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[Guide] Returning a Verizon Galaxy S4 (Build VRUAMDK) to Stock

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Posted Oct 8 '13 @ 6:14 PM

  Overview:

The following procedure will walk you through the process of flashing the factory default ROM on a Verizon Galaxy S4.

You will use a Windows only (Mac users read post #2) application, called ODIN, to flash the ROM.

The phone will be wiped clean, root (if applicable) will be removed, and all bloatware will be restored.

The entire process (excluding file download time) takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.




  Important:

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Build I545VRUAMDK Required

There are two build numbers associated with the Verizon version of the Galaxy S4: build I545VRUAME7 & build I545VRUAMDK. This procedure is applicable to build I545VRUAMDK.

To view the build number:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap the More tab.
  3. Tap About phone.

  Download:

Download the following 1.85GB ZIP to your desktop:

The zip contains five separate folders, each of which will be used throughout the procedure that follows.

  1. Samsung Drivers – necessary for Windows to communicate with the phone.
  2. ODIN – a Windows based application used to flash the ROM.
  3. Pre Release Kernel – contains a tar file that will flash an exploitable kernel.
  4. Root Tools – contains a script that will run the root exploit, install SuperSU, and (optionally) TWRP recovery.
  5. Release Kernel – contains the release kernel.

  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
    • Home button
  6. Release when you see the “Warning!!” message regarding the installation of a custom OS.
  7. Press the Volume Up button to continue.

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

  Flash The ROM:

The following steps have been tested and confirmed on a fresh install of Windows. If you're having connectivity issues, between the phone and computer, check for conflicting drivers and/or antivirus, spyware, firewall, and tethering applications.

  1. Install the Samsung drivers located inside of the Samsung Drivers folder. You can skip this step if you've already installed them in the past.
  2. Open the ODIN folder and double-click the ODIN executable.
    You should see a blue bar under ID:COM — indicating a connection has been made between your phone and ODIN.
  3. Enable the checkbox next to the PDA button.
  4. Click the PDA button.
  5. Navigate to the Pre Release Kernel folder and double click the tar file (ROM).
    ODIN will load the tar file and verify its MD5 hash. The tar file name will display to the right of the PDA button once it’s ready.
  6. Click the Start button.

ODIN will flash the tar file and reboot the phone — a process that could upwards of 10 minutes.

During the initial boot process, the phone may appear to get stuck on the Verizon logo. A few minutes later, you will see the setup wizard, and the phone will be back to stock.

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Posted Oct 8 '13 @ 6:19 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