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

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 β€” 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.

109 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

  2. 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???

  3. 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…:(

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

  5. 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 πŸ˜›
    can u please tell me i want to install cwm only so can i install it…n how???

  6. 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.

      • 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 !

          • 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 !!?

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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 ?

  10. 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..

  11. 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.

  12. 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…

  13. Hi Jayce,

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

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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)

  19. 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.

  20. 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

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

  22. 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?

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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…??

  27. 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… -.-

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. halo , i have an note 2 bought in korea. it went null imei number and baseband was unknown. how can i bring it so my signal was lost no idea what to do.. Please help me.. Thanks a ton

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