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What do the terms "BL", "AP", "CP", and "CSC" mean in Odin?

CSC (Consumer Software Customization): It is specific to geographical region and carriers. It contains the software packages specific to that region, carrier branding and APN setting. PIT (Partition ...
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After flashing TWRP with Odin, nothing happens and the OEM recovery is still there

Before you flash the recovery, untick the Auto Reboot option in ODIN. Then flash the recovery. After flashing in done, reboot your device directly to recovery mode from download mode by pressing Vol ...
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What do the terms "BL", "AP", "CP", and "CSC" mean in Odin?

According to this XDA-Developers forum post and this Droidguiding article: BL stands for bootloader AP represents the system partition (possibly stands for Android partition); under previous Odin ...
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After flashing TWRP with Odin, nothing happens and the OEM recovery is still there

Per this page, WARNING: Do not boot into Samsung's ROM without first applying our Root .zip. Samsung's OTA updates install /system/etc/install-recovery.sh and /system/recovery-from-boot.p, which ...
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How to root Samsung S6 using Linux?

There is a cross-platform version of Odin called JOdin. It can run in a web browser, or locally after downloading the JAR file. Either one requires Oracle Java 8 to be installed first. Web version: ...
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Can i upgrade my firmware with another phone model's official rom (using odin)?

No, Official or custom firmware are only to be used with the device specified in its name Using a different phone model may result in your hard bricking your phone Is there a reason why you want to ...
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Any reasons to update Android from stock firmware (via PC) rather than OTA?

Is there any reason to update Android firmware via PC using software like Odin, rather than just doing an OTA update? Yes. Since Android Lollipop, Google has moved to block based OTA updates which ...
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Odin3 Bootloader button is greyed out

In the case you weren't eager to look at the research, here's the solution. In the same folder of your Odin executable, you'll find a file called Odin3.ini. Being it a configuration file, it defines ...
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What is a "PIT file"?

PIT stands for Partition Information Table. A PIT file is basically a set of instructions defining the phone partition layout. You should use a it if you want to re-partition the phone with Odin. ...
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Any reasons to update Android from stock firmware (via PC) rather than OTA?

It depends. It depends on how the full flashable tar/kdz was obtained. If it was obtained from an OTA capture, what difference does it make? Just doing the OTA would then be the most direct from the ...
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How to determine if the bootloader is locked

There's no fastboot for Samsung devices - Download mode is the semi-equivalent, except that it's only accessible via Odin/Heimdall. You will need appropriate drivers to get the PC to recognize a ...
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ROM flashing using Odin on Galaxy S4 interrupted. Odin is still running. Is there anything I can do?

After waiting a couple of days and not finding any answers, I restarted the device. It booted to a screen saying Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies & try ...
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Galaxy Star fails Custom recovery flashing

This happens because when you flash custom recovery from Odin and allow it to reboot on its own, Samsung's Recovery checking script checks if a custom recovery is present and overrides it with system ...
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Error: Secure Check Fail : aboot, when trying to update firmware on Samsung Galaxy Core Prime using Odin

This indicates that you are using the wrong file for your phone model.
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ADB command to wipe data the phone?

You can try this while the phones is on. (You MUST have USB debugging enabled and authorized) adb shell recovery --wipe_data
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Installing TWRP using Odin will erase data or not?

It will not wipe data unless you explicitly choose to erase NAND (after which your phone would end up bricked). Odin only flashes images into the device - it doesn't read data out. You're on the right ...
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What does Odin's T-Flash option do?

According to this guide it writes the bootloader of a working device onto the SD card. This guide is a bit more detailed and describes it as follows: T Flash option in odin is for Samsung boot ...
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TWRP Not Flashing Correctly on Note 3 (SM-N9005)

Solution by @beeshyams that worked in my case: On Odin in the options tab; Uncheck the Auto Reboot option. When Odin finishes the flashing procedure; use the suitable key combination to boot into ...
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How to flash custom or stock ROM with Odin mode working? (from a bad flashed Galaxy A20, see image)

Flashing the correct img solved the problem: heimdall flash --RECOVERY TWRP-3.3.1.0_A20_V1.2_by_Agrim720\[Black-themed\].img.img File was found here: XDA-forum Device: A205GUBU4ASK2 Previously ...
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Samsung Galaxy 10.1 2013 frozen in odin mode

Hold the volume up and volume down at the same time then press power button. Hold for a few seconds and unit will reboot.
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Do I need to factory reset to root galaxy note 4 SM-N910V?

Samsung devices usually have no locked bootloader so you won't remove that. Official updates do however remove any trace of a working root.Your device is nowhere near a developer device but more a ...
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Error: Secure Check Fail : aboot, when trying to update firmware on Samsung Galaxy Core Prime using Odin

I used to get the same message. Then I removed an option called "sécurité Verr. de réactivation" in french. Translation may be "Reactivation Lock Security". Uncheck it and restart root procedure.
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Does Odin wipe system image when flashing a new Rom?

As stated here by user90492, dont use the NAND erase all. It will completely wipe the NAND including bits required to boot. Odin should theoretically wipe the partition before writing on it as it ...
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ADB command to wipe data the phone?

The arguments which may be supplied in the recovery.command file: * --send_intent=anystring - write the text out to recovery.intent * --update_package=path - verify install an OTA package file ...
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ODIN configuration file - elements' meanings

As suggested by @MatthewRead, this answer will reflect the same fashion of the question - it will be editable by anyone who has something useful to say. In regards to the original question, here are ...
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ODIN configuration file - elements' meanings

I just reverse engineered the Odin3 ini part (using IDA 66 + HexRaysDecompiler & Rohitab API Monitor 2.32). So these are all available ini settings + it's default values: ; These ini settings ...
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Download Mode. What does this mean?

download mode is related to recovery where your device is ready to accept a new system image from the computer. It is used to flash a new OS to the device. In download mode, you can inject and ...
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How to unbrick my Samsung Tab 1 (7 inch) from T mobile brought it from S. KOREA

Old Samsung devices (Galaxy S1 to S3 generations) where near impossible to brick unless you had the emmc bug or somehow flashed missmatched set of bootloaders. The best way to attempt to recover the ...
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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 : Tried to install TWRP, can't boot into recovery mode now

I had the same problem like you before. But I figured out the solution. We both downloaded and flashed the wrong TWRP version for Note 3 N9005: ha3g.img.tar. The correct one is hlte.img.tar which you ...
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Odin stuck at "File analysis"

I did 3 things, tried again, and it worked (I mean it got past File analysis). I am not sure which one of the 3 things did the trick, unfortunately. You might want to try them all. Run ...
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