The Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Unlocked devices across Europe are getting the new official Android 8.0.0 Oreo OS upgrades.
If you do not want to wait until Samsung pushes the new firmware over-the-air in your region, then you should check the info in this post. For you to complete the Android 8.0.0 Oreo update for your Galaxy A5 2017 device easily, you will have to use the ODIN 3.13.1 app.
This new Android 8 Oreo update is being rolled out over-the-air in your region, but not all Galaxy A5 users are getting the new update at the same time.
These updates are being released in stages, and the first country that got the new Oreo OS is Russia. All the other regions should get the new Android 8 Oreo update in the following weeks, but we've managed to compile the correct Galaxy A5 Oreo update files in a single zip for you to install it right away.
Please note that the update has to be installed with ODIN only if you are an advanced user.
Check the guidelines below before starting the update and verify that your Galaxy A5 meets all requirements:
- use the tutorial only for the Unlocked Samsung Galaxy A5 devices.
- the model number of your phone has to be the SM - A520F.
- do not attempt to update any other Samsung models with the files found in this post.
- download Samsung USB Drivers from here, and install them on your PC.
- for the installation of Android 8.0.0 Oreo you will have to use the ODIN tool.
- in order to make sure that Odin is capable of flashing the new update easily you have to install the above usb drivers and to enable USB Debugging from Developer Options.
- if you cannot find Developer Options you need to enable this menu first: go to Settings> About Phone> Software Info and here you need to tap seven times on the Build Number text.
- get back to Settings, open Developer Options and enable USB Debugging.
- the new update can be installed using ODIN over rooted, but stock firmware, without losing any data files.
- however, root access won't survive the update.
- also, any custom Recovery you might have installed will be replaced with stock Recovery.
- you can flash Android 8 Oreo Official Update over a custom ROM, but you have to Factory Reset the phone after the update is done installing.
- the Factory Reset process has to be applied in order to wipe the old custom ROM completely off your Galaxy A5 phone, and to force it to boot in normal mode.
- the Factory Reset steps are listed at the end of the tutorial.
- the Factory Reset only wipes the system partition, no data will be removed from internal storage.
- if your 2017 Galaxy A5 A520F device runs 100% stock Android 7.0 OREO, then you can continue straight to the next part of this post and learn how to update your phone, as no data will be lost.
- this tutorial has to be used by advanced users, we won't be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any data files.
- read the entire post and do not skip any steps.
These were the guidelines you had to go over before starting the update.
If you don't want to install the update using this guide, then you can wait for Samsung to launch the Android 8.0 Oreo OTA files in your region. You can also check for new updates by going to Settings> Software Update> Download Update Manually menu. If a new firmware is ready for you, then you simply need to confirm the process and your Galaxy A5 phone will take care of the rest automatically.
How to update 2017 Galaxy A5 to Android 8.0.0 OREO Manually using ODIN:
- Download the Android 8.0.0 Oreo official update from here.
- When the download is completed you have to extract the files comprised within the archive.
- you will obtain five update files, each should feature a tar.md5 extension, don't extract any further than that.
- Download Odin 3.13.1 zip from here.
Make sure to grab the 3.13.1 Odin app, as that one works with Android 8 Oreo.
Unzip the files.
- Power off the phone.
- Boot it in Download Mode.
- Launch Odin exe on your PC.
- Connect your phone to computer via usb cable.
Wait for ODIN to add the device.
- if the phone is not added you need to reinstall the Samsung USB drivers.
- Go to Odin main menu now, as you have to load the update files.
- Click BL and load the BL_A520FXXU4CRD5 tar.md5 file.
Click AP and load the AP_A520FXXU4CRD5 tar.md5 file.
Click CP and load the CP_A520FXXU4CRD5 tar.md5 file.
Click CSC and load the HOME_CSC_A520FXXU4CRD5 tar.md5 file. Don't load the CSC-only named file, as that one will tell ODIN to wipe the entire device off all data.
- Hit START button to confirm Android 8.0 Oreo installation for your Galaxy A5 2017 device.
- don't press any buttons until the installation is done.
- After the PASS alert is shown in ODIN you can unplug the phone from PC.
The Galaxy A5 will now reboot in normal mode and complete the Android 8.0 Oreo installation.
Use your default login info in order to regain control over your device.
If the FAIL alert is shown by ODIN, then you have to repeat installation. If you repeat Android 8.0 installation for the Galaxy A5, then make sure that your phone runs 100% stock Android, and that you won't skip any steps above.
If the PASS message is shown by ODIN, but your Galaxy A5 2017 device enters in a boot loop, or it gets stuck at the Samsung boot animation for more than 20 minutes without loading any other screens, then you need to Factory Reset the device.
The Factory Reset steps below should be applied in case you have installed the Android 8.0 official stock update over a custom ROM, too. This will force the 2017 Galaxy A5 phone to boot in normal mode with Android 8.0.
Here's how to factory reset the Galaxy A5 from Recovery Mode:
- power off the phone.
- boot it in Recovery Mode.
- select 'wipe data/ factory reset'.
- reboot phone in normal mode.
If you need more help you can tell us in comments.