Install Official Android 7.0 Nougat on Galaxy S6

Samsung recently released Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Galaxy S6 Edge. Immediately after the S6 Edge, this update followed the non-edge variant, the Galaxy S6 as well. The phone is now enjoying all new Android 7.0 Nougat in several regions all across the world. Android Nougat brings a bunch of new features to the phone and almost changes the whole UI.

Samsung has revamped the whole TouchWiz in Android Nougat. At first, the phone will get a new notification bar, new lock-screen and new toggles. Samsung has changed the toggles color to all-white now. Toggle buttons have been changed as well. The buttons have no background now. Settings application has a brand new UI with all new icons. Application icons in the app drawer are new as well. New options like changing the resolution, changing the torch intensity are also a part of this update. Android 7.0 Nougat.

At the moment, this update is hitting the phone through OTA. If you are unlucky to have it hit your phone through OTA, then another way to install it is through Odin. You can download the official Android 7.0 Nougat firmware and install it manually using the Odin flashtool by Samsung. The following post is just about that.a Here is how to install Official Android 7.0 Nougat on Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920F 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. Firmware for G920F and others
    1. Version: Android 7. Nougat
    2. PDA: G920FXXU5EQBG
    3. MODEM: G920FVFG5EQBG
    4. Download Android 7 Nougat for G920F | Download Android 7 Nougat for Other Galaxy S6 Variants
  4. Extract the downloaded firmware file to get the .tar.md5 files.
  5. Image only used for reference here.

Download and Install Official Android 7.0 Nougat on Galaxy S6

  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 S6 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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