Update Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 to Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS

Samsung Galaxy Tab A9.7 M-T555 is first device to have the privilege of transition from Android Marshmallow to Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS. The best thing is that the OTA is already released for various European markets and will soon be available worldwide. If you wish to update the software manually, there are few steps to do this.

Before you choose to follow the flashing steps from below, it is necessary to first complete the mandatory pre-requisites as explained during this list:

  • You need to use a computer with Windows OS.
  • 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 confirmed on your tablet – Access this feature from “menu – settings – developer options”.
  • Developer Options can be activated 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.
  • Authenticate how much power is there on your tablet. If the power is less than the 50%, it is good to first charge your device; otherwise skip this process.
  • This tutorial is well-suited 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.

Steps to Update Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 to Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS using Odin

  • Odin must be there on your PC. If it is not there, download the program and install it on your PC
  • Do install the drivers for your tablet.
  • Access the stock firmware package and save it on desktop if possible.
  • Make sure you know how to run the Odin software.
  • Now, 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 come out.
  • Connect your handset with your computer with the USB cable.
  • When Odin will read your device you will get the ‘added’ message displayed and the ID: COM field turned yellow or blue – or 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 asked.
  • Ensure that Re Partition and Auto Reboot options aren’t selected in Odin.
  • Click on Start; then wait until the update process finishes – the ‘pass’ message will be displayed and the ID:COM field will be turned green.

You can close Odin, disconnect the USB cord and restart your Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 now.

You might notice that Odin got stuck while you finish the update procedure. Well, if that occurs close the flashing program. Additionally, force restart your tablet and install its drivers on your computer again. Eventually, re-apply all the steps from this guide from the beginning.

A boot loop might be encountered on your Galaxy Tab. That can happen during the last reboot that must be done. However, 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”. Now, reboot and enjoy.