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Published on May 19th, 2013 | by Tim Schofield

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How to Unroot and Unbrick the Samsung Galaxy S4




This video will show you how to flash a tar file in odin and get your Samsung Galaxy S4 back to complete stock and unroot your device. This video shows a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4, however this method should work for all other models if you use the correct tar. All tar files are available for download below.
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Odin:

Download

 

Tar Files:

Sprint Galaxy S4 SPH-L720 VPUAMDC (Android 4.2.2) – Download

AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-I337 UCUAMDB (Android 4.2.2) – Download

T-Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 UVUAMDL (Android 4.2.2) – Download

Rogers Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M VLUAMDJ (Android 4.2.2) – Download

Bell Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M VLUAMDJ (Android 4.2.2) – Download

For GT-i9500 and GT-i9505, see SamFirmware.com for latest firmware.

 

Drivers:

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Tim Schofield

Tim Schofield is the owner of QbKing77.com and the YouTube channel QbKing77. He has a love for all things tech and Android!



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101 Responses to How to Unroot and Unbrick the Samsung Galaxy S4

  1. Damien says:

    Good work! Would this (Odin) work the same way for restoring a Nandroid backup or have I confused that with something else?

    • Barry says:

      Recovery would be used for a Nandroid backup. Such as TWRP or CWM(clockworkmod). But I don’t see why it wouldn’t work for a restore.

  2. Barry says:

    Do you have a link to the Verizon file? Girl friends is in the mail on should be here tomorrow or Wednesday.

  3. Nicholas Lombardi says:

    when I click the sprint link to DL the tar I see click here to DL html, I cant extract.

  4. Guest says:

    when I DL the zip file, I cant extract it, it says unreadable file?.. for sprint tar

  5. Nicholas Lombardi says:

    For the sprint tar, it wont allow me to extract, once Dl’d
    winrar is saying file is unreadable?

  6. MT says:

    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
    Please help, don’t know why it failed. “AT&T” S4.

    • albe says:

      my s4 from att is with the same s…t it put the prevention information and also what you wrote its happening to me no one knows the solution, i hope some real hacker could fix this.

  7. sergio says:

    when i try to download the sprint tar file it says the file could not be found! can u please post a new link to the file!

  8. s4verzionowner says:

    how about verizon?

  9. Hussien says:

    dear sir<<
    please help me,, i got serious prob,,, my samsung galaxy s3 soft bricked,, i tried everything with odin and it freez at
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    I9300XXEMC2_I9300AUTEMC1_I9300XXEMC2_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:5)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    tz.img
    NAND Write Start!!
    ,,,,
    and sometimes i get
    Added!!
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    I9300XXEMC2_I9300AUTEMC1_I9300XXEMC2_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:5)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Set PIT file..
    DO NOT TURN OFF TARGET!!
    Get PIT for mapping..

    i am begging you for help !!

  10. Salomon says:

    Trying this method for the Sprint MDC TAR and the phone has been hanging at the Samsung Galaxy S4 boot logo for ~15 minutes… Suggestions? HALP!

    • Aaron Ashley Lewis says:

      i had the same problem, i went back into recovery and did a factory reset and it booted up nicely
      , hope this work for some of you out there

  11. Jonathan Woodward says:

    The Sprint .tar zip file is unreadable. I cannot open or extract it. I used your other video to root and loved it. I tried to install a carbon rom and this is where I am stuck. I’m stuck in bootloop, and my recovery is gone. I am hoping this method will get me back to the beginning. Is there anything you can do to help me get the .tar file, please? Thanks a bunch for your vids!

  12. Nick45S says:

    Is there an updated link for the Sprint variant? My phone is bricked and i need that file but it is not working. please… I’m very worried that i just destroyed my phone…

  13. StinKing says:

    Followed to the point. All I get is I boot into Sprint splash screen and the phone just sits there…. Thanks for any help.

  14. ObrienDave says:

    Just in case anyone needs it, I found a stock rom for the MDL version courtesy of wwjoshdew at http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2259513&page=2

    here’s the link: http://goo.gl/R378J

    Thank you Tim for the video!

    Many beers!

  15. Chuckles135 says:

    Will this work if I rooted my phone then did the Sprint update which left root but took away all my access? I’m a major noob when it comes to root and am really scared I’m gonna seriously mess up my phone.

  16. Becky Fangmann says:

    VPUAMDL is the version on my Sprint GS4 – I need to unroot since neither of your methods work on my device, but you don’t have the correct tar listed here either.

  17. tacs says:

    Hey man great tutorials, im from the philippines and rooted my s4 i9505 how do i download my stock firmware, and if you can help with stweaks and kernels and stuff im lost. Thanks

  18. Ron says:

    I have the 9505 and live in the US using AT&T, which tar file do I need to download?

