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[GUIDE] How to Restore Stock Firmware Images in All Tab 4 Series: 7.0, 8.0 & 10.1

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By MarckozZ, Senior Member on 20th December 2014, 05:23 PM
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Hello guys, with this guide you can restore Stock Firmware Images for all Galaxy Tab 4 Series.

This is useful to restore firmware in case something goes wrong, if you flash a custom ROM and it fails, or, for example, if Samsung decides to update this devices to Lollipop. For this you also will need stock untouched firmware.

Pre-requisites:

1) Make a backup of everything you consider important: Apps, photos, music, etc.
2) Download drivers for your specific device from HERE, install the drivers and reboot your PC to apply changes.
3) Download Odin 3.0.9, it is attached below in this post, and extract it.
4) Download the firmware image for your specific device from HERE and extraxt the file inside, it should be a huge 1GB+ size *.tar.md5 file.
5) Make sure your device's battery is at 60% or more.
6) Enable USB Debugging on Settings > General > Developer Options (If you can't find Developer Options menu, go to Settings > General > About Device and tap several times on Build Number, then it will tell you Dev Options is enabled).


Lets start:

1) Run Odin 3.09 as Administrator (in Windows right click on Odin icon and select "Run as Administrator")
2) Turn off your tablet and now turn it on in Download Mode (press Home + Volume Down + Power buttons at the same time until the tablet turns on, then when prompted, press Volume Up button to proceed)
3) Now connect your tablet to PC via USB cable. Odin should show a plugged device and an ADDED! message, like this:



If you can't get Odin to recognise your device, check which drivers you installed or try another USB cable.

4) Make sure that Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are selected, like this:



5) Now check the AP option and press the AP button to find and select the firmware image (the *.tar.md5 file you extracted earlier), when you select the image, Odin will check if it has errors. If everything is OK, it should say it succesfully checked it, like this:



6) You are ready to rock, so, hit the START button and wait...
7) Go, watch TV, chat with friends, make a sandwich or play Chess with your cat.
8) Once completed, you will see the Pass! message in ID:COM section, with a green background. Your tablet should auto reboot automatically.
9) Unplug your tablet.
10) Enjoy all the bloatware once again!


Thanks for reading and if you have doubts, let us know in the comments.

Cheers!!!
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Thanks Man! Custom ROMS are fun but it sucks when something is not working right that which was working perfectly in the Stock ROM. Will wait patiently. hope Lollipop comes to SM-T230NU soon
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Thanks Man! Custom ROMS are fun but it sucks when something is not working right that which was working perfectly in the Stock ROM. Will wait patiently. hope Lollipop comes to SM-T230NU soon

it come in 6 months (might come tomorrow, after month any time), i promise
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Any faster links?
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Any faster links?

Yes, here


Or here if you've got a 7.0
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I cannot for the life of me get my tab to stay in download mode while flashing. It makes it as far as a quarter though the system partition then it just reboots back to the "firmware encountered an issue" screen. As far as I know the battery has more than enough if not a full charge!! HEEEEEEELP!!!!
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it come in 6 months (might come tomorrow, after month any time), i promise

"You promise" and where did you get this information from?
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"You promise" and where did you get this information from?

Just wait and it will come lol, theres no hardware limitation on tab 4 7,0 so 5.1.1 will fall for us, just wait till samsung makes it or till CM12.1 is ready in xda
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Will restore of stock firmware overwrite custom recovery
Hi... just finally got my Tab 4 8.0 rooted by using custom recovery and special kernel. I love having root, but in the event i have to send the tablet in for any kind of warranty repair, i just want to know if simply ODIN flashing the stock 5.1.1 firmware will restore the stock recovery and reset my knox counter and stuff... Any details greatly appreciated!
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Hi... just finally got my Tab 4 8.0 rooted by using custom recovery and special kernel. I love having root, but in the event i have to send the tablet in for any kind of warranty repair, i just want to know if simply ODIN flashing the stock 5.1.1 firmware will restore the stock recovery and reset my knox counter and stuff... Any details greatly appreciated!

It will definitely restore the stock recovery. Idk about resetting the flash counter, my instinct tells me no but that could be wrong. If worst comes to worst and you do have to send it in under warranty, tell them Kies broke it, that's worked for me and a few of my friends even with the knox counter tripped lmao. And if you want the quickest firmware file downloads, check out this thread. About a 5 minute download versus anywhere from 2-8 hours from any other host (seriously, it's awful).
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How can I know when the flash is done?
Thank you for this helpful guide. I used this to upgrade my Samsung Tab 4 8.0 from 4.4.2 KitKat to Lollipop 5.1.1.

May I suggest, OP, adding a note on how to know when the flashing is over. I mistakenly thought that all the boxes on the top half (the row that begins with with a green "Pass" box) would all be colored. But the users should know that the flash is over when you see the green Pass box.

Please see my attached screenshot.
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