Samsung just released the December Security Patch for the Samsung Galaxy C7 with version number SM-C7000. The firmware still based on Android 7.0 Nougat is being pushed out as we speak so it should be received in form of a new Android notification. However, if you know that the OTA cannot be received or if you want to use the usual OTA-wait, don’t hesitate and follow the guidelines from below: there I will show you how to manually install the December security path by using Odin.
The OTA can be received only if your Samsung Galaxy C7 is running on stock Android firmware and only if root access wasn’t performed. Otherwise the only way in which you can still flash this new official update is by using a manual procedure. Well, in that respect you can use this guide as below you can see how to flash the full firmware package and skip the classic OTA update operation.
The December security patch for Samsung Galaxy C7 comes with essential bug fixes and stability improvements that are there to address more than 10 Android vulnerabilities. The update is minor so you won’t receive new features, apps and capabilities. However, you can enjoy a fully stable, smooth and secured Android 7.0 Nougat OS, so you should have all the reasons for adding this new Samsung update.
Since we are discussing about the official roll out, using the full firmware package comes without risks – you are going to complete an official update operation so Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped: no, you’re not going to lose your phone’s warranty, which usually happens when custom ROMs are used or when you choose to tweak the Android OS. Moreover, the steps from below can be applied without using third-party apps or other similar risky tools – in that respect, Odin is an official program developed and offered by Samsung and usually used on update types of procedures.
The best thing that’s related with this guide is that it can be used even if your Galaxy C7 is rooted or tweaked in any other manner. However, by flashing the official Android 7.0 Nougat December security patch you will manage to restore your phone back to its initial state meaning that you can either use this guide to fix soft related issues or to revoke root access, reinstall the stock recovery image, re-apply built-in apps and restrictions or relock the bootloader.
A backup should also be performed as your personal data, info, accounts and files might get corrupted or wiped out while Odin is used. So, save everything that wasn’t there from day one: contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, EFS folder, and so on. On your Galaxy C7 the backup operation can be easily completed by using backup and restore cloud storage that are already installed on your smartphone, you can download compatible apps from Google Play (choose already tested tools) or you can sync your files with your Google account.
Good; now, for the steps explained below you will have to use a computer – there you will have to install Odin. Odin can work without problems if on your computer the Galaxy C7 drivers are installed – in that respect you can use the Samsung KIES toolkit.
On your handset you need to make some modifications: from menu – > settings – > about phone you need to tap repeatedly on Built Number (for 7 or 10 times) until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed (that’s how you can enable Developer Options); next, from Developer Options which is located under menu – > settings you have to check the USB Debugging field.
One more thing: charge your device before starting to use Odin for applying the update. If the power will be lower than 50% the Android OS might get switched off during the flashing process. A sudden power off process might lead to a soft bricked OS so be careful and try to avoid any unpleasant situations – thus, plug in the charger if that’s required.
Of course, use the December security patch by using the steps from this tutorial only if you own the Samsung Galaxy C7 SM-C7000 – this step by step guide is compatible only with this particular Android based device.
How to Update Samsung Galaxy C7 to December Android Security Patch using Odin
- From this page download the Android 7.0 Nougat December Security patch for your Samsung Galaxy C7. Save the file on desktop.
- Download Odin; unzip the file and then run its executable package and follow on-screen prompts for installing the flashing program on your PC.
- Don’t forget to use Samsung KIES for applying your phone’s drivers before doing anything else.
- Run Odin when done.
- Meanwhile, switch off your handset and wait while the power off process is completed. Then, reboot download mode on your device: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons at the same time, for a few moments and then connect your phone with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- Once the USB connection is ensured on Odin you will see the ‘added’ message and the ID:COM field should be turned yellow or blue – in that way you will know that your Galaxy C7 was recognized by the flashing tool; otherwise you should reinstall the drivers before repeating the steps from above.
- Now, on Odin click on the AP option and then load the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware package.
- Don’t select the Re partition and Auto reboot options.
- When ready, click on Start and wait while the December Security patch is being automatically installed on your smartphone.
- The ‘pass’ message will be eventually displayed; then, the ID:COM field will be turned green. At this point you can unplug the USB cord and reboot your handset.
- If during this last reboot your phone will get stuck in a boot loop you will have to: reboot into recovery mode and initiate a wipe (clear app data cache and make a hard reset) – just select ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’; the reboot.
- Also, if Odin stops running while you try to complete the steps from above you need to: close the flashing program, force restart your smartphone, unplug the USB cord, reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer and repeat.
There you have it. That’s how you can update the Samsung Galaxy C7 SM-C7000 with the latest update available: Android 7.0 Nougat via December Security patch. You can share your update experience with us and you can ask for further assistance in case you don’t know how to perform a certain operation – you can talk with us easily by filling out the comments form from below.