Open China has released the official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OTA Update for all their Galaxy Note 4 users. Check the info in this article in order to learn how to successfully flash the new firmware on your device.
If you own the Open China model of Galaxy Note 4 and you don't want to wait for the update to arrive in your region, then you can choose to flash the Marshmallow firmware manually using the Odin app. These update are usually rolling out in stages, but there are also some users that have modified the installed ROM and now they are looking to restore their Note 4 to stock Marshmallow OS, which is why they can use the same Odin app, too, in order to upgrade their phones.
Check these guidelines before starting the installation process:
- use this post only for the Open China Samsung Galaxy Note 4 models.
- check the model number of your device under Settings> About Phone section.
- the model number of your phone to be the SM - N9100 firmware.
- don't try to update any other devices with the files that you will find in this post.
- download the Samsung usb drivers from here, then install them on your PC.
- for the installation of Android 6.0.1 you will have to use the Odin app.
- Odin requires your PC to run the latest usb driver and for the USB Debugging to be enabled from your phone's Developer Options.
- if you can't find Developer Options you need to unhide it.
- go to Settings> About Phone, tap seven times on Build Number.
- return to Settings, find Developer Options and then find USB Debugging to enable it, too.
- if your phone is rooted, but the firmware is still stock, then no data will be lost except for the root access.
- also, any custom Recovery you might have installed is going to be replaced by a Stock Recovery image.
- if your phone runs a custom ROM you can flash the new official firmware update, but you will have to factory reset the system partition.
- the 'factory reset' process wipes clean the system partition, but it won't delete any data from internal storage of your device.
- the 'factory reset' steps are listed at the end of this post.
- factory resetting the phone means that the old custom ROM will be wiped and you will see the device booting in normal mode.
- if your phone is running 100% stock Android firmware you can continue straight to the next part of this post, as no data will be lost in the process.
- read the whole post and do not skip any steps.
- this is a guide that you should use only if you are an advanced user, do not blame us in case you end up bricking your phone nor in case you end up losing any important data files.
- check the battery charge level of your phone, make sure that there is at least 50% charge left before the phone powers off completely.
If you don't want to manually flash the update and your device is still running 100% stock Android firmware, then you can wait until Samsung pushes the new update over-the-air in your region. Also, you can manually search for new files by going to Settings> About Phone and using the System Update section.
How to flash Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Update for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Open China N9100:
- Download the Android 6.0.1 N9100ZCU1DPH1 archive from here.
- When download is done you can extract the archived contents.
- save the obtained files on your PC.
- you should get the N9100ZCU1DPH1 tar.md5 update file, don't unzip this file.
- Download Odin 3.10.7 zip here.
- unzip it.
- Power off the phone.
- Boot it in Download Mode.
- Launch the Odin app.
- Connect your phone with the PC via usb cable.
- wait for Odin to detect the device, then continue to the next step.
- if the phone is not recognized you will need to reinstall the Samsung usb drivers once more.
- First you need to go to 'options' menu and disable the 're-partition' option.
- don't edit other default Odin settings.
- Return to Odin and click the AP button.
- Find and load the N9100ZCU1DPH1 tar.md5 firmware update file in Odin.
- Press START to begin the Android 6.0.1 update for your phone.
- don't press any buttons until all the new Marshmallow files are done installing on your device.
- When the update is done you can see the PASS alert and your phone will reboot in normal mode.
- note that the first boot process of this new firmware is going to take a while before it loads all the new files.
- Unplug the phone from computer, then use your default login data in order to regain control over your device.
These were all the steps you had to follow in order to complete the Android 6.0.1 update for your Galaxy Note 4 Open China device. If the update was successful you can close this post and start testing all the new files more than once.
If you've encountered any problems during update you need to check the extra info below.
If the FAIL alert is shown by Odin you have to repeat the whole tutorial more than once.
Make sure that in case you repeat installation, then you won't be skipping any steps and that your phone meets all requirements listed above the tutorial.
If the PASS message is shown by Odin, but your phone enters in a boot loop, or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen for more than 30 minutes, then you need to 'factory reset' your device.
The 'factory reset' should be applied in case you have installed the Android 6.0.1 update over a custom ROM, too. Here's how to 'factory reset' your device:
- power off the phone.
- reboot your phone in Recovery Mode.
- select 'wipe data/ factory reset'.
- reboot device in normal mode and you are done with this post.
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