The dual-SIM variant of the Huawei P8 Lite just received the official Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The firmware is OTA available so you should get the Android notification anytime now. But, if you haven’t received the software and if don’t want to wait any longer, don’t hesitate and use this dedicated step by step guide – during the following lines I will show you how to manually install the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS on your own Huawei P8 Lite ALE-L21.
The update comes straight from Huawei and will bring your smartphone to the latest Android built: Marshmallow 6.0. The firmware will also update the EMUI system, which will now reach the 4.0 version. Moreover, since we are talking about an official roll out, the Android M platform is fully stable and installed with the stock Marshmallow features, apps and capabilities. In addition you will also get useful security patches and other stability improvements, thus your Huawei P8 Lite will smoothly run on the new Android 6.0 ROM.
According to the users who have already used it and according to the OEM, everything will run without problems. So far there hasn’t been reported any software related problems such as boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, battery drain, heating situations, screen freeze, alerts, or total blackouts. Moreover, with the update installed, the Huawei P8 Lite is running better and faster and you can enjoy an improved battery life.
Now, as already pointed out, Huawei released the Android 6.0 Marshmallow system in form of a new OTA for your P8 Lite model number ALE-L21. Therefore, don’t expect to receive the notification right away. Usually, the OTAs are rolled out gradually or in phases so some users might receive the software sooner than others. If you haven’t received the notification, you can try to force it down: go to “menu – settings – about phone – software version – check for updates”. If the OTA isn’t displayed, don’t hesitate and resume the lines from below in order to apply the update manually.
The update process explained below is quite similar with the OTA process. So, you have nothing to worry about – you won’t risk anything as you won’t have to third party apps and programs. Furthermore, this is an official update operation, therefore you won’t lose your Huawei’s P8 Lite warranty. The update is offered by Huawei so it’s not a custom ROM based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, but the actual official software.
As for your data, you shouldn’t lose anything while the update process is completed. But, since we are talking about personal info, data, accounts and files, you can never be too sure. So, even though it is unlikely to end up in experiencing unpleasant situations, before doing anything else I recommend you to backup your Huawei P8 Lite. On your way make sure you save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data, calendar info or saved passwords. All your data can be easily stored if you choose to sync your info with your account, if you use built-in cloud storage platforms or if you download tested backup and restore apps from Google Play.
You must charge your smartphone before updating to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. If your Huawei P8 Lite gets stuck or turned off in the middle of the flashing operation, different software related problems might get issued, so in that situation you risk in bricking your Android powered device. Therefore, avoid any unpleasant situations by plugging in the charger – do that especially if the power left is currently lower than 50%.
A computer is required – you will have to download the update package on a computer first. Now, if you have problems while trying to download the file from below, consider in temporarily turning off the security protection from your computer. Also, your phone and its USB cable must be there; on your Huawei P8 Lite you must become a developer (go to “menu – settings – about phone” and tap several times on Built Number) as afterwards, from “menu – settings – developer options” you have to check the USB Debugging option.
Keep in mind that this step by step guide is compatible only with the Huawei P8 Lite model number ALE-L21, which is the dual SIM model of the classic P8. Don’t use this tutorial if you own a similar or a different Android powered smartphone or tablet as you will only end up in messing things.
Apply this guide only if your phone runs on stock Android OS – the steps from below won’t work if your device is rooted or installed with a custom ROM firmware. Furthermore, check the firmware version number and make sure it is one of the following: ALE-L21C432B524, ALE-L21C432B188, ALE-L21C432B194, ALE-L21C432B170, or ALE-L21C432B010 – otherwise, you shouldn’t go any further.
How to Update Huawei P8 Lite ALE-L21 with Official Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS
- On your computer run the web browser client.
- Then, navigate towards this page.
- From there download the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update package.
- Save this file on desktop.
- On your phone in the root of your internal storage or on your SD card create a folder named “dload”.
- Next, connect your Huawei P8 Lite ALE-L21 with your computer; use the USB corn in order to establish the connection.
- Now, select the downloaded file and transfer it to the “dload” folder which was created before.
- Then, on your phone tap on Menu and then select Settings.
- Choose Local Update.
- If you copied the update package correctly, you should see the firmware file displayed on your device.
- Tap on the update and wait while the flashing process is being automatically completed.
- When done, your phone will automatically reboot into Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.
- If a boot loop is issued, access recovery mode; from there make a hard reset and clear app data cache – choose “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition” and then go back to Android by choosing “reboot system now”.
There you have it; you have successfully installed the official Android 6.0 Marshmallow update on your own Huawei P8 Lite ALE-L21. So, test the new software and see how its features run on your device. Do tell us how things worked for you and share your thoughts with us by using the comments field from down below.