How to restore stock firmware on Samsung Galaxy Note 2? (Video)

How to restore stock firmware on Samsung Galaxy Note 2? (Video)

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I like Samsung Android devices because they have unlocked bootloader. Same apply to Samsung Galaxy Note II. So that you can modify it with whatever you prefer like install custom kernel, ROM, theme, firmware… However, install these unofficial stuffs will void warranty ~ custom binary download will increase, current binary and system status to custom in Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Odin Download Mode. No worry, you can always restore to stock Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to recover warranty back. Reset custom binary download to No, current binary to Samsung Official and system status to Official. And Device status from Modified to Normal (Settings – About device – Status). It will be like a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 2 like you turn on it for the very first time. How to do so? Please refer to below step by step video guide to know more…

Prerequisites

  • Triangle Away
  • Odin3
  • Stock Firmware

Step by Step Guide

  1. Launch Triangle Away.
  2. Grant it root access if prompted.
  3. Download latest update if prompted.
  4. And following on screen instructions by pressing OK.
  5. Select Reset flash counter.
  6. Press Continue when ! DANGER ! warning prompted.
  7. It will boot into Triangle Away boot mode then.
  8. Press Volume Up to reset counter and status.
  9. Power off Samsung Galaxy Note 2 when Android OS loaded.
  10. Press and hold down Volume Down + Home + Power buttons at the same time.
  11. Press Volume Up button when warning prompt.
  12. Odin download mode will be loaded.
  13. Custom binary download should be No, current binary to Samsung Official and system status to Custom.
  14. Connect USB cable to your phone.
  15. At PC, extract firmware .tar (or .tar.md5) file that you downloaded to Firmware folder.
  16. Then bring up Odin3.
  17. Click on PDA.
  18. Select the .tar (or .tar.md5) at Firmware folder.
  19. Click Start then.
  20. Remove USB cable from Galaxy Note 2 when you see green PASS! at Odin3.
  21. Let the first boot installation go through.
  22. You might face boot loop issue on second boot (stuck at Samsung Logo).
  23. Press and hold Volume Up + Home + Power buttons at the same time.
  24. Do so until you see SGN2 Logo. Release all buttons then.
  25. Android system recovery will be loaded.
  26. Go to wipe data/factory reset with Volume Up / Down buttons.
  27. Select it with Power (or Home) button.
  28. Then select Yes — delete all user data.
  29. After that, select reboot system now.
  30. Android OS will be loaded.
  31. Then follow phone onscreen instructions to setup.
  32. Go to Settings.
  33. Select About device.
  34. Build number should be the same as the firmware that you installed.
  35. That’s all.

If everything goes smoothly, your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 should be loaded with stock firmware. And with custom binary download = No, current binary = Samsung Official and system status = Official in Odin mode. No worry about warranty claim now as no body knows what you did last summer.

Download Triangle Away here.
Download Odin3 v3.04 here.
Download official Samsung Galaxy Note 2 firmware here.

  • shijiro_33

    jayce, which firmware to download if I am from the UK under Three network? I can’t find anything from UK under three

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Maybe it is United Kingdom (H3G). Not sure here too.

  • shijiro_33

    will there be any consequences if I install the wrong one?

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      No issue if install other region N7100 firmware. You can reinstall another one again.
      But will be big issue if install wrong model firmware. It might brick.

  • Shijiro33

    So i can install the uk h3g as long as its the firmware for my n7100?

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      I did not try it personally. But should be okay.

  • shijiro_33

    thanks much jayce!

    • shijiro_33

      jayce last query.. sorry for being a newbie.. if i do this to restore my stock firmware, will it unroot my phone? do i have to install cwm again?

      • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

        Yes, you will need to reinstall CWM again.

  • David Kwok

    Jayce,
    Jelly Bean come thru yesterday OTA and I installed the update successfully (so I thought). However, wifi stop working. I tried three different routers at three different locations to confirm that the problem is my phone (SGN2), not the router. SGN2 kept trying to connect but failed. What do I need to do to recover the wifi function?
    Appreciate your time and help. Thank you.

    David Kwok.

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Hi David, reboot your phone then try again. If still cannot, factory reset it.

      • David Kwok

        Thanks for the quick response.
        Factory reset will put the firmware back to 4.0?

        • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

          No, it will delete everything and make it a fresh start of new Jelly Bean firmware.

          • David Kwok

            Thank you.

