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Update CDMA Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900R7) to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

The official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OTA Update is now live for the CDMA Galaxy S5 G900R7 devices. Check the whole tutorial in order to learn how to manually update this smartphone

The new official Android 6.0.1 OTA Update is released in stages by Samsung, but this means that not all users are going to receive the new firmware upgrade at the same time as others. If you don’t want to wait until Samsung pushes the new firmware upgrade in your region, then you can safely install Android 6.0.1 using the ODIN app and the files we’ve provided below.

Here’s what you need to know before starting the installation process:

  • use this post only for the Samsung Galaxy S7 CDMA variants.
    – check the version of your device under Settings> About Phone and make sure that the SM – G900R7 variant is listed under Model number.
  • do not attempt to update any other devices with the files that you will find in this post.
  • download the Samsung USB drivers from here.
    – install these drivers on your computer to make sure that you will be able to connect the Galaxy S5 to PC.
  • for the installation of Android 6.0.1 OTA update you should use the ODIN app.
    – ODIN app is a small tool that requires the usb drivers above to be installed on your PC, and for the USB Debugging to be enabled under Developer Options section.
    – the Developer Options might be hidden and you need to go to Settings> About Phone and tap 7 times on the Build Number section.
    – return to Settings, scroll down and you will find the Developer Options section.
    – open Developer Options, find USB Debugging and enable it, too.
  • the update can be flashed over rooted firmware, too, but you will lose root access after the update is done.
    – any custom Recovery that might be installed on your device will be replaced with stock Recovery image.
  • the update can be installed over custom ROMs, but you will need to ‘factory reset’ the device after the update is done.
    – the ‘factory reset’ steps are listed at the end of the post.
    – ‘factory resetting’ the smartphone is going to wipe the system partition, while leaving the internal storage unaffected.
    – the ‘factory reset’ is going to remove the custom ROM and delete the installed apps only.
    – you should factory reset the device only in case the new official Android 6.0.1 OS doesn’t boot in normal mode after the update is done.
  • if you are running 100% stock Android firmware on your device, then you should try get to the important part of this post right away.
  • this is a tutorial that you should use only if you are an advanced user, as we won’t be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any important data files in the process.
  • read the whole guide first and do not skip any steps.
  • check the battery charge level of your smartphone and make sure that there is at least 50% power left before the device switches off completely.

Now that you know all that you can get to the next part of this post.

If you’re unsure about installing the new Android 6.0.1 update manually using ODIN, then it would be best for you to wait until Samsung pushes the new firmware over-the-air in your region. You can also check manually for new firmware files by going to Settings> About Phone> Software Update section.

How to flash Android 6.0.1 Update manually for CDMA Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900R7):

  1. Download the Android 6.0.1 G900R7WWU3CPF2 archive file from here.
  2. When the download is done you can extract the archived contents.
    – you should obtain the G900R7WWU3CPF2 tar.md5 firmware file.
    – do not extract the tar.md5 contents.
  3. Download ODIN 3.10.7 from here.
    – when the download is done you can unzip the file.
  4. Power off the device.
  5. Boot it in Download Mode.
  6. Launch the Odin exe on your PC.
  7. Connect your smartphone to your computer using the usb cable.
    – wait for the Odin app to detect the phone.
    – in case your phone is not recognized you should reinstall the usb drivers.
  8. Go back to ODIN’s main screen and open the ‘options’ tab. Make sure that ‘re-partition’ is disabled, then get to the next step.
    – don’t edit other Odin options.
  9. Click AP in Odin.
  10. Locate and load the G900R7WWU3CPF2 tar.md5 update file in ODIN.
  11. Hit the START button to begin Android 6.0.1 Updating process.
    – don’t press any buttons until the update is done.
  12. When the Android 6.0.1 firmware is done installing you should reboot the phone in normal mode.
  13. Unplug the phone from PC when the “optimizing apps” screen loads on your Galaxy S5 screen.
  14. Use your default login info in order to regain complete control over your device.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to finish installing the Android 6.0.1 update manually for your Galaxy S5 CDMA.

In case you have encountered any problems completing the installation you should be checking the extra info below.

NOTE:

If the FAIL alert is shown by ODIN or any other error is blocking you from installing the new firmware update, then you should repeat the whole tutorial more than once. If you repeat installation you need to make sure not to skip any steps listed above, and that your phone meets all requirements listed above the tutorial.

NOTE2:

If the PASS message is shown by ODIN, but your Galaxy S5 phone enters in a boot loop or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen for more than 20 minutes, then you will need to ‘factory reset’ the device’s system partition.

The ‘factory reset’ steps below should be followed by those that have installed the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update over a custom ROM, too. Factory Resetting the phone only wipes the system partition, but it won’t delete any data from the internal storage of your device.

Here’s how to ‘factory reset’ your Galaxy S5 device:

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

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

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