computer has either Samsung Kies or USB Drivers installed on it. If you do not have it, download from here.
  4. Charge your phone to at least 50% level.
  5. Do not forget to backup all important data such as contacts, messages, apps, etc. stored on your Galaxy S4. Here are a few apps that will help you backup your data conveniently.
  6. Finally, enable the USB Debugging mode found under Developer Options on your phone’s Settings menu. If you do not know how to do it, read this tutorial.
  7. Having done the above preparatory steps, turn off your Galaxy S4 and reboot it into Download Mode: hold down Volume Down+Home+Power buttons together for about 3 seconds till you see a warning screen. Now press Volume Up button to enter the Download mode.
  8. Now launch Odin3 tool and connect the device to PC using the USB cable.
  9. Wait till the device drivers are installed. A successful connection is indicated by the ID:COM port on Odin turning to Blue or Yellow (depends on Odin version) and “Added!!” at the message box below.
  10. The “Auto Reboot” and “F Reset Time” options are selected on Odin by default. Make sure you do not mess with anything else.
  11. Just click the PDA button and select the firmware file with .tar.md5 extension and hit the Start button. In case you are are using Odin v3.0.9, click the AP button to select the firmware file,galaxy-s4-odin-pass
  12. In case you are using the new Odin v3.09, click the AP button and select the firmware file.galaxy-s4-odin-3.09-install
  13. This will initiate the installation and might take a few minutes to complete.
  14. When it is done, you will get “PASS!!” message at ID:COM followed by phone reboot.
  15. It might take up to 5-6 minutes (maximum) for the device to boot up and show the welcome Setup screen.

Your Galaxy S4 should now have the newly installed firmware on it. You can confirm this from Settings> More> About.

Install Stock Firmware on Galaxy S4 Using Mobile Odin

Note: Mobile Odin Pro currently supports the following models of the Galaxy S4. The compatibility for other models will be added soon.

  • LTE GT-I9505
  • Sprint SPH-L720
  • T-Mobile USA SGH-M919
  • US Cellular SCH-R970
  • Canadian SGH-I337M

Since the Odin tool is not yet available for Mac and Linux computers, the Odin3 method of installing a firmware on a Galaxy device has become a hard nut to crack for the users of these operating systems. It’s here that the Mobile Odin app becomes a life saver! This wonderful app for Samsung Galaxy phones is capable of installing the firmware on supported Galaxy devices very easily.

But there is a little twist to this easy-sounding method. You need to root your Galaxy S4 before you can install and use Mobile Odin Pro. If you have not a rooted Galaxy S4, you can root it easily with the help of our handy rooting  tutorials:

Download and install the Mobile Odin Pro app developed by Chainfire from the Google Play Store-

Now when you have Mobile Odin installed on your Galaxy S4, follow the steps below to install the official firmware on your device.

  1. Download the firmware file (extract if it is in zip), and copy the firmware file with .tar.md5 extension to your phone’s internal or external SD card storage.
  2. Open the Mobile Odin and download the app data when prompted.
  3. When the download finishes, all features of the Mobile Odin will be unlocked.
  4. Now go to “Open File” option and select the firmware file.mobile-odin-pro-galaxy-s4
  5. Select the ROM file and confirm the choice. Mobile Odin will start installing the firmware to your device.
  6. When it is complete, your Galaxy S4 will reboot automatically and on booting up, it will have the newly installed firmware.

Finally, here ends our detailed tutorial on installing the latest firmware on the Samsung Galaxy S4. I just hope it helps our visitors. If you have any question related to this topic, do not forget to drop a comment below.

Fixing Bootloop on Galaxy S4:

Sometimes, it happens that your device might not boot properly after installing a new firmware and it is stuck at the “Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500″ logo. To get out of this situation, pull out the battery and place it back after about a minute and try the steps given under Method 1 in this tutorial. You can also try reinstalling the firmware.

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About the Author

Rakesh Shukla

A multi-faceted person with his heart and mind in English literature and technology, Rakesh is a teacher by profession and Android lover by vocation. He has penned down numerous books and is a theme-maker, modder, small-time developer and also a political activist. He enjoys learning, discovering, growing and sharing the newest and latest trends in the world of Android.   Current Devices: Nexus 5 Galaxy Note 3 , HTC One, Galaxy Note 10.1, Xperia Z1, and iPhone 4S.

Published by: Rakesh Shukla
  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    You’re welcome!

  • shira

    Rakesh I’d like to say a bit thanks to you, it works perfectly on my phone. And I’m glad to be running touchwiz 4.4.2 kitkat. All thanks to you again.

  • shira

    Okay I will do that thanks very much for your help I will keep you posted on how it goes.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Yes.

