The Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 is the next Samsung branded device in line to receive the new Android 8.0 Oreo update. The firmware is already available in Russia and will soon be rolled out in other markets. Thus, we have yet another device that’s receiving the Oreo treatment before the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Anyhow, if you own the Galaxy A3, it’s time to test, run and enjoy the new Android functionality by applying this new OS improvements which is also patched with the April 2018 Security Patch.
As already outlined during the introductory lines from above, the Android 8.0 Oreo is OTA available for the Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 in Russia. Thus, if you own the Russian model of this particular smartphone you should anytime now receive a new Android notification on your handset. This notification will then guide you through the flashing process, which by the way will be automatically completed. You can also try to force down the OTA by heading towards Menu - > Settings - > Software update, if the Oreo notification is still ‘avoiding’ your device.
But, if you are tired of waiting for this new OS switch, or if you know that you cannot receive the OTA on your Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 (that happens if you own a tweaked smartphone – for example, if root was gained or if a custom ROM firmware was applied), you can choose to complete the Android 8.0 Oreo update operation manually, by following the guidelines explained below.
This manual update procedure can be therefore applied even if tweaks were applied on your phone, the full firmware package being compatible with the Russian model of the Samsung Galaxy A3 2017, which has the build number SM-A320F – we will be using the A320FXXU3CRD4 firmware package that was released in Russia. So, first of all, before resuming the steps explained below, make sure that you own this particular version of the Galaxy A3 as otherwise you risk in soft bricking your handset.
Now, this Android 8.0 Oreo software is fully stable so everything will smoothly run on your phone. The April 2018 Security patch is included so you will experience a better platform that will run faster and which will provide more power for third party apps and processes. Overall, the ROM will be just great – unless you are used with custom ROMs, as then you will miss the customization and optimization possibilities.
Now, this manual update operation can be completed without any sort of problems. The flashing process is supported by your OEM as the official Android firmware will be used. Also, Odin is the flashing program that will help you apply the steps from below, Odin being also developed and offered by Samsung. So, bottom line, Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped meaning that your Galaxy A3 warranty won’t get void and you won’t lose access to built-in apps. However, you will manage to restore everything back to factory state, meaning that you will manage to revoke root access, relock the bootloader, reinstall the stock recovery image, re-apply bloatware and so on.
And from this perspective (the one that restores your handset back to default state) you can use this manual update tutorial for solving different software related problems like boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues, total blackouts and so on.
A backup is recommended but optional – only in rare situations you can experience issues during the update process, issues that might cause data corruption files or even wipes. Anyway, on your Galaxy A3 you can easily apply a backup as you can use Samsung’s own cloud storage solutions; you can also choose to sync specific data with your Google Account or to use already tested third party backup and restore apps from Google Play. If you choose to backup your device, then save at least your contacts, call logs, text messages, internet settings, the EFS folder, images, videos, audio files, the market apps, IMEI / NVRAM data along with everything else that might still be required afterwards.
For the Android 8.0 Oreo manual update operation you will have to use your Galaxy A3 2017, your phone’s USB cable and a Windows powered computer. On the computer you will have to install and use Odin and your phone will have to be connected and recognized by the flashing program. Also, on your computer the Galaxy A3 drivers must be installed – you can do that by using the Samsung KIES toolkit which can be downloaded from here.
On your smartphone a few things must be applied. First, you have to enable Developer Options, a process that can be performed by following: tap on Menu, go to Settings and access About Phone; from there tap repeatedly on Built Number – after 7 or maybe 10 taps you will be prompted with the ‘you are a developer’ message. Afterwards, from Developer Options you need to check the USB Debugging feature; so go to Settings - > Developer Options and just check the USB Debugging box.
One final thing must be verified: the power level displayed on your Samsung Galaxy A3 2017. Do that as it’s important to ensure more than 50% power on your smartphone before starting the Android 8.0 Oreo update process. If you choose to run the update with your phone running low on power, a sudden shut down might be initiated on your handset. Well, if that happens while Odin is running, different problems might be caused within the Android core system. Thus, if required, charge your device before doing anything else.
How to Install Android 8.0 Oreo on Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
- Start by setting up Odin on your computer: navigate towards this page and download the Odin executable file; save it on desktop, run it and then follow on-screen prompts for resuming the installation process.
- Next, download the Android 8.0 Oreo update package on your computer from here. Save this firmware file on desktop.
- When done, run Odin on your PC.
- Turn off your phone and wait a few moments; then reboot download mode: press and hold Power, Volume Down and Home buttons together, for a few seconds. Finally, connect your device with your computer via USB cable.
- When the connection is completed, Odin will have to recognize your Galaxy A3 - if that happens, on your flashing program you will see the ‘added’ message displayed while the ID:COM row will be turned yellow or blue.
- Note: if the phone isn’t recognized you need to reinstall its drivers on your computer before retrying to apply all the steps from above.
- Afterwards, on Odin click on the AP button and then just load the Android 8.0 Ore firmware package from desktop.
- When asked, don’t select the Re Partition and the Auto Reboot options.
- Click on Start for starting the update operation which will now be automatically completed.
- If everything works without problems in the end Odin will return the ‘pass’ message; the ID:COM field will be now turned green.
- So, at this point close the flashing program, unplug the USB cable and reboot your smartphone.
Issues that might occur and how to fix them
Odin stops working
If the flashing program gets stuck you need to: close the program (you should end its related processes from Task Manager) and unplug your smartphone from your computer; then, force restart your device, reinstall its drivers on your computer and then reapply all the flashing steps from above.
Your phone gets stuck in a boot loop
The last reboot will take a longer time to complete than a regular one. But, if a boot loop occurs, you need to: reach recovery mode by pressing Power, Volume Up and Home buttons together, for a few moments; make a hard reset and clear app data cache from recovery mode menu by selecting ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’; when done, from main menu of recovery choose ‘reboot system now’.
There you have it; that’s how you can manually install the Android 8.0 Oreo official update on your own Samsung Galaxy A3 2017. Go ahead and test this new software and don’t forget about us and about other users who are ready to follow this step by step guide – share your update experience and your observations with us by using the comments field from below.