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For those of you who want to unroot your Galaxy S4 and remove root completely so your phone is back to completely stock, it’s pretty easy to do with ODIN and stock firmware.
This is great to get your phone back to stock status for returning your Galaxy S4 for warranty or perhaps you’ve ended up in a bootloop and simply want to get back to stock ROM.
Now, before we begin, you should make a backup of EVERYTHING on your internal storage as you might have to do a factory reset in the end if you end up in a bootloop, which will erase everything on your phone. (If you have CWM or TWRP recovery installed, you can get around this by doing a data wipe/factory reset BEFORE you unroot.)
Also, Triangle Away app should support Galaxy S4 soon so you can reset your binary counter. Run Triangle Away app BEFORE starting unrooting process.
Step 1. Power off your Galaxy S4 and hold down Volume Down, Center Home, and Power button together for about 5 seconds.
Step 2. When you see the warning screen, hit Volume Up button to enter ODIN Download mode.
Step 3. Connect a micro-USB cable from your Galaxy S4 to your computer.
Step 4. Download and run ODIN program:
If you see a highlighted yellow box, you are good to go, otherwise install Samsung USB drivers.
Step 5. For U.S./Canadian Qualcomm-based Galaxy S4, see our Galaxy S4 stock firmware page and download the appropriate stock firmware for your phone. (If you don’t see it, that means it’s not available yet but will be available soon.)
For international GT-i9500 or GT-i9505, go to SamFirmware.com and download the appropriate stock firmware for your model/country Galaxy S4.
Unzip the stock firmware, you should find a file ending in “tar.md5”. That is the stock firmware you will flash using ODIN.
Step 6. DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE but hit the PDA button, select the stock firmware “tar.md5” file and hit “Start” button. That’s it. This should take around 5-10 minutes. If you get stuck right after hitting “Start” button, try another USB port and turn off Kies in Task Manager.
Step 7. When done successfully, you will see “PASS!” and your Galaxy S4 will reboot.
If for some reason, you get “FAIL!” during the ODIN flashing process, simply reboot your phone into ODIN download mode and try again. Also, if you see some type of “Firmware error” during boot, just try running ODIN in that mode, that’s same as ODIN download mode.
Step 8. Once rebooted, your Galaxy S4 should be fully back to stock firmware.
Step 9. If for some reason, your phone doesn’t boot up or you want to erase EVERYTHING on your internal storage and the phone for returning for warranty, you can do a factory reset using stock recovery.
Power off your phone (or pull battery) and hold down Volume Up, Center Home, and Power buttons together.
Step 10. Keep holding down Volume Up and Center Home buttons but let go of Power button.
Step 11. Once in stock recovery, choose “wipe data/factory reset”.
Step 12. Choose “delete all user data”. WARNING! This will ERASE EVERYTHING ON YOUR INTERNAL STORAGE!
Step 13. Once done, reboot system.
Step 14. Once rebooted, you should find your Galaxy S4 completely back to Day 1 you got the phone, congrats!
Q: I can’t find my firmware for my GT-i9500 or GT-i9505!
A: For GT-i9500 or GT-i9505, you can also use another country firmware as it’s compatible across all GT-i9500 or GT-i9505 respectively.
For example, if you couldn’t find German firmware for your GT-i9500, you can flash a Belgium firmware for your GT-i9500.
Q: How can I thank you for your tutorial?
A: I don’t take donations but if you could PLEASE subscribe to my Zedomax YouTube channel, that would help me greatly and thank you!
What is a Custom ROM?
A custom ROM is a custom, modified operating system that you can install on your Android device. Basically it's like installing Windows OS on a Macbook. By installing a custom ROM, you can bypass stock factory settings like locked hotspot tether, install new Android versions early, or even convert your phone into another OS.
With a custom ROM, you can really maximize the capabilities of your smartphone by adding custom features that have been developed by open source developers.
How to Install Custom ROMs
First, you will need to root your device, if it is not rooted yet, follow our root tutorial and root your phone.
Once rooted, you should have TWRP installed on your phone. Installation of a custom ROM is easy if you learn the basic of it. If you don't know how to install custom ROMs using TWRP recovery, see our tutorial on How to Install Custom ROM using TWRP!