T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge phones have received the official Android 7.0 Nougat 2018 security update.
If you do not wish to wait for the official release of the new firmware update, then you should manually upgrade your phone using the files in this post and the ODIN app.
This tutorial is great in case you wish to restore your phone to 100% stock Android firmware from a custom ROM. You can use ODIN to flash the new firmware update manually over a custom ROM.
The new Android 7.0 firmware update is being rolled out in stages for all users, an this means that not everyone is getting the new firmware update at the same time as some other lucky users. So, if you are an advanced user and you are looking to install the update manually, then this guide will help you do just that.
Use this guide only for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge devices. Do not try to update any other devices with the files found in this post.
Check the version of your device under Settings> About Phone menu. The version of your device has to be the SM – G925T.
Download Samsung USB drivers from here. Install the usb drivers on your PC, so that the Odin tool will detect the phone when you connect it.
For ODIN to work with your PC and phone you will need to install the above usb drivers, and to enable USB Debugging from the Developer Options menu.
If you cannot find Developer Options you have to unhide this menu first: go to Settings> About Phone> Software Information and tap seven times on the Firmware Build Number text.
You can install the new firmware update over rooted firmware, but you should know that root access won’t survive the update process.
Any custom Recovery you might have flashed will be replaced with stock Recovery.
If you install the Android 7 2018 Security update over a custom ROM, then you will also need to factory reset the device after the install is done. The Factory Reset steps are listed at the end of the tutorial. Factory Reset will force the phone to boot in normal mode and remove the old custom ROM.
In case your smartphone runs 100% stock Android firmware, then you can start the updating process right now and no data will be lost during installation.
Check the whole post and do not skip any steps.
This guide has to be applied by advanced users, we cannot be blamed inc case you brick the device nor in case you lose any important data files.
These were all the preparation steps you had to go over before starting the flashing process.
If you don’t want to manually install the new update, then you will have to wait until T-Mobile rolls out the update over-the-air in your region.
How to Install 2018 Android 7 Nougat Security Update for T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge:
- Download the Android 7.0 2018 Update archive file from here.
- When the download is done you have to extract the archived contents.
Extract and save all the files on your PC.
You will obtain the G925TUVS6FRA3 tar.md5 update file.
- Download Odin 3.12.3 zip from here.
Unzip the Odin contents and place them on your PC.
- Power off the phone.
- Launch Odin on your PC.
- Boot your phone in Download Mode.
- Connect your phone to your PC via usb cable.
Wait for Odin to add the phone and then continue to the next part of this post.
- Go to ODIN main menu and click the AP button.
- Now, find and load the G925TUVS6FRA3 tar.md5 firmware update file. Load the file in ODIN.
- Hit the START button when you’re ready to begin the Android 7.0 official update.
Don’t press any buttons until the update is done installing.
- When the update is complete you can reboot the phone from PC.
Unplug the phone from PC and wait for the first boot process to be completed successfully.
I hope that you’ve managed to complete the update, and that your phone has booted in normal mode already.
If the FAIL alert is displayed by ODIN, then you will need to try and repeat the whole tutorial more than once. If you repeat installation you need to make sure that you won’t skip any steps and that your phone meets all requirements.
If the PASS message is shown by ODIN, but your phone enters in a boot loop, or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen for more than 15 minutes, then you will have to factory reset the device and force it to boot in normal mode.
The Factory Reset steps below should help those that that have installed the new Android 7 update over a custom ROM, too, as otherwise their phones won’t boot in normal mode.
Factory Reset steps:
- power off the phone.
- boot it in Recovery Mode.
- select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
- reboot device in normal mode and you’re done.
If you need more help completing the tutorial then you should tell us in comments below.