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Returning a Verizon Galaxy S4 to stock (VRUAME7)

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Posted Sep 10 '13 @ 3:25 PM

  Who this is for:

Your Verizon Galaxy S4 is rooted, and you wish to return it back to factory defaults — possibly to return it to Verizon or to ensure you can successfully receive official OTA (over the air) updates.


This procedure is specifically written for Verizon Galaxy S4's running Baseband Version I545VRUAME7. You can view the Baseband version via the About phone screen in the Settings menu:


You will use a Windows only (Mac users read post #2) application, called ODIN, to flash the official Verizon stock ROM that shipped with your phone. All files are included below. The entire process (excluding download time) take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Your phone will be completely wiped clean.

  Phone Prep:

Follow the steps below to prepare your phone for flashing:

  1. Charge it.
  2. Disconnect the USB cable.
  3. Turn the phone over and remove the battery.
  4. Reinsert the battery.
  5. Simultaneously press and hold the following 3 buttons:
    • Power
    • Volume down
    • Middle button
  6. Release when you see the “Warning!!” message regarding the installation of a custom OS.
  7. Press the Volume Up button to continue.

  8. The screen will display a green Android robot with the words “Downloading… Do not turn off target!!” underneath.

  9. Connect the phone to your computer.
  10. Set the phone aside for now.

  Desktop Computer:

The following process has been tested & confirmed on a fresh install of Windows. It does not account for any:

  • Existing Samsung mobile drivers you may have installed.
  • Antivirus, spyware, nor firewall applications.
  1. Download the following 1.75GB ZIP to your desktop:
  2. Extract the containing folders to your desktop:
    • Samsung Drivers – necessary for Windows to communicate with the phone.
    • ODIN – a Windows based application used to flash the ROM.
    • ROM – contains a tar file that will be flashed to the phone.
  3. Install the Samsung drivers located inside of the Samsung Drivers folder.
  4. Open the ODIN folder and double-click the ODIN executable.

  5. You should see a blue bar under ID:COM — indicating a connection has been made between your phone and ODIN.

  6. Enable the checkbox next to the PDA button.
  7. Click the PDA button.
  8. Navigate to the ROM folder and double click the tar file (ROM).

  9. ODIN will load the ROM and verify its MD5 hash. The ROM file name will display to the right of the PDA button when it’s finished.

  10. Click the Start button.

  11. ODIN will flash the ROM — a process that can take up to approximately 7 minutes.

  Phone ROM Flash:

  1. Your phone will reset/reboot once ODIN has finished.
  2. As it boots, you will see:
    • An Android robot with a spinning orb.
    • A Samsung logo.
    • An animated Verizon 4G LTE logo for up to 5 minutes.
    • And finally, the setup wizard prompting you to select a language.

Your phone is now back to stock.

 Questions are welcome!

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Posted Sep 10 '13 @ 5:36 PM

Mac users:

  • There is no Mac version of ODIN.
  • If you Google search "Mac ODIN alternative" — you will likely come across an open source application called Heimdall. I spent hours trying to get Heimdall to work, and ran into one road block after another.
  • A Windows virtual machine running inside of Parallels will not work. Windows will not detect your phone.
  • Some people spin up Windows on a Mac using an application called Bootcamp. I’m told this works as well, but I haven't personally tried it.
  • Best option: a Windows virtual machine running inside of VMWare Fusion will work just fine. This is the option I went with. There’s a 30-day free trial if cost is a concern. It's also available on Amazon for $43.00