How to Completely Restore Back Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to Original StockROM/Firmware

If you have modded your Galaxy Note 2,  like rooting and installing stock rooted ROMs you may need to install the unmodified, unrooted and original firmware. It can't just simply revert back to it's original default settings without flashing required like performing a factory reset. This restoring process works on all Samsung Galaxy Note 2 variants - International, United States and Canada. 

Do I need to unroot my Galaxy Note 2 first?
No need to unroot, installing official or original firmware will automatically remove root to your device once after flashing. Since rooting and installing unofficial firmware already voids your device warranty, that's because the binary flash counter is has triggered when you flash any modified or rooted ROM.

Do I need to reset the flash counter when already tripped?
Yes! If you need to completely restore back without a trace of any modification, you should reset the flash counter. You may check it via download mode - pressing and holding  (volume down + home + power buttons) then press "volume up" button to continue. Look for the Custom Binary Download, it shows a count of  how many flashing have made.  If its not tripped then you may not need to reset it, but if  it showed like 0/1 then you should reset it to 0 count.  You can simply alter it using Chainfire's TriangleAway app, it's free to download it here.

Is this method useful in any other way?
Aside from bringing back your device from using unofficial firmware, this is also useful for fixing soft-bricks. If you messed-up from rooting or installing modified ROM then you need to fix it by restoring back the original firmware and bring back your device to be useful again.
Disclaimer: We should not be held responsible if anything happens to your device. Proceeding and Use of this guide is solely at your own risk!
Update: (Important Note) For those who already updated their devices to 4.4.2 KitKat updates or already running with any 4.4.2  base ROM as long as it has the 4.4.2 bootloader installed.  Please DO NOT DOWNGRADE or revert back to old 4.3 and 4.1.2 firmware for which the 4.4.2 and 4.3 update includes a secured bootloader. Instead install the 4.4.2 stock firmware over a 4.4.2 based with secured-bootloader ROM. And please proceed with precautions.

1. Important Reminders before Restoring or Flashing a Stock ROM on Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  • Make sure that your Galaxy Note2 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 Note 2.
  • 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 will interrupt and doesn’t like Odin, it will block you from flashing.

2. Download the needed tools for flashing

USB Driver: Note 2_USB_Driver
Odin Flasher Tool: Odin3_v3.07 

Update: If you device already on 4.3 base ROM then you must install the 4.3 stock only, otherwise it will not work or Odin tool will not let you through flashing the old firmware. This issue may caused by the new 4.3 secured bootloader.

Grab your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Original Firmware or Stock ROM
GT-N7100 International here
 
SGH-I317 AT&T
4.4.2 I317UCUCNE5 (not available)
4.3 I317UCUBMK6 (not available)
4.1.2 OTA Update Feb 2013: ATT_I317UCAMA4_I317ATTAMA4
Factory: ATT_I317UCALJ2_I317ATTALJ2
SGH-T889 T-Mobile
4.3 Dec 2013 Update TMB_T889UVUCMK7_T889TMBMK7
4.1.2 Mar 2013 Update TMB_T889UVBMD1_T889TMBMD1
4.1.2 Mar 2013 Update TMB_T889UVBMB4_T889TMBBMB4
4.1.1 Feb 2013 Update TMB_T889UVALL4_T889TMBALL4
4.1.1 Dec 2012 Update TMB_T889UVAL8_T889TMBALK8
Factory: TMB_T889UVALJ1_T889TMBALJ1
SCH-i605 Verizon
4.4.2 June 2014 Update I605VRUFND74.3 Update VZW_I605VRUEMJ9_I605VZWEMJ9
4.1.2 Update VZW_I605VRAMC3_I605VZWMC3
SPH-L900 Sprint 
4.4.2 June 2014 Update L900VPUCNE24.3 update SPH_L900VPUBMK4_L900SPTBMK4
4.1.2 OTA Update November 2012: SPR_L900VPAMC2_L900SPTAMC2
Factory: SPR_L900VPALJ1_L900SPTALJ1

SGH-i317M Canada
Bell 
4.4.2 June 2014 Update BMC_I317MVLUDNF1
4.3 Update: BMC_I317MVLUCMK5
4.1.2 Update: BMC_I317MVLBMA3_I317MOYABMA3
Factory: BMC_I317MVLALJ2_I317MOYAALJ2
Rogers
4.4.2 June 2014 Update RWC_I317MVLUDNF1
4.3 Update: RWC_I317MVLUCMK5
4.1.2 Update: RWC_I317MVLBMA3_I317MOYABMA3
Factory: RWC_I317MVLALJ2_I317MOYAALJ2
SaskTel
4.4.2 June 2014 Update BWA_I317MVLUDNF1
4.3 Update: BWA_I317MVLUCMK5
4.1.2 Update: BWA_I317MVLBMA3_I317MOYABMA3
Factory: BWA_I317MVLALJ2_I317MOYAALJ2

