Install stock firmware on Note 10

Samsung recently launched the latest smartphones in Note series. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and Note 10. It is the time for the people who are obsessed with Samsung’s S-Pen to upgrade. Both phones come with cutting edge hardware and Samsung’s latest operating system that is One UI. Its the Samsung version of Android Pie for its devices. There are times when your phone starts acting weirdly and you have tried everything like factory reset and all. Nothing seems to work out. Or you want to go back to stock after rooting. This guide can help you in both situations. You can use this guide to install stock firmware on Note 10 or Note 10+ in order to fix any kind of software related issues.

Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ Features and Specs:

Galaxy Note 10 comes in five colors. Namely, Auro Glow, Aura Black, Aura White, Aura Pink and Aura Red. Whereas, Note 10+ comes in four colors, Aura Glow, Aura White, Aura Blue and Aura Black. The Note 10+ features a massive 6.8-inch Quad HD + Dynamic AMOLED screen.  I am personally concerned about how can a person type or use such a big device using just one hand. Note 10 comes with a 6.3-inch FHD + Dynamic AMOLED display screen. Both phones have Infinity-O Display screen along with that a front camera with 10 Mega-Pixels.

There are three cameras on the back of Note 10. One with 16 MP Ultra Wide Angle, the second one is of 12 MP Wide-Angle Camera. The third one is a 12 MP Telephoto camera. Which allows you to get a clear picture of distant objects. Whereas, Note 10+ adds one more. It is called Depth Vision Camera. It works as a sensor to distinguish the distance between the faraway and nearby objects.

Few features that stand out in both smartphones include Bixby Vision, AR Emoji, AR doodle and quick measure app. Note 10 has 3500 mAh battery and its counterpart has 4300 mAh battery. Both of these phones support wireless charging and can be used to charge other QI supported devices. Currently, Note 10 is running on Android Pie. Soon it is expected to get Samsung’s version of Android 10. Both the devices have an on-screen fingerprint scanner. The phones also have Face recognition for the unlocking the device, installing and making payments through Samsung Pay.

Install Stock Firmware on Note 10 or Note 10+ using Smart switch:

Smart Switch only supports only a few of the new models of Samsung S and Note series. It is easy to use for people who are not tech-savvy. Its a software from Samsung to troubleshoot issues with your Samsung devices and it can also be used to make backups of your phone and bring your phone back to life if it is dead. In this guide, we will talk about how can you use smart switch to install stock firmware on Note 10. This method works on Windows, Linux and MAC OS.

  1. First of all, you need to download and install Smart Switch on your PC or MAC. You can download it from here.
  2. Once installed. Open Smart Switch on your PC and connect your Note 10 using the original Samsung Data Cable.
  3. It will display all the information regarding your phone and its operating system, just like in the screenshot below.Install stock firmware on Note 10
  4. Click on “More” on the top right corner of the smart switch and select Emergency Software Recovery.
  5. Now Smart Switch will itself find the latest suitable firmware for your Note 10 or Note 10+. You will have an option to select from the firmware.
  6. Select the firmware and follow the on-screen information.
  7. It might take time as smart switch will download the firmware on your PC. Make sure your phone is connected to your PC all the time during the process. Once the process of installation of new firmware on Note 10 is done. Your phone will reboot.

Note: Emergency Software Recovery might ask for recovery code. If you can not find the recovery code. You can also install stock firmware on your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 via Device initialization instead of Emergency Software Recovery option. You will need to have your Galaxy Note’s model number. Which can be SM-N975W, SM-N975F or any other. You can find it on the back of your phone or on the box of your phone. You will also need your device’s serial number which can be also found on the box of your phone.

If you previously had backed up all the data on your PC using smart switch. Now you can restore it on your Note 10. If the above guide didn’t work on your Note 10 and you are having issues with the smart switch. You can use the guide below.

Install Stock Firmware on Note 10 using ODIN:

Now if the above method didn’t help you. There are times when your phone is not even recognised by smart switch. You can use the official tool by Samsung that is ODIN. In order to install stock firmware on Note 10. There is one thing to be considered, ODIN is only available for Windows computers. If you have a MAC. You might have to borrow a Windows PC from someone for the guide below. ODIN is also a little complex as compared to smart switch but it gets the job done. It is said to be more efficient than smart switch. As before the advent of the smart switch. ODIN was used to install firmware and recoveries on Samsung smartphones.


First of all, you will have to install some prerequisites on your Windows PC.

  • You will have to download and install Samsung drivers for windows.
  • Download ODIN 3.14.4
  • Download Official Stock firmware for Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or Note10+ from Sammobile. (Enter your Model number and look for the latest stock firmware Android Oreo)
  • Your phone should be charged>40%.
  • While you use ODIN, make sure KIES is off and not running in the background.
  • Turn on USB Debugging on your Galaxy Note 10:
    • Go to Settings -> About Device -> Tap on Build number 7 times.
    • Now Go back to Settings -> Developer Options -> Turn on USB debugging.

First of all, download and install Samsung drivers for Windows on your laptop or PC. If you have already installed smart switch. You don’t need to install the drivers. As your PC will already have them. These drivers are required for your computer to recognise your phone.

Moreover, download the appropriate firmware for your Note 10. If your phone is carrier free. Then you can download and flash firmware from any country. If your phone is carrier-locked then make sure to download the firmware of that respective carrier according to the country you bought the phone in. If you install the exact same firmware that is already installed on your Note 10. All your data will be preserved. Otherwise, you will lose all the data present in the internal storage of your phone. If you install a carrier-free firmware on a carrier-locked phone. Your Note 10 will be stuck on the Samsung logo at the startup.

Now let’s move on to the guide on how to install stock firmware on Note 10 using ODIN:

  1. First of all, turn off your Galaxy Note 10.
  2. Now go to Download Mode.
    • In order to get into download mode you will have to press and hold Volume down and Volume up button simultaneously. While you are holding the buttons, insert the data cable in the port of the phone.
    • Once you see the warning on the screen. Release the buttons.
  3. Press Volume up button to proceed to Download Mode.
  4. On your PC, open ODIN and connect your phone using a USB data cable. You will see “Added” in the logs of ODIN.
  5. You will see your phone has a connection with your PC. The ID:COM on ODIN will change to blue. (If the color didn’t change, then the PC has failed to recognize your phone. Above all, make sure you have installed the right drivers and the drivers were installed successfully. Sometimes the fault lies in the USB cable)
  6. In ODIN, you will see several tabs and you will have to select files respective to each tab. Click on CP and locate and select the CP file from the extracted firmware. In the same vein, click on AP and select the file with AP in the name. Similarly, add BL file in the BL tab.
  7. If you want to factory reset while you install stock firmware on Galaxy Note 10. Select CSC file in CSC file. Otherwise, load the HOME_CSC instead.
  8. Make sure F.Reset.Time and Auto-Reboot option are checked in the ODIN. Meanwhile, if there is any other option checked. Uncheck it.
  9. Finally, when everything is ready, press the “Start” button. The whole process will take around 5-9 Minutes. Once done, your phone will reboot.

Install stock firmware on Note 10

Note: Do NOT disconnect your Note 10 from your PC while the flashing is in process. Even if it is stuck at some point. Until you get in logs that the process is finished or your phone reboots itself after successful firmware flashing. If you disconnect your phone in the middle of flashing, you might end up bricking your phone.

Questions or Queries?

That’s all on how to install stock firmware on Note 10. However, if you have questions or confusions. You can drop a comment below or contact me on Facebook for a prompt response. If I missed something, or you would like to add more to this guide, contact us using the email in the footer.

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