The Android 6.0.1 update is now live for all the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 LTE-A 9.7 models.
Check the guidelines below in order to learn how to flash the brand new official updates for your device manually. The Android 6.0.1 update is rolling out over-the-air in stages, but not all users are getting the new firmware at the same time.
If you are an advanced user, and you want to manually update your device, then you can do it with Odin tool. Also, this guide is great in case you are running a custom ROM on your tablet, and you wish to restore your tablet to stock Android firmware.
Check the following guidelines before starting the installation process of this new official firmware:
- use this tutorial only with the 9.7 Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 LTE-A SM-T819.
- check the model of your device under Settings> About Device menu.
- do not attempt to update any other different models with the files found in this post.
- download Samsung USB drivers here and install them on your PC.
- after the drivers are installed you will be able to connect your tablet with the PC and complete the update manually.
- Odin is a great 3rd party tool designed to help advanced Samsung users to upgrade their tablets to Android 6.0.1 firmware manually.
- for Odin to work with your device you need to install the usb drivers above and to enable USB Debugging from your tablet's Developer Options menu.
- if you can't find the Developer Options menu you need to go to Settings> About Tablet and tap 7 times on the Build Number section.
- get back to Settings, scroll to find Developer Options, open it, then enable it, and now find the USB Debugging option to enable it, too.
- if your device runs rooted, but stock Firmware, then you will see root access removed, but not data will be lost from your device.
- any custom Recovery that you might have installed on your tablet will be replaced by a stock Recovery image
- in case your Galaxy Tab S2 Plus 9.7 device runs a custom ROM, then you will have to factory reset the device.
- the 'factory reset' steps are going to wipe clean the system partition, but you won't be losing any data from internal storage.
- this factory reset process removes the custom ROM and it forces your tablet to boot in normal mode with official Android 6.0.1 firmware.
- the 'factory reset' steps are listed at the end of this post.
- if your tablet runs 100% stock Android firmware, then you won't be losing any files, and you can get to the next part of this post right away.
- this guide is destined to be used by advanced users only, we cannot be held responsible in case you brick the tablet nor in case you lose any important data in the process.
- read this guide entirely before installing any new files, and don't skip any steps if you want to complete the update at your first attempt.
If you are unsure about manually updating your device, then you can wait for Samsung to push the OTA files in your region. Also, you can go to Settings> About Device> System Update to search for new firmware files.
How to install Android 6.0.1 MM Update manually for 9.7inch LTE-A Galaxy Tab S2 Plus:
- Download the Android 6.0.1 firmware file from here.
- When the download is done you can extract the archived contents and save the files on your PC.
- you will get the T819YDXU1APF9 tar.md5 firwmare file.
- don't extract any further than that.
- Download Odin 3.10.7 from here.
- unzip the files.
- Power off your device.
- Boot it in Download Mode now.
- press and hold Volume Down + Power button to boot it.
- release the buttons if a warning screen loads, then press Volume Up to confirm Download Mode boot.
- Launch the Odin exe on your PC.
- Connect your tablet to PC via usb cable.
- wait for Odin to detect the device.
- if the device is not recognized you can reinstall the Samsung usb drivers.
- Go to Odin's main screen and make sure that 're-partition' option is disabled.
- do not edit other default Odin settings.
- In Odin click the AP button. Now, find and load the T819YDXU1APF9 tar.md5 firmware update file.
- Hit the START button when you're ready to begin the update process.
- don't press anything else until the update is done.
- When Android 6.0.1 is successfully flashed you can see the device rebooting and the PASS alert shown by Odin.
- Unplug the tablet from PC when the "optimizing apps" screen loads on your device.
- Use your default login info in order to unlock your tablet's home screen.
These were the steps that you had to take in order to complete the Android 6.0.1 firmware update for your device. If you've encountered any problems during installation you need to try and check the extra info below.
If the update was successful, then you can close this post.
If the FAIL alert is shown by ODIN, then you will be forced to repeat the whole tutorial more than once. Make sure that in case you end up repeating the tutorial, then you won't skip any steps and that your device meets all requirements listed above the tutorial.
If the PASS message 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 your device.
The 'factory reset' process wipes clean the system partition, but it won't delete any data internal storage of your device.
A Factory Reset should be applied for those that have installed the Android 6.0.1 update over a custom ROM, too.
If you want to factory reset the phone and force it to boot in normal mode, then you should check the info below:
- power off the phone.
- boot it in Recovery Mode.
- hold Volume Up + Power until the Recovery Mode menu loads.
- if that doesn't work try Volume Up + Home + Power buttons at the same time.
- select 'wipe data/ factory reset'.
- reboot your device in normal mode and you are done.
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