Galaxy Note 10.1: How to exit Factory Mode into UserMode

mtcstle

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Through an unfortunate sequence of volume/power key manipulations, my Galaxy Note 10.1 entered "Factory Mode" and won't come out. This is evidenced by a semitransparent panel superimposed upon the "home" screen with a list of hardware information and by a message I saw only briefly during one restart that stated in red, something like "...in Factory Mode... change to user mode before verification". I've done done a "factory reset", goodbye custom settings, but to no avail. Does anyone know how to exit "Factory Mode" on this device?

So far, I have followed some reasonably clear directions to root the device. I think I was successful, I've verified that /system/xbin/su is rwsr-sr-x root:root. I read in another forum that if I rooted the machine and edited /efs/FactoryApp/factorymode from OFF to ON, it would correct the problem. If I enter su -root "echo -n ON > /efs/FactoryApp/factorymode" I get permission denied. It is perhaps of note that when I su, my prompt remains "$" although I see a message that the shell has been granted superuser privilege.

This "aint my first rodeo". But, it is my first android. Perhaps, I'm not starting a shell with su?

Any help or advice gratefully accepted.
 
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Re: How to exit Factory Mode into UserMode

I tried on XDA. They made some helpful suggestions but, "NO JOY". Maybe someone here has some ideas. I've loaded a new ROM, 4.1.2 but I'm still stuck in factory mode. Maybe someone knows how I might contact the factory to find how put it back into user mode.
 

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Re: How to exit Factory Mode into UserMode

Here is the exact solution for this problem which i have recently had!

You have to root your phone and install Terminal Emulator from Google Play.

Open terminal emulator and type as ;

su
rm /efs/FactoryApp/keystr
rm /efs/FactoryApp/factorymode
echo -n ON >> /efs/FactoryApp/keystr
echo -n ON >> /efs/FactoryApp/factorymode
chown 1000.1000 /efs/FactoryApp/keystr
chown 1000.1000 /efs/FactoryApp/factorymode
chmod 0744 /efs/FactoryApp/keystr
chmod 0744 /efs/FactoryApp/factorymode
reboot

You now should not see the that message anymore. Its because of an EFS corruption. ( Thanks to yesilcin*com) for exact solution.
Hope it helps!!!
 

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Re: How to exit Factory Mode into UserMode

Here is the exact solution for this problem which i have recently had!

You have to root your phone and install Terminal Emulator from Google Play.

Open terminal emulator and type as ;

su
rm /efs/FactoryApp/keystr
rm /efs/FactoryApp/factorymode
echo -n ON >> /efs/FactoryApp/keystr
echo -n ON >> /efs/FactoryApp/factorymode
chown 1000.1000 /efs/FactoryApp/keystr
chown 1000.1000 /efs/FactoryApp/factorymode
chmod 0744 /efs/FactoryApp/keystr
chmod 0744 /efs/FactoryApp/factorymode
reboot

You now should not see the that message anymore. Its because of an EFS corruption. ( Thanks to yesilcin*com) for exact solution.
Hope it helps!!!

Thanks Worked for me. Also brought back my lock screen and my power button options, i do think a rom messed about with my efs file. Thank you again "inflock"
 

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Re: How to exit Factory Mode into UserMode

when I wrote this : rm /efs/FactoryApp/keystr........
I saw this : root@android:/ # rm /efs/FactoryApp/keystr
rm failed for /efs/FactoryApp/keystr, No such file or directory
255|root@android:/ #
What can I do?
 

Harlan Thompson

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Re: How to exit Factory Mode into UserMode

YES!!! WOOOO Thank you, thank you, thank you omg i was having this same problem on my SGS4 AT&T. Worked perfect to clear that factory mode, phones fully operational again!!
 

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Re: How to exit Factory Mode into UserMode

Hi and thank you so much, it worked perfectly well although i had to try twice and the second time was good; the second time, before the procedure, i went to settings-applications-running and stopped factory test (two services under the same name) and then this worked, i got back lock screen etc...

while I am at this, i had problems with failed to mount efs, boot loop, factory mode on and imei 049...not registered in network and i had no backups whatsoever -

if anyone faces these problems, don't be discouraged because i fixed mine: first i used odin 1.85 to flash stock frimwere again - nothing changed (i was already on stock but boot loop due to bad efs!!) -
boot loop problem - done in mobile service shop (my choice was not samsung, a simple one) with ns pro box - 2 minutes work no payment for me but 10 euros normally -

factory mode on - this fix here, which is great, and

imei 049...not registered on network - again ns pro box, 5 minutes work, all my friend with ns pro box did was rewrite the correct ime and flash it with the box (correct imei under the battery).

that's all, my lovely note 2 is back in business;

backing up everything is always good but even if you made a mistake, it's not the end for your note 2, at least not in my kind of situation :)
 

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Re: How to exit Factory Mode into UserMode

" inflock " thank you sooooooooooooooooo much buddy u saved my phone :)
thanks again ;)
 

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Re: How to exit Factory Mode into UserMode

great....
factory mode does not appear again...
this work with my s6810
thank you :)
 
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Re: How to exit Factory Mode into UserMode

i tried to kill the services before executing the adb commands, but i'm still not able to get my lockscreen and power menu back :( any suggestions?
 

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Re: How to exit Factory Mode into UserMode

this does not help me. everything I type says no such file or directory.

suggestions? this is on a sprint S3 L710.
 

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Re: How to exit Factory Mode into UserMode

After restoring my efs file from a copy i had, this worked great (no more yellow text)

I still dont have network, i'm going to look into ns pro box which someone has suggested

Thanks
 

Andrew Boulton

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Re: How to exit Factory Mode into UserMode

@nerys
If you have a copy of the efs file somewhere, restore it (i had to copy one file over at a time) using root explorer. The files need to be in the correct place for the instructions to work correctly.
 

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Re: How to exit Factory Mode into UserMode

Hi,

I am having exactly the same issue with my Galaxy Note GT-N8000. However, in order to implement the solution given by inflock, the tablet needs to be rooted first. Since I am a complete newbie, can anyone please guide me to a reliable guide for rooting my tablet (Google throws up too many options!) or is there any way to complete this bypassing a root?

Thanks & Happy Holidays!
 

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