Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, the 2016 flagships from the South Korean giant are still not clear for an official Android Pie update. S7 owners are anxiously waiting for an update. While Samsung itself doesn’t have anything to say, custom ROM developers look active in this matter. A custom ROM based on Android Pie with One UI is now out for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. In this guide, I will show you the steps to install Android Pie One UI on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
Before you update your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge to Android Pie, let me tell you more about this custom ROM.
Android Pie One UI for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
A few days back, Samsung released the Android Pie update for the Galaxy Note FE. The Galaxy Note FE is a revised version of Galaxy Note 7, which was released in the same year as the Galaxy S7. Surprisingly, the Galaxy Note FE and the Galaxy S7 both share the same SoC and other hardware power, even then the Android Pie update for this phone remains a mystery.
XDA Senior Member Kill-Switch took this task of bringing the Android Pie One UI to the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge. He basically ported the ROM of Galaxy Note FE for the Galaxy S7 handsets. This ROM brings the entire Android Pie with One UI and all of its new features to the S7.
So, even if Samsung doesn’t update the phone officially, you still have the Android Pie port from the Galaxy Note FE. Yes, this is a custom ROM, but it is better than the AOSP custom ROMs in a number of ways.
At first, this is a stock-based custom ROM, which means you will get all the official features. This ROM comes with all the Google Apps installed too. You don’t have to install the apps manually on it. Furthermore, this ROM is supposed to have minimum to no bugs. To cut it short, it is totally safe to run this ROM on your phone as a daily driver. The only thing you have to do is to pay full attention to the installation instructions.
Let me tell you about the features of Android Pie One UI update which make this update worthy.
Android Pie One UI features for Galaxy S7/S7 Edge
The Android Pie update is loaded with tons of new features. I will just list a few of them down below.
- New Samsung One UI
- Applications UI Overhaul
- Settings Application New Interface
- Navigation Gestures
- Interaction Control
- Pin Windows
- Video Wallpaper
- Native Private DNS Support
- Dark Mode a.k.a Night Mode
- Adaptive Battery Mode
- New Interface for “About Phone”
- New Smart Sharing
- And many more…
Install Android Pie One UI on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
This process is divided into three parts. At first, you have to go through the preparations. After preparations, the downloads section will provide you required files and then you will have the installation instructions.
- This guide is for Exynos Galaxy S7/S7 Edge only. It stands valid for G930F/FD and G935F/FD models only. Do not flash on any other phone.
- Backup each and everything from your phone as it can potentially wipe the phone.
- Charge your phone up to 50% to avoid a power mishap during installation.
- Enable OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging mode on your phone.
- Install TWRP Custom Recovery on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
- Follow remaining steps carefully.
- Android Pie Custom ROM for Galaxy S7/S7 Edge: BlackDiamond.NFE.PIE.V2.0.zip
- Copy the ROM.zip file to your phone’s external SD card.
Update Galaxy S7/S7 Edge to Android Pie:
- Boot your phone in the TWRP recovery now. To do so, turn off the phone. Now press and hold Volume Up + Home + Power button to go into recovery.
- Once you are in the recovery, click on Wipe > Advanced Wipe > Wipe internal memory, system, data, Dalvik cache, and cache.
- Get back to the main menu in TWRP and click on Install.
- Click on Install Zip > Locate the ROM.zip file and flash it.
- It will now start the AROMA installer. Select Full Wipe in AROMA installer too.
- You can choose whether you want to install Magisk or not. If you install Magisk, you will reboot the phone twice during installation.
- Complete the ROM installation by the following AROMA on-screen instructions now.
- Reboot your phone in the end.
- You will have it running on the latest Android Pie firmware.
That is it. You have successfully upgraded your phone to Android 9. If something seems to be gone wrong, you can immediately clear the cache of your phone and reboot it again. If you are not liking the current ROM, you can go back to stock firmware anytime. Here is how to install stock firmware on both the S7 and S7 Edge. In case you have any questions ore queries, feel free to reach out to us. I will try my best to get back to you as soon as possible.