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[GUIDE] Unroot/Unbrick, Flash official stock firmware on Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 & I9505

5th May 2013, 04:52 PM   |  #1  
Here is a full guide on how to unroot and back to official stock firmware for Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 & GT-I9505. It is useful also if you soft brick your phone


!!!DONT TRY FIRMWARES LINKED IN SECOND AND THIRD POSTS ON OTHER VARIANTS!!!

Do it on your own responsibility! if you follow this guide properly u will be on the safe side





Before we proceed, make sure:

1-You have installed your Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500/5 USB drivers on your PC (the easiest way is to install Kies).

2-You need to enable USB debugging mode which is deactivated by default. (you can skip it )

3-Your S4 should have 70-80% charge remaining.

4-Your S4 should be factory unlocked. (for locked phone, flash carrier firmware to stay on warranty)

5-Backup your important data like Call logs, SMS and other data stored in phone memory in case if anything goes wrong, your data is not hurt. (For backuping apps and their data and internal sdcard via ADB, see here.)

6-Make sure that kies program is not running & disable antivirus.

This guide is only for Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 & GT-I9505. So don’t bother to try it on other devices.






How to do it:

Step 1) Turn OFF your mobile and go to Download Mode by pressing and holding the Volume Down + Home Buttons together for few seconds followed by Power button then proceed with volume up.

Step 2) Now open ODIN on your PC and connect your Galaxy S4 to your computer.

Step 3) Once your phone is successfully connected to your PC, the ID:COM box on ODIN will turn blue (or yellow) and will show the COM port number.

Step 4) unzip the downloaded firmware, u will get a tar file.

Step 5) click on pda in odin (if odin 3.09 choose AP) and choose the file ".tar"

Step 6) check "Auto Reboot" and "F. Reset Time" options and make sure that "Re-Partition" is unchecked

!!!!DO NOT CHECK "Nand Erase All" IN ANY WAY!!!!

Step 7) Click on Start button in ODIN window to start the flashing process. The process will take few minutes to complete.

DO NOT UNPLUG USB CABLE WHILE EXECUTING THE PROCESS, YOU MAY BRICK YOUR PHONE!

Step 8) When the installation is completed, you read a "Reset " then a "Pass". your phone will restart (first boot will take a longer time so don't panic)

It is recommended to make hard reset after flashing to have a fresh official firmware
Note 1: Personally, i prefer to wipe data and cache before and after flashing the firmware.

Note 2: If you have a corrupted partition table (Odin says: "there is no pit partition" or "Re-Partition operation failed"), flash pit file for your device (attached, dont forget to unzip it) (put it in pit window) with your firmware (some users reported that it worked without firmware), in this case "Re-Partition" must be marked.

Note 3: If you use pit file, and you had an encryption password for your data, the password will reset! so you must hard reset your phone after flashing with pit file with encrypted data.

Note 4: If you want, after rooting with odin, to get official status and reset binary counter ON I9505 for warranty reason, do it before flashing stock firmware, refer to HERE.

Note 5: To change to the new CSC, just boot into recovery, wipe data and cache, reboot. If not use this great app to change your product code (must be rooted).

Note 6: If you flash I9500 stock firmware for China region, it will flash sboot.bin with it, that leads to have a Chinese bootloader (download mode will be in Chinese language and boot splash name will change). Even if you flash other stock firmware, it will not change the bootloader. So flash "GT-I9500_sboot.tar" (attached) as pda in Odin and it will fix the issue.

Note 7: Once stock 4.3/4.4.2 firmware is flashed, you can not downgrade to a previous version due to the new bootloader.
Odin troubleshooting: If Odin accidentally gives you "fail" try the following:
- Repeat procedure.
- Make sure that all actions of Kies are disabled from task manager.
- Change usb port.
- Try another usb cable (make sure it is the original).
- Try another Odin version.
- Uninstall and re-install driver.
- Use pit file.
- Try another computer.
Bootloop troubleshooting: Bootloop occurs when a smartphone is not able to boot properly and stuck on Bootanimation and mainly caused by system files interfering with each others which cause instability and/or crash at the boot sequence. How to fix:
- Boot the device either into stock or custom recovery mode, wipe cache then reboot, if still, boot again in recovery and wipe data/factory reset then reboot. If not:
- Restore a nandroid backup with custom recovery if present. If not:
- Flash or reflash the official stock firmware. If not:
- Flash stock firmware with the appropriate pit file, after "pass", unplug usb cable, pull battery out for a minute, insert it, boot into recovery, wipe data and cache, reboot.
--- How To Repair Dead Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 Via Boot Recovery ---

---Repair dead boot I9505 via usb cable--- Thanks to legija from JTAG team.
QHUSB Qualcomm driver download
or
http://www.riffbox.org/downloads/RiffSetup.exe
Download Links:

Odin

For Latest firmwares see second (I9505) post & third post (I9500)
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Pit files attached are for 16GB version.
Last edited by samersh72; 3rd July 2014 at 07:48 PM. Reason: adding more pit files
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5th May 2013, 04:53 PM   |  #2  
firmwares link:

I9505 samsung-update.com

Here are links to some uploaded stock I9505 firmwares.

