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How To Update SPRINT Galaxy Note 4 to official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Sprint is rolling out the new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OTA Update for all their Galaxy Note 4 devices. Check the info listed in this post to learn how to manually install it.

Sprint is releasing these updates in stages, not all users are going to get the new firmware bump at the same time as others. If you want to manually flash the new Android 6.0.1 firmware, then you should check the info below and learn how to install it using the Odin app.

This manual updating guide is great for those that have modified their Sprint Note 4 OS in any way, as the phone can now be restored to 100% stock Android firmware.

Before starting the installation you need to check these guidelines:

  • use the guide only for the Sprint Galaxy Note 4 phones.
    – check the phone version under Settings> About Phone, and make sure that the SM – N910P model is listed there.
  • download and install the Samsung usb drivers from here.
    – install these drivers on your PC, so that it will be able to detect the phone when you will connect it.
  • for the installation of Android 6.0.1 MM firmware you will have to use the Odin app.
    – for Odin to open on your PC you need to install the usb drivers above.
    – for your phone to be detected by Odin you need to enable USB Debugging option from under Developer Options menu.
    – if you cannot find Developer Options you will need to go to Settings> About Phone and tap seven times on the Build Number section.
    – get back to Settings, scroll down and there you should find Developer Options.
    – open Developer Options, enable it, then find and enable USB Debugging.
  • if your Note 4 Sprint runs rooted, but stock firmware, then the update can be applied without losing any data in the process.
    – root access will be revoked after you install the official firmware.
    – also, any custom Recovery you might have installed is going to be replaced with a stock Recovery image.
  • you can flash Android 6.0.1 official over custom ROMs, too.
    – if you want your phone to boot in normal mode after you do this, then you will have to factory reset the phone.
    – the ‘factory reset’ process wipes clean the system partition and removes the custom ROM completely.
    – the ‘factory reset’ won’t delete any data from internal storage of your device.
    – the ‘factory reset’ steps are listed at the end of this post.
  • if your Galaxy Note 4 SPRINT model is running 100% stock Android, then you can continue to the next part of this post right away and begin the update process, as no files will be lost in the process.
  •  read the whole post and do not skip any steps.
  • this is a tutorial that you should use only if you are an advanced user, as we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose important data files in the process.

If you don’t want to manually flash the new update, then you can wait until SPRINT pushes the new update over-the-air. Also, you can manually search for new firmware files by going to Settings> About Phone> System Updates menu.

How to flash Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for Sprint Galaxy Note 4 N910P:

  1. Download the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow archive here.
  2. Extract the contents of this file and save them on your computer.
    – you should obtain the N910PVPU4DPG1 tar.md5 firmware file.
    – do not unzip the tar.md5 archive, as that’s the file you have to load in Odin and flash for your phone.
  3. Download the Odin 3.10.7 from here.
    – extract the Odin contents, and save them on your PC.
  4. Power off the phone.
  5. Boot it in Download Mode.
  6. Open Odin exe on your computer.
  7. Connect your phone to computer via usb cable.
    – wait for Odin to detect the device.
    – if the Note 4 is not recognized you need to try and reinstall the Samsung usb drivers once more.
  8. In Odin click the AP option and look for the official firmware update file.
  9. Find the N910PVPU4DPG1 tar.md5 firmware file. Load the updating file in ODIN.
  10. Hit the START button in order to confirm the updating process.
    – don’t press anything until the new update is done installing.
  11. After the updates is done you will see the PASS alert, and the phone will reboot in normal mode.
  12. Unplug the phone from PC when the ‘optimizing apps’ screen loads. Use your default login data in order to regain control over the device once again.

These were the steps you had to follow in order to complete the new update.

If the installation was successful, then you can close this guide and start testing all the new features and functions. In case you can’t flash the update, then you should check the extra info below.

NOTE 1:

If Odin displays the FAIL alert, or other errors, then you will have to repeat the whole tutorial more than once. If you repeat installation you have to make sure that your phone meets all requirements and that you won’t be skipping any steps.

NOTE 2:

If the PASS message is shown by ODIN, but your phone enters in a boot loop or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen for more than 20 minutes, then you will have to factory reset the device.

The Factory Reset steps are below and you should apply them if you have installed the new update over a custom ROM, too.

This will wipe the system partition only, and it will force your smartphone to boot in normal mode. The ‘factory reset’ process doesn’t delete any data from internal storage, but it will wipe clean your Note 4 for all apps.

Here’s how to factory reset the Galaxy Note 4 Sprint:

  • power off the phone.
  • boot it in Recovery Mode.
  • select the ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
  • confirm.
  • reboot the Note 4 in normal mode and you are done with this post.

If you need any extra help, then you can tell us in comments.

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