Install stock 4.3 L710VPUCMK3 Samsung Galaxy S3 L710 (Sprint)

For those Samsung Galaxy S3 L710 (Sprint) users who still runs on unofficial firmware and eventually can’t can’t update or facing failure issues via OTA, you can use this method. All you need is  grab the original stock ROM L710VPUCMK3 and manually flash it using Odin. The stock ROM is unmodified, untouched nor rooted or anything it was directly pulled from Samsung Kies firmware server.

install L710VPUCMK3 4.3

If your device is currently rooted you will loss root after flash, but you can still root it again if you want. This will not trip the binary flash counter since this is an official firmware from Samsung.

Disclaimer: Use of this method is solely at your own risk! Please proceed with precautions, for we will not take any responsibility if anything happens to your device by using this guide.

Important Reminders before Flashing Stock ROM

  • Make sure that your Galaxy S3′s battery is fully charge.
  • Stock ROM packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data after flashing) and the ‘Non-Wipe’ (it doesn’t delete your phone’s stored data) but it is highly recommended to make a back up all important files stored from your phone’s internal memory – contacts, messages, etc.  before flashing no-matter if it is Full-WIpe or Non-Wipe,  just to be safe and ensure that your stored data are in  safe  if something went wrong during the flashing process.
  • Use a PC or laptop that runs in Windows OS, with a good and perfectly working USB serial port.  Odin will not work on MAC OS.
  • Use the supplied USB cable for your Galaxy S3.
  • Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings. Go to Settings > Applications > Development, and tick the box that says ‘Enable USB Debugging’.
  • Ensure that KIES is closed and not running in the system tray! Kies and Odin are both created by Samsung but Kies will interrupt and doesn’t like Odin, it will block you from flashing.

The Android 4.3 now comes with a new protected bootloader that might cause issues when you try to downgrade to the old software updates. This also applies if you are planning into rooting and installing any custom recovery once you are  on 4.3, so please be aware with that.

Download the needed tools for flashing

Odin3.v3.09 link
USB driver link
Grab your Samsung Galaxy S3 SPH-L710 (U.S. Sprint) Original Firmware or Stock ROM
L710VPUCMK3 4.3 Stock: (Download)

Install the USB Driver first to get rid of flashing failures. Also  need to extract the downloaded file which is packed in zip or rar files, so that you’ll get the tar.md5 file.

Run and Configure Odin

Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.09 on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the ‘RE-PARTITION’ is unchecked, only  the ‘AUTO-REBOOT and ‘F.RESET TIME’ checkboxes are both remained checked.

Reboot your Galaxy S3 into Download Mode

To reboot the Galaxy S3 into  download mode , you need to turn the power off.  After it completely shut off,  just  press and hold the Volume Down key,  Home button and thePower 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!!”

Connect your Phone to PC or Laptop

Once you already reboot the phone in download mode,  simply connect the phone to your PC or laptop USB.
In Odin window – the ID:COM box will turn to blue color and indicates the COM port numberand a word “Added” on a log box will prompt you that the device is already detected or recognized by Odin. Your COM port number might be different from mine. If you do not see a COM port number then there’s something missing or wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.

Load the stock 4.3 L710VPUCMK3 firmware file

T he stock ROM is pack in One .tar.md5 file only.  Now, you need to just simply click on the AP button, then browse to the folder where the file you have previously extracted and then select and load it.
“L710VPUCMK3_L710SPRCMK3_L710VPUCMK3_HOME.tar.md5”

L710VPUCMK3 4.3 firmware image

Start Flashing or Installing the stock ROM

Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the stockROM.
Do not ever interrupt the phone while already in flashing progress, like disconnecting the cable or turning off the device. Just wait until it completely finish.

Wait ’till it PASS!!

When the Stock ROM installation successfully completes, you will then see a word “PASS” in Odin. This indicates that the flashing was already finish, and on the log box it says “All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)”. The phone will just then automatically reboot, then it’s time to remove it from PC or laptop USB connection.

Confirm if you successfully installed the stock firmware

Confirm your fresh firmware installed by typing *#1234# or
Go to Settings>About Phone>Firmware info.
You can also do factory reset by dialing *2767*3855#.

Possible errors that you may encountered, this is based on my own experience while flashing stock ROM on Samsung Android devices. These are just a few hints on how to resolved it.

Q: I got an error message that says “Set-up connection Failed” ?
A: 1. Check your USB connection from the phone to PC,
2. Connect to another PC USB port
3. Check and try to another USB cable
4. Re-install the USB driver.
Q: Odin just suddenly stuck in the middle of nowhere while in flashing progress, It isn’t responding at all?
A: Check for possible program that might interrupt the process, like disabling the anti-virus and closing any running programs.
Try to use another PC or laptop,
Q: I experienced bootloop or the phone just stuck on Welcome Logo (phone always stop at bootanimation) and it won’t boot normally?
A: You can fix it via recovery mode option, do this:
Boot in recovery mode
1. Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button.
2. Use volume keys to select, Up and Down and Power or Home key to select the option
3. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the Home button.
4. Next select the Wipe Cache Partition
5. Lastly, select Reboot System Now to reboot your Galaxy S3 in Normal mode.

