The A530FXXU2ARD1 firmware is out and available for the 2018 Samsung Galaxy A8. This is non-other than the April Security Patch which is here to secure your Android activity and to smooth up everything else on your device. As always, the software is OTA pushed out, but since the full firmware package is also released, you can now choose to use Odin for manually flashing the A530FXXU2ARD1 April 2018 Security Patch update on your own Samsung Galaxy A8.
The A530FXXU2ARD1 software is still a minor OS improvement. The software is coming with essential bug fixes and stability improvements which will resolve critical security errors among other problems that were reported by the Galaxy A8 users during time. So, with the new April 2018 Security Patch installed, your handset should run better and faster while you can safely download and use your favorite apps. Bottom line, it’s more than recommended to run on the latest Android build in order to get the best out of your smartphone.
As already outlined, the ROM can be OTA received but only if your Galaxy A8 is running on stock / official Android OS and only if root wasn’t already applied – thus, your handset shouldn’t be tweaked or installed with a custom software. Do note that the OTA is gradually rolled out so in some situations some users will receive their Android notification sooner than others.
Well, as an alternative, you can choose to download the full firmware package and use Odin for manually installing the April 2018 Security Patch on your Samsung Galaxy A8 2018. And this manual operation will be detailed and explained during the following lines.
Odin is an official program that’s developed by Samsung. That’s why you won’t risk anything by using this particular flashing tool – Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped, you won’t lose access to built-in apps, you won’t have to use complex tools and you won’t have to install and run third party apps.
A general backup should be applied before you start the actual flashing steps from below. That is an optional process which is recommended as during the update procedure your data might get corrupted or even wiped out. Therefore, sync your files with your Google account, use built-in cloud storage platforms or use backup and restore apps from Google Play and secure everything that you might still use afterwards – on your way, don’t forget about stuffs like internet settings, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and other similar packages.
Before starting the April 2018 Security Patch installation process you need to take care of the essential pre-requisites listed below:
- A computer powered by Windows, is needed as there you need to download and install Odin.
- On that computer the drivers for your Galaxy A8 must be installed – you can set up the right drivers by using the Samsung KIES toolkit.
- On your handset you need to enable Developer Options – that can be done by going to About Phone and by tapping on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message shows up.
- Then, from Developer Options you have to check the USB Debugging feature – just navigate towards Menu - > Settings - > Developer Options.
- On your Galaxy A8 make sure that there is more than 50% power left before starting the A530FXXU2ARD1 flashing process – ensure a charging process if the power left is currently lower than 50%.
- Do note that the charging can help you avoid possible unpleasant situations – for example if a sudden shut down occurs your device might get soft bricked (different malfunctions can cause issues within the Android core system).
- Of course, apply the next steps only if you own the 2018 Samsung Galaxy A8. The A530FXXU2ARD1 April 2018 Security Patch offered below is compatible only with this particular handset.
How to Manually Install April 2018 Security Patch on Samsung Galaxy A8
- Power on your computer and there download Odin. Save this file on desktop, run the executable file and follow on screen prompts in order to set up Odin on your computer.
- Next, download (from here) the April 2018 Security Patch for your Galaxy A8 and save the file on desktop.
- Run the flashing program on your computer.
- Switch off your smartphone and wait a few seconds. Then reboot download mode on your handset: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Bixby buttons together for a few moments.
- Connect your device with your computer via USB cable; once you do that on Odin the ‘added’ message should be displayed while the ID:COM field should be turned yellow or blued.
- If your Galaxy A8 isn’t recognized by the flashing program unplug the USB cord, reinstall the drivers on your computer and repeat the steps from above.
- Next, on Odin click on the AP field and load the April 2018 Security patch.
- Click on Start and wait while the installation process is completed – when asked, don’t check the Re Partition and Auto Reboot options.
- When done, on Odin the ‘pass’ message will be displayed and the ID:COM field will be turned green.
- Unplug the USB cable, close Odin and reboot your Samsung Galaxy A8.
Note: if a boot loop happens during that last reboot try to go to recovery mode and from there choose to clear app data cache and perform a hard reset. For reaching recovery mode you can press Volume Up, Home and Bixby buttons for a few seconds and from recovery you need to select ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’.
Note 2: if Odin gets stuck while you try to apply the steps explained above, try to – close the flashing program (end its processes from Task Manager if you cannot do it otherwise), force restart your smartphone, reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer and repeat the update operation from the beginning.
Good work. The steps from above should help you manually update your Samsung Galaxy A8 with the latest Android build, the April 2018 Security patch with firmware version A530FXXU2ARD1. You can use the comments field available below for sharing your update experience with us and with our readers and you can stay close for further update opportunities available for your Android based device. Enjoy.