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Install Android 7.0 September 2017 Security Update for Verizon Galaxy S7

Samsung and Verizon are now releasing the latest 2017 Security patch for the Galaxy S7 devices running Nougat firmware. This update brings tons of crucial updates and tweaks that will protect your Galaxy S7 Verizon device against all 2017 security vulnerabilities.

This tutorial is destined to be used in case you don’t want to wait for Verizon to push the update over the air in your region. You should read the following guidelines before starting the flashing process:

  • use the tutorial only for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Verizon models.
    – the version of your phone has to be the SM – G930V one.
    – don’t try to update any other devices with the files that you will find in this post.
  • download and install the Samsung USB drivers from here.
  • install the usb drivers on your PC, as that will allow ODIN to detect your phone when connected through USB cable.
  • the ODIN app is the tool that you will have to use in order to flash the new Nougat September 2017 Security update.
  • for Odin to detect your smartphone you will need to install the above drivers, and to enable the USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
    – the Developer Options might be hidden, go to Settings> About Device> Software Info and tap seven times on the Build Number text.
    – return to Settings and find Developer Options.
    – find USB Debugging and enable it.
  • if your smartphone has been rooted, then you will see root access revoked after the update is done flashing.
    – any custom recovery you might have flashed is going to be replaced with stock Recovery image.
  • Odin is capable of flashing the new Android update over a custom ROM, but you will be forced to Factory Reset the device after installation is done.
    – the Factory Reset process wipes clean the system partition, it removes the old custom ROM and it will allow your phone to boot in normal mode.
    – all Factory Reset steps are listed at the end of the tutorial.
    – note that the factory reset process won’t delete any data from internal storage of your device.
  • if your phone runs 100% stock Android firmware, then you won’t lose any data files and you can continue straight to the next part of this post.
  • read the entire post.
  • don’t skip any steps.
  • this guide is for advanced users, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the Galaxy S7 nor in case you lose any important data files.

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

How to flash Android 7.0 Nougat September 2017 Security Update for Samsung Galaxy S7 Verizon G930V:

  1. Download the Nougat G930VVRU4BQH4 firmware update archive from here.
  2. When the download is done you have to unzip the contents from this file.
    – place the extracted G930VVRU4BQH4 tar.md5 firmware update file on your PC.
    – don’t unzip the “tar.md5” archive, as that’s how the file is loaded in ODIN.
  3. Download Odin 3.12.3 zip from here. Extract the contents.
  4. Power off the phone.
  5. Boot it in Download Mode.
  6. Launch ODIN exe on your computer.
  7. Connect your Galaxy S7 to PC via usb cable.
    – wait for Odin to detect the device, then get to the next step.
    – if the phone is not added, then you have to reinstall the Samsung usb drivers.
  8. In ODIN click the AP button.
  9. Find the G930VVRU4BQH4 tar.md5 update file and load it in ODIN.
  10. Press START when you’re ready to begin the update.
    – don’t press anything until the update is done.
  11. When installation is complete you will see the PASS alert in ODIN and the phone should reboot. If it doesn’t reboot, then you should do it manually.
    Unplug the phone from PC and use your default login info in order to unlock the device.

These were the steps you had to go over in order to learn how to update manually your Verizon Galaxy S7 to the latest firmware possible.

If the FAIL message is shown by ODIN, then installation has failed, and you will need to repeat the whole tutorial more than once. If you repeat installation you need to make sure that the phone meets all requirements and that you won’t skip any steps.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If the PASS message is displayed by ODIN, but your phone enters in a boot loop, or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen, then you will have to Factory Reset the device.

The Factory  Reset steps below should be applied in case you have installed the update over a custom ROM, too. Here’s how to factory reset the device:

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

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

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