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Installing & Using Heimdall On With Linux

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Installing & Using Heimdall On With Linux

HEIMDALL-- Working with your Android device can be pretty straight forward, especially for those that are just looking to use it straight out of the box without any modifications. However for those of you that are looking to root your Android device, you are going to need a little extra firepower. That firepower is free and goes by the name Heimdall, and many call this the “Odin for Linux/MAC,” though I personally find it to be even better.

Installing Heimdall is going to be easy to do, all you will need to do is follow these steps;

  1. Go to the official website here:

  1. Scroll down and click on Download(for Linux)

  1. Click to download the Heimdall version for your Linux version (EX. ubuntu13.04-heimdall_1.4.0-0_amd64.deb will work with 14.04 & 13.04 64bit)

  1. Click and download the frontend if you don't like to work inside the terminal

  1. Open your Downloads folder and click to install the files you downloaded

  1. Remember to open Heimdall as Admin(sudo) so it works correctly

  1. Enjoy!

Now for those of you(including me) that would rather work within the terminal, the next bit is for you. Once you have Heimdall installed, you can follow these next instructions on how to flash files to your Android device. REMEMBER, I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING THAT MAY HAPPEN TO YOUR DEVICE. THIS IS A WARNING, YOU MAY BRICK YOUR DEVICE IF YOU FLASH THE WRONG FILES. With that being said, let us begin….

  1. Download the CORRECT files you wish to flash

  2. Place your device in “download” mode and plug it into your PC

  3. Open the terminal and navigate to the location you have your files ready to be flashed.(EX. cd ~/Downloads)

  4. Type, “sudo heimdall detect” and ensure your device is connected correctly and detected.

  5. Type “sudo heimdall print-pit” to find out the file names you will need to flash

  6. Type “sudo heimdall flash” followed by the action then file name you are looking to flash.(EX. sudo heimdall flash --RECOVERY recovery.img)

  7. You can flash multiple files at one.(EX. sudo heimdall flash --RECOVERY recovery.img --BOOT boot.img --MODEM modem.bin etc...etc...)

  8. Keep booting into Download mode until all your files have been flashed, you may need to manually press the keys more than once during this process.

There you have it, a quick and easy overview on installing and running Heimdall on a Linux PC. The Frontend of Heimdall will be a little more self explanatory, but I recommend the Terminal as it has never failed me in the past. Sometimes the frontend UI can be a little buggy and the terminology doesn't match up at times, so just take that into consideration.

Head over to XDA for more information on what files you need for your specific Android device.

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