The official Android 7.0 Nougat OTA update is now being rolled out for all the Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 on SK Telekom. Check the instructions listed in this post in order to learn how to manually install the update before the official update is available in your region.
Android 7.0 Nougat is released over-the-air for all Galaxy A7 2016 Korea users on SK Telekom, but this is done in stages. If you don’t want to wait until the new update notification reaches your phone, then you can use the ODIN 3.12.3 app to manually install it.
This guide can be used in case you wish to restore your smartphone to stock Android firmware. So, if you are running a custom ROM on your device, then you can use ODIN and the Android 7.0 firmware update file in order to restore 100% stock OS for your phone.
Before starting the flashing process you have to check the following guidelines:
- use this tutorial only for the Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 smartphones.
– the model number of your device has to be the SM – A710S.
- check the version of your phone under Settings> About device.
- don’t try to update any other different devices with the files found in this post.
- download and install on your PC the Samsung USB drivers from here.
- you have to enable USB Debugging from the phone’s Developer Options menu.
– if you can’t find Developer Options, then you will need to enable this first: go to Settings> About Device> Software Info and tap seven times on the Build Number text.
- return to Settings, Developer Options will be listed there and enable it.
- you can install the Android 7.0 Nougat OS update over rooted firmware, but you should know that root access won’t survive the update process.
– any custom Recovery that you’ve flashed will be replaced with stock Recovery.
- you can install Android 7.0 update over a custom ROM, too, but you need to know that a Factory Reset process has to be applied after the install is done.
– the Factory Reset process is going to wipe clean system partition, and it allows the phone to boot in normal mode with the new Nougat OS firmware.
Factory Resetting the phone won’t remove any data from internal storage. These steps can be found at the end of the tutorial.
- note that in case your phone is 100% stock Android, then you will have to continue to the next part of this post, as you’re ready to start the update process.
If you don’t want to manually install the new update, then you will have to wait until Samsung pushes the new firmware over-the-air in your region.
How to install Android 7.0 Nougat Update manually for Samsung Galaxy J7 2016:
- Download the Android 7.0 A710SKSU1CQG1 for SK Telekom Galaxy J7 2016 from here.
- When the download is done you can extract the archived contents on your PC.
Save the files, don’t extract the tar.md5 archive, as that’s the proper update file you need to load in ODIN.
- Download Odin 3.12.3 zip from here.
Extract the contents on your PC.
- Power off the phone.
- Boot it in Download Mode.
Press and hold Volume Down + Home + Power buttons until a warning screen loads on your device. Now press Volume Up to confirm Download Mode.
- Launch ODIN 3.12.3 exe on your computer.
- Connect your phone to PC via usb cable.
Make sure that Odin adds the Galaxy J7.
If the phone is not added you need to reinstall the Samsung usb drivers.
- Next, click the AP button in ODIN.
- Now find and load the A710SKSU1CQG1 tar.md5 firmware update file in ODIN.
- Press START to begin the Android 7.0 update process.
– don’t press any buttons until the update is done installing.
- When the flashing process is completed you should see the PASS alert shown by Odin.
Unplug the phone from PC and wait for the first boot process to be completed successfully.
Use your usual login info in order to unlock the device and test all the new Nougat features.
If the FAIL message is shown in ODIN, then you have to repeat the tutorial once more. If you repeat installation you need to make sure that your phone meets all requirements and that your device meets all requirements listed above.
If the PASS alert is shown by the ODIN app, but your Galaxy A7 2016 enters in a boot loop or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen, then you will have to Factory Reset the device. The Factory Reset process has to be applied in case you have installed the Android 7.0 update over a custom ROM, too.
Here’s how to Factory Reset the phone:
- power off the Galaxy A7 2016.
- boot it in Recovery Mode: volume up + home + power buttons need to be pressed at the same time for ten seconds to boot Recovery.
- select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
- confirm process.
These were the instructions you had to follow in order to complete this tutorial. If you need any extra help you can tell us in comments.