Update Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 to Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 M-T555 is the first device to jump from Android Marshmallow to Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS – usually, the first Nougat update is Android 7.0. Anyway, the most important thing is that the OTA is already rolled out for different European markets and will soon be released worldwide. Now, if you want to apply this software manually, you can use the steps from this tutorial.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 is a decent tablet and Android 7.1.1 Nougat should run smoothly. Of course, since we are discussing about the official Android release, everything is fully functional – the ROM is stable and will work without problems on a daily basis, regardless of the apps and processes that will be initiated. Therefore, in term of functionality the software will be just perfect.
Do keep in mind that the OTA, which is already available, might not embrace your tablet. For example, if you rooted your device or if a custom ROM firmware is running, the OTA cannot be spotted. In that case a manual update procedure will be required – flashing the stock Android system will revoke root access, reinstall the stock recovery, relock the bootlaoder and restore the Android platform back to its initial state.
So, choose to apply this step by step guide if you cannot receive the OTA or if waiting for the official Android 7.1.1 Nougat notification is just not for you – the roll out is offered gradually so some Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 users will receive the Nougat OTA sooner than others.
Manually flashing the stock Android firmware is still an official operation. The flashing process will be completed through Odin, a supported tool developed and released by Samsung and designed especially for update types of operations. Thus, you won’t have to use third party apps or any other risky software in order to successfully complete this tutorial – no, the warranty of your tablet won’t get void, as that’s happening only when a custom ROM firmware is used.
However, the files that aren’t there by default (so, your personal data, info, accounts and other general files) should be backed up before you start the update process. In isolated situations users reported that their data got corrupted or even erased while Odin was used. So, for avoiding such unpleasant situations you should save everything that’s important for you including texts, market apps, images, videos, audio files, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data, internet settings and anything else that might be required afterwards.
The steps from below can be used for achieving other advantages besides the update ones. For example, you can manually install the Android 7.1.1 Nougat firmware if you are dealing with soft related issues on your Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7. The steps from this tutorial can help you address the most common Android problems such as hangs, bugs, screen freeze, boot loops, total blackouts and similar other malfunctions.
Before resuming the flashing steps from below you first have to complete the essential pre-requisites as explained during this list:
- You need to use a computer – it should be a Windows powered machine.
- Your tablet and its USB cable are both required.
- On the computer that will be used install the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 drivers – the drivers can be flashed through Samsung KIES.
- USB Debugging must be checked on your tablet – you can access this feature from “menu – settings – developer options”.
- Developer Options can be enabled if you follow: go to About Device and tap on Built Number – keep tapping on this entry until the Android system prompts you will the ‘you are a developer’ message.
- Verify how much power is left on your tablet. If the power is under than the 50% threshold you need to charge your device first; otherwise you can skip this process.
- This tutorial is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 with model number M-T555. Don’t use the Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS by using this guide if you have a different or a similar Android based device.
How to Update Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 to Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS using Odin
- Odin must be installed on your computer. So, download the flashing program from this page and install it on your PC by following on-screen prompts.
- Remember to install the drivers for your tablet.
- And of course, get the stock firmware package from here and save it on desktop if that’s possible.
- You now need to run the Odin software on your computer.
- Afterwards, you have to enter download mode on your tablet: first, power it off and then press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home hotkeys until the download mode is displayed.
- Good; now connect your handset with your computer – do it by using the official USB cable.
- When Odin will recognize your device you will notice the ‘added’ message displayed and the ID:COM field turned yellow or blue – otherwise try to reinstall the drivers and then retry.
- Click on the AP option and load the Android 7.1.1 Nougat file when you will be prompted.
- Make sure Re Partition and Auto Reboot options aren’t selected in Odin.
- Click on Start; then wait until the update process ends – the ‘pass’ message will be displayed and the ID:COM field will be turned green.
- You can close Odin, unplug the USB cord and restart your Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 now.
You might notice that Odin got stuck while you try to complete the update operation. Well, if that occurs close the flashing program. Also, force restart your tablet and install its drivers on your computer again. Finally, re-apply all the steps from this guide from the beginning.
A boot loop might be experienced on your Galaxy Tab A 9.7. That can happen during the last reboot that must be performed. Anyway, if that happens you will have to: reboot recovery mode on your Android device and initiate a wipe – from recovery select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”. In the end, reboot and enjoy.
There you have it; that’s how you can manually install the stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS on your Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7. After testing the firmware return here and share your experience and your observations with us and with other users. You can get in touch with us easily by using the comments field from below.
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