The Android 7.0 Nougat official 2018 Security and new features update has been rolled out for the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 phones.

The new official update is being released over-the-air in your region. If you do not wish to wait until T-Mobile rolls out the new firmware update in your region, then you should check the guidelines below and learn how to manually install the update using the ODIN app.

This 2018 Android 7.0 Nougat security update should bring changes and improvements for your Galaxy Note 5 device. If you wish to run the latest possible patch, then you will use ODIN tool. Odin is great as it can be used to install the update over custom ROMs, too.

Before starting the flashing process you need to check some guidelines.

Preparation Steps:

Use this guide only for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 5 devices. The model of your phone has to be the SM - N920T. Don't use the guide for other different phones.

Download Samsung USB drivers from here. Install them on your computer, as these will help the PC connect with the Note5 device.

For the installation of 2018 Android 7 Update you will have to use the Odin tool. Odin is a great tool that works only by using the usb drivers above, and by connecting it with your PC via usb cable.

Enable USB Debugging from the Developer Options menu. If you can't find this particular menu, then it means that it is hidden, so you need to enable it first: go to Settings> About Phone> Software Info and tap seven times on the Firmware Build Number text.
Return to Settings, and there you will now find Developer Options. Open the menu, find USB Debugging and enable it.

You can flash the new update over rooted firmware, but you should know that root access will be lost in the process. Also, any custom Recovery will be wiped and replaced with stock Recovery.

You can install the new update over a custom ROM, but you should know that an extra Factory Reset process has to be applied after the update is done installing.
The Factory Reset steps are all listed at the end of the tutorial.
The Factory Reset process won't delete any data files from internal storage, as it will only wipe clean the system partition removing the custom ROM in the process.

In case your phone runs on 100% stock Android 7.0 Samsung firmware, then you can continue to the next part of this post as no data will be lost during installation.

Check the whole post and do not skip any steps.

This guide has to be used by advanced users. Don't blame us in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any data files.

How to flash 2018 Android 7.0 Nougat official update for T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5:

  1. Download the Android 7.0 2018 N920TUVS5ERA1 firmware archive file from here.
  2. When the download is completed successfully you have to unzip the contents and save them on your computer.
    You will obtain the N920TUVS5ERA1 tar.md5 firmware update file. Don't extract the 'tar.md5' archive.
  3. Download Odin 3.12.3 zip from here.
    Unzip the contents.
  4. Power off the phone.
  5. Boot your device in Download Mode.
  6. Open Odin exe on your PC.
  7. Connect the Galaxy Note 5 to PC via usb cable.
    Wait for Odin to add the device and then continue to the next step.
    - if the phone is not detected you need to reinstall the usb drivers.
  8. Click AP in ODIN.
  9. Now, find and load the N920TUVS5ERA1 tar.md5 update file in ODIN.
  10. Press START to begin the Android 7.0 2018 Security update for your phone.
    Confirm installation and don't press any buttons until installation is done.
  11. Reboot your phone in normal mode after installation is done.
    Unplug the device from PC and wait for first boot to complete.
  12. Use your default login data in order to unlock the device.

These were the steps you had to go over in order to complete the update.

If the FAIL alert is displayed in ODIN, then you will have to repeat the tutorial. Make sure that your phone meets all requirements and that you won't skip any steps.

If you need any extra guidance you can tell us in comments and we will find a solution for you.


If the PASS alert is displayed by ODIN, 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 Galaxy Note 5 T-Mobile device.

The Factory Reset steps should be applied in case you have installed the official Android 7 update over a custom ROM, too. This will help the phone to boot in normal mode.

Here's how to factory reset the device:

  • power off the phone.
  • boot it in Recovery Mode.
  • select 'wipe data/ factory reset'.
  • confirm process.
  • reboot in normal mode and you're done with the tutorial.


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