  • shira

    I’m running CM11 adnroid 4.4.2 but I want the touchwiz can I use the firmware from that link to do that?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    The KitKat firmware for Nigeria is not available. If you want to install it, download this ROM: http://samsung-updates.com/details/25905/Galaxy_S_4_Exynos_Octa/GT-I9500/INU/I9500XXUFNC1.html

  • shira

    Rakesh, I’m trying to restore my phone to factroy OS touchwiz, but cant find a link for my fimaware, ECT-I9500XXUEMJ8

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Yes you can do that but you will have to root your device and install an AOSP or CM based ROM. Install CM 11 4.4.2 ROM, visit this page: http://www.droidviews.com/root-and-install-cwm-recovery-on-samsung-galaxy-s4-gt-i9500/

    To root your device: http://droidviews.com/2013/root-and-install-cwm-recovery-on-samsung-galaxy-s4-gt-i9500/

  • sudhanshu

    Hi Rakesh, Sudhanshu here. Would like to know, if we can install android 4.4.2 on my galaxy s4, i9500 without the samsung touchwiz… similar to google play edition phone and get all the latest android updates…. is it possible… kindly help….

  • dave

    I tried it, that why Im downgrading.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Why don’t you try the KitKat firmware?

  • dave

    I was trying to downgrade to 4.3 using this firmware I9505XXUEMK8. When I press start in odin. The procedure FAILS. And i tried using 4.2.2 firmware it was successful but there were no sounds, camera not functioning, wifi &bluetooth, cant even take or make a call. Pls help me

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Can you be more details about the firmware you tried to switch to.

  • dave

    hi Rakesh, I followed your step on how to install firmware via odin. yet it failed. what should i do?

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  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    It’ll still work.

  • Antros Panay

    thank u for u r answer but mine is 4.3 version

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • Antros Panay

    hi…i try to root gt-i9500 4.3 with all the ways ..everytime knox dont let me..any suggestions?thank u

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  • DroidViews

    bandar201  Download this: http://rapidgator.net/file/d69b160a9ef5bb6c8c87f015793e7f33

  • bandar201

    Hi, I’m having problems on my Galaxy S4 I9505 after updating to 4.3 it reboot and not start every time I use any application!! I’ve reset it many times and wiped to factory setting but the problem still exist. Note: it only start if it was plugged to the power charger.

    version :
    AP:I9505xxuemkf
    cp:I9505xxuemkf
    csc:I9505xxemk3

    my question I want to flash with a new firmware for Saudi Arabia to fix this problem can you show me the right firmware to use?

    Thanks

  • DroidViews

    kitty88 DroidViews Hmm, I gave you the firmware for Philippines unbranded S4. Do you remember your previous CSC, I mean the original one.

  • kitty88

    DroidViews  done with installing http://samsung-updates.com/details/19819/Galaxy_S_4_Snapdragon/GT-I9505/XTE/I9505XXUEMKE.html

    but after connecting to Kies 3, it still says “Your device current firmware version is not supported to update firmware via Kies”.

    i was hoping update can be done via Kies or OTA if I have the same firmware as the Philippines where i’m located?

  • DroidViews

    kitty88  Download this firmware for unbranded I9505 (Philippines):

    http://samsung-updates.com/details/19819/Galaxy_S_4_Snapdragon/GT-I9505/XTE/I9505XXUEMKE.html

    Yes, after installing the correct firmware you’ll be able to get Kies/OTA update.

    Odin is used to flash firmwares and its components including secure and insecure Kernel. To root your device, you will have flash a custom recovery and SuperUser manually to root it. However, after rooting, you won’t get OTA and warranty will be void.

  • kitty88

    @Rakesh  

    hi mr. rakesh, is downloading from terafile using credit card safe?  i’m also from the philippines. 

    1. can i install the firmware link you provided above?
    2. in doing so, can i update later using kies 3 and/or OTA?
    3. my phone’s unlocked/unbranded, will installing another firmware from my region like GLB/SMA/XTC lock my phone?
    4. will Odin root my phone when i install my region’s firmware?

    current firmware details:
    AP: I9505ZHUEMJ7

    CSC: I9505ZZHEMJ7

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Hi Chris, since your phone is cattier branded, I won’t suggest you to try a different firmware. You should wait till the 4.3 firmware is available.

    However, you can also try this firmware: http://samsung-updates.com/details/19819/Galaxy_S_4_Snapdragon/GT-I9505/XTE/I9505XXUEMKE.html

    In case you see any issue, you can downgrade to the original T-Mobile Poland firmware: http://samsung-updates.com/details/17346/Galaxy_S_4_Snapdragon/GT-I9505/TPL/I9505XXUBMF4.html

  • Chris

    hi, I just bought an S4 LTE here in the Philippines but the phone is Tmobile in Poland(TPL), but I can still use Philippine sim to it, I don’t know if it was unlocked or not, firmware is 4.2.2 but I wanted to upgrade to 4.3… what should I do, thanks a lot for reply,,, P.S. it seemed though that 4.3 update for Tmobile poland is not available as I;ve seen in other website…

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Install the 4.3 ROM manually then. Between, I could not understand the import of of you last sentence.

  • Jordan Generoso

    Hi Mr. Rakesh. I have an s4. I want to update it to 4.3. But suddenly when I check update. It says I have the latest updates, my device is currently on 4.2.2. Im from philippines. Should I flash it to stock rom. I believe it has a cuatom rom when I the technician openline/unlock my s4.

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • Eros Jin

    Isnt the link available to download?

