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As you know, there are specialized flashing softwares which have been designed to flash specific smartphone brands. Most of the specific flashing softwares are developed by device manufacturers themselves to provide a secure flashing process for their customers. Most of the tools are released officially and advised to use them when the smartphones are bricked or stuck at boot loop. But When it comes to the Samsung Odin things are different since Samsung neither advised nor released the Samsung Odin to the public. But it is officially been used at their service centers and unofficially available in third-party sources. However the official status, Samsung users use the software to flash their device But Odin only flashes files in .tar and .tar.md5 extensions

Samsung Odin Changelog

1. v 1.85 - The initial version
2. v 3.07 - One of the initial updates comes with minor updates and more device support
3. v 3.09 - Comes with more compatibility and bug fixes
4. v 3.10 - Minor bugs and more compatibility with root utility
5. v 3.12.3 - RTN for Sprint and no longer support Windows XP
6. v 3.13.1 - Compatible with New Ore firmware comes with LZ4 Compression

What Are The Features

Unbrick the bricked Samsung devices
Flashes custom recovery firmware image
Flashes stock recovery firmware image
Flashes Root packages
Flashes Stock ROMs and Custom ROMs
Flashes Stock kernel and Custom kernel

Samsung Odin Alternatives

Samsung Odin is a Windows-Windows based flashing software and it can be installed on any Windows computer higher than Windows XP. If you are a Non -Windows user you can try,

Wineskin for MacOS
Heimdall
JOdin3

Requirements To Flash Custom ROM using Odin

Complete Backup
Samsung Captivate USB drivers
A Windows computer higher than Windows XP if you are going to use the latest Odin version
Appropriate USB Cable
Download Correct Odin flashable Custom ROM and extract it (.tar and .tar.md5)
Install ADB and Fastboot tool
Odin v 1.85

Note: V 1.85 is the initial version of the Odin. So, you can only flash older versions of Android using the tool. If you can flash a custom ROM using this version most probably the device is compatible with the later version of Odin


Why Are Custom ROMs Demanded?

A complete customized Android firmware is called as Custom ROM. Custom Roms are very attractive and interesting than a Stock ROMs. Since it comes with more useful features such as customized appearance, easy root access, own shortcuts, low battery usage users love to install Custom ROMs on their devices.

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How To Install Custom ROM using Samsung Odin v1.85

Before flash, your device makes sure to download the accurate Odin flashable Custom ROM according to your device.

1. Back up your device and Factory reset it
2. Visit odindownload.com and Download Odin v1.85
3. Install the programme
4. Right-click on the application
5. Run the programme as the "Administrator"
6. Remove both Simcard and the SD card from your device
7. Press Power button + Home button + Volume down button at once and boot the device into download mode
8. Now, run the Odin programme and attach the device to the computer
9. Let the Odin recognize your device
10. When the device is recognized, load the files in extracted Custom ROM files into the relevant fields
11. The relevant file has been mentioned the in front of each file name
12. After, loading click the "Start" button to flash the Custom ROM
13. Wait until you get the "Pass" message
14. Then,your device will reboot and you are running on the Custom ROM you flashed