Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is now live for all the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 devices. If you are looking to learn how to flash the brand new official OTA Update manually, then you should check the guidelines listed in this post.
These updates are released over-the-air for all the Galaxy Tab S2 T710 tablets, but not all users are getting the new firmware at the same time. If you are an advanced user, then you can choose to upgrade your tablet manually using the instructions listed in this post.
This tutorial can be used by Galaxy Tab S2 users that have modified the installed OS on their tablets and that are now running custom ROMs instead of the stock Android firmware. Before starting the installation process of this new ROM you should check the guidelines below:
- use this post only for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 tablets.
- check the version of your device under Settings> About Device and make sure that the SM - T710 model is listed there.
- do not attempt to update any other different devices with the files that you will find in this post.
- download Samsung USB Drivers from here.
- install the usb drivers on your computer.
- these drivers are designed to help you connect the PC to tablet via ODIN.
- Odin3 is a small tool destined to be used by advanced Samsung users to install the latest Android firmware update manually without waiting for the OTA files to arrive.
- for ODIN to open on your computer you will need to have the USB drivers installed on it and for the USB Debugging option to be enabled under Developer Options section.
- if you cannot find the Developer Options section, then you should go to Settings> About Device and tap 7 times on the Build Number section.
- the Developer Options will now be listed under Settings , open it and then enable USB Debugging, too.
- you can flash the new official firmware over a rooted ROM, but you will lose root access after the update is done.
- any custom Recovery that you might have installed is going to be replaced with a stock Recovery image.
- you can flash the update over a custom ROM, too.
- if you do that, then you will be forced to 'factory reset' your device.
- the 'factory reset' steps are listed at the end of this post.
- factory resetting the device is going to remove the system partition along with the custom ROM files, and it will allow your tablet to boot in normal mode.
- apply the 'factory reset' steps only after the update is done and only if you've installed it over a custom ROM.
- if your Galaxy Tab S2 is running 100% stock Android firmware, then you can get to the next part of this post and learn how to flash the update manually.
- read the whole post and do not skip any steps.
- this is a guide that you should use only if you are an advanced user, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the tablet nor in case you lose any data from your device.
- check the battery charge level of your device and make sure that there is at least 50% charge left before the Galaxy Tab S2 powers off completely.
How to install Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Update for Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 T710:
- Download Android 6.0.1 T710XXU2CPD9 archive file from here.
- After the firmware file has been downloaded you can extract the files from the archive.
- you need to obtain the T710XXU2CPD9 tar.md5 firmware updating file.
- do not unzip the tar.md5 file any further than that.
- Download Odin3 v3.10.7 zip from here.
- extract the Odin contents and save them on your PC.
- Power off your tablet.
- Boot your Galaxy Tab S2 in Download Mode.
- it can be done by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power at the same time.
- release the buttons when the Warning screen loads on your tablet, then press Volume Up to confirm Download Mode boot.
- Launch the Odin3 exe on your computer.
- Connect your tablet to computer via usb cable.
- wait for ODIN to detect the Galaxy Tab S2.
- if the tablet is not detected you will need to reinstall the Samsung USB drivers.
- Get to Odin's main screen and go to its "options" tab to disable 'Re-partition'.
- do not edit other default Odin settings.
- In ODIN click AP button.
- Browse your PC for the T710XXU2CPD9 tar.md5 firmware updating file, and load it in ODIN.
- Confirm the updating process by pressing the START button in Odin.
- don't press any buttons until all files are done installing on your tablet.
- When the Update is done you can see the PASS alert shown by ODIN and your tablet will reboot in normal mode.
- note that the first boot process of this new ROM is going to take a while before it loads all the new files.
- Use your default login info in order to regain control over your device.
These were all the steps that you had to take in order to complete the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update for your Galaxy Tab S2 T710 device.
If you've encountered any problems during installation, then you should check the extra notes listed below.
If the FAIL alert is displayed by ODIN or any other error blocks the Android 6.0.1 update from completing, then you will be forced to repeat the whole tutorial more than once.
If you repeat installation, then you need to make sure that you won't be skipping any steps and that your tablet meets all requirements listed above the tutorial.
If the PASS alert is shown by ODIN, but your Galaxy Tab S2 enters in a boot loop or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen, then you will be forced to 'factory reset' the device.
The 'factory reset' process has to be applied by those that have installed the update over a custom ROM, too. Here's how to factory reset your tablet:
- power off the Galaxy Tab S2.
- boot it in Recovery Mode.
- it can be done by holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons at the same time.
- select 'wipe data/ factory reset' option and confirm process.
- reboot the tablet in normal mode after you're done with the factory reset.
If you need more help completing the tutorial, then you should tell us in comments.