Sprint released the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for its Galaxy Note 3 some time ago, on April 9 to be exact, but if you wanted a Odin flashable firmware for going back to stock, then you were not in luck because the update was available only in OTA form. Thankfully though, the .tar.md5 file of the update is now available, meaning you can use Odin PC software to install the Lollipop update, build no. N900PVPUEOC5 easily whenever you want, to remove custom ROMs, custom recovery, etc or simply unroot the phone.
We’ve got the .zip file of the firmware below, you only need to extract it to get the .tar.md5 file of the N900PVPUEOC5 Lollipop update. Installing the same includes using Odin software, which we’ve covered in the guide too.
There are various uses if this Odin flashable guide. you can use it go back to stock on your Galaxy Note 3 at Sprint. All customization and your own installation/modifications to the system partition will be removed and your Sprint Galaxy Note 3 will be back to factory condition, or as updated by Samsung as regards Lollipop update.
Updating the Galaxy Note 3 with N900PVPUEOC5 firmware using Odin will also unroot your device, and also remove the custom recovery like TWRP, CWM, etc.
The Odin installation of a firmware is basically your best way to fix a Samsung device, and also restore it back to normal unmodified condition. By updating your Sprint Galaxy Note 3 with N900PVPUEOC5 Lollipop update, you’ll be restoring it back to stock condition.
How to Update Sprint Galaxy Note 3 to Lollipop N900PVPUEOC5 firmware
- Latest drivers | 15.32MB | Filename: SAMSUNG_USB_Driver_for_Mobile_Phones_v126.96.36.199.exe
- Latest Odin | 1.67MB | Filename: Odin3_v3.10.6.zip
- N900PVPUEOC5 firmware | 1.4GB | Filename: N900PVPUEOC5_N900PSPTEOC5_N900PVPUEOC5_HOME.tar.zip
Important Note: Backup important files (including photos, videos, etc.) stored on internal SD card of your device, so that in case storage is wiped off, you will have a backup on your PC to get your files back.
- Download all three files from above.
- Install the latest drivers first of all. Double click the .exe file of drivers to begin installation.
- 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 firmware file in .tar.md5 format after step 3. This is the file that will be loaded in Odin, to be installed on your Note 3 (in step 10 below).
- Extract the Odin file. You should get this file, Odin3 v3.10.6.exe (other files could be hidden, hence not visible).
- Disconnect your Galaxy Note 3 from PC if it is connected.
- Boot Galaxy Note 3 into download mode:
- Take out device’s battery. Wait 5-6 seconds and then place it back. Do not power on device.
- Press and hold the three buttons Volume Down + Power + Home together until you see warning screen.
- Press Volume Up to continue to download mode.
- Double click on extracted file of Odin, Odin3 v3.10.6.exe, to open the Odin window, as shown below. Be careful with Odin, and do just as said to prevent problems.
- Connect your Note 3 to PC now using USB cable. Odin should recognize your Note 3. It’s a must. When it recognizes, you will see Added!! appearing in the Log box in bottom left, and the ID:COM first box will also show any no. and turn its background blue. Look at the pic below.
- Load the firmware into Odin. For this, click on the AP button and on the pop-up window, select the .tar.md5 firmware file we got in step 4 above. Make sure you use the AP tab, as shown below.
- Click the Start button on Odin now to start flashing the firmware on your Sprint Galaxy Note 3 that would update it to Android 5.0 Lollipop, build no. N900PVPUEOC5. Wait till flashing is finished, after which your Note 3 will reboot automatically. You’ll get PASSmessage as show below upon successful installation from Odin.
- If Odin gets stuck at setup connection, then you need to do steps 6 to 12 again. For this, close Odin, disconnect your Note 3, remove battery, insert it back after 5-6 seconds and then start from step 6 again.
- Or, if you get FAIL in the top left box, you need to try flashing again, as stated just above.
- First start of the device may take time, so wait patiently again. Greet Android 5.0 Lollipop when it’s booted completely. Check the Settings > About phone, you should be seeing build no. and baseband updated to N900PVPUEOC5.
If you face any issues with this, let us know via comments below. We’ll try our best to help you.