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Since you do not want to root your device, you can install the official 4.3 firmware. Download this firmware and install it using the method given above:
    http://hotfile.com/dl/253141401/374b48b/XEF-I9505XXUEMJ7-20131101154229.zip.html

  • Eros Jin

    Hello Mr. Rakesh, i am living in cambodia. Currently i cannot update OTA on my device I9505 to version 4.3; however, is there any others way to update my phone to 4.3 or 4.4 without rooting ?

    Thanks

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • mohammad

    Hello Mr. Rakesh, I put a custom firmware on my galaxy mega. I was wondering where I can find the stock firmware. after I put this custom firmware on my phone it isn’t able to call just txt

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Do a data factory reset, it would be fixed.

    Follow Steps 10 to 14 from here: http://www.droidviews.com/how-to-downgrade-firmware-on-samsung-galaxy-devices/

  • Chloe Orillosa

    Mr Rakesh, i bought a new S4. my problem is the battery drains very fast. from 100% to 30% within 6 hrs without doing anything with my phone. i checked the battery status and i found that Media Server is consuming about 50% of my battery. any advice regarding this problem?

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Oh, we are really happy we could help you recover the device. Enjoy and keep visiting! :)

  • sammy

    Sorry for replying late Rakesh. I had that Firmware upgrade encountered issue with Exlamation mark inside a yellow triangle.i tried many many times to with that S/N & since it didn’t work was depressed ,called up samsung,verizon none could help.So had given up! But thru the XDA website someone mentioned your site.Came here & you directed me for a clean install via Odin with that link you sent earlier.I with almost not anticipating the positive result followed the prompt and Vola! It started & had my S4 was back on.Thank you once again.

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Nice! What problem did you have?

  • sammy

    You are an angel.Bahut bahut dhanyawad. My phone is up and running.

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    What is the issue?

  • sammy

    Rakesh pls meri madad kariye! Bahut expensive phone liya aur band baja diya.

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Verizon has locked ME7 against downgrading.

    See this: http://www.droidviews.com/verizon-galaxy-s4-sch-i545-receives-android-4-3/

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    AT&T has locked ME7 against downgrading.

  • ciabatoni

    Ive tried pretty much everything, after the MDK failed and semi soft bricked my device, the carny fw worked after I got the yellow triangle, with device to computer sign, Which is the ME7 builod like I already had. But I want MDK, only bc I thought the bootloader could be unlocked for custom recoveries, without loki or safestrap. Now if thats not true, then theres no reason for MDK…However, I didnt try the method recommended to my question, Is that a option when wanting to downgrade the firmware to MDK???

  • ciabatoni

    Im back to the ME7 build, but there is noway to actually downgrade through odin or any other way that I know. I tried to downgrade to mdk several hundred times, with no luck, un-n-reinstalled drivers many times tried multiple odin versions, and usb ports, along with different firmwares.. What gives, I need professional help…Thanx

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • ciabatoni

    Ok, so I tried flashing the stock MDK FW, to the ME7 build and NOW, I have a Yellow triangle between a phone and computer, with the statement, “”Firmware upgrade encountered an issue, please select recovery mode in kies & try again”” I dont have nor want to use kies, Will the yellow triangle away .apk work for this situation, or Odin?

  • ciabatoni

    alright, so im glad i found this fw for the i545, Im on ME7, and wanna unlock the bootloader N install a custom REC.without safestrap, and believe I read online that I could do that with the MDK fw/ Or can I not, If I can, do I need to install all the mdk files to downgrade, or just the recovery file?

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Seems you have a SIM-locked model. Am I right?

  • MohsouLe Paak’s

    Hello Rakes, Can you tell me how you can flash a samsung galaxy s4 i9505 with write protection enabled ? because i don’t arrive, write protection enabled means boodloader is blocked

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    No, you cannot do that.

  • Allen Manuel Maniego

    Hello sir. I have a SCO4e Galaxy s4 of ntt docomo here in japan. and im coming in the philippines on november. Can i flash a Philippine Galaxy s4 i9505 rom so that i use it? tnx

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    The best way, as I told above, is to root your phone and install a custom ROM. That way, you will be able to use the latest builds of firmware for SCH-I545.

  • damon

    so i’m stuck with 4.2 and cannot upgrade to 4.3???or it’ll be provided later??

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    It it is unlocked as you say try the firmware method.

  • Aleem Khan

    And when i try *#0011# and go back and enter 1 it says menu not valid..
    Mhaan its irratating you buy such an expensive phone and soo much hassle

  • Aleem Khan

    Thats what is troubling me i actully bought it UNLOCKED and while in saudi i tried all diffrent carrier and was working

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    It is because the phone is locked to a Saudi network that you are not bale to use any other SIM.

    EVERY NETWORK HAS DIFFERENT UNLOCK CODE.

    Try this and see if it helps: http://www.droidviews.com/tag/sim-unlock-samsung-galaxy-s4/

  • Aleem Khan

    hmm yeah.. the problrm is that the phine is not with me gifted it to my sis.. and the problem is she is akind off noob.. ;) if it would have been here i could have done it..
    bro is there a way to know the unlock code which the phone asks while inserting a indian sim..
    bro thanks alott for your help.. THANKS

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Try this: http://hotfile.com/dl/236080430/7a3f9fe/INU-I9500XWUBMG5-20130726135330.zip.html

    Most carrier unbranded firmwares work in different countries.

