Ian Stacy · Apr 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Easily Reset the Flash Counter on the Samsung Galaxy Note

With all the new ROMs and modifications coming out for the Samsung Galaxy Note, owners of the phone / tablet may wish to keep the number of times the system has been flashed to themselves. Reasons for this are varying but it most certainly will help users who wish to return to stock, in order to either to sell, exchange, or repair their devices.

There have been apps to help accomplish this goal in the past, but now XDA Senior Member braway has put together an update.zip for ClockworkMod recovery that will wipe the counter specifically for the Galaxy Note. This package can be flashed on its own through recovery or can be baked into a custom ROM. From the original thread:

Description
This resets the flash counter (kernel/recovery/… flashed through Odin) back to stock.

How to use
Download the zip file. Its an update-zip for cwm.
Put it on your sdcard, boot into recovery and flash it.

Fun Fact

– Samsung knows how many kernels/recoveries you’ve flashed through odin.
– The single counters are up to 255, so theoretically you can “reset” by flashing 256 of each (Samsung will still know you flashed something)
– Samsung knows what was the last thing you’ve flashed
– Flashing System is not counted.

If you’d like to wipe your own flash counter or include braway’s update.zip in your own ROM, head over to the original thread. As of now, it works with the AT&T, Rogers, Telus and Bell Samsung Galaxy Note. Give it a try and report your findings. As always when flashing something new to your device, don’t forget to do a full backup, and be sure to thank braway for his great contribution to the Galaxy Note community!


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