Download Odin Flash Tool and How to Use it to Flash Firmware on Galaxy Devices

What is Samsung Odin? - It's Usage, Terminology, and Download Links

If you need to flash stock firmware, custom recovery, root package, or any other sorts of firmware on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet, you’ll need the infamous Odin tool.

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Through this page, you can download Odin Flash Tool for Windows computers. This includes the latest Odin3 v3.14.1, as well as all previous versions, along with a handful of patched versions.

Further, I will also walk you through some of the most common uses of the Odin tool, its terminology, and show you how to use Odin to flash stock firmware on Samsung Galaxy devices.

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What is Odin Flash Tool?

Odin (also commonly known as Odin3, Odin Downloader, and Odin Flash Tool) is Samsung’s official firmware flashing software for Windows. Odin is used for flashing official stock firmware and custom binaries on Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets.

The tool is normally used internally by Samsung in their authorized service centers, and in their factory for flashing and testing the software. However, it was leaked out to the public through XDA-Developers and is now freely available for the end-users to use.

Odin supports flashing firmware binaries in .tar (tarball) and .tar.md5 file formats, and can be used on any Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP computer.

Download Odin Flash Tool

Below, you will find the links to download all versions of the Odin Flash Tool, including the latest version as well as some patched versions.

Which version of Odin should I download? – In most cases, it’s strongly advised to use the latest version of the Odin tool as it supports flashing Android 11 (One UI 3.1) and Android 10 (One UI 2.5) firmware on the latest Samsung Galaxy devices like Galaxy S21, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, Galaxy Fold, etc.

Important information about Odin v3.14.4

More recently, a newer version of the tool, that is v3.14.4 has been floating around the internet. According to XDA member/developer realbbb – “It appears to be a hacked version 3.14.1 (same filesize); has internal modifications and includes a known cloud-based client-server communication dll (cpprest141_2_10.dll)“.

Here’s a little discussion between the users on the same topic over at XDA.

So, it’s best to avoid it and use v3.14.1 instead.

Latest Version: Odin v3.14.1

Name: Odin 3.14.1
Version: v3.14.1
Developer: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Supported OS: Microsoft Windows
Filesize: 3 MB
Download link: Odin3_v3.14.1.zip

All Versions of Odin

If you want to use an older version of the Odin tool, refer to the table below for all the versions and their corresponding download links.

Odin v3.13.3 Use Odin 3.13.3 or above for flashing Galaxy S10, S20, Note 10, and Note 20 devices.
Odin v3.13.1 Use Odin v3.13.1 or above for flashing Android 9 Pie firmware
Odin v3.12.10
Odin v3.12.7
Odin v3.12.5 Use Odin v3.12.5 or above for flashing Android 7.0/7.1 Nougat firmware
Odin v3.12.4_4
Odin v3.12.3
Odin v3.11.2
Odin v3.11.1 Use Odin v3.11.1 or above for flashing Android 6.0 Marshmallow firmware
Odin v3.10.7
Odin v3.10.6
Odin v3.10.5
Odin v3.10.0
Odin v3.09 Use Odin v3.09 or above for flashing Android Jelly Bean and KitKat firmware
Odin v3.07
Odin v3.06
Odin v3.04
Odin v2.10
Odin v1.86
Odin v1.85 Use Odin v1.85 or above to flash Android Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich firmware
Odin v1.84
Odin v1.83
Odin v1.82
Odin v1.70
Odin v1.30
Odin Downloader v4.44

Modded and patched versions of Odin

Now, here are some known patched versions of the Odin Flash Tool. These are often used while performing procedures like rooting, installing a custom recovery such as TWRP, flashing custom binaries, etc.

Patched Odin v3.14.1_3B

This version was patched by XDA Senior Member realbbb and sourced from the official XDA thread. It allows you to bypass “FAIL! Model mismatch fail”, “FAIL! SHA256 is invalid”, and “FAIL! Blocked carrier” errors in Odin:

Modded Odin v3.13.1 by Raymonf

Raymonf’s version is needed when flashing custom binaries on the Snapdragon Galaxy S9/S9+ and Note 9 sold in the US.