  • Aleem Khan

    no havn’t done anything to the phone.. so should i install the DD(india,nepal..) frimware is that safe??
    and is there a versoin will will support most of the countires.. like i mean i have a note 2 and i have tried that in 3-4 countries it works everywhere..
    THANKS ALOT I APPRECIATE IT

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Did you try installing a different firmware?

  • Aleem Khan

    Bro… I bought a phone from saudi and now in india the indian sims are not working.. Please help bro..
    What can I do to fix.?

  • Aleem Khan

    Hey Rakesh, i bought my s4 from saudi.. and now in india i am not able to use the sim.. caz of the firmware right?? anyway can you please tell me if there is way way to solve it .. thanks a lot maan

  • Aleem Khan

    Hey, Nikhil.. me 2 i bought a s4 from saudi.. but now its not working in india i mean the sim.. what do i do.. pls reply as soon as possible..

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Hi Pratik, Verizon does not release its firmware to be downloaded separately, so it is very difficult to tell you a way for that outside the USA. The best way I can figure out is custom ROMs. Root your device and use the custom ROMs. Most custom ROMs are updated regularly as Verizon comes up with new firmwares.

    See here: http://www.droidviews.com/tag/verizon-galaxy-s4-sch-i545/

  • damon

    how can i update verizon s4(sch-i545) outside usa??when i try manual update..it says “software update is temporarily unavailable.try again later”…how can i update it with latest firmware???looking forward for ur rply…tq

  • umair

    Thanks a lot !
    It helped a lot !
    But i think I should stick to the old firmware until samsung launches an update in France :-(

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    You got it right. :(

  • umair

    So that means I won’t even get update through Kies ?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    No, you need not root the device to install official firmware and can try any firmware. However, you’ll not get OTA.

  • umair

    Hi,

    I am having the galaxy s4 which I bought from France ! I wanted the latest update but that hasn’t been launched in France ! What do i do now ? Should I flash a different country’s rom ! Do i need to root my phone ? Will it void my warranty ? Will I be able to update in the future via OTA or kies ? Sorry for a lot of questions but I am really confused !

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hey, I am not sure about the compatibility of Mobile Odin with Galaxy Tab. Check that yourself and if it supports, the steps will be the same.

  • Melvin Abu

    Does the procedure on galaxy s4 was the same on galaxytab2 on flashing stockfirmware using mobile Odin?,,do you think P3100 was supported with that technique?(I mean using mobile Odin)

  • Felipe

    Firstly, thanks for the quick reply! I’m trying to change the versions since I live in Brazil and the language options for the S4 from AT&T aren’t that broad and don’t include Portuguese. In several places I’ve seen people stating that, if the rom from the I9505 is installed in the LTE, since their builds are the same, it should work. Do you have any other suggestions for the language issue?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hi Felipe, never try to install firmware that is not meant for your S4 model.

  • Felipe

    Hi, I bought the AT&T LTE variant, and it’s unlocked, but I still can’t change the ROM version for the latest international one via ODIN. Since it has the same hardware build as the int I9505, shouldn’t it be possible to use it, or does ODIN blocks the operation since the model names are different?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    What makes you think that USB debugging makes the device dirty? It is just an option. Also, factory resetting the device is not compulsory, it is rather mandatory. We recommend it for better performance.

  • Ramu

    Thanks, should I factory reset before flashing the new firmware, or after flashing? I already installed the firmware and forgot to factory reset, is that bad? Also, I don’t understand why you should factory reset, don’t you still need to go into the phone and enable usb debugging mode after resetting anyways? Won’t that defeat the purpose of having a completely clean phone before installing new firmware?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews
  • Ramu

    If I do that will I lose all of my apps? Titanium backup needs to root the device. What ago can I use to backup without routing. Should I still root the device anyway. Seems like most people so that?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    No, you need not root the device. Just install it as instructed.

  • Ramu

    Hi do I need to root the device before installing original firmware via Odin if the firmware is from a different region than my phone. If so where is the tutorial for that? After rooting and getting a custom recovery mod should I just follow the update via Odin instructions above?

    Thanks

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews
  • Dave Amburn

    StockRootOdexMe7

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Which one did you download?

  • Dave Amburn

    I extracted the zip and I can’t find the tar.md5 extension. All I see is data, META-INF, and system folders

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    You’re welcome! We are glad we could help you. :)

  • consuelo

    Thank you!! I spent a night trying to fix a massive idiocy I did and them your post came to rescue me! Thanks so much!

  • Nikhil M

    Ok. Will do.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    just type the numbers without space

  • Nikhil M

    Ill try it and let you know.
    In IMEI number, how do you input the /XX number at the end of the IMEI string. Do you leave a space ?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Yes the code method does not need root but it is not working on Galaxy S4 now. Check it and let me know. It worked on some earlier firmwares though.

    And yes, make comments on corresponding post.

  • Nikhil M

    The *#272*Phone’s IMEI Here# METHOD doesnt need root, as i interpret it. Elaborate please. Only the CSCchanger app way needs.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Currently, there is none.

