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Update Verizon Samsung Galaxy S7 to Official Android 8.0 Oreo

Verizon is rolling out the new and official Android 8.0.0 Oreo update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 users on their network.

Check the instructions below if you wish to learn how to manually complete this new update without waiting for Verizon to roll out the update in your region. The OTA roll out of Android 8.0.0 Oreo is being done in stages, as not everyone will get the new files at the same time as others.

Check the following guidelines before starting the update process:

  • use this tutorial only for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Verizon models.
    – the model of your phone device has to be the SM – G930V.
    – do not attempt to update any other devices with the files found in this post.
  • download Samsung USB drivers from here.
    – after the download is done you can install the usb drivers on your PC.
    – these drivers will allow the PC to detect and connect with your phone.
  • for the updating process you will use the Odin 3.13.1 tool.
  • for ODIN to work with your PC you need to install the above usb drivers and to enable USB Debugging option from Developer Options menu.
    – if you cannot find Developer Options, then you will have to enable this menu first: go to Settings> About Phone> Software Information and tap seven times on the Build Number text.
    – get back to Settings and Developer Options will be listed there.
  • you can install the Android 8.0.0 official stock firmware over a rooted, but stock ROM, without losing data files in the process.
    – note that root access won’t survive the update process.
  • Odin 3.13.1 tool is capable of installing the Android 8.0.0 update over a custom ROM, but you will have to Factory Reset the device after the update is done flashing.
    – the Factory Reset process will wipe clean the system partition, and remove the old custom ROM completely from your phone.
    – the factory reset steps are listed at the end of the tutorial.
    – the Factory Reset shouldn’t delete any data files from internal storage.
  • if your phone runs 100% stock Android firmware, then you can continue straight to the next part of this post and learn how to manually complete the new update easily.
  • check the whole post and do not skip any steps listed below.
  • this guide has to be applied by advanced users, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any data files in the process.

How to flash Android 8.0 Oreo Official Update for Verizon Samsung Galaxy S7 G930V:

  1. Download Android 8.0 Oreo G930VVRU4CRE5 tar.md5 firmware update from here.
  2. When the download is done you have to extract the archived contents.
    Save the obtained files on your PC.
    You will obtain several files with the tar.md5 file extension. Do not extract any further than that.
  3. Download Odin 3.13.1 zip from here.
    – make sure to grab the 3.13.1 version of ODIN, as the other 3.12.3 is destined for older Android updates.
    Unzip the contents.
  4. Switch off the device.
  5. Boot the phone in Download Mode.
  6. Launch Odin on your computer.
  7. Connect your phone to PC via usb cable.
    Wait for Odin to detect the device and then get to the next step.
    – in case the device is not detected you need to reinstall the USB drivers once more.
  8. Go back to ODIN main screen and load all the update files.
    Click BL and load the BL_G930VVRU4CRE5 tar.md5 file.
    Click CP and load CP_G930VVRU4CRE5 tar.md5 file.
    Click AP and load AP_G930VVRU4CRE5 tar.md5 update file.
    Click CSC and load HOME_CSC_G930VVRU4CRE5 tar.md5 updating file.
    – don’t load the file with only CSC in its name without HOME, as that one will tell ODIN to wipe clean the whole phone of all data.
  9. Hit the START button when the update is done installing.
    – don’t press any buttons until all files are flashed successfully.
  10. When the update is done you can see the PASS alert shown by ODIN, and the phone will reboot.
    Use your default login info in order to regain control over your smartphone once again.

These were all the steps you had to go over in order to learn how to manually update your Galaxy S7 Verizon to official Android 8.0 Oreo.

NOTE:

If the FAIL alert is shown by ODIN, then you will have to repeat the entire tutorial more than once. Make sure that you won’t skip any steps and that your device meets all requirements above.

NOTE2:

If the PASS alert is shown by ODIN, but the phone enters in a boot loop or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen, then you will have to Factory Reset the device’s internal storage.

The Factory Reset steps for Verizon Galaxy S7 device need to be applied in case you have previously installed a custom ROM on your device, as otherwise the phone won’t reboot in normal mode.

Here’s how to factory reset the phone:

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

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