Ahead of the official roll out, the June 2018 security patch is already available for the 2017 model of the Samsung Galaxy A3. The firmware, which is already rolled out in form of a new OTA, has been already spotted on devices from Germany, Italy, and Nordic countries with other regions being added to this list as we speak. Anyhow, if you are eager to get this Android update right away, or if you cannot do it otherwise, we will be now checking on how to manually install the June 2018 security patch on your Galaxy A3 2017.
The manual update process will be completed by using Odin, the official flashing program provided by Samsung in these situations. Now, as reminded, the June 2018 Security Patch can be OTA received on the Galaxy A3 in several markets. However, this software can be applied only if your phone is already running on stock Android OS and only if tweaks weren’t already applied. Moreover, the usual OTA roll out is happening gradually and in phases so some users might find the manual update solution better.
As for the June 2018 Security Patch we don’t have too many info to describe. As usual, the monthly update package isn’t bringing anything major to our attention. So, no new features, apps and capabilities for your Galaxy A3 2017. But, you will receive important bug fixes, stability improvements and security patches which are there to improve the overall Android experience. Shortly, the recently reported software related problems will be fixed and the Android UI smoothened. Bottom line, you shouldn’t kip this firmware if you want to use a stable, fast and secure Android OS.
As explained, if root was gained or if other similar tweaks were applied you can update your Galaxy A3 to the June 2018 Security patch only manually, by using the guidelines explained below. But, in that case, in the end you will manage to revoke all the tweaks – root access will be revoked, the stock recovery image will be reinstalled, the bootloader will be relocked, bloatware will be reinstalled and so on. Basically, everything will be restored back to factory state – this aspect can be used in your own advantage as the update process can be applied for fixing different Android software related problems, including boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues, total blackouts and so on.
Of course, using the steps from below won’t expose your Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 to any risks. Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped while you use Odin for installing the June 2018 security patch so you won’t risk in losing your phone’s warranty or access to built-in apps.
Your data might be in danger as in rare situations your personal files might get corrupted during the update process, or a wipe might be required (we will discuss about such situations a little bit later). For now, it’s important to know that a general backup can be a life saver especially if you have important files saved on your Samsung Galaxy A3. Thus, without hesitation, take your time and secure your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder or IMEI / NVRAM data. You can save all these files by using Samsung’s own cloud storage services, by syncing your files with your own Google Account, or by downloading dedicated and already tested backup and restore apps from Google Play.
A computer is needed because this is a manual update operation – on the computer you are going to use you will have to download the June 2018 Security patch and you will also have to set up Odin. Thus, your Galaxy A3 and its USB cable are also needed. Finally, on your computer you have to install the Galaxy A3 drivers and the easiest way in which you can do that is by using Samsung KIES.
On your smartphone go to Menu - > Settings - > About Phone. From there tap repeatedly on Built Number until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message – you will receive it after tapping for 7 or 10 times on Built Number. In this way, Developer Options will be enabled – this field must be afterwards accessed, from Menu -> Settings, as from there you now have to select the USB Debugging field.
You need to make sure that the power left on your phone isn’t going below the 50% threshold – if it does you need to plug in the charger before resuming the update steps from below. Do note that if your handset gets turned off while Odin is used, there are chances you end up in soft bricking your device. So, make sure that such unpleasant situations aren’t possible, by simply charging your smartphone – only if that’s required, of course.
Do start this manual update operation only if you own the 2017 model of Samsung Galaxy A3 because the June 2018 Security Patch offered below is compatible only with this particular Android based device.
How to Manually Install June 2018 Security Patch on Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
- Power on your computer and enable a WiFi connection.
- Then, go here and download Odin – afterwards, unzip the downloaded package and run the resulted executable file; finally, follow on-screen prompts and install the flashing program on your computer.
- Next, on your computer access this page; from there download the June 2018 Security Patch and save this package on desktop.
- In the end, run Odin on your PC.
- In the meanwhile, switch off your Galaxy A3 and wait while the shut down process is completed.
- Reboot download mode on your Samsung branded handset: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons together, for a short while.
- When done, connect your smartphone with your computer via USB cable.
- Head your attention towards the flashing program as it should return the ‘added’ message and its ID:COM section should be now turned yellow or blue.
- If you don’t receive that feedback from Odin, it means that the program cannot recognize your phone; in that case try to reinstall your phone’s drivers and then repeat the steps from above.
- On Odin you now have to click on the AP option; when asked, load the June 2018 Secuirty Patch from desktop.
- Next, make sure that the Re Partition and Auto Reboot options aren’t selected on the flashing program.
- And, when ready, click on the Start button – the update operation will be now automatically completed.
- When the ‘pass’ message is returned and when the ID:COM field will be turned green you can close Odin, unplug the USB cable and reboot your smartphone.
- That should be all.
Issues that can be experienced and how to fix everything
Sometimes, while you try to complete the steps explained above, Odin gets stuck. That shouldn’t scare you or anything even though you must fix the problem by following: close the flashing program or end its associated processes (use Task Manager for doing that – press Ctrl+Alt+Del keyboard hotkeys); also remove the USB connection and afterwards force-restart your Galaxy A3; reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer; re-try all the steps from above as this time everything should run without problems.
In other situations, the last reboot might end with a boot loop problem – do note that this particular reboot will take a while (longer than a regular reboot) but a boot loop shouldn’t happen. If it does, don’t panic and follow: enter recovery mode on your Samsung branded device (press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons together, for a few moments); in recovery choose to make a hard reset and to clear app data cache – you can do that by choosing ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’; in the end, from main menu of recovery select ‘reboot system now’.
There you go; those are the steps that will guide you through this new manual update operation. Thus, hopefully, now you can successfully run the June 2018 Security Patch on your Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017). You tell us everything about your update experience by using the comments field from below; you should also share your observations with us in order to help other users decide whether to choose this new update package or not. Bottom line, if you need extra help, don’t hesitate and ask for it – we will then try to assist you as soon as possible.