How to Install Galaxy Note 5 Factory Stock Firmware

If you want to restore back your Galaxy Note 5 to its original firmware then this guide is made out for you. This process will not only return your Galaxy Note to its originality, but it is also the very useful procedure if somehow you messed-up your device from any modification attempts such as rooting and upon installing custom firmware.

Sure, this process will also helps you to repair your Galaxy Note 5 if somehow it ended-up into trouble like bootloop and or your device just stuck on the welcome screen that displays the Samsung logo.
It couldn't boot up into the screen further because it was already bricked.

So here are the proper procedures how you can manually install back your Galaxy Note 5 to its factory stock firmware.

Things You'll Need:

1. Get the Official Firmware : Galaxy Note 5 Stock Firmware

2. Grab Odin3 Flasher

You may use or try each version that works on your device

3.  The USB Driver - Install  Smart Switch on your PC

Preparations You Shouldn't Missed:

  1. Make sure the battery is re-charge or at-least still got 60% remaining power.
  2.  Backup all of important files stored in your device. Everything from contacts, messages, music, videos, and etc.. The Smart Switch can do the job easily.
  3. Enable OEM unlocking:  From Home Screen >  go to  Settings > About device > then scroll to the Build number and then tap it for around 7-times.   Then return to the Home screen > Settings > Developer option > check the OEM unlocking.
  4. Activate the USB debugging mode in the device Settings > Developer option > then check the box that says USB Debugging Mode.

  5. Turn off the  “Reactivation Lock”.  Some other Galaxy Note 5 version this feature has been  pre-installed.  You may need to turn it off first by going to Settings > Security > Reactivation Lock and then unmark check the Reactivation lock option. You may need to enter your password on this process.
  6. Use the supplied USB data cable of your Galaxy Note 5.
  7. Use Windows PC to this process as this will not work on MAC computers.

Important Note:

Check the build number first by going into the your phone’s Settings > About device, to where you can see the Android version,  Baseband version and the Build number itself.  This process will ensure you how to grab the right combination of stock firmware that will match with your Galaxy Note 5 model number.  Like for example with this screenshot  below on T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5  with model number SM-N920T), so it reads like this:

Here are the model numbers of each specific Galaxy Note 5 variants across the world:

Model numberCountry Carrier
SM-N9200Hong Kongfactory unlocked to various carriers
SM-N9208Southeast Asiafactory unlocked to various carriers
SM-N920AUnited StatesAT&T
SM-N920CMiddle East, Africa, Asiafactory unlocked to various carriers
SM-N920GThe Americas, AsiaFactory unlocked to various carriers
SM-N920IAustralia, New Zealand, SingaporeOptus, Telstra, Vodafone
SM-N920K/L/SSouth Koreavarious carriers
SM-N920PUnited StatesSprint
SM-N920R4United StatesUS Cellular
SM-N920TUnited StatesT-Mobile
SM-N920VUnited StatesVerizon
SM-N920W8Canada, Puerto RicoTelus, Bell Rogers, Wind, and other Canadian carriers

Step by Step and the Proper Procedures:

1: Install the USB Driver and Extract the downloaded Stock Firmware

Install the USB Driver first to get rid of flashing failures. Also need to extract or unzip the downloaded firmware file which is packed in zip format, so that you’ll get the “tarball” to make it a odin flashable file.

2: Run and Configure Odin

Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.10.7 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.

3. Reboot your Galaxy Note 5 into Download Mode

To reboot the Galaxy Note 5  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!!”

4. Connect the Galaxy Note 5 to your PC.

Once you already reboot the phone in download mode, simply connect the phone to your PC.
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
umber 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.

5. Set and load and the binary .tar.md5 file

The stock firmware usually comes in a single packed in tarball (.tar) file only.  You may only 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.

However, if the firmware packages contains four individual tarballs such as BL, AP, CP, and CSC, you may also simply load each file into Odin's designated buttons. It is so easy to locate where and which the BL, AP, CP, and CSC packages are, as each of the firmware tarball contains the mentioned letters.

6. Begin Flashing the stock firmware

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.

7. Wait ’til 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.

8. Confirm if your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has restored to official firmware

You may then confirm that freshly installed firmware by going to Settings > About device,and check the whole firmware info.

9. Perform Wipe data / Factory reset method in recovery mode.

Read the step by step instructions in the troubleshooting section.

Installation Failures and  the Troubleshooting Methods:

Possible errors that you might have encountered, this is based on my own experience while flashing stock firmware on almost all Samsung Android devices. These are just a few hints on how to easily fix any issues.

Question: I got an error message that says “Set-up connection Failed” ?
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.
Question: Odin just suddenly stuck in the middle of nowhere while in flashing progress, It isn’t responding at all?
Answer: 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,

Question: I experienced bootloop or the phone just stuck on Welcome Logo (phone always stop at bootanimation) and it won’t boot normally after returning to stock?
Answer: You can simply fix it via recovery mode options.
How to Reboot in Recovery mode:
1. Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button.
2. Use volume keys to select and Power or the 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 Note5 in Normal mode.
6. If the problem continues re-flash the stock firmware again, or try the latest update's firmware build version.

That's it!