Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime might be a low-end Android based device, but that doesn’t mean that it was forgotten by your OEM. And since it was released in November 2016, the J2 Prime will continue to receive official support from Samsung for another months (probably this support will be ended somewhere in November or December this year). Anyway, we are discussing about a new OTA that was just released for this phone: the new March 2018 Security Patch that will bring the firmware version to build number G532GDDU1ARB4.
Of course, it’s not an OS switch or a major OS improvement as we are talking about a monthly release which is here to address recently reported bugs and security breaches. Shortly, and as its name suggest, the March 2018 Security Patch update will secure your Android experience on your Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime. Moreover, with the G532GDDU1ARB4 firmware installed your smartphone should run better and faster everything while you can enjoy an upgraded battery life. Of course, your online profile and your personal files will be secured all the time, regardless of what type of apps you choose to run on your phone.
Now, the G532GDDU1ARB4 software is OTA available. But, as always, the OTA is offered gradually meaning that not all the users will receive their Android notification at the same time. Moreover, your J2 Prime should already run on stock Android OS and root access shouldn’t be ensured if you want to receive the OTA notification. Shortly, it is better to manually flash this new update on your phone rather than waiting for a notification that might not even embrace your handset at all.
And that’s when this tutorial might come in handy. The steps from below can be used even when you use a tweaked device. In a few words, you can successfully apply the March 2018 Security Patch even if your Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime is currently rooted, installed with a custom recovery image, powered by a custom ROM firmware or running on an unlocked bootloader. However, be aware that installing the official Android OS will restore your handset back to its default state – shortly, after completing this tutorial you will manage to revoke all the tweaks that were recently performed (root access will be revoked, the bootloader relocked and so on).
Setting everything back to factory settings is also a good thing. This aspect can be used in your own advantage as you can choose to flash the G532GDDU1ARB4 March 2018 Security Patch if you are trying to fix software related problems on your Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime. Yes, that’s right, this update operation can help you address problems such as boot loops, lags, bugs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating errors, signal strength issues and even total blackouts.
Of course, resuming the lines from below are describing an official update process – Odin is the flashing program that will be used so from this perspective you have nothing to worry about (you don’t have to use third party apps or other risky programs). Additionally, Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped so the warranty of your phone won’t get void.
A backup is recommended as in rare situations you can end up in losing personal files (we will discuss about these situations a little bit later). For now, you need to know that a backup can save you from experiencing further unpleasant situations. Thus, sync your data with your Google Account, use built-in cloud storage platforms or download backup and restore apps from Google Play in order to secure your images, videos, audio files, the EFS folder, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAM data or contacts, call logs and text messages.
And, just before starting the flashing steps from below, make sure you review the following pre-requisites list:
- A computer, a notebook or a similar device powered by Windows is required for this particular update operation.
- On this device your Galaxy S2 Prime drivers must be already installed – Samsung KIES can help you set up the right drivers.
- A connection between your phone and your computer must be established so the USB cord should be also at your disposal.
- Now, on your smartphone you need to access Developer Options – you can enable this field by tapping repeatedly on Built Number from About Phone (keep tapping on Built Number until you get the ‘you are a developer’ message).
- So, access Developer Options from Menu – > Settings and check the USB Debugging field.
- Verify the amount of power left on your Samsung branded device – if a sudden shut down happens while you use Odin for flashing the March 2018 Security Patch, you can end up in soft bricking your Samsung Galaxy S2 Prime.
- So, check the power that’s left and if it shows less than 50% power, plug in the charger before doing anything else.
- Of course, resume the next steps if you own the Galaxy J2 Prime. The G532GDDU1ARB4 firmware offered below is compatible only with this Android device so try not to mess things up from this perspective.
How to Manually Install March 2018 Security Patch on Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime
- Open your computer and access the page from here; download the March 2018 Security Patch for your Galaxy J2 Prime and save the update file on desktop.
- Next, download Odin – run its executable file and follow on-screen prompts in order to set up the flashing program on your computer.
- Switch off your phone, wait a few moments and afterwards reach download mode: press and hold Power, Volume Down and Home buttons for a few moments.
- Run Odin on your computer and afterwards connect your device with your computer via USB cable.
- Once the connection is ensured on the flashing program you should receive the ‘added’ message while the ID:COM field gets turned yellow or blue. If you don’t receive this feedback you need to reinstall your phone’s drivers before retrying the steps from above.
- Next, from Odin you need to click on the AP option in order to load the Android update package; while you do so make sure you don’t check the Re Partition and the Auto Reboot options.
- Click on start and wait while the update file is being applied on your Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime.
- When this operation is completed Odin will display the ‘pass’ message and the ID:COM field will be turned yellow.
- You can remove the USB cord, close Odin and reboot your device as that was all for now.
Issues that can happen and how to address them
Odin can stop working right in the middle of the update process. So, if the flashing program gets stuck, try to follow: close Odin (do it from Task Manager if otherwise isn’t possible) and remove the USB cable; then, reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer and force restart your Samsung branded handset; finally repeat all the steps that are explained above.
On the other hand, if your Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime gets stuck in a boot loop during the last reboot (note that this reboot will take longer than a usual reboot) you need to follow: perform a full wipe by initiating a hard reset and by clearing app data cache – go to recovery mode and from recovery choose ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’. Note: you can access recovery mode by pressing and holding Power, Volume Up and Home buttons at the same time, for a few seconds.
Good job. You now know how to manually apply your Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime by using Odin. So, at this moment you should be able to test the latest Android update that’s available for your phone: the March 2018 Security Patch. So, give it a try and then return here and share your observations with us and with other users who might want to use this tutorial. Also, stay close and check out our ‘how to’ section if you want to learn further update opportunities for your Galaxy J2 Prime.