Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A520F (2017) is the third edition smartphone of the famous A5 series. After the well known Galaxy S series, this series owns the second best position in the Samsung market. This 2017 edition smartphone comes with a stunning glass back design and rounded corners which gives it a flawless and stylish look. Despite a 5.5-inch display, it easily fits in your hand as well. Talking about the processor, it sports a 1.9 GHz of Octa-core Exynos 7880 processor with 3 GB of RAM. This makes the multitasking quite easy with absolutely no noticeable lags or issues. The Galaxy A5 can even handle heavy games and apps without getting too hot, which is pretty awesome. It also features a 16 megapixel of primary camera and 16 megapixel of front shooter for selfies. Both the cameras are capable of capturing stunning shots with great amount of detail.

Galaxy A5 SM-A520F Official Android 7.0 Nougat

Today is this guide, we’ll discuss some easy steps on how to manually update the Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A520F to Official Android 7.0 Nougat XXS2BQK7 firmware. The manual update is necessary because this OTA firmware is not easily available for all markets. This Stock ROM can be flashed if you’ve soft bricked the phone or lost IMEI number or got any issue while flashing custom firmware. Also if you have rooted your phone and want to regain your phones warranty back, then flashing this latest firmware is the only solution. Installing a firmware can get back all the phone settings as they were when you bought it.

Firmware Info:

Model: SM-A520F
Model name: GALAXY A5
Country: India
Version: Android 7.0
Build date: Sun, 3 Dec 2017
Product Code: INS
PDA: A520FXXS2BQK7
CSC: A520FODD2BQJ5
PHONE: A520FXXU2BQJ5

Disclaimer:

If your device gets bricked by following this guide, then we at Droidthunder.com will not be held responsible for that. So it is highly recommended to proceed at your own risk.

Compatibility:

This Official Android 7.0 XXS2BQK7 firmware update is only for Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) having the model number SM-A520F. Do not flash this on any other device or variant as it may result into unwanted outcomes or bricked device. So confirm your device model number from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Device before moving ahead.

Screenshots:

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Pre-Requisites:

  • Make sure your device is charged at least up to 60% so as to avoid the unwanted interruptions.
  • Backup your data including contacts, apps, messages, call logs, notes etc. as everything gets wiped out. You can use any app from Google Play Store for doing that.
  • Install latest Samsung USB drivers on your PC so as to detect your Galaxy A5 SM-A520F when connected via USB cable. You can install the drivers from Samsung Kies CD which you’ve got at the time of purchase or just manually install them from link given below.
  1. Download latest Samsung USB Drivers.
  • (Optional) To avoid the interruption during the flashing process, temporary disable all the security tools as well as antivirus that are installed on your computer.

Galaxy A5 SM-A520F Official Android 7.0 Nougat

Procedure to install Android 7.0 XXS2BQK7 firmware on Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A520F:

Download files:

  1. Download Odin3-v3.12 for Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A520F.
  1. Download Android 7.0 Nougat XXS2BQK7 firmware for Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A520F.


Procedure:

Step 1: Download and extract both the above files on your PC. After extracting the firmware package (.zip file), you’ll see these files in it:
Galaxy A5 SM-A520F Official Android 7.0 Nougat firmware files
Step 2: Power off your Galaxy A5 SM-A520F completely.

Step 3: Now enter your phone into download mode. Refer:

  1. How to boot Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) into Download Mode.

Step 4: Keeping the phone in download mode, connect it to your PC via standard USB cable.

Step 5: Now launch the downloaded ‘Odin Multi Downloader3-v3.12′ software which you’ve just received after extraction.

As you launch it, the ID:COM section located at the top left corner will turn light blue. Also an Added message will appear in the message box window. This will confirm that your Galaxy A5 has been successfully connected to your PC.

Galaxy A5 SM-A520F Official Android 7.0 Nougat firmware Odin 1

Note: If such thing doesn’t happen then it’s more likely to be problem with the mobile drivers. So manually install the USB drivers from the links given in the Pre-Requisites section. If the problem still persists try changing USB cable or the USB port.

Step 6: Now click on the Options tab located on the Odin window and tick the Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time options. Tick only these two options and keep all the other options as they are.

Galaxy A5 SM-A520F Official Android 7.0 Nougat firmware Odin 2

Note: Do not tick the Re-partition option as it might increase the risk of bricking your phone. Don’t use the PIT tab either.

Step 7: Then, click on the BL button present on the Odin window and select the BL_A520FXXS2BQK7_CL12021559_QB15704560_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.

Step 8: Similarly click on the CP button and select the CP_A520FXXU2BQJ5_CL593822_QB7858943_SIGNED.tar.md5 file.

Step 9: Then click on the CSC button and select the HOME_CSC_ODD_A520FODD2BQJ5_CL12021559_QB15434638_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5 file.

Note: Normal CSC contains an instruction that allows Odin to wipe out complete data while HOME_CSC contains instruction to only allow wipe of cache. But when a downgrade is done (eg. from Oreo back to Nougat) a factory reset is must. So use normal CSC at that time.

Step 10: And lastly click on the AP button and select the AP_A520FXXS2BQK7_CL12021559_QB15704560_REV00_user_low_ship_meta.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.

Galaxy A5 SM-A520F Official Android 7.0 Nougat firmware Odin 3

Step 11: That’s all. Just begin the firmware flashing process now. For that, hit the Start button present on the Odin window.

Galaxy A5 SM-A520F Official Android 7.0 Nougat firmware Odin 4

Note: As the process goes on, your device will boot itself automatically. Do not disconnect your device from PC until the flashing completes.

Galaxy A5 SM-A520F Official Android 7.0 Nougat firmware Odin 5
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Step 12: It’ll hardly take few minutes so wait and be patient until the flashing process completes. When it completes successfully, the ID:COM section located on the Odin window will turn green with the message ‘Pass’ on it. Also your phone will automatically boot itself. This will confirm that the official Android 7.0 Nougat XXS2BQK7 firmware has been successfully flashed on your Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A520F smartphone. Now you can disconnect your device from PC.

Galaxy A5 SM-A520F Official Android 7.0 Nougat firmware Odin 12

Note: If this firmware flashing process fails or if Odin gets stuck or in case your phone gets stuck into boot loop, then close the Odin window, again go into download mode and implement the complete procedure as given above.

Success

Good Job! Your Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A520F has been successfully upgraded to the latest official Android 7.0 Nougat XXS2BQK7 firmware. You can confirm the same from Menu->Settings->About Phone. Enjoy the newly added Android Nougat features on your Galaxy A5. And don’t forget to share your views and experiences after using it.

For any issues related to this tutorial, kindly contact me through the comments section mentioned below. Till then Keep Smiling and Peace out! 😎✌