THX to @malybru
THX to @henklbr
THX to @GalaxyS49505
THX to @bungadudu
THX to @tbudicin
THX to @iampaoloxd
THX to @Joery1983:
THX to @Repulsa:
THX to @CarlM34
THX to @Brotuck
THX to @JulianAssange
THX to @Venom0642
THX to @Brotuck
THX to @Hoffsil
Germany (VD2) Vodafone 4.4.2
I9505XXUGNH7_I9505VFRGNH5_VD2.zip

Netherlands (VDF) Vodafone 4.4.2
I9505XXUGNE8_I9505VFGGNE2_VDF.zip

Austria (MAX) T-mobile 4.4.2
I9505XXUFNDG_I9505MAXFND1_MAX.zip

Netherlands 4.4.2
I9505XXUFNC4_I9505PHNFNC1_PHN.zip

United Kingdom (H3G) 4.4.2
I9505XXUFNC5_I9505H3GFNC2_H3G.zip (Mega link)
I9505XXUFNC5_I9505H3GFNC2_H3G.zip (DEV-HOST link)

United Kingdom (VOD) 4.4.2
I9505XXUFND7_I9505VFGFND2_VOD.zip

United Kingdom (BTU) 4.4.2
I9505XXUFNB8_I9505BTUFNB3_BTU.zip

United Kingdom (EE) 4.4.2
I9505XXUFNBH_I9505EVRFNB3_EVR.zip

Nordic countries 4.4.2
I9505XXUFNB9_I9505NEEFNB2_NEE.zip

Germany 4.4.2
DBT-I9505XXUGNG8-20140805100601.zip
I9505XXUGNG2_I9505OXAGNG2_DBT.zip
I9505XXUGNF1_I9505OXAGNF1_DBT.zip (Build date: Thu, 05 Jun 2014)
DBT-I9505XXUGNF1-20140619102758.zip
I9505XXUGNE5_I9505OXAGNE5_DBT.zip (Google drive)
I9505XXUGNE5_I9505OXAGNE5_DBT.zip (Mega server)
I9505XXUFNB8_I9505OXAFNB8_DBT

Germany 4.4.2 I9505XXUFNB8_I9505OXAFNB8_DBT (Torrent mirror)

Germany 4.4.2 (mediafire)
I9505XXUFNB8_I9505OXAFNB8_DBT
http://www.mediafire.com/?2i5a6bh7qjg132k

Netherland
I9505XXUEMK8_I9505PHNEMK5_PHN.zip

https://mega.co.nz/#!rEp1iRJT!KLo5dp...FsmZpuDQJMXJh8

I9505XXURMKF_I9505PHNEMK5_PHN.zip

https://mega.co.nz/#!jQoVSDJT!nksOcR...gDSLelLFvNKPPE

I9505XXUENA4_I9505YXXENA3_PHN.zip

https://mega.co.nz/#!KFAw3T7Q!vrZ5t6...K-xIsluFbHRP9I

Leaked stock 4.4.2
I9505XXUFNA5_I9505OXAFNA5_OXA.zip

https://mega.co.nz/#!yJ4z0C5a!ZxMSDw...hdjW7Mv9eriNiI

Spain
PHE-I9505XXUBMGA.zip
https://mega.co.nz/#!GYgSVagR!LGO6o0...nqC10N2fcDhwKY
http://d-h.st/dVR
https://www.dropbox.com/s/qhaxxzwxf5...0713113226.zip

