The latest monthly OTA is available for the 2017 model of the Samsung Galaxy A5. Thus, you can now apply and use the January 2019 Security patch on your own device – the firmware is OTA available and is currently pushed out in several markets around the world. Therefore, if you haven’t received the update file yet, keep an eye open as the Android notification should be spotted on your handset anytime now. Of course, if the OTA cannot be received on your phone, don’t panic; the same firmware can be downloaded from online sources which means that you can use Odin for manually setting up the January 2019 Security Patch on your own Samsung Galaxy A5 2017.

The January 2019 Security Patch is not a major update. Don’t expect to receive new features, apps and capabilities on your Samsung Galaxy A5 2017. However, flash the firmware if you want to enjoy a fully stable and smooth Android UI and if you want to secure your daily Android activity. Moreover, set up the update as it comes with essential bug fixes and stability improvements which can now grant the best UI available for your Galaxy A5 – unless you are using a custom ROM as then you can easily customize and optimize the Android internal system. Anyway, the main idea is that you should always install the latest official Android updates in order to enjoy a great Android experience.

Now, if you want to use Odin for manually installing the January 2019 security patch on your Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 you should check the lines explained below. There we will talk about the things that must be completed first and we will also detail the actual update procedure that must be followed.

First of all, you must know that flashing the full firmware package is still an official update operation. Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped so you don’t have to worry about losing your phone’s warranty or about losing access to built-in apps. Actually, the manual flashing process can help you fix different software related issues including boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues, total blackouts and much more. Additionally, this operation can be used if you want to revoke root access, relock the bootloader, reinstall the stock recovery image or re-apply bloatware as using Odin for setting up the January 2019 Security Patch will restore your Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 back to factory state.

By the way, Odin is the official flashing program developed by Samsung especially for update type of operations. Thus, you won’t have to use risky tools or complex third party programs – from this perspective you have nothing to worry about.

However, you should worry about your personal data, info, accounts and files. Even if everything should remain safe and secured while Odin is used, in rare situations a wipe might be required. Well, as you can tell a backup is therefore more than recommended. So, save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and the other personal files that wasn’t there from day one on your Galaxy A5. On your way make sure you use the proper backup tools: sync files with your Google Account, use already tested backup and restore apps available on Google Play, use an external storage device or manage built-in Samsung cloud storage apps.

A computer should be at your disposal as you are going to perform a manual flashing process. On your PC you are going to download the January 2019 Security Patch and you will have to download and then install Odin. Before starting to apply the steps from below you must install the Galaxy A5 2017 drivers on your computer – you can do it by using the Samsung KIES toolkit.

A connection between your phone and your PC will have to be established. And, for being able to do it properly, first, on your smartphone you need to enable the USB Debugging option. This field can be found under Developer Options within General Settings. If you cannot access Developer Options, go to About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message shows up (it will happen after 7 or 10 repeated taps).

Charge your Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 before setting up the January 2017 Security Patch if the power that’s left is currently lower than 50%. When the power is low your device can get turned off right while Odin is running and then different software related problems can cause malfunctions on your phone – you can end up in soft-bricking your Android based device if you’re not careful enough. Also, problems can be experienced if you use this tutorial for other devices than Galaxy A5 2017.

How to Manually Install the January 2019 Security Patch on the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017

  1. Switch on your computer and power off your smartphone.
  2. On your computer download Odin from here; then run the executable file and follow the on-screen prompts for resuming the installation procedure. When done, run Odin on your PC.
  3. Now, download the January 2019 Security patch that’s available for your Samsung Galaxy A5 2017; you can get the update file from here and you should save it on desktop.
  4. Enter download mode on your phone; do it by following: press and also hold down the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons together for a few seconds.
  5. Connect your device with your computer by plugging in the USB cable.
  6. Once the connection is ensured on Odin you should receive the ‘added’ message. The ID:COM section will be also colored in yellow or blue; if not, you must reinstall your Galaxy A5 drivers on your PC before repeating these steps.
  7. Good; now on the flashing program click the AP button and just select the update file from desktop.
  8. Don’t select the Re Partition and the Auto Reboot options and click on Start when you are ready to initiate the flashing process.
  9. Wait until the ‘pass’ message is returned and until the ID:COM field turns green.
  10. At that point you can close Odin and remove the USB cable; also reboot your Samsung Galaxy A5 2017.
  11. That’s all.

Sometimes, Odin will run with issues or it can even get stuck in the middle of the update operation. In that case you will need to fix it by following: close the flashing program and also end its processes that might be still running in the background – do it from Task Manager; then, disconnect your handset from your computer by removing the USB able; force restart your Android based device; reinstall your Galaxy A5 2017 drivers on your computer; repeat the flashing steps from the beginning.

In other situations your phone might get stuck into a boot loop, situation during which you must take action: access recovery mode on your Samsung branded device – press and hold down the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons until the recovery mode environment is displayed; in recovery initiate a hard reset and clear app data cache by selecting these options: ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ and by ‘wipe dalvik cache’; in the end, return to main menu of recovery and choose to go back to Android mode.

Good work; now your Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 is running on the latest January 2019 Security Patch. If you have questions or if you want to share your update experience with us and with our readers feel free and use the comments field from below. Also, stay close if you want to learn how to install custom ROMs on your device or if you want to learn how to complete other tweaks and tricks compatible with your Samsung branded handset. Enjoy.

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