The April 2018 Security Patch for Galaxy A5 2017 is officially available. The firmware can be received as an official Android notification or you can choose to manually install it via Odin. Now, during the lines from below we will check and detail both methods, so stay close if you want to learn how to successfully update your Galaxy A5 2017 with the latest Android build – during the same lines we will also discuss about the advantages of flashing the April Security Patch, about the risks that might be implied, we will describe the pre-requisites that must be followed during each update process and we will finally exemplify the steps that must be applied on your smartphone.
The April 2018 Security Patch is the latest OTA released by Samsung for the Galaxy A5 2017. So, the firmware package is coming with essential bug fixes and stability improvements along with security patches that will smooth up the overall Android experience. Basically, with this ROM flashed your device should run better than before while you can successfully run your favorite apps without worrying about security breaches. Of course, the software is fully stable so you have nothing to worry about from this perspective – all the features and the actual Android functionality will run without any sort of software related problems.
The OTA is, as always, rolled out gradually or in phases meaning that not all users will receive their notification at the same time. Moreover, for being able to receive and apply the OTA, the stock Android OS should already run on your Galaxy A5, where root access mustn’t be ensured. So, as you can see, in some situations a better idea will be to use Odin for manually flashing the software package.
Both update operations are official processes supported by Google and by your OEM. Thus, completing the steps explained during this tutorial won’t void the warranty of your device. Moreover, you won’t have to use risky programs or third party apps – Odin is an official program developed by Samsung and used especially on update types of operations. Finally, you won’t lose access to built-in apps as such unpleasant situations might occur only when custom ROMs are involved.
If the OTA process can be applied only on stock Android OS, the manual update operation can be applied even if your Galaxy A5 is currently rooted or tweaked in any other manner. However, in the end, your smartphone will be restored back to its factory state meaning that you will also manage to revoke root access, relock the bootloader, reinstall bloatware, re-flash the stock recovery image and so on. Such aspects can be used as specific troubleshooting solutions as by using Odin for manually installing the April 2018 Security Patch you can manage to fix different software related problems like boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating situations, signal strength problems, total blackouts and so much more.
In case you are thinking in using Odin for resuming this update operation you should first backup your Samsung Galaxy A5 2017. It’s unlikely to lose personal files while Odin is used, but in rare situations a wipe might be required in the end. So, for keeping everything safe and secured all the time you need to use your favorite backup and restore apps before doing anything else – only in that way you can save internet settings, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data, market apps and other personal packages like contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos or audio files. On your A5 you can already use built-in cloud storage platforms, or you can just choose to sync data with your Google Account; additionally, you can save your files by using dedicated backup and restore apps from Google Play.
The manual update operation can be successfully performed only if the essential pre-requisites are first reviewed and applied; don’t worry, you have it all explained during the following list:
- A computer must be needed; your smartphone and its USB cable must be there too.
- On your computer the Galaxy A5 2017 drivers must be installed; if you don’t know from where to download the right software, use the Samsung KIES toolkit.
- On your device you need to enable Developer Options. That can be done by going to About Phone (from Settings) and by tapping repeatedly (for 7 or 10 times) on Built Number (just until the ‘you are a developer’ message shows up).
- On your phone, from Developer Options (within Menu – > Settings) you have to check the USB Debugging feature.
- Charge your Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 before installing the April 2018 Security Patch if the power that’s left on your phone is currently lower than 50%.
- Use the guidelines from this tutorial only if you own the already mentioned smartphone – the update packages mentioned in this guide are compatible only with the 2017 model of the Samsung Galaxy A5 so try not to mess things up.
Install April Security Patch on Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
Force down the OTA
- Power on your Galaxy A5.
- Enable a WiFi connection on your phone.
- On your handset navigate to Settings and from there switch to Software Update; on specific models you might have to choose About Device and Software Updates.
- Use the search engine and wait while the system is looking for new updates.
- If the April 2018 Security Patch is available for your phone you will be prompted with the Android notification.
- Follow on-screen prompts and resume the installation process.
Manually install the firmware file through Odin
- Download the full firmware package for your Galaxy A5 – you can get the April 2018 Security Patch from here.
- Save the update file on desktop.
- Then, download Odin from here. Save the flashing program on desktop and run the executable file in order to set up Odin correctly.
- Afterwards, power off your smartphone and enter download mode: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons together.
- Run Odin on your computer and after doing so connect your phone with your PC via USB cable.
- Once the connection is ensured on Odin you should see the ‘added’ message displayed while the ID:COM field should be turned yellow or blue – if different you should reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer before retrying these steps.
- On Odin click on the AP button and then pick up the April 2018 security patch located on your computer.
- When asked, don’t check the Re Partition and the Auto Reboot options.
- Click on Start when you are ready and wait while the update process is completed.
- In the end, on the flashing program the ‘pass’ message will be displayed and the ID:COM field will be turned green.
- Unplug the USB cord, close Odin and reboot your Samsung Galaxy A5.
The last reboot will take a few seconds – definitely longer than a regular reboot. However, if a boot loop happens, try to: access recovery mode on your Android device (press and hold Power, Volume Up and Home buttons at the same time) and from there choose to wipe everything (initiate a hard reset and clear app data cache) by picking ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ and by ‘wipe dalvik cache’. When done, from main menu of recovery choose ‘reboot system now’.
Odin can also cause problems as the flashing program can get stuck right in the middle of the update operation. If that happens you will have to: close Odin (if you cannot do it otherwise, just end its associated processes from Task Manager), then remove the USB cord, force restart your Samsung branded device, reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer and in the end repeat the steps explained above.
That should be all; those are the steps that must be followed if you want to manually install the April 2018 Security Patch on the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017. You can share your update experience with our team and with the other users who might need further assistance by using the comments field from below. Also, for learning more update solutions available for your Android based device don’t hesitate and search through our ‘how to’ section and stay close to us. Enjoy.