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Install Android 7.0 Nougat Blueborne Security Update for Samsung Galaxy S6 G920F

Samsung has started to release the latest Nougat security patch for the Galaxy S6 phones across Europe. Check the info below if you wish to learn how to manually update your phone.

The new September 2017 Android 7.0 update for Galaxy S6 includes the Blueborne vulnerability fix. Blueborne is a major malware exposure and you should patch it up as soon as possible.

Blueborne vulnerability has been recently discovered, and it is a Bluetooth bug that allows any malicious attacker to gain access and take control over any Android device at any time. Malicious attackers can connect to Android devices remotely by using the open Bluetooth port of your phone if that’s turned on your device. Even if you have the ‘discover mode’ set to OFF the Blueborne vulnerability can still be exploited.

This guide can also be flashed on devices running custom ROMs, but you should know that the system partition of your phone will be wiped in the process.

Samsung is pushing the new updates over-the-air, but not everyone will get the files at the same time as others. If you are an advanced user, then you can the files below and ODIN app to flash them manually.

Before starting the update process you should check the following guidelines:

  • use this guide only for the Samsung Galaxy S6 phones.
    – the model number of your phone has to be the SM – G920F.
  • don’t use this tutorial for any other different devices.
  • download and install the Samsung USB drivers on your PC from here.
  • for ODIN tool to work with your phone and PC you need to install the above USB drivers, and to enable the USB Debugging option from Developer Options menu, too.
    – the Developer Options might be hidden: go to Settings> About device> Software Info and tap seven times on the Build Number text.
  • you can flash the new update file over rooted firmware, but you should know that root access will not survive the update process.
    – also, any custom Recovery you might have flashed is going to be replaced with stock Recovery.
  • you can flash the new Android 7.0 Nougat firmware over custom ROMs, but you will need to factory reset the phone after that.
    – the Factory Reset steps are listed at the end of the article, and you should know that all data will be removed from system partition.
    – no data will be deleted from internal storage during the factory reset.
    – the factory reset process will remove the custom ROM, and it will force your device to boot in normal mode.
  • if your Galaxy S6 G920F is running 100% stock Android firmware, then you can continue straight to the next part of this post.
  • note that this tutorial is destined to be used by advanced users only, we cannot be blamed in case you end up bricking the phone.
  • read the whole post and do not skip any steps.
  • check battery charge level and make sure that there is enough battery power left on your phone.

Since you’ve read all of the above you can continue to the next part of this post.

If you don’t want to manually install this new firmware update, then you can choose to wait until Samsung pushes the new firmware update in your region. You can check for new updates by going to Settings> Software Updates> Download Updates manually menu. If a new file is ready to download, then confirm and your device will take care of the rest of the process.

How to install Android 7.0 Nougat Blueborne Security Update for Samsung Galaxy S6 G920F:

  1. Download the Android 7 security update archive from here.
  2. When the download is complete you can unzip the contents and save them on your PC.
    You will obtain the G920FXXU5EQI6 tar.md5 firmware update file. Don’t extract the archived contents.
  3. Download Odin 3.12.3 zip from here.
    When the download is done you can extract the contents from the file.
  4. Power off the phone.
  5. Boot your device in Download Mode.
  6. Launch ODIN on your computer.
  7. Connect your smartphone to PC via usb cable.
    Wait for the phone to be added, then get to the next step.
    If the Galaxy S6 is not detected you have to reinstall the Samsung usb drivers.
  8. In ODIN click the AP button.
  9. Find and load the G920FXXU5EQI6 tar.md5 firmware update file in ODIN.
  10. Press START button to confirm the flashing process.
    Don’t press any buttons until the update is done installing.
  11. When the flashing process is done you will see the PASS alert shown by the ODIN app. Unplug the phone from PC during the reboot.
    Note that the first boot process will take a while before it loads all files.
  12. Use your default login info in order to regain control over your device once again.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to complete the Android 7.0 Nougat Blueborne Security patch.

If the FAIL alert is shown by the ODIN app, or other error prevents you from installing the new firmware, then you should repeat the installation. If you repeat the flashing process you need to make sure that you won’t skip any steps and that your phone meets all requirements listed above the tutorial.

NOTE:

If the PASS alert 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 should Factory Reset the Galaxy S6.

The Factory Reset process has to be applied if you have installed the Android 7.0 update over a custom ROM, too. Note that no data will be lost from internal storage, but all installed apps will be removed in the process.

Here’s how to factory reset the Galaxy S6:

  • power off the phone.
  • boot it in Recovery Mode.
  • select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option.
  • confirm process.
  • reboot your smartphone in normal mode.

If you need any extra help completing the guide, then you should tell us in comments.

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