How To Download Official Android Nougat on Galaxy S7/S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners, the good news is out for all of you. The much awaited and much needed Android 7.0 Nougat for our beloved devices is finally rolling out. After days of beta testing, Samsung has finally started rolling out the final build of Android 7.0 Nougat for both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. The firmware has surfaced over the internet as well, which means you can now download it flash on your phone without waiting for the OTA update. Android 7.0 Nougat definitely brings a bag of goodies. It improves the performance, stability and battery life of the S7 and S7 Edge. There are many new features, a number of UI elements got a new look.

The list of new features in Android 7 Nougat is long. We will try to make it short. Some of the applications in the phone have got new colours. Samsung has changed the way battery indicator in the status bar looks. The app folders in the phone are now transparent. You can now change the screen resolution to save battery life on your phone. You can add third party applications in the quick toggles menu and a lot more. The firmware is better and greater over all. Since the firmware has now made its way to the web, we can safely have a look on the installation method.

Let’s go through the method to download and install official Android 7.0 Nougat on Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge now. Follow the instructions listed below to the letter to avoid any mishap. Be reminded that the firmwares linked below are completely official and untouched. You can flash these firmwares on your phone regardless of the region. All you need is to match your device model number and you are good to go.

Firmware Details and Download

Galaxy S7 G930F and others

Galaxy S7 Edge G935F and others

Early Preparations

  • Make sure that your device is exactly as mentioned above. To check out what device you have, go to Settings > More/General > About Device or Settings > About Device and match the model number. Be careful about the device model number, flashing a file on a device not listed here might result in bricking it up. In that case, we may not be held responsible.
  • Your device’s battery should not be weak. In case your device goes dead during the flashing process, your device may get soft bricked and you might be in need of flashing stock firmware and that will ultimately result in wiping up your data as well.
  • Always use the original data cable to establish connection between your Android device and your computer / laptop. Using ordinary data cables might interrupt the flashing process, so to avoid any mishap, you need to meet this requirement as well.
  • Backup everything!

    Backup SMS Messages
    Backup Call Logs
    Backup Contacts
    Backup Media – Copy your files manually to your PC or Laptop.
    Backup EFS – If rooted, otherwise skip this step.

  • Make sure that you turn off Samsung Kies while using Odin3 flashtool. Samsung Kies will interrupt Odin3 and will result in causing errors and may not let you flash your desired firmware. Also, make sure that you turn off any antivirus software you’ve installed and also disable firewall to avoid any connection and flashing issues.

Required Downloads & Installations

  1. Download and install Samsung USB Drivers on your PC.
  2. Download and extract Odin3 v3.12.3
  3. Extract the downloaded firmware file to get the .tar.md5 files.

How To Update Galaxy S7/S7Edge to Official Android 7 Nougat

  1. Make sure that you read the instructions listed above carefully and you’re all set to go ahead now.
  2. Wipe your device complete in order to attain a neat installation. You may boot into the recovery mode and perform a factory data reset.
  3. Open Odin3.exe.
  4. Put your Galaxy S7 Edge in download mode. To do so, turn it off and wait for 10 seconds. Turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home Button + Power Key simultaneously, You should see a warning, press Volume Up to continue. In case this method doesn’t work for you, try one from this guide.
  5. Connect your device to your PC.
  6. As soon as Odin detects your phone, the ID:COM box should turn blue.
  7. Now in Odin, selects the files one by one as shown in the picture.
  8. Select BL tab and select the BL file in it.
  9. Select AP tab and select the PDA or AP file in it.
  10. Select CP tab and select the CP file in it.
  11. Select CSC tab and select HOME_CSC file in it.
  12. Make sure that the options selected in your Odin are exactly as shown in the pic.
  13. Hit start and wait till the firmware  flashing is complete, The flashing process box will turn green upon successful flashing.
  14. Once the flashing process has been completed successfully, disconnect your device and reboot it manually.
  15. Once the device boots up, checkout the new firmware now.
  16. Your device will be running on official Android 7.0 Nougat firmware.
  17. Once updated to stock, do not try to downgrade, or else you will result in messing up EFS partition of your device.
  18. That’s all!

Got any queries? Make sure that you drop em’ in the comment box below. Good Luck!

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