Sprint has pushed the latest October 2016 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update for all their users on Galaxy Note 5 devices.
Check the info below in order to learn how to successfully flash the new update manually without waiting for the OTA files to arrive in your region.
Android 6.0.1 Official update is being rolled out in stages, but not all users are getting these files at the same time as others. If you are looking to update the phone with Odin app, and don't know exactly how to proceed, then you have to check the following guidelines first:
- use this tutorial only for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SPRINT models.
- the model number of your phone has to be the SM - N920P.
- do not attempt to update any other different Galaxy Note 5 models with the files that you will find in this post.
- download Samsung USB Drivers from here, and install them on your PC.
- for the update process you will use the ODIN app.
- ODIN requires the USB drivers above to be installed, and for USB Debugging to be enabled from your phone's Developer Options menu.
- the Developer Options might be hidden which is why you have to unhide it: go to Settings> About Phone and tap 7 times on the Build Number text.
- get back to Settings as Developer Options will now show up.
- the update can be installed with ODIN over rooted firmware, but you have to know that Root Access won't survive the update.
- any custom Recovery you might have flashed will also be replaced by a stock Recovery image.
- you can install the Android 6.0.1 update with Odin over custom ROMs, too, but you have to Factory Reset the phone after the process is done.
- the Factory Reset wipes clean the system partition, forces the phone to boot in normal mode with official firmware and it removes the old custom ROM completely.
- no data will be wiped from internal storage by the Factory Reset process.
- if your phone runs 100% stock Android, then you can move straight to the tutorial part of this post.
- read the whole post, don't skip any steps.
- this is guide for advanced users, we cannot be blamed if you brick the phone.
If you have trouble completing the guide, then you can wait for Sprint to release the latest firmware over-the-air. You can manually check for new firmware files by going to Settings> About Phone> Software Updates. If a new Marshmallow build is ready to download, then you can simply confirm the download and installation. Make sure to reboot the device once more after the update is installed.
How to flash Android 6.0.1 Update manually with ODIN for SPRINT Galaxy Note 5:
- Download the Android 6.0.1 N920PVPU2BPH9 tar.md5 firmware update archive from here.
- When download is done you have to unzip the archived contents.
You will obtain the N920PVPU2BPH9 tar.md5 Marshmallow update file that can be flashed with ODIN app.
- save this file on your PC.
- Download Odin exe from here.
- extract the Odin contents and save them on your PC.
- Power off the phone.
- Now boot it in Download Mode.
- Launch the Odin app on your computer.
- Now connect the phone to PC via usb cable.
- wait for Odin to add the phone, then continue to the next step.
- if the phone is not detected you need to reinstall the Samsung USB drivers once more.
- In Odin click the AP button.
- Find and then load the N920PVPU2BPH9 tar.md5 firmware update file in the ODIN app.
- Press START when you're ready to begin the update process.
- don't press anything until all files are done installing.
- When the new update is done installing you can see the PASS alert shown by the ODIN app. The Sprint Note 5 will reboot.
- Unplug the phone from PC when the boot is complete and then use your default login info in order to unlock your device.
If the FAIL alert is shown by ODIN, then the update has not been completed, and you will be forced to repeat installation once more. If you repeat installation you need to make sure that you skip any steps and that your phone meets all requirements listed above the tutorial.
If the PASS is shown by ODIN, but your Sprint Galaxy Note 5 enters in a boot loop, or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen, then you will be forced to Factory Reset your device's system partition. This will force the phone to boot in normal mode.
Also, the Factory Reset steps below need to be applied by those that have installed the Android 6.0.1 official update over custom ROMs, too. Here's how to 'factory reset' your device"
- power off the phone.
- boot it in Recovery Mode.
- select 'wipe data/ factory reset'.
- reboot your device in normal mode.