In case you want to get a glimpse on what’s new in the Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 system now you can easily do such a thing. That’s possible because Samsung decided to release the official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow firmware package online, which means that you can anytime get the same OS for your own device or for developing new ROMs, features, apps or Android capabilities. During the lines from down below you can learn from where to download the firmware package and you can also learn how to use Odin for completing a manual update procedure for your Samsung Galaxy Folder 2.
Right from the start it should be clear for you that the firmware which is provided during the lines from below is compatible only for the Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 model number SM-G1600 – that is the Chinese variant of the smartphone. For now Samsung provided the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS package only for this model though other variants should receive their own software packages soon. So, overall, don’t use the file from below on any other Android powered device if you are a newbie or if you aren’t an experienced Android user as you can easily end up in soft bricking your smartphone.
Now, if you are already using the Folder 2, then using or managing the official / stock Android firmware can ensure various advantages. In that respect, manually flashing the same OS can help you smartly deal different annoying and complex situations; here are some examples in that matter:
- You can easily restore your device back to its initial or default state – you can get rid of third party apps, you can remove malfunctions and you can relock the Android system.
- So as a result you can now manually unbrick your Samsung Galaxy Folder 2: during the flashing process you will remove malicious apps, malfunctions, inappropriate apps, unresponsive programs and so on.
- Thus, you can think in manually addressing software related issues such as boot loops, battery drain, heating situations, signal strength problems, lags, bugs, hangs, errors, alerts, screen freeze, total blackouts and more.
- Moreover, you can revoke root access, relock the bootloader, reinstall the bloatware, re-flash the stock recovery image, refresh the RAM memory, speed up the Android system and clear the internal storage space.
- You can ensure a stable and a smooth Android ROM – especially if you are currently using a buggy custom ROM software.
You can keep the software on your computer as who knows when you might need it – for example, if Samsung will release a new update for your Galaxy Folder 2 and the firmware will not run as expected you can use this software built in order to downgrade your device. Therefore, the update operation which will be explained during the following lines is an official process and you won’t risk anything by completing it – you won’t lose complex apps or tools and you won’t lose your phone’s warranty.
As mentioned, for now you can download only the Chinese firmware for your Samsung Galaxy Folder 2. In that respect, you can use this download link.
If you also want to learn how to use Odin for flashing the Marshmallow ROM on your Folder 2, then, before doing anything else make a backup or else you can end up in losing all of your personal data, info, accounts and other files such as contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, EFS folder, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on. Thus, place everything in safe hands – sync your data with your personal account, manage built-in cloud storage platforms or download (already tested) backup and restore apps from Google Play.
Afterwards you have to make sure that you can use a Windows powered device, where you must install the Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 USB drivers – that can be done with ease through the Samsung KIES utility. Next, on your handset, after becoming a developer go to “menu – settings – developer options” and check the USB Debugging field. Note: for enabling Developer Options head towards “menu – settings – about phone” and tap 7 times on Built Number until you get the ‘you are a developer’ option.
In the end, right before starting the update operation check the power that’s left on your Galaxy Folder 2. If the battery status is displaying less than 50% power, you should consider in completing a charging process. Don’t skip this operation as otherwise your phone can get turned off while you use Odin and in that particular situation you can experience different software related issues.
How to Manually install the stock Android Firmware on the Samsung Galaxy Folder 2
- Of course, first get the stock Android Marshmallow system for your Folder 2 by using the link from above.
- Save this file on your computer – on desktop if you can.
- On your computer download Odin; then use on screen prompts and install the software on your device.
- Don’t forget about your phone’s USB Drivers which must be also flashed.
- Next, run the Odin tool on your PC and reboot your Samsung branded handset into download mode: turn it off and then press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons at the same time.
- Ensure an USB connection between your smartphone and your computer – once you do that, on Odin the “added” message will be displayed and the ID:COM field will be turned yellow or blue.
- If Odin isn’t recognizing your phone, close the program and reinstall your phone’s USB drivers; then repeat the steps from above.
- From Odin click on the AP option and pick up the stock Android firmware package. Don’t check the Re Partition and the Auto Reboot options.
- Click on Start and sit back and relax while the installation process is completed.
- When the “pass” message is displayed and when the ID:COM field will be turned green you can safely remove the USB cord and reboot your Samsung Galaxy Folder 2.
Be careful; during the last reboot your phone might get stuck in a boot loop. In that situation you have to go into recovery mode for clearing app data cache and for making a hard reset. So, once in recovery select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”. Also, if Odin gets stuck you need to close it; also you have to unplug the USB cable, force restart your smartphone and reinstall its USB drivers before re-trying all the steps from above.
And, that should be all. Overall, you can download the full Android firmware package for your Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 and you can also use Odin for completing a manual update / downgrade operation. Enjoy and stay close for further Android related tips and tricks.