Welcome back to another post about the Samsung Galaxy. In this post, we will demonstrate how you can flash firmware or stock ROM on your device. There are a lot of reasons why people like you and me want to flash their Samsung devices. The most common reason is due to a network issue, country lock issue, software issue, IMEI issue, or a problem with the latest software update.
In our case, it was a Carrier lock issue. It means that our device was unable to make any phone calls. You can read more about this here.
Before we jump into the steps on how you can flash your Samsung device, it is necessary that you follow certain things.
Backup Device Data
When flashing a stock ROM on a Samsung or any other Android device, the device’s data gets formatted. So it is necessary that we perform a full data backup of everything that is necessary. To backup the device’s data, we can utilize the features provided by Google Drive and Samsung Cloud Storage.
To perform a backup of photos, we suggest using Google Photos, and to perform a backup of notes, calendars, contacts, and applications, we suggest using Samsung’s in-built cloud storage feature.
Similarly, we can backup important documents and files from our internal storage to another device, such as a PC. In our case, we backup the important files to our PC. Simply copy important files and documents into a PC folder.
Because we are familiar with custom recovery like TWRP and Orangefox, we are glad to let you know that you can backup everything on your Android device, including applications, application data, calendar, Operating System, Contacts, Google Accounts, Call logs, messages, etc., using these custom recovery. We can literally backup everything, including the system, except internal storage files. Read more about it on our blog.
Precautions Before Flashing
- Battery Health: Make sure your device’s battery is more than 30% because while flashing Samsung, it needs to be rebooted into download mode, which utilizes full screen brightness and can take several minutes. The device also needs battery power during its first reboot. Make sure that the battery is charged to more than 30%.
- USB Cable: Make sure you are well equipped with a working USB cable so that while flashing the firmware there is no connection issue between the PC and Samsung device, because if it does have some issues, there is a 95% chance that your device will be soft-brick in the process.
- Ensure Complete Backup: Make sure that the backup which you have started is complete. You can also check it on the cloud storage to ensure backup are completed.
How To Flash
Finally, now we can perform the flashing process. To flash Samsung M31, you would need to install Samsung M31 USB drivers. The instructions to install Samsung M31 USB driver are listed below.
- Download the Samsung-USB-Driver-v1.7.48.exe file to your Windows computer from here.
- To start the installation wizard, just double-click on the.exe file.
- Click Next in the installation wizard.
- Simply select your country and language, then click Next on the Select language/country screen that appears.
- You will be prompted to choose where to install the USB Driver on your Windows PC on the following screen.
- The drivers are installed by default in the C > Programme Files > SAMSUNG > USB Drivers directory. If you’d prefer, you can pick a different place.
- We advise continuing with the default setting. Click Next once you’ve chosen your decision.
- The Samsung USB Driver v1.7.48 will now be installed on your device by the installation wizard.
- As soon as the installation is finished, close the installation wizard.
After the installation is successful, enable developer option from your Samsung device by following these steps.
- Go to “Settings“
- 2 Tap “About device” or “About phone“
- 3 Tap “Software information”
- 4 Tap “Build number” seven times.
Now go-to developer option and enable USB debugging. After enabling USB debugging, connect your device to PC and it should ask for certain permission. Allow the permission your PC asks from your Android device then you’re ready to flash.
Proceed To Flash
Now here comes the most important steps. Make sure you make no mistakes while following the steps mentioned below because it can soft-brick your Samsung device.
Download latest Stock ROM for your Samsung phone from here. Make sure you download the latest OS based on your country because the Samsung Odin flash tool won’t allow us to flash older version of OS. After downloading the latest firmware, extract it to any folder you find suitable. Here comes the next steps in listed form.
- Download latest Odin Flash Tool from here.
- Extract Odin Zip File and double click on odin.exe to open Odin flash tool.
- Now, tap on BL and load BL file. Same as for CP, AP, and CSC. You may also have to wait for loading files.
- Power off your Samsung device and press volume up + volume down button simultaneously for 3 seconds then connect it to your computer through USB cable.
- Your device is now on download mode, if it is not yet then just press volume up button once.
- After you connect your Samsung device to PC in download mode by following the steps mentioned above, you will see “Added” text on Odin flash tool. This simply means that your device is recognized and ready to flash.
- Click on start at top left corner in Odin flash tool. This will start flashing process and it usually takes 3-5 minutes.
- Now simply wait and allow the flashing process to be completed. Once the flashing process is successful, your device will be rebooted automatically.
The above image show the flashing process has begun.
The above shows that the flashing process is complete. It is denoted by “Pass” green text.
We hope that this article was helpful for you in flashing your Samsung device. If you encounter any issue in any of the process, leave us a comment and we will make sure to help you fix the issue.