How to Flash Kernel (.tar/.zip/.img) using Odin?

edited January 19 in Flashing

 You will be able to flash the kernel on your Samsung Device with Odin. Users can restore the devices in to working condition by flashing the kernel. So, this is very useful for users when it comes to condition like crash, boot loop, or any issue related to software operations. It is believed this flash tool is leaked before released by Samsung officially although they developed and internally used. You need to use a Windows personal computer to use this application since these files are compatible with Windows only. Flashing Kernel leads many favors to users.

Advantages of Flash Kernel:

  • Stay without any changes as its initially published.
  • Provides official supporting and warranty services by the firmware vendors, device manufacturers, and the mobile service carriers.
  • Update the system on older smartphones.

Disadvantages of Flash Kernel:

  • Updates will not be more frequents since updates are published by the producer company of phones.
  • It will take longer to provide feedback to the manufacturers when you have issues.
  • Some devices get updates delayed in months if the device manufacturer and operating system developer are different.

Caution:  Keep a backup first because flashing stock ROM via Odin will definitely wipe your data.


  • At least 60% - 80% battery percentage of Samsung Device to perform the flashing process.
  • Windows Computer.
  • Download Odin latest Versions.
  • Download Samsung stock firmware.
  • Enable USB Debugging on your Android device. To enable: Navigate to Settings > Developers options.
  • USB data cable.
  • Download Samsung USB drivers.
  • Make sure Samsung Kies is not running.

Flash Kernel (.tar/.zip/.img) via Odin 

Step 1: Download and install the most latest Samsung Odin tool on your Windows PC. After downloading the file extract/unzip it to Desktop or another location you would prefer. Then run it as an administrator on your computer.

Step 2: Download & install Samsung USB Driver on your PC. Find the corresponding driver software from Samsung's official websites.

Skip this step if you have already installed the device driver

Step 2: Download & extract the Custom kernel.tar file which is compatible with your device.

  Visit Odin download link in the sidebar to find the file. 

  After downloading the file extract/unzip it to Desktop or another location you would prefer.  

Step 3: Enable OEM unlock (If applicable)

  1. Go to Settings, then About phone and tap "Build number” seven times to enable “Developer options”.
  2. Next, go back to the main Settings page and scroll to the bottom and select “Developer options” from there.
  3. Under developer options, search for “Enable OEM unlock” checkbox/toggle and make sure you Check it or turn it ON.

Step 4: Boot your device into download mode.

  Follow these steps to boot your device into Download Mode/ Odin Mode.

  1. Turn off your Samsung device.
  2. Press and hold "Volume UP + Power + Home" button at the same time.
  3. When the phone vibrates leave the power Key but keep on holding the Volume Down Key and Home key.
  4. Press Volume Up key to enter Download mode. 

Step 5: Connect your Samsung device to Computer with a USB data cable.

Your device will be detected by Odin automatically. And you will be able to see the "Added" message in Odin interface. In the meantime, you could see a light-blue box at the ID: COM module stating "COM:3".

Step 6: After your Samsung device is detected by the Odin Tool, Click "AP" to add the kernel.tar file that you downloaded. Click “Start” to begin the flashing process by adding kernel.tar file.

Caution – Do not eject the USB data cable or operate on your device until the message "PASS" OR "FAIL" is displayed on Odin.

Step 7: After completing the flashing process successfully you will be able to see a "Green Pass Message and then eject the USB data cable from the device. Your device will be rebooted automatically.

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