  • Nikhil M

    Is there no way to it without root ??

  • Nikhil M

    Is there no way to it without root ??

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Yes, changing CSC might change things but to do that you’ll have to root the device, change CSC and unroot it again.

    http://droidviews.com/2012/how-to-change-csc-in-samsung-galaxy-phones/

    http://droidviews.com/2013/how-to-unroot-samsung-galaxy-s4-gt-i9500-and-reclaim-warranty/

  • Nikhil M

    How do i ensure that i get regular OTA updates. I will no longer use the phone in Saudi but will use in India.

    Is changing the CSC the only way ?
    And will it void my warranty in any way?
    And which CSC should i get ?

    Thanks

  • Nikhil M

    How do i ensure that i get regular OTA updates. I will no longer use the phone in Saudi but will use in India.

    Is changing the CSC the only way ?
    And will it void my warranty in any way?
    And which CSC should i get ?

    Thanks

  • Nikhil M

    Thanks

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    No, you can install any .img file using ADB command, such as: adb fastboot flash xxxx.img (just an example).

    You know, it is such things that I hate Verizon for!

  • Kane65

    Ok, when I tried to install SCH-I545_MDK_562219_Stock_Restore.tar.md5 I got the following from Odin:
    Now Writing.. Please wait about 2 minutes
    Receive Response from boot-loader
    rpm.mbn
    Transmission Complete..
    Now Writing.. Please wait about 2 minutes
    Receive Response from boot-loader
    aboot.mbn
    Transmission Complete..
    Now Writing.. Please wait about 2 minutes
    Receive Response from boot-loader
    FAIL! (Auth)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    On my phone, I got a message in red saying:
    SW REV CHECK FAIL : Fused : 3, Binary : 1

    Any ideas on what that is?

  • Kane65

    Thanks! Unfortunately I think that would require that my phone is rooted with a custom recovery, correct?

  • Kane65

    Yes, that’s what I’ve been doing but I keep getting a fail during the NAND Write procedure with everything except the official, unrooted stock.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews
  • Kane65

    The I545_StockRootOdexME7.zip that I downloaded is a ROM image with no MD5 file that I can find.
    Waiting for SCH-I545_MDK_562219_Stock_Restore.tar.md5 to download again.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    You’ll have to extract the zip to file the file with .tar.md5 extension inside. You can then install it using Odin.

    I added that firmware yesterday, but forgot to tell you about it. :(

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews
  • Kane65

    Rakesh, how do I install 545_StockRootOdexME7.zip from Odin? You mentioned it was possible above but I thought Odin could only install bin, tar & md5. Waiting for copies of the other i545 files listed above do re-download so I can try again.

  • Kane65

    Thank you. Yes, I know. The problem is that the only firmware I’ve been able to install successfully is SCH-I545_VZW_1_20130613171315_24s13crny1_fac.zip. Since I installed it the first time I can’t seem to downgrade. If trying to downgrade trashes my phone, I can always reinstall that file and everything is fine but just can’t get past that. I’ll keep trying. Hopefully I’m not really stuck with it.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hi, if your phone is still on MDK version, I think you’ll not get the OTA. However, you can install the latest version for S4 Saudi Arabia from here: http://droidviews.com/2013/xxubmea-firmware-update-hits-galaxy-s4-gt-i9500-brings-apps-to-sd-and-many-other-features/

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    You can root only after downgrading firmware and later you can install a ROM that is based on the latest build.

  • Kane65

    It appears that installing ME7 on my device trying to recover it has left it a mess. From what I have read, there is no way to root ME7 yet. I’m sure there will be shortly but for now I think I’m stuck.

  • Magesh Sha

    I planned to do that, But i haven’t. Now i disabled all Chinese apps on application manager and using selected apps only, so need of Google Play for me. Using third party app and websites to download apps for phone. So Not a Big deal to change, So i left as it is and look similar to other S4.

    Moreover OTA is my main concern. If firmware changed need to flash regularly for any new updates.

    Let me know if u want to know any other things.

  • Nikhil M

    Hi Rakesh

    I live in India and have an I9500 bought in Saudi. Will i get OTA updates from Saudi.

    Baseband Version : I9500XXUAMDK
    Build Number : JDQ39.I9500XXUAMDK
    CSC : MDK (KSA)

    I want the new update for app2sd.
    Kies says that this is the latest firmware.

    Can you please tell me which is the latest firmware for this and how to get it.

    PS: My screen looks exactly like this ( WHICH IS YOUR PIC FROM THIS PAGE )
    Only diff being in baseband i have ….XX… instead of ….DD…. as in yours.

  • Simmy

    I have the SGS4 also bought in China which so far I have not been able to root. Did you manage to root your device and/or install Indian firmware (different region)?

    Thanks for help.

  • Kane65

    SideNote – when the lock up happened, the only thing I can think of that I did was to delete the cache/data for Android Tweaker. I’ve used on most of my ROM installs without problems including the version of Hyperdrive I had on my phone and it is awesome. Anyway, I wanted to delete the settings so I could make sure that tweaks were being reapplied and when I booted, I got the black screen and no custom recovery… strange. Might have been a coincidence but who knows.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    I personally prefer deodexed version because it is easy to mod but when you install a custom ROM, the file system is changed to odexed or deodexed depending on the ROM you are installing and so it doesn’t matter.

