The Android 7.1.1 update is now rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 India models.

If you don't wish to wait until the update is done installing on your phone, then you should tell us in comments.

The new official update comes with a multitude of new features and improvements that should offer a brand new Android experience for your device.

Check the following guidelines before starting the installation of this new firmware update:

  • use this guide only for the Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 India models.
    - the version of your phone has to be the SM - J510FN.
    - don't update other devices with the files found in this post.
  • download the Samsung USB drivers from here.
    - install the drivers on your computer.
  • the update can be applied with Odin tool.
  • you need to install the usb drivers and to make sure that the USB Debugging option is enabled under Developer Options.
    - if Developer Options is not listed you need to enable this menu first: go to Settings> About Phone> Software Info.
    - tap seven times on the Firmware Build Number to enable Developer Options.
    - return to Settings, and Developer Options is now listed there.
    - open Developer Options and enable USB Debugging.
  • the new update can be flashed over rooted firmware, but root access won't survive the update process.
  • any custom Recovery you might have flashed will also be replaced with stock Recovery.
  • Odin is capable of installing the new update over a custom ROM, but a Factory reset is needed after the update is done installing.
    - the Factory Reset process wipes clean system partition, it removes the old custom ROM and it allows the phone to boot in normal mode.
    - Factory Reset steps are listed at the end of the tutorial.
    - the Factory Reset won't remove any data from internal storage.
  • if your Galaxy J5 2016 India model runs 100% stock firmware, then you can continue straight to the next part of this post and start the update, as no data will be lost in the process.
  • this guide is destined to be used by advanced users only.
  • use the tutorial only if you are an advanced user, as we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any data files in the process.

Now that you know that you can get to the next part of the post.

How to install Android 7.1.1 Update for Galaxy J5 2016 India:

  1. Download the update archive from here.
  2. When the update is done downloading you can extract the archived contents.
    - save the data files on your PC.
    You will obtain the four files required for the update files. Each file should have in its name one of the following: BL, AP, CP, and HOME_CSC. All the files are 'tar.md5' archives, and you shouldn't extract them.
  3. Download Odin 3.12.3 zip from here.
    - unzip the contents.
  4. Power off the phone.
  5. Boot it in Download Mode.
  6. Open Odin exe on the computer.
  7. Connect your phone to PC using the USB cable.
    - wait for Odin to add the device.
    - in case the device is not detected you need to reinstall the Samsung usb drivers.
  8. In ODIN you now have to load the update files.
    Click BL and load the J510FNXXU2BQJD BL file.
    Click AP and load the J510FNXXU2BQJD AP file.
    Click CP and load the J510FNXXU2BQJD CP file.
    Click CSC and load the HOME_CSC J510FNXXU2BQJD update file. Don't load the "CSC"-only file, as that one will tell Odin to delete all data, while "HOME_CSC" will keep your data intact.
  9. Confirm the update process by clicking START in ODIN.
    - don't press any buttons until the update is done installing.
  10. Unplug your phone from the computer when the PASS alert is shown by ODIN.
    Reboot the phone in normal mode and wait for the boot to complete successfully.

    Use your default login info in order to regain control over your device.

I hope that you've managed to complete the new update.

If the installation fails you need to repeat the whole tutorial more than once, but make sure that you won't skip any steps and that your phone meets all requirements.


If the PASS alert is shown by ODIN, but your phone enters in a boot loop or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen, then you should Factory Reset the device and then it will boot with the new OS.

The Factory Reset needs to be applied by those that have installed the new official update over a custom ROM, too, as otherwise their phone won't boot with the new official update.

Here's how to Factory Reset the device:

  • power off the phone.
  • boot it in Recovery Mode.
  • select 'wipe data/ factory reset'.
  • confirm.
  • reboot device in normal mode.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to complete the update.

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