Samsung just released the official Android 8.0 Oreo update for another device that was released in 2017. This time we’re talking about the Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition, which will soon receive the Oreo firmware in form of a new Android notification. The OTA will be rolled out in Korea first and other markets will soon follow a global release. However, until the OTA is prepared for your own Note 7 FE you can choose to apply the manual update operation instead.
And in that respect, you can choose to use the guidelines that are explained during this step by step guide. Here we will discuss about the new Android 8.0 Oreo system that’s officially pushed out by Samsung for the Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition, we will review the advantages of following a manual flashing process, we will remind the possible risks that might be implied by such process and we will review the essential pre-requisites that must be applied first; of course, in the end we will detail the steps that must be followed for successfully completing this new update opportunity.
As mentioned from the title of this article, the manual update operation can be performed by using Odin. This will be the flashing program that will guide you through the Oreo update sequence. Odin is an official tool developed by Samsung and designed to be used especially for update types of operations. So, using this app for updating your Galaxy Note 7 FE can be done without worrying about anything in particular – you don’t have to use third party programs, you won’t lose the warranty of your device by following this update method and you won’t lose access to built-in apps by resuming the steps explained below.
The Android 8.0 Oreo firmware for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition is coming with the April 2018 Security Patch included. The software is therefore pre-loaded with essential bug fixes, stability improvements and security upgrades. Also, you will be getting new features, apps and an updated Android functionality. Overall, the new OS should be running better than the old platform as the speeds were increased and the general performance improved. Moreover, the OS is fully stable and everything will be smoothly running regardless of what processes you will choose to perform on your phone.
You have to backup your Galaxy Note 7 FE before using Odin for installing Android 8.0 Oreo. You need to do that because in some situations your data might get corrupted or wiped out (we will discuss about such problems a little bit later). Thus, on your Samsung branded device try to backup the data that wasn’t there from day one – mainly, contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, EFS folder, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAM data and more. You can quickly save personal files by using cloud storage tools which are preinstalled on your smartphone, you can choose to sync certain files with your Google Account or you can download backup and restore apps from Google Play.
This guide will work even if your smartphone is rooted or if it was tweaked in any other way. Being a manual procedure you will be able to complete the steps from below regardless of the state in which your phone is found in a certain moment. However, in the end everything will be restored back to factory state meaning that root will be revoked, the bootloader relocked, the stock recovery image reinstalled and bloatware re-applied.
Also, you can use Odin for manually installing Android 8.0 Oreo if you are currently experience software related issues on your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition – then, this tutorial will be used as dedicated troubleshooting solutions through which you will be able to address problems such as boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze errors, battery drain, heating problems, total blackouts and more.
For being able to successfully complete all the steps from below you need to:
- Make sure that a Windows powered computer is at your disposal.
- On the computer that will be used the Galaxy Note 7 FE drivers are set up – you can download the right drivers through Samsung KIES.
- On your phone Developer Options must be enabled - from About Phone tap for 7 or 10 times, repeatedly, on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message shows up.
- On your handset check the USB Debugging feature – this option is located under ‘menu - > settings - > developer options’.
- Charge your smartphone before going any further, if the power left is currently lower than 50%. If the power is too low you can end up in bricking your phone while trying to update its system (only if a sudden shut down happens).
- Apply the next steps only if you own the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 FE as the Android 8.0 Oreo package offered below is compatible only with this particular Android based device.
How to Update Galaxy Note 7 FE to Android 8.0 Oreo Manually with Odin
- Power on your computer and download Odin from here; save the downloaded file on desktop and run it; follow on screen prompts and set up the flashing program on your computer.
- Download the Oreo update file for your Note 7 FE from here. Save the firmware file on desktop too.
- Run the flashing program now.
- Meanwhile, switch off your device and reboot download mode: press and hold Power, Volume Down and Home buttons together and when download mode shows up connect your handset with your computer via USB cable.
- Odin must recognize your smartphone – the ‘added’ message should be returned and the ID:COM field should be turned yellow or blue. If different, reinstall your phone’s drivers on your PC before retrying the steps from here.
- On Odin click on the AP button and load the Android 8.0 software package.
- Make sure the Re Partition and Auto Reboot options aren’t selected.
- Click on Start and wait while the installation procedure is now completed.
- The ‘pass’ message will be returned on Odin and the ID:COM will be turned green – you can remove the USB cable, close Odin and reboot your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition.
Issues that can be caused and fixing methods to apply
Odin stops responding
In case your flashing program isn’t running any more you need to: end its related processes (do that from Task Manager if you cannot do it otherwise), remove the attached USB cable, force restart your smartphone, reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer and repeat the flashing process from the beginning.
Your smartphone is stuck in a boot loop
In rare situations during the last reboot you can experience a boot loop. In case you somehow end up in dealing with this particular issue, don’t panic and follow: enter recovery mode on your Android device (press and hold, at the same time, the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons) and from recovery make a hard reset and clear app data cache by choosing ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’; finally, reboot your device.
Perfect; the Android 8.0 Oreo official firmware should be now running on your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition. This was the manual update operation that must be followed if you cannot receive the OTA build on your smartphone. You can share your update experience with us and with other Android users by using the comments field from below. Enjoy.