Beginners Guide 1: Flashing Official Samsung Firmware

vorman

Expert Member
Joined
Jul 14, 2016
Messages
1,004
Hi @Faniebraai
Just a query regarding flashing s8.
I do understand the Vodacom xfv is multi csc?
What does this mean?

I want to flash Oreo OXM as per the link below:
https://www.google.co.za/amp/s/www....-oreo-on-the-samsung-galaxy-s8-s8-exynos/amp/

The steps above first flash AQL5 then updates to Oreo.

Would you recommend this? Which OTA's will I receive going forward? And what would I lose by flashing this CSC? E.g. Wi-Fi calling/Volte?
 

Icemanbrfc

Honorary Master
Joined
Jul 28, 2011
Messages
14,575
Hi @Faniebraai
Just a query regarding flashing s8.
I do understand the Vodacom xfv is multi csc?
What does this mean?

I want to flash Oreo OXM as per the link below:
https://www.google.co.za/amp/s/www....-oreo-on-the-samsung-galaxy-s8-s8-exynos/amp/

The steps above first flash AQL5 then updates to Oreo.

Would you recommend this? Which OTA's will I receive going forward? And what would I lose by flashing this CSC? E.g. Wi-Fi calling/Volte?
Do you have a Vodafone branded device? You get XFV and XFA. CSC is comsumer software customization code, which you can find somewhere within your device.

Im pretty sure in SA if you have a non branded device its XFA, and if you have a branded one its XFV
 

vorman

Expert Member
Joined
Jul 14, 2016
Messages
1,004
With every new release of Android, and the subsequent slow release of the Samsung firmware to the individual countries, and then distributed via the various operators, we here at Mybroadband, and really across the Android user base, have become very impatient to wait for the inevitable upgrade of a newer version of our beloved OS. I thought it a good idea to put together a little guide on how to get the latest official firmware installed on your phone as this question have been popping up quite a lot recently.[HR][/HR]
Step 1: Downloading the correct firmware
- Always make sure you have or are about to download the correct firmware for your device.
- An S5 is an S5 is an S5 is an S5, is not true. There are different versions, ie. G900F, G900H, etc.
- DO NOT flash firmware that is not meant for your phone. You can, and probably will, brick your phone. (They call it brick, because after it's done, your phone is basically a brick)
- Check Settings -> About Device -> Model number to make sure that you are downloading the correct one.
- I normally try and get the UK (BTU) version, but any countries unbranded version will do.
- Why unbranded? As we know, people like Vodacom and MTN across the world put their operator bloat on the phone. You don't want this. Find a unbranded version.
- Once downloaded, unzip. Most of the time, the firmware will include the following files:
AP = system <- the actual firmware
BL = Bootloader
CSC = Region
CP = Radio

Step 2: Download the official ODIN
- ODIN is a third-party, Windows-based program created specifically to flash files such as ROMs on Samsung smartphones.
- When downloading ODIN for the first time, only get it from sammobile. I have tried before from other sites, and these buggers have been known to put out a "fake" odin which is filled with spyware/adware/virus etc.
- The latest version of ODIN can be found on your handsets firmware page (or there is a link at the bottom of this post).
- Just extract the zip to anywhere you want, and click on the .exe to start it up.

Step 3: Loading the firmware into ODIN
- There are two options you now have.

OPTION 1:
- Load only the AP file
- Advantages. You won't lose any data. Disadvantage: You won't get any OTA updates
OPTION 2:
- Load all 4 the files
- Advantages: You'll get OTA updates. Disadvantage: You phone will be factory reset.

OPTION 1:
- Once ODIN has been started, locate the AP button on the right, and click on it.
- Browse to the location you have stored/extracted the .tar.md5 firmware file, select it.
- Look at the Log box. Odin will do a checksum on the file (start with a message "Enter CS for MD5), to make sure it is complete and undamaged.
- Wait for it to confirm with a message "Checking MD5 finished successfully" and then "Leave CS".

OPTION 2:
- Do the same as OPTION 1, but add the other 3 files as well by clicking the appropriate buttons.

Step 4: Backup
- Backup to PC with Samsung Smart Switch. You may need to do separate backups for apps like Whatsapp and non stock keyboard settings.

