Sprint has started rolling out the new official Android 7.0 Nougat Maintenance Security Update for all the Galaxy Note users. Check the instructions posted below in order to learn how to manually install the new update before the files are released over-the-air in your region.
This guide is great for those that are currently running a custom ROM on their Note 5 devices, and now are looking to return to stock Android firmware, as you can use the same Odin tool and the firmware posted in the tutorial in order to complete the factory reset.
Before starting the flashing process you need to check the following guidelines:
- use the tutorial only for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note 5 devices.
– the model number of your phone has to be the SM – N920P.
– don’t attempt to update any other devices with the files that you will find in this post.
- download the Samsung USB drivers from here and install them on your computer.
- for the update process you will have to use the ODIN app, and for it to work with the PC and the Galaxy Note 5 phone, then you should install the above drivers and to enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
- if the Developer Options isn’t shown under Settings, then you will need to enable those firstly: go to Settings> About Device> Software Info and tap seven times on the Build Number text.
– return to Settings, as Developer Options will be listed there.
– open Developer Options, find USB Debugging and enable it.
- you can install the new Android 7 Nougat over rooted firmware, but you need to know that root access won’t survive the update process.
– also, any custom Recovery you might have flashed will be replaced with stock Recovery.
- you can install Android 7.0 official update over a custom ROM, but you need to know that an extra Factory Reset process has to be applied too, so that your phone will boot in normal mode.
– the Factory Reset process will wipe clean the system partition and it will force the Galaxy Note 5 device to boot in normal mode.
– Factory Resetting the smartphone won’t remove any data from internal storage.
– the factory reset steps are listed at the end of the tutorial.
- in case your Galaxy Note5 runs on 100% stock firmware, then you can continue straight to the next part of this post and learn how to manually complete the new update process.
- for this tutorial you need to be an advanced user, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any data files.
- read the whole post and do not skip any steps.
How to flash Android 7.0 Nougat official update for Samsung Galaxy Note 5:
- Download the Android 7.0 N920PVPS3DQJ1 firmware archive from here.
- When the download is done you can extract the archived contents and save them all on your PC.
You will obtain all the required N920PVPS3DQJ1 tar.md5 firmware update files.
- Download Odin 3.12.3 zip from here.
Unzip the contents and save them on your PC.
- Power off the device.
- Boot the Galaxy Note 5 device in Download Mode.
- Launch Odin exe on your PC.
- Connect the Galaxy Note5 to PC using the USB cable.
Wait for the Odin tool to detect the device.
– if the device is not detected you need to reinstall the Samsung usb drivers.
- Get to ODIN main menu and start loading all the firmware update file.
Click BL and load the N920PVPS3DQJ1 file with BL in its name.
Click CP and load the N920PVPS3DQJ1 file with CP in the name.
Click AP and load the N920PVPS3DQJ1 file with AP in the name.
Click CSC and load N920PVPS3DQJ1 file with HOME_CSC in the name.
- Confirm the updating process by hitting the START button.
Don’t press any other buttons until the update is done.
Installation will be done when the PASS message is shown by ODIN.
- You can reboot the phone and unplug its from PC after the update is done.
If the flashing process fails to complete, then you will need to repeat the tutorial more than once. Make sure not to skip any steps during the installation.
NOTE: If the installation is successfully applied, but your phone enters in a boot loop, or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen for more than 20 minutes, then you will have to factory reset the device.
The Factory Reset process needs to be applied in case you have installed the update over a custom ROM, too.
Here’s how to Factory Reset the device:
- power it off.
- boot it in Recovery Mode.
- select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
- reboot phone in normal mode and you are done.