A lot of people who have rooted their Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are searching for “steps to re-install the official stock firmware”. If you are a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge user who doesn’t know what stock ROM is, then, the official firmware is the stock ROM which comes with your phone when you buy it. So say, you bought a Galaxy S6 edge and when you bought it came with Android 5.0 Lollipop pre-installed by Samsung then the official stock firmware is “Android 5.0 Lollipop”.
A lot of users hate Samsung because of TouchWiz and the hate for TouchWiz is the only reason why a lot of people try rooting or flashing a custom ROM, which again causes a lot of troubles in high-end devices like Samsung Galaxy S6. A lot of users who install ROMs like CyanogenMod or other non-TouchWiz ROMs generally end up facing a lot of issues.
Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge users, around the world, have been wondering for a long time about the exact process that would allow them to unbrick, downgrade and manually upgrade or restore Samsung’s official firmware instead of custom ROM. Flashing a stock firmware on S6 or S6 Edge is more or less a simple process but requires the use of ODIN.
Flashing a stock firmware on S6 or S6 Edge is more or less a simple process but requires the use of ODIN. While there will be no loss of user data in all probability, nevertheless users are highly recommended to create a backup, just in case. Here’s a complete guide on how to flash and restore the official firmware on Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
- The correct official firmware that is authorised for the model number of your device has to be downloaded from Samsung-Updates: Download Samsung S6 or Download Galaxy S6 Edge Firmware
- You must have either Samsung Smart Switch or Samsung mobile USB driver pre-installed so that the necessary driver required for the flashing procedure is available.
- Download the most recent version of ODIN. (Windows) if you are using a Mac or Ubuntu then you can download JOdin3 or use the online interface of JOdin
- The USB cable will be required to connect your device to the PC.
- Your device should be charged as the procedure will take quite some time.
Steps to Flash Official Stock Firmware on Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge
- Create a backup of your data because in case the flashing firmware contains more than one *.tar.md5 file, it will wipe all data on internal storage.
- Smart Switch or Samsung driver must be downloaded and installed.
- Download the latest version of ODIN.
- Download and unzip the correct firmware file required for your device.
- Double-click on the Odin3 tool and click on the option that says AP. Then navigate to the firmware file that says *.tar or *.tar.md5.
- In order to boot your Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge into Fastboot or ODIN mode, press the Volume Down+Home+Power buttons simultaneously. Then, press the VolumeUp button to skip the warning screen.
- Connect your device to the PC via the USB cable.
- As soon as ODIN detects your device, it will display a COM number you get to see “Added” in the message box. Do not make any changes in the options of ODIN.
- Click on Start and wait for a while until you see “PASS” in the ODIN’s box. Cre should be taken to not disconnect the USB cable while the flashing process is running.
- Reboot your device into recovery mode. After that, just choose factory reset and your job is done.
Thus, all it takes to flash and reset the official firmware on your S6 or S6 Edge is a few simple steps.
However, users must realise that flashing the stock firmware will not increase the binary flash nor will it cancel the device’s warranty. Therefore, users who were eagerly waiting to flash the official firmware on your device go ahead and give it a try. But what you must keep in mind is the fact that there is a minimal amount of risk involved in flashing your device