Step 5: Put your phone into Download Mode
- To put your Samsung device into Download mode, first switch off the device, and wait about 10-15sec after it is completely shut down.
- Press the Volume Down, Power and Home button at the same time, and hold for about 3 seconds.
- A warning message will appear about going into Download Mode, release buttons.
- Press Volume Up to confirm, and to intitiate Download Mode.
- Only after this step, plug it into your PC via its USB cable.
- Wait for the "Added" message in the Log Window, and there should be something below in the ID:COM block. Normally blue, filled with the com port on which your device is connected on.

Step 6: Flash it!
- Hit Start
- Keep your eye on the Log window.
- ODIN will start to flash all the necessary components.
- Do NOT unplug your device during this process.
- When the flash is done, ODIN will automatically restart your device and disconnect it from your PC.
- It is only then safe to disconnect it from the USB cable.

Step 7: Be patient
- The device startup will be a little slower than normal during the first boot/upgrade. Just be patient.
- Eventually you will see it starting to upgrade the apps. This takes a while, quite a while, just be patient.
- After that, it's done, and enjoy your freshly up to date device! :)

Step 8: Restore
- If you did Step 4, you can restore via the same app, just be aware that the app might tell you there is a new version available, DON'T DO IT! It will revert your phone back to the previous version.[HR][/HR]Video:
[video=youtube;5c_sTlJ_7Sc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c_sTlJ_7Sc[/video][HR][/HR]

Useful Links:
- sammobile.com
- live.samsung-updates.com
- updato.com
- forum.youmobile.org

- Latest version of Odin <= needed to flash the firmware
[HR][/HR]Disclaimer:
By attempting this the only person that can be held responsible for any loss of data or damage of any kind, is you. Saying that, I've done this 100s of times and have never had an issue before.
Good luck. Live long and prosper.
IMG_20180227_175352.jpg

Please see picture. Why the fail error?
 

Dave

Honorary Master
Joined
Aug 31, 2008
Messages
47,421
Looks like your downloaded file is borked. Download again.
Looking at the where the error occurred, could be a mismatch of PIT file size, ODIN passes the actual file when it verified MD5.

Is the PIT of the new firmware the same size as the PIT on the existing phone firmware?
 

vorman

Expert Member
Joined
Jul 14, 2016
Messages
1,004
Apologies, forgot to update. The error was because I ticked 're-partition'. Once I unticked, it completed successfully.
 

vorman

Expert Member
Joined
Jul 14, 2016
Messages
1,004
Yeah, note to self for future reference, playing with odin settings can **** your phone completely...
Thanks. Ticked that coz somewhere I read that if you flash a firmware with different CSC, you need to have that ticked. But at least it didn't even start with that ticked so no harm done. My first time also flashing Samsung f/w.
 

pinball wizard

Honorary Master
Joined
Feb 9, 2010
Messages
14,182
Thanks. Ticked that coz somewhere I read that if you flash a firmware with different CSC, you need to have that ticked. But at least it didn't even start with that ticked so no harm done. My first time also flashing Samsung f/w.
Most guides tell you to leave the settings on odin as they are when you open it.
 

vorman

Expert Member
Joined
Jul 14, 2016
Messages
1,004
Question, if I flash another countries Vodafone firmware, will Volte work here? It's currently working on my Vodacom firmware. Doesn't work on unbranded German. Now I want to try Vodafone branded but from UK maybe
 

signates

Expert Member
Joined
Dec 8, 2009
Messages
4,747
I'm considering flashing my S9+ with BTU. This will be the first time I'll be flashing an android phone and have some questions.

1. Can I restore the settings on the phone back to the way it's currently setup without losing the new firmware? I.e. do I have to setup my device like contacts, homescreen, themes, icon packs, applications, etc, from scratch with the new firmware or can I restore these settings from my backup?

2. Does flashing official Samsung firmware for a different region affect the device warranty. My device is on contract with VC.

3. Can I do a complete system restore to before upgrading the firmware?

I already downloaded BTU from Sammobile and will follow the guide in the OP.
 

vorman

Expert Member
Joined
Jul 14, 2016
Messages
1,004
I'm considering flashing my S9+ with BTU. This will be the first time I'll be flashing an android phone and have some questions.

1. Can I restore the settings on the phone back to the way it's currently setup without losing the new firmware? I.e. do I have to setup my device like contacts, homescreen, themes, icon packs, applications, etc, from scratch with the new firmware or can I restore these settings from my backup?

