The Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime just received a new OTA that brings a minor OS improvement in form of January 2018 Security patch. The software is currently rolled out in limited markets only but can be successfully installed on any J1 Mini Prime with version number SM-J106B. So, if you are still waiting for this OTA or if you cannot receive it but still want to apply this new patch, don’t hesitate and follow the guidelines from below – there we will check how to use Odin for manually flashing this new update package.
The January 2018 Security Patch is here to secure the Android Marshmallow firmware that runs on your Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime. It’s not a major update but a firmware that comes to address some bugs and some lags that were recently reported, to add a few stability improvements and to fix 13 Android vulnerabilities that can affect the Samsung UI. Thus, with this small update applied your smartphone should run better than it used to and you will be able to use a more secured Android platform.
Now, the OTA can be received only on devices that already runs on stock Android OS and only if tweaks weren’t previously performed (for example, if your Samsung branded device is rooted you cannot receive the Android notification). Moreover, the OTA is rolled out in phases so some users might receive the software sooner than others. That’s why, a manual update procedure might sound like a good idea.
In that respect, the steps from below can be used even if your Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime is currently rooted or running on a custom ROM firmware. Of course, after manually installing the January 2018 Security Patch you will restore your handset back to its initial state meaning that root access will be revoked, the bootloader relocked and the stock recovery image re-flashed.
The manual update process can be applied by using Odin. Odin is a dedicated program used especially for update types of processes. This program is developed by Samsung and offered by your OEM, so you won’t use a third-party app or a risky tool that can damage the Android firmware that runs on your Galaxy J1 Mini Prime. Bottom line, you won’t lose your warranty of your device by using this tutorial – you are going to use the official Android release and not a custom ROM platform.
You should however backup your data. In rare situations only, while using Odin some of your personal data, info, accounts and files might get corrupted or even wiped out. Therefore, try to secure everything that wasn’t there from day one on your Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime – in that respect you can already use built-in cloud storage platforms, or you can choose any other backup and restore solution: sync your files with your Google Account or download backup and restore apps from Google Play.
For the January 2018 Security Patch update process you will need to use a computer – there, you will install Odin and download the required files. Your Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime and its USB cable will be also used during the flashing operation. On your phone you have to have Developer Rights enabled; if you don’t, go to About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed. Also, from Developer Options you have to check the USB Debugging field.
Don’t start the update process without checking the power that’s left on your handset. This power should provide enough juice for the actual flashing operation – otherwise, your smartphone might get switched off while you use Odin, situation during which you can end up in soft-bricking your J1 Mini Prime. So, as a general rule it will be important to charge your smartphone if its power is less than 50%.
Download and Install January 2018 Security Patch on Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime
- Power on your computer and access this page; from there you can download the Android Marshmallow based January 2018 Security Patch for your Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime.
- Afterwards, download Odin; then run the executable file and follow on-screen prompts for installing the flashing program on your computer.
- On your PC install your J1 Mini Prime drivers – you can do that by using the Samsung KIES toolkit.
- Run Odin on your computer now.
- Meanwhile, switch off your smartphone and wait while the power off is completed.
- Next, reboot download mode on your handset: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons together, for a few moments.
- Connect your phone with your computer via USB cable.
- At this point, on Odin you should see the ‘added’ message displayed and the ID:COM field turned yellow or blue. If you don’t, try to reinstall the USB Drivers before repeating the steps from above.
- Now, from Odin click on the AP button and load the Android firmware package. When asked, make sure that Auto Reboot and Re Partition options aren’t selected.
- Click on Start when you are done and wait while the software is being automatically flashed on your device.
- In the end, the ‘pass’ message will be displayed and the ID:COM will be turned green; you can close Odin and reboot your phone at this point.
Note: in case Odin is getting stuck you need to close it and follow – remove the USB cord; force restart your J1 Mini Prime and reinstall its drivers on your computer; in the end retry the steps from above.
Note 2: in case your Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime gets stuck in a boot loop (that can happen during the last reboot) you need to follow – enter recovery mode on your Android device and from there clear app data cache and make a hard reset (just select ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’).
Good work; the new January 2018 Security Patch should successfully run on your Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime. Enjoy and share your update experience with our team and with the other users who might want to use this dedicated step by step guide. Don’t forget to follow us in order to receive other similar update tips and tricks.