How to install Galaxy S4 firmware I9500 & I9505 with Odin? (Video)

How to install Galaxy S4 firmware with Odin? I can’t install latest I9500 XXUBMEA firmware udpate using Samsung Kies and OTA method due to custom kernel. Samsung won’t let you upgrade firmware using official way if you already done the unofficial way previously. Anyway, it is fairly simple to use Odin to install Galaxy S4 firmware. In short, just download firmware first. Then install it. That’s all. Still don’t understand? No worry, just read on to find out…

Note – upgrade firmware should not bring any issue. All applications, data and settings will be there. But this is not the same for firmware downgrading, you need to factory reset. Else bootloop issue might be occurred.

How to install Galaxy S4 firmware with Odin?

  1. Make sure that your SGS4 is either I9500 or I9505 model.
  2. Boot into Odin Download Mode.
  3. Connect USB cable to your smartphone.
  4. At PC, extract firmware .tar (or .tar.md5) file that you downloaded to Odin3 folder.
  5. Then bring up Odin3.
  6. Click on PDA.
  7. Select the .tar (or .tar.md5).
  8. Click Start then.
  9. Remove USB cable from SGS4 after Android OS loaded
  10. That’s it.

Download Odin3 v3.07.
Download official Samsung Galaxy S4 firmware.


  1. Hi Jayce,

    After flash I9500XXUBMEA with Odin, KIES can’t connect with the phone, but PC is working fine, can access both the internal and external drive. Are u the same ?



  2. Well i have a KSA CSC and its taking way too long to get the update so can i flashed suppose india’s firmware directly with the method above

    Thank you

  3. Hiya if i flash the ubmea firmwate on my i9500 in the future will i be able to update ota or via keis or will i have to manually flash the new updates with odin??? And also is the device status still “offical”???

  4. Hello Jayce.
    I bought brand new s4, for some reason after the last update I cant update my device any more with OTA and KIES. My device status is “CUSTOM”. Its a brand new phone and its not rooted. Will the above mention method help me resolve my problem? And will my device status return to official and remain official after I update it through Odin?
    I have I9500.

  5. Will I be able to update my phone with the above given method? Will it turn device status to official and stay official?

  6. Okk.. but can you please tell me why can’t I update my phone and why is its status custom? I have not tried anything unofficial..

    • This is normal because Samsung does not allow users to update using its tools if it was modified unofficially.

      That’s why I asked you to consult Samsung Support in this case. By right, official update won’t turn your status to custom.

  7. Hello i’m from Mongolia. I really need to change SHV-E300k to GT-I9500 on Samsung Galaxy S4. So this guidance can help me? Is my thinking is possible? Sorry for my bad English

  8. hi m8 im tryin to unlock my phone from o2 to voda an iv tried the 0011 way but it wont let me into the second menu please please help

  9. Hello Jayce.

    I tried to install custom rom (cm10.1) to my samsung galaxy S4 i9505 as shown in this youtube video , The installation failed and the mobile is now bricked. I am getting only the samgung logo and nothing else
    My computer is not recognizing the phone when I connect it through the USB. I tried to bring it back to factory settings by using the Power + Up volume rocker + Menu but it shows that it clears the chash .. and gets back to the logo … Could you help me to recover my phone to factory settings please.

    Thanks in advance.

  10. Hi Jayce I have a question. How can I enter download mode when I have TWRP installed? At the moment I do not have an OS installed and all I have access to is the TWRP recovery mode. My attempts at flashing a rom through the recovery from my external sd have failed. I wish to try and load a custom or stock rom using ODIN, but my Galaxy S4 Gt-i9500 is not recognized

  11. My galaxy S4 just went to a black screen with (Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500) flashing and it wont go any farther. I cannot access boot recovery and when I tried to reboot the rom using the correct firmware in odin it says there is no PIT partition and it fails. I also does not connect to Kies.
    It is a brand new phone only 3 days old, please help.

  12. when i tried to install original stock firmware (I9500XXUEMJ5_I9500SEREMJ5_SER) it keeps telling me that there is no pit partition and fails.


  14. Hi Joyce:
    I have a SGS4 At&t, unlock, rooted, 4.2.2, baseband I9500ZSLMDL, I wanted to upgrade to 4.3 the one from India with Odin3 v3.09 but is unsupported. What should I do.

  15. Can I update here in Cambodia? which region firmware should I choose for I9505 device? do I need to root? is there any risk?

  16. hello sir Jayce…i also have a problem here,..i rooted my samsung galaxy s4 and i tried to install rom 4.3 google play edition..after that i upgraded to cynogenmode 4.3 edition but after installing it..i was stuck in samsung logo..could you help me with this one?.is your tutorial here could do the trick to make my phone usable again? phone is in TWRP recovery..thank you so much..

  17. Hello Jayce, i have a korean clone of samsung galaxy s4. Can you help me by telling procedure to upgrade firmware in that device. I really need it please help me, i will thankful to you. Thanx.

  18. Hi,

    it.s ok 🙂 work now
    but how can i use my old software …was 4..2.2 .. in my old soft. i have more aplication
    with this version 4..4.2 is.t only basic aplication and she has some bugg ( restart on i put to charge )
    Now is not i9505x—is i9505G
    It.s posible to put another firmware to phone ( my old 4.2.2.)
    my bootloader is I9595XXXUAMDE_LLK


  19. Hi Jayce, having an issue with my S4 – dropped it and now when turning on it just brings up the root commands (Android System Recovery) presuming the firmware has been wiped which is why I’m here!

    However trying to follow the instructions and it mentions to click PDA in Odin. The version of Odin I have downloaded however from your page doesn’t have a PDA option it has the following: BL, AP, CP, CSC and a blanked option UMS.

    Any suggestions on what option I should be using?


  20. Hi Please help I got this message in odin
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    I9505XXUHPK2_I9505OXXHPL1_I9505XXUHPK2_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:32)..
    File analysis..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    NAND Write Start!!
    FAIL! (Auth)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

  21. I did the same thing the video but once its loaded through odin the Samsung symbol comes on and boot theme song plays and the Samsung name just keeps looping and doesn’t load the os to GUI


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