(TL;DR, skip directly to 4. Questions)
I have a problem which I though would require a qualified input.
I will try to explain briefly:
- what the current situation is,
- what the desired situation is,
- how I intend to get there and
- where I would appreciate some help.
• Device: Samsung Note 4
• Device model: SM-N910C (as the the PRODUCT NAME field in Odin Mode indicates; please confirm)
• It's been in a bootloop since August (loads the SAMSUNG boot screen, then starts optimizing 2/2 apps and restarts)
• Odin v3.13.1 downloaded
• Odin Mode entered (VOLUME DOWN + POWER + HOME)
• Downloaded (from SAMMOBILE) all the possible latest firmware for SM-N910C and the country of purchase (Bulgaria) (there were 4 codes - BGL, GBL, MTL, VVT - so 4 .zip files in total, 2GB+ each)
• Get out of the bootloop successfully, and
• Recover my personal data (app data, personal files, etc.) since I don't have any backups
3. Next steps:
(as far as I know)
• First, try to figure out which of the 4 zip files downloaded from SAMMOBILE matches exactly my device
• Second, extract the pertinent archive and get 5 files (BL, AP, CP, CSC_ and HOME_CSC_)
• Third, add the BL, AP, CP and HOME_CSC_ files each to its respective field in Odin (HOME_CSC_ is what will preserve my personal data in contrast to CSC_ which will wipe it all)
• Fourth, in the Options tab select Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time only
• Then start Odin, let it work its magic and voilà!
- How do you find the exact country code of a device which is in a bootloop?
- Why do I get only 1 .tar.md5 file instead of 5 (BL, AP, CL, CSC_ and HOME_CSC_) when I extract the .zip files I got from SAMMOBILE ?
- Where and how do you find the appropriate HOME_CSC_ file for you device so that you get to preserve you personal data after flashing with Odin?
- Is adding the 4 files (BL, AP, CL, HOME_CSC_) + selecting (only) Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time the only possible way to keep your data after using Odin?
Your help is greatly appreciated, I hope this thread would be of help to many people including me.
Thanks and have a nice day!
PS1: I read that for older devices (as in the case of Samsung Note4, I suppose) you get only 1 firmware file so, if correct, that would answer Question #2.
PS2: I read also that the single file for older devices does not reset app data and files. Is this correct? If so, then Questions #3 and #4 would also be answered.
PS3: I still would like to know which is the relevant country code in my case since there are 4 options (BGL, GBL, MTL and VVL).