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

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30th May 2013, 01:56 AM |#11  
It didn't put me on stock recovery so i was still getting that unlocked bootloader thingie, but I found a stock recovery and it worked like a charm, thanks a lot
30th May 2013, 02:07 AM |#12  
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It didn't put me on stock recovery so i was still getting that unlocked bootloader thingie, but I found a stock recovery and it worked like a charm, thanks a lot

Ahh I knew I forgot something. Simple fix, I'll get the new one up either tonight or tomorrow. For now you can probably consider it a good thing you don't have to reflash recovery if you're trying to keep data.
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30th May 2013, 03:27 AM |#13  
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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




Step 2 - Flashing VRUAMDK Factory Image




Step 3 - Restoring Root (Optional)




Step 3 - Restoring Custom Recovery (Optional)




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)

after the step 3 do i have to do this
Step 4 - Restoring VRUAMDK Stock Kernel

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Boot phone into ODIN mode (See here for how-to)
Flash the VRUAMDK Stock Kernel using ODIN v3.07 ***in PDA section only*** (See here for guide on flashing)
Boot back to Android and verifying everything is still working and kernel has flashed successfully
After your phone boots back to Android, you should now be fully rooted and on the fully original stock firmware as the device came
30th May 2013, 06:37 AM |#14  
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after the step 3 do i have to do this
Step 4 - Restoring VRUAMDK Stock Kernel

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Boot phone into ODIN mode (See here for how-to)
Flash the VRUAMDK Stock Kernel using ODIN v3.07 ***in PDA section only*** (See here for guide on flashing)
Boot back to Android and verifying everything is still working and kernel has flashed successfully
After your phone boots back to Android, you should now be fully rooted and on the fully original stock firmware as the device came

Please kindly do not quote the entire post. Also I believe you're referring to my root thread in which case yes you should, but please keep posts related in that thread instead.
30th May 2013, 07:11 AM |#15  
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I have uploaded and updated OP link with new No-Wipe image that includes stock recovery now as well.
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30th May 2013, 03:26 PM |#16  
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Hello will this method work wit the s4 att phone... Plz say it will work I got myself in a jam...thanks
30th May 2013, 04:40 PM |#17  
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please help! im getting a compressed folder is invalid or corruted when trying to extract the file. i have tried to re download and get the same thing.


edit: the factory extract tool sucks. thanks 7zip
30th May 2013, 04:49 PM |#18  
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I was talking about no wipe factory image.and i was confuse with this process,because after the step 3 l wasnt sure if i have to go to the step 4.
30th May 2013, 04:53 PM |#19  
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Hello will this method work wit the s4 att phone... Plz say it will work I got myself in a jam...thanks

May want to check with the dev who posted the AT&T firmware to make one. This is Verizon only!

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I was talking about no wipe factory image.and i was confuse with this process,because after the step 3 l wasnt sure if i have to go to the step 4.

Steps 3 and 4 in this thread are optional only if you're trying to restore root and custom recovery again and you had it before or just want it for the first time. If you don't know, may want to read up on it in the thread. Probably don't need it for now.
30th May 2013, 06:44 PM |#20  
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I dont have to do it now,my problem was with a custom rom,after install the custom rom the phone reboot with the padlock,i was trying to get rid of the pad lock reinstallig the goomanager and no luck,what i did was restore my nandrood backup and the padlock gone.
30th May 2013, 08:44 PM |#21  
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This method will work for unrooting correct? If I was going to return my phone back to factory stock. It removes all roms, kernels, overcloking (etc, etc) right? However, I'll have to wipe data myself after the odin flash is complete?
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