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Install April 2017 Android 7 Nougat Security Update for Samsung Galaxy S7 Unlocked

The April Nougat 7.0 Security Update is now live for the Samsung Galaxy S7 devices. If you do not want to wait until this new firmware update is rolled out, then you should check the guidelines listed in this post.

The official Android 7 Security update is being released only in stages and it will reach every single Samsung Galaxy S7 phone in the following days and weeks. You can manually complete the update using the instructions posted below, but you should know that you have to be an advanced user in order to complete the installation.

Check the following guidelines before starting the flashing process of Android 7.0 April Security patch:

  • use this tutorial only with the Samsung Galaxy S7 SM-G930F.
    – check the version of your device before flashing the new firmware.
    – do not attempt to use this tutorial in case you own a different Android device.
  • download the Samsung USB drivers here and install them on your computer.
    – the usb drivers will allow your device to be detected by the PC when you’ve managed to connect your phone with the PC.
  • for the installation of this new Android 7 update you need to use ODIN app.
    – for ODIN to work with your PC you have to enable the USB Debugging from Developer Options, and to make sure that the USB drivers above are installed.
    – the Developer Options might be hidden, go to Settings> About Device and tap seven times on the Firmware Build Number section.
    – return to Settings and Developer Options will now be shown there.
    – Open Developer Options and enable USB Debugging.
  • you can flash this new firmware update over rooted firmware, but you should know that root access won’t survive the update process.
    – note that any custom Recovery that you might have installed is going to be replaced with stock Recovery image.
  • ODIN app is capable of flashing the new firmware update easily over custom ROMs, but for this to work you will have to Factory Reset the phone after the update is done.
    – the Factory Reset steps are listed at the end of the tutorial.
    – Factory Resetting the smartphone will wipe clean the system partition, it removes the old custom ROM and it forces the phone to boot in normal mode with the new Android 7 firmware.
    – note that no data will be removed from the internal storage of your phone.
  • if your Galaxy S7 G930F phone runs 100% stock Android firmware, then you can continue straight to the next part of this post, as no data files are going to be lost from internal storage.
  • read the whole tutorial and do not skip any steps.
  • this is a tutorial that you have to use only if you are an advanced user, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any important data files in the process.
  • check the battery charge level of your phone and make sure that there is at least 50% charge left before the phone powers off completely.

If you are unsure about installing the new firmware manually, then you can wait until Samsung pushes the new firmware update over-the-air.

Now that you know all that you can continue to the next part of this tutorial.

## How to install Android 7.0 Nougat April 2017 Security update for Samsung Galaxy S7 G930F:

  1. Download the Android 7.0 Nougat official update archive from here.
  2. When you’ve completed the download you can unzip the contents.
    You will obtain the G930FXXU1DQD2 tar.md5 firmware update file.
    – do not extract the archived tar.md5 update file, as that’s how you need to load it in ODIN.
  3. Download Odin 3.12.3 zip from here.
    – unzip the Odin files.
  4. Power off the phone.
  5. Boot the Galaxy S7 in Download Mode.
  6. Open ODIN exe on your computer.
  7. Use the USB cable to connect the phone with the PC, and wait for ODIN to add the device.
    – if the Galaxy S7 is not recognized you need to reinstall the Samsung usb drivers.
  8. In ODIN click the AP button.
  9. Now, find the G930FXXU1DQD2 tar.md5 firmware update file and load it in Odin.
  10. Press START to initiate the Android 7.0 update process.
    – don’t press anything else during the installation.
  11. When the new update has finished installing you can see the PASS alert displayed by ODIN, and the phone will reboot in normal mode. Unplug the phone from PC.
  12. Use your default login info and regain control over your smartphone once again.

I hope that you’ve managed to complete the Android 7 Nougat official update for your Galaxy S7 phone.

If you’ve having trouble finishing the new firmware update, then you can check the info listed below.

NOTE:

If the FAIL message is displayed by the ODIN app, or any other error prevents you from installing the firmware, then you have to repeat installation. Make sure that your phone meets the requirements listed above the tutorial, and that you won’t skip any of the steps posted in the tutorial.

NOTE2:

If the PASS alert is being shown by ODIN, but your Galaxy S7 enters in a boot loop, or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen, then you will have to Factory Reset the phone.

The Factory Reset process has to be applied in case you have installed the new update over a custom ROM, too. The Factory Reset will wipe the system partition, it removes the old custom ROM and it forces the phone to boot in normal mode.

Here’s how to Factory Reset your Galaxy S7 from Recovery Mode:

  • power off the phone.
  • boot it in Recovery Mode.
  • select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
  • confirm the process.
  • reboot the device in normal mode when you’re done.

If you need more help you can tell us in comments.

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