  • Kane65

    Is the odex or deodex version the best choice? I kind of understand the difference but wasn’t sure whether there were any advantages to installing the deodex version or will it be overwritten once I go back to my custom ROM?

  • Kane65

    I was following some rooting instructions and the files that came with them were kernels. Thanks for pointing that out. I’ll try the one you mentioned above.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Download the pre-rooted I545VRUAME7 firmware and install it: http://hive-hosting.org/rN

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Are you trying to install the firmware or the Kernel? ME7 might not allow it but you should be able to install the firmware.

  • Kane65

    Keep getting that same error. Is there any way that Samsung could have locked the ME7 version up tight? I notice that when I try to install I also see the following message on the Download screen of my phone “SECURE MAGICODE CHECK FAIL: boot. It also says “Write Protection: Enable”

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Any firmware can be downgraded. Just try it. And yes, it is always wise to keep a copy of stock firmware on your computer.

  • Kane65

    Unfortunately, I’m not sure ME7 can be downgraded. I’ve tried several tutorials and see others reporting the same problems as recently as yesterday.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hmm, that’s why you are getting the error. Vzw keeps being mischievous with every new update.

    Did you try with both versions of Odin from above?

    Anyways, since ME7 can’t be rooted currently, you should downgrade to a lower version firmware and try rooting.

  • Kane65

    This is the kernel correct? SCH-I545_MD2_423399_Kernel.tar.tar It won’t install, that’s where I get the error.

  • Kane65

    I think so. It’s shown under Baseband version correct? Thats I545VRUAME7. Build number is JDQ39.I545VRUAME7

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Have you the latest ME7 version on the phone?

  • Kane65

    Does this give any info on the problem? I never had a problem rooting my device before, not sure why I am now.
    Added!!
    Removed!!
    Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:18)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    boot.img
    NAND Write Start!!
    FAIL! (Auth)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    I am afraid Bangladesh firmware doesn’t have the Irani CSC so it is not like that you’ll get the OTA there.

    http://droidviews.com/2012/how-to-change-csc-in-samsung-galaxy-phones/

  • Azfar Inteha

    Is there any permanent solution so that I will always get OTA from Bangladsh region automatically??

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews
  • Azfar Inteha

    Hello, I live in Bangladesh and I have an international galaxy s4 with CSC:MDK(THR) that means iran. I want to have the new app2sd feature on my phone which is not available for this CSC. What should I do now??

  • Lorenz Luking

    Ahh so that explains why when im checking the software update it says that i have the latest firmware available. I guess india is really getting the latest update the earliest than any southern american countries. So since i have the CSC for brazil and im here now in the philippines, my update will still be from brazil not from philippines right? and for example i installed the latest firmware from INDIA then will i get the updates now from india after doing it? like OTA updates? Thank you very much rakesh for really informing me about all of this! :) Hope you can reply again, its really helpful for me,and i guess to all the other readers here.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hi Lorenz, as long as you are on original CSC, you are eligible to get the OTA. You have not yet received the latest update because it is not available yet for Brazil or even Philippines.

    Alternatively, you can install a firmware meant for another country to enjoy the new features. You can later install the original firmware when it arrives and resume getting the updates. I have just updated the list of firmwares and if you wish, you can install one from here:
    http://droidviews.com/2013/xxubmea-firmware-update-hits-galaxy-s4-gt-i9500-brings-apps-to-sd-and-many-other-features/

    You can, for example, try this one: http://hotfile.com/dl/230465720/6765168/INU-I9500XXUBMF5-20130613104009.zip.html

  • Lorenz Luking

    Hello Rakesh. Thank you for this valuable information. its really important for me since, i have a unbranded unit from Brazil i guess, i have the CSC I9500UUBUBAMDK. Ive been seeing this update from samsung, that supposed to be provide stability and other updates to my SGS4. Im currently living in the philippines. And so far ive been checking on the software update but it still says i have the latest update installed. Im only using mobile network. Would i still receive OTA update even if im in the philippines?? I dont want to try manual updating as im not well versed with it. im afraid that it might brick my phone. Thank you and please reply to this.
    Email me @ lovelou03@gmail.com. More power! :)

  • Magesh Sha

    Hi Ken,

    Saw your comments….My S4 is also from Chinese like yours (I9500ZCUAME5) , Like to flash Indian ROM.

    After flashing your S4 to Singapore version, can you able to use play store now? What about the OTA/Kies updates? Its working?

  • George Dascalu

    no luck…i think i need a 3/4 rom, without the modem.bin and the NO-HLOS.BIN

  • Magesh Sha

    Please tell about the rest of queries asked?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Yes, you can flash the Indian firmware with INU csc. However, on Chinese models, it is a little harder to install any other firmware but there is no harm in trying.

    If this does not work for you the best way for you’ll be to root the phone and install a custom ROM.

