This guide will show you how to downgrade your Samsung device from One UI 5.0 to One UI 4.0 aka Android 13 to Android 12. The South Korean conglomerate has just rolled out the 13th version of its operating system.
It brings a bunch of goodies, some UI changes, and some under-the-hood changes. Although it is still in the beta stage at the time of writing, there are a few bugs and issues expected.
Incompatibility issues with Android System Intelligence and excessive battery drainage have already been documented, but this is just the beginning. During your daily usage of the latest One UI version, you may encounter a lot more noticeable issues.
Even though we were all aware of this before entering the beta tester domain, it might still prove to be challenging to use your device effectively with such a buggy experience. Alternatively, you can downgrade your Samsung device from One UI 5.0 to One UI 4.0, which is the Android 12 version to the Android 13 version. That’s exactly what we’ll show you how to do in this guide. Keep up with us.
Downgrade Samsung One UI 5.0 to One UI 4.0: Android 13 to Android 12
You can carry out this downgrade process using either the Samsung Members App or Odin, but there’s one important thing to keep in mind. You can perform a downgrade using either of these two methods if you originally upgraded to One UI 5.0 Android 13 using the Samsung Members App.
Using the Samsung Members app is not possible in such a scenario if you upgraded using ADB Sideload or Alliance Shield App. Downgrading via Odin is the only option in such a case. Additionally, regardless of which method you choose, your device will undergo a reset, so make a backup first and then follow the steps below.
Downgrade from Android 13 to Android 12 via Samsung Members App
Tap on the Settings icon at the top right of the screen.
To check the status of the One UI Beta Program, tap on the Status button.
After clicking the Withdraw button, wait for the process to be completed.
One UI 4.0 Android 12 will be installed after the device is wiped and booted.
Downgrade from Android 13 to Android 12 via Odin
Below are the steps for downgrading your Samsung device from One UI 5.0 to One UI 4.0 using Odin. Keep reading.
The first step is to download Samsung USB drivers
In most cases, USB drivers are automatically installed when you connect your device to a PC via a USB cable. Nevertheless, if that isn’t the case for you, you can manually install the drivers. Get the official USB Drivers from the link below and run the setup file to get started. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the program on your computer.
The next step is to download the Odin Tool. To downgrade your Samsung device, you will need to flash the Android 12 OneUI 4.0 firmware onto your device. You can download it from the below link and then extract it to a convenient location on your computer.
You will now need to download the Samsung One UI 4.0 downgrade firmware. You should use the Frija Tool in this regard. However, this tool will only be useful until One UI 5.0 is in beta testing. As soon as it reaches the stable build for your device, you will have to use the SamMobile website or the Update site.
The reason for this is that Frija only uploads the latest stable build. Frija will continue to upload Android 12 firmware until Android 13 is released as a beta. Frija will start uploading Android 13 builds as soon as Android 13 for your device becomes available. SamMoble or SamUpdate will then be your best source for information.
Extract Samsung OneUI 4.0 Firmware
After downloading the firmware, extract it to a convenient location on your computer. We will use these files to downgrade your Samsung device from One UI 5.0 (Android 13) to One UI 4.0 (Android 12).
Boot your Samsung Device to Download Mode
You will now need to boot your Samsung device into Download Mode. In Download Mode, Odin can only recognize your device and interact with it. For more information on how to boot any Samsung device into download mode, please refer to our detailed guide: How to Boot any Samsung Device into Download Mode. For a shorter explanation, follow these steps:
The first thing you need to do is power off your device.
To turn Bixby on, press and hold the Volume Down + Bixby + Power buttons (or Volume Down + Home + Power on older devices) for about five seconds.
To boot your Samsung device into Download Mode, press the Volume Up key once you see the Warning screen.
Install One UI 4.0 Downgrade Firmware via Odin
The first thing you need to do is connect your device via a USB cable to your PC. Make sure it is in Download Mode when you boot it.
Open the Odin Tool by double-clicking on the Odin3_v3.14.4.exe file in the folder where you extracted Odin.
The ID: COM port of the tool should now be highlighted. It indicates that the tool is able to recognize your device and that the connection is successful. Now you can load the BL, AP, CP, and CSC files into Odin.
BL represents the BL file extracted from the firmware file. Click on the BL button, navigate to the extracted firmware file, and select BL from that location.
Once the AP firmware file has been uploaded, click on it. You might have to wait a while for this to finish.
CP firmware file should now be loaded by clicking CP.
Click CSC and upload the Home_CSC file (make sure it’s the Home_CSC file and not the normal CSC).
If you have loaded all four files, go to the ‘Options’ section of Odin and check Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time (see the below image).
Once the process has begun, click the Start button and wait for it to finish.
Once the installation is complete, you should see the PASS message and your device should boot to the OS. Now that you have disconnected it from your PC, you can close the program.
I think that’s all. These are the steps for downgrading any Samsung device from Android 13 to Android 12, i.e. from One UI 5.0 to One UI 4.0. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding these steps. In the shortest time possible, we will reach out to you with a solution.