The official Android 6.0.1 update is now live for the 2016 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 2016 WiFi devices.
Use this tutorial if you want to learn how to successfully install the new update manually in case you don't want to wait for Samsung until it rolls out the update in your region.
These updates are being rolled out by Samsung in stages, which means that not everyone is getting Android 6.0.1 on their Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 WiFi models at the same time. Also, this guide is great for those of you that have already installed a custom ROM and now decided that you wish to return to stock Android.
Before starting the installation of this new official firmware you should be checking the following guidelines:
- use the guide only for the 2016 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Wi-Fi models.
- your tablet's model should be SM - T580.
- do not attempt to update other different Galaxy Tab A models with the files that you will find in this post.
- the model number of your tablet can be verified under Settings> About Device section.
- download and install the Samsung USB Drivers from here.
- install the drivers on your PC in order to make sure that you will be able to connect the tablet.
- for the updating process you will need to use the ODIN app.
- for ODIN to open on your PC and to detect the Galaxy Tab A device you have to install the Samsung usb drivers above and to make sure that USB Debugging is enabled from your tablet's Developer Options menu.
- go to Settings and if there is no Developer Options menu, then you will need to open About Device, and tap 7 times on the Build Number text.
- return to Settings, scroll down and you will find the Developer Options menu.
- in Developer Options you can find USB Debugging that you should now enable.
- you can flash this new official firmware over a rooted firmware, but you need to know that root access won't survive the update.
- if there is any new Custom Recovery installed on your device, then you will see it replaced with a stock Recovery after the update is done.
- you can flash the new Android 6.0.1 Update over custom ROMs, but you have to 'factory reset' the device's system partition for it to be able to boot in normal mode.
- the factory reset process is going to remove the old custom ROM from your device.
- factory resetting the device will only wipe the system partition, while all data from internal storage will stay intact.
- the 'factory reset' steps are listed at the end of this post and you should apply them only if you are planning on installing the Android 6.0.1 update over a custom ROM.
- if your Galaxy Tab A 2016 10.1 WiFi tablet is running 100% stock Android, then you can continue straight to the installation steps of this guide.
- read the whole post and do not skip any steps.
- you should check the battery charge levels of your tablet, as there should be over 50% power left before the device switches off completely.
- this will prevent the tablet from powering off when the new ROM performs its first boot after the Android 6.0.1 ROM is successfully installed.
- this is a tutorial that needs to be used by advanced users only, as we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any data in the process.
These were all the guidelines that you had to go over before starting the update.
If you're unsure about installing the new Marshmallow update manually, then it would be best for you to wait until Google pushes the new update over-the-air in your region.
How to flash Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OTA Update for Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 WiFi:
- Download the Android 6.0.1 T580XXU1APE8 archive from here.
- Extract the contents and save the files on your PC.
- you should get the T580XXU1APE8 tar.md5 firmware updating file.
- don't extract the tar.md5 firmware file.
- Download Odin 3.10.7 from here.
- unzip the Odin file.
- Power off the tablet.
- Boot it in Download Mode.
- Volume Down + Power.
- Launch ODIN exe on your PC.
- Connect the tablet to PC via usb cable.
- wait for Odin to detect the device.
- reinstall the Samsung usb drivers in case you can't connect the tablet to PC.
- Return to ODIN settings, open the OPTIONS tab and make sure that 're-partition' is not enabled.
- don't edit other default ODIN options.
- In ODIN click the AP button and look for the updating file.
- Find the T580XXU1APE8 tar.md5 firmware file and load it in ODIN.
- Hit START when you want to begin the Android 6.0.1 update process.
- don't press any buttons until all the files are done installing on your device.
- When the update is done you can see the PASS alert and the tablet will reboot.
- Unplug the device from PC when the 'optimizing apps' screen loads on your device.
- Use your default login in order to regain control over your device.
If the FAIL alert is shown by ODIN, then you need to try and repeat the whole tutorial more than once. If you decide to repeat installation you need to make sure that your Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 WiFi meets all requirements listed above the tutorial and that you won't skip any installation steps.
If the PASS message is displayed by ODIN, but your Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 WiFi gets stuck at the boot animation screen, or it enters in a boot loop, then you have to 'factory reset' the device.
Here's how to 'factory reset' the device:
- power off the tablet.
- boot it in Recovery Mode.
- select 'wipe data/ factory reset'.
- reboot the tablet in normal mode and you are done with this post.
If you need any extra help completing the tutorial, then you should tell us in comments. Also, if you are still running 100% stock Android firmware, but you can't complete the update manually, then it would be best to wait until Samsung pushes the new Android 6.0.1 software over-the-air to your device.