The official Android 7 Nougat OS upgrade is now available for the S-Pen 2016 variants of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 tablets. Check the info in this post in order to learn how to manually flash the new update files.

This new update is being released in stages by Samsung, which means that not everyone will get the new files at the same time as others. This guide is great for those of you that are looking to restore their tablets to stock Android, too.

If you've installed a custom ROM on your tablet, then you can use the instructions posted below and learn how to restore it to stock Android 7 Nougat firmware easily. Note that for the installation process you will use the ODIN app, and you should be an advanced user.

Check the following guidelines before starting the update process:

  • use this post for the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 S-Pen WiFi-only Models only.
    - the model number of your tablet has to be the SM - P580.
    - don't use this tutorial for other different tablets.
  • download the Samsung USB drivers from here.
    - install these drivers on your PC.
  • for the installation of Android 7 update you will use the ODIN app, and for it to work you need to install the above usb drivers and to enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
    Developer Options might be hidden and you have to enable this first: go to Settings> About Device> Software Info and tap seven times on the Build Number text.
    - return to Settings and Developer Options will be listed there.
  • you can flash the new update over rooted firmware without losing any data files, except for the root access.
    - also, any custom Recovery you might have flashed will be replaced with stock Recovery.
  • you can install Android 7.0 Nougat update over a custom ROM, but you need to Factory Reset the tablet after the update is flashed.
    - the Factory Reset process wipes clean system partition, it removes the old custom ROM and it forces your device to boot in normal mode.
    - the Factory Reset won't remove any files from internal storage of your device.
    - the Factory Reset steps are listed at the end of this post.
  • if your tablet runs 100% stock Android firmware, then you can continue straight to the next part of this post.
  • this is a guide for advanced users, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the tablet nor in case you lose any data files.
  • check the whole tutorial first, and don't skip any steps.

Now that you know all of the above you can continue to the next part of this guide.

How to Install Android 7 Nougat for Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Wi-Fi-only with S-PEN:

  1. Download the Android 7 Nougat archive file from here.
  2. Unzip the archived firmware files on your PC.
    You will obtain the P580KXU1BQD9 tar.md5 firmware update file.
    - don't extract the tar.md5 update contents.
  3. Download Odin 3.12.3 zip from here.
    - when the download is done you can extract the contents.
  4. Power off the tablet.
  5. Boot it in Download Mode.
  6. Launch ODIN exe.
  7. Connect the phone to PC via usb cable.
    - wait for ODIN to add the tablet.
    If the tablet is not detected you can reinstall the Samsung usb drivers.
  8. In ODIN click the AP button.
  9. Find and load the P580KXU1BQD9 tar.md5 firmware update file in ODIN.
  10. Click START to begin the update process.
    When installation is complete you can see the PASS alert shown by ODIN.
    Reboot the tablet.
  11. Unplug the tablet from PC when the installation is done.
    Use your default login info in order to regain control over your device.

These were all steps you had to go over in order to complete the Android 7 update for your Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Wi-Fi Only S-Pen tablet.

If the FAIL message is shown in ODIN, then you will have to repeat the whole tutorial more than once.

If you repeat installation you need to make sure that you won't skip any steps, and that your Galaxy Tab A meets all requirements listed above.

NOTE:

If the PASS message is displayed in ODIN, but your tablet enters in a boot loop, or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen for more than 20 mintues without doing anything else, then you have to Factory Reset the phone.

The Factory Reset steps need to be applied by those that have installed the new update over a custom ROM, too. Here's how to do it:

  • power off the tablet.
  • boot it in Recovery Mode.
  • select 'wipe data/ factory reset'.
  • confirm.
  • reboot device and you're done.

If you need more help you can tell us in comments below.

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