Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the most successful phones of Galaxy series. They have the best design and appearance as compared to all other smartphones of their tier. They are no less in the specs and hardware as well. Talking about the specs, Samsung released two versions of Galaxy S7. The international version and the USA one. The USA version is running on Samsung’s own Exynos and the other one is running on Snapdragon 820. Both are equally great. They were released with Android Marshmallow. But now you can update via OTA or you can install Android Nougat on Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge using the guide below.
How to Install Android Nougat on Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung recently started a program that allows the users to test the Android Nougat 7.0 on their Galaxy S7 or S7 edge. It was a beta program, Samsung collected users feedback on the operating system. Fixed the bugs and implemented the popular choices. The beta program allows users to test the operating system and provide Samsung with feedback on the performance and usability of this new operating system.
Update: Sprint has started rolling out Android Nougat update for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
The beta program was only available for few countries like the USA, South Korea, China, and the United Kingdom.
Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (Unlocked) were eligible for beta testing program. This programme was started on November 9th, 2016 and ended on the last week of December.
Samsung has started releasing the official Android Nougat for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge on January 17th, 2017.
Install Android Nougat 7 on Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge via ODIN:
In the following guide, we will be flashing Android nougat firmware on your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge using ODIN. It is a simple process but not the official way to get Android Nougat. If you can’t wait for the official version via OTA, then go for the guide below to install Android Nougat on Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge.
Following are some prerequisites that you will need to download on your Windows PC before you move on to the guide:
- Download ODIN V3.12.3.
- Enable USB Debugging and Enable OEM Unlocking from Settings:
- Goto Settings -> About Phone -> Tap on Build Number for 7 Times.
- Now, go back to Settings -> Developers Options.
- Locate and Enable USB debugging.
- Download Samsung Drivers for Windows. (Link to download file is under the main heading). These drivers are to be installed on your PC, they are essential for your PC to recognise your device properly.
- For Galaxy S7 Edge SM-G935F. Download the firmware from here.
- For Galaxy S7 SM-G930F. Download the firmware from here.
- For other versions of Galaxy S7 or S7 edge. Follow this link, enter your phone model and all the present firmware will be displayed. You can then select the firmware respective to your phone.
- Download the firmware from above. Above firmware are unbranded and will run with any unbranded Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge. Make sure your phone is unlocked not branded with any carrier. The links above are from Sammobile, most reliable to download firmware for Samsung mobiles.
- Turn off KIES.
- Perform Clean flash. It is recommended that you factory reset your phone before flashing new firmware.
- Knox is not triggered after flashing as this firmware is signed by Samsung.
Note: If you don’t want to perform a factory reset and lose data. Although factory reset is recommended before flashing new firmware to get the best experience. Download firmware that you are using right now on your phone. Use its HOME_CSC file instead of CSC file from the downloaded firmware in ODIN.
Note: If you want to revert back to Android Marshmallow, Download Smart Switch on your PC, connect your phone with your PC and restore the stock firmware.
Now let’s move on to the guide on how to install android nougat on Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge via ODIN:
- First of all, download ODIN on your PC.
- Install Samsung USB drivers for windows on your PC.
- Download the right ROM for your phone and extract it on your desktop or anywhere it is easily accessible. Extract the .zip file to get .tar or .tar.md5 file.
- Now turn off your Galaxy S7.
- Get it into Download mode:
- Press Volume Down, Power button and Home Button simultaneously.
- Keep on holding buttons till you see a warning.
- Press Volume up button to continue.
- Now open ODIN on your Windows PC.
- Connect your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge with your PC via data cable. The ID:COM section will turn blue, like in the screenshot below. It is an indication that the PC has recognized your device.
- Click on AP or in some ODIN versions PDA .
- After that, locate and select the firmware you downloaded and extracted for your phone with .tar or .tar.md5 file extension.
- If the firmware you downloaded extracts more than one file, then select the corresponding section according to file type BL belongs to Bootloader, AP belongs to PDA, CP belongs to Phone(Modem) and select CSC file in CSC tab. ( Mostly you just need to select AP/PDA file like in the screenshot)
- Make sure only Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time are checked in the options. DO NOT CHECK REPARTITION.
- Click on Start.
- Now, wait for 4-5 minutes. Don’t disconnect your phone from your PC while ODIN is flashing because it can brick your phone. Wait even if it takes time.
- Finally, when the flashing will complete your phone will reboot. And it will be running on Android Nougat 7 Beta version.
- After the flash, it takes about 7 minutes to reboot. Do not panic and try to restart or shut down your phone.
If you have any question regarding how to install Android nougat on Galaxy S7 or S7 edge via ODIN. Ask me in the comments. Do give us your feedback after you flash Android Nougat on your phone. Also, share with us your experience of running Android Nougat on Galaxy S7.