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Update Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A520F (2017) to Android 7.0 Nougat OS

The 2017 model of Samsung Galaxy A5 (version number SM-A520F) received the Android 7.0 Nougat OS in form of an OTA roll out. But, if you missed this release or if you cannot receive an official Android Notification on your device, don’t worry. Now you can manually flash the A520FXXUBQI5 firmware through Odin since the full software package was made available online and can be downloaded for free. So, read the following guidelines for learning how to successfully complete this manual update procedure.

An OTA is the official release of Android – the firmware is being pushed ‘over the air’. Now, by default such roll outs can be received only if the official Android OS is already running on your Samsung Galaxy A5 and only if root access (or any other similar tweaks) wasn’t performed. Otherwise, the Android 7.0 Nougat OTA will not embrace your device. However, you can still update your phone to the latest Android build, though in your case a manual procedure will have to be followed.

And that’s why I’m detailing this tutorial for you. However, a manual update procedure might be useful in other situations too. For example, you must choose to manually install the A520FXXUBQI5 software if you are currently experiencing software related issues on your 2017 Samsung Galaxy A5. You see, by reinstalling the stock / default Android system you can address different malfunctions such as boot loops, lags, bugs, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating issues, batter drain problems, signal strength errors, total blackouts and similar other problems.

Anyway, as you will see, using Odin for updating the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A5 to Android 7.0 Nougat is easy. Odin is the official program developed by Samsung and used on update types of operations. So, Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped meaning that you won’t lose your phone’s warranty – that can happen only when a custom ROM firmware is used. Additionally, for completing the update steps from below you won’t have to use any complex programs or third party apps.

As for the A520FXXUBQI5 firmware, you have nothing to worry about. The Android 7.0 Nougat OS is fully stable and will smoothly run on your Samsung Galaxy A5 regardless of what types of processes you will choose to perform.

In term of precaution measures, before starting the guidelines from below, you should make a backup for securing your personal files, data, accounts and other similar packages – basically, you should save everything that’s not pre-loaded on your Galaxy A5. The backup is required because during the update operation a wipe might be initiated – or, in rare situations, your data might be corrupted by the actual flashing process. So, the best will be to be prepared for the worst – that’s why the backup is optional but strongly recommended.

A manual update operation is also implying other pre-requisites as it follows:

  • Odin can run on a Windows based computer – so make sure you can use such device.
  • Your 2017 Galaxy A5 must be near you as well as its official USB cable.
  • On your computer the Samsung Galaxy A5 A520F drivers must be installed; Samsung KIES can help you complete this process.
  • Additionally, on your phone you need to enable Developer Options – from About Phone tap repeatedly (for 7 or 10 times) on Built Number; keep tapping until you see the ‘you area developer’ prompt.
  • Next, access Developer Options (within menu – > settings) and check the USB Debugging entry.
  • Verify the power that’s left on your handset; of course, plug in the charger if the power is lower than 50%.
  • The charging operation can save you from further problems – if your device gets turned off in the middle of the update process, you can end up in experiencing soft related issues on your smartphone.
  • Resume the steps from this guide only if you own the 2017 model of the Samsung Galaxy A5 (SM-A520F) as the Android 7.0 Nougat A520FXXUBQI5 firmware is compatible only with this particular smartphone.

How to Update Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A520F (2017) to Android 7.0 Nougat OS

  1. From here download the Android 7.0 Nougat software package for your S5 – make sure you get the firmware built released for your model.
  2. From here download Odin. Unzip the package on your computer and follow on-screen prompts for installing the program.
  3. When that’s done, run Odin.
  4. Switch off your Galaxy A5 and wait a few moments while the power off process is completed; afterwards, go to download mode.
  5. For download mode: press and hold (together and for a few moments) Power, Volume Down and Home buttons on your Samsung Galaxy A5; then connect your phone with your computer via USB cable.
  6. Odin should now recognize your phone – when that happens, the ‘added’ message will be displayed and the ID:COM field will be turned yellow or blue.
  7. Reinstall your phone’s drivers if you’re not getting what was mentioned above and then retry.
  8. On Odin click on AP and load the firmware package.
  9. Make sure Re Partition and Auto Reboot fields aren’t selected.
  10. Click on Start and wait while the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware is being flashed.
  11. The ‘pass’ message will be displayed and the ID:COM field will turn green.
  12. Remove the USB cable and close Odin; also reboot your 2017 Samsung Galaxy A5.

Good work; your Samsung Galaxy A5 will now run in Android 7.0 Nougat OS. You can share your update experience with us and with other users through the comments field from down below. Also, you can tell us if you need further assistance as we are here to help you as soon as possible.

Hint: Odin might get stuck while you perform the update steps. If that occurs, close it and unplug the USB cable; reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer, force restart your Galaxy A5 and repeat the update steps from the beginning. Moreover, during the last reboot your device might get stuck in a boot loop. In that case you need to access recovery mode from where you need to clear app data cache and initiate a hard reset; that can be done by choosing “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe dalvik cache”.

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