Thursday, May 8, 2014

Install I605VRUAND3 Verizon Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605 4.3 Stock Firmware

Verizon Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605 firmware I605VRUAND3, a 4.3 jelly bean firmware update and not a kitkat update yet. The I605VRUAND3 update bring a roaming to Canadian carrier Telus, and here goes the stock firmware build for those who have a root and missed this update via OTA. Again, there is nothing more to expect to this update as Verizon clearly addressed that it only adds roaming capability to Telus network. This simply means that all Verizon Galaxy Note 2 will still work bringing it in Canada. The network signal from Verizon will automatically switch to Telus while the device is inside Canada.

A Friendly Reminder: If your device is currently rooted you will lose root after flashed. There is no root method has worked to this update for now, as the bootloader got a new patched.  If you ain't care about root then this is for you but if you want to keep root then I may suggest do not upgrade to the I605VRUAND3 build. If you want to install, this will not trip the binary flash counter since this is an official firmware.
Disclaimer: Use of this method is solely at your own risk! Please proceed with precautions, for we will not take any responsibility if anything happens to your device by using this guide.

A Reminder before Flashing Stock ROM

  • Make sure that your Galaxy Note 2 battery is fully charge.

  • Stock ROM packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data after flashing) and the ‘Non-Wipe’ (it doesn’t delete your phone’s stored data) but it is highly recommended to make a back up all important files stored from your phone’s internal memory – contacts, messages, etc.  before flashing no-matter if it is Full-WIpe or Non-Wipe,  just to be safe and ensure that your stored data are in  safe  if something went wrong during the flashing process.

  • Use a computer or laptop that runs in Windows OS, with a good and perfectly working USB serial port.  Odin will not work on MAC OS.

  • Use the supplied USB cable for your Galaxy Note 2.

  • Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings. If running on 4.2 firmware Go to Settings > Applications > Development, and tick the box that says ‘Enable USB Debugging’, while if you are on 4.3 just hit Settings>About Phone> then scroll down to the build number and tap that number for around 7-times ’til the Developer option appear.

  • Ensure that KIES is closed and not running in the system tray! Kies and Odin are both created by Samsung but Kies will interrupt and doesn’t like Odin, it will block you from flashing.

The Android 4.3 now comes with a new protected bootloader that might cause issues when you try to downgrade to the old software updates. Warranty will be void if you root and installs any custom recovery and any unofficial firmware once you are on 4.3, so please be aware with that.

Download the needed tools for flashing

Odin3.v3.09 link
USB driver link
For Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605 only (Do not ask me if this will work on T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint) -  (link

Install the USB Driver first to get rid of flashing failures. Also  need to extract the downloaded file which is packed in zip or rar files, so that you’ll get the tar.md5 file.

Run and Configure Odin

Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.09 on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the ‘RE-PARTITION’ is unchecked, only  the ‘AUTO-REBOOT and ‘F.RESET TIME’ checkboxes are both remained checked.

Reboot your Galaxy Note 2 into Download Mode

To reboot the Galaxy Note 2 into  download mode , you need to turn the power off.  After it completely shut off,  just  press and hold the Volume Down key,  Home button and the Power ON/OFF button simultaneously.

You should then prompted into a warning screen and asking you  to press volume up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, just simply press volume up to get into download mode. The download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!!”

Connect your Phone to PC or Laptop

Once you already reboot the phone in download mode,  simply connect the phone to your PC or laptop USB.
In Odin window – the ID:COM box will turn to blue color and indicates the COM port number and a word “Added” on a log box will prompt you that the device is already detected or recognized by Odin. Your COM port number might be different from mine. If you do not see a COM port number then there’s something missing or wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.

Load the stock 4.3 I605VRUAND3 firmware file

T he stock ROM is pack in One .tar.md5 file only.  Now, you need to just simply click on the AP button, then browse to the folder where the file you have previously extracted and then select and load it.

Start Flashing or Installing the stock ROM

Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the stock ROM.
Do not ever interrupt the phone while already in flashing progress, like disconnecting the cable or turning off the device. Just wait until it completely finish.

Wait ’till it PASS!!

When the Stock ROM installation successfully completes, you will then see a word “PASS” in Odin. This indicates that the flashing was already finish, and on the log box it says “All threads completed  (succeed 1 / failed 0)”. The phone will just then automatically reboot, then it’s about time to remove it from PC or laptop USB connection.

Confirm if you successfully installed the Android 4.3 I605VRUAND3 firmware.
To confirm a fresh firmware installed just dial this *#1234# or
navigate to Settings>About Phone>Firmware info.

Possible errors that you may encountered, this is based on my own experience while flashing stock ROM on Samsung Android devices. These are just a few hints on how to resolved it.

Q: I got an error message that says “Set-up connection Failed” ?
A: 1. Check your USB connection from the phone to PC,
2. Connect to another PC USB port
3. Check and or try to another USB cable
4. Re-install the USB driver.
Q: Odin just suddenly stuck in the middle of nowhere while in flashing progress, it isn’t responding at all?
A: Check for possible program that might interrupt the process, like disabling the anti-virus and closing any running programs. Also try to use another computer or laptop,
Q: I experienced bootloop or the phone just stuck on Welcome Logo (phone always stop at bootanimation) and it won’t boot normally?
A: This eventually happens if your device came from custom firmware but you can fix it via recovery mode option, do this:
Boot in recovery mode
1. Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button.
2. Use volume keys to select, Up and Down and Power or Home key to select the option
3. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the Home button.
4. Next select the Wipe Cache Partition
5. Lastly, select Reboot System Now to reboot your Galaxy Note 2 in Normal mode.

That’s it! Any further questions, just drop it on our comment form below.


  1. im looking for way to root the new i605VRUAND3 .but i cant find the way ..any ideas ?

  2. Henry,

    I can give you the exploit to root. The only reason I came across your comment is because tomorrow my phone is going to update to KitKat and I cannot avoid it, so I've been searching everywhere online for an answer. I have rooted i605VRUAND3 successfully but it does not unlock the bootloader. If you reply, I can zip up the package and send it your way. It would take too long to go back into my history to find the source. If you know a quick way to stop the OTA KitKat update, please let me know! I do not want to loose my root access :(