  19. mbzzy says:

    do you have the tar file for MDL? sprint?

  20. JustSomeGuy says:

    Thank you very much, sir. I am hoping to get lucky and not lose my data either. lol

  21. J Redondo says:

    Does this resets the flash counter as well?

  22. dincdoes.me says:

    Here is ME7 for Verizon all How to’s had MDK and it kept failing in Odin pissed me off all night then it dawned on me MDK cant be flashed cuz im on the latest verizon update ME7 link is in this thread.
    hope it helps.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=44890710

  23. shifuimam says:

    I would LOVE if you would put this information in non-video form. Not everyone has a desire to sit through a video for something like this. Can you just make a text post with some screenshots?

  24. Nephi says:

    “prevention information” always pops up when i try to turn wifi on..i can’t turn wifi on..what do i do?

  25. Guest says:

    The download stockroms link doesn’t have a valid download button. Its right below the add you have to watch and get “WRONG answer, please put the correct answer below!”

  26. JMS says:

    My unrooted s4 phone gets stuck with the blue colour legend Recovery booting. I am unable to enter safe mode, any ideas? been surfing google for 6hrs with no proper answer. Thanks!!

  27. Anil says:

    I unrooted and unbricked my S4 (its from Sprint, SPH-L720 model). After unrooting, i tried putting in a different chip (Rogers LTE)…it says invalid chip.

    Can you advice if this can be used with a GSM/LTE chip?

  28. Johnny 5 says:

    Here is a great resource. I bricked my S4 and wanted to go back to stock. I used Odin 3.07 and it took about almost 8mins to process in Odin. The link below also includes tar files to return to stock with root or without root.

    1 – Video —> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD5CHlrPQJQ&feature=youtu.be

    2 – Firmware –> http://www.sxtpdevelopers.com/showthread.php?t=231

  29. Noahell says:

    Hi there i have s4 GT-I9500 morocco! and i would like to unroot my phone, and update my android but i found only the emirates version! i can take it?
    thx in advice.

  30. Douglas Montes says:

    I did the process to root my samsung s4 but i can not download games and launchers can you hel me out

  31. ryan says:

    the reason im unrooting my phone is that I did that wifi hotspot hack and I rebooted my phone and it keeps on freezing at the yellow sprint screen

  32. Nick Borrero says:

    Odin keeps force closing on me. I have disabled my antivirus but it still force closes.

  33. Tombspawn says:

    The download link isn’t working for the Sprint version. Trying to get back to stock for the 4.3 OTA – unless you know of a way to get stock 4.3 installed without replacing the custom recovery?

  34. Lee New Wood says:

    Hey just wanna say a big thanks, works a dream really thought id lost my s4 then much appreciated UK

  35. Red52012 says:

    AT&T S4, running 4.3, can not get Odin to complete unroot, I get the fail every time. Trying to downgrade to 4.2.2, and unroot at the same time…is there any other way?

  36. atta says:

    is possible for the 4.3 . 19505 ? please sorry for my anglish

  37. jason says:

    can i use this method after upgrading to 4.3 i keep getting a failed message in odin please advise

  38. jason says:

    can i go back to android 4.2 after this update to 4.3 please advise

  39. Alejandro says:

    ello my name’s alex i got this problem anyone can help me urgent please?

    Added!!
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    L720VPUAMDL_L720SPTAMDL_L720VPUAMDL_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:5)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    aboot.mbn
    NAND Write Start!!
    FAIL! (Auth)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    I got this problem! i want to restore my samsung galaxy to the factory system with this file L720VPUAMDL_L720SPTAMDL_L720VPUAMDL_HOME.tar.md5

    and i try with this file too: L720VPUAMF9_L720SPTAMF9_L720VPUAMF9_HOME.tar.md5

    but i can unbrick and restore the phone. because all the Odins say that message error. what can i do? its a samsung galaxy s4 with Sprint. Can you help me? please.

  40. Jason Callahan says:

    hey man im doing exactly what you said and Odin keeps saying Failed like right after it comes out of Odin not responding. it says failed

  41. sprintGS$ says:

    odin fails… why?

    Added!!

    Enter CS for MD5..

    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..

    Please wait..

    L720VPUAMDC_L720SPTAMDC_L720VPUAMDC_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.

    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..

    Leave CS..

    Odin v.3 engine (ID:3)..

    File analysis..

    SetupConnection..

    Initialzation..

    Get PIT for mapping..

    Firmware update start..

    aboot.mbn

    NAND Write Start!!

