Remove FRP Lock on Samsung with Combination File (Odin)

FRP or Factory Reset Protection is a security feature on Android devices. As soon as you register an Android device with a Google account, FRP is enabled automatically. The purpose of Firmware Reset Protection is to protect your device, data, and information against going into the wrong hands. If you have a Samsung Galaxy phone or Tab and you have forgotten its unlock pattern or PIN, there’s a way to bypass and remove the FRP lock on Samsung devices using Odin by flashing combination file.

When the FRP is enabled on an Android device, and you perform a data factory reset via the Android Recovery menu or some other way, you will see the following message upon device reboot.

This device was reset. To continue, sign in with a Google Account that was previously synced on this device.

You’ll be asked to enter the registered phone number or email address in order to unlock your device.

samsung galaxy frp lock screen

However, if you reset your Samsung phone from Settings > General Management > Reset > Factory Data Reset, you’ll able to format your device without any issue.

Removing FRP on Samsung with Combination File

Many people think that they can bypass or remove the FRP lock on Samsung Galaxy simply by installing the stock firmware via Odin. I remember doing the same to fix the firmware reset protection on a friend’s Galaxy S7 Edge. The truth is, you can’t remove FRP lock Google account issue on Samsung mobiles with a normal firmware flash.

Below, I’ll be describing the method to flash combination firmware on Samsung devices to remove the FRP lock.

1. Download Samsung Firmware

Since we will be using a combination of specific firmware binary components, you will need to download the latest Samsung firmware for your Galaxy device. You can grab or get the firmware file for your device model from any of the sources mentioned below.

2. Create Samsung Combination File

Okay, now that you have downloaded the correct firmware for your Samsung Galaxy phone or Tab, it’s time to create the combination firmware to remove the FRP lock on your Samsung device.

Follow the steps given below to create a combination firmware from the regular firmware files.

  1. Extract the downloaded Samsung firmware Zip file. You can use a Zip archiver like WinRar, 7Zip, PowerArchiver, etc. for the purpose.
  2. Open the extracted folder and you’ll find 5 firmware binaries including AP, BL, CP, CSC, and Home_CSC.
  3. Make sure you can view the .md5 extension of the files. If you see only .tar, click on the View tab on the Windows Explorer window and check the option that says ‘File name extensions‘.view samsung firmware file extension
  4. Now, right-click on the firmware file that starts with AP in its name and select the rename option and add a .zip extension after .md5.
  5. Then select the BL file and change its extension to .zip too.rename samsung .tar.md5 firmware file
  6. You can now extract the AP and BL zip files.
  7. Open the AP folder, copy the boot.img.lz4, and system.img.lz4 files and paste them in a new folder.samsung combination file frp boot and system image
  8. Similarly, open the BL folder and move the file names sboot.img.lz4 to the same new folder.samsung frp combination firmware sboot img
  9. Open the folder where you saved the boot.img,lz4, sboot.img.lz4, and system.img.lz4 files. Select all three files and zip them into one file by selecting the Compress to “New folder.zip” option from the Windows context menu.creare samsung combination file for frp lock
  10. Now, change the Zip extension of New folder.zip file to .tar and rename it with the firmware name as shown below.rename samsung frp combination firmware file

You have successfully created the Samsung combination file to remove FRP on your Galaxy device.

3. Reset Samsung Device and Enable USB Debugging

Before you proceed to install the combination file, you need to perform a data factory reset. Since you can’t do that via the device settings of your Samsung Galaxy phone or Tab, you need to do that via the Recovery Mode. The method to access the Recovery mode on Samsung devices differs from model to model. You can refer to my detailed tutorial on booting into the Samsung Recovery Mode.

  1. Once you get into the Android Recovery menu screen, select the Wipe data/factory reset. You can use the Volume up/down keys to navigate and the Power button to confirm the selection.
  2. Perform a data/factory reset and then select the Reboot system now option.
  3. When your Samsung device boots up, you’ll see the Samsung factory binary screen similar to one like shown below. Tap the mosaic icon on the top-left corner of the screen.samsung factory binary mode
  4. Doing so will show you the app drawer screen. Navigate to Settings > Developer options and enable USB debugging. If you don’t find that option, here is how you can turn on the Developer option on Samsung devices.
  5. Now, turn off your phone or tablet device by holding the Power button.

Flash Samsung Combination File with Odin

Okay, you now have the Samsung combination file that you created from the stock firmware. You have also enabled USB debugging on your Galaxy device to ensure that Odin can it. You are all set to remove the FRP lock on your Samsung phone or Tab.

