Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 gets the latest Android 8.0.0 Oreo update. In this guide, we’ll see a complete step by step procedure on how to install the latest Android 8.0.0 Oreo XXU3CRD3 firmware on Galaxy A7 SM-A720F smartphone. The smartphone, which was launched last year with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, is reportedly receiving Android 8.0 Oreo along with Samsung Experience 9.0. Though the updates are released through OTA (over the air), you can still use this tutorial and flash the new firmware manually using Odin tool. To improve the overall performance of your Galaxy A7, you can simply flash this update and perform factory reset to set up your phone as a brand new.
Initially the update was rolled out in Vietnam with April security patch for addressing the system level vulnerabilities, ranging from high to critical, through two different patch levels. With the Galaxy A7 2017 Oreo update rolling out, all three of Galaxy A series 2017 models are now making the transition to Android Oreo.
Note that as this is an official update (Stock ROM) released by Samsung so there are no chances of losing your device warranty. Also as this is an OTA update, the same will work on both rooted as well as un-rooted devices. This latest May 2018 update comes with various improvements in the overall performance and some newly added features as well.
Model name: GALAXY A7 2017
Version: Android 8.0.0 Oreo
Build date: Wed, 23 May 2018
Product Code: INS
Perform all the mentioned steps at your own risk. We at DroidThunder.com will not be held responsible for any damage happened to your Galaxy A7 by following this guide.
This Android 8.0.0 XXU3CRD3 Oreo firmware is compatible only with Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) having model number SM-A720F. Installing this update on any other device or variant may cause unwanted outcomes or bricked phone. So verify your phone before going ahead.
- Low battery power can interrupt the process. So it is required to charge your phone at least up to 60%.
- Backup your phone data including contacts, apps, messages, call logs, notes etc. Use any app from Google Play Store for doing so.
- Install latest Samsung USB drivers on your PC so as to detect your phone when connected with USB cable.
- (Optional) Temporary disable all the security tools as well as antivirus that are installed on your PC.
Procedure to install Android 8.0.0 XXU3CRD3 Oreo firmware on Galaxy A7 2017 SM-A720F
Step 1: Download and extract both the above files to a convenient location on your PC. After extracting the firmware package (.zip file), you’ll see these files in it:
Step 2: Power off your Galaxy A7 2017 completely until it vibrates.
Step 3: Now boot your device into downloading mode. Refer:
Step 4: Keeping the phone in download mode, connect it to your PC using standard USB cable.
Step 5: Go to the downloaded folder on your PC and launch the downloaded ‘Odin Multi Downloader3-v3.13.1′ 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 A7 2017 has been successfully connected to your PC.
Note: If such thing doesn’t happen then it’s more likely to be problem with the mobile USB drivers. So just confirm whether you’ve properly installed the mobile USB drivers on your PC or not. You can install them via Samsung Kies or manually install them from the links given in the Pre-Requisites section. If the problem still persists try changing USB cable or the USB port.
Step 6: Click on the Options tab and tick the Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time options.
Note: Do not tick the Re-partition option as it might brick 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_A720FXXU3CRE3_CL13445413_QB18060154_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.
Step 8: Then click on the CP button and select the CP_A720FXXU3CRD6_CL795104_QB9560388_SIGNED.tar.md5 file.
Step 9: Similarly click on the CSC button and select the HOME_CSC_ODD_A720FODD3CRD9_CL13445413_QB17891459_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 finally click on the AP button and select the AP_A720FXXU3CRE3_CL13445413_QB18060154_REV00_user_low_ship_meta.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.
Note: The AP file will take little time to load so be patient and wait.
Step 11: After doing everything as given above, let’s begin the firmware flashing process by clicking on the Start button.
Note: Meanwhile your phone will restart itself automatically. Do not disconnect your device from PC as it will interrupt the flashing process.
Step 12: Wait for few minutes until the flashing completes. As soon as it finishes, the ID:COM section will turn green with the message ‘Pass’ on it. Also your device will restart automatically. This will confirm that the Android 8.0.0 XXU3CRD3 Oreo official firmware has been successfully installed on your Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 SM-A720F smartphone. Now you can disconnect your device by safely removing the USB cable.
Note: If the 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 downloading mode and implement the complete procedure as given above.
Damn! Your Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 SM-A720F smartphone has been successfully updated to the latest Android 8.0.0 XXU3CRD3 Oreo official firmware. You can confirm the same from Menu->Settings->About Phone. Enjoy and experience the newly added Android Oreo features on your device.
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