Even though the Galaxy Note 5 is a relatively old Android based device, Samsung is still providing monthly updates in order to keep everything smooth and safe. Thus, here we have a new update package released for this handset in form of the new firmware built number N920GUBS4CRG1. Yes, this is the July 2018 Security Patch, which is now officially available in several markets among which we have Panama, Chile, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago or Argentina.

Therefore, the July 2018 Security Patch is being currently pushed out, gradually and in phases, for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 owners. The OTA, as that’s how the software is currently offered, can be automatically received only if your device is already running on stock Android and only if you kept the default Android system – shortly, if you tweaked your phone, you cannot receive this new update notification, situation during which a manual update operation will be required instead.

Speaking of manual update operations, below you also have explained the manual process of installing July 2018 Security Patch on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. So, if you cannot receive the OTA or if you are just tired of waiting for your own Android notification, don’t hesitate and head towards the guidelines explained below.

The July 2018 Security Patch represents a minor OS improvement released for your Note 5. As usual, the software is bringing stability improvements and several bug fixes just for smoothing up the overall Android experience. Additionally, this particular update is also coming with patches that will secure your online activity and your personal data, so it’s still a good idea to flash the N920GUBS4CRG1 system; afterwards, if you prefer, you can choose to test a custom ROM firmware instead.

Anyhow, as already outlined, the July 2018 Security Patch can be also installed manually, by using Odin. Odin is the official flashing program developed by Samsung and usually used on these types of update operations. Thus, you will be keeping everything safe and secured all the time – Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped, but if you tweaked your device now everything will be restored back to factory state: root access will be revoked, the stock recovery image reinstalled, the bootloader relocked and bloatware re-flashed.

This manual operation can be used as a manual troubleshooting process through which general Android software related problems can be addressed – because you will perform a fresh reinstall of stock Android OS. Basically, you can use the steps from below if you have to fix issues such as boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues, total blackouts and more.

If you want to use Odin for manually installing the July 2018 Security Patch on your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 don’t forget to backup your data first. We know, it’s unlikely to lose something while Odin is being used, but you can never be 100% sure when it comes to personal files like contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, EFS folder, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on. Therefore, use your Samsung’s built-in cloud storage services, sync your data with your Google Account, or download backup and restore apps from Google Play and secure everything that might still be required afterwards.

Now, for the manual update operation you will first have to prepare the following things:

  • A computer will have to be used as there is where Odin will be installed.
  • On this computer you need to set up the right drivers for your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – you can use the Samsung KIES toolkit in that respect.
  • Developer Options must be enabled on your smartphone and there is a simple way in which you can do that: tap repeatedly, for about 7 or 10 times, on Built Number (under About Phone) until the ‘you are a developer’ message shows up.
  • Then, access Developer Options by going to general Settings and check the USB Debugging feature – otherwise you might have problems while trying to connect your phone with your computer.
  • It’s important to ensure enough power on your phone for the update operation – usually, you should make sure that the power left isn’t lower than 50%.
  • So, if needed, plug in the charger first – if different, you can end up in soft-bricking your Android based device, so be careful and try to avoid such unpleasant situations.

How to manually install the July 2018 Security Patch on Samsung Galaxy Note 5

  1. Power on your computer and download the Odin program from here. Then, run the executable file and follow on-screen prompts for installing this flashing program on your computer.
  2. Also, download the update package that’s available for your Note 5 – you can get this file from here; save it on desktop for your own convenience.
  3. Run Odin on your PC in the end.
  4. Afterwards, switch off your smartphone and then reboot it into download mode: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons for a few seconds.
  5. Connect your Galaxy Note 5 with your computer via USB cable.
  6. Go to Odin and make sure that the program returned the ‘added’ message and that its ID:COM field is now yellow or blue; if not, reinstall your phone’s drivers on your PC before repeating this part.
  7. On the flashing program click on the AP button and load the July 2018 Security patch that should be located on your desktop.
  8. When asked, make sure the Re Partition and Auto Reboot options aren’t selected.
  9. Now, click on Start and just wait while the update operation is being automatically completed.
  10. The update operation will be completed when the ‘pass’ message will be returned; then, the ID:COM field will be turned green.
  11. You can close Odin and unplug the USB cable now; you should also reboot your Note 5.

Issues that can happen during the update process

Odin can stop working or it can get stuck. In those situations you will have to follow: close Odin, or if you can’t, end its related processes from Task Manager (press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keyboard hotkeys); disconnect your smartphone from your computer; reinstall the Note 5 drivers on your PC; force-restart your Android device; repeat the update steps from the beginning.

The last reboot will take a while to completed – definitely longer than a regular reboot. However, a boot loop shouldn’t happen; if it does, then you have to: reach recovery mode on your Samsung branded device (press the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons together); perform a full wipe from recovery (make a hard reset and clear app data cache) by selecting ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’; in the end reboot your phone and enjoy.

Well, there you have it; that’s how you can manually install the July 2018 Security Patch on your Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Do tell us how the new firmware runs on your phone and also stay close for further update opportunities.

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