How To Manually Install Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500/I9505) Stock Firmware

This is the step by step guide on how to manually install a firmware update on international variants of Samsung Galaxy S4 with specific model number (GT-I9500) and (GT-i9505) using a stock ROM or firmware. This method is called flashing it through Odin downloader tool. This is only an alternative option on how to update the Samsung Galaxy S4 devices, in-case users can’t update the phone by using the official method through OTA (over the air) and/or Samsung Kies software tool. Flashing a stock firmware is a developers an advance users method, and for those who can’t update anymore due to fact if the phone is already rooted or installed with custom ROM or modified firmwares. So, if you have a Samsung Galaxy S4 that no longer accepts firmware updates, just read ahead below on how you can manually update to the official firmware update that is officially released by Samsung.

Software update failed OTA Galaxy S4

Some benefits of flashing stock or original firmware:
1. Unroot your phone and return back to original default settings but you can still root it again.
2. This is also useful on fixing bricked phone, like if device will no longer boot normally or just stuck on Samsung logo.

How to Flash Samsung Galaxy S4 Firmware Update

Before you proceed, grab the necessary files for manual flashing.
– Install the USB driver for Samsung Galaxy S4 download here, you can also download and install Kies for it also include the needed USB driver.
– Download Odin downloader tool – Odin3_v3.07 link
– Download and prepare your Galaxy S4 original stock ROM – used unbranded if you have an unlocked phone or a carrier branded firmware if you have your phone bought from specific network provider.

Prerequisites:
– Make sure your phone is fully re-charge to avoid power interruption failure.
– Optional: Back up all important files stored from the phone’s internal memory such as contacts, photos, videos, MMS, SMS, emails, docs etc. Though, most stock firmware is non-wipe but there are some which is wipe versions and it will delete all of your files after the process.
– Optional: perform factory reset to gain a smooth firmware flashing without failures.
– Used Windows based computers or laptops, Odin will not run on Apple products such as Mac.
– Disable any running program on system tray, like Kies, antivirus etc to avoid program conflicts and failures.
– Used the supplied USB cable, flashing failures is mostly caused by bad USB cable. So, make sure you have a perfectly working USB cable wire.
– Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 or GT-I9505 phone.

Odin flashing Procedures:

1) Extract or unzip the downloaded firmware, Odin flasher program can’t read it until you’ll get the correct file path which is in (.tar) file format. You can use ‘7zip’ or ‘winrar’ to do that task,  I used winrar.

Galaxy s4 stock ROM
2) Run Odin Downloader v3.07 flasher program.
3) Do Not check the Re-Partition checkbox. Mark check these checkboxes Auto Reboot and F-Reset Time and nothing else.
4) Reboot the phone in download mode: To reboot the Galaxy S4 into download mode , you need to turn the power off. After it completely shut down, just press and hold the Volume Down key, Home button and the Power ON/OFF button simultaneously.
You should then prompted into a warning screen and asking you to press volume up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, just simply press volume up to get into download mode. The download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!!”
5) Connect the phone to PC when it’s in the Download Mode screen. You should notice that the ID:COM box on ODIN will turn to blueish and will show you the port (COM) number.
6) Click on the PDA button then browse to the folder where you extracted the stock firmware.
7) Hit the “START’ button if everything seems all good to start flashing.
8) Wait until a word “PASS’ appears.
9) Remove the phone from the computer once completely reboots.
10) Optional: perform wipe data or factory reset to gain a fresh firmware installation.
odin3 v3.07 Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 GT-I9505

Fixing possible failures on Odin:
If you you ain’t get the word ‘PASS!’ and it says ‘completed/failed 1’, all you need is just repeat the procedure above.
If it still fails, check the following again,
– Try to use other USB cable.
– Try to use other computer USB port.
– Try to use other desktop/laptop computer.

21 comments

  1. Dear Sir,

    Every thing is good and you explained very simple process i really appreciate. thanks for this

    I want to ask that why dont samsung gives us officialy fresh firmware if not than please give me a link for firmware

  2. hi, I accidentally deleted the back up of my stock rom of my s4 i9500 international version. can someone please give me a link to download the stock rom. Thanks in advance…..

  3. hi, i installed custom rom on my s4 i9505 lte(uk-unlocked).Now i want to get back to stock/official firmware.which one i should download and install. kindly give me the link for the firmware……..and will it still work on any carrier…..

  4. Hi Wil ,
    I have galaxy s4 i9505, Which i have bought it from a other country but now it has some problem like video camera not working and whenever i try to watch the videos on phone screen got hang and phone gets restart,whole thing repeated two three times then i am able to see videos.

    wil , Please help me to solve this…!!

