Managing different updates can be hard, especially if you are new to the Android system. However, things can be easily completed when talking about the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, especially if you want to keep everything safe and secured, thus official. But, if you want to test a new custom ROM, like CyanogenMod, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid, you will see that everything will get a little bit complicated and risky. So, before choosing to flash a new update on your Galaxy S6 Edge, check the guidelines from below and learn how to smartly deal with OTAs, or with any other Android related software.
Now, as you will notice, I have divided this tutorial in order to explain each update process separately. So, just read the info required for your update process, or check all the lines from below in order to learn how to properly manage all the update types on your own Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
Apply OTA Roll Outs
When Samsung releases a new OTA a notification will be displayed on your Galaxy S6 Edge. From that point you just have to follow on screen prompts in order to complete the update process. However, this notification will embrace your phone only when the OTA will be made available and usually that happens gradually, so not all the users will receive their Android update at the same time.
But, you can also manually search for a new update in order to see if you can “force” the notification. Just head towards “menu – settings – about phone – software updates”. If the firmware is available before doing anything else enable a WiFi connection. Then, just follow on screen prompts and resume the update process. Don’t forget to charge the battery of your S6 Edge before doing so – if your phone gets turned off while the OTA is being applied, your device might get bricked (in that matter, also learn how to manually resolve software related issues).
This will be an official update operation, so the warranty of your device will not get void and you will not risk anything else.
Use Odin and Update or Downgrade your Galaxy S6 Edge manually
Since the OTA is being rolled out gradually, you can choose to skip the wait by using Odin in order to flash the same update manually. Also, Odin can be used for downgrading your Galaxy S6 Edge to a previous version of official Android Lollipop OS. This update process can turn out to be quite helpful as you can use it for fixing various software related issues or for revoking root access – your device will be restored back to its initial state as all factory and default restrictions will be reinstalled.
As for the software related problems, here is what you can troubleshoot: boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, battery drain situations, heating issues, screen freeze, alerts and total blackouts. Yes, that’s right, you can do all that by just manually updating your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge with Odin.
Here is what you have to do for being able to manage this situation:
- On a computer download Odin, Samsung KIES and the firmware file you want to flash on your device (get the update from SamMobile or from Samsung’s official webpage).
- Save all the files on desktop and then unzip the update file and Odin. Then, install Odin on your computer. Finally, use Samsung KIES and flash the SGS6 Edge USB drivers on your PC.
- Now, on your phone enable USB debugging option – first tap several times on built number and ensure developer rights; after doing so go to “menu – settings – developer options” and check the USB debugging option.
- Charge your Galaxy S6 Edge if the batter status shows less than 50% power left.
- Backup your data by using compatible backup and restore apps, cloud storage platforms or other similar tools.
- Then, enter your S6 Edge into download mode and on your computer run Odin.
- Establish a connection between your PC and your handset via USB cable. Once you do so, on Odin the “added” message will be displayed while the ID:COM section will be turned yellow or blue.
- From Odin select the “PDA” option and pick the firmware file you want to install on your phone.
- When done, click on “start” and wait while the update is being flashed. You will know when you are done as the “pass” message will be displayed while the ID:COM will be green.
- You can unplug the USB cord and reboot your phone now.
Install Custom ROMs on your Galaxy S6 Edge
Now, here comes the best part: flashing custom ROMs. These updates will customize, optimize and personalize your Galaxy S6 Edge. Whether you will be using CyanogenMod, AOKP, ParanoidAndroid or any other custom firmware, your device will be tweaked and in the end you will be able to enjoy a new Android system that comes with a different UI and with an unlocked system that can be easily modified. Thus, in the end, you will be able to use features that cannot be found on the default version of the Android OS.
Of course, these updates aren’t coming from Samsung or from Google; so the platforms are developed by third party devs and represents free aftermarket distributions of stock Android software. Therefore, you will complete an unofficial update procedure and you will lose the warranty of your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
Moreover, you will be able to complete the steps from below only if you will first gain root access on your Samsung branded device and only if a custom recovery image, like CWM or TWRP recovery, is installed on your phone.
Also, before heading towards to the process from below, I recommend you to make a Nandroid backup for saving the current ROM that runs on your S6 Edge. In this way you will then be able to easily downgrade back to stock. Also, along with this dedicated backup process, complete a general backup as during the update operation a hard reset will be applied – so before doing anything else save your contacts, call logs, texts, EFS, market apps, internet settings and other personal data, info and accounts.
Once more, ensure that you can use a computer (temporarily deactivate security features from your PC) and on your phone enable USB debugging (see the lines from above for further info). Charge your smartphone if the battery status shows less than 50% power left, or else your phone might get turned off in the middle of the installation process – if that happens, your device might get bricked or damaged.
Good; now let’s see how to add a custom ROM firmware on your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
- On your computer get the custom ROM file from any source you want.
- Optional, download Google Apps if this package is not included on the update file.
- Don’t unzip these files, just place them on desktop.
- Connect your smartphone to your computer via USB cable and transfer the downloaded files on your phone.
- Then, unplug the USB cable and turn off your device. Finally, reboot your Galaxy S6 Edge into recovery mode.
- From recovery mode first wipe the system (select “wipe data factory reset”) and then clear cache (choose “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”).
- Go back to main menu of recovery and from there select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the firmware file and flash it on your phone; then do the same thing and apply Google Apps package.
- That’s it; when done, from main menu of recovery choose “reboot system now”.
Congratulations; you have successfully learned how to properly update your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Now, you can smartly add OTAs, official updates or even a custom ROM software. You can share your thoughts with us by using the comments field from below.