Download and Install the latest Android 7.0 Nougat XXU2BQK2 official firmware on Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A720F (2017) smartphone. In this guide, we’ll discuss some detailed steps on how to manually update the Galaxy A7 2017 smartphone to the newly released Android Nougat firmware. Few months before, Samsung released the Android N OS for Galaxy A5 users and now they have started rolling out the same for Galaxy A7. The company claims that it is the most stable firmware with few tweaks and enhancements over the previous build. It comes with few improved notifications and Quick Settings, multi-window, Dual Messenger, Samsung Pass, and improvements to AOD and app installation.
This latest stock ROM can be easily flashed using the Odin tool and if you’ve soft bricked or lost IMEI of your phone then installing this update can surely get back all the phone settings as they were when you bought it. Also if you want to unroot and regain the warranty back, then flashing this latest firmware is the best solution. So without wasting any more time, lets proceed to the step by step tutorial on how to manually update the Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A720F to Official Android 7.0 Nougat XXU2BQK2 firmware given below.
Model name: GALAXY A7 (2017)
Version: Android 7.0
Build date: Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Product Code: INS
Proceed at your own risk. We at Droidthunder.com won’t be held liable for any damage happened to your Galaxy A7 by following this guide.
This Official Android 7.0 XXU2BQK2 firmware update must be installed only on Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) with the model number SM-A720F. Flashing this stock ROM on any other device or variant may cause unwanted outcomes or bricked device. So confirm your device model number from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Phone before going ahead.
- It is recommended to charge your device at least up to 60% in order to avoid interruption during the flashing process.
- Backup your data including contacts, apps, messages, call logs, notes etc. as everything gets wiped out in the last step. Use any app from Google Play Store for doing so.
- Install latest Samsung USB drivers on your PC so as to detect your Galaxy A7 SM-A720F when connected via USB cable. You can install the drivers from Samsung Kies CD or just manually install them from link given below.
- (Optional) Temporary disable all the security tools as well as antivirus that are installed on your PC.
Procedure to install Android 7.0 XXU2BQK2 firmware on Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A720F:
Step 1: Download and extract both the files on your PC. After extracting the firmware package (.zip file), you’ll see these files in it:
Step 2: Firstly switch off your Galaxy A7 SM-A720F.
Step 3: Enter your phone into download mode. Refer:
Step 4: Keeping the phone in download mode, connect it to your PC via standard USB cable.
Step 5: After that, launch the downloaded ‘Odin Multi Downloader3-v3.12′ software on your PC.
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 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 drivers. So manually install the USB drivers from the links given in the Pre-Requisites section. If the problem still persists then try changing USB cable or the USB port.
Step 6: 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.
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_A720FXXU2BQK2_CL12059577_QB15562482_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.
Step 8: Similarly click on the CP button and select the CP_A720FXXU2BQJ2_CL593822_QB7847149_SIGNED.tar.md5 file.
Step 9: Then click on the CSC button and select the HOME_CSC_ODD_A720FODD2BQHB_CL12059577_QB14659499_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_A720FXXU2BQK2_CL12059577_QB15562482_REV00_user_low_ship_meta.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.
Step 11: Just initiate the Android Nougat firmware flashing process now. For doing so, hit the Start button present on the Odin window.
Note: As soon as the process begins, your Galaxy A7 will restart automatically. Do not disconnect your phone from PC until the flashing completes.
Step 12: Wait and be patient until the flashing process finishes. When it completes successfully, the ID:COM section located on the Odin window will turn green with the message ‘Pass’ on it. This will confirm that the official Android 7.0 Nougat XXU2BQK2 firmware has been successfully flashed on your Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A720F smartphone. Now you can safely disconnect your device from PC.
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.
That’s all! You have successfully installed the latest Android 7.0 Nougat XXU2BQK2 firmware on Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A720F smartphone. To confirm the same go to Menu->Settings->About Phone. Enjoy and experience the newly added Android Nougat features on your Galaxy A7. Don’t forget to share your views after using it.
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