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Update Canadian Galaxy Note 5 to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

All the Canadian major carriers have released the latest Marshmallow 6.0.1 firmware update for all Galaxy Note 5 devices. Check the guidelines below in order to learn how to manually install all these new files for your phone.

The Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow official update is being rolled out in stages, which means that not all users are going to receive this new firmware at the same time as other lucky ones. The update can be installed manually using the Odin app.

Also, Odin tool can be used to restore your Note 5 device to its stock firmware in case you have flashed a custom ROM. Remember that this particular tutorial should be applied by advanced Galaxy Note 5 users.

Before starting the installation you have to check the extra info listed below:

  • use this tutorial only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Canada models.
    – the models supported by this tutorial are the SM – N920W8 devices.
    – do not attempt to update any other different phones with the files that you will find in this post.
  • the model number of your phone can be verified by going to Settings> About Phone.
  • you need to download, and install on your PC, the Samsung USB Drivers here.
    – the usb drivers will allow Odin to detect your device.
  • Odin tool needs you to install the usb drivers above and to enable USB Debugging from your phone’s Developer Options menu.
    – if you can’t find Developer Options go to Settings> About Phone and tap 7 times on the Build Number section.
    – return to Settings, scroll down and there you will find Developer Options.
    – open Developer Options, enable it, then find USB Debugging and enable it, too.
  • if your phone is rooted, then you should know that root access won’t survive the update.
    – also, any custom Recovery you might have installed is going to be replaced with stock Android recovery.
  • you can flash the new update over custom ROMs, too, but a Factory Reset process is needed in order to force your phone to boot in normal mode.
    – the Factory Reset process wipes clean the system partition, but it won’t delete any data from internal storage.
    – Factory Reset only deletes the installed apps and the custom ROM files, as this is required if you want to your phone to boot successfully with Android 6.0.1 official firmware.
    – the Factory Reset steps are listed at the end of this post.
  • if your Galaxy Note 5 phone runs 100% stock Android firmware, then you can continue straight to the next part of this post and start the update.
  • read the whole post and do not skip any steps.
  • this is a guide that you should follow only if you are an advanced user, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any important data files in the process.

These were all steps you had to go over before starting the Android 6.0.1 update process.

If you’re unsure about manually installing this update, then you can wait until the official update arrives over-the-air in your region. You can check for new software updates by going to Settings> About Phone section of your device.

How to flash Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for Canadian Samsung Galaxy Note 5 N920W8:

  1. Download the Android 6.0.1 MM firmware archive from here.
    – make sure to grab the file that corresponds to your carrier.
  2. When download is done you have to unzip the archived files.
    – save the files on your PC.
    – you will obtain the tar.md5 firmware update file, don’t unzip this file.
  3. Download Odin 3.10.7 from here.
    – extract the zip files.
  4. Power off your device.
  5. Boot the Note 5 in Download Mode.
  6. Launch Odin exe on your PC.
  7. Use the usb cable to connect the phone to computer.
    – wait for Odin to detect the device, then you can continue to the next step.
    – if no phone is added you will have to reinstall the Samsung usb drivers once more.
  8. In ODIN click the AP button.
  9. Find and load the Android 6.0.1 tar.md5 firmware update file in Odin. That’s the file extracted at step 2.
    – make sure that the ‘re-partition’ option is disabled under the Odin “options” tab.
  10. Hit START when you wish to begin the update process of your Galaxy Note 5 phone.
  11. When the update is done flashing you can see the PASS message shown by ODIN. Also, the Galaxy Note 5 should reboot.
  12. Unplug the phone from PC when the “optimizing apps” screen loads on your device.
  13. Use your default login info in order to regain complete control over your device.

Remember that the first boot process of Android 6.0.1 will take at least ten minutes to completes. If the reboot is unsuccessful, then you should check the extra “notes” below.

If the update was applied without problems and your phone has booted successfully in normal mode, then you can close this guide.


If the FAIL alert is shown by Odin, or any other errors prevents you from installing the new official ROM successfully, then you will have to try and repeat the whole tutorial more than once.

If you repeat installation you need to make sure that your Galaxy Note 5 Canadian model meets all requirements above the tutorial, and that you won’t be skipping any steps listed above.


If the PASS message is shown by Odin, but your phone enters in a boot loop, or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen, then you have to ‘factory reset’ your phone’s system partition.

The “Factory Reset” steps are listed below, and you should apply them in case you have installed the Android 6.0.1 official firmware over a custom ROM, too. Here’s how to factory reset your phone:

  • power off the phone.
  • boot it in Recovery Mode.
  • select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
  • confirm the process.
  • when ‘factory reset’ is done you can reboot your Galaxy Note 5 in normal mode.

Use your default Google account in order to regain complete control over your smartphone once again. If you require any extra help completing this tutorial, or in case you are unsure about applying some of the steps above, then you can tell us in comments and we will try to come up with viable solutions meant to help you complete this official update.

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