Update Samsung Galaxy S6 to Android Oreo

Every year Samsung releases a successor in its Galaxy S series and Galaxy S6 was the first in the lineup to have been released in two variants i.e, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Both these devices are same specs wise, however, the design was the basis of difference. While Google has released the latest version of Android OS, you will be disappointed to know that Samsung won’t update Samsung Galaxy S6 to Android Oreo. Now the only option you have is to update Samsung Galaxy S6 to Android Oreo is through custom ROM. Good news here as Galaxy S6 has managed to list itself in the luckiest few devices that have received custom build of the Android Oreo. It is due to the efforts of XDA member, lukasb06 that you can now update the firmware of your Galaxy S6 to Android Oreo.

The custom ROM is in the early stages but you will get your hands on the latest version of Android which in other case doesn’t seem to be happening. Galaxy S6 hit the market with running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and since Samsung isn’t updating Galaxy S5 to Android Nougat, you shouldn’t have high hopes for Galaxy S6. As of specs, Galaxy S6 comes with a 5.10-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2560 pixels. Powered by 1.5GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 7420 processor it has 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 2550mAh non-removable battery.

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Though the custom ROM is new, it has most of the key features working such as calls, SMS, mobile data, NFC, fingerprint, and camera. The only thing that appears to be malfunctioning is the gallery being unable to play recorded videos. Overall, the ROM seems promising and if you are bored with Samsung’s boring TouchWiz then go for it.

NOTE

INSTALLING A CUSTOM ROM IS NOT RECOMMENDED BY THE MANUFACTURER AND A SLIGHT MISTAKE COULD BRICK YOUR DEVICE. DO RESEARCH BEFORE PROCEEDING. IN CASE OF ANY MISHAP, ANDROIDODEX OR THE DEVELOPER WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE.

Early Preparations

  • Make sure the bootloader of your device is unlocked. If not use this guide.
  • Create a backup of your data including pictures, contacts, and files.
  • Charge the device to at least 60%.
  • Head over to the link and Download Samsung Galaxy S6 USB Drivers.
  • You must have Custom Recovery such as TWRP installed. Use this guide to install TWRP Recovery.
  • Enable OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging. To do so;
    • Navigate to Settings > About Device.
    • Tap the number 7 times. It will enable developer options.
    • Head back to Settings > Developer Options.
    • Tap on OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging to enable.

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How to Update Samsung Galaxy S6 to Android Oreo

  1. Move the downloaded files to the internal storage of your device.
  2. Now turn it off and boot it into recovery mode.
  3. To do so, press and hold Power + Volume Up keys for few seconds.
  4. When the manufacturer logo appears, let go of the keys. You will end up in recovery mode.
  5. In recovery mode, tap on Wipe and select Wipe Data > Cache And Dalvik Cache via recovery.
  6. After wiping the data, navigate back to main menu and tap on Install.
  7. Select the ROM file you copied in the internal storage and initiate installation by swiping to right.
  8. Following the similar procedure install Magisk and GApps that you downloaded earlier.
  9. After flashing, reboot the device by tapping on Reboot > System.

Since it’s the first boot after installing a custom ROM, it will take some time. Here’s a link to the official forum if you want to interact with the developer.

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