  1. Download the patched version of Odin and extract the Zip file on your desktop.
    • Odin3 3.14.1 3B PatcheD (for devices released after 2018)
    • Odin3 3.13.3 3B PatcheD (for older Samsung models)
  2. Download and install the latest Samsung USB Driver on your Windows PC and reboot your system.
  3. Open the Odin folder and launch Odin3.exe as an administrator.
  4. It’s time to boot your Samsung device into the Download Mode.
  5. Connect your device to the computer using a compatible USB cable.
  6. When your phone or tablet is recognized by Odin, the ID:COM port will be highlighted.
  7. Click the Options tab in Odin and make sure that only the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are enabled there.
  8. Then click on the AP button and add the Samsung combination file you created earlier.flash samsung combination file in odin
  9. Finally, click the Start button to trigger the installation.
  10. Wait until the combination firmware installation finishes and you are greeted by the PASS!! message in Odin. Your Samsung Galaxy device will reboot automatically.

Just wait until your device boots up and that’s it. You have successfully removed FRP lock on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Please get the approval to use factory binary (PIT)

Sometimes, Samsung’s security feature might block the installation of custom firmware and throw the following error on the Download Mode screen of your Samsung Galaxy device.

Please get the approval to use factory binary (pit)

To fix this, you can flash the PIT (Partition Information Table) file for your device along with the Samsung combination file in Odin. If you don’t know how to get the correct PIT file, read my tutorial describing the steps to extract Samsung PIT from firmware.

Please keep in mind that if you install the PIT file, you’ll have to check the Re-partition option under the Options tab in Odin as well. Moreover, you’ll need to add the PIT file in Odin by clicking the Pit tab in Odin. If the Samsung combination file doesn’t help you to remove the FRP lock, you should also try the NAND Erase method using Odin.

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  • Hey there,

    I followed each and every step here, but unfortunately, if I click on “Start” in Odin, it just gets stuck in “File Analysis”.
    And nothing is happening anymore.
    Perhaps, it is because I can’t get my table USB debugging enabled?
    Because, if I follow your step 3 and start the “Wipe data/factory reset” and reboot the device after that, it doesn’t show me the “Samsung factory binary screen”.

    Any tips, how to solve the issues?

    Thank you

    • The manual gets a little bit spongy at this point, but it helped me to unlock my device. You need to flash (via odin) the device specific “android combination firmware” (just google it for your device), it’s a kind of minimalistic developer operating system, which contains the menu from point 3. When the flashing was successful, your device will boot to this new operating system, and you can enable the usb debugging. After that, you can easily flash (also via odin) your selfmade image file which you created from the stock firmware before. By the way, the file name is minor, as long as it is an archive ending with .tar, my file was called “selfmademix.tar”.

  • I followed the guide and I got to the part where we make our own combination rom and I can’t seem to find the sboot.bin.Iz4 in the BL file and none of the files that were shown in the picture are in my BL folder. What should I do to get the sboot.bin.Iz4?

    • I have the same problem. My device is a U.S Galaxy Note 10 Plus sm-n975u1 (n975u1ues5dtj6). I did the zip extraction of the BL file and I don’t have an sboot.bin.

        • T-Mobile or TMB. I used Frija to get the firmware files for my specific Note version. These are all the filenames in my BL folder (after I did the zip extract)

          abl.elf.lz4
          aop.mbn.lz4
          apdp.mbn.lz4
          bksecapp.mbn.lz4
          cmnlib.mbn.lz4
          cmnlib64.mbn.lz4
          devcfg.mbn.lz4
          dspso.bin.lz4
          hyp.mbn.lz4
          km4.mbn.lz4
          msadp.mbn.lz4
          multi_image.mbn.lz4
          NON-HLOS.bin.lz4
          quest.fv.lz4
          qupv3fw.elf.lz4
          sec.elf.lz4
          storsec.mbn.lz4
          tz.mbn.lz4
          uefi_sec.mbn.lz4
          vaultkeeper.mbn.lz4
          vbmeta.img.lz4
          xbl.elf.lz4
          xbl_config.elf.lz4

          • My device is an unlocked Galaxy Note 10 Plus (N975U1UES5DTJ6). It’s not a single file firmware since Frija gives me the same firmware files in your guide (AP, BL, CP, CSC, HOME with .tar.md5 extensions), only difference is that my BL file/folder has different contents compared to what I see in your guide and does not come with the sboot.bin.

          • Weird, mine is an unlocked Galaxy Note 10 Plus SM-N975 too. I have sboot.bin in the BL archive. Let me do a research.

