Even though it’s already December and we should talk about December security patches, Samsung just released the November update for its Galaxy Note 5 devices with model number SM-N920G. The OTA is currently pushed out (gradually, of course) in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka and, as already outlined, it is compatible with the Note 5 devices that wears the N920G brand number. Anyway, the same security patch can be manually downloaded and the installed through Odin, an operation which will be explained and detailed during the following guidelines.
The November security patch for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is not a major update. We are still discussing about Android 7.0 Nougat so you won’t receive any new features, apps and capabilities. But, you will get bug fixes for 61 Android vulnerabilities along with a dedicated security fix for the Wi-Fi protocol. So, applying this small update is quite important especially if you want to use a stable, smooth and fully secured Android Nougat experience on your Galaxy Note 5, without using a custom ROM firmware.
Now, if on your device a custom ROM is running, or if root access was previously applied, you won’t be able to receive the OTA. So, a manual flashing process will be required in that case – and this update process can be completed through Odin, a dedicated app developed and offered by Samsung. Thus, using Odin for manually installing the November security patch represents an official operation that can be successfully and safely applied on your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with model number SM-N920G.
Note: after flashing the stock Android firmware you will manage to revoke root access, reinstall the stock recovery image, relock the bootloader and re-apply factory and default restrictions – basically, you will manage to restore your phone back to its default state (that’s why this update operation can be used as a manual troubleshoot solution that can fix the most common Android soft related malfunctions).
An official update won’t void your data. But, since a manual installation process is involved you can never be too sure about these aspects. So, for being able to avoid any possible unpleasant situations you should first save what’s important for you – it’s usually about contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, or IMEI / NVRAM data. Hint: on your Galaxy Note 5 you can already use cloud services, or you can go to Google Play and download compatible backup and restore apps, or you can choose to sync your files with your Google account.
A computer is required for this manual update operation. On this computer you will have to install Odin and download the November security patch package. Also, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 drivers must be flashed on your computer – in that respect you can use the Samsung KIES toolkit. Then, on your phone you have to enable Developer Options which can be achieved by tapping repeatedly on Built Number (tap for 7 or 10 times until you get the ‘you are a developer’ message). Afterwards, from Developer Options (go to Menu and choose Settings) you have to check the USB Debugging field.
You should charge your Galaxy Note 5 before starting the steps from below. The update operation might drain all the power from your phone especially if it’s currently running on less than 50% – in that case the Android system will get switched off which means that you can end up in soft bricking the Android core platform. So, try to avoid any possible issues and charge your handset if that’s required.
How to Update Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920G with November security patch using Odin
- Download the November security patch for your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 from this page.
- Save this file on desktop.
- Remember to install your phone’s drivers on your PC.
- On your computer download Odin from here; unzip that package and follow on screen prompts and install the flashing program.
- Run Odin when you are done.
- Meanwhile, switch off your smartphone and wait while the turn off process is completed; then, reboot into download mode: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons at the same time.
- Connect your device with your computer via USB cable.
- On Odin the ‘added’ message should be displayed and the ID:COM field should be turned yellow or blue – otherwise, reinstall your phone drivers on your PC.
- If everything works as expected you need to click on the AP option from Odin.
- Then, load the firmware package on the flashing program.
- Make sure you don’t select the ‘Re Partition’ and the ‘Auto reboot’ options.
- Click on Start when you are ready to begin the update operation.
- Wait while this process is automatically completed.
- The ‘pass’ message will be displayed in the end; then, the ID:COM field should be turned green.
- You can remove the USB cable and reboot your smartphone now.
Note: if Odin gets stuck while you apply the steps from above, you should close the program, reinstall the phone’s USB drivers on your computer, force restart your Galaxy Note 5 and repeat the flashing process from the beginning. Also, your phone might get stuck in a boot loop during the final reboot; in that particular case you should access recovery mode from where you should initiate a hard reset and clear app data cache – just select ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’.
There you go. Now you know how to manually update the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920G with the November security patch. If you have questions or if you need our further help, don’t hesitate and share your thoughts and your observations with us and with our readers – you can get in touch with us easily by filling out the comments form available below.