Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro is going to receive new updates soon – currently this device is running on Android Marshmallow OS so the Android 7.1 Nougat, and latest the Android 8.0 Oreo firmware, will be rolled out. But, are you prepared for the update process; do you know how to successfully complete the update operation? You can find everything related with this subject during the following guidelines – of course, everything is compatible with your Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro.
An update can be received and applied in different ways. Usually, most users prefer the OTA solution. Others choose to manually install the OTA firmware through recovery mode, while some go for the actual manual process that can be completed from Odin. Well, we will discuss about all these update solutions that can be anytime applied on the Samsung Galaxy C7.
The OTA is the update that is rolled out ‘over the air’. It is developed by Google, optimized by Samsung for your C7 Pro and customized by each carrier that is selling the smartphone. So, the actual roll out will depend on how fast your OEM and the carrier are moving after receiving the stock firmware from Google. Overall, the OTA is received as a notification – for applying the software you just have to tap on this notification and follow on-screen prompts.
As you can tell, an OTA can be received sooner, or later by some users because of the gradually roll out or due to market limitations. So, if you know that an OTA is available but you aren’t receiving the actual notification you can choose to apply the OTA manually through recovery mode. Moreover, the OTA can be received on your Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro only if your phone is already running on official Android OS and only if root access wasn’t previously ensured – in that situation you will have to complete the update process manually, through Odin.
Of course, everything that’s being described during this tutorial is official. All the steps reviewed are supported by your OEM so Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped – no, you won’t lose your phone’s warranty in this situation: the warranty can get void only if you choose to install a custom ROM firmware.
Anyway, further info will be detailed during the actual update sections that are discussed below:
How to Apply an OTA on the Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro
So, if your device can receive an OTA, these guidelines will help you smartly manage your update opportunity. As previously outlined, the OTA is pushed out gradually. Thus, if you are still waiting for the Android notification, try to force it down:
- Power on your smartphone.
- Enable a Wi-Fi connection.
- Tap on Menu and go to Settings.
- From Settings choose Software version.
- There you should be able to use a dedicated search engine.
- Use it and scan for possible updates.
- If a new firmware is available for your Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro you will be prompted with the implied notification.
- Charge your smartphone if its power is currently lower than 50%.
- Resume the update process by following on-screen prompts.
If the OTA cannot be spotted, but you can download it from the web, you can choose to flash the update manually. In this case the stock recovery image will be used. And, this process can be completed in two different ways, as explained:
Flash the .zip file from recovery
- Download the OTA package on your computer – yes, a computer is required.
- Place the downloaded file on desktop.
- Connect your smartphone with your computer via USB cable.
- From desktop transfer the downloaded file and place it on your phone.
- Remove the USB connection – the computer isn’t required anymore.
- Switch off your phone and reboot into recovery mode: press and hold Power, Volume Up and Home buttons at the same time, for a few moments.
- From recovery select ‘Install ZIP from SD card’.
- Pick up the OTA file and flash it.
- When done, go back to main menu of recovery and choose ‘reboot system now’.
ADB sideload the update
- Download the OTA on your computer.
- There also install Android SDK: learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
- Also install the Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro drivers on your computer.
- Rename the OTA package into ‘update.zip’. Then, place the renamed file inside the Android SDK folder.
- From that place open a cmd window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and while doing so right-click on any blank space and choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
- In this cmd window type ‘adb sideload update.zip’.
- The firmware package will be now automatically installed on your device.
- In the end close the cmd window, remove the USB cord and reboot your smartphone.
How to Manually Install the stock Android OS on Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro through Odin
If your smartphone is rooted, or tweaked in any other way you won’t be able to receive the OTA update. In that case, the only way in which you can still update your Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro to stock Android OS is by flashing the full software package. Of course, that’s possible only if the firmware file is available online.
Now, if you apply the steps from below on a recently tweaked system, in the end you will notice that all the tweaks were revoked. That’s happening because by flashing the full firmware package you will restore your device back to its initial state. So, in the end root access will be revoked, the stock recovery image reinstalled, the bootloader relocked and the bloatware re-applied.
But, restoring everything back to its default state comes with some advantages too. For example, you can restore the warranty which was lost during custom operation. Or, you can try to fix software related problems such as boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, battery drain, heating situations, signal strength problems, total blackouts and so on.
You can apply this particular update procedure only if a computer can be used. On that computer you will have to install Odin and to download the firmware file. Your phone will be also required along with its official USB cable. And on your C7 Pro you will have to gain Developer Options by tapping repeatedly (for 7 or 10 times) on Built Number until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message. Moreover, from your device you need to go to Developer Options (under Menu – > Settings) and check the USB Debugging option.
You also should backup your Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro data before using Odin for installing a new Android update. Even though it rarely happens, during the update operation your data might get corrupted or even wiped out. Thus, a backup can help you secure all your files: contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, the EFS folder, or IMEI / NVRAM data. As backup and restore solutions you can choose to sync your data with your Google Account, to use built-in cloud storage platforms or other similar services that can be downloaded for free from Google Play.
A charging process should be ensured too, if the power that’s currently left on your Galaxy C7 Pro is currently lower than 50%. When the power is low your smartphone can get turned off right in the middle of the update operation. And, in such situations different malfunctions can be caused within the Android core system. Therefore, try to avoid such unpleasant situation as much as possible and charge your handset before resuming the flashing process described below:
- On your computer download Odin from here; unzip the downloaded package and then install the program by following on-screen prompts.
- Download and install your Galaxy C7 Pro drivers on your PC – you can use the Samsung KIES toolkit in that respect.
- Download the stock Android firmware for your phone – you can get the full software package from Samsung’s official website, from xda-developer.com, from sammobile.com or from any other source you trust.
- When done, run the flashing program on your computer.
- Meanwhile, power off your handset and afterwards go to download mode: start pressing and holding (at the same time) the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons for a few moments.
- When download mode shows up connect your device with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- Once this connection is established, Odin should recognize your C7 Pro – and when that happens you will receive the ‘added’ message and the ID:COM field will turn yellow or blue. Otherwise you need to reinstall your phone’s drivers before resuming the rest of the update steps.
- From Odin click on the AP option and load the firmware file from your computer.
- Don’t check the Auto Reboot and Re Partition options under Odin.
- Click on Start for launching the update operation and wait while the Android OS is installed on your Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro.
- When that’s done you will notice the ‘pass’ message displayed; at this point the ID:COM field should be turned green.
- Remove the USB cable and close Odin; finally, reboot your phone.
- Note: Odin can get stuck during the update process; in that situation, close the program, force restart your phone, reinstall the drivers and repeat the steps from above from the beginning.
- Note 2: Your Galaxy C7 Pro can get stuck in a boot loop during the latest reboot sequence; in that case you need to initiate a hard reset and clear app data cache from recovery mode. So, go to recovery mode (press and hold Power, Volume Up and Home buttons together) and from there select ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’.
So, there you go. Those are the guidelines that can be used for updating your Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro with the official Android OS. If you prefer to tweak your smartphone, then you should try a custom ROM software instead – I’m talking about platforms based on Android 8.0 Oreo such as Lineage OS, AOKP, Paranoid Android and more. For such update opportunities and for other similar Android related tips and tricks available for your Galaxy C7 Pro, don’t hesitate and use our ‘how to’ section. Enjoy.