Install Galaxy J5 2016 Android 7.1.1 Nougat Stock ROM

Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 was updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat a couple of days ago. Galaxy J5 originally ran on Android Marshmallow out of the box. The Android Nougat update for this phone was totally unexpected. The update first hit the Indian region. Galaxy J5 with the model number J510FN was the lucky phone to get this update first of all. If you have a Galaxy J5 with the model number J510FN, you can update your phone right now. Before updating the phone, it’s important to know what features and changes the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update will introduce on your phone.

Galaxy J5 2016 will get a new UI after installing the Android Nougat update. There are massive performance and battery life enhancements in this update. You will note new icons in the notification panel. The entire toggles section has been redesigned for the Nougat update. There are new icons in the settings application. Some applications have got new features. You will find the recently accessed files menu in the file manager now. Samsung has improved the overall stability of the phone in this update. There are many other changes that you can only see once you update your J5 2016 to this latest firmware.

There are multiple methods to update your phone with a new software. First of all, you can check for OTA update. If there is a big update available for your phone, you can update it right away and it should be the new Android 7.1.1. If there is no OTA update available, the next option should be to go with the Samsung Smart Switch. If the Smart Switch also fails to show you the latest update, the last resort is to download the update manually and flash it using Odin Flashtool. The last resort is exactly what we are here for. In this tutorial, Galaxy J5 2016 owners will learn to install Galaxy J5 2016 Android 7.1.1 Nougat Stock ROM.

Install Galaxy J5 2016 Android 7.1.1 Nougat Firmware Update through OTA

  1. On your Galaxy J5 2016 J510FN, go to Settings.
  2. In Settings, go to About Device.
  3. In About device > Software update.
  4. Check for new update now. If there is an update available, update your phone right away.

OTA update not available yet? You need to follow the manual process. Samsung has its own tool called Odin3 which can be used to flash the firmware files manually on your smartphone. Scroll down to update your Galaxy J5 2016 J510FN to Android 7.1.1 Nougat manually.

Install Galaxy J5 2016 Android 7.1.1 Nougat Stock ROM

[Odin Method]

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 a 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 flash-tool. 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. Firmware for Galaxy J5 2016 J510FN: Firmware for J510FN [J510FNXXU2BQJD]
  4. Extract the downloaded firmware file to get the .tar.md5 files.

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How to Install Official Android 7.0 Nougat on Galaxy J5 2016 J510FN

  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 J5 2016 J510FN 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.
    1. Select BL tab and select the BL file in it.
    2. Select AP tab and select the PDA or AP file in it.
    3. Select CP tab and select the CP file in it.
    4. Select CSC tab and select HOME_CSC file in it.
  8. Make sure that the options selected in your Odin are exactly as shown in the pic.
  9. Hit start and wait till the firmware flashing is complete, The flashing process box will turn green upon successful flashing.
  10. Once the flashing process has been completed successfully, disconnect your device and reboot it manually.
  11. Once the device boots up, check out the new firmware now.
  12. Your device will be running on official Android 7.1.1 Nougat firmware.
  13. Once updated to stock, do not try to downgrade, or else you will result in messing up EFS partition of your device.
  14. That’s all!

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

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