2. Does flashing official Samsung firmware for a different region affect the device warranty. My device is on contract with VC.

3. Can I do a complete system restore to before upgrading the firmware?

I already downloaded BTU from Sammobile and will follow the guide in the OP.

Welcome to Android. The S8 was also my first Samsung android device. I've flashed Xperias before but this process is very much similar and simple.
1. I prefer to do a clean install. However, i have not used the Samsung Cloud backup before. I'm assuming it will restore everything in the state it was. I didn't use it because i didn't want to wait for all my apps to be backed up. Total size was about 2GB for it to back up everything and i couldnt wait, i just wanted to flash the software. All i did was just copy over music, pictures and other files to my PC. After that i had to set up the phone again. Contacts are backed up through my email so thats not a problem.
2. Some say warranty is not void, some forums say warranty is void. Though, KNOX is not tripped because the firmware is original Samsung firmware, just for a different country. I think it depends on the Service provider. Easy to go back to Vodacom firmware though should you need to send your phone in. They erase your phone anyway.
3. I see you coming from Windows Phone haha. Not per se, but you can backup EVERYTHING to Samsung Cloud, and download the Vodacom firmware to reflash. After the reflash, just restore from backup.

My question, is VoLTE active on your device? Please let me know should this still be active after installing BTU.
 

signates

Expert Member
Joined
Dec 8, 2009
Messages
4,747
Welcome to Android. The S8 was also my first Samsung android device. I've flashed Xperias before but this process is very much similar and simple.
1. I prefer to do a clean install. However, i have not used the Samsung Cloud backup before. I'm assuming it will restore everything in the state it was. I didn't use it because i didn't want to wait for all my apps to be backed up. Total size was about 2GB for it to back up everything and i couldnt wait, i just wanted to flash the software. All i did was just copy over music, pictures and other files to my PC. After that i had to set up the phone again. Contacts are backed up through my email so thats not a problem.
2. Some say warranty is not void, some forums say warranty is void. Though, KNOX is not tripped because the firmware is original Samsung firmware, just for a different country. I think it depends on the Service provider. Easy to go back to Vodacom firmware though should you need to send your phone in. They erase your phone anyway.
3. I see you coming from Windows Phone haha. Not per se, but you can backup EVERYTHING to Samsung Cloud, and download the Vodacom firmware to reflash. After the reflash, just restore from backup.

Thanks.

My question, is VoLTE active on your device? Please let me know should this still be active after installing BTU.
I will let you know about VoLTE but not expecting to flash until next week sometime.

I did a backup last night and it was not that big as it's my first android device and only have a few apps. I just finally got my homescreen and phone setup the way I like it and don't want to have to go through all that to get it back to the way it is currently setup.
 
Joined
Dec 7, 2010
Messages
78,906
I'm considering flashing my S9+ with BTU. This will be the first time I'll be flashing an android phone and have some questions.

1. Can I restore the settings on the phone back to the way it's currently setup without losing the new firmware? I.e. do I have to setup my device like contacts, homescreen, themes, icon packs, applications, etc, from scratch with the new firmware or can I restore these settings from my backup?

2. Does flashing official Samsung firmware for a different region affect the device warranty. My device is on contract with VC.

3. Can I do a complete system restore to before upgrading the firmware?

I already downloaded BTU from Sammobile and will follow the guide in the OP.
1. Download the SideSync app from Samsung. Backup to PC, Restore from PC after full wipe/upgrade.

2. I know people that have taken custom ROM phones in for warranty repair without a glitch.

3. System restore before upgrading? Why/what restore before upgrade?
 
Joined
Dec 7, 2010
Messages
78,906
I will let you know about VoLTE but not expecting to flash until next week sometime.

I did a backup last night and it was not that big as it's my first android device and only have a few apps. I just finally got my homescreen and phone setup the way I like it and don't want to have to go through all that to get it back to the way it is currently setup.
the backup keeps all those settings
 

signates

Expert Member
Joined
Dec 8, 2009
Messages
4,747
1. Download the SideSync app from Samsung. Backup to PC, Restore from PC after full wipe/upgrade.

2. I know people that have taken custom ROM phones in for warranty repair without a glitch.

3. System restore before upgrading? Why/what restore before upgrade?
SideSync - Not finding it on the app store. Is it a windows application?
 
Top