          • David Kwok

            Very disappointing. Still no wifi connection after factory reset. Wifi router is working with other devices.
            During the OTA download process, I did have a brief wifi disconnection but it went back up and the phone asked if I wanted to continue. I answered yes and the download was completed and installed. May it be possible that during the brief disconnection, the file was corrupted?
            What can I do next?
            Thank you.

            • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

              Not sure the file was corrupted or not. Better go to Samsung service center to have it fix.

  • David Kwok

    Thanks.

  • Asif

    hie
    i m unrooting my phone now…i want know i create backup from cwm recovery when my phone is rooted…so can i restore my phone with cwm without unroot???
    and if i do it my phone again root or not???

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      No root access is needed but CWM (not stock recovery) is a must.

  • asif

    Jaycee I mean if restore me phone through cwm aftar install stock firmware so its automatically root my phone or not…bcoz I created the backup when my phone is rooted…thats why I m worrying…:(

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      No, you need to root it again.

  • asif

    Hey I unroot my phone…but still its showing my device status in odin mode:custom
    And im device information to modified :( I use triangle away to reset flash counter..and my binary to no.

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Hi asif, anything different between yours and mine in this guide?

  • asif

    Yes I downloded the jb 4.1.2 firmware.

  • asif

    Now its XXDLK7 but before it was XXDLJ3

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Firmware should not affect the result as long as the process is the same. I have no idea if they are same.

  • asif

    Hey I didnt reset my phone after I installed the firmware…maybe thats the reason.

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Yes asif.

  • Asif

    thankyou so much
    i reinstall the firmware again then i factory reset my phone and its solve the problem…now my phone is totally official :P
    can u please tell me i want to install cwm only so can i install it…n how???

  • rewtbawt

    Hello Jayce, Thanks for the cool & illustrated guide. I tried this guide and several others, however TriangleAway doesn’t seem to get my binary counter back to 0 (No), and keeps it at 1 (Yes). Is there a limitation for it ? What could be the problem … ?! I’ve read somewhere that TA doesn’t actually work with “all” stock firmwares, can you confirm that ? Am I missing something ?!

    I even tried using Kies to make “Firmware Upgrade & Initialization”, and even that didn’t work !

    Is there a sure way to reset everything back to zero state? I don’t mind using hardcore methods.

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Hi rewtbawt, which model of Galaxy Note 2 are you using? Triangle Away should work on all supported models no matter which firmware.

      Triangle Away is the only way so far.

      • rewtbawt

        I am on the international GT-N7100 Android 4.1.1 JRO03C ALJ3 (region: UAE).

        Using Triangle Away 2.75.

        It does say under the “Reset Flash Counter” section that “On some devices this mode always shows at least 1 !” … but I was assuming that he meant some models, and I’ve seen several guides for GN2 so far successful … hence I am worried that I am missing something !

        • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

          It should work on your model then. What is your status on step 13?

          • rewtbawt

            OK, so I have just used Kies to do the “Firmware upgrade & Initialization”, and thus restoring my stock ROM (and also stock recovery? correct me if I am wrong!).

            I used Exynos Abuse 1.4 exploit to root my device again, to SU 0.99, then with gPlay updated it to 1.10. Manually installed Triangle Away 2.75, and it says binary count YES (1).

            For some reason I redid the procedure of TA, but this time couldn’t wait for Android OS to fully load (just when animated Samsung logo was playing) and switched it off, then carried out the download mode, and VOILA !! Binary count is NO, current binary is Samsung official, but system status still custom (I believe because I am still rooted ?)

            I don’t know if this is the right way ? I must power off before the OS starts to load ? or is it just a fluke now !!?

            • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

              Hi rewtbawt, you need to follow my guide exactly. Else you will fail like now.

  • zaid

    will i be able to update software via phone if there is an update ?

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Yes, why not?

  • Westvamp

    Hi Jayce,
    How r u? My question is, what can I do if I lost my ‘baseband version’ after doing a careless and stupid mistake ( accidentally installing the wrong custom ROM ) to my SGN2 N7105. Is it reversible? Need your advise on this, thanks!

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Not sure can solve or not. Try to install stock firmware back.

  • westvamp

    Hi Jayce,
    Yup! You are right. Just installed back the stock firmware just like what
    you did in your video. Superb! Managed to get back my baseband version.
    Thanks Jayce. Honestly, you really made my day a pleasent one. Thanks!

  • shijiro_33

    jayce what rom r u using right now and kernel? what can u suggest for my note 2?

  • xnyash

    nice post friend
    my question is i purchased “triangle away app ” now i want to transfer to my other device which has playstore account . is that possible without buying ?

