Are you still waiting for the February 2018 Security Patch on your Samsung Galaxy J5? If you are, or if you know that the OTA cannot be received on your smartphone, then we have the perfect solution for your problem: the manual process that can be followed in order to install the full firmware package on your device. So, let’s see what it’s all about.
First of all, you need to know that the February 2018 Security Patch is officially available for the Samsung Galaxy J5, the model from 2017. The firmware is currently OTA rolled out meaning that you can receive the Android notification anytime now. But, an OTA is gradually offered which means that some users will receive the notification sooner than others. Moreover, an OTA can embrace your phone only if the stock Android OS is already running and only if tweaks weren’t recently performed (for example, if root is applied you won’t be able to use the OTA package).
So, as you can see, there are different situations when a manual flashing process is being required. And, among the reasons explained above, you can also note the following ones: manually installing the February 2018 security patch can help you restore your Galaxy J5 back to its initial state meaning that you can now revoke root access, reinstall the stock recovery image, relock the bootloader and so on; moreover, you can manually address software related issues such as boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, total blackouts and so on.
Good; now the actual update is a minor OS improvement. You will not receive an OS switch but only bug fixes, stability improvements and security add-ons. Overall, the February 2018 security patch is a fully stable Android firmware that will smoothly run on your Galaxy J5. The recent Android vulnerabilities will be addressed and you should be able to experience a better and fastest platform regardless of the processes you will choose to perform.
The update operation is official – you will use the firmware that’s released by Samsung for your Galaxy J5 2017. So, Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped and the warranty won’t get lost. Moreover, Odin will be used as the flashing program – this is also an official program developed by your OEM and usually used on similar update operations. Therefore, you won’t have to use third party apps or other risky tools.
A backup is optional but highly recommended – only in rare situations you can end up in losing files while Odin is using during an update operation; but, since the risk is there, you should be precautions especially if you have important files saved on your device. Thus, use your favorite backup and restore solutions and save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and more. As for the backup solutions you can use to sync data with Google Account, to use built-in cloud storage services or to download similar backup and restore apps from Google Play.
You need to use a computer for this process. There you will save the required files and install the flashing program. Additionally, on this computer your phone’s drivers must be already flashed – if you don’t know from where to get the drivers you can use the Samsung KIES toolkit.
On your Samsung Galaxy J5 you have to enable Developer Options first. This field can be accessed if you go to Menu - > Settings - > About Phone from where you have to tap repeatedly on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed. Next, from Developer Options (you should see this option listed within Menu - > Settings) you should check the USB Debugging feature.
Charge your device before installing the February 2018 security patch. When the power is low (at least lower than 50%) there is a risk that can cause problems – your handset can remain without power in the middle of the update operation situation during which the Android core system can get soft bricked. So, avoid unpleasant situations and charge your Galaxy J5 2017 if that’s necessary.
How to Update Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 with February Security Patch using Odin
- As already stated, on your computer install Odin. You can download the flashing program from here – then, run the executable file and follow on-screen prompts in order to resume the installation process.
- Next, download the February 2018 security patch for your Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 from here.
- Save the firmware file on desktop, or inside the Odin folder.
- Run the flashing program on your computer and meanwhile switch off your phone.
- You have to enter download mode on your smartphone now – just press and hold Power, Volume Down and Home buttons at the same time, for a few moments.
- When download mode is reached, connect your smartphone with your computer via USB cable.
- On your computer Odin must recognize your handset: if everything works as expected, the ‘added’ message should be displayed and the ID:COM field should be turned yellow or blue – if different, you need to close Odin, remove the USB cable and reinstall your phone’s drivers before repeating the steps explained above.
- Next, on Odin click on the AP option and then load the Android firmware package.
- Make sure you don’t check the Auto Reboot and Re Partition options.
- Click on Start when you are ready.
- The update process will begin and will be automatically completed.
- In the end the ‘pass’ message will be displayed; also the ID:COM field will be turned green.
- At this point you can unplug the USB cord and reboot your Galaxy J5.
Possible issues and how to address them
That last reboot will take a few minutes. Do note that this reboot will be longer than a normal reboot so don’t panic. Anyway, if a boot loop happens you need to take action in order to fix the problem: you can do that by accessing recovery mode – press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons; then from recovery initiate a full wipe (basically make a hard reset and clear app data cache) by choosing ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’. In the end, reboot your phone from main menu of recovery.
Another problem might be caused by Odin, if the flashing program gets stuck in the middle of the update operation. Well, if that happens you need to follow: close Odin (if you cannot do it otherwise, just use Task Manager for closing Odin), remove the USB cable and force restart your smartphone. Wait a few moments and then reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer. When done, repeat the update operation explained above.
There you go; that’s how you can install the February 2018 security patch on the Samsung Galaxy J5 2017. If you have questions about some of the details offered above, don’t hesitate and get in touch with our team – you can easily talk with us and with other users by using the comments field from below. Enjoy and stay close for further update opportunities available for your Samsung branded handset.