We've got a lot of questions about this topic from a lot of or users. So much that we've decided to finally discuss the issue of downgrading your Samsung's OS version. Most people who ask this question are stuck wondering whether they should do it or not. While we cannot decide for you, we are here to share with you the right way to do it.
So, in this article, we are going to be looking at the process of downgrading the Samsung OS version fully including the best tools to use and the steps to take to ensure the process is as smooth as can be.
Before we get to the real process of downgrading your Samsung OS, it is important to understand especially what the Android OS consists of. The following are just some of the basic partitions in the typical Android OS;
Boot-- this is the information that the device needs to boot. Without it, the device will be unable to start.
System-- This is the OS itself. If this partition is wiped, you can still use the phone to flash new ROM since the Boot partition is still active.
User Data-- sometimes referred to as data this partition consists of all the user information on the device such as SMS, contacts, settings, applications, and messages. Removing it is the same as performing a factory reset.
Cache-- this is the partition that Android uses to store the components of apps or data. When it is removed, it is automatically gets rebuilt.
MISC-- as the name suggests, this partition controls the miscellaneous settings including network carrier, settings and USB configuration among others. Removing this partition will interfere with the device's proper function.
SD Card-- this is the SD Card on the device and all the data on it. In Galaxy S devices, it refers to the internal SD Card Partition.
One more thing you have to do before you can downgrade the Samsung OS is backup the device. this is a crucial step that will safeguard your data in case something goes wrong. device.
The next step in the process to downgrade your Samsung OS is to choose the right ROM for the device. The following is a simple process that you can use to find the best ROM for your device;
Step 1: Go to http://www.samfirmware.com/and click on "Firmware"
Step 2: Click on "Check your firmware" and select your device's model in the "Model" drop-down menu. Chcek the menu and find the latest firmware. Then download it.
Step 3: Click on the "Download" button again. You may need to create a free account to download the ROMs. The file will be downloaded and saved on your PC. It is a pretty large file so the process may take a while.
Now that you have downloaded the best ROM for your device, you are ready to downgrade the device. The best way to do that for Samsung devices is to use the Odin tool. But before we go through the actual steps to use Odin to downgrade the device, certain requirements must be met. These include the following;
You also need to boot the device in recovery mode. To do that press the Volume Up button, Home button (or Bixby key for some devices) and the Power key together.
Have the best ROM for the device (the one we downloaded above). Download Odin for your device. You can do that here:https://odindownload.com/for the platform you are using.
If you are using Windows PC, install Samsung USB drivers for Windows
Finally, enable USB debugging on the device. Go to Settings> Developers to do that
With the above requirements met, follow these simple steps to downgrade your Samsung OS version using Odin:
Step 1: Begin by extracting the firmware files and the Odin files. Run the Odin application.
Step 2: Reboot the device and put it in download mode. To do that, hold the Volume down + Home+ Power buttons until the Android warning appears on the screen. Press the Volume up key to continue.
Step 3: Connect the device to the computer using USB cables while it is in Download mode.
Step 4: In the Odin application, click on AP/PDA and then select the tar.md5 firmware file. Wait while the Odin application analyzes the stock firmware. When the analysis is complete, click on "Start" and Odin will begin flashing the firmware.
The whole process will take about 5 minutes to complete the process. You should see "PASS" to indicate a successful flashing. Your device will reboot automatically after the process.
The process of downgrading your firmware using Odin is a complicated and lengthy one and therefore bound to be problematic at some point. For example, using the wrong firmware package may cause the whole process to fail. But there is an easy way to downgrade your Samsung OS without the lengthy processes described above. This is iMyFone Fixppo for Android, an Android system repair tool that can also be used to downgrade the device's OS.
Some of the program's most useful features include the following:
It is compatible with all versions of Android OS and most of the Android devices in the market.
It is very easy to use even for beginners with no advanced knowledge of how the Android system works.
The program utilizes the most advanced technology and is, therefore, the fastest repair tool with the highest success rate.
It offers the best solution to help you fix all Android related issues including an Android device that won't turn on/off or a device that is stuck.
To use Fixppo for Android to downgrade your Samsung's firmware, follow these simple steps;
Step 1: Download Fixppo and install it on your computer. Launch the program and then click on "Start" to begin the process.
Step 2: Enter the requested details of your device and then click on "Download Firmware" to allow the program to extract the firmware from your phone automatically. Or you can click the "Select" to choose the exact firmware you want to use to downgrade.
Step 3: Re-check the information provided to make sure it is accurate and then click on "Start". You may need to put the device in download mode and Fixppo will provide you with the instructions to help you do that.
Step 4: Connect the device to the computer and the program will begin installing the firmware on the device. Once the process is complete, the device will reboot.
Fixppo is an ideal tool to have not just for the purpose of downgrading your device's OS, but also for the numerous problems that the device may experience at some point. Download the trial version of the program today to check it out for yourself.
Downgrading your OS is a decision that shouldn't be undertaken lightly, but if you've decided to do it, we hope that the detailed steps in this article will guide you through the process, allowing you to downgrade the firmware easily. Share your process with us including any issues you may be facing in the comments section below and we'll do our best to find solutions.
By Miller Walton , to Android Issues
Posted on Oct 11, 2019 ( Updated: Oct 16, 2019 )