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Yes, just download it again on other device.

  • clovis

    hi Jayce,

    My note 2 got same problem. I follow your steps but after connection,then removed, never go through initializing.
    Please help and advise. Thanks..

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Hi clovis, which step is that?

  • clovis

    Hi Jayce,

    Actually my note 2 suddently can’t power on. Then I replaced new battery but hang at SGN2 logo. So I tried to do “volum down+home+power” then press volum up to download.(same as your step 11). On the other hand I download ‘odin3 v3.07′ and ‘N7100XXALJ3_N7100OLBALJ3_N7100DXALJ1_HOME.tar.md5′. I create “firmware folder” and copy .md5 inside as per your video. Then I connect note 2 and choose PDA and upload .tar.md5 then start. Actually I folllowed until step 19 of you. But odin3 Message showed that “”””set up connection””” and hang. After a while (success 0/ failed 1) then “removed”. Although I have not plug out my usb from my PC yet. Seems like can’t flash into ROM. and I do not know what to do and I just want to restore back to stock condition.
    Please kindly help and I will be very appreciated.
    Note: I bought export set and I do not have warranty from service center.

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Hi clovis, does Odin able to detect your Galaxy Note 2? Do you have Samsung Kies installed on your PC?

  • clovis

    Hi Jayce,

    Odin showed added. But I think there got connection problem with Kies coz before that I tried to recover firmware with Kies but connection error.
    Then now I uninstall Kies not to disturbe odin. Is it OK ! or totally death?
    please advice.
    Thanks…

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      You can uninstall Kies as long as the USB driver is already installed.

  • clovis

    Hi Jayce,

    BTW, I can’t follow your step 1 to 9 coz already black off in the first place.
    Clovis

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Can’t power on at all?

  • Clovis

    Hi Jayce,

    Can power on after replaced new battery and I followed your step. My chip may be death! How you think..?

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      What chip?

  • Clovis

    I mean mother board die. Coz a lot of forum I read through and no one can answer what happened after hang at set up connection in Odin message. I go back to the shop that I bought this phone, but they also can’t do. Checking for 3 hours and finally can’t answer what happened. Is it hardware! Coz connection problem. May be Odin can’t recognise my hardware. ? Right!

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      I don’t understand. You can power on it now or not?

  • Clovis

    May be accidentally update and betters drain then sudden death. Could be right! Only Samsung service centre can do??? Any advice. !!!!

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      What is your Galaxy Note 2 condition now?

  • clovis

    Same. I tried a lot of time. Still hang at SGN logo. Tried to upload at Odin, hang atsetupcomnnection message n removed. Never go to initialization line and so on.

  • clovis

    Is there any other method to get back factory setting , stock condition? Thanks for your concern.

  • Clovis

    Hi Jayce,
    I tried one more time and found out that Odin message ” there is no PIT partition”. Any concern. Thanks.

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Hi Clovis, try factory reset in recovery. Then install your stock firmware with Odin.

  • clovis

    Hi Jayce, How can I try to reset in recovery my phone just hang at SGN logo. Or any method to reset in recovery? thanks..
    My Odin message
    Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:3)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Can’t open the serial(COM) port.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    —————————————-
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..

    There is no PIT partition.
    Added!!
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Hi clovis, please take your time to study my guide. Boot into recovery. Then factory reset.

  • clovis

    I hope my Nand chip not gone.

  • clovis

    May be it had fired the chip inside??? I don’t know already. :(

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      As long as you can load Odin download mode and recovery, your Galaxy Note 2 is still okay.

  • clovis

    Ops. like that. OK. So I still got hope. So I need to study “boot into recovery’? and factory reset. Thanks. I will find your guide.

  • clovis

    CWM Recovery (flash via odin – tar format)
    CWM Recovery (flash via CWM Recovery – zip format)
    CWM Recovery with auto root.
    Which one should I choose?
    Thanks

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      What do you want to do with these?

  • clovis

    Really feel back to disturb you a lot of questions! I do not have those knowledge and please kindly guide me. Thanks in advanced..

  • Kelsey

    can this be done on a macbook?

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      I doubt that because Odin is a Windows software.

  • Jay

    Hey Jayce,
    I’m new at this. I want to follow your video but I don’t know how to put the trangleAway in the note 2 in the first place. Can you please tell me how?

  • emraan

    galaxy note2 firmware update on odin.there is no pit partation error.how to slove it

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      No need pit partition file. I don’t use it too.

