During this part of the year, manufacturers update their flagship devices to the latest version of Android. Everyone loves to enjoy the new features that OEMs introduce on software updates. One big part of the Android world is the ability to customize the phone.
You can do many things with an Android phone like rooting, installing custom ROMs and custom recoveries. For the most part, this works quite well. You enjoy exclusive apps and extra features that you do not get to use on stock firmwares. This applies for all Android devices, be it Nexus, Samsung Galaxy, HTC One, Sony Xperia or LG. ROMs are a great way to make every device better.
But then, after a few weeks or months, the manufacturer announces that it has just started seeding an official Android software update. During these months, the case has been with Android 5.0 Lollipop where many OEM have rolled out their perspective updates.
You are happy that you will finally be able to enjoy the latest version of Android. So you go ahead and proceed to download the update using the common way, OTA. You go to Settings > About Phone > Software Updates and press the “Check for updates” button. The spinning wheel shows up, rolls for a few seconds and then a warning appears “Your device has been modified. Software updates are not available”.
If you have never rooted your phone or installed a custom ROM, you will not receive this message. This warning appears on devices which are rooted and have a custom recovery or ROM installed. When this message appears, you cannot download and install the software update, even if your phone is eligible.
If your phone shows the “Your device has been modified. Software updates are not available” warning, the only solution to receive the update is to send the phone back to stock. You don’t need to do anything complicated. All you have to do is to perform a factory reset and flash a stock firmware on your phone.
Since no Android phone is the same, there are different methods that you can use to flash a stock firmware on your phone.
Here at NaldoTech, we have already covered a few installation guides of stock firmwares. While they are for specific devices, they can be used on other variants too, for as long as they are created by the same manufacturer.
How To Fix “Your device has been modified. Software updates are not available” Error on Android devices to receive OTA software updates
To sum up, all you have to is to flash a stock firmware and you are good to go. Here are a few tutorials for some of the most popular brands.
- How To Install Official Galaxy S5 Firmware & Kernel (ODIN)
- How To Upgrade & Downgrade Firmware on Samsung Galaxy Devices
As we mentioned above, even though some of these guides are for specific devices, they work on all variants, for as long as they are manufactured by the same company. So, if the guide is for the Galaxy S5, it will work on Galaxy S4 and Note 4 too. The same thing with the Xperia Z2 and HTC One M7.
Once you flash a stock firmware, the “Your device has been modified. Software updates are not available” will no longer appear and you will be able to install OTA updates.