    FAIL! (Auth)

    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

  42. Ernest says:

    I’ve tried using the steps but it keeps on failing. I’ve also lost the Recovery so I can’t wipe cache or go in factory reset. Any help?

  43. hi says:

    I have the Galaxy S.4. I was rooted before with no problems on stock rom. I have unrooted and rooted this phone 3 times. I got tired of the install update icon sitting in my notification bar for the last several months. So I unrooted my phone. Then did the ota updates. It was 3 or 4 of them. I am now 4.3 stock rom. So I when to re-root and got that with no problem. I used the odin method, I used odin again to install clockworkmod (v6.0.4.4) on the phone. I rebooted and it worked great, no problems. I then when to get the final piece of the puzzles so to speak. I downloaded MDCHotspotmod-odexed from “galaxys4root.com” to gain control of the native wifi tethering abilities. I when to clockworkmod and flashed the zip file to the phone and it said Installation complete (and cleared both cache before hand) I when to reboot and I was prompted with a message from clockworkmod saying “Root access possibly lost. Fix? THIS CAN NOT BE UNDONE” so I avoid the prompt the first time and accepted the fix the 2nd time and now my phone is stuck in boot loop. With options had me still stuck in boot loop. Please help, thanks

  44. kuku says:

    Hi, i have problem with the download linck !
    it asck me for rekistrate ! Baltic I9505 4.2.2

  45. Rigo Solano says:

    I there a New Way to do this now that I have 4.3 I can no longer use this to go back to stock please help.

    • Ricky Omi Ortega says:

      GO INTO DOWNLOAD MODE FALSH THIS FILE CF-Auto-Root-jfltespr-jfltespr-sphl720 GOOGLE IT AND IT SHOULD BOOT BACK UP TO WEHRE IT LAST BRICKED

  46. jordon says:

    anyone have the sprint pit file cant find it anywhere

  47. J Wegner says:

    When downloading the TAR file over Comcast’s Economy Plan ($20/mo) I am approaching 24hours of constant run time to download over 4000 ‘parts’ of this file…granted, this is only around 3 Meg constant speed, but this is approaching ridiculous. And I have yet to discover just how many ‘parts’ there are to be downloaded. Any input here??? BRICKED and needing unrooted to stock ASAP!!!

  48. Ricky Omi Ortega says:

    I JUST WANTED TO ADD THIS FOR THOSE WHO’S GOTTEN TO THE FAILED PART IN ODIN AND ARE STUCK WITH A BRICKED PHONE.

    IF YOUR ABLE TO GET ON DOWNLOAD MODE SIMPLY REFLASH THE CORRECT RECOVERY VIA ODIN 1.85 IN THIS CASE FOR THE S4
    CF-Auto-Root-jfltespr-jfltespr-sphl720 THAT’S THE AUTO ROOT RECOVERY YOU WANNA FLASH AND IT WILL BOOT UP YOUR PHONE BACK UP THIS WILL FORCE THE WRITE PROTECTION AND BOOT IT UP. THANKS

  49. Perrie McNeair says:

    not working at it all went through but then my phone is stuck at the s4 screen

  50. Fouad Berry says:

    I used odin and followed the instructions on your video for my sprint samsung galaxy s4. Odin said the root was successful and my phone booted up the same way as yours, but when i got to verify the root it says my phone doesn’t have root access. Any suggestions?

  51. Redbeard says:

    Can you add the newest MK2 file?

  52. Redbeard says:

    And maybe update the video? I am trying to unroot my 4.3 MJA S4 so that I can update it to MK2 and then root it again.

  53. ronda says:

    I have a Samsung galaxy 3 from us celluar and it llock for no other carrier it a sch930 can u help me root and unlock it

  54. plotts39 says:

    newbee
    I rooted my sprint s4 mk2 4.3 with qb77

    I install goo manager did a naniod back up
    when rebooted it got stuck in a boot loop . ive tried every thing
    is there a fix ?

  55. rholdie says:

    are you working on a fix for the “odin Fail”

  56. Brandon Lynch says:

    can you post the SPR-L720VPUAMF9 files for odin please.

  57. Brandon Donley says:

    do i need to unroot to install the kitkat 4.4 ota update? i have twrp recovery

  58. [email protected] says:

    bricked

  59. sarah says:

    i tried to unroot my GT-I9506 (international model), but is failed>~< in the message bar said that "Can't open the serial(COM) port." wt does that mean??plz help

  60. Michael McGhee says:

    sprint galaxy s4 turns on but won’t boot to os or recovery. What can I do?

