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Update G920I Samsung Galaxy S6 to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

The official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OTA Update for the G920I version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 is rolling out right now.

These updates are being rolled out in stages for all Galaxy S6 G910I users in Australia, Singapore, India and Latin America, but this is done over-the-air and it will take a while before it reaches all the Android devices.

If you don’t want to wait until the update reaches your region, then you should try to update the phone manually using the Odin apps and the files provided in the tutorial.

Before starting the installation process of this new official firmware you should check the guidelines below:

  • use this tutorial only with the Samsung Galaxy S6 G920I models.
    – these are the models sold in Latin America, Singapore, India and Australia.
    – check the model of your phone under Settings> About Phone, make sure that the Sm – G920I model number is listed as default.
  • do not try to flash any file that you will find in this post on any other different Samsung models.
  • download, then install the Samsung USB drivers here on your computer.
  • for the manual updating process you will use the Odin app.
    – Odin is a small tool designed to help Samsung users flash new software upgrades manually by themselves.
    – for Odin to open on your computer you will need to install the usb drivers above, and for the USB Debugging to be enabled on your phone’s Developer Options section.
    – the Developer Options menu might be hidden, you need to go to Settings> About Phone and tap 7 times on the build number section.
    – now Developer Options will show up in Settings, open the menu and find USB Debugging to enable it, too.
  • you can flash the new update over rooted firmware, but you will have root access revoked after Android 6.0.1 stock firmware is flashed successfully.
    – any custom Recovery you might have installed on your device is going to be replaced with stock Recovery image.
  • you can install Android 6.0.1 stock with ODIN over custom ROMs, but you need to ‘factory reset’ the phone after the update is done.
    – the ‘factory reset’ process wipes clean the system partition by removing the custom ROM.
    – no data will be removed from your phone’s internal storage.
    – the factory reset steps are listed at the end of the article.
  • if your smartphone is running 100% stock Android OS, then you can continue straight to the next part of this post and learn how to complete the new update.
  • check battery charge level of your phone, make sure that there is at least 50% power left before it switches off.
  • read the entire post and do not skip any steps.
  • this is a guide that needs to be applied by advanced users only, we cannot be held responsible in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose important data in the process.

The new official update is released over-the-air, and in case you don’t want to install it manually, then it would be best to wait until Samsung will push it in your region over-the-air.

You can easily check for new firmware files by going to Settings> About Phone> Software Upgrade menu. If there is any new firmware ready for download you simply need to confirm the process and then your device will take of the rest. Note that you need to use a Wi-Fi connection to download the update files, in order to avoid going over your mobile data plan.

How to flash Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for G920I Samsung Galaxy S6:

  1. Download the Android 6.0.1 update firmware file for your corresponding region from one of the links below:
    – Latin America Android 6.0.1 update here.
    – Singapore Android 6.0.1 update here.
    – India Android 6.0.1 update here.
    – Australia Android 6.0.1 update here.
  2. After the download is done you should extract the contents from the archive.
    – you will obtain the Android 6.0.1 firmware update with the tar.md5 file extension.
    – do not unzip the tar.md5 archive, as that’s the file you have to load and flash with Odin.
  3. Download Odin 3.10.7 from here.
    – unzip the files.
  4. Power off the device.
  5. Boot it in Download Mode.
  6. Open Odin exe on your PC.
  7. Connect your phone to computer via usb cable.
    – wait for Odin to detect the device.
    – if no phone is detected you should continue to the next step.
  8. Get to Options tab in Odin and make sure that Re-Partition is disabled.
    – if the Re-Partition option is disabled you can skip this step.
    – don’t edit other default Odin settings.
  9. In Odin click the AP button.
  10. Now you need to load the Android 6.0.1 tar.md5 updating file.
  11. Confirm the update of this new ROM by pressing START.
    – don’t press any buttons until the update is done.
  12. When the new update is done installing you can see the PASS alert shown by Odin.
  13. The phone will reboot and, when you see the ‘optimizing apps’ screen appearing on your phone you can unplug it from computer.
  14. Use your default login info in order to regain control over your phone once again.

These were the steps that you had to take in order to complete Android 6.0.1 update manually for your G920I Galaxy S6 phone.

The first boot process of Android 6.0.1 is going to take a while before it completes. If you encounter problems during installation you should check the extra info listed below.

NOTE:

If the ODIN app shows the FAIL alert, then you will need to try and repeat the whole post more than once. Make sure that in case you end up repeating, then you shouldn’t skip any steps listed above.

NOTE 2:

In case the ODIN tutorial shows the PASS alert, but your phone enters in a boot loop or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen, then you will need to factory reset its system partition.

The ‘factory reset’ process should be applied by those that have installed the Android 6.0.1 update over custom ROMs, too. Here’s how to factory reset your device:

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

Use the comments field below in case you need any extra help completing the tutorial.

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