PrinceComsy’s Modified Odin

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This version is generally needed when flashing firmware or custom binaries on Snapdragon models of the Galaxy S8, Note 8, and Galaxy S7 sold in the US.

Now that you have been able to download the Odin flash tool, let us move forward and take a look at its usages, terminology, and instructions on how to use Odin to flash the firmware.

Common Uses of Odin

Odin can be used for a lot of different purposes. For Samsung Galaxy smartphone and tablet users, Odin can be used to:

  • Force-upgrade software the software of the device by flashing the latest stock firmware.
  • Flash custom binaries like a custom recovery (TWRP or ClockWorkMod; for older devices) or root binaries like Magisk patched firmware image/CF-AutoRoot to root Samsung smartphones and tablets.
  • Restore stock firmware/ROM if the user has previously flashed a custom binary and wishes to revert to the stock factory firmware.
  • Fix potential software issues like boot loops, increased battery drains, performance degradation caused over time, and more.
  • Downgrade the software of the Samsung Galaxy device to an older version. However, that is within limitations in rare cases as downgrading to a software version with an older bootloader revision than the one currently installed is not possible.

To sum up, Odin serves its purpose to both an average user and an enthusiast who wishes to customize the software on his/her Samsung Galaxy device.

Odin Explained – Terminology

Odin is a very easy-to-use Windows program and most of the options/parts of its GUI are pretty self-explanatory. However, for someone who’s new to the software, it could also be confusing initially.

So below, I have listed all the different options available in the Odin tool GUI that you’d be using, along with a brief explanation for each of them.

Samsung's Odin Flash Tool - Terminology
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  1. Status Box: This is located at the very top of Odin’s graphical user interface. The status box shows you the current state of the things carried out in the program.
    For example, it will show the “Added!!” status when a supported Samsung device is connected, “Pass!!” status when the flashing process finishes successfully, or “Fail!!” status when the firmware flashing fails.
  2. Progress Bar: The progress bar sits right below the Status Box and as shows you the real-time progress when flashing the firmware binaries.
  3. ID:COM: This entry shows the serial COM port of your computer to which your Samsung Android device is connected.
  4. Log (Tab): The log section of the program’s interface displays the raw information of each event that occurs when using Odin.
  5. Options (Tab):
    1. Auto Reboot (Checkbox): This option reboot your device as soon as the firmware flashing process is complete.
    2. Nand Erase (Checkbox): This option completely erases all the logical partitions of your device. Nand Erase could sometimes be helpful when fixing corrupted device firmware partitions like EFS (for lost IMEI), etc.
    3. Re-Partition (Checkbox): This option (along with a supported PIT binary) enables you re-flash the partition table of your phone. It is helpful for fixing damaged storage (eMMC or UFS) due to a wrong firmware flash.
    4. F. Reset Time (Checkbox): This option resets the flashing timer once the firmware flashing process is finished.
    5. DeviceInfo (Checkbox): Verifies the corresponding device information when flashing kernel.
    6. Flash Lock (Checkbox): This option will tell the Odin software to unlock the “ODIN Flash” lock on the Device to allow the Device to be “Programmed”. Only certain Devices use this feature and should not be used unless instructed to do so.
  6. Pit (Tab): Allows you to load your device-specific Partition Information Table (.pit) file and flash it to your Samsung Android phone/tablet to repair the device’s storage (eMMC).
  7. BL (button): Allows you to load and flash the bootloader firmware binary (BL file).
  8. AP (button): Allows you to load and flash the Application Process firmware binary (AP file), which is the main firmware file that stores the system/OS. Also known as “PDA” in older versions of Odin.
  9. CP (button): Allows you to load and flash the Core Process firmware binary (CP file) or modem/radio. Also known as “Phone” in older versions of Odin.
  10. CSC (button): Allows you to load and flash the Consumer Software Customization (CSC file) for your phone’s region/carrier. Also commonly known as “Country Specific Code”.
  11. USERDATA (button): Allows you to load and flash the user data (/data) partition of the phone. Also known as “UMS” in older versions of Odin.

