The official April 2019 Security Patch is available for the Samsung Galaxy J7 2017. The firmware with build number J730FMXXS5BSD1 is being currently rolled out in Russia, so if you have an eligible device you should receive the notification anytime now.

A roll out also means that even the eligible smartphones might not receive the OTA at the same time. That often happens because Samsung is offering the updates gradually and in phases. So, have patience, or just choose to manually set up the April 2019 Security Patch on your Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 – by the way, the full J730FMXXS5BSD1 firmware package can be downloaded from online sources, so Odin can be used in that respect.

Talking about eligible handsets, for being able to receive this new OTA notification your Galaxy J7 should already run on stock Android Oreo. Furthermore, its system should run on default settings, meaning that if tweaks were applied, now you won’t be able to receive the official OS. Shortly, if root was gained, or if similar operations were performed, you will have to use the manual update solution instead.

As for the J730FMXXS5BSD1 April 2019 Security Patch you need to know that the update is still based on Android Oreo. It will add only stability and security improvements for resolving the problems that were recently reported: it will address both Android and Samsung related security issues and other similar malfunctions that are currently running along with the Android functionality. Bottom line, the April 2019 Security Patch will smooth up your daily Android experience, without adding new features, apps and capabilities.

If you want to use the manual update procedure keep in mind that the same process can help you restore your Galaxy J7 back to factory state – using Odin for setting up the official J730FMXXS5BSD1 software will revoke root access, relock the bootloader, reinstall bloatware, reinstall stock recovery and reapply other factory settings.

Additionally, the same manual update operation can fix severe Android malfunctions – we’re discussing about software related issues such as boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues and similar other software misbehaves.

Of course, if the manual flashing process is considered, there are the general pre-requisites that must be first reviewed:

  • You must backup your Samsung Galaxy J7 just in case – usually, your personal files will remain secured while Odin is used, but in rare situations a wipe might happen. So, prevent unpleasant situations and be precautious.
  • Note: complete a general backup by using Samsung’s cloud storage solutions, by using an external storage device, by syncing files with your Google Account, or by using apps from Google Play. Also, be careful and save essential stuffs including contacts, call logs, texts, images, audio files, the EFS folder, internet settings, or IMEI/ NVRAM data.
  • This is a manual process, so a computer, your phone and its USB cable are all required.
  • On the PC you will have to save the April 2019 Security Patch, download and run Odin and set up the right drivers for your Galaxy J7 2017 – you can get the drivers for your phone via Samsung KIES.
  • Before starting the update sequence you have to verify how much power is left on your phone. If you notice that the battery bar is showing less than 50% power, plug in the charger before doing anything else.
  • Note: low power might mean future problems – a sudden shut down can happen while Odin is running; then, software related issues can be caused on your Android based device, so be careful.
  • Of course, use the steps explained below only if you own the Samsung Galaxy J7 2017. The J730FMXXS5BSD1 firmware file is compatible only with the already mentioned handset.

Galaxy J7 (2017) Currently Receiving April 2019 Security Patch – here’s how to install the J730FMXXS5BSD1 firmware manually

  1. Well, power on your computer as you need to download the required files.
  2. So, start by downloading the April 2019 Security patch – you can do it from this page.
  3. Then, download Odin. Run the executable file that’s received and follow the on-screen prompts for setting up the flashing program correctly.
  4. Note: don’t forget, the Galaxy J7 2017 drivers must be installed on your computer as otherwise you won’t be able to complete the update process.
  5. Run Odin on your computer.
  6. Put your Android device in download mode: power off your phone and afterwards press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons together until the download mode is displayed.
  7. Connect your smartphone with your computer – plug in the USB cable and if asked, enable USB Debugging option on your phone.
  8. Odin must recognize your Galaxy J7 – the ‘added’ message must be returned and the ID:COM field must be turned yellow or blue; otherwise, reinstall the drivers on your PC and retry the step from above.
  9. Now, on the flashing program click on the AP button, locate the update package and load the J730FMXXS5BSD1 firmware file.
  10. On the next window make sure that the Re Partition and Auto Reboot options aren’t selected.
  11. Click on Start for initiating the flashing process, which will be automatically completed.
  12. The ‘pass’ message will be returned in the end; then, the ID:COM section will be green.
  13. Close Odin, remove the USB cable and reboot your Galaxy J7.

Problems that can occur and what you should do for fixing it

Odin is developed by Samsung, so it should run smoothly. However, we’re discussing about a flashing program which might run into problems from time to time. For example, it might get stuck right during the update process and if that happens you will have to: close Odin and end any related process that might still run in the background – you can verify that from Task Manager; disconnect your phone from your computer; on your PC uninstall and then reinstall the Galaxy J7 drivers; force-restart your smartphone; in the end, repeat the update operation from the beginning.

Rarely, the last reboot can be concluded with a boot loop. That’s a malfunction caused because there are software conflicts between the old and the new UI. Thus, a hard reset will be required. In that regard you will have to: force-reboot recovery mode on your Samsung branded device by pressing and holding the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons; next, from recovery choose the ‘wipe data factory reset’ option; when it’s completed, return to main menu of recovery and choose to go back to Android mode.

So, the Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 is currently receiving the April 2019 Security Patch in Russia. As explained, you can either wait for the root out to be completed, or you can speed things up by using Odin – that’s how official updates can be manually installed on Samsung smartphones and tablets.

Therefore, tell us everything about your update experience and share your first impressions relate with the J730FMXXS5BSD1 functionality. You can quickly get in touch with our team by using the comments field available below.

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