How To Reset Flash Counter And Remove Yellow Triangle Without A USB Jig

Posted by Ticehuac Acuauhtli On Saturday, March 03, 2012 29 comments
Updated 08/16/2012 with new supported devices and reminders.

There are ways you can reset your flash counter to zero and remove the yellow triangle. To reset your flash counter, you need a USB jig and a long process. Removal of the yellow triangle takes long too and on my end, it didn't work at all. Must have done something wrong. Just a few hours ago, I discovered a not-so-new app that allows users to reset their flash counters and remove the yellow triangle in one click.

Compatible Devices


  • Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 **
  • Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 **
  • Samsung Galaxy Note GT-I9220 **
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 **
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300T **
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 AT&T/Sprint/T-Mobile/Verizon/US Cellular/Canada
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P310x 7" 3G
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P311x 7" Wi-Fi
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P510x 10" 3G
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P511x 10" Wi-Fi
** Some variant models are supported depending on your firmware and kernel. Sometimes, installing a different kernel can make it work. 

Important Reminders

  • Triangle Away can unmount your SD card. Reboot the phone or remount via the Settings.
  • On SGS3 i9300, the "system modified" status can only be reset in some firmwares

How To Reset Your Flash Counter & Remove Yellow Triangle (without a USB Jig)

Prerequisite: Your phone must have an ICS ROM. If you are running a non-ICS ROM, back it up and install an ICS ROM. Follow the steps below and when you revert to your old ROM, your flash counter should be zero and the yellow triangle is gone.

1) Download Triangle Away by Chainfire.


[MARKET LINK] $2.00
[FREE DOWNLOAD] --- thanks, Chainfire!

2) Go to download mode and check your flash counter.

While on download mode, the following should appear:

ODIN MODE
PRODUCT NAME: GT-i9100
CUSTOM BINARY DOWNLOAD: 46
CURRENT BINARY: CUSTOM


Your flash counter is the number beside "CUSTOM BINARY DOWNLOAD". Mine is 46 but yours could be different. Take note of your flash counter.

3) Reboot your phone and see if the yellow triangle appears on boot image.

4) Launch Triangle Away and check your phone's status under Flash Counter > Current status. The details should match everything you checked for from steps 2 and 3. If details match, proceed. If not, DO NOT PROCEED as this would potentially brick your phone.

5) Click Reset flash counter. After a few seconds, the app will prompt a successful flash counter reset.


6)  Go to download mode again. Your phone must display the following details:

ODIN MODE
PRODUCT NAME: GT-i9100
CUSTOM BINARY DOWNLOAD: NONE
CURRENT BINARY: SAMSUNG OFFICIAL


7) Reboot your phone. No more yellow triangle! 

When you revert to a non-ICS ROM, your flash counter and no-more-yellow-triangle status will be retained :-) ENJOY!

Oh, and don't forget to follow me on Twitter @shetalksandroid! We can be a whole community of Android geeks there! :D

29 comments:

  1. Nice find. Painless. Thanks for the tip!

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  2. You're welcome :) If you have Twitter, please follow me there to get more tips in the future! I'm @shetalksandroid :)

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  3. Thanks, works great on root XXLPH

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  4. Thanks buddy, much appreciated....it worked like a charm

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  5. Saves all the hastle of changing bootloaders AND having to use the JIG. Worked for me with my shiny new ICS install.

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  6. excellent tool. I purchased and it reset and removed the yellow triangle. keep your good work mate. Cheers G!

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  7. @to everyone: you're welcome and thanks for visiting my blog!

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  8. this is excellent tips i ever found! but can i use this method for my Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100G?
    i afraid there is different between G and non-G version :(

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  9. @suadrif: I believe so. As long as you have an ICS ROM :)

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  10. I have galaxy note gt-n7000 and I have ics rom but its not locating hidden partions please tell me which ics rom to use

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  11. check the original developer link...

    it says triangle away app does not work on Official ICS firmwares for galaxy note ...you may brick your phone

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1494114

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  12. Thanks, that worked quite perfectly. I had counter on 17, it resetted to 0. Bought the app and donated some to chainfire for his awesome work

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  13. Latest update: It does (again) work with ICS and yes it can brick your Note.

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  14. EVERYONE. So sorry for being absent for an entire month! Got busy with work. I hope you all understand.

    @palwindersingh854: I believe @Arjun Dayal Mathur already answered your question. Thank you so much commenter! :-*

    @Aziz Ansari: You're welcome. And I'm glad to have helped Chainfire out with your donation!

    @Anonymous: Thanks for the comment :) It can brick any app-compatible phone I believe. Almost bricked mine when I accidentally pressed "Reset Flash Counter" even though the counter was zero :-O. I was so scared. Good thing nothing happened!

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  15. after doing that, can I delete the app or it must be installed all the time?

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  16. @Anonymous: you can delete the app after :)

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  17. but ofter flash i dont get this deadils
    ODIN MODE
    PRODUCT NAME: GT-i9100
    CUSTOM BINARY DOWNLOAD: NONE
    CURRENT BINARY: SAMSUNG OFFICIAL

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  18. ODIN MODE
    PRODUCT NAME: GT-i9100
    CUSTOM BINARY DOWNLOAD: NONE
    CURRENT BINARY: SAMSUNG OFFICIAL


    ofter flash i dont get this deatils
    help me

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  19. @mnsamy msamy: sorry for the super late reply i was busy these past two weeks. didn't get back to my blog until now :( My first question is... is the yellow triangle gone?

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  20. No! Has android in it mopping underneath it says Downloading...
    My phone reads as follows
    PRODUCT NAME : SPH-M930
    CUSTOM BINERY DOWNLOAD : 0
    CURRENT BINERY : OFFICIAL
    odin_init()



    Help!!!!

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  21. Okay, I read your values again. And I think it is correct. It's just different from mine because we have different models. I have GT-i9100 and you have a SPH-M930.

    Now I want you to turn on your phone. A logo of your unit is supposed to show. In my case it is "Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100". You call that the boot image. Is there a yellow triangle below it or is it gone?

    The Android that you are describing is different. That is the "Download Mode" my friend. Turn on your phone. Below the logo of your phone, see if you still have the yellow triangle or if it's gone :)

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  22. Hi Ada,

    I recently stocked my galaxy S2 to official ICS.
    I have GT-i9100M.
    My custom count is 1.

    Will this work for it?

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  23. thank you so much...everything seatle down...no more yellow triangle at my phone...gone already...

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  24. @Raj: Hey! Sorry for the late reply :-( GT-i9100M may be supported by this app since it supports variants of GT-i9100. But Chainfire notes it will "depend on firmware." I think it's worth taking the risk since you essentially have an i9100. Just make sure the flash counters match as detailed in this article :-)

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  25. where is the file? how do i install it? :)

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  26. u r awesome buddi..was realy getin tensed lukin at dose ardous methods in youtube... finaly u gav d easiest solution!!! thnx a lot!!

    worked perfectly for me

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  27. @Anonymous: Please check the XDA thread for the download link :-) Chainfire doesn't allow posting of download links from this post.

    @Sumanth: You are welcome! :-) I totally understand you. Even I didn't consider using those USB jigs and other methods. Seems so complicated @_@ I'm always looking for easier techniques when I stumbled upon this application.

    @Anonymous: Thanks! Chainfire did a great work :-)

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