  • sandro8771

    Hiya Jayce,

    Ive just gone thru your guide here.Do you have one that shows how to root n7100 the correct way.Ive tried several before but was not successful. The first time I did it was successful but the CWM was distorted and I was not able to use it.Anyways I unrooted via superuser and then tried rooting again but could not root.Went through the process via odin even got the green pass but CWM, SU was not there.This happened about 5 times and my count is at 6.Do i have to reflash a stock rom and then try to root again or could you please advice on what should be my next move.TQ inadvance.

  • MR.GREEN

    Hello Sir! I need ur help if u can help me I watched your video “How to restore stock firmware on Samsung Galaxy Note 2″ so i have this problem that i cant update my software, because its modified like it says, it because i rooted my phone so i have done the triangle away thing and it says samsung official and all offcial but status is modified ! and i couldnt update the software… plz help

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Hi MR.GREEN, you can install the firmware that you want with Odin directly.

  • Surya

    Hi Jayce.

    I just updated my note 2 to JB 4.3 from 4.1.2, I found that some features (multi window etc) doesnt work.
    I tried to downgrade by using Odin and official 4.1.2 from sammonile.com but always failed.
    Could you help me & tell me how to do it??
    Thanks

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Hi Surya, failed at which step?

  • Raxit Patel

    Is there any way to root galaxy note 2 without pc; after having it updated to 4.3 jellybean via ota update….? Can poot or framaroot be used to root it……???? Actually, I’ve tried both, but the exploits didnt seem to work out….. Is there anything you can help with…??

  • eduard edd

    Hey there ! it keeps saying to me Custom Binary Donwload : Yes(1 counts )… it won’t say ”No” . any clue?
    Current binarry: Custom
    System status : Oficial
    Knox Warranty void: 1
    AP SWREV: A2
    … I installed an official ROM from Sammobile.com… -.-

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Sorry eduard, no one can reset KNOX warranty for the moment.

  • KG

    Hi Jayce,
    I was on Custom ROM (ProBAM v1.2.8) and i was following the steps, but the Odin showed a message Failed.
    I followed the steps till 12 properly, however the Odin Download mode window shows the counter as 1 instead of 0.
    I want to install stock 4.1.2 and not the 4.3 as i am finding 4.3 a little buggy. For this i tried “N7100XXDMG1_N7100ODDDMG1_N7100DDDMG1- Odexed” as well as “N7100XXDMC3_N7100ODDDMD1_N7100DDDLK6 (INU) -India” but both the times i got error in Odin before step 20.
    I flashed CWM recovery through Odin again and reinstalled ProBAM 1.2.8 as of now, so was relieved that my phone didnt brick.
    Could you please tell what might be the problem and how to i solve it? I really want to go back to 4.1.2 Stock ROM.

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Hi KG, downgrade from Android 4.3 is troublesome. And I have no idea so far. Please consult others at XDA Forum.

  • Ammar

    hey joyce
    i got second hand note 2 from market, problem is its the mode N7100 (international) but has the firmware of SGH-I317 (AT&T) loaded on it, i wanted it restored to stock, downloaded all the files and everythiong, when i click start on Odin it shows up error NAND write error.

    please tell me how to fix this.

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Hi Ammar, which model firmware did you use?

  • edmund

    Hi jay,

    I doid the factory reset with by rooted note 2. When I clicked the superuser apps says missing su binary. Do I have to re-root again my note 2. Please advise. Thank you in advance.

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Hi edmund, try to use SuperUser app to update it.

  • http://jayceooi Tharick

    what rply

  • irfan

    pls tell me how to install kitkat on samsung galaxy s2

  • irfan

    Hello jayce, I have finally installed KitKat on my s2 through omni ROM and also I have installed gapps by boot mode.but when the phone starts Google+ is not responding so I can’t able to receive any apps through Bluetooth and the play store is not found I can’t able to play any video. Please help me to fix this problem

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Hi irfan, try to install Google Apps again. Make sure that you install the correct version.

  • irfan

    From where I can install Google apps KitKat version is completely different I don’t able uninstall Google+ but it initiate me to uninstall and to reinstall this app even I don’t able enter into the recovery mode in KitKat pls reply

  • irfan

    You mean again I need to download gapps stock 4.4.2

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce Ooi

      Yes, irfan.

  • ravi

    first boot is taking very long time

  • Dannford

    Hi All,

    Successful !

    Thanks.

  • bob

    i cant download note 2 firmware….how do i get it??