So my Galaxy S6 is stuck in a boot loop and I've literally tried EVERYTHING already and nothing will solve the problem. Safe mode won't work, clearing the cache partition won't work and USB Debugging was turned off so adb wasn't seeing my device either. I also tried Kies and Smart Switch. I am convinced my phone is soft bricked and I need to recover some very important pictures and files from it. At this point my last hope is to flash the stock ROM via Odin and I saw that some people have said that they have successfully done this without losing any of their data. Is this possible? If so how do I go about doing it properly? If you can give me a step by step of what settings to use in Odin to not lose my data I would greatly appreciate it!!

Thanks for any help!

Phone is not rooted and 100% stock. Recovery and Download screens are working.

Phone: T-mobile Galaxy S6 with Lollipop

  • Flash a custom recovery from download mode and recovery data by booting into that recovery.
    – Firelord
    Feb 14, 2016 at 21:30
  • @Firelord I've read that to download a custom recovery it's recommended to factory reset your phone first. Can I avoid this step?
    – TechRando
    Feb 14, 2016 at 21:44
  • No, that's incorrect info. Mind sharing the link (where you read it) with us?
    – Firelord
    Feb 14, 2016 at 21:45
  • Yes it does delete your phone. But as @Firelord said, you don't need to factory reset.
    – SarpSTA
    Feb 14, 2016 at 21:47
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    @SarpSTA How sure are you of that? Because I saw a video of someone doing it and they kept all their data. It's starting to get confusing with multiple conflicting reports saying it worked/didn't work for them :/
    – TechRando
    Feb 14, 2016 at 22:28

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None of your internal storage files i.e. Photos, Music, Videos, Docs etc., will not be removed until you do a repartition of the device using Odin. Your phone will be restored to perfect condition; just that all your personal information will be gone such as contacts that were on the phone storage and apps.

But I'm not responsible if anything goes wrong. Do it at your own risk.


You can flash a custom recovery using Odin and use the MTP feature of the recovery and move the required files (which I assume would be safer).

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    That double negation makes this answer really really fuzzy. So what does the statement entail: the files do or do not get removed? Dec 12, 2018 at 9:50
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    @0xC0000022L rightly pointed out the confusion in understanding the answer. Down voted for this reason. Please correct and ping me for clean up and reversing down vote. Thanks
    – beeshyams
    Dec 19, 2018 at 3:31
  • Any Samsung expert - if you can suggest edits to improve this answer, please discuss in chat before doing that. Thanks
    – beeshyams
    Dec 19, 2018 at 3:33

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