Odin is an unofficial windows software that allows you to install firmware on Samsung devices. Not only firmware, but you can install individual components of the firmware you to, like modem, CSC, etc. Here we get you Odin PC software and its recent versions, along with some tips and tricks to make the most out of it.
We have got the most recent versions of the Odin for download below. Latest one to arrive is Odin 3.12.3, that is an update on 3.11.2. One of the most popular version of the software, Odin 3.11.1, is also provided as download below.
If you are using latest devices of Samsung, like Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6, and other devices release in 2016 and 2015, then it’s better to download latest version of Odin, and use only that.
Using the latest version of Odin will fix some of the issues automatically without you ever needing anything to fix such issues.
Download the Odin version of your choice from the above, and then extract the zip file to get Odin exe file. Run the Odin exe file, and select the files in respective tabs. For more details on how to flash a firmware using Odin, and other tips, look at the detailed sections below.
How to use Odin
Using the Odin PC software is pretty simple. And you can use it to flash firmware, or individual parts of the whole firmware such as modem, csc, etc. too. Here’s a our full Odin guide to help you install firmware and root easily.
Step 1. Make sure you have downloaded the firmware on your PC. Search our site for it if you don’t have it already. (If you are looking to root device or install TWRP, download those files now before proceeding to next step.)
→ → Also, install Samsung USB driver (method 1 on the linked page) first of all. Double click the .exe file of drivers to begin the installation. (Not required if you have already done this.)
Step 2. And also download Odin PC software from above.
Step 3. Extract the firmware file now. You can use a free software like 7-zip for this. Install 7-zip, then right click on firmware file and under 7-zip, select ‘Extract here’. You should get the a file in .tar.md5 format now. (You may get 4 or 5 files, with AP, CP or CSC written at the beginning of those files.) We will be loading this file into Odin, to be installed on device (in step 9 below).
Step 4. Extract the Odin file. You should get the Odin exe file (other files could be hidden, hence not visible).
Step 5. Disconnect your device from PC if it is connected.
Step 6. Boot into download mode:
- Power off your device. Wait for 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.
- Press and hold the three buttons Volume down + Power + Home together until you see Warning screen.
- Press Volume Up to continue to download mode.
Step 7. Double click on Odin exe file (from step 4) to open the Odin window as shown below. Be careful with Odin, and do just as said to prevent problems.
Step 8. Connect your now using USB cable. Odin should recognize your device. It’s a must. When it recognizes, you will see Added!! message appearing in the Log box in bottom left, and the first box under ID:COM will also show a no. and turn its background blue. Look at the pic below.
- You cannot proceed until you get the Added!! message, which confirms that Odin has recognized your device.
- If you don’t get Added!! message, you need to install/re-install drivers again, and use the original cable that came with device. Mostly, drivers are the problem (look at step 2 above).
- You can try different USB ports on your PC too.
Step 9. Load the firmware file into Odin. Click the AP button on Odin and the select the .tar.md5 file from above.
→ Normally, you get only one .tar file in Step 3, but if you got four files in step 3, then load all four files into Odin. BL tab will get file beginning with BL, AP will get file beginning with AP, and the same goes for CP tab and CSC tab.
- Info: When you load files, Odin checks the md5 of firmware file, which takes time. So, simply wait until that’s done and the firmware file is loaded. Don’t worry if Odin gets unresponsive for a while, it’s normal. Binary size will also show up in Odin.
Step 10. Make sure Re-partition check box is NOT selected, under the Options tab. Don’t use PIT tab either. Go back to Log tab btw, it will show the progress when you hit start button in next step.
Step 11. Click the Start button on Odin now to start flashing the firmware on your device.Wait till installation is finished, after which your device will reboot automatically. You’ll get PASS message as shown below upon successful installation from Odin.
- If Odin gets stuck at setup connection, then you need to do this all again. Disconnect your device, close Odin, boot device into download mode again, open Odin, and then select the file and flash it again as said above.
- If you get FAIL in the top left box, then also you need to flash the file again as stated just above.
Step 12. First start of the device may take time, so wait patiently again. And let’s verify the installation. Check the Settings > About device, to confirm new build no. based on the firmware you just installed.
Odin tips and tricks
Although Odin is primarily used to install firmware on Samsung’s Galaxy devices, it is also used a lot to root or install TWRP recovery on Samsung devices. You can find TWRP recovery for Samsung Galaxy devices here. But be sure to use a full guide before installing TWRP, as some other stuff like custom kernel may also be required in some cases.
When you don’t need to restart the device right after flashing the firmware/root/TWRP — as you may need to reboot into recovery mode, or maybe flash another file in download mode — than uncheck the Auto Reboot box. If not visible directly, then find it in Options tab.
Use PIT file very wisely when using Odin. Normally, don’t use PIT file. It has to be used in rare circumstances, like when your device is unable to boot and got its partitions corrupted because of flashing of wrong firmware or anything. When using PIT file, check the Repartition box so that is uses the PIT file. Also, using the right PIT file, that matches the partition system of your device (particularly the variant, carrier wise, unlocked, storage options, model no., etc. are all considered).
To fix Wi-Fi issues with the device, Odin can be used to flash non-hlos.bin file directly to phone. These are modem files that have come as a fix for Wi-Fi disconnection on some devices.
You don’t actually install Odin, it’s a portable software. hence, copy paste your Odin folder to any location on PC, and it would do fine. You can also take it on a pen drive.
Odin also works for Samsung’s Nexus devices like Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, but these type of devices are a rarity now.
The BL tab is for the file whose name begins with BL prefix. BL stands for bootloader. When extracting the firmware, if you get a file that begins with BL prefix, than use that file in the BL tab.
The AP tab can use the full firmware when only one .tar is extracted from the firmware. However, if you get more than one .tar files, than use file whose name begins with AP prefix in the AP tab.
The CP tab used the file whose name begins with CP prefix. It’s the modem file that’s responsible for making sure your mobile network and Wi-Fi work alright.
The CSC tab uses the file whose name begins with CSC prefix. Such files include region-wise APN details and such. CSC stands for Country/Carrier Specific Code.
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