Even though it’s not the latest Android build, a new firmware patch has been released for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The software is being rolled out in form of a new OTA and brings the January 2018 security patch for the Galaxy S6 Edge with model number G925I. Now, if you are still waiting for you Android notification, or if you know that you cannot receive the OTA file, don’t hesitate and follow the lines explained below.
During this tutorial we will be checking how to manually install the new G925IDVS3FRA1 official Android 7.0 Nougat update on your own Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. As already outlined, this is only a small patch and not a major OS improvement. However, the update is quite important as it’s here to address several issues, to add stability improvements and to secure your Android experience. Overall, if you want to us a fully stable and secured Nougat system while smoothly running your favorite apps, you should apply this new update released by Samsung.
As you know, when talking about an OTA we should also mention stuffs like: the firmware is offered in limited markets only; the update is offered gradually so not all the S6 Edge users will receive their notification at the same time; you can receive the OTA only if your smartphone is already running on stock Android OS and only if tweaks weren’t performed – for example, root access mustn’t be gained. Thus, in most situations, the best decision is to install the official firmware patch manually, through Odin.
Odin is an official program, developed and released by Samsung. This program is designed especially for update types of operations and can be downloaded for free on your computer. Moreover, it offers a one-click update solution, so you shouldn’t have any problems while trying to use it for installing the January 2018 Security patch on your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
Now, manually updating your phone by using Odin and the full firmware package is an official process. You won’t install a custom ROM and you won’t have to use risky and complex flashing programs. Bottom line, Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped during this operation so you won’t risk in losing your phone’s warranty. Therefore, from this perspective you have nothing to worry about – you and your device will be in safe hands all the time.
What you should do before resuming the steps from below is a backup – this is a process always recommended as it can save you from unpleasant situations. Now, in our situations, the backup is only optional – you can end up in losing something while installing the official Android OS only in rare situations. However, since there is a small risk, you should be precautious. So, backup your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge before installing the January 2018 security patch – you can apply a general backup by using cloud storage services that are already running on your phone, by syncing files with your Google Account or by downloading dedicated apps (makes sure you choose already tested platforms) from Google Play.
During the backup process just make sure you save everything that’s essential for you – in this field do include stuffs like images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, texts, contacts list, call logs, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and further more.
The steps from below can be applied even if your S6 Edge is rooted, running on an unlocked bootloader, installed with a custom recovery image or powered by a custom ROM firmware. However, manually installing this Android 7.0 Nougat update will restore your phone back to its default state. Thus, the root access will be eventually revoked, the bootloader relocked, the stock recovery reinstalled and the stock Android OS restored – this aspect can be used in your own advantage as restoring everything to default can help you fix different software related issues such as boot loops, lags, bugs, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues, total blackouts and so much more.
Now, for this particular update operation you will have to use a computer – there you will have to download the January 2018 Security patch for your Galaxy S6 Edge and install Odin. Of course, your handset and its USB cable are needed too. On this computer your phone’s drivers should be already installed – you can easily install the right drivers by using Samsung KIES.
On your smartphone you have to check the USB Debugging feature – this is located under Menu – > Settings – > Developer Options. If Developer Options isn’t displayed on your device, first go to About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message – you will get this prompt after 7 or 10 taps.
An extremely important aspect: as you know, before each update process (it doesn’t matter if it is an OTA or a manual one) a charging operation is recommended. Well, this is no exception. It’s important to verify the power that’s left on your handset before starting the steps from below. Why? Because if your phone will get turned off right in the middle of the flashing procedure, you can end up in using a soft bricked Android system. So, have patience and plug in the charger if the power left is currently lower than 50%.
Don’t forget: the Android 7.0 Nougat based January 2018 Security Patch with built number G925IDVS3FRA1 is compatible and must be applied only on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge with model number G925I – be careful and try not to mess things up from this perspective.
Download and Install January 2018 Security Patch on Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge G925I
- So, start by downloading Odin on your computer – get the program from this page.
- Unzip and run the executable file and follow on-screen prompts for installing the flashing program on your computer.
- Afterwards, download the January 2018 Security patch for your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge from here.
- Save the update package on desktop and meanwhile run Odin on your computer – don’t forget to install your phone’s drivers first.
- Switch off your smartphone and wait while this process is completed. Afterwards reboot into download mode: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons at the same time.
- Connect your device with your computer with the help of the USB cable – if your device isn’t recognized by Odin you should reinstall its Drivers first and reapply these steps afterwards (by the way, on Odin you should receive the ‘added’ message while the ID:COM field should be turned yellow or blue).
- On Odin click on the AP option and when asked load the Android 7.0 Nougat based firmware package from desktop.
- Don’t check the Auto Reboot and Re Partition options.
- Click on Start when you are ready – the update operation should be automatically completed at this point.
- Eventually, on Odin the ‘pass’ message will be displayed and the ID:COM field will be turned green.
- Thus, you can close the flashing program now and reboot your smartphone as the update operation is completed.
Possible problems and how to fix them
If Odin gets stuck right in the middle of the update procedure, follow: close the program, remove the USB cable, force-restart your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer and restart the flashing process from the beginning.
In the end your device will reboot – it will be a long reboot, so have patience. However, if during this last reboot your phone will get stuck into a boot loop, follow: reboot your Android device into recovery mode; from there choose to make a hard reset and clear app data cache – just pick ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe dalvik cache’; reboot your device in the end.
Good work. Now, on your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge you should be able to boot the new G925IDVS3FRA1 firmware. This is the January 2018 security patch that’s still powered by Android 7.0 Nougat – unfortunately, your device might not officially receive the Oreo support, but in that respect you can anytime choose to flash a custom ROM firmware such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android (in that case, root must be previously gained and a custom recovery image, such as CWM or TWRP recovery must be installed).
Anyway, that’s all for today – in the end, don’t forget to tell us how this update experience worked for you (in that matter, you can just use the comments field from below). Enjoy and stay close for further update opportunities available for your own Galaxy S6 Edge.