Samsung is currently rolling out the January 2018 Security Patch for its 2018 model of Galaxy A8. The firmware, still based on Android Nougat instead of Android 8.0 Oreo, is therefore OTA available, but if you want or have to manually install it via Odin you can use the steps explained below. Yes, this tutorial is here to guide you through the flashing process that will install the new A530FXXU1ARA3 software on your Samsung Galaxy A8 2018, so let’s see what it’s all about.

Right from the start you need to know that this is a small update – there are not major improvements added in the A530FXXU1ARA3 platform. As mentioned, the January 2018 Security Patch for Galaxy A8 is still based on Android Nougat so, from this perspective you have not reasons for getting excited. Anyhow, the update package is extremely important because it comes to address more than 13 vulnerabilities still included inside the Samsung UX and more than 5 Android security breaches.

Overall, the January 2018 Security Patch will secure your Android experience and will address all the recently reported problems. Bottom line, with this Nougat based software flashed your Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 should run better and faster and its battery life should last longer – and yes, the Android system is fully stable and smooth.

Since we are discussing about a new roll out, you need to know that you can OTA receive the A530FXXU1ARA3 update only if your Galaxy A8 is running on stock Android OS and only if root access wasn’t ensured. If your phone was tweaked then you cannot receive the new Android notification – the only way in which you can still install the new firmware is by following a manual process and in that matter you can use the steps explained below.

This is going to be an official process – Odin, the flashing program, is developed by Samsung and designed especially for update types of processes. Moreover, the A530FXXU1ARA3 package is the same one with the January 2018 Security Patch that was OTA released for the Galaxy A8 2018. So, you won’t have to use complex or risky program and you won’t lose your phone’s warranty – Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped because that’s happening only when custom ROMs are being used.

A backup is optional but I strongly recommend it. Only in rare situations you can lose something while Odin is used. However, it is a small possibility that your data might get corrupted or wiped out during the update operation. So, for being 100% sure that everything will work as expected, you should use your favorite backup and restore tools in order to secure your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAM data, EFS folder and so on. The actual backup process can be completed within minutes by choosing to sync your files with your Google Account, by using cloud storage apps from Google Play or by using Samsung’s own cloud services.

Manually installing the January 2018 Security patch will bring your Galaxy A8 2018 back to its initial state. That means one thing: if your phone was tweaked now the root access will be revoked, the bootloader relocked, the stock recovery re-installed and the bloatware re-applied. You can use this aspect as another advantage as using the manual update procedure can help you easily fix different Android soft related problems like boot loops, lags, bugs, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues, total blackouts and who knows what else.

Before starting the steps from below you need to make sure that a computer can be used. On this computer you will download Odin and save the January 2018 Security Patch for your Samsung Galaxy A8 2018.

Also, on your smartphone you need to enable Developer Options. This task can be completed by accessing Menu - > Settings - > About Phone. From that path find the Build Number entry and start tapping on it repeatedly – after 7 or 10 taps you should receive the ‘you are a developer’ message. Next, from Developer Options (you can access it from Menu - > Settings) you have to check the USB Debugging feature.

Meanwhile, check the power that’s left on your Samsung Galaxy A8 2018. It’s important to ensure enough power for the actual update process. Otherwise, your handset might get turned off in the middle of the Nougat update operation and in that particular situation the Android core system might get bricked. So, try to avoid such unpleasant situations and charge your handset before doing anything else especially if its power is currently lower than 50%.

Other problems might be caused if you use this step by step guide for any other devices than the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 – the January 2018 Security patch offered below and the actual update steps are being compatible only with this particular Android based device.

How to Manually Install January 2018 Security Patch on Samsung Galaxy A8 2018

  1. Switch on your computer and your smartphone.
  2. On your computer download Odin. Then run the executable file and follow on-screen prompts in order to complete the Odin installation process.
  3. Don’t forget to install the Galaxy A8 2018 drivers on your computer – if you don’t know how, just use the Samsung KIES toolkit.
  4. Also, download the update for your handset; you can get this package from here (don't worry, you can save it on desktop).
  5. Switch off your smartphone and wait a few moments while this operation is performed.
  6. Next, reboot download mode on your Samsung branded device: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons at the same time, for a few seconds.
  7. Run Odin on your computer and afterwards connect your phone with your PC.
  8. Odin should now recognize your A8 2018 – if it does, the ‘added’ message will be displayed and the ID:COM field will be turned yellow or blue; if it doesn’t you should remove the USB cord, reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer and repeat the steps from above.
  9. On Odin click on the AP option and load the Android Nougat package from your computer.
  10. When asked, don’t check the Re Partition and Auto Reboot field.
  11. Just click on Start when you are ready to begin the flashing process.
  12. Wait while this operation is being automatically completed.
  13. In the end, on Odin the ‘pass’ message will be displayed and the ID:COM field will be turned green.
  14. At this point you should remove the USB cable, close Odin and reboot your smartphone.

Problems that might happen and how to fix them

The last reboot will take a few minutes – so a longer time than you are used too. However, if during this last reboot your Galaxy A8 2018 will get stuck in a boot loop you need to: go to recovery mode (press Volume Up, Home and Power buttons at the same time, for a few moments) and make a hard reset along with choosing to clear app data cache – that can be done by picking ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’. When done, go to main menu of recovery and select ‘reboot system now’.

In rare situations you might have problems with Odin – for example the program might get stuck right in the middle of the flashing process. In that particular case you will have to follow: close the flashing program, remove the USB cable, force restart your Android device, reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer and repeat the steps from above from the beginning.

There you have it. That’s how you can manually install the January 2018 Security Patch on the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018. Test this new firmware and do share everything that’s new with us – you can share your observations and your update experience with our team and with other users who are about to use the guidelines from above easily, by using the comments field from below. Stay close for further tutorials, tips and tricks available for your Galaxy A8. Enjoy.

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