If you thought that Samsung will release the Oreo update only for its high-end smartphones you were mistaken as a new mid-ranger just received the Android 8.1 treatment. We’re discussing about the Galaxy J5 2017 which is now eligible for the Oreo roll out, at least for the users from Poland as there is where this roll out is being currently pushed out. Thus, for concluding this preliminary news, the Android 8.1 Oreo OTA is now officially available for the Samsung Galaxy J5 2017.

The firmware is OTA available and will be received automatically on devices with version number SM-J530F – you can already scan for the new notification by heading towards Settings - > Software update. If the software is displayed then just follow on-screen prompts and resume the flashing process. However, being an OTA roll out, chances are you won’t receive this update right away – these types of Android releases are offered gradually and in phases meaning that some users and devices will receive it sooner than others.

Note: for receiving the OTA your handset must already run on stock Android OS and tweaks mustn’t be applied – for example, if root was enabled, or if a custom ROM is running you cannot receive and apply the Oreo OTA package.

You can skip this OTA-wait by choosing to manually install the Android 8.1 Oreo firmware on your Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 by using Odin. This is possible because the full firmware package can be downloaded and installed via Odin, the official flashing program developed by your OEM and especially created to work on update operations.

The manual update operation will work even if your smartphone was tweaked or customized with an unofficial Android UI. Of course, in that case, after using Odin for setting up Android 8.1 Oreo, everything will be restored back to factory state on your Galaxy J5: root will be revoked, the bootloader will be relocked, the bloatware re-installed and the stock recovery image re-applied.

Using Odin won’t trip Samsung KNOX. You don’t have to worry about losing your phone’s warranty or access to built-in apps because you will be using the official Android software that’s released by Samsung for the Galaxy J5 2017 SM-J530F. Moreover, you won’t have to use any risky programs or third party apps as during the flashing process Odin will be the only program required.

Before heading towards the update steps that are explained below you should first backup your Samsung Galaxy J5 2017. The backup is optional as everything should run without wipes or similar other operations. However, in rare situations you can lose files while the update operation is performed, so for being sure that your data will remain safe and secured you should choose to save it first – by syncing files with your Google account, by using Samsung’s built-in cloud storage platforms or by downloading and setting up backup and restore apps available on Google Play: in that way you will be able to easily and quickly save contacts, call logs, texts, EFS folder, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on.

Additionally, before doing anything else you should also review the other pre-requisites that must be completed first:

  • A Windows powered computer must be at your disposal – there you will have to download the Android 8.1 Oreo package and to set up Odin.
  • On your computer you need to install the right drivers for your Galaxy J5 2017 – you can do it by using the Samsung KIES toolkit.
  • On your smartphone you must be able to access Developer Options – if it’s not displayed under Settings, go to About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed.
  • From Developer Options you then have to enable the USB Debugging feature – otherwise you might have problems while trying to properly connect your Galaxy J5 with your computer (if this connection isn’t properly ensured, Odin might not be able to recognize your device).
  • You must verify how much power is left on your phone – when the power is low your smartphone might get turned off in the middle of the Oreo update operation and then you can end up in soft-brick your handset.
  • Thus, if needed, charge your phone before doing anything else – you should do it if the power is currently lower than 50%.
  • Remember that this Android 8.1 Oreo build is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 with model number SM-J530F.

Install Android 8.1 Oreo on Samsung Galaxy J5 2017

  1. Power on your computer and your smartphone.
  2. On your PC access this page and download the Android 8.1 Oreo package that’s available for your Samsung Galaxy J5 2017. Save the update file on desktop.
  3. Then, go here and download Odin – then run the executable file and follow on-screen prompts for setting up the flashing program on your PC.
  4. When done, run Odin on your computer.
  5. In the meantine switch off your smartphone – press and hold the Power button for a few moments.
  6. Afterwards, reboot download mode on your Samsung branded device: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons together, for a few moments.
  7. When done, connect your Galaxy J5 with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
  8. Once the connection is established on Odin you should notice the ‘added’ message displayed and the ID:COM field turned yellow or blue; if different, the flashing program isn’t recognizing your device which means that you should reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer before repeating the steps from above.
  9. When everything runs as explained, on Odin click on the AP button and from the next window load the Android 8.1 Oreo firmware package.
  10. Afterwards, when asked make sure you don’t select the Re Partition and the Auto Reboot options.
  11. When you are ready, click on the Start icon and just wait while the update operation is being automatically completed.
  12. The Android Ore firmware will be set up on your Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 when, on Odin, the ‘pass’ message will be displayed – at that time the ID:COM field should be green.
  13. You can then unplug the USB cable, close the flashing program and reboot your device as you are ready to use the new Android UI.

Issues that can be experienced during the update process and how to resolve them

Odin is a stable program that shouldn’t cause any problems. However, in rare situations, due to various reasons, the program might get stuck while the update operation is running. If that happens, you shouldn’t panic as there is an easy way in which this problem can be successfully fixed: close Odin and its associated processes (you can do that quickly from Task Manager – press and hold the Ctrl+Alt+Del keyboard hotkeys for bringing up Task Manager on your Windows based computer); then, disconnect your device from your computer by removing the USB cable; on your PC reinstall the Galaxy J5 2017 drivers; also force restart your smartphone before doing anything else; finally, repeat the steps that were explained above as everything should run without further problems now.

In other situations a problem can be experienced right during the last reboot that must be completed. By the way, this particular reboot will take a while – longer than a usual reboot. However, a boot loop is not a good sign. So, if your Samsung braded device gets stuck in a boot loop you should follow: reach the recovery mode menu of your Galaxy J5 (press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons together); in recovery use the Volume Rocker keys to scroll up and down and the Power button to select; you have to clear app data cache and initiate a hard reset, so from recovery choose ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe dalvik cache’; after doing that return to main menu of recovery and pick ‘reboot system now’. That should be all; your handset should now boot into Android 8.1 Oreo OS.

Good; so those are the steps that can be used if you want to manually update your Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 to official Android 8.1 Oreo firmware. Keep in mind that this manual flashing process can be used for achieving other goals, not for the update purpose – for example, by manually installing the official Android system you can fix various Android software related problems including malfunctions such as boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating issues, signal strength problems, total blackouts and more.

Thus, there you have it; hopefully you can now start testing the new Oreo software that’s available for your smartphone. Of course, don’t forget about us and share your update experience with us along with the impressions about the new UI – you can quickly get in touch with our team and with other users who might need you feedback by using the comments field from below.

Stay close for further update opportunities compatible with your Galaxy J5 and search through our ‘how to’ section for learning other similar tutorials and Android related tips and tricks. Enjoy.

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