Telus
4.4.2 June 2014 Update TLS_I317MVLUDNF1
4.3 Update: TLS_I317MVLUCMK5
4.1.2 Update: TLS_I317MVLBMA3_I317MOYABMA3
Factory:TLS_I317MVLALJ2_I317MOYAALJ2
VirginMobile
4.4.2 June 2014 Update VMC_I317MVLUDNF1
4.3 Update: VMC_I317MVLCCMK5
4.1.2 Update: VMC_I317MVLBMA3_I317MOYABMA3
Factory: VMC_I317MVLALJ2_I317MOYAALJ2

SGH-T889V Canada
Mobilicity
4.4.2 June 2014 Update MCT_T889VVLUDNE7
4.3 update MCT_T889VVLUCMK4
4.1.2 update MCT_T889VVLBMA3_T889VYVLBMA3
Factory: MCT_T889VVLALJ4_T889VYVLALJ4
Vidéotron 
4.4.2 June 2014 Update VTR_T889VVLUDNE7
4.3 update VTR_T889VVLUCMK4
4.1.2 update VTR_T889VVLBMA3_T889VYVLBMA3
Factory: VTR_T889VVLALJ4_T889VYVLALJ4
WIND
4.4.2 June 2014 Update GLW_T889VVLUDNE7
4.3 update GLW_T889VVLUCMK4
4.1.2 update GLW_T889VVLBMA3_T889VYVLBMA3
Factory: GLW_T889VVLALJ4_T889VYVLALJ4

3. Install the USB Driver and Extract the downloaded stock ROM
Install the USB Driver first to get rid of flashing failures. Also need to extract the downloaded file which is packed in zip format, so that you’ll get the tar.md5 file.

4. Run and Configure Odin

Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.07 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.

5. Boot your Galaxy Note 2 into Download Mode

To reboot the Galaxy Note2 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!!”

6. Connect your Galaxy Note 2 to Computer 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 number and 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.

7. Set and load and the binary .tar.md5 file
T he stock ROM is pack in One .tar.md5 file only. Now, you need to just simply click on the PDA button, then browse to the folder where the .tar or .tar.md5 you have previously extracted and then select and load it.



8. Begin Flashing the stock ROM

Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the stock ROM.
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.

9. Wait for the word 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 restore your Samsung Galaxy Note (Sprint L900).
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 Note2 in Normal mode.

That’s it! Just let us know how’s it going.

17 comments:

  1. Im stuck in a bootloop!!! I can flash back to my custom Rom (Jedi x7) but it is unstable and will reboot 1-3 mins after it starts. The phone cant see the imei and I cant access stock rom to make triangle away work for warranty! What can I do? Help!!!

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  2. If you came from custom ROM, you should perform "Wipe Data/Dalvik Cache" via custom recovery. Since, mostly stock ROMs came as a non wipe packaged. Bootloops can be easily fix by performing factory data reset.

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    1. Neil is right. Like Richard, I met bootloop issue as well after flashing WIND ROM. But the issue is fixed by following your suggestion to perform "Wipde Data / Cache" from recovery mode. Many thanks Neil.

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  3. How can I return my phone (Galaxy Note 2) status back to normal instead of "Modified"? Can you help me? PM me using YMail - dorjeshugden99@yahoo.com ? Thank you very much

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  4. Are these ROMs are stock ROMs ? Will these ROMs increase the flash counter if I flash them ?

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  5. These are the original ROM, unrooted or unmodified. It doesn't increase the binary flash counter for it is an official build from Samsung. These are the exact releases from Kies and OTA.

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    1. Thank you Neil. But I got this error from Odin: MD5 hash is invalid.
      The ROM I tried is 'WIND Factory: GLW_T889VVLALJ4_T889VYVLALJ4'.
      After the file was unzipped, I got a tar.md5 file. Once Odin loads it I got the error. If I removed md5 at the end of file name, it looks ok but it's too dangerious.

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    2. Thanks Wilma. Yes, it might be ok but I don't want to push garbage to my phone in case the ROM data is corrupted.

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  6. This works great on my tab 2 10.1 (p5110) thanks, but..
    My data files and photos are still there. Is there anyway to completely erase the tab 2 so that its exactly the same as the first time I powered up ?
    Thanks

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  7. Hi Neil, does it take a long time in Odin after I pressed start? It's been more than 30 minutes already and it still says Set Up Connection.

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    1. That process usually takes around 3 to 7 minutes..
      Set Up Connection verifies the connection between the computer and your device. If the connection failed, the whole process messed up.

      Odin's progress bar tells you how much time you need to wait.
      If it takes much longer and just stuck somewhere, just repeat the whole process.

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    2. Is there anything that doesn't require a computer i need to download something to my phones SD card insert that into my note 2 and then i cab use the phones internet what's out there

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  8. Having a hard time finding a stock rom for my Note 10.1 SHV-E230L. Anyone know where I can find this?

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  9. I need desperately a stock rom for the Note 10.1 SHV-E230L. Can someone point me in the right direction?

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  10. My sgh-i317 att says its on 4.1.2 but it still says modified hiw can I get it back to saying normal?

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    1. Try "Triangle Away" app from Play Store.

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