The Value Edition models of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablets can be updated to Nougat OS starting from today. If you do not wish to wait until Samsung pushes the new update in your region, then you should be checking the info listed in this post.
The new Nougat firmware updates are being rolled out in stages for all users, but not everyone will get them today. This tutorial is also great for those that are looking to restore their tablets to stock Android firmware from Custom ROMs.
Check the following guidelines before starting the flashing process:
- use this post only if you are an advanced user, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any important data files.
- this guide has to be used only with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 VE models.
- the version of your tablet has to be SM - T713.
- 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 and install them on your PC.
- the usb drivers will allow the Galaxy Tab S2 to be detected by the computer when you connected them via usb cable.
- in order to install the new firmware on your tablet you will have to use ODIN app, and for it to work you have to install the above usb drivers, and to make sure that USB Debugging is enabled from the phone's Developer Options menu.
- if you can't find Developer Options you need to go to Settings> About Device and then tap seven times on the Firmware Version number.
- get back to the Settings menu, find Developer Options and enable USB Debugging.
- you can install the new update over rooted, but stock firmware, without losing any data files.
- root access won't survive, though.
- also, any custom Recovery that might have be installed will be replaced with stock Recovery.
- you can flash official Android 7.0 Nougat over custom ROMs using the ODIN app, but you need to know that a Factory Reset process has to be applied after the update is done installing.
The Factory Reset process wipes the system partition, and it will allow the phone to boot in normal mode.
- the Factory Reset steps are listed at the end of this post, and if you apply them no data will be lost from internal storage of your tablet.
- if the tablet runs 100% stock Android firmware, then you can continue to the next part of this post right now and start the updating process, as no data will be lost in the process.
- read the whole post and do not skip any steps posted below.
- check the battery charge of your device and make sure that there is at least 50% charge left before the device powers off in the process.
Now that you know all of the above you can continue to the next part of this post.
How to flash Android 7.0 Nougat Update for Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 VE T713:
- Download the Nougat 7.0 archived contents from here.
- When the download is done you can unzip the archived contents and save them on your PC.
- you will obtain the T713XXU2BQCO tar.md5 firmware update file.
- don't extract the tar.md5 contents.
- Download Odin 3.12.3 zip from here.
- after the download is done you can unzip the contents.
- Switch off the tablet.
- Boot your tablet in Download Mode
- Launch the ODIN app on your PC.
- Connect your phone to PC via usb cable.
- if the phone is not detected you can reinstall the Samsung usb drivers.
- In ODIN you need to click the AP button.
- Browse your PC for the update file extracted at step 2 and load it in ODIN.
- Press START in order confirm the update process.
- don't press any other buttons until the new firmware is done installing.
When the flashing process is done you can see the PASS alert and the phone will reboot.
- Unplug the phone from PC and then use your usual login info in order to unlock the tablet.
I hope that the Android 7.0 Nougat has been successfully installed on your tablet easily. If you need any extra help you will have to tell us in comments.
The FAIL alert might be shown by the Odin app, and if that happens you need to repeat the entire tutorial more than once. Make sure that in case you repeat installation that you won't skip any steps, and that your phone meets all requirements above.
If the PASS alert is shown by the ODIN app, but the phone enters in a boot loop or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen for more than 20 minutes, then you have to factory reset the tablet.
The Factory Reset process wipes clean the system partition, and that is why it can be used by those that have installed the Android 7.0 update over a custom ROM, too. The Factory Reset process allows your phone to boot in normal mode.
Here's how to Factory Reset the device in the process:
- power off the tablet.
- boot it in Recovery Mode.
- select 'wipe data/ factory reset'.
- confirm the factory reset process.
- reboot your smartphone in normal mode when you're done.
If you need any extra help you can tell us in comments below. If your device is running stock Android firmware, and you've tried to install the new update manually and that failed, then you should wait until Samsung pushes the new firmware update over-the-air in your region.