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Flash Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for 2016 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 LTE

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow official update is rolling out right now for the 2016 edition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1-inch tablets. If you want to manually install the new update, then you should check the info listed in this post.

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software upgrade is rolling out in stages for all users, but not everyone will get it at the same time as other lucky users. If you’re planning on installing this new firmware manually, then you can do it with ODIN app.

The new update brings tons of extra features, improvements and tweaks over the previous OS version. If you want to run the latest security build and the best iteration of Marshmallow OS, then you should flash such new software upgrades as soon as they are made available for download.

Before starting the installation process of this new custom ROM you should read the following guidelines:

  • use this post only with the 2016 version of Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 LTE devices.
    – the model number of your device should be SM – T585.
    – you can verify the version of your tablet by going to Settings> About Device.
  • you shouldn’t attempt to update any other devices with the files that you will find in this post.
  • download and install Samsung USB Drivers on your computer.
    – the usb drivers will allow Odin to easily detect the phone.
  • Odin is a great tool designed to help advanced users flash new Android 6.0.1 updates manually.
    – for ODIN to work and open on your PC you have to install the usb drivers above, and to make sure that the USB Debugging is enabled from your phone’s Developer Options section.
    – the Developer Options might be hidden now, but you can go to Settings> About Device and tap 7 times on the Build Number text.
    – get back to Settings, open it, find Developer Options and enable USB Debugging next.
  • you can flash the new update over rooted firmware, but you should know that root access is not going to survive the update.
    – any custom Recovery that you might have installed on your device is going to be replaced with a stock Recovery image.
  • Android 6.0.1 Software update can be easily flashed over custom ROMs with ODIN, but a ‘factory reset’ process has to be applied on your tablet in order to make it boot in normal mode.
    – the ‘factory reset’ steps are listed at the end of this post, and you should apply them after the update is done.
    – Factory Reset is not going to delete any data from internal storage.
    – Factory Reset will delete the custom ROM, wipe the system partition and force your tablet to boot in normal mode.
  • if your Galaxy Tab A 2016 Wi-Fi runs on stock Android firmware, then you can get straight to the tutorial part of this post and learn how to successfully flash the new update.
  • read the whole post and do not skip any steps.
  • check the battery power of your device and make sure that there is at least 50% charge left before it switches off completely.
  • this is a tutorial that should be applied by advanced users only, as we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any important data in the process.

These were all the steps that you had to read before starting the update.

If you’re unsure about installing the new firmware manually, then you can wait until Samsung pushes the software upgrade over-the-air in your region.

How to flash Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Update for 2016 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 LTE:

  1. Download the firmware archive from here.
  2. When the download is done you should extract the archived contents and save them on your PC.
    – the obtained file should be the T585XXU1APF3 tar.md5.
    – do not extract the tar.md5 firmware archive.
  3. Download Odin 3.10.7 from here.
    – after the download is done you can extract the contents.
  4. Power off the tablet.
  5. Boot it in Download Mode.
    – Volume Down + Power.
  6. Launch Odin exe on your PC.
  7. Connect the tablet to computer via usb cable.
    – wait until Odin adds the Galaxy Tab A and then get to the next step.
    – if no device is detected you should try to reinstall the Samsung usb drivers.
  8. Go to Odin’s main screen and open the Options tab.
    Disable ‘Re-partition’ tab.
    – do not edit other default Odin settings.
  9. Start the Android 6.0.1 installation by clicking the AP button in Odin.
  10. Find and load the Android 6.0.1 tar.md5 firmware file.
  11. Hit START when you’re ready to begin the update.
    – don’t press any buttons until all the new files are done installing.
  12. When the update is done you can see the tablet rebooting and the PASS message shown by ODIN.
  13. Unplug the tablet from PC when the ‘optimizing apps’ screen loads.
  14. Use your default login info in order to regain control over the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 LTE.

Note that the first boot process of this new official firmware is going to take at least 10 minutes before it completes.

In case ODIN shows the FAIL alert, or other error prevents you from completing the Android 6.0.1 update, then you need to try and repeat the whole tutorial more than once. If you decide to repeat installation you have to make sure that your Galaxy Tab A device meets all requirements listed and not skip any steps listed above.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If ODIN shows the PASS alert, but your Galaxy Tab A 10.1 LTE device gets stuck at the boot animation for more than 20 minutes or it enters in a boot loop, then you will be forced to ‘factory reset’ the tablet’s system partition.

The ‘factory reset’ steps below need to be applied in case you have installed the new update over a custom ROM, too. Only by doing this you will ensure that your Galaxy Tab A device boots in normal mode. Here’s how to ‘factory reset’ the device:

  • power off the device.
  • boot it in Recovery Mode.
  • select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
  • confirm.
  • reboot tablet and you’re done.

If you need more help completing this tutorial, then you should tell us in comments.

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