    Links:

    http://droidviews.com/tag/root-samsung-galaxy-s4/

    http://droidviews.com/2013/best-custom-roms-for-samsung-galaxy-s4-gt-i9500/

    Keep me informed of the developments.

  • Magesh Sha

    Hi Rakesh,

    I have got a GT-I9500 unbranded from China, using in India. I am unable to access/use Google play and no app for the same and some widgets are in Chinese, some default Samsung apps are also not working properly. I want to fix these issues.

    1) So can I flash this Chinese ROM to Indian ROM?

    2) Also in sammobile link for firmware download, I can able to see INS and INU packages for India. Which one should I use?

    3) I am planning to flash via Odin. Once I click for download in sammobile, It shows two packages

    Stock Firmware and Kernal file
    Which one should I need to use for Odin ?
    4) If I flash with any of these INS/INU Firmware, Can I get further firmware updates via Kies / OTA? If not what I have to do to get the same.

    Below is my current Baseband version of GS4
    I9500ZCUAME5
    CSC : I9500CHNAME5
    Please clarify my above doubts. Thanks in advance.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hi, if this is the problem, I think we have a pretty nice solution for you but for that you will have to root your phone. I think you’ll not mind doing that for having the feature to install any incompatible app.

    See this: http://droidviews.com/2013/spoof-your-android-phone-and-download-incompatible-apps-with-market-helper/

    If you wish to root, here is the guide. Only install the CF-Auto Root file and not the recovery: http://droidviews.com/2013/how-to-root-samsung-galaxy-s4-lte-gt-i9505-on-xxuamd2-firmware/

  • Alan Wall

    Hi, I’ve tried using VPN One click to change my location to a UK IP Address and this works as the Play store then offers me apps priced in £ rather than $ but when I select one I’m after it days that my device does not support that App. The apps are only HSBC Fast Balance, Moonpig, myhome British Gas.

    Do you think changing it to a UK setup would make any difference? My account with Google is set to a UK address and bank.

    Any advice appreciated.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hi Alan, CSC is a term used by Samsung for localizations of its firmwares. Google Play has nothing to do with that. Google detects your location and then shows you apps for that region. So I do not think it will help. However, if you wish to try, install this UK firmware: http://hotfile.com/dl/209530488/170fef8/Samsung-Updates.com-GT-I9505-BTU-I9505XXUAMDM-1366903210.zip.html

  • Alan Wall

    Hi,
    I have a Gt-I9500 unbranded bought in Saudi Arabia
    AP and CP are both
    I9500XXUAMDK
    CSC is
    I9500OJVAMDK

    I want to buy and use apps from the UK play store.
    Is there a way to just change the CSC to let me do this?

    Thanks in advance.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews
  • George Dascalu

    yeah…failed right away this one…but you where right about the carrier, the chinese incomplete rom that i flashed successfully,the xxuamd7, boots with orange logo and has some apps in spanish, so i guess i will try all spanish roms for orange now…wish me luck :)))

  • George Dascalu

    looks normal…i don’t know…i will try it, what could go wrong ? i mean i already tried many other rom’s and even rooted and flashed 4.3 on it…

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Is your device a normal phone? I mean may be it is a test version or something like that.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Do not try it if it is not the right one.

  • George Dascalu

    no, it’s not…i will give it a try but…this is for a carrier, mine was for greece, the unlocked version based on the IMEI, although for greece i find different firmware.
    This UAMD7 i have is probably a prerelease version

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Is it this firmware you want: http://hotfile.com/dl/229790378/1c5c55f/AMN-I9505XXUBMF4-20130612092016.zip.html

    It is for Spain (Orange).

  • George Dascalu

    that was the thing i did in the first place, i tried to install a rom from a nordic country,for the international S4 since mine was not locked to a carrier, since i didn’t receive anything via FOTA or Kies, that’s what made the wi-fi inactive, and since then i tried flashing about 10 other PDA files, all without success,all with about 70% progress and failling at modem.bin. I really want to return to stock firmware but i need the afore mentioned firmware which i cannot find anywhere.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Why don’t you download a firmware with a single file? Did you try that?

  • George Dascalu

    well…i have tried everything, nothing works…the CSC changes with every official rom that i have flashed,the only thing that stays the same is the CP which is I9505XXUAMD7 (the phone’s original rom, was not from a carrier btw). I am checking the CSC, AP, CP by entering in dialer the *#1234#…with Kies is not connecting.

    Yesterday i gained root access with cf autoroot and instaled the 4.3 version, now WI-FI works but battery life is very poor and the camera has issues.I tried to flash official rom’s via SD card(like i did with 4.3) but it’s not working, and via Odin i always have the same result, it fails at modem.bin. My stock firmware i found it only here http://pan.baidu.com/share/link?shareid=381960&uk=1479066410&from=homehot

    But when i extracted the zip, it gave me these files (BOOTLOADER_I9505XXUAMD7_421618_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 , CSC_AMN_I9505AMNAMD5_421618_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5, MODEM_I9505XXUAMD7_421618_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 )

    When is trying to extract the PDA gives me an error, the file is corrupted (the zip is only 1.63 gb, so i guess something is missing)
    The above mentioned files i put in the respectiv fields in Odin and are the only ones so far that are passing without fail (i tried different modems and all failed)
    So i guess i need the original rom intact, but i cannot find it anywhere with my friend Google.
    Since i gained root access with cf autoroot i guess i don’t have bootloader locked so i don’t understand why i cannot flash any other official rom…Any other ideas???

