Dev galaxy s4 unroot

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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About the Author

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!



  • http://twitter.com/DamienSmith666 Damien

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

    • Barry

      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.

  • Barry

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

  • Nicholas Lombardi

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

    • Nicholas Lombardi

      the zip file is there, but when I DL I cant extract, it shows up as unreadable file

  • Guest

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

  • Nicholas Lombardi

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

  • MT

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

    • albe

      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.

  • sergio

    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!

  • s4verzionowner

    how about verizon?

  • Hussien

    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 !!

  • Salomon

    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

      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

  • Jonathan Woodward

    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!

    • Ricky Omi Ortega

      GO ON RECOVERY AND WIPE DATA CACHE IT SHOULD BOOT UP

  • Nick45S

    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…

  • StinKing

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

  • ObrienDave

    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!

  • Chuckles135

    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.

  • Becky Fangmann

    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.

  • tacs

    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

  • Ron

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

  • mbzzy

    do you have the tar file for MDL? sprint?

  • JustSomeGuy

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

  • J Redondo

    Does this resets the flash counter as well?

  • dincdoes.me

    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

  • shifuimam

    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?

  • Nephi

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

  • Guest

    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!”

  • JMS

    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!!

  • Anil

    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?

  • Johnny 5

    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

  • Noahell

    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.

  • Douglas Montes

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

  • ryan

    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

  • Nick Borrero

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

  • Tombspawn

    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?

  • Lee New Wood

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

    • thae

      how? please helpme

  • Red52012

    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?

    • atta

      How to get back to 4.2 thanks

  • atta

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

  • jason

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

  • jason

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

  • Alejandro

    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.

  • Jason Callahan

    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

  • sprintGS$

    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)

    • rule3078

      Mine is doing the same thing did you figure out how to resolve the issue.

      • Ricky Omi Ortega

        REFLASH RECOVERY CF-Auto-Root-jfltespr-jfltespr-sphl720 AND IT WILL REBOOT BACK TO THE SAME WAY YOU LEFT IT PRIOIR TO BRICKING WITH THAT FAILED ERROR

        • Deepkaran

          What happens if i use that when its bricked, and i already rooted?

    • GregB

      Same problem here! I reflashed recovery and it rebooted. Odin worked well then, but when i try to revert back to stock Odin fails saying what SprintGS$ has posted. Running Cyanogenmod 10.2

    • Cloud
      • Jenny K

        This site is for the odin fix, I followed what joscor said and it worked!!

  • Ernest

    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?

  • hi

    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

  • kuku

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

  • Rigo Solano

    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

      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

  • jordon

    anyone have the sprint pit file cant find it anywhere

  • J Wegner

    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!!!

  • Ricky Omi Ortega

    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

    • brd7777

      What about the SG4 ATT what do i need to flash with odin 1.85? Can you help me find that download?? Thanks in advance

    • thea

      how?

  • Perrie McNeair

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

  • Fouad Berry

    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?

  • Redbeard

    Can you add the newest MK2 file?

  • Redbeard

    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.

  • ronda

    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

  • plotts39

    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 ?

  • rholdie

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

  • Brandon Lynch

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

  • Brandon Donley

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

  • porjotrucker@gmail.com

    bricked

  • sarah

    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

  • Michael McGhee

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

  • Baldemar Beltran

    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

  • Baldemar Beltran

    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?

  • Baldemar Beltran

    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

  • thea

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

  • thea

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

  • Cloud

    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/

  • melvin colvin

    do you have the verizon tar files.

  • nishat123

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

  • pallettas

    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.?

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