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The 5 Most Common Odin Errors and How to Fix it

Odin is a tool for flashing stock firmware on the majority of the Samsung Galaxy devices including the Galaxy S8 Plus, S7, S6 Edge, S5, S4, Note 5, Note 4 and including the Tab S series.

What is meant by Flashing Firmware?

Firmware refers to the microprograms present on ROM which contains low-level software. It is kind of permanent instructions programmed on to the device which makes its basic functionality work. Some firmware is upgradeable by connecting the device to your PC. This process is called flashing firmware on to the device.


Flashing firmware may be required for the following reasons:

  • To enhance the performance of the device
  • Device becomes incompatible with newer OS
  • Restore stock factory settings
  • Recover/Unbrick a device

Odin is utility software to update the firmware on your Samsung phone by connecting the phone to your PC. It is the most popular flashing tool among Android users. Odin has an ability to install custom ROMs, Stock OTA (Over the Air Update) and firmware files to customize your Samsung Android Smartphone which is not available on Android-based devices officially.

If your Smartphone is new or running official firmware, then you cannot flash custom ROMs. This is because Samsung devices need custom recovery and root access to install custom ROM. To avoid these errors; Odin flash tool is the best solution.

Requirements for using Odin:

  • Samsung Galaxy device
  • Samsung stock firmware downloaded from Sammobile firmware directory. PIT (Partition Information Table) and TAR (Tape Archive) are the Samsung Android ROM files.
  • Download Odin
  • Download and install Samsung USB drivers
  • Go to Settings->Developers options->Enable USB Debugging
  • Backup your existing data stored on the device

How to use Odin?

  • Extract/Unzip the firmware files
  • Run Odin tool as Administrator on your PC
  • Reboot your device into download mode. For this, hold down the Volume down + Home + Power simultaneously for about 6 sec until Android warning sign appears on the screen. Hit Volume up to continue.
  • While in Odin mode, connect your device to PC via the USB port. Confirm that your device is connected to Odin by looking at the ID: COM section.
  • Click on the AP/PDA button (PDA is now known as AP in the latest version of Odin) and select the firmware file tar.md5. You need to know the right firmware codes for your device when using Odin. Collect all required details of the firmware first.
  • Wait for the Samsung tool to analyze the file
  • Hit the Start button to start flashing the firmware using Odin
  • Odin takes around 5 minutes to complete the process
  • Odin will show you a green-labelled message “PASS” and your phone will automatically reboot

Which is the latest version of Odin?

Odin 3.13.1

5 most common Odin errors and how to fix it

There are some common issues that users face while using Odin. Let us see these common issues are and how to fix them. Try out these solutions to get a “PASS” message instead of “FAIL” message.

Error 1: Odin does not recognize my device

Many users get stuck here and not able to move ahead. Some tips to solve this are:

Solution 1: Download USB drivers and make sure you have installed it successfully on your PC.

Solution 2: Check that your USB cable is working.

Solution 3: USB port you are using may be spoilt. Try a different one.

Solution 4: Switch off your phone, if the battery is removable then remove and put it back.  Wait for a couple of minutes and reconnect your device.

Error 2: Odin stuck at setup connection

This error is a common one where there is no effect after clicking the Start button.

Solution: Download the latest version of Odin and try again. Usually, it works.

Error 3: Odin stuck on sboot.bin.lz4 and Set Partition

Solution: Download the latest version of Odin and try again. Usually, it works.

Error 4: Odin fail error

The possible solutions to this error are:

Solution 1: Use the latest version of Odin3.

Solution 2: Run Odin as Administrator on your PC.

Solution 3: Please disable Anti-virus or any security software for a while.

Solution 4: Download another stock firmware; it is possible that the older one is corrupt.

Solution 5: You should try another PC; PC might be giving problem

Error 5: There is no PIT partition

Some users get the PIT partition error while flashing firmware using Odin. This is mainly due to faulty USB cable/port which results in connection problems during the flashing process. The step-wise solution is:

  • Download PIT file and stock firmware for your device. Find the appropriate PIT file for your model number.
  • Run Odin with Administrator privileges
  • Connect your phone in Download Mode(Hold Volume Down + Home Button +Power)
  • Click on the PIT button in Odin and select the .pit file
  • Click on PDA/AP button to select the tar.md5 file.
  • Finally, click on the Start button to wait for Odin to flash the firmware.

The above-listed errors are the most common errors users have faced. I am sure this guide will help you out and fix your bricked Samsung device successfully.


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