Hi folks, this tutorial will help you to install / flash the official Android 13 OTA firmware on your Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra SM-S918W using the Odin desktop application manually. You can try this method if you have some messed up OTA update.
Android 13 New Features
Before going to the installation procedures first let us get a brief idea about the benefits of installing the latest Android 13 on your Galaxy S23 Ultra SM-S918W.
- One UI 5.1
- Camera enhancements
- Home screen changes
- Theming and colors
- Lock screen customization
- Notification panel alterations
- Multitasking improvements
- Improved animations
- New widget options
- Revamped Wallpaper page
- Settings changes
- Wi-Fi Developer menu
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra SM-S918W Specs
The Galaxy S23 Ultra on the other hand comes with the biggest 6.8 inches Dynamic AMOLED 2X touchscreen display havng 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ and a whooping 501 ppi density. It is also protected with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2.
S23 Ultra comes in Phantom Black, Green, Cream, Lavender, Graphite, Sky Blue, Lime and Red color options. The S23 Ultra has the biggest 5000 mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery with 45W wired fast charging capable of charging up to 65% in just 30 minutes.
Prerequisites to install Android 13 On Galaxy S23 Ultra SM-S918W
Before proceeding with flashing please make sure that you have made a complete backup of your phone contents so that you can recover from a worst case scenario or data loss.
Steps to install Android 13 on Galaxy S23 Ultra SM-S918W
1. First you need to download and install the Samsung USB drivers. You can do that it from the below link;
2. Now we need to enable the developer options, USB debugging and perform the OEM unlock on your Galaxy S23 Ultra, S21+ & S21 Ultra.
Enabling Developer Options to install Android 13 on S23
To enable “Developer Options” on your Galaxy Smartphone goto Settings>About phone>Software Information, and tap on the “Build number” 10 times until you get a message that you are a “developer.”. Now you will see an additional menu entry in the “Settings” menu called “Developer Options” as shown below.
Once you have enabled the “Developer Options” tap on it and you will see a similar screen as shown below (These are from One UI 2.5, if your UI version is something else slight difference maybe there).
Enabling OEM Unlocking
Now tap on “OEM unlocking” and “USB debugging” to enable it. If you get a popup warning, tap enable if you would like to proceed.
3. Once done you need to download the firmware files and the Odin app.
Please download the Android 13 firmware corresponding to your phone using the below links;
- Download Android 13 For Galaxy S23 Ultra: SM-S918W
Once you click the above link a samsungsfour.com page will open were you need to click again on your model number. Once clicked you will be redirected to a 3rd party firmware download page were you can download the desired version. Also make sure that your phones bootloader is not locked by any carrier if so, please unlock it first.
Once downloaded please extract it and you will get similar files like given below;
4. Now download the Odin app from the below link;
When the download has finished please extract the file to your PC desktop and open the “Odin..xxx.exe” file.
5. In the next step you need to enter your Galaxy S23 Ultra into the “Download mode“.
For that first you need to switch of your Galaxy S23 Ultra SM-S918W device. Now switch it back on and when you see the “Samsung” logo on the screen press and hold “Volume Down + Volume Up” and connect your mobile with your PC using a USB data cable.
Now when you get the warning message on your phone screen release all the buttons and press “Vol Up” key to enter into the “Download mode“.
6. Now go back to your Odin window which looks similar to the screenshot below;
In the next step select the extracted firmware files (done in step-3) corresponding to each buttons in the odin app. For example click on button “CP” and select the extracted firmware file which starts with “CP“. Same way click on “AP” and and select the extracted firmware file which starts with “AP“. Similarly, add BL file in the BL button.
If you want to factory reset while you download and install stock firmware select “CSC” file after you click the CSC button, otherwise, load the “HOME_CSC” instead.
Make sure F.Reset.Time and Auto Reboot option are checked in the Odin’s “Options” tab.
Ignore the last button on Odin which is “UMS” or “USERDATA“.
Flashing the firmware
7. Once everything is done as mentioned above, click the “Start” button in the Odin app and wait for the manually download and installation process to get completed. Finally when the process is finished your Galaxy S23 Ultra SM-S918W will reboot and you will get a “Pass” message from the Odin app with a green background.
That’s all, hope you have successfully flashed the official OTA Android 13 firmware on your Galaxy S23 Ultra SM-S918W.
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