That’s it! Any further questions, just drop it on our comment form below.

18 comments

  1. Sweet crackers, please choose a different mirror for your files.. you can only download 1 file for every 3 hours. This is just a horrible place to store your files.

    1. Both are same file. Just prepare a full back-up when flashing a stock that comes with a new bootloader image.

  2. The link for the stock file leads to a German site. I downloaded a file but I don’t think it’s the one I need because it downloaded too quickly. Is there another link where I can find this file or are you still working on that?
    Thanks in advance!

    1. The screenshot of the firmware build tells you the exact files of what you are about to download. We are still uploading all U.S firmware at Mega, we are about to post links when it’s all done in a single page soon, so everyone would be happy. But anyway, we added other download link just for you. 🙂

    1. Odin flashing has been tested and it worked even before the Galaxy S3 wasn’t existed yet. This procedure was being used in service centers long before and still used this time for fixing bricked devices. From this process rooting, to custom recoveries, to custom ROM has never been easier.
      You may find thousands of people who’d been using stock/custom firmware and might directly points-out the right answers of your question here – http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s3-sprint/development

  3. Will this work if I already have a 4.3 on my phone? I have a rooted 4.3 running on my phone with TWRP custom recovery but I wish to return to stock ROM. Will flashing this tar file over my current rooted ROM have any adverse effects? I know that trying to flash lower levels of android (anything before MK3 like MD4 etc.) after already updating to 4.3 will result in a hard hard superhard brick because of Knox. So in that context, is it safe to flash an MK3 tar file over an existing MK3 without bricking the device?

  4. Q: I have a rooted 4.3 running on my phone with TWRP custom recovery but I wish to return to stock ROM. Will flashing this tar file over my current rooted ROM have any adverse effects?
    A:This is the official and the full firmware that you can rely-on for restoring back your phone to pure stock, the only effect you’ll see is that your phone starts clean again.

    Q:I know that trying to flash lower levels of android (anything before MK3 like MD4 etc.) after already updating to 4.3 will result in a hard hard superhard brick because of Knox. So in that context, is it safe to flash an MK3 tar file over an existing MK3 without bricking the device?
    A: Yes, if you have heard someone ended-up with bricked phone then get your hands-off into downgrading.
    Flashing official or stock 4.3 to a rooted 4.3 is definitely fine but you have to ask that question to the Dev who created that rooted 4.3 ROM to be safe, that’s because I don’t have any idea of that rooted 4.3 MK3 you’ve used, it might have the other version of bootloader, kernel, modem, recovery etc.
    Here’s a short definition:
    – from a secured-bootloader (4.3) to a secured-bootloader (4.3/4.4) = is fine
    – from a secured-bootloader (4.3) to a non-secured bootloader (4.1.1/4.1.2), including custom recovery, unsigned kernels and other system images = risk of bricking, risk of losing IMEI and 100% triggers KNOX warranty void flag.

    Taking the 4.3 update is one-way straight forward and there is no easy way of returning back. But anyway, you can still root, install custom recoveries, and 4.3 and 4.4 based ROMs as long you won’t bother your phone dealer if anything happens to your device.

  5. Thanks so much for your input, it helped clear my confusion so much!
    So here are a few details about my phone….
    # I’ve updated to the latest version of Sprint 4.3 through OTA so by default I have the new Knox-enabled bootloader.
    # After updating, I just rooted it and downloaded SuperSU and custom recovery, nothing more. So the ROM I have right now is just the stock ROM, just rooted with custom recovery.

    Also, I just wanted to let you know that it is possible to flash a ROM based on any version of Android….it can be based on 4.1.1, 4.1.2, and can even be based on Gingerbread. HOWEVER. this has to be a custom ROM without any firmware update (i.e. no bootloader included). So basically that just means don’t flash any *full stock tar files*, since these files contain the whole firmware package.

    So if I flash a full stock tar file, I should only flash 4.3 or 4.4 and nothing lower from what I understand so far!

  6. I tried it again and now it is stuck and keeps saying setting up connection. What do I do?

    1. Are you rooted or have custom recovery? If none just check the USB data cable.. that’s the culprit.

  7. Dude this site is amazing! Got my L710 in a bad spot (wouldn’t boot past the Galaxy SIII screen) and I looked everywhere trying to find instructions and programs to fix it but had no luck til I landed here. Thank you very much. Definitely bookmarking this one!

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