The Galaxy J5 2016 is a new mid-ranger released by Samsung worldwide this year, the phone aiming the budget friendly market. Overall, the device looks good and performs well even when complex tasks are involved thanks to its decent performance. So, if you are currently using the new Galaxy J5 model, then you shouldn’t have anything to complain. However, if things aren’t working as expected or if you somehow end up in a situation in which you must go back to stock, I have something important for you: the process that must be applied when you want to manually install the stock Android firmware on your own Samsung Galaxy J5 2016.

This is an important update operation as through the same process you can easily and quickly resolve various unpleasant situations. Moreover, this is the way in which you can restore your Galaxy J5 2016 back to stock (to its initial state) so it represents a basic Android operation which should be checked out by default. Therefore, don’t hesitate and read all the guidelines from below; there you can learn when, why and how to manually install the stock Android OS on the new Samsung Galaxy J5 2016.

This is a downgrade / update process that can be managed manually – you will flash the full firmware package and not an OTA release. Therefore it is an official procedure supported by Samsung and which can be easily completed even by a newbie – all you have to do is to use Odin, which is a dedicated tool developed and offered by your OEM. As a result, you won’t lose your phone’s warranty if you choose to resume the guidelines from down below so you have nothing to worry about.

On the contrary: this tutorial can be used as a troubleshoot solution through which you can manually fix your Samsung Galaxy J5 2016, without taking your smartphone back to service. Basically, since the stock Android firmware will be re-applied, your device will be restored back to its initial state meaning that you can remove malware, unresponsive apps and processes, inappropriate tools and so on. Shortly, through this guide you can manually fix problems such as boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, battery drain, heating issues, screen freeze, total backouts and so on.

Do note that this should be the last troubleshoot solution to consider though – before applying this guide, if you want to easily unbrick your Galaxy J5 2016, first try to make a hard reset, to clear app data cache, to force restart your phone or to access the Android Safe Mode.

Fixing problems is not the only reason why you should learn how to install the stock Android firmware on your 2016 Samsung Galaxy J5. This update process can revoke root access on your device and restore all the default settings and restrictions back. Moreover, you can use this tutorial if you want to reflash the stock recovery, if you want to relock the bootloader and get your phone back to its initial, official state.

This will be a great solution if, for example, you end up in using a buggy custom ROM firmware – if a Nandroid backup hasn’t been ensured, the only way in which you can go back to stock is by using this dedicated step by step guide.

Do note that during this update / downgrade operation you will lose your personal data that is saved on your Galaxy J5 2016 – your data can get corrupted or even wiped out. That’s why I recommend you a backup operation. You should sync your data with your account, download compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play or use dedicated cloud storage platforms in order to save what’s important, including your contacts list, call logs, text messages, internet settings, the EFS folder, market apps, images, videos, audio files, calendar info, saved passwords, the IMEI / NVRAM data and so on.

As mentioned before, Odin will be used if you want to restore the lines from below. So, first ensure the pre requisites explained during the following list of tasks:

  • A computer that runs on Windows must be there near you – on this device you will install Odin and download the other required files.
  • Optional: if you cannot complete the download process, temporarily disable the antivirus process as that might be causing the issues.
  • On your computer you have to download and install the Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 USB drivers – you can do so by using the Samsung KIES utility.
  • On your smartphone you must become a developer – you can achieve that by going towards “menu – settings – about phone”; from there just tap several times on Built Number.
  • Next, you need to access the Developer Options (from “menu – settings) as you have to enable the USB Debugging option.
  • Finally, check the battery status bar on your 2016 Galaxy J5: if the power left is lower than 50%, don’t go any further without charging your device.
  • If you skip the charging process, your phone might get switched off while you complete the steps from below; unfortunately, if that occurs, your handset might get bricked as several software related problems might get caused.
  • Do note that this step by step guide is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy J5 2016; don’t try the steps from down below if you own any other Android powered smartphone or tablet.

How to Install Stock Android Firmware on Samsung Galaxy J5 2016

  1. First go to SamMobile – this page. Enter the model number of your phone and download the full Android firmware package (if you can’t manage to find the proper ROM, use the comments field from below as we are here to help you out).
  2. Save this firmware file on desktop.
  3. Next, download Odin; install the program and run it on your computer.
  4. Power off your device and wait while the shut down process is completed.
  5. Reboot download mode on your Galaxy J5: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons at the same time, for a few seconds.
  6. Connect your smartphone with your computer; use the USB cable in that matter.
  7. Odin will recognize your device – the “added” message will be showed and the ID:COM field will be turned yellow or blue.
  8. If that’s not happening, reinstall the USB Drivers on your computer before retrying the steps from above.
  9. Next, from Odin click on the PA option and load the Android software package.
  10. Don’t check the Re Partition option or the Auto Reboot section.
  11. Click on Start when done.
  12. The stock Android OS will be now installed on your 2016 Samsung Galaxy J5.
  13. You will be done when the “pass” message will be displayed on Odin; moreover, the ID:COM field should be now green.
  14. Unplug the USB cable and reboot your phone.
  15. If it will get stuck in a boot loop, go to recovery mode and from there select “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition”.
  16. Optional: if you have problems while using Odin (the program isn’t running properly) follow – close the program, unplug the USB cord, force restart your smartphone, reinstall its USB drivers on your computer and repeat the procedure from above.

That’s it. Now you know how to manually install the stock Android firmware on your own Samsung Galaxy J5 2016. Enjoy and let us know how things worked for you by using the comments field from below. Also, stay close as we wills show you further tricks and tips that can be applied on your device during our next step by step guides.

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