The new and official Android 7.0 Nougat security patch is now live for all Canadian versions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 devices.
Check the info in this post and learn how to manually complete the new update without waiting for your Canadian carrier to release it in your region. This guide can be used to restore Galaxy S6 phones to stock Android firmware in case you re running a custom ROM.
Before starting the flashing process you need to check the following guidelines:
- use this tutorial only for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Canadian models.
– the version of your phone has to be the SM – G920W8.
– don’t try to flash any files you find in this post on a different Galaxy S6 device.
- download and install the Samsung USB drivers on your computer.
- for the Android 7 installation you will need to use Odin app, and for Odin to work with your PC you need to install the above usb drivers and to make sure that your phone runs 100% stock Android firmware on your device.
- you can install the new update over rooted firmware, but you need to know that root access won’t survive the update.
- Odin can flash the new update over a custom ROM, but you have to know that an extra Factory Reset process has to be applied for your phone to boot in normal mode.
– the Factory Reset process wipes clean system partition.
– no data will be lost from internal storage, but all apps will be removed in the process.
– the Factory Reset process steps are listed at the end of the tutorial.
- you can use the tutorial only if you are an advanced user.
– we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any important files.
- if your phone runs 100% stock Android firmware, then you can get to the next part of this post and learn how to manually install the new update.
- read the whole post and do not skip any steps.
Now that you know all that you can get to the next part of the to post. Please note that in case you are unsure about installing the new update manually, then you can wait for your Canadian Carrier to roll out the new firmware update over-the-air in your region.
How to flash Android 7.0 Nougat November 2017 Security Update for Canadian Galaxy S6 G920W8:
- Download the Nougat 7.0 firmware update files from here.
Make sure to grab the file that matches the carrier your Galaxy S6 device is on.
The main code for this update is G920W8VLS5DQK1.
- When the download is done you can extract the archived contents and save them on your PC.
You will obtain the G920W8VLS5DQK1 BL, AP, CP, CSC and HOME_CSC files.
Don’t extract the obtained ‘tar.md5’ firmware update files.
- Download Odin 3.12.3 zip from here.
Extract the contents and save them on your PC.
- Power off the phone.
- Boot it in Download Mode.
- Launch the Odin app on your PC.
- Connect the phone to PC via usb cable.
Wait for Odin to detect the Galaxy S6 device and then get to the next step.
- You need to go to Odin’s main menu and start loading all the firmware update files.
Click BL and load the G920W8VLS5DQK1 BL firmware file.
Click CP and load the CP G920W8VLS5DQK1 file.
Click AP and load the G920W8VLS5DQK1 AP update file.
Click CSC and load the G920W8VLS5DQK1 with HOME_CSC in its name. Don’t load the file with only CSC in its name, as that file will tell Odin to delete the entire data from your device.
- When the files are loaded you can simply confirm the update process by hitting the START button in Odin.
- When the update is done installing you can see the PASS alert shown by ODIN, and your phone will reboot in normal mode.
Unplug your phone when the update is done and wait for the first boot process to be completed successfully.
If the installation fails you need to repeat the whole tutorial more than once, but make sure not to skip any steps and that your phone meets all requirements.
If the PASS message is shown by ODIN, but your phone enters in a boot loop or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen, then you have top Factory Reset the phone.
The Factory Reset steps are listed below and these should be applied in case you have installed the new update over a custom ROM, too.
Here’s how to Factory Reset the device from Recovery Mode:
- power off the phone.
- boot it in Recovery mode.
- select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
- reboot device in normal mode and you’re done with this post.
If you need any extra help you can tell us in comments below.