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Install Android 8.0 Oreo on Galaxy Core 2 SM-G355H

Install Android 8.0 Oreo ROM on Samsung Galaxy Core 2 SM-G355H. In this easy steps guide, we will manually update Samsung galaxy Core 2 Duos smartphone to latest custom ROM. Note that this is not an official Galaxy Core 2 Stock ROM from Samsung. It is an unofficial custom firmware build by third party developer. For our last tutorial on how to install Android 7.0 Nougat on Samsung Galaxy Core 2, we have received amazing response. And that is why, we have developed this upgraded Android version 8.0 Oreo especially for Samsung Galaxy Core 2 SM-G355H smartphone.

This ROM comes with various new Android Oreo features. Some of which includes new Google home with furnished launcher, customized user interface, customizable size of the lockscreen pattern, QR code scanner in Camera app. Besides, there is also a new power saver added to restrict mobile performance and background activities. On the other hand, this ROM includes new touchscreen gesture feature which can perform various functions.

Android 8.0 Oreo ROM on Samsung Galaxy Core 2 SM-G355H

Unfortunately Galaxy Core 2 will never get official update from Samsung. The last update this mobile received was Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS. But after that, Samsung stopped proving further firmware updates. This might be due to the hardware incompatibility of this device. But don’t worry guys, as long as there are third party developers, you’ll always receive newly launched updates for your Galaxy Core 2. By installing this Lineage OS Android Oreo custom ROM on your Samsung galaxy Core, you can enjoy and experience all those Oreo features. This nightly build ROM is completely stable and fast with no lag. If you come across any bug, then don’t worry as all those issues will be cleared up in the upcoming nightly build updates. Let’s proceed to the easy step by step procedure on how to update Samsung Galaxy Core 2 to Lineage OS Android 8.0 Oreo based custom ROM.

Disclaimer:

Implement all the steps at your own risk. If your Samsung galaxy Core 2 gets bricked by following this guide, then we at Droid Thunder will not be held responsible. It is strongly recommended that you perform the steps as mentioned below without doing anything by your own.

Compatibility:

Install this Android 8.0 Oreo ROM only on Samsung Galaxy Core 2 having model number SM-G355H. Flashing this software update on any other device may result into unwanted outcomes. So verify your mobile before moving ahead.

Screenshots:

Android 8.0 Oreo ROM on Samsung Galaxy Core 2 SM-G355H screenshot 1
Android 8.0 Oreo ROM on Samsung Galaxy Core 2 SM-G355H screenshot 2

Pre-Requisites:

  • Charge your mobile at least up to 60% to avoid any interruption.
  • Backup all your phone data including contacts, apps, messages, call logs, memos etc. This is necessary as everything gets wiped out in this flashing process.
  • Also backup EFS folder present in your system directory. This sensitive folder contains all your phones specific information such as the IMEI, wireless devices MAC addresses, product code etc. If by mistake it gets wiped, then your phone will no longer be recognized by carrier. Refer our article to backup EFS/IMEI data:
  1. How to backup and restore EFS/IMEI on Android Phones.
  • Install latest Samsung USB drivers on your PC.
  1. Download latest Samsung USB Drivers.
  • Ensure that your Samsung Galaxy Core 2 is Rooted.
  • Also a custom recovery like Clockworkmod or TWRP must be installed for flashing this ROM.
  1. How to Root and install CWM recovery on Galaxy Core 2.
  • Enable USB debugging mode on your phone.
  1. How to enable USB debugging on any Android phone.

Let’s proceed to our actual tutorial on how to install Android 8.0 Oreo ROM on Galaxy Core 2 smartphone.

How to install Android 8.0 Oreo on Samsung Galaxy Core 2:

Downloads:

Download GApps for Android 8.0 Oreo.

Download Android 8.0 Oreo ROM.

Procedure:

Step 1: Download both the package files (.zip) on your phone.

Note: Do not extract these zip files.

Step 2: Power off your Galaxy Core 2.

Step 3: Boot your device into custom recovery mode. For that, press & hold Volume up + Home button (middle button) + Power button simultaneously till your phone enters custom recovery mode.

Android 8.0 Oreo ROM on Samsung Galaxy Core 2 SM-G355H enter recovery mode

Note: If you are facing issues to boot into recovery mode, use Quick Reboot app from Google play Store.

As soon as you enter CWM recovery, take a complete backup of your current firmware. This backup is called as Nandroid backup and is the backup of your phones entire operating system. This always helps during failure of flashing process.

Refer our tutorial for taking Nandroid backup:

  1. How to take Nandroid Backup of any Android Phone.

Step 4: After taking backup, navigate to the ‘wipe data/factory reset’ option using volume keys. Then select it using Home button. On the next screen press Yes option to initiate the wiping process. Similarly do for ‘wipe cache partition’.

Android 8.0 Oreo ROM Galaxy Core 2 G355H wipe data/cache screenshot

Note: This step will wipe entire data from your phones internal memory. So ensure that a complete backup is taken before implementing this step.

Step 5: From the main menu of recovery, select Advanced option. On the next screen select Reboot Recovery option.

Android 8.0 Oreo ROM Samsung Galaxy Core 2 G355H Reboot Recovery screenshot

This will restart your phone into CWM recovery.

Step 6: Let’s install the Android Oreo ROM now. For doing so, select ‘install zip from SD card’ option. Then on the next screen select ‘choose zip from SD card’ option. This will show you the files and folders located on your device. So just select the downloaded Android Oreo ROM zip file.On the next page select ‘Yes’ option to begin the flashing process.

Android 8.0 Oreo ROM Samsung Galaxy Core 2 G355H install zip screenshot

The installation will hardly take few minutes to complete.

Step 7: Similarly install Google Apps file (containing Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail etc.) in the same way as you installed the ROM.

Step 8: That’s it. Just restart your mobile by selecting ‘reboot system now’ option. Remember that the first boot will take more time to start than usual. But it will be normal after a couple of boots.

Android 8.0 Oreo ROM Samsung Galaxy Core 2 G355H reboot system now screenshot

Note: If your mobile get stuck into bootloop, again go into recovery mode, then wipe data and cache partitions. If the problem still persist, install this official Samsung firmware:

  1. Update Galaxy Core 2 SM-G355H to official Android stock firmware.

Finally! The latest Android 8.0 Oreo ROM is successfully flashed on your Samsung Galaxy Core 2 SM-G355H smartphone. To confirm the same, navigate to Menu->Settings->About Phone. Do let us know how it is working for you. For any difficulty related to this guide, kindly contact us using the comments section given below.

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Abhijeet Bharekar

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