ODIN is the ROM Flashing tool for Samsung Android devices including smartphones and tablets. The ODIN is used to flash a custom recovery firmware image manually to your Samsung Galaxy devices.
If you wanted to install a software update manually on your Samsung Galaxy device, in this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can use ODIN software. Follow the steps below.
- A Windows PC
- USB cable to connect your device to PC
- The latest version of Odin Software
- Firmware for your device
- Back up your important Data, before installation
- Use the USB cable that comes with your smartphone
- Keep battery sufficiently charged
- Do not disconnect your phone during installation
Here is a quick overview of all the steps that are involved in manually installing the software update on your Galaxy device.
- Downloading Firmware
- Download Odin
- Understanding Odin
- Setting up your device
- Extract firmware
- Installing firmware in the device using Odin
You’ll need an update package to install it on your Galaxy device. Here are the three most reliable sources that we have listed to download the software update for your Galaxy device. To know more click on the link below.
1. Downloading the firmware for Samsung smartphone
Check our complete guide on how to download firmware for Samsung phones here.
2. Downloading Odin (From here)
3. Understanding the interface of Odin Software:
After you install the Odin, Open the software and you’ll find four different sections and buttons for the respective section, where you can upload the extracted firmware file. These are:
- BL: Bootloader
- AP: Android Partition
- CP: Modem/Radio
- CSC: Consumer software customization
There are three buttons on the bottom – Start and Reset alongside Exit
4. Extract Firmware:
Extract the firmware and should get 5 files including the following:
Note: Use CES_ if you want to perform a clean install or Home_CS_ to keep your personal apps and data.
5. Setup your Samsung device:
Reboot your phone in Download/Odin mode (make sure your device is off) with the button combo mentioned below.
- POWER + VOLUME DOWN + BIXBY
- VOLUME DOWN + VOLUME UP then USB cable
- POWER + VOLUME DOWN + VOLUME UP
- POWER + VOLUME DOWN + HOME BUTTON
- USB cable + VOLUME DOWN + BIXBY (Samsung Galaxy Note 9 )
- POWER + VOLUME UP (Samsung Galaxy Note 10 )
*Before you start the process make sure that your device is charged more than 50%.
6. Installing the firmware on your device using Odin:
- In download mode, connect your smartphone to the PC using the USB cable that came with your smartphone.
- Open Odin and it’ll automatically detect your device and a Blue box will appear with the COM port number.
- Do not tick or press any other options.
- Click the Start button and it’ll start the firmware installation
- Wait for the installation. Once finished, it’ll show “PASS” output and your device will reboot and you can disconnect your smartphone and set it up.
[Weekend Tip] How to use Samsung One UI 4.1 Widgets and tools
One UI 4.1 is the latest iteration running on Samsung Galaxy devices. It’s based on the Android 12 operating system, which is packed with a slew of new features and improvements over the last year’s Android 11-based One UI 3.1.
For the Home Screen, Samsung One UI 4.1 software comes with a lot of customization options and useful functions such as the Widgets. Today, we are here with a quite simple yet useful guide – How to add or remove Widgets?.
Unquestionably, Widgets are like mini versions of apps. They appear on your Home screen and when you tap them, they will activate or use an app’s feature. These shortcuts help users access their favorite apps directly from the home screen.
How to Add Widget in One UI 4.1
If you want to add a widget, swipe to the Home screen. Then, touch and hold an empty spot. Here, tap Widgets, select your desired widget and then tap Add.
How to Remove Widget in One UI 4.1
In order to remove a widget, just touch and hold the widget on the Home screen, and then tap Remove.
Samsung One UI 4.1 introduces various types of Widgets in order to make your Galaxy phone’s Home Screen extra useful. After placing a Widget, there will be a few options available, however, keep in mind the options may vary depending on the widget.
- Transparency: Increase or decrease the widget’s transparency so you can easily see it. You can access this by touching and holding the widget and then tapping Settings.
- Resize: Widgets that can be resized will have a blue line along their edges. You can resize it by touching and dragging the lines.
- Color: Set your widget to a different color. You can access this by touching and holding the widget and then tapping Settings.
How to unlock Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with S Pen
Samsung launched the Galaxy S22 Ultra as a true successor to 2020’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone. Pre-equipped with S Pen support, the Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with new futuristic features alongside an improved variant of the Samsung stylus.
In this guide, we are going to make you aware of a familiar yet useful feature of the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s S Pen. In addition to the current tip, you can check out all the latest Samsung One UI 4.1 features and rollout developments HERE.
How to unlock Galaxy S22 Ultra with S Pen
While the Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with different methods of unlocking the device, consumers can unlock it even without tapping on the screen, thanks to the useful S Pen feature. If you are using your S22 Ultra with S Pen, it can be easily unlocked with the button of the stylus.
In order to enable the “unlock with S Pen feature”, just navigate to your phone’s Settings, followed by Advanced features and S Pen. Inside the S Pen features section, you should find the option “S Pen unlock”, just tap the toggle and enable the feature.
Once enabled, you just need to press the Pen button to unlock your phone if it locks while you’re using your S Pen. After you unlock it with your S Pen, your phone will stay unlocked until your S Pen is disconnected or inserted into your phone.
4 useful Samsung One UI 4.1 tips to extend battery life
Nowadays, gadgets such as mobile phones feature big batteries to run all day with just a single charge. While the mAh numbers matter the most to consumers, at first sight, optimization between hardware and software plays a key role.
Most of the 2021 and 2022 Samsung Galaxy devices are currently running the One UI 4.1 software, based on Android 12 OS. As they do frequently, Samsung just shared a video tutorial showcasing the tips to extend the battery life of your Galaxy devices by using the pre-installed Device care function on One UI 4.1.
In the video, Samsung divided the tutorial into four sections that are as follows:
- Overall battery use optimization
- Managing battery consumption of apps
- Display settings adjustment
- Battery status diagnostics
Overall battery use optimization
As part of extending the battery life of your One UI 4.1-based Galaxy device, Samsung recommends closing unused apps. To do so, simply, head for device Settings, tap Battery, and device care.
Once done, the device will take a while to scan the issues and errors that cause battery drainage. After scanning, you should see a button entitled “Fix now”, now, hit the toggle and wait until the option arrives of “Show apps causing issues”.
- Check the apps and put them for Deep sleep to restrict high battery usage.
Managing battery consumption of apps
Installed on your Galaxy smartphone, some apps may continue to use up battery in the background even when you closed them in recents. However, you can prevent such problems easily by navigating to the Battery and device care, then tapping on Battery.
Scroll down, and you should see the Background usage limits, beside the Power saving toggle, open it. Here, you can enable the toggle that puts unused apps to sleep as well as there are options to customize them manually among Sleeping, Deep sleeping and Never sleeping apps.
Display settings adjustment
Display, which is the most used part of smartphones nowadays drains a huge amount of battery, however, we can optimize it for even better efficiency. Unlike the above-mentioned two tips, this time, you need to jump to Display section under the device Settings.
- Enable Dark mode, as it helps minimize battery drain.
- Motion smoothness, commonly known as Display Refresh rate also helps run the battery for a long, meanwhile, you need to switch it to Standard from Adaptive.
Battery status diagnostics
Even after optimizing the battery health according to the above-listed tutorial, if you still suspect battery drain, it’s time to open the Samsung Members app and tap on the Support tab. Inside the Diagnostics, select Battery status to ensure whether the battery status is optimal or not.
For more information, check out the video below.