How to Unroot/Unbrick Galaxy Note 10.1! [Factory Firmware]

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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.

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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 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:

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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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52 Responses to How to Unroot/Unbrick Galaxy Note 10.1! [Factory Firmware]

  1. Hasari says:

    I did this and i lost my lock screen and if I press power button it just boots. it does’t ask want do you reeboot or something like that. How i get them back?

  2. I root my galaxy note 10.1 GT.8000 but I can’t move my app to sdcard, I use app2sd and other app. try to move app. to sdcard, I received message tell me that the operation failed, sufficient space, help me please.
    Best Regards.

  3. Timothy says:

    Your link to 10.1 N8O13 is a link to Note 2. Please fix, or does this work for the tablet?

  4. ken says:

    The link is for note 2. When I tried to install it I didn’t notice it and it bricked my note 10.1. I found the right rom and hopefully that will work

  5. lara says:

    I purchase galaxynote10.1 gt-n8000
    I want jelly bean
    I do updated odin.
    but galaxy have black screeen.
    current, only download mode available.

    odin mode
    product name : gt-n8000
    custom binary download : yes(17 counts)
    current binary : custom

    in addiation, download is off.
    please, help me.
    thanks for your advice

  6. Dre says:

    from odin I got a fail message as it was starting the transfer and on my note 10.0 when i tried to back out the kies and start over it says… encountered error select recovery mode in kies…..and now im lost.

  7. Stauf99 says:

    same as above
    (this comment is a bit too short, fyi)

    • Timothy says:

      Make sure you disable kies if you want to do this with Odin as it conflicts each other. Or run kies recovery tool and locating where the firmware is located that you previously downloaded, but I much prefer Odin. Search around how to disable Kies application for your operating system.

  8. bpro105 says:

    so i rooted my note 10.1 (gt-n8013) and i wanted to see the gl to sd and app2sd. unfortunately they didnt work as planned, so i used triangle away to reset the binary counter and put the stock unrooted rom. now the wifi randomly disconnects and i cant do OTA updates. would i b able to return the tablet for some made up reason to get a new working one?

    • Timothy says:

      Try reflashing stock unrooted firmware again with odin. Then immediately test wifi. If you ever made kernel or mess with init.d before, chances are it may not be able to erase traces of all files.

  9. reza says:

    does it also remove cwm?

  10. arkan says:

    procedures did Gnote root of 10.1, but the cmw was at boot, how to unroot? and if I follow these steps, he removed the cmw?

    because I want to do the update, and does not allow cmw.


  11. Rudy says:

    You need to change the link to the n8013 firmware!

  12. Andi says:

    I followed the steps, including making sure I downloaded the right firmware (because your link is for the Note 2) and instead of rebooting, it gets stuck on the Samsung logo.


    • Timothy says:

      yes…it usually take a while for the device to rearrange everything and load up…which is what it is doing at first bootup after flashing. If it is going to take longer than 15-20 min, then hold the power button to do a hard shutdown, then reboot the device back up…it should try to take a little while again at Samsung logo, but it shouldn’t take that long…all else, reflash the firmware with odin again…I had to do this sometimes and it should work.

      • Timothy says:

        …sorry…if holding power doesn’t work…then take the battery out to turn it off.

        • Timothy says:

          Taking the battery off is for the galaxy note phone. Sorry again. I have Both the note 10.1 and the note 2. You should be able to turn off with the power button.

      • Andi says:

        Okay thanks, I’ll give that a whirl. I had no idea about just waiting. I started to panic and was like “omg did I just brick my baby?! oh god oh god..”

      • Andi says:

        Phew looks like things worked better. Back onto the samsung logo, but I saw the factory android before as well. Will now just wait.

      • Andi says:

        Mmkay well it’s still stuck at the Samsung logo, and holding down the power button just reboots it over again.

        • Timothy says:

          You can also factory reset by going in stock recovery mode: holding volume up and power button at the same time. Then scroll down to factory reset and system data. Scroll using the volume button and selecting using the power button.

          • Rstgo007 says:

            Timothy, I was going through the same problem as Andi, I followed the. Suggestions you gave Andi and it worked out fine Thank You for taking the time to help.

  13. bill says:

    whats the deal with the gt-n8013 link, it takes you to a sprint note 2 firmware.

  14. Matheus De Nardo says:

    Please fix link for wifi version GT-8013!

  15. Todd says:

    Where do I get stock rom for gt n8013? Followed your link and bricked my note 10.1. All I can find is custom roms.
    Help anyone!!!!

  16. abummu says:

    Please can one use this method for note 10.1 SCH-I925 model 4G. if yes, where can I get the firmware download.
    expecting your reply pls.

  17. abummu says:

    hi guys

    pls could anyone come to my aid and by sending the link to download firmware for agalaxy note 10.1 (sch-i925) 4G LTE US cellular. thanks in advance.

  18. Dean Lind says:

    Galaxy Note 8 (GT-N5110). Used SuperSU to remove root and used ODIN to re-flash stock rom.
    Now I can (sometimes) get it in either Download or Recovery mode, but I can not get my windows computer to recognize the unit via USB.
    I have tried every USB port I have. Computer will chime as it recognizes something has been plugged in, but tab does not show up in Win Explorer.
    Sometimes it reloads Samsung drivers, sometimes it doesn’t.
    Kies does not and will not connect with it.
    If I can’t get it connected, I can’t do anything with it and it is truly bricked.

    Help!!! (???)


  19. Cambelljose says:


  20. Docaloz says:

    during flashing odin got stuck at ‘setup connection’ stage…what should I do?..can I close odin?

  21. willy says:

    Mine was stock on samsung logo but after a factory reset it passed.

  22. user says:

    Hi , installing a new rom does remove the root , means rooting my tablet in general , let me install just 1 rom ?

  23. Hazel says:

    thank you so much for posting this!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! IT REALLY HELPED ME. THANK YOU.

  24. Noor says:

    i have a Samsung Note 1 and i did everythig u did but it freezes on CACHE and then fails can you help me

  25. chicago says:

    I turn my tablet to a brick,and i cant find the stock firmware for GT-N8013 PLS help no adds or spam pls.

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  27. Internecivus says:

    Holy….okay, glad I read through the comments. Listen, if you want to do this and do it right, just put the tablet in DL mode like it says to do in the beginning of the video, connect it to your computer via USB, download the older version of Samsung Kies and let the program reinstall the factory firmware for you.

    Generally speaking, flashing custom firmware you find on random sites of the internet is a pretty bad idea. Grab some firmware from xda-developers or sammobile if you for whatever reason have to use ODIN, otherwise just use Kies.

  28. Joe Fong says:

    i have follow the unroot method provide using odin step by step but the result is… file analysis… all threads completed.( 0 success/1 fail ),in just 1 second,but it suppose to takes about 5 to 10 mins to complete. what else went wrong n what else i can do ? pls HELP me !!!!!!!!

  29. Joe Fong says:

    i have follow the unroot method provide using odin step by step but the result is… file analysis… all threads completed.( 0 success/1 fail ),in just 1 second,but it suppose to takes about 5 to 10 mins to complete. what else went wrong n what else i can do ? pls HELP me !!!!!!!! P/S :mine is galaxy note 10.1 LTE N8020.
    rooted n do factory reset it stuck at the …Downloading Do not turn off target !! screen,nothing can be done,power off it auto on back,take out battery it appear again when battery fix back,even battery totally flat,once i charge it trying to undo everything. helps appreciated. thk u

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