  5. Hello Sir,
    Great explanation above….
    Yesterday i saw news about Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Firmware Leaked For Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. and as per given steps in idin3.10 such as these file PIT, BootLoader, PDA, CSC and click on Auto Reboot, Re-partition, Reset Time. i installed it properly as per given steps. But after installation i seen there are too many bugs in leaked version .

    Now i am trying to rollback official Android 4.4.2 with adding PDA file. when i click on start. getting message failed. My question is do i need these files PIT,BootLoader, Csc?? if yes then where i get these.
    Please i am in urgent need to resolve my query.

    Thanks in Advance.

  6. my galaxy s4 shows model 9500 in settimgs but under the battery it shows gt 9505. what is this? which stock rom i may install?

  7. Hello sir please am really in need of your help
    i bought samsung galaxy s4 i9500 with software version 4.2.2 and i rooted the phone with odin and replace stock revocery mode so that i can be able to flash omega 4.4.2 kitkat rom and i succeed in doing that but the problem now is that my phone is no longer booting not evening into recovery mode but only booting into download mode and i try to flash with official lollipop rom 5.0.1 and odin keep failing and showing re partition error, i try downloading pit file and still seeing the same error please tell me what to do

    1. Flash the stock 4.4.2 first, it should then fine, you may only flash the 5.0.1 if you want to upgrade.

  8. Hi, I was just wondering, does this replace the original OS on the phone? Or is it just na update for it? My Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500 is stuck on logo bootloop.. (I’ve tried factory reset/cache wipes, tried reinstalling via SD card.. Nothing works.) I am fed up and just want to wipe the entire phone and reinstall any working OS so I can get a use out of my phone again.. Is this for me?

  9. I have a s4 lte I9505, after a firm upgrad the WIFI & BT, don’t want to turn on, i tried everything, all secret codes + diferent firms and more, but no way.
    i goes even to 4.2.2 and still the same, i hoppe that you can helpe me to fix te prolem.
    tnx

  10. hi Wilma nice to hear that u r here to assist us … m in damn huge problem cant sort it out still i updated my S4 GT-I9505 to lollipop 5.0.1 it was working fine til 6 to 8 months then sudden started behaving strange shows battery 0% not charging and vibration issues then i downgrade it to 4.4.2 still facing the same problem plz do help me out or give me link of any AUTHENTIC firmware i mean official in which my s4 will again starts working fine thanks … waiting to hear from you soon thanks =)

    1. Please do the full wipe and factory reset first. (1) backup all your data from the phone ans save it into your PC. (2) Press down Volume Up, Home and the Power ON/OFF button simultaneously. (3) Select the Wipe data/Factory reset.

      Flash the stock firmware according to your country/network provider. Some certain issues may only occur if and when you installed a firmware build from a different region. e.g. like you have installed a European firmware build on top on a Latin America firmware, which basically has a different MODEM/PDA and CSC. So if you came from Latin America only flash the Latin American firmware builds.

      Now, I want to know what country/network provider your device came from so I can point you to the right official firmware build.

  11. Thanks for the clear directions on upgrading my i9505! It’s a simple but scary thing to do to your only phone! Yours were the easiest directions I could find and the upgrade went flawlessly! Thank you very much!

  12. Hi Wil my Samsung GT-I9500 has gone into a bootloop after i rooted my phone. the rooting was successful until i was asked to disable Knox security.I was told to Download Root Explorer and use it to delete all files associated with knox.i did but there were two files left and i was unable to delete them. even the icon for knox was still on my screen. i reset the phone and it wouldnt pass the Samsung logo. i have tried every method and i wasnt succesful at all. i even tried safe mode it just said updating app 35/36 of them but it never updated. i live in south africa and its a vodafone. please get me a link for the stock firmware its currently Kit Kat 4.4.2 i dont remember anything else thanx

    1. Here you go… Vodafone South Africa (CSC code XFV) Official Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware (last update build I9500XXUGNH2) link

  13. Hello
    i bought samsung galaxy S4 LTE-A GT-I9500 with software version 4.2.2 .Some days ago bluetooth & Wi-Fi does not work. I had one or two times the phone factory reset. after reset same problem and i try upgated to lollipop 5.0.1 but can not succeed. Please help me

  14. My S4 GT-19505, Origin not known, but whenever mobile rest we found first langue China….
    Problem:
    here in Pakistan , we have to apply *#0011# code to set mobile on LTE, but after some Mobile Network Change I lost the setting of LTE. By applying same process even reset the set ,not getting LTE or 4G on set. I tried to install Lolipop firmwear but on that not my SIMM shows LTE or 4G. now i downgrade 4.4.2 but still same problem, I little bit remmember My set was on 4.2.2 but not finding, help needed in this regard. Naeem

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