Waiting for your device to do the latest version of Android – with few exceptions – can be desperate. First, you have to cross your fingers so that the manufacturer decides to update it, then wait until you have the update ready and finally extend it to your region and operator.
If you know that your device already has a new version but you are tired of giving it to look for updates and to tell you that you have the latest version of the system, there is still something you can do: update the firmware by yourself. This, of course, as long as your terminal is not tied to any specific network (i.e. free).
1. Find and download firmware
There are several web pages that automatically collect the firmware published by Samsung on their servers, such as Updated Android. This firmware is official, without any modification and so once installed will continue to be displayed as official firmware, without root and other stories. It’s like receiving it through Kies.
The database is huge and includes all models of Samsung devices there and there. Now, you need to make sure the exact model of your device does not end up downloading a firmware for a similar model. For example, a Galaxy A5 is distributed in more than 20 different models. If you have a good view, the easiest way to check is to read the tiny letter on the back of the phone.
The same information is available on the system in Settings – About the device in the Model Number section. It is important that you check the exact model, as the difference between them can be as subtle as a letter or an extra zero.
Once you have it located, go to the firmware download section on Updated Android or another page of the firmware of your choice and look for your model. The finder is sometimes a bit treacherous, so make sure after searching for the results are actually for the model you wanted.
The list of results can be a bit overwhelming since they include all the firmware known for years for all the regions in which that particular model is distributed. As you are probably interested in the latest version of Android, which has not yet come to you by official channels, chances are that in this case, the options are less.
Do not worry too much about the countries, since if your mobile is free, technically you should be able to install the firmware of any country. But you must consider that each country can have a configuration slightly different system between the numbers of included languages available in the system, applications preinstalled and regional versions of Samsung Pay to They would not go in your country.
The preinstalled applications can be very different from region to region, and it is that China totally different than those of Russia. For all this, it is recommended that you choose and download the firmware closest to you: if you are in Spain, Firmware’s from other European countries will do better than the Vietnamese version, which could do without Spanish.
Once you have selected it, download it to your PC. It will take a while since today’s firmware takes up about 2 GB of space.
2. Unzip it to a folder
The firmware is downloaded to ZIP files that you have to open and unzip somewhere on your hard drive. The specific folder does not matter since you can later find your location wherever you are.
3. Download and open ODIN
The header tool to update your Samsung from Windows that we will use is ODIN. You can download Odin 3.12.17 from here. Unzip it somewhere on your PC and then open Odin.exe, or open it directly from the ZIP, as you prefer.
4. Restart the mobile in Download mode
You already have everything ready. Although the Android update should be painless, it never hurts to back up and manually verify if there is something on the device that makes us especially afraid to lose. If so, better put it safely before, and is that you never know.
When everything is safe, turn off the phone and then turn it on for download mode. To achieve this, most, if not all, Samsung devices require you to turn on the mobile while pressing the Home button, the Power button, and the Volume down button.
In doing so, you are shown on the screen a warning indicating how bad it is to modify the operating system and the problems that can cause you. You must press the button to increase the volume to show that you are satisfied and decide to continue.
At this time a screen that says Downloading will appear on your device and will wait for orders.
5. Connect the cable to the PC
Connect the device to the PC using a USB cable that is reliable. There are many bad wires out there, and you would not want them to disconnect in half leaving your phone aloft. It is also important that you have a sufficient amount of battery, such as more than half.
6. Load the firmware
In Odin, one of the boxes under ID: COM should light blue indicating that it detects the connected mobile or tablet. If so, press the AP button to choose the firmware you unzipped somewhere on your hard drive.
The first time you do the system will check the integrity of the file with the MD5 hash check. Do not despair if you seem to be stuck for a minute.
7. Check the options
The standard configuration of Odin is enough to install the firmware, but it never hurts to do a manual check for the flies. Go to Odin’s options tab and verify that only the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time are enabled. The most important thing is that Re-Partition is not marked.
It is done. Take a deep breath and press the Start button. Do not fear, everything will be fine. You will be shown progress in both Odin (a green progress bar with a text) and on the device, with a progress bar under the Android mouse.
The process will take a couple of minutes, and then the device will restart automatically since we had left the option Auto Reboot checked. The first time you boot up with a new version of Android takes quite a while, so be patient.
If we are talking about Marshmallow and not Nougat, there will be an additional process of “optimized” applications once the system has been booted. This process can easily be ten minutes, depending on how many applications you have installed.