Some Myths & Misconceptions Regarding Odin

Since Odin is a very popular utility, it does attract a fair share of misconceptions from various online communities and resources.

There’s no official Odin website

According to Wikipedia – “There is no account of Samsung ever having officially openly released Odin”. The software was rather leaked out to the public through community forums such as XDA-Developers.

So, if you come around any online communities/websites claiming to be the official source of Odin from Samsung, you have probably opened the wrong link when you searched.

Odin doesn’t allow you to flash custom ROMs

Odin cannot be used to flash custom ROMs. Odin can be used to flash custom binaries (like TWRP, patched Magisk AP/boot images, etc) and open the gateways to get the required tools for flashing a custom ROM. But it cannot be used not flashable ZIP files like custom ROMs.

Odin does not require USB debugging

Odin does not require USB debugging to be enabled on your Samsung Galaxy device. USB debugging only plays its role while the device is booted into the OS. So, USB debugging is not at all related to the Odin tool and isn’t involved at all in the firmware flashing process.

How to Use Odin to Flash Firmware on Samsung Galaxy Devices

Odin is a portable software, which means that you can just run it by launching the included executable file on your PC without any installation. To run the flashing software on your Windows machine, download the Samsung Odin tool from the links above. Then extract the downloaded ZIP file to a suitable location on your computer.

Download Odin Flash Tool and Run Odin exe

Next, open the extracted folder and simply double-click on the Odin executable file (e.g. Odin3 v3.14.1.exe) to launch the Samsung Odin tool on your PC.

  • Note: If you try to launch the older versions of Odin, you shall further be prompted to allow “User Account Control” as well.

Download Odin Flash Tool and Install on Windows

That’s it! Once you have launched the tool, you can grab a copy of the firmware for your device using the Frija or Samloader. The step-by-step guide linked below will show you how to flash the firmware on any Samsung Galaxy device using the Odin tool.

Verdict

So by now, you have been able to download Odin Flash Tool and learned about its common use-cases, terminology, and also how to use it to flash the firmware.

Samsung Odin plays a very crucial role when it comes to dealing with the software on Samsung Galaxy devices.

If you’re an average user, you can use Odin to flash the firmware to manually update the software. If you’re an experienced user who likes tinkering with the software, then Odin can be used to install TWRP recovery and gain root access. In which case, it is also the tool you’ll rely on if you ever wish to restore the stock firmware or unbrick your Samsung Galaxy device.

If you have any questions regarding the software or its usage, feel free to ask. When asking for help, please mention details like your Samsung device’s name/model, CSC code, and the Android version installed.

Comments

  1. Hello. Noob to Odin, however, I’ve quickly gotten a hang of it after 3 days straight of online research & YouTube tutorials. The reason for my Odin download was because of a few of my older phones being FRP. As you can tell, it is 2021 & Samsung just released a new update & I have tried using OEM Samsung Firmware, as well as extracted the PIT file myself & attempted using the Combination firmware file & the individual “AP”, “BL”, “CP”, “CSC” date in order to attempt the FRP unlock. Even attempted using the SamFirm latest version to FRP unlock. I keep running into the “COM4 Port Failed”, for that one.

    However, with Odin, I am able to entirely flash, get to the “PASS” green message & have my S10+ reset after it going through, but the phone will restart & reset with the “Enter MCK”, & the “There has been unauthorized attempt at resetting…”, messages.

    Any help?
    Please & Thank you so very much!!

