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Update Sprint Samsung Galaxy S6 Manually to Android 7.0 Nougat using ODIN

Android 7 Nougat is now live from Sprint for all their Galaxy S6 users. Check the info in this article in order to learn how to flash the new firmware update on your device.

The Android 7.0 updates are being rolled out in stages for all users, but not all of them are getting the new firmware files at the same time as other lucky users.

This tutorial is great in case you are running a custom ROM on your Galaxy S6, as you can easily wipe clean system partition in order to remove the old custom ROMs and force your device to boot with Android 7 OS. All these things are possible because of the ODIN app. Odin is a small tool designed to help advanced Samsung users install new official updates and restore their phones to stock firmware.

Android 7.0 brings a whole new Phone UI that makes it pop more and feel more modern than it did on the previous Marshmallow OS. Also, Nougat on Samsung adds a revamped Notifications panel, Quick Settings and much more customizations than before.

From now on you can put apps to sleep on Android 7 by simply long pressing them and then selecting the “put to sleep” option from the context menu. A new Blue Light filter has been added for your phone, a new feature that will make reading at night times much easier on the eyes. The Multi-window screen has also been improved, as you will see by yourself after the update is installed.

Another great thing that you will find in Android 7 Nougat is the Display and Resolution scaling, as from now on you will be able to change the device resolution in order to get better battery life.

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

  • use this tutorial for the Sprint CDMA Samsung Galaxy S6 devices only.
    – do not try to update any other devices with the files that you will find in this post.
  • download the Samsung USB drivers from here and installed them on your PC.
    – the usb drivers will allow your computer to detect the phone when these two are connected via usb cable.
  • for the installation of Android 7 update you will have to use the ODIN app.
    – for ODIN to work you will need to install the above usb drivers and to enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu of your device.
    – the Developer Options might be hidden, which is why you have to enable that first: go to Settings> About Device> Software Info and tap seven times on the Build Number section.
    – get back to Settings and Developer Options will show up in there.
    – open Developer Options and enable USB Debugging, then continue to the next step.
  • you can install the official Android 7 update with ODIN over rooted firmware, but you need to know that root access won’t survive the update process.
    – any custom Recovery that you might have installed will be replaced with stock Recovery instead.
  • you can install the new update over custom ROMs, too, but you will have to Factory Reset the smartphone after the update is done installing.
  • if your phone is 100% stock Android, then you can continue to the next part of this post right now, as no data will be lost in the process.
  • read the entire tutorial and make sure that you won’t skip any steps.
  • this is a tutorial that needs to be used by advanced users only.
    – we cannot be blamed in case you end up bricking the phone nor in case you lose any data files.
  • check the battery charge level of your device and make sure that there is at least 50% charge left before the smartphone powers off completely.

These were the guidelines you had to go over before continuing to the next part of this post.

If you do not want to install the new update manually, then you can choose to wait until the new update is released by Samsung updates. You can also search for new updates by going to Settings> Software Update> Download Updates manually. If there is a new firmware ready for download you have to confirm the update process and your smartphone will take care of the rest of the process automatically.

How to install Android 7 Nougat Update with ODIN for Samsung Galaxy S6 Sprint cdma:

  1. Download the Android 7 Nougat update archive file from here.
  2. After the download is completed you can unzip the contents and save them on your PC.
    – you will obtain the G920PVPU4DQC7 Android 7 tar.md5 update file.
    – do not extract the tar.md5 firmware update.
  3. Download Odin 3.12.3 zip from here.
    – unzip the files.
  4. Power off your phone.
  5. Boot the Sprint Galaxy S6 device in Download Mode.
  6. Open the Odin exe on your computer.
  7. Connect your phone to PC via usb cable.
    – wait for ODIN to detect the phone.
    – if the phone is not added you can reinstall the Samsung usb drivers.
  8. Get to ODIN main menu and click on the AP button.
  9. Next, find the G920PVPU4DQC7 tar.md5 firmware update file. Load it in ODIN.
  10. Press the START button in order to initiate the Android 7 update process.
    – don’t press anything until the update is done.
  11. When installation is complete you can see that Odin shows the PASS message, and the phone will reboot in normal mode
    Unplug the Galaxy S6 Sprint from computer.
  12. Use your default login info in order to regain control over the Galaxy S6 UI.

These were the instructions you had to go over in order to complete the Android 7 update.

If ODIN shows the FAIL alert, or it gets stuck during installation, then you will have to try and repeat the whole guide more than once. If you repeat installation, then you will need to make sure that you won’t skip any steps and that your Galaxy S6 Sprint phone meets all requirements.

NOTE:

If the PASS message is displayed by the ODIN app, but your phone 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 wipes clean the system partition, which is why you can use this tutorial in case you were running a custom ROM on your Galaxy S6 device. Note that no data will be lost from internal storage of your device.

Check the following info in order to learn how to factory reset your device from Recovery Mode:

  • power off the smartphone.
  • boot your phone in Recovery Mode.
  • select the ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ and confirm process.
  • reboot the smartphone in normal mode when you’re done.

I hope that you’ve managed to complete the update process for your smartphone, and that you are already testing all the new Nougat 7 features. If you need any extra help completing the tutorial, then you should check the comments below.

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