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For those of you who want to return your Galaxy Note 10.1 for warranty or simply want to reload the factory firmware (because you didn’t make a backup ROM), here’s how to do it. This will put the factory ROM, recovery, and kernel back onto your Note 10.1. This works for all the Note 10.1 GT-N8000, GT-N8010, and GT-N8013 models, you just need to use the correct firmware for your model number.
Step 1. First, hold down Power and Volume Down buttons together until your Note 10.1 resets into Download warning screen.
Step 2. Hit Volume Up button to enter ODIN Download mode.
Step 3. Connect a USB cable from your Note 10.1 to your computer.
Step 4. Download the appropriate factory firmware.
For Note 10.1 Wifi GT-N8013 models, you can download this firmware.
For Note 10.1 3G GT-N8000 or Wifi GT-N8010 models, goto SamFirmware.com and download the appropriate factory firmware for your Note 10.1.
Step 5. After downloading the factory firmware, unzip the file and you should find a file ending in “tar.md5”. That’s the factory firmware you will need to use.
Step 6. Download, unzip, and run ODIN:
Step 7. You should see a yellow highlighted box, if you don’t, download and install Samsung USB drivers then re-connect your USB.
Step 8. DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE but hit the “PDA” button and find the factory firmware file ending in “tar.md5” you unzipped earlier in Step 5.
Step 9. Hit the “Start” button. This should take around 5-10 minutes.
Step 10. When factory firmware has been flashed successfully, you will see “PASS!” and your Note 10.1 will reset.
Step 11. Once rebooted, you should find yourself on stock firmware.
Step 12. If you want to erase all of your personal settings, apps, and contents of your Note 10.1 (because you are returning for warranty or selling it), you can do a data wipe/factory reset in stock Android recovery. Watch the latter part of the video tutorial to do that.
Q: ODIN fails and I get “Kies error mode”!
A: No worries, you can put your Note 10.1 in ODIN download mode and try again. Also, try using another USB port if you are having trouble.
Q: Can I do this in Linux or Mac?
A: ODIN is only for Windows but yes, you can use Mobile ODIN PRO app to do this without a computer. (Or also Heimdall but I do not recommend it unless you are an expert, use Mobile ODIN PRO.)
Q: Does this erase all my settings/apps?
A: No, it does not erase anything unless you are coming from a custom ROM that’s non-TouchWiz based such as ResurrectionRemix. You can also do a data wipe/factory reset in CWM Recovery before unrooting if you are running non-TouchWiz based ROMs.
Q: How do I reset binary count?
A: You can download and run Triangle Away app before unrooting, that will reset your binary count. Flashing stock firmware using ODIN DOES NOT increase your binary count FYI.
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