Samsung Galaxy J5 might be a mid-range Android based smartphone, but that doesn’t mean it won’t get the three year Samsung support in terms of regular updates and OS improvements. Thus, a new OTA has been pushed out by the OEM for the 2017 model of the Galaxy J5, with the first J530FXXU3BRK notifications released in Austria. While the OTA will be gradually offered for more regions during the following period of time, for now you can choose to flash the J530FXXU3BRK firmware manually on your device and enjoy the December 2018 security patch without having to wait for the actual Android notification.

That’s possible because the software package can be downloaded from online sources. Therefore, you can set up the December 2018 security patch manually by using Odin. In this way you can skip the OTA wait and you can install the J530FXXU3BRK firmware without worrying about anything else either – as we know, an official OTA can be received only if your phone wasn’t tweaked (for example, if root was enabled you cannot receive the update by air) and only if the stock Android OS is still running on your handset. By the way, Odin is the official flashing program developed by Samsung so you won’t have to use risky tools or third party apps for being able to complete this update operation on your Galaxy J5 2017.

So yes we’re going to keep everything safe and secured all the time. It will be an official procedure which means that Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped and that you won’t be losing access to built-in apps. Your personal files should also be in safe place while the J530FXXU3BRK firmware is being applied, but since we’re discussing about sensible data, the best is to be precautious. Well, in that regard, a general backup operation should be considered as in that way you can successfully save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder or IMEI / NVRAM data.

The backup is optional but recommended so don’t hesitate and use Samsung’s cloud storage platforms or any other backup and restore solution that can be initiated on your Galaxy J5 2017: save your personal data by syncing files with your Google Account, by using an external storage device or by downloading and setting up backup and restore apps available on Google Play.

The J530FXXU3BRK update brings the December 2018 security patch to your Samsung Galaxy J5. Thus, we’re not discussing about a major OTA but about a minor OS improvements which comes with bug fixes, stability improvements and with essential security patches which are all there to improve the overall Android experience on a daily basis. Of course, since this is the official software released by Samsung, the December 2018 Security patch will smoothly run on your device and in the end everything should run better and faster than it used to.

Odin must be installed on a Windows powered computer and your phone and its USB cable must be at your disposal during the next guidelines. And for being able to successfully complete this update on your computer you must first set up the Galaxy J5 2017 drivers and that can be done by using the Samsung KIES toolkit.

On your smartphone you must access Developer Options from general Settings. If you can’t, go to About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message shows up.
Then, from Developer Options enable the USB Debugging feature as otherwise the flashing program might not recognize your smartphone during the flashing process.

You must also check the power that’s left on your Galaxy J5 as a charging process might be required before you start to set up the December 2018 Security Patch via Odin. If the power is low (lower than 50%) your device might get turned off while Odin is running. Well, if a sudden shut down happens you can end up in soft-bricking your Android based device – different issues might cause severe malfunctions and you won’t be able to properly use the Android functionality anymore.

How to Manually Install J530FXXU3BRK December 2018 Security Patch on Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)

  1. Start by installing Odin on your computer: first, download the program from here and then run the executable file and follow on-screen prompts for resuming the set up operation.
  2. On your computer download the December 2018 Security Patch that’s available for your Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017); get this update package from here and save it on desktop.
  3. Keep in mind that your phone’s drivers must be flashed on your PC.
  4. Power off your smartphone completely and afterwards reboot its system into download mode: press and hold (at the same time, for a few seconds) the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons.
  5. On your computer run the flashing program and in the end connect your phone with your PC by plugging in the USB cord.
  6. Once you do so, on Odin the ‘added’ message should show up and the ID:COM field should be yellow or blue; otherwise, your phone won’t be recognized by the flashing program situation during which you will have to reinstall its drivers and retry the process.
  7. Now, on Odin click on the AP button. On the next window load the firmware package from your computer.
  8. When asked, don’t select the Re Partition and Auto Reboot Options.
  9. And when ready, click on Start and wait while the December 2018 Security Patch update is being automatically installed on your Samsung Galaxy J5 2017.
  10. The ‘pass’ message will be displayed on Odin and the ID:COM field will be turned green.
  11. At that point it’s safe to unplug the USB cable and to close Odin on your computer.
  12. Reboot your smartphone and enjoy.

Solutions for issues that might be experienced during the update operation

Odin is a stable program but sometimes, due to various reasons, it might get stuck in the middle of the flashing process. If that happens don’t panic as you can easily fix the issues by following: close Odin and end its associate processes (do that by accessing Task Manager: press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keyboard hotkeys); then, disconnect your smartphone from your computer; also, force restart your Samsung branded handset; reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer; and in the end repeat the flashing steps that were explained above.

In other situations your smartphone might get stuck into a boot loop – it usually happens during the final reboot that must be performed. Well, if you experience a boot loop situation follow: put your Galaxy J5 into recovery mode (press and hold Power, Volume Up and Home buttons together for a few moments) and from that environment choose to make a hard reset and to clear app data cache – just select ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’. In the end, from main menu of recovery, choose to return to Android mode.

And that should be all. Hopefully now you can use the new December 2018 Security Path on your Samsung Galaxy J5 2017. Go ahead and test the J530FXXU3BRK firmware and then return here and share your observations with us and with the users who are ready to follow this dedicated step by step update guide – talk with us by using the comments field from below. Enjoy and stay close for further tutorials compatible with your Galaxy J5.

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