    1. Jay, thanks for providing the context.

      As far as I can tell, any errors related to COM ports mean an issue with the connection. Could be the USB cable, the USB ports on the computer, or the device’s USB port in some rare cases. As far as your computer’s ports are concerned, try and use USB 2.0 ports instead of USB 3.0 or newer.

      For the second error, see the reply posted by a known user on this Samsung Community help thread.

  2. Bro, My Note 5 (SM-920C) had a software issue. So, I could not take a backup of my files. I used SamFirm to download the accurate firmware & used Odin v3.12 to flash custom ROM. It said Pass in green and the phone rebooted. But, it got stuck on Samsung Logo (bootloop).
    Kindly assist. Waiting in anticipation.

    1. Hi Amit. Have you tried performing a factory reset via the stock recovery?

    2. Do a factory reset than wipe cache, than reboot.

      Hold power button + home + vplume up simultaneously. Release the power button and home key and leave pressed the volume up key

  3. Hi, can you tell me which checkboxes (the BL, AP, CP, etc.) i should checkmark? I am trying to install a Resurrection Remiz .zip file on my Samsung Galaxy A10.

    1. Hi amm. Odin can only be used to flash officially signed firmware (stock firmware) and not unofficial firmware (like custom ROMs). Custom ROMs are meant to be installed via TWRP or a similar custom recovery.

      I am curious though, who informed you that Odin can be used to flash custom ROMs?

  4. Hi Dhananjay:

    I’m a noob when it comes to flashing your phone. I am also using an old phone by today’s standards; Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime the really old one with ONLY 8gb of space. 🙁

    The reason I need to do something is because my phone was stuck at the T-Mobile logo and wouldn’t go any further. Then I clicked on download a custom OS by mistake and now when I attempt to go back to the boot section again I am unable to do so and instead when I click the button sequence to take me to the boot screen, instead I’m taken back to the “Download Custom OS” screen.

    So I have to use the Odin software along with the Samsung USB Driver software I downloaded from the Samsung website? How will I be able to do anything at all considering I am stuck at the “Download Custom OS” screen?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Linda. Would you please share a picture of the screen you’re seeing on your Grand Prime? I would try and research a bit on the issue you’re facing.

  5. Hi, this is a loaded question I know but I have never been good with technology nor did I ever have much interest in it. However, I obviously stumbled upon this entire scenario by reason. So, what I am wanting to know is What is the purpose for someone to have this? And dumb it down for me to understand, please? Like is it to help ping a phone or do an entire fake display or program or can you please, please explain to me please. It’s very very important.

    1. Hi Jordan. To answer this question, I have added a new section within the post, just below “What is Odin?” which will help you understand why and when you’d need to use the Odin tool.

  6. Galaxy s9 Stucked to Odin Mode. Can you help me to fix it ? i downloaded it from odindownload.com , is it original vendors site ? what version suites for Galaxy s9 ?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Russ. Like I mentioned initially in this article, Odin was only leaked and so, there’s no “official” website for it.

      Now, over to your situation. Press and hold the Volume Down + Power button altogether until the screen turns off. Your phone should then be out of Download Mode.

      And for the Samsung Galaxy S9, it is advised to use Odin v3.13.1. You can try with the original version if it shows errors regarding SHA256 checksums, then you can use the Patched Odin v3.13.1.

  7. Hi Dhananjay, I am having an old mobile of Samsung and I believe it is of Galaxy J1 model. Its been more than 2 years when it showed as “ODIN MODE(MULTI CORE DOWNLOAD). When I have given this to the local Samsung customer service store, they said the mother board is gone and there is no replacement. But now, when i tried to search for the key words I got few help but they are not useful. I have worked on all the options like power button combos and the odin multi download…. it is not working yet. Could you help me with this one?

    1. Hi Yoge. First, of all, I am glad you contacted me regarding the matter. Also, I apologize for the utter delay, somehow your comment got past the moderation queue.

      So have you finally recovered your Galaxy J1 or not?

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