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hi George, I think you should install the ROM for the carrier your phone is locked to. Can you tell me the CSC of your device? If you have installed Kies, connect the device to PC and it’ll tell you the CSC.

    Further, did you ever tried a data/factory reset and wiping cache partition from system recovery on your phone? If no. try it too.

    If WiFi connection is the only issue you are facing, you can also try a few fixing apps from the Play store: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=wififixer&c=apps

  • George Dascalu

    Hi, i have a huge problem with my s4, i tried to flash a newer rom and now it says custom on status, write protection enabled and the wi-fi is prevented from starting. The firmware i had on the phone i cannot find it except one chinese site…it is the I9505XXUAMD7. I downloaded many rom’s but none works…it fails to modem.bin (auth. fail) i tried installing the above mentioned, which was not a .pda file but a zip that had a bootloader, a modem and a csc file…everything instaled well but still the wi-fi is not working.Tried with stock rom and .pit file, the pit is not recognized…what should i do? except that the status is custom binary, the fact that i cannot use wi-fi makes the phone useless…you think it has the locked bootloader installed? It is for greek market, not at&t or anything else with locked bootloader.

    Thank you in advance.

  • Fadi Germanus

    can i flash new firmware from another country my phone is locked phone on tmobile austria and i want to flash the german version are there any problems with and what do you prefer me to do

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Nice! Finally, a firmware with no issues!

  • Ken Zenshi

    Thanks, I think i’ve managed to solve the problem. I flashed a chinese firmware again, then flashed the singaporean firmware and reset cache and factory reset.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Do the factory and cache reset a couple of more times. If it does not help, root the

    phone and install a custom ROM.

    ROOT: http://droidviews.com/tag/root-samsung-galaxy-s4/

    ROM: http://droidviews.com/2013/best-custom-roms-for-samsung-galaxy-s4-gt-i9500/

  • Ken Zenshi

    I flashed I9500XXUBMEA, but ever since, whenever the phone locks, it will automatically restart? What should I do? I have done a factory reset and a cache reset but still no change?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Okay, did you flash the new FW?

  • Ken Zenshi

    there does appear to be one problem, when i lock the phone and leave it for a while, i can’t unlock it again???

  • Ken Zenshi

    Thank you so much for this helpful tutorial! I now have the google play store and finally, a decent phone!

  • Ken Zenshi

    My ODIN is not showing the green PASS!? But i have “added” it? Is this okay

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    No, you’ll not get OTA update. If Google Play is the only reason for installing another ROM, why not try Panda app?

  • Ken Zenshi

    Once I flash another countries firmware, will i be able to update firmware via Kies?

  • Ken Zenshi

    Many thanks ! :) Not having the google play store is really annoying.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Yes , you can. Save a few exceptions most users have been able to install other unbranded firmware on the Chinese model. On other country variants, it is very easy to install any other firmware. Try it. It will not harm your phone.

    Just make sure that the phone is not locked to a carrier.

  • Ken Zenshi

    Nvm, just read the useful comment below! Hope it works :) I just updated my chinese firmware, can i now flash the singaporean firmware?

  • Ken Zenshi

    My model number is I9500, baseband version is I9500ZCUAMDF does this mean I can flash any other I9500 firmware? I want to get the singapore version (I9500XXUBMEA) this is the first time with an android phone! Sorry. (I live in China and there is no google play store, which kinda sucks.)

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Yes you can do this by installing the firmware for that country, but make sure that the model number is not different.

  • Jean-Pierre Avakian

    My firmware is with ZH country code. Can I change the firmware to another country code?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews
  • kam hagh

    iran i9500 sorry ok i will download firmware but tis HORRIBLE BIG!

  • kam hagh

    i9500 THR iran but i dont want iran one as u know rian is horrible and no firmware for iran yet! i mean the firmware whit ap2sd change and purple effecct on scroll and hrd camera updates

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Update.zip is not available. You can find it if some guy pulls it out from his phone and uploads it on net. Better download the whole firmware and install it. You did not tell about your model and country.

  • kam hagh

    and where to fid the update.zip?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Which S4 model do you have and what is your country?

  • kam hagh

    so lastes one is SER russian? downloading it plz answer:(

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    You need not change CSC. Just download firmware and install it.

  • André Richardi

    Thank you for the quicly answer !
    To change the firmware, for one of my region, I need to change the CSC of the mobile before, or I can just install a compatible firmware ?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hi Andre, you can certainly install a firmware according to your region. As you told your S4 is unbranded, download it from the link provided in the tutorial. Just keep in mind that the model number of your device is GT-I9500.

  • André Richardi

    Hello. Thk you a lot for your tutorial.
    I bought a SS4 [unbranded] in china, who came with a lot of strange [on my pespective] apps and without play market or other google things.
    I can use this method to change to a firmware of my region ?

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