Open European (4.4.2)
I9505XXUFNAD_I9505OXXFNA2_OXX.zip

https://mega.co.nz/#!ON4zTagL!WdK7ud...3eSaF8SKDcnsiQ

Hong Kong 4.4.2
TGY-I9505ZHUFNB3-20140317110000.zip

Norway 4.4.2
TEN-I9505XXUFNB8-20140312111247.zip

Switzerland 4.4.2
AUT-I9505XXUFNB9-20140305150215.zip

Singapore 4.4.2
MM1-I9505XXUFNBE-20140310152436.zip

Malaysia 4.4.2 XXFNBE
XME-I9505XXUFNBE-20140305160100.zip

Philippines 4.4.2 Sun Cellular
XTE-I9505XXUFNBE-20140305151852.zip

Brazil 4.4.2
ZTO-I9505VJUFNB2-20140305104104.zip

United Kingdom
I9505XXUENAA_I9505YXXENA7_BTU

I9505XXUEMK9_I9505VFGEMK2_VOD.zip 1.61 GB

I9505XXUEMK9_I9505H3GEMJ2_H3G.zip 1.43 GB

I9505XXUEMK9_I9505EVREMK1_EVR.zip 1.43 GB


I9505XXUEMK8_I9505O2UEMK1_O2U.zip 1.43 GB

Germany
I9505XXUEMKE_I9505OXAEMKE_DBT.zip 1.48 GB

Italy (vodafone)
OMN-I9505XXUEML6-20131228111854.zip 1.62 GB

Ireland (three)
3IE-I9505XXUBMEA-20130601115837.zip 1.50 GB

Russia
SER-I9505XXUEML4-20131228111340.zip

France
XEF-I9505XXUEMKF-20131130113349.zip

Singapore
MM1-I9505XXUEML1-20131213161002.zip

Philippines
XTE-I9505XXUEMKE-20131212184031.zip

Nordic Countries
NEE-I9505XXUENA4-20140123112432.zip

Norway (telenor)
TEN-I9505XXUEML6-20140120102352.zip

Australia
XSA-I9505XXUEMK9-20131212101727.zip

Brazil
I9505VJUEMKE_I9505ZTOEMKE_ZTO.zip

Poland
I9505XXUENA4_I9505YXXENA5_XEO.zip

Switzerland
I9505XXUENAA_I9505YXXENA7_AUT.zip 1.81 GB
Anyone who is willing to share their firmwares ,and have it uploaded to any of these file hosts:

Android file hosting
Box
Dev-host
Dropbox
Fileserve
Goo Im
Google code
Google drive
Jumbo files
Loota org
Mega
Mediafire
Minus
Mirrofy
XDA fileserver
Netkups
ADrive
Andro Transfer
Uploading

will be appreciated.
Last edited by samersh72; 12th September 2014 at 06:23 PM.
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5th May 2013, 04:54 PM   |  #3  
firmwares link:

I9500 samsung-update.com

Here are links to some uploaded stock I9500 firmwares.

THX to @Repulsa:
THX to @coolkoushik07
THX to @echelonx

Turkey 4.4.2
TUR-I9500XXUFNF3-20140714103843.zip

Russia 4.4.2
I9500XXUFNE7_I9500SERFNB3_SER.zip

India 4.4.2 (Black edition)
I9500XXUFNC1_I9500YDDFNC2_I9500DDUFNA4_INS

India 4.4.2
INS-I9500XXUFNB3-20140224145249.zip
INU-I9500XXUFNB3-20140224140801.zip

Russia
9500XXUEMK8_I9500SEREMK8_SER.zip 1.48 GB

India
I9500XXUEMK9_I9500ODDEMK9_INS.zip 1.36 GB

XXUEMJ8 (INS)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58...1pKbWc/preview
Anyone who is willing to share their firmwares ,and have it uploaded to any of these file hosts:

Android file hosting
Box
Dev-host
Dropbox
Fileserve
Goo Im
Google code
Google drive
Jumbo files
Loota org
Mega
Mediafire
Minus
Mirrofy
XDA fileserver
Netkups
ADrive
Andro Transfer
Uploading

will be appreciated.
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5th May 2013, 08:49 PM   |  #4  
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Nice Job. Stuck!!!

Stuck!!! ???
PLS explain what you mean ... success or failure?

---------- Post added at 10:38 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:36 PM ----------

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i9505 NEE would be nice to have - unless Sweden is identical with Denmark (NEE) ?

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5th May 2013, 09:55 PM   |  #6  
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Stuck!!! ???
PLS explain what you mean ... success or failure?

---------- Post added at 10:38 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:36 PM ----------

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i9505 NEE would be nice to have - unless Sweden is identical with Denmark (NEE) ?

Nordic countries 2013 April 4.2.2 I9505XXUAMDE I9505OXXAMD8 ... SamMobile link

Stuck stick......whatever

Different csc. I will post NEE :thumbup:

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Which will be the steps to change a COA(Romania) firmware with NEE in order to receive future OTAs ?
Is it difficult to change the CSC in phone to match the firmware to make it recognizable in Kies?
I like more NEE and I've used this in S2 and S3.
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Awesome. thanks for this guide man One thing.. Could you upload the GT-i9505 firmware for the carrier EE? It's a UK carrier
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Awesome. thanks for this guide man One thing.. Could you upload the GT-i9505 firmware for the carrier EE? It's a UK carrier

Yes please, do that.

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6th May 2013, 04:08 AM   |  #10  
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Awesome. thanks for this guide man One thing.. Could you upload the GT-i9505 firmware for the carrier EE? It's a UK carrier

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Yes please, do that.

Also, are there custom ROMs available for the S4 already ?

United Kingdom EE (EVR) http://www.hotfile.com/dl/207484444/...A_EVR.zip.html
For custom rom see dev. Section

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