Trying to find an official alternative to Odin for installing Samsung firmware? If so, you have found the proper location. It is always risky and difficult to flash a stock update on a rooted Android device. Further, you can't get an official OTA update on a device that's been rooted. Samsung Smart Switch can still be used to install an over-the-air update for Android.

Odin flash tool is the most popular method for updating Samsung devices. However, only a select few are aware that this is actually an unofficial means of flashing the factory ROM. This tutorial will walk you through the process of downloading and sideloading the firmware for your variant using an official Samsung tool. Samsung Smart Switch will update your software without you having to worry about whether or not your phone is rooted.

It is an updated version of Samsung Kies that was made by the Korean manufacturer Samsung. But Kies only works with old Samsung phones. This is the main reason why Smart Switch, which works on almost every Samsung device, was made. It works with operating systems like Android, iOS, Windows, Blackberry, and Mac.

This tool helps you get the latest firmware version for your Samsung phone. You can also make a full backup of your phone, import and export data, and sync contacts with iCal and Windows Outlook, among other things. The best thing about this tool is that you can still update the software on your phone even after you have rooted it. Yes, you did hear correctly!

After rooting, you can use Samsung Smart Switch to update to the Android version. Because of this, it is the best alternative to Odin for Windows. Using the Smart Switch app, it's easy to move data from an iPhone to an Android. You can also use both your phone and PC to manage your photos, videos, music, podcasts, contacts, and calendar events. This helps a lot when trying to get data back on an Android phone after a factory reset.

Features of the Samsung Smart Switch

  • Software updates for Samsung
  • Data can be backed up and restored with just one click. Outlook contacts can be synced to Samsung devices.
  • Files can be sent wirelessly
  • Compatible with all Android phones and tablets

How to Update with Samsung Smart Switch

Let's walk through a straightforward, step-by-step guide for updating with a smart switch.


Follow the steps precisely. If your phone becomes damaged, we at Droid Thunder cannot be held liable. Even though there is no risk of damage, we ask that you follow the procedure carefully.


  • You need a Windows- or Mac-based computer with Internet access.
  • Charge your device to at least 50 percent.
  • Save your important phone settings and data.


Samsung Smart Switch (Windows + Mac)

Smart Switch App (Android)

Step 1: Install Samsung USB Driver on your PC or Laptop

Let's start by making sure your computer has the most up-to-date Samsung USB drivers. This is important so that your phone can be found when it is connected to a regular USB data cable.

Step 2: Launch the Tool

You can get the Samsung Smart Switch tool for your computer by downloading and installing it. Proceed to launch the program once the file has finished installing completely.

Step 3: Connect your Samsung phone to your PC

Connect your Samsung phone to your computer by using the original USB data cable that came with it.

Step 4: Backup your Android device

  • The Smart Switch tool will automatically recognize your Samsung smartphone as soon as you connect it to your computer.
  • Create a backup of the existing firmware, data, and applications on your device as the first and most important thing you should do.
  • This is important because restoring the firmware or upgrading to a new version of the software will delete all of the data and settings on your phone.
  • Simply click on the Backup button located at the very bottom of the tool in order to create a backup.

The process of backing up your apps, contacts, call logs, memos, accounts, and other data will hardly take more than a few minutes. To manually back up your phone use this guide.

On the other hand, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to restore the data you have saved, all you have to do is click the "Restore" button that is located at the very bottom of the tool.

Step 5: Start the Samsung Firmware Update process

If your phone's firmware can be updated, Smart Switch will let you know with a message at the top of the tool. You only have to click the Update button.

Now, a window will pop up with information about your current and most recent firmware versions. To confirm your choice, just click Continue.

You will then get a warning message. Even though it says that a rooted device could make updates fail, the chances of that happening are almost nil. I've used this tool to update my Samsung phone that had been "rooted." So, don't pay attention to the message and click All Confirmed.

The actual Samsung firmware download will begin as a result. This could take some time depending on the size of the firmware update file and your internet connection. When the download is finished, it will automatically install the Stock firmware on your Samsung phone.

DO NOT detach your mobile device from the computer. Your phone may enter downloading mode upon startup. It's perfectly normal. Just be patient and wait until the process of flashing is finished.

Step 6: Finishing the software update process

As soon as the update is complete, a pop-up notification will appear. According to the instructions, disconnect and reconnect the USB cable. Your phone will take longer than usual to boot up. After your phone has successfully booted, disconnect the USB cable safely.


Finally! Using Samsung Smart Switch to bring the software on your phone up to date can be done in the following manner. If you run into any problems while going through this process, please let us know about them in the comment section down below. Many thanks