    • I have the same problem with my Tracfone A01 SM-S111DL running Q. My AP file contains the following:
      meta-data (folder)
      boot.img.lz4
      dtbo.img.lz4
      metadata.img.lz4
      recovery.img.lz4
      super.img.lz4
      userdata.img.lz4
      vbmeta.img.lz4

      And my BL contains:
      aboot.mbn.lz4
      adspso.bin.lz4
      apdp.mbn.lz4
      bksecapp.mbn.lz4
      cmnlib_30.mbn.lz4
      cmnlib64_30.mbn.lz4
      devcfg.mbn.lz4
      km4.mbn.lz4
      msadp.mbn.lz4
      NON-HLOS.bin.lz4
      rpm.mbn.lz4
      sbl1.mbn.lz4
      sec.dat.lz4
      tz.mbn.lz4
      vaultkeeper.mbn.lz4

      So which files now constitute the combination file? Help will be greatly appreciated.

  • Hi so i have. Tried following this and i still dont understand how yuhou get the phone into Factory binary by factory reseting the device everytime i factoryreset it and then select the boot option it just loads back up regularly it doesnt load into factory binary like the above article stats i have tried and failed several times. What am i doing wrong and how do i get it into factory binary cuz i know its not by resetting the device and rebooting it! A little more info would be nice.

  • hey there,
    love your website! thank you so much for taking the time to put all of this information in one spot for us! I have an interesting question for you if you’re able to answer it.
    I used to know this answer, but have since forgot it, and I can’t find it online anywhere. When you are in the Factory Binary combination file and you select any of the action apps on the firmware, it pops up a box asking for a password. I remember this password was incredibly easy, whatever it was. haha. Do you happen to know what the password is for the combination firmwares?

  • Hello. At step 6, it asks me for a password to extract the zip file that I just created! Weird.
    I have the Nordic model of Samsung S7. The name of the file is AP_G930FXXS1DQLB_CL12365438_QB16111086_REV00_user_low_ship_meta.tar.md5.

  • Same Issue as Stated with others. Samsung Tab S4 SM-T830
    No sboot.img.lz4 in BL folder. Actually every file is different. No file with similar size, or any .bin.

  • Hi! everything with the firmware file works except i don’t have the system.img file. What’s the problem?

  • After I extract my AP and BL files there is no system.img.lz4 in there…. is it possibly called something else??

  • I can’t find the file called “system.img.” in the AP folder. Others, present. For Samsung S20+ 5G, VOD

  • Not possible to pass the installation. The phone requires approval for bootloader binaries. Samsung S20 plus

  • i have attempted to frp unlock my SAMSUNG TAB E (SM-T560NU) using odin3 v3.13.3_3B_patcheD with samsung firmware file T560NUUEU1CQK2_T560NUXAR1CQK2_home.tar which is an .md5 file. in odin i put the firmware file in the AP feild and clicked on start eveything went perfectly after the installation i received the green pass message my tablet rebooted BUT it DID NOT by pass the FRP google lock. PLEASE explain to me what am i doing wrong. thanks in advance for any help you can give and for everything that you contribute on this site your a real asset thanks again

  • Hey, my galaxy a21 on metro does not have a “system” OR “sboot” file. I assume that “super” is the same as “system” because of the large file size, but I can’t find an equivalent file to “sboot” to put in my combination folder. Please help!

  • Sadly I also do not have an sboot file from my frija download.

    Phone is a Verizon Galaxy S8

    G950USQU8DUD3

    I’m trying to pull a firmware zip close to the PDA id… it’s just that dang sboot file I need.
    If I find it I’ll post here.

  • Hi ive managed to get to the point where you are suppose to flash the file i made. But odin is stuck at “File analysis” Ive done everything as it says in this tutorial. am i missing something?

    • Ok, so ive managed to get my file flashed, but it does not remove the FRP Lock on SM-T580.
      also tried NAND Erase and repartition, but since FRP is on it ignores my PIT file.

      • Hey again. looks like I got it working. don’t know how cause it wanted me to connect to a google account to verify me so I turned it off and after about 5 min I thought I was going to try something I came across, and then it was unlocked when i turned it on without trying to do anything…Thanks for this guide, it helped me understand the workings of the FRP in some sense and how Smartphones/tablets work nowadays. I’ve unlocked and hacked my own smartphones in the early days to see how it worked and I see that it’s come some way since then so thank you very much, the help was very appreciated 🙂

  • I have an A5 2017 (SM-A520F) with a 1&1 service branded Android. I got it from ebay, and the pre-owner did a factory reset via recovery. System boot presents a language selection, then wifi connection setup, then a Google login that cannot be omitted (FRP). So I am stuck because I cannot enable USB debugging, and flashing of a ROM is prohibited because of FRP and OEM lock.
    By the way: I am on Linux and am using heimdall. Which partition name (or number) is used for the AP partition? Can I use heimdall flash –AP mycombinationfile.tar
    P.S.: The files I needed for the combination file are all present in my downloaded firmware.

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