The International Unlocked variants of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus are now receiving the official September 2016 Security Marshmallow updates.
Check the guidelines listed in this post in order to learn how to successfully complete the new update manually.
This new Android 6.0.1 firmware update is being rolled out in stages for all the the unlocked models of Galaxy S6 Edge Plus G928F devices. This roll out is done over-the-air, and not all users will get the Marshmallow new update at the same time which is why you can use the ODIN app, and flash the update manually.
This guide is great in case you want to flash the new official Android 6.0.1 firmware over a custom ROM, too. Odin is capable of flashing updates over custom ROMs, but you will have to 'factory reset' the system partition after the update is done installing. You will learn more about this by reading the guidelines below:
- use this tutorial only for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus International unlocked models.
- your phone's model has to be the SM - G928F one.
- do not attempt to use this post for other different Galaxy S6 Edge models.
- check the phone's model under Settings> About Phone section.
- download Samsung USB Drivers from here, install them on your PC.
- install the usb drivers on your computer, as this will allow it to detect the phone when you'll connect it with your computer.
- for the installation of this new official firmware you will need to use the Odin app.
- Odin is a small tool designed to help Samsung users to upgrade their device with stock firmware manually.
- for Odin to open on your computer you need to install the usb drivers above, and to make sure that the USB Debugging is enabled under the Developer Options menu of your phone.
- if you cannot find Developer Options you need to go to Settings> About Phone and tap seven times on the Build Number section.
- return to Settings, find Developer Options, then enable it and find USB Debugging to enable that, too.
- if you install Android 6.0.1 official firmware over rooted, but stock Android 6.0.1 build, then you won't lose any data from the phone.
- the root access will be revoked and any custom Recovery you might have installed is going to be replaced by a stock Recovery image.
- you can use Odin tool to flash the new official update over custom ROMs, too, but you will need to 'factory reset' the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus system partition for it to be able to reboot in normal mode again.
- the 'factory reset' process will wipe clean the system partition, remove the custom ROM and force your smartphone to boot in normal mode in the process.
- factory resetting the device will not delete any files from internal storage of your device.
- the 'factory reset' steps are listed at the end of this tutorial and you need to apply them only if you install the firmware over custom ROMs, or in case your phone fails to boot with the new ROM.
- if your smartphone runs 100% stock Android firmware, then you won't lose any files in the process and you can begin the update right away.
- check the whole tutorial and do not skip any steps.
- this is a guide destined to be used by advanced users, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the device nor in case you lose any important files in the process.
- check the battery charge level of your device, make sure that there is at least 50% charge left before the phone powers off, this will prevent it from powering down during the first boot of this new Marshmallow firmware.
If you don't want to manually update your device, then you can wait for Samsung to push the update over-the-air in your region. Also, you can manually search for new firmware files by going to Settings> About Phone> System Update menu.
How to flash Android 6.0.1 September 2016 Security Update for Galaxy S6 Edge Plus G928F:
- Download the Android 6.0.1 firmware file from here.
- Extract the files from the archive and save them on your PC.
- you should obtain the G928FXXS3BPIB tar.md5 firmware update file.
- do not extract the tar.md5 contents, as that is the file you have to flash using Odin app.
- Download Odin 3.10.7 zip from here.
- unzip the file.
- Power off your device.
- Boot it in Download Mode.
- Launch the Odin exe on your PC.
- Connect the phone to computer using a usb cable.
- wait for Odin to detect the phone.
- if the phone is not detected you need to try and reinstall the Samsung usb drivers once more.
- Get to Odin's Options tab. Find 're-partition' option and make sure that it is disabled.
- do not edit other default Odin settings.
- Get back to Odin, click the AP button. Find and load the Android 6.0.1 G928FXXS3BPIB tar.md5 firmware update.
- Confirm the installation process of this new official firmware.
- When the update is done you can see the phone rebooting and the PASS alert will be shown by Odin tool.
- note that the first boot process is going to take a while before it loads all the new files.
- Unplug your smartphone from the PC when the 'optimizing apps' screen loads on your device.
Use your default login info in order to regain control over your device once again.
If you've encountered any problems during the installation of this new ROM, then you will need to check the extra info below. If the install process was applied successfully, then you can close this post.
If Odin shows the FAIL alert you have to repeat the whole tutorial once more. If you do that, then you have to make sure that your phone meets all requirements and that you won't be skipping any steps listed above.
If the PASS alert is shown in ODIN, but the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus phone enters in a boot loop, or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen for more than 20 minutes, then you will have to 'factory reset' the device's system partition.
In case you have installed the Android 6.0.1 update over a custom ROM, then you will also need to factory reset the phone. Here's how to factory reset the device: power it off, boot Recovery Mode, select 'wipe data/ factory reset' - confirm process and you're done with this post.
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