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[GUIDE] No-Wipe Factory Images (Restore from any soft-brick without wiping data)

29th May 2013, 07:01 PM   |  #1  
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No-Wipe Factory Image for Verizon Galaxy S4

(Restore from any soft-brick without wiping data)



Description: This is a guide (based similar to my previous guide for the Verizon Galaxy S III) that will help you flash a 99.9% stock factory image for the Verizon Galaxy S4 overwriting every partition on the device back to stock. The ONLY major change I have made is for your convenience I have modified the factory image to keep all your data/apps/settings and internal storage partition intact. This method should help you restore from any soft-brick that you may encounter without having to wipe your data.

Minor Warning: Please note that if you had any special mods that you had to manually flash before or move on the system partition (like Google Wallet, AOSP 4.2 apps like camera and gallery, etc...) they will be lost as you are overwriting your system partition to factory stock. Please make sure to do the needful with your mods before following this guide (for example resetting the Google Wallet app).

Step 1 - Preparation

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  1. Download and Install Samsung Official USB Drivers - Link
  2. Download and extract ODIN v3.07 - Link
  3. Download and extract the correct Factory Image below (modified with No-Wipe):


Step 2 - Flashing Factory Image

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  • Boot phone into ODIN mode (See here for how-to)
  • Flash the Factory Image using ODIN v3.07 ***in PDA section only*** (See here for guide on flashing)
  • You should now be able to boot back to Android and all your data should be intact exactly as it was


Step 3 - Restoring Root (Optional)

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Step 4 - Restoring Custom Recovery (VRUAMDK Build only!)

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  • Make sure you are rooted first
  • For official TWRP Recovery follow the steps in this thread (or download from Goomanager): Link Here
  • For official ClockworkMod Recovery just download ROM Manager app and install from there
  • For CWM-based Recovery follow the steps in this thread: Link Here
  • For OUDHS Gesture Touch CWM-based Recovery follow the steps in this thread: Link Here


Credits

Credit goes to sextape for providing the original VRUAMDK Stock Firmware (Original Source)
Credit goes to mrRobinson for assisting to modify cache file (via PM)
Credit goes to alexcolodner for providing filehosting (via PM)
Last edited by open1your1eyes0; 17th October 2013 at 02:48 PM. Reason: Updated for VRUDMI1 Build
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29th May 2013, 07:24 PM   |  #2  
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Wonderful! Thank you
29th May 2013, 08:33 PM   |  #3  
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Thanks for this. On point as usual

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This is GREAT!!! Thank you.

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29th May 2013, 11:23 PM   |  #5  
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@open1your1eyes.... can this be posted on droid-hive?
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@open1your1eyes.... can this be posted on droid-hive?

Certainly, just make sure to give the proper credits as I have in my post.
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Certainly, just make sure to give the proper credits as I have in my post.

yes sir thanks
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This is very good,this post deserve another sticky.
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is this good for restoring to factory for insurance purposes? My s4 has a defect and I have to take it back in to get a replacement :-/
30th May 2013, 12:36 AM   |  #10  
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is this good for restoring to factory for insurance purposes? My s4 has a defect and I have to take it back in to get a replacement :-/

Absolutely, just with this one make sure to do your own data wipe afterwords since this one doesn't wipe it automatically.

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