Install Galaxy J7 2016 Android 7.0 Nougat Official Update


Samsung Galaxy J7 2016’s Android Nougat update was in the news for the last few weeks. The update finally happened. Galaxy J7 started receiving the update in the Indian region first of all. The available firmware didn’t seem to work at first, but Samsung pushed new files soon after coming across the issue and it’s working all good now. Updating the mid-ranger from the last year to the latest version of Android is quite a good move by Samsung. The South Korean giant is gradually updating its old devices to the Android Nougat firmware. The update has also happened for a couple of other devices including the Galaxy J5 2016 and the Galaxy A7 2017.

Android 7.0 Nougat is a major update. Installing this new firmware on your Galaxy J7 will completely change the UI first of all. You will find new notification bar, new toggle icons in the notification bar new icons in the settings application and also new icons for the applications in the app drawer. The update also boosts up the performance and battery life of the phone. Samsung has added some extended options for a number of applications in this update. The update also happens to be free from the previous bugs and errors. It is always a great idea to keep your phone updated to the most recent firmware in order to keep it safe and secure. The Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Galaxy J7 2016 is already available through OTA and also through the firmware files surfaced on the web. If you wish to install this firmware now, you may have spotted the right place as we are about to go through a guide to get this done.

Installing the update on your Galaxy J7 2016 is fairly simple. The very first option that you should go with is the OTA update. If the OTA update isn’t available for your phone, you can go ahead with the Odin method and flash the firmware manually without waiting further. Let us take you through the comprehensive guide to install Galaxy J7 2016 Android 7.0 Nougat Official Update.

Install Galaxy J7 2016 Android 7.0 Nougat Official Update through OTA

  1. On your Galaxy J7 2016, 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 is the safest method to update any Android smartphone. However, if the update hasn’t hit your region, you may opt for a manual method to update your phone. 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 J7 2016 to Android 7.0 Nougat manually.

Install Galaxy J7 2016 Android 7.0 Nougat Official Update [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 J7 2016: Firmware for J710F | Firmware for J710FN
  4. Extract the downloaded firmware file to get the .tar.md5 files.
  5. Image only used for reference here.

How to Install Official Android 7.0 Nougat on Galaxy J7 2016

  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 J7 2016 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 7.0 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!