How to Update Galaxy S6 SM-G920F to Android 6.0 Marshmallow Official Firmware

One of the most awaited update for one of the best devices of 2015, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge both are receiving the official update of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Firmware is still in its beta condition, but those who wants to enjoy it a little early they can get their hands on it, furthermore, you can always switch back to an older version by flashing it manually. Since it is in its beta stage, you are sure to experience bugs and some performance issues too but with the passage of time they will release further updates depending on what the users are complaining about and what they want in it and what should be removed or fixed. The official stable firmware will take its time to release, so till then you can enjoy this beta version to see what changes they have made in it.

How to Update Galaxy S6 SM-G920F to Android 6.0 Marshmallow Official Firmware

There are a couple of ways to get this latest firmware on your device, one is you can wait for the OTA update that works fine but you might have to wait quite a long time for that. Second one is to flash it via Odin, that also works fine but you have to wait for the .tar image, which is not available for the current moment. The third one is to flash it via the Custom Recovery and that works like 100% also confirmed by the community.We can go ahead now and follow the process to update Galaxy S6 Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge SM-G920F to Android 6.0 Marshmallow official firmware

Early Preparations

1. This guide is only for Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge G920F

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.

2. Battery should be charged at least 60%!

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. So, make sure that you charge your device before you start the flashing process.

3. Use the OEM data cable to establish connection!

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.

4. Backup everything!

Just to be on the safe side, you may consider backing up each and everything from your Android device. This is highly recommended so that in case anything goes wrong, you still have the access to all of your data and you can restore it immediately. Also, clean install is always recommended, that means you will probably have to wipe your device to install the new firmware. So, you may backup everything as listed below.

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.

5. Install Samsung USB drivers

In order to be able to establish connection between your PC and your Galaxy S6 Edge, you need to have the Samsung USB drivers installed on your PC. You can find all Android USB drivers here on our site.

6. Turn off Samsung Kies and other softwares while using Odin3!

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 firwmrae. Also, make sure that you turn off any antivirus software you’ve installed and also disable firewall to avoid any connection and flashing issues.

Pre-requisites: 

  • Flash TWRP 3.0 Recovery on your device: Download
  • Download Android 6.0 Firmware: Link
  • Download and extract Odin3 v3.10.6.
  • Android 6.0.1 bootlaoder: Link
  • Android 5.1.1 bootlaoder: Link
  • Super Su.Zip: Link

How To Flash 5.1.1 Bootlaoder:

  1. Open Odin3.exe.
  2. Put your Galaxy S6 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.
  3. Connect your device to your PC.
  4. As soon as Odin detects your phone, the ID:COM box should turn blue.  Make sure that you’ve installed Samsung USB drivers before connecting.
  5. For Odin 3.09 or 3.10.6 hit the BL tab. Select the 5.1.1 Bootlaoder file and Click Start
  6. Once over, proceed below.

How To Flash TWRP 3.0 and Firmware

  1. From Odin hit the AP tab. Select the TWRP Recovery File and Click Start
  2. Reboot your device and Transfer Marshmallow.zip file to the root of your SDcard.
  3. After the recovery installation, Power Down your device and reboot to Recovery Mode.
  4. In TWRP, Tap on Install > Marshmallow.zip File and swipe the Slider to Start the Installation.

Final Part Flash 6.0.1 Bootloader:

  1. Open Odin3.exe.
  2. Put your Galaxy S6 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.
  3. Connect your device to your PC.
  4. As soon as Odin detects your phone, the ID:COM box should turn blue.  Make sure that you’ve installed Samsung USB drivers before connecting.
  5. For Odin 3.09 or 3.10.6 hit the BL tab. Select the 6.0.1 Bootlaoder file and Click Start

Once everything is done, Reboot your device and let it take its time. After setting up the device, check the Firmware version from Settings > About device to Confirm.

Via: XDA

  • Hyodou Issei “Harem King”

    What countries does this work for? I have the SM-G920F and I live in Ireland. Will this work for me?

    • @disqus_z8J20tYxGH:disqus if you have the G920F variant, you can safely flash this firmware. Best of luck 🙂

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