Samsung is pushing the Android 7.0 Nougat for the Korean Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 models this month.
Check the info in this post in order to learn how to successfully flash the new update manually for your device, as it might take a while before the files will be rolled out over-the-air.
If you are using a custom ROM on your phone, then you can restore it to stock Android firmware using the same ODIN app. For this process you need to be an advanced users, as you will need to apply an extra Factory Reset process, too.
Here’s what you need to know before starting the update:
This tutorial has to be used only for the Korean Samsung Galaxy A3 models. The model number of your device can be found under Settings> About device.
Download the Samsung USB drivers from here and install them on your PC.
For the update process you will have to use the ODIN 3.12.3 tool. For ODIN to run on your PC you need to install the usb drivers above. Also, you have to enable the USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
If you cannot find the Developer Options menu you need to unhide it. Go to Settings> About Phone> Software Info and tap seven times on the Build Number text.
Return to Settings and Developer Options will be shown there. Find and enable the USB Debugging option, then continue with the next step.
If the phone is rooted, then you should know that root access won’t survive the update process. Any custom Recovery you might have flashed will be replaced with stock Recovery image.
You can install the Android 7.0 update with ODIN over custom ROMs. But, for this to work, you need to Factory Reset the phone when the update is done.
The Factory Reset process wipes clean system partition, it removes the old custom ROM and it will allow your Galaxy A3 Korea model to boot in normal mode.
Factory Resetting the smartphone will not delete any data from internal storage. The Factory Reset steps are listed at the end of this post.
Check the whole guide and do not skip any of the steps listed above.
This is a guide for advanced users, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the device nor in case you lose any data files.
If your phone is running 100% stock Android firmware, then you won’t be losing any data files in the process, and you can start the update as soon as you wish.
Now that you know all the above you can continue to the next part of this post.
How to flash Android 7.0 Update for Korea Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 A310N0:
- Download the Nougat 7.0 A310N0KOU1CQF1 archive file from here.
- When the download is done you can unzip the contents and save them on your PC.
You will get the A310N0KOU1CQF1 tar.md5 firmware update file.
– don’t unzip the tar.md5 archive.
- Download Odin 3.12.3 zip from here.
– extract the contents on your PC.
- Switch off the device.
- Boot the device in Download Mode.
- Launch the ODIN app.
- Connect your phone with your computer via usb cable.
Wait for ODIN to add the phone, then continue to the next step.
– if the phone is not added you need to reinstall the Samsung USB drivers.
- Now, get to ODIN main screen and click the AP button.
- Find the A310N0KOU1CQF1 tar.md5 firmware update file and load it in ODIN.
- Press START to begin the Android 7.0 Nougat official update process.
Do not press any buttons until the update is done.
- When installation is done you will see the PASS alert, and the phone will reboot the device in normal mode.
Unplug the Galaxy A3 from PC and then wait for Nougat’s first boot to complete.
This were all the steps you had to go over before starting the flashing process.
If installation fails, or ODIN displays any other error during installation process, then you will need to repeat the whole guide more than once. If you repeat installation you need to make sure that your phone meets all requirements and that you won’t skip any steps in the process.
If the PASS message is displayed by the ODIN app, but your Galaxy A3 enters in a boot loop or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen, then you will need to Factory Reset the system partition.
The Factory Reset steps below need to be used by those that have installed the Android 7.0 update over a custom ROM, too. Here’s how to factory reset the device from Recovery Mode:
- power off the phone.
- boot Recovery Mode.
- select the ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ process.
- reboot the Galaxy A3 Korea in normal mode and you’re done.
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