Even though most of you are still hoping for a general Android 8.0 Oreo release for the Galaxy J5 Prime, Samsung just pushed out the Nougat based May 2018 security patch. The G570FDDU1BRD3 firmware is therefore officially available for your device and you can now choose how to perform the actual process, depending on your own needs: you can wait and apply the Android notification or you can use Odin for manually installing the update package – yes, the May 2018 G570FDDU1BRD3 full firmware package can be downloaded and used during a dedicated manual flashing process.
Thus, by using the guidelines explained below you can learn how to use Odin for manually updating your Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime. Of course, we will be using the latest Android build that’s officially available for your phone, non-other than the already mentioned May 2018 Security Patch.
This update is OTA available meaning that it should embrace your device in form of a new Android notification anytime now. But, if you are looking into receiving the OTA keep in mind: OTAs are usually gradually offered and the same updates can be received and applied only if your handset is already running on official Android OS and only if tweaks weren’t applied. Shortly, there are situations during which a manual update process is more indicated.
In our case you can use the steps from below even for achieving other things as a manual update process can help you fix software related problems and revoke recently applied tweaks. That’s possible because by installing the full Android firmware package you can manage to restore everything back to its default state. Therefore, you can refresh the Android system and fix problems such as boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze errors, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues, total blackouts and so on; or you can successfully revoke root access, reinstall the stock recovery image, relock the bootloader and reapply bloatware.
Of course, the May 2018 Security Patch available for your Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime is a stable and smooth software. The update is minor as you won’t receive important new features, apps or a switch within the Android functionality. However, you will get relevant bug fixes along with stability improvements and security patches. Overall, the May 2018 Security Patch will smooth up the Android experience on your Galaxy J5 Prime and will secure your data and your online activity. Bottom line, with this official Nougat update installed your smartphone should run better than before.
Using Odin for flashing the G570FDDU1BRD3 system represents an official update procedure. Odin is a program developed by Samsung so you don’t have to use risky programs or other similar third party flashing tools. Thus, Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped, you won’t lose your phone’s warranty and you won’t lose access to built-in apps while completing this step by step guide – such risks are involved only when you choose to flash custom ROMs such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android.
A backup should, however, be applied. Even though the official May 2018 Security Patch will be installed and even though Odin will be used, in rare situations you might end up in losing some of your personal data, info, accounts and files. That’s why a general backup should be applied on your Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime before anything else is completed. In a few words, you need to secure your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, EFS folder, internet settings, calendar info or IMEI / NVRAM data. Such files can be saved by using Samsung’s cloud services (which are already installed on your smartphone), by syncing data with your Google Account or by using backup and restore apps available on Google Play (download and use only already tested apps).
Since Odin will be used, a Windows powered computer is required. On this computer you have to set up the flashing program and install your Galaxy J5 Prime drivers – the right drivers can be installed by using the Samsung KIES toolkit.
On your phone you need to enable Developer Options as the USB Debugging feature must be checked. Thus, first go to About Phone and from there tap repeatedly, for 7 or 10 times, on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed. Then, access Menu – > Settings – > Developer Options and check the USB Debugging option.
Since an update procedure is going to be completed, before starting the steps from below it will be a good idea to verify the power that’s left on your Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime. If this power is lower than 50% you need to plug in the charger before flashing the May 2018 Security Patch. That’s necessary because on low power your device might get switched off while Odin is being used and in that case a sudden shut down can soft brick the Android system.
Also, resume the steps from below only if you own the Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime with model number SM-G570F because the firmware from below is compatible only with this particular Android based handset.
How to Install May 2018 Security Patch on Galaxy J5 Prime using Odin
- Download the May 2018 Security Patch for your Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime from this page.
- Save the Nougat based update file on your desktop.
- Afterwards, from here download Odin. Then, run the executable file and just follow on-screen prompts in order to set up the flashing program on your computer.
- When done, run Odin on your computer before applying any other step.
- Switch off your phone, wait while the shut down operation is completed and afterwards enter download mode and connect your device with your PC via USB cable – for reaching download mode: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons together, for a short while.
- Now Odin should recognize your Galaxy J5 Prime: the program should return the ‘added’ message and its ID:COM field should be turned yellow or blue. If you don’t receive this feedback from Odin you need to: close the flashing program, remove the USB cord, reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer and repeat the steps from above.
- Next, on Odin look for the AP option and click on it; then, select the May 2018 security patch that’s located on desktop.
- Make sure the Re Partition and Auto Reboot options aren’t selected and when ready click on Start.
- Just wait a few moments until the update operation is completed – in the end the ‘pass’ message will be displayed and the ID:COM field will be turned green.
- Close Odin, remove the USB cable and reboot your Galaxy J5 Prime.
Troubleshooting solutions for problems that might occur
Odin gets stuck
In some situations, while you follow the steps explained above the flashing program can enter into a state in which it cannot be used anymore. Well, if it gets stuck you have to: close it (I recommend ending any associated processes from Task Manager – press the Ctrl + Alt + Del keyboard hotkeys); then, remove the USB cable for disconnecting your smartphone; next, force restart your Galaxy J5 Prime; also, reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer; in the end, repeat the update procedure explained above.
Your device is stuck in a boot loop
The last reboot that must be completed will take longer than a regular one – just wait until it’s completed. However, if this last reboot ends with a boot loop, you need to take action: try to reach recovery mode (press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons together for a few seconds); from recovery choose to initiate a hard reset and clear app data cache; thus, from main menu of recovery select ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’; in the end, select ‘reboot system now’ and that’s it.
There you have it; those are the steps that must be applied in order to manually install the May 2018 Security Patch on your Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime. If you have questions or if you need further details on the update process, don’t hesitate and contact us by using the comments field from below. Of course, use the same comments section for sharing your update experience with the other users who are about to use this step by step guide. Enjoy.