Originally Posted by DJ_SpaRky
Yes, and Yes, but you can root and run it then "full unroot".
There are other ways (ADB/Fastboot mainly) to install it without "bumping the count". You would need to what partition to install do and it can be complicated, this greatly increases the brick factor, ODIN is much easier/safer.
Good morning, I'm sorry to contradict you but, my understanding is that having a custom recovery will bump the flash counter regardless of how it is installed. It also changes the device status to modified.
Both situations can of course be rectified by going back to stock recovery, with root and running triangle away. He then could unroot.
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