In Russia Samsung started to release Android 8.0 Oreo updates for most of its mid-range devices released last year. So, after we discussed about the Galaxy A5 2017, now we will talk about the Galaxy A3 2017, which can be anytime now successfully installed with the latest Android build. So, shortly, if you want to learn how to complete this specific update operation, don’t hesitate and check out all the lines from below: there we will talk about the OTA that’s available, about how to try and force down this OTA and about the manual flashing process that should be followed if you want to use Odin for updating your Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 to official Android 8.0 Oreo OS.

So, if you own the A3 with model number SM-A320F you can resume the lines from below in order to manually flash the Oreo full firmware package. Of course, you should apply the steps explained below only if you cannot receive the OTA or if you are already tired of waiting for the Android notification.

As already outlined during the introductory lines available above the Android 8.0 Oreo OS is OTA available for the Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 in Russia. But, as always, an OTA is offered gradually and in limited markets only. Thus, you might have to wait a while until you will be able to receive and apply this software. Moreover, the notification can be spotted only if your device is already running on an official Android system and only if tweaks weren’t already applied – for example, if a custom ROM is running and if root was gained you won’t be able to receive the OTA Oreo pack.

And that’s why the manual update operation might come in handy. Additionally, knowing how to manually install the full software on your Samsung branded device might help you manage problems – for example, you can do that when experiencing software related issues (in that case, installing the Android package will help you address all the issues that were caused by apps, features, programs or other software platforms).

Using Odin for installing the Android 8.0 Oreo OS firmware represents an official manner in which the Android update can be manually applied on your Galaxy A3 2017. Odin is developed and offered by Samsung and designed to work especially on update types of procedures – so, this operation is supported by your OEM meaning that Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped. Shortly, you don’t have to worry about your phone’s warranty or about built-in apps – you will still be able to use them after completing the steps described and explained below.

A backup is optional. However, the best will be to secure everything before doing anything else – in rare situations you can end up in losing files after completing the update operation. Thus, on your Galaxy A3 2017 use your favorite backup and restore solutions and choose to save your contacts, EFS folder, call logs, texts, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, IMEI / NVRAM data, images, videos, and anything else that means something to you. As backup and restore solutions you can use: sync files with your Google Account, use built-in cloud storage services or download and use backup and restore apps from Google Play.

Now, as mentioned, before using Odin for flashing the Oreo OS on your Galaxy A3, try to force down the OTA package – you can do that by accessing Menu - > Settings - > Software update: just run the search engine as if the OTA is available for your phone you should then be prompted with the according Android notification.

As for the manual flashing process, here is what you need to prepare first:

  • A computer is required – there, first of all, install the Galaxy A3 2017 drivers: you can get the right drivers by using the Samsung KIES program.
  • On your phone you have to access and use Developer Options – so, enable this feature: tap repeatedly, for 7 or 10 times, on Built Number until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message.
  • Next, access the Developer Options field, located under Menu - > Settings, and from there check the USB Debugging feature.
  • Verify the power status displayed on your phone; if the power left is lower than 50%, plug in the charger before applying the update process.
  • Note: if you don’t charge your handset, it might get turned off right while Odin is used and in that case you can end up in soft bricking your device.
  • Resume the steps from below only if you own the Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 with model number SM-A320F; the Android 8.0 Oreo firmware package that’s offered below is compatible only with that particular Android based device.

How to Manually Install Official Android 8.0 Oreo on Samsung Galaxy A3 2017

  1. Download the Android 8.0 Oreo firmware package for your Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 on your computer. You can download this file from here and you should then place it on desktop.
  2. Remember to install the galaxy A3 drivers on your PC before doing anything else.
  3. Download Odin on your computer. Save the executable file on desktop and then run it; finally, follow on-screen prompts and resume the installation process.
  4. Run the flashing program on your PC when that’s done.
  5. Meanwhile, turn off your smartphone and wait a few seconds. Afterwards, reboot download mode on your Galaxy A3 – press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons together, from a few moments.
  6. Connect your device with your computer via USB cable. Now, Odin must recognize your handset: the ‘added’ message must appear and the ID:COM field should be turned yellow or blue.
  7. Note: if the flashing program isn’t properly detecting your phone, try to reinstall the A3 drivers on your computer before retrying the steps from above.
  8. On Odin you must now click on the AP button and select the Android 8.0 Oreo software from desktop.
  9. If asked, choose not to check the Re Partition and Auto Reboot options.
  10. Click on Start when you are ready to start the update operation, which will be automatically completed.
  11. In the end the flashing program should return the ‘pass’ message and the ID:COM section should be turned green.
  12. So, at this point unplug the USB cable, close Odin and reboot your handset as you are done.

Issues that might be experienced and the steps to fix them

Problems with Odin

The flashing program can get stuck in the middle of the update operation – due to various reasons. In that case you must first close the program: if you cannot do it otherwise, you have to end its related processes from Task Manager. Then, you must unplug the USB cable, force restart your Samsung Galaxy A3 and reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer. Finally, you should reapply all the steps from above.

Problems during the last reboot

The last reboot is definitely going to last longer than a normal, regular reboot. However, a boot loop shouldn’t happen. If it does you must make a full wipe on your phone (initiate a hard reset and clear app data cache). So, try to access recovery mode (press and hold Power, Volume Up and Home buttons together) and from recovery choose the following options: ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’.

Good job. The new official Android 8.0 Oreo firmware is now running on your Samsung Galaxy A3 2017. The OS should be stable and smooth and also fully secured as it is including the April 2018 Security Patch. Anyway, test it and write down your observations; then, return here and use the comments field available below and share everything with us and with the users who are thinking in using our dedicated step by step guide and the steps that were explained above. Enjoy and stay close for further tutorials and similar other Android related tips and tricks.

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