The 2018 model of the Samsung Galaxy A8 can be now updated with the A530FXXU2ARB6 firmware package. This is the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat software released by Samsung and made available for your device. It’s a minor OS improvement that can be OTA and manually applied as both the OTA and the full firmware package is available online. So, during the following guidelines I will explain this update process for you so that, in the end, you can successfully flash and use the February2018 security patch.

Therefore, yes, the A530FXXU2ARB6 package is the monthly update released by Samsung for its handsets – these updates are offered for addressing bugs and soft related issues and for adding security features that can better protect your online activity. Overall, the February 2018 security patch will smooth up the Android Nougat experience that runs by default on your Galaxy A8 – the firmware is fully stable and should basically improve general performance, bump speeds, upgrade battery life and so on.

As mentioned, the OS is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is OTA pushed out. However, the OTA is released in phases and gradually meaning that in some cases some users might receive the notification sooner than others. Also, since we are talking about an official roll out, you can automatically install the February 2018 Security Patch only if your Samsung Galaxy A8 is not rooted (or tweaked in any other way) and only if the stock Android OS is already running on your device – otherwise, the only way in which you can flash this official update is by using the full firmware package.

And that’s when this tutorial will be helpful for you. During the lines from below I will show you how to use Odin for manually installing the February 2018 Security patch on your Samsung Galaxy A8 2018. By the way, Odin is an official program developed by Samsung and designed to be used especially on update types of procedures. Therefore, you won’t have to use third party apps or any other risky tools. In that respect, Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped during the update operation so you won’t risk in losing your phone’s warranty or in risking any other things.

Of course, the manual update procedure will work even if you already tweaked your phone. But, in that case you will end up in revoking root access, relocking the bootloader, reinstalling the stock recovery image and restoring everything back to default. This aspect can be used into your own advantage as the manual installation process of stock Android firmware can help you address different software related issues such as boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues, total blackouts and more.

A backup is optional because, usually, all your files will remain safe and secured while Odin is used. But, in rare situations, a wipe might be required in the end (we will discuss about these aspects a little bit later), so in that particular situations you can end up in losing everything that wasn’t there from day one: call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAM data, EFS folder and so much more. Therefore, on your Galaxy A8 use built-in cloud storage platforms or just sync your files with your Google Account – also, if that’s not enough, you can download and use backup and restore apps from Google Play.

Now, for the manual flashing procedure you will have to use a computer. There you will download the February 2018 Security Patch and install the Odin software. Note, before doing anything else, on your computer you must install your Galaxy A8 2018 drivers – if you don’t know from where to get the right drivers use Samsung KIES.

On your phone the USB Debugging field must be checked (otherwise you might have problems while trying to connect your handset with your computer – yes, your phone’s USB cable will be also required). The USB Debugging field is located under Menu - > Settings - > Developer Options. Hint: you can enable Developer Options (if it’s not displayed on your device) easily by following – go to Menu, choose Settings and access About Phone; from there start tapping repeatedly on Built Number; after 7 or 10 taps you should receive the ‘you are a developer’ message on your Galaxy A8.

Just before starting the steps from below you need to verify how much power is left on your Samsung Galaxy A8. You need to do that because if the power level is lower than 50% you have to charge your device before resuming the Android 7.1.1 Nougat based February 2018 security patch update process. If the charging operation isn’t considered, your phone can get turned off in the middle of the flashing procedure – unfortunately, in that particular situation you can end up in experiencing different malfunctions on your handset.

Now, before choosing to apply the manual operation you can verify, one last time, ifthe OTA is available for your phone. You can do that by going to Menu - > Settings - > About Phone - > Software version. From there you can initiate a dedicated search engine which will start an update scan. If the OTA is available you will be prompted with the Android notification – from that point you only have to follow on-screen prompts in order to apply the February 2018 Security patch.

Moreover, if you can use the OTA file (if you can download it on your computer) you can install it manually through stock recovery or by using a dedicated adb command. Here is how you can complete these operations:

Use stock Recovery

  • Save the OTA file on your computer.
  • Then, transfer this file on your smartphone (connect your device with your computer via USB cable first).
  • Unplug the USB cord when done and switch off your phone.
  • Next, reboot recovery mode on your Android device – press and hold Power, Volume Up and Home buttons at the same time, for a few moments.
  • From recovery choose ‘Install zip from SD card’.
  • Follow on-screen prompts and resume the flashing process.
  • Finally, from main menu of recovery choose ‘reboot system now’.

ADB sideload the firmware package

  • Save the update file on your computer – rename the package into ‘update.zip’.
  • On your computer set up ADB: install Android SDK on Windows or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
  • Now, transfer the update file inside the Android SDK folder.
  • From that path open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and right click on any blank space; then, from the list that’s displayed choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
  • Switch off your device and enter recovery mode.
  • Connect your phone with your computer.
  • From recovery choose ‘apply update from adb’.
  • In the cmd window type ‘adb sideload update.zip’ and press Enter.
  • Wait while the update operation is completed and in the end reboot your smartphone.

How to Manually Update Samsung Galaxy A8 with February 2018 A530FXXU2ARB6 Security Patch

  1. On your computer download Odin; save the program package on desktop and run the executable file; then follow on-screen prompts and install Odin on your computer.
  2. From here download the February 2018 security patch for your Samsung Galaxy A8; save this file on desktop, or inside the Odin folder.
  3. Remember to install your phone’s drivers first.
  4. Run the flashing program on your computer.
  5. Power off your smartphone: press and hold the Power key and wait while the shut down operation is completed.
  6. Then, reboot download mode on your device – press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons for a short while and afterwards connect your Galaxy A8 with your computer via USB cable.
  7. Odin must recognize your phone – the ‘added’ message must be displayed and the ID:COM field must be turned yellow or blue; if not, reinstall your phone’s drivers before repeating these steps.
  8. On Odin you now have to click on AP. Load the Android 7.1.1 Nougat based update file and when asked don’t check the Re Partition and the Auto Reboot options.
  9. Click on the Start button when you are ready and from this point just wait while the firmware file is being automatically installed on your Samsung Galaxy A8.
  10. The ‘pass’ message will be eventually displayed and the ID:COM field will be turned green; you can then close Odin, remove the USB cord and reboot your phone.

Possible issues that might occur and how to fix them

As already pointed out before, a wipe might be required. That will happen if, during the last reboot your Galaxy A8 will get stuck into a boot loop – this reboot will take a few minutes to complete, but a boot loop shouldn’t happen. So, in that case you need to go into recovery mode from where clearing app data cache and making a hard reset must be applied – just select ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’. In the end choose to reboot into Android mode.

Another problem might happen if Odin gets stuck while the update process is still running. In that situation you will need to follow: close the flashing program (end it’s process from Task Manager if you cannot do it otherwise), unplug the USB cord, reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer, force restart your Galaxy A8 and repeat the steps explained above from the beginning.

So, there you have it. That’s how you can apply the February 2018 Security Patch on your Samsung Galaxy A8 2018. Keep in mind that this is a minor update, so don’t expect to receive new features, apps or capabilities. You can share your update experience with us and with our readers easily by using the comments field from below. Enjoy and stay close for more similar tutorials.

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