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Update Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Duos to Android 7.0 Nougat

The official Android 7.0 Nougat update is currently being rolled out for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 DUOS edition.

Check the info listed in this post in order to learn how to successfully upgrade your Galaxy Note 5 phone. The new update is being rolled out in stages for all users, and it means that not everyone will get the new files simultaneously.

The tutorial below is great for those that are looking to upgrade their phones manually without waiting for Samsung to push the new firmware update in their regions over-the-air. Another great thing about manual update installation is that it can be very helpful for those that have installed a custom ROM on their devices, and now are trying to restore them to stock firmware.

Before starting the flashing process you need to check the following guidelines:

  • use this tutorial only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 DUOS phones.
    – the model number of your device has to be SM – N9208.
    – check the device version and continue with the rest of the process after that.
  • download and install on your computer the Samsung USB drivers from here.
    – these drivers will allow the PC to detect the phone.
  • for the Android 7.0 Nougat installation you have to use the ODIN app.
    – for ODIN to work you have to install the above USB drivers and to enable the USB Debugging from your phone’s Developer Options menu.
    – the Developer Options might be disabled, go to Settings> About Device and tap 7 times on the Build Number section.
    – return to Settings and there you will now find Developer Options.
    – open Developer Options and find USB Debugging to enable it.
  • the new official update can be installed over rooted, but stock firmware, without losing any data files.
    Any custom Recovery that you might have flashed will be replaced with stock Recovery.
  • you can flash the Android 7.0 Nougat official update over a custom ROM, but you will be forced to Factory Reset the device in the process.
    – the Factory Reset process wipes clean the system partition, it removes the old custom ROM and it forces the device to boot in normal mode with Android 7.0 Nougat stock firmware.
    – if you Factory Reset the device you will not lose any data files from internal storage.
    – the Factory Reset steps are listed at the end of the tutorial.
  • if your Galaxy Note 5 DUOS phone runs 100% stock Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow firmware, then you can continue to the next part of this post right away, as no data files will be lost in the process.
  • read the entire tutorial and do not skip any steps.
  • this tutorial has to be applied by advanced users only, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any important data files in the process.

If you are unsure about installing this new update manually, then you can wait until Samsung pushes the new firmware update over-the-air in your region.

How to flash Android 7.0 Nougat Official Update Manually for Samsung Galaxy Note 5 DUOS:

  1. Download the Android 7.0 Nougat official update archive from here.
  2. After the download is done you can unzip the archived contents and save them on your PC.
    You will obtain the N9208XXU3CQCA tar.md5 firmware update file.
    Don’t extract the tar.md5 firmware file.
  3. Download Odin 3.12.3 zip from here.
    – after the download is done you can unzip its contents.
  4. Power off the phone.
  5. Boot it in Download Mode.
  6. Launch the ODIN exe on your PC.
  7. Connect your smartphone to computer via usb cable.
    – wait for ODIN to detect the phone.
    – if the Galaxy Note 5 is not added by ODIN, then you have to reinstall the Samsung USB drivers.
  8. In ODIN click on the AP button.
  9. Find and load the N9208XXU3CQCA tar.md5 Android 7 update file.
    – don’t change other Odin settings.
  10. Hit the START button to confirm the update process to Nougat OS.
    – don’t press anything until the update is done.
    When installation is complete you can see the PASS alert shown by ODIN. The phone will restart.
  11. Unplug the phone from PC and use your default login info in order to unlock the device.

These were the steps that you had to take in order to flash the new Android 7.0 update for your smartphone.

If the installation fails and Odin shows an error alert, then you will have to repeat the whole tutorial more than once. If you repeat installation you need to make sure that your phone meets all requirements and that you won’t skip any steps.


If the PASS alert is displayed in ODIN, but the phone enters in a boot loop or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen for more than 20 minutes, then you will have to Factory Reset the device.

The Factory Reset steps are listed at the end of this post, below.

The Factory Reset has to be applied by those that have installed the Android 7.0 Update over a custom ROM, too. The Factory Reset wipes clean system partition, it removes the old custom ROM and it forces the new OS to boot successfully.

Here’s how to Factory Reset the device:

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

If you need more help you can tell us in comments below.

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