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Install Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Update for Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

This is a tutorial guide that you should use in case the official OTA Update for the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 tablet hasn’t arrive over-the-air until now.

These updates are being rolled out in stages, not all users are going to receive the new firmware files at the same time as others, which is why you can use Odin and flash the update manually.

This tutorial is destined to be used by advanced users. Also, note that this tutorial can be used in case you are running a custom ROM on your Samsung tablet, too. Before starting the update you have to check the following guidelines:

  • use this tutorial only with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 model number T700.
    – check the version of your tablet under Settings> About Device and make sure that the SM – T700.
    – do not try to update any other different devices.
  • download Samsung USB drivers from here, then install them on your computer.
    – the drivers will allow the computer to detect your tablet.
  • Odin is the application that you will have to use in order to upgrade your device.
    – for Odin to work on your PC you need to download and install the Samsung USB drivers above, and to enable USB Debugging on your tablet’s Developer Options menu.
    – if you cannot find Developer Options you have to go to Settings> About Device and tap seven times on the Build Number section.
    – return to Settings, scroll down and open Developer Options, then find USB Debugging and enable it, too.
  • you can flash this new update over rooted firmware, but root access won’t survive the update.
    – any custom Recovery you might have installed is going to be replaced by a stock Recovery image.
  • the update can be flashed using Odin over custom ROMs, but you will have to factory reset your tablet after installation is done.
    – the ‘factory reset’ steps are listed at the end of this post.
    – you should factory reset the tablet only if it currently sports a custom ROM, and only after the update is installed by Odin.
    – the ‘factory reset’ removes the custom ROM and all files from system partition.
    – data from internal storage won’t be removed in the process.
  • if your tablet runs 100% stock Android, then you won’t lose any important data files in the process, and you can continue to the installation part of this post.
  • check the whole post and do not skip any steps.
  • this is a tutorial that you need to use only in case you are an advanced user, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the tablet nor in case you use any important data files in the process.
  • check the battery charge level of your tablet, make sure that at least 40% charge has been left before the tablet powers off, as this will prevent it from powering down while it boots Android 6.0.1 update for the first time.

If you don’t want to manually update the tablet, then you need to go to Settings> About Phone and System Update to verify the availability of a brand new official update file. If any new firmware file is ready to download you simply have to confirm the process and the device will automatically take care of the rest of the process.

How to install Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Official Update for Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 T700:

  1. Download the Android 6.0.1 MM update archive from here.
  2. When the download is done you have to unzip the file. You will obtain the T700XXU1CPI1 tar.md5 firmware update.
    – do not unzip the tar.md5 firmware file.
  3. Download Odin 3.10.7 zip from here.
    – when download is done you need to unzip the files.
  4. Power off the device.
  5. Boot your tablet in Download Mode: press Volume Down + Power buttons. Release the buttons when Download Mode boots.
  6. Launch Odin exe.
  7. Connect the phone with PC via usb cable.
    – wait for Odin to detect the tablet.
    – if the tablet is not detected you need to download and re-install the Samsung USB drivers.
  8. Get to Odin main screen and click the AP button.
  9. Find and load the T700XXU1CPI1 tar.md5 firmware file in Odin.
  10. Press START and begin the Android 6.0.1 updating process.
    – don’t press any buttons until all the files are done installing on your device.
  11. After the update process is complete you will see the PASS alert shown by Odin. The tablet will also reboot in normal mode.
  12. Unplug the tablet from PC when “optimizing apps” screen is loaded by your device.
  13. Use the default login info and regain control over your tablet once again.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to complete the new update process.

If the update was done you can close this post. In case you’re having problems completing the tutorial, then you should be checking the extra info below and learn how to successfully flash the new firmware update.

NOTE:

If Odin shows the FAIL alert, then you will be forced to try and repeat the entire tutorial more than once. Make sure that in case you repeat installation, then you won’t be skipping any steps and that your Galaxy Tab S tablet meets all requirements listed above the tutorial.

NOTE2:

If the PASS message is shown by Odin, but your tablet enters a boot loop, or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen, then you have to ‘factory reset’ the device.

The Factory Reset process has to be applied by those that have installed the update over a custom ROM, too, as otherwise tablet won’t boot in normal mode. Factory Resetting the device will force it to boot with Android 6.0.1 and you should apply it only in case you were running a custom ROM previously, or in case Odin showed the PASS alert and the boot fails.

Here’s how to factory reset your device:

  • power off the tablet.
  • boot Recovery Mode: Volume Up + Home.
    – release the buttons when Recovery options menu loads.
  • select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
  • confirm.
  • reboot device in normal mode.

 

If you need any extra help you can tell us in comments field below.

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  • Jean-Francois Messier

    What about the TAB S 10.5, aka SM-T800 ?