  61. Baldemar Beltran says:

    i have a T MOBILE GS4 i tried to upgrade it to 4.4 kit kat from a custom 4.3 rom i did something wrong when i tried to update manually and now when i power the phone on it takes me back to the recovery mode

  62. Baldemar Beltran says:

    I have a T MOBILE GS4 i tried top manually upgrade to 4.4 kit kat from a 4.3 custom rom i messed up somehow and now every time i try to power it on it keeps taking me to the recovery menu..any ideas?

  63. Baldemar Beltran says:

    I have a T MOBILE GS4 i tried top manually upgrade to 4.4 kit kat from a 4.3 custom rom i messed up somehow and now every time i try to power it on it keeps taking me to the recovery menu..any ideas? i also tried to use odin to flash a stock rom but no luck

  64. thea says:

    where cani download the tar file. For GT-i9500 please do help me. thanks

  65. thea says:

    where can i download the tar file of my S4 GT-i9500? i cant find it. please help me 🙂

  66. Cloud says:

    Hey, all of the people getting the odin error.

    I FOUND THIS
    ———————————————-

    https://joscor.com/2014/03/samsung-galaxy-s4-sph-l720-fail-auth-and-sw-rev-check-fail-fix/

  67. melvin colvin says:

    do you have the verizon tar files.

  68. nishat123 says:

    Thanks a lot dear……. at last it works for me. yepeeeeeeeeee…….

  69. pallettas says:

    On Samsung Galaxy S4, I can’t got on with the unroting, It gives me a FAILED message, on Odin, and on the phone it tells me error 4, vinary . What can I do.?

  70. Dylan Maniatakes says:

    Firmware update start..

    aboot.mbn

    NAND Write Start!!

    Complete(Write) operation failed.

  71. jordin says:

    if ur running a custom rom and u do this will it return u to stock rom cause i would like to do that on my galaxy s4

  72. joes says:

    will it work for the android 4.4.4 version?

  73. XenfinityX says:

    I get to….nand Write start. then i get fail(auth)
    any suggestions?

  74. Cynthia Arends says:

    I have tried using this technique for the past couple of weeks and I keep getting a fail message.

    Here is what I copied from Odin:

    Enter CS for MD5..

    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..

    Please wait..

    L720VPUFNAE_L720SPTFNAE_L720VPUFNAE_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.

    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..

    Leave CS..

    Odin v.3 engine (ID:6)..

    File analysis..

    SetupConnection..

    Initialzation..

    Get PIT for mapping..

    Firmware update start..

    aboot.mbn

    NAND Write Start!!

    Complete(Write) operation failed.

    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    Removed!!

    On the phone it says “SECURE CHECK FAIL: aboot

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  75. hovsep says:

    my phone isT-Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 UVUFNB4 ,will it work with T-Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 UVUAMDL

  76. Jeffery Plummer says:

    the odin link takes me to a page that says not found.

  77. koelkastdeur050 says:

    Enter CS for MD5..

    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..

    Please wait..

    I9515XXU1BOE3_I9515YHN1BOE2_I9515XXU1BOE3_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.

    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..

    Leave CS..

    Odin engine v(ID:3.1005)..

    File analysis..

    SetupConnection..

    Initialzation..

    Set PIT file..

    DO NOT TURN OFF TARGET!!

    Can’t open the specified file. (Line: 2012)

    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    Removed!!

    Added!!

    is what it says? any idea what i gotta do? please help me!

  78. Dallen says:

    I’m trying to get galaxy s4 stock through Odin and this is the message I receive.

    Added!!

    Removed!!

    Added!!

    Enter CS for MD5..

    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..

    Please wait..

    M919UVUEMK2_M919TMBEMK2_M919UVUEMK2_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.

    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..

    Leave CS..

    Odin v.3 engine (ID:4)..

    File analysis..

    SetupConnection..

    Initialzation..

    Set PIT file..

    DO NOT TURN OFF TARGET!!

    Get PIT for mapping..

    Firmware update start..

    sbl2.mbn

    sbl3.mbn

    rpm.mbn

    aboot.mbn

    Complete(Write) operation failed.

    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    Removed!!

  79. Casey Stellar says:

    All the links are dead.

  80. Muhammad Taqi says:

    Hi,
    I’m using AT&T S4 running 4.4.4 have nj4 bootloader and
    currently rooted. My Question is if I downgrade to stock i.e. MDB will I
    be able to install Custom ROM like Cynagenmod ? Please reply
    Thanks

  81. Davide Cisco says:

    Hi,
    I have a problem similar. I add a picture.
    I’m sorry for my English.
    I belive, you can help me

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a9896eca8bfb952746fe05be9b0899652e650646e94407e0088123f524012bd8.png

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