The easiest way to restore Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to stock ROM, unbrick or unroot is to flash stock firmware via Odin, however since GNote 2 is a new released device that’s mean not all variants get OTA updates, and also not every variants have flashable stock firmware for now such as AT&T version (SGH-I317).
Earlier, we wrote a guide to return to stock using CF-Auto-Root by Chainfire, the guidelines it’s quite tricky to follow for novice users. Now we will write a guide how to bring back Galaxy Note II to the stock using stock firmware (Unrooted) via Odin. So it will ready to sell, repair or return to the store.
Samsung Galaxy Note II restores to stock ROM with Odin
Before we begin, don’t forget to make a backup of your data such as call logs, emails, contacts, calendar, installed apps + data, etc. using MyBackup or Titanium Backup app.
- Install the Note II driver on your computer by installing KIES.
- Download latest version of Odin3.
- Then get Galaxy Note 2 stock ROMs/firmwares, based on the model numbers of your device: International version, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, Bell, Rogers, Virgin, etc.
- Just as before, complete a factory reset. It is recommended to carry out a factory reset via stock or custom recovery (CWM/TWRP), enter into recovery mode by turning off your phone and next press the three buttons simultaneously: volume up + home + power. After getting into recovery, select Wipe/Factory reset.
- Then if you wish to reset the “Custom Binary Download” flash counter to No, you need to install Away Triangle App by Chainfire, buy it on Google Play to support him. This application requires root access, which means you should install it before flash stock ROM.
- Extract file Odin3_v1.85.zip and firmware files that have been downloaded in step 3, ensure the file firmware/ROM ended with ***.tar.md5 as shown below (using the T-Mobile firmware).
- Back to Samsung Galaxy Note 2, now we should get into download mode, turn off your phone, and press the buttons together: vol down + home + power for a few seconds. Once in download mode connect it to the computer via USB.
- Run Odin3, then hit PDA button on the right side, then find and choose the firmware file to be flash.
- Make sure your device is recognized in Odin3 (see the ID: COM). Keep Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checked, and left another unchecked.
- Press Start to initiate the flashing process, which lasted for 5-8 minutes.
Now our Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has returned to stock ROM/Firmware, Unrooted, stock kernel and stock recovery.