Update Galaxy A7 SM-A700FD to Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware. Galaxy Alpha was the first step towards the change that Samsung was for looking for. The Alpha sported a metal frame which was one of the essential aspects a potential iPhone competitor would have. Then Samsung launched the new Galaxy Note 4 with the chamfered edges and the metal frame which became famous in no time. Then came the Galaxy A and E series of smartphones. Samsung has finally focused on the design and build for which they were criticized a lot in the past. Galaxy A series from Samsung not only comes with a full metal body construction but a much better looking design with the new TouchWiz user interface. As compared with Galaxy A3 and A5, Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A700FD is the top-end smartphone with a bigger screen, better cameras and with more internal specs. Galaxy A7 is specially designed for those users who prefer to go for large screen devices in the hand. This smartphone could be really good for the Galaxy Note series users.
Galaxy A7 is priced at Rs. 30,499 which is less expensive than the Galaxy Alpha which was priced at Rs. 39,990. The A7 measures 6.3mm which is quite slim especially considering the features it packs. It feels quite good in the hands. There is also a dotted pattern similar to the back of the Galaxy S5. Galaxy A7 comes with Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz processor, 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display with 1080×1920 pixels and 2GB RAM. More of its features include 2600mAh battery power, 13 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front camera. It comes with 16 GB of internal storage space.
Here in this article we’ll show you the detailed procedure on how to flash Android 4.4.4 DDU1AOD1 KitKat firmware on Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A700FD smartphone. This is a Stock firmware and can be flashed the time if you want all your phone settings as they were when you bought it. If are stuck in boot loop or have soft bricked your phone or lost IMEI number then flashing this official KitKat firmware can help you out. Also your phones warranty can be regained back in case if you have rooted it. So if you want to flash the latest KitKat DDU1AOD1 firmware on your Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A700FD smartphone then proceed to our step by step guide given below.
Model name: GALAXY A7
Version: Android 4.4.4
Build date: Fri, 24 April 2015
Product Code: INU
Note that all the custom recoveries like Clockworkmod or TWRP, Custom ROM installed on your phone will get replaced by this official firmware update. This article for flashing the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware on your Galaxy A7 is risky and may brick your phone if done in a wrong way. So attempt every step as it is mentioned below and without any mistake. If any damage happens to your device by following this guide, then neither we nor Samsung Electronics Ltd. will be held responsible for that. However the chances that your device will get damaged or bricked are least but still I highly recommend you to follow all the instructions at your own risk.
This Official Android 4.4.4 DDU1AOD1 firmware update is only for Samsung Galaxy A7 having the model number SM-A700FD. Implementing this on any other phone or variant may result into unwanted outcomes or bricked device. So confirm your device model number with the mentioned one from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Phone.
- Charge the battery of your Galaxy A7 at least up to 60%. This is essential as lack of battery power may increase the risk of interruption during the firmware flashing process.
- Backup all your important phone data and settings including contacts, sms/mms, apn settings, call logs, whatsapp messages, memos etc. on your SD card or on your PC for more safety. Do not skip this step as in the last step of this procedure everything gets wiped.
- Make sure that you’ve enabled the USB debugging mode on your phone. If not, then do so by following the path Menu->Settings->Developer options ->USB debugging.
- Ensure that you have installed mobile specific drivers on your PC so as to detect the phone when you connect it to your PC. You can install them from the Samsung Kies CD which you’ve got at the time of purchase or just manually install them from link given below.
- Disable all the security tools as well as antivirus that is installed on your PC temporarily. They may increase the risk of interruption during the flashing process.
Procedure to install Android 4.4.4 DDU1AOD1firmware on Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A700FD:
Step 1: Download and extract both the above files in a specific folder on your computer.
Step 2: Now you need to boot your Galaxy A7 into downloading mode. For that firstly switch off your phone completely.
Step 3: After it is completely switched off, press and hold the ‘Home Button (middle button) + Volume down key + Power Button’ simultaneously until you see a warning message. Leave all the three keys now.
Step 4: Keeping the phone as it is, connect it to PC using the USB cable. Now just press Volume Up key to continue. This will directly land you into downloading mode. Refer screenshot.
Step 5: On PC, navigate to the downloaded folder & launch ‘Odin Multi Downloader3-v3.10.6′ software which you’ve just received after extraction. As soon as you open 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 SM-A700FD has been successfully connected to the computer. But if this thing doesn’t happen then it’s more likely to be problem with the mobile drivers. So verify whether you’ve properly installed the mobile specific drivers on your PC or not. You can install them manually from the links given in the Pre-Requisites section.
Step 6: You’ll find Auto Reboot and F.Reset options on the Odin window. Tick only these two options and leave all the other options as they are. Do not tick the Re-partition option as this may brick your phone.
Step 7: Now, tick against ‘AP’ button and navigate to the firmware package & select it (The extracted firmware file may look like: A700FDDDU1AOD1_ A700FDODD1AOD1_INU.tar.md5).
Step 8: That’s it! You need to just start the flashing process now. For that press the Start button located on the Odin window. Note that the phone will automatically boot itself as the process goes on. Do not disconnect the USB cable until the process completes.
Step 9: Be patient and wait for the process to complete. As soon as it completes successfully, you’