How to Downgrade Firmware Version on Samsung Galaxy

Samsung firmware downgrade guideLearn the exact steps on how you can easily downgrade firmware on your Samsung Galaxy Android device using Odin including Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, S9, S8 S7 Edge, S6, S5, Note 9, Note 5, Note 4, Note 3, and other Samsung Galaxy A, J, M, C series devices.

Unlike iOS, you can downgrade the Android version on your Samsung phone or tablet anytime you would like to, and there are a number of reasons why someone would want to downgrade, it can be:

  • The latest Android version has some bugs
  • You don’t like it
  • You’ve lost root access and want it back.
  • You want to bypass Google account
  • Or some features are not working

We’ll be using the Odin3 flash tool to downgrade Android and Samsung firmware (that can be downloaded from Updato, Sammobile, and other online sources). So let’s move on and learn how you can do it.

Samsung phones and tablet firmware are available online, and users can easily download the firmware for specific models and then can be flashed through Odin. This step-by-step guide will help to quickly master the art of flashing stock firmware using Odin.

This downgrade method can be used for any Samsung device no matter what Android version you’re currently running, it can be Android N, Marshmallow, Lollipop, KitKat, or Jellybean.

Please note that you need to download the right binary firmware for your phone, otherwise you’ll get Odin errors on your device while flashing. Here is what you need to do to download the right firmware:

  1. Reboot your phone into recovery mode.
  2. Note down the firmware version, G973FXXU2ASF3. If the bolded letter is U2 in this case, then choose the firmware that has 2.

Also, make sure to download the latest version of Odin using the download links given below.


  • Samsung Galaxy device.
  • Reboot your phone into Recovery Mode by pressing (Volume Up+Home+Power or Bixby key for some devices instead of the Home key.
  • Download stock firmware from Updato
  • Download Odin based on your platform environment, Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.
  • Download and install USB drivers for Windows.
  • Enable USB debugging from Settings > Developers options.
  • Back up your existing data stored on the device.

How to downgrade the Android version:

Step 1: First, extract/unzip the firmware and Odin files.

Step 2: Run Odin application.

Step 3: Reboot your device into download mode. Hold down the Vol down+Home+Power simultaneously for about 6 sec until Android warning sign appears on the screen. Hit Vol up to continue.

Step 4: While in download mode, connect your device to PC via the USB port.

Step 5: Click on the AP/PDA button and select the firmware file tar.md5.

Step 6: Wait for Odin to read the analyze the stock firmware.

Step 7: Hit the Start button to start flashing the firmware using Odin.

Step 8: Odin usually takes around 5 minutes to complete the process.

When completed, Odin will show you the green-labeled message PASS! And your phone will automatically reboot.

Each step is clearly explained step-by-step with screenshots where needed, It was really focused on for beginners. I hope that you find it useful, do let us know if you’ve any queries, feel free to comment down below.

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Imran Aftab

Hello, I'm Imran Aftab, a tech enthusiast, using Android and Windows. Live simply, give generously and dream high.

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