Even though we’re not talking about a major update and even though the Galaxy A5 2016 will no longer receive important Android support from Samsung, at least not for long, a new firmware is available for your device. Well, the new OS brings the January 2019 Security patch meaning that you can now secure your Android activity and improve the Samsung UI by adding the latest bug fixes and stability improvements that were designed for your very own Galaxy A5.

Now, this update was OTA released and is currently rolled out in several markets around the world. Thus, during the following period all the Galaxy A5 2016 models should receive the Android notification that will come with the January 2019 Security Patch. However, for those who cannot receive the OTA (if the Android OS was rooted or if other tweaks were applied), the full firmware package is also available and can be anytime downloaded and flashed from Odin – do note that in that case your smartphone will be restored back to factory state; also, check the steps from below if you want to learn how to use Odin for manually setting up this new Android update on your handset.

As for the January 2019 Security Patch, you will get the basis and nothing more. The software is pre-loaded with essential bug-fixes, stability improvements and with security patches which will improve the overall Android experience. However, you won’t be getting new features, apps or capabilities so from this perspective there’s nothing new for you and for your Samsung Galaxy A5. Anyway, bottom line, the update promises a fully stable Android UI that will smoothly run on your device all the time, so you have nothing to worry about and you should apply this firmware package in order to enjoy the best Android system that’s available out there.

If you want to apply the software manually then you need to know a few things first:

  • You are going to use the full firmware package meaning that you are still going to complete an official update procedure – after all you will be flashing the stock January 2019 security patch developed by Samsung and released for the Galaxy A5 2016.
  • Odin will be used during the following steps – this is the official flashing program developed by Samsung especially for update types of procedures; so no, you won’t have to use risky or complex third party tools.
  • Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped and you won’t lose access to built-in apps; you shouldn’t worry about losing your phone’s warranty as that happens only when custom ROMs are being used.
  • You can use the update process as manual fixing solutions as in the end you will restore everything back to default state – so, you can fix different software related issues including boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues or total blackouts.
  • Also, due to same reasons you can use this tutorial if you want to revoke root access, reinstall bloatware, re-flash the stock recovery image or relock the Galaxy A5 bootloader.

Good; now your data should be in safe hands while Odin is running. But, since we’re talking about sensible info, the best will be to secure everything that might be still required afterwards. In that regard a backup is now recommended – it’s optional, but still indicated to save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder or IMEI / NVRAM data. The backup can be quickly applied on the Galaxy A5: there are Samsung’s cloud storage services that can be used, you can download dedicated and specific backup and restore apps from Google Play, you can sync files with your Google Account, or you can use an external storage device.

A computer must be there because Odin must be installed in order to resume the flashing process. Your smartphone and its USB cable are required too. Before doing anything else, on the computer that will be used go ahead and set up the Galaxy A5 2016 drivers – you can choose the right drivers by using the Samsung KIES toolkit.

Afterwards, on your phone, from general Settings access Developer Options. If this setting isn’t displayed, go to About Phone and there start tapping repeatedly on Built Number: after 7 or 10 repeated steps you will receive the ‘you are a developer’ message. So, go to Developer Options and check the USB Debugging feature.

Since you’re about to complete a manual update procedure, before starting to apply the January 2019 Security Patch verify how much power is left on your Samsung Galaxy A5 2016. If the power level is lower than 50%, plug in the charger before doing anything else – otherwise your phone might get turned off in the middle of the update process and then you can end up in soft-bricking your Android based device.

How to manually install January 2019 Security Patch on Samsung Galaxy A5 2016

  1. On your computer run Odin: first, download the flashing program from here and afterwards run the executable file and follow on screen prompts for resuming the installation process; and when done, run Odin on your PC.
  2. Download the January 2019 Security Patch that’s available for your Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 on your computer; you can access the update file here and you should afterwards save it on desktop.
  3. Power off your smartphone and after doing so reboot its system into download mode: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons together, for a short while.
  4. Connect your phone with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
  5. On Odin the ‘added’ message should be now displayed and the ID:COM field should be turned yellow or blue. If that’s not happening reinstall your A5 drivers on your computer before repeating the steps already explained.
  6. Click on the AP button and load the firmware file from desktop. Also, make sure that the Re Partition and Auto Reboot options aren’t selected on Odin.
  7. Click on Start for initiating the flashing process and wait until the ‘pass’ message is returned; at that point the ID:COM field will be turned green.
  8. Close Odin and remove the USB cable; also reboot your smartphone.
  9. Done.

If the flashing program isn’t running as expected or if it gets stuck while you try to follow the steps from above you should follow: close Odin and also end its associated processes that are still running in the background – you can do that by accessing Task Manager; disconnect your smartphone from your computer; on your PC reinstall your Galaxy A5 drivers; force-restart your Samsung branded handset; repeat the flashing steps from the beginning as now everything should run as expected.

If the last reboot that must be initiated on your phone is throwing the Android system into a boot loop, follow: access recovery mode on your Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 (press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons together, for a short while); in recovery initiate a full wipe – choose to make a hard reset and clear app data cache by selecting these options: ‘wipe data factory reset’, followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ and by ‘wipe dalvik cache’; reboot to Android mode in the end.

There you have it; those are the steps that must be followed if you want to manually install the January 2019 Security Patch on your Samsung Galaxy A5 2016. So, have you tested the new Android update yet? If you had, then don’t hesitate and share your thoughts and your own experience with us and with the other users who might need a second opinion – you can quickly get in touch with us by using the comments field from below. Enjoy and stay close for further update opportunities.

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