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Update Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 to Android 7.0 Nougat

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The official Nougat 7.0 Update is now rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 unlocked models. Check the instructions in this post in order to learn how to successfully flash the new firmware update manually.

This update is normally being released over-the-air all over the world for the A310F Galaxy A3 models, but you can choose to install the new update with ODIN. These updates are rolled out in stages and not every region will get the new firmware files at the same time.

This guide can also be used by those of you who are running a custom ROM on their devices. ODIN is capable to flash official Android 7.0 update over a custom ROM.

Read the following guidelines before starting the flashing process:

  • use this tutorial only with the Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 models.
    – the model number of your device has to be the SM – A310F.
    – don’t try to use this tutorial for other different devices.
  • download the Samsung USB Drivers from here.
    – install the drivers on your PC.
  • for the updating process we will use the ODIN 3.12.3 tool.
    – the ODIN app is a small tool that is capable of flashing a new official firmware over official or non-official older Android ROMs.
    – for ODIN to work with your PC you will have to install the above usb drivers, and to enable the USB Debugging option from Developer Options menu of your device.
    – the Developer Options might be hidden, and you will have to enable it by going to Settings> About Device> Software Info and tapping 7 times on the Build Number section.
    – return to Settings and Developer Options will now be listed there.
  • you can install Android 7.0 Nougat on your Galaxy A5 if it runs a rooted firmware, but you will lose root access after the update is done flashing.
    – any custom Recovery you might have flashed will be replaced with stock Recovery image.
  • the Android 7.0 Nougat official update can be installed over a custom ROM, but you need to know that a Factory Reset has to be applied after the update is done.
    – the Factory Reset process wipes clean system partition, it removes the old custom ROM and it will allow the Galaxy A3 2016 to boot in normal mode.
    – Factory Resetting the device won’t wipe any data from internal storage.
  • if your phone runs an official Android firmware, then no data will be lost during the installation.
  • check the whole post and do not skip any steps presented below.
  • this tutorial is destined to be used by advanced users only, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any data files in the process.

These were all the guidelines you had to go over before starting the flashing process.

How to install Android 7.0 for Samsung Galaxy A3 2016:

  1. Download the Android 7.0 firmware archive file from here.
  2. When the download is complete you can extract the archived contents.
    You will obtain the A310FXXU3CQE6 tar.md5 Nougat firmware update file, don’t extract the tar.md5 firmware file.
  3. Download Odin 3.12.3 zip from here.
    – unzip the contents.
  4. Power off the phone, then boot it in Download Mode.
  5. Launch Odin 3.12.3 exe.
  6. Connect your phone to computer via usb cable.
    – wait for ODIN to connect with your phone.
    – if the phone is not added you need to reinstall the Samsung USB drivers.
  7. In ODIN click the AP button.
  8. Find and load the A310FXXU3CQE6 tar.md5 firmware update file in ODIN.
  9. Click START when you’re ready to begin the Android 7.0 firmware update installation.
    – don’t press anything until the flashing process is done.
  10. When installation is done you can see the PASS alert in ODIN, the phone will reboot and you can unplug it from PC.
  11. Unplug the phone from PC, wait for the boot process to complete and then use your default login info in order to regain control over your device.

These were the instructions you had to follow in order to complete the Android 7.0 official update for the Galaxy A3 2016 unlocked model.

If the FAIL alert is displayed by the ODIN app, then you will have to repeat the whole tutorial more than once. If you repeat installation you need to make sure that you won’t skip any steps, and that your Galaxy A3 2016 phone meets all requirements listed above the tutorial.


If the PASS alert is shown by ODIN, but your Galaxy A3 2016 enters in a boot loop or it gets stuck at the boot animation, then you have to Factory Reset the phone.

The Factory Reset process wipes clean system partition, and it removes the old ROM allowing the phone to boot successfully. In case you are running a custom ROM on your Galaxy A3, then you can use the info below and Factory Reset the device, in order to force it to boot in normal mode with stock Nougat OS firmware.

Here’s how to Factory Reset the device:

  • power off the phone.
  • boot it in Recovery Mode.
  • select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
  • confirm.
  • reboot device in normal mode.

If you need any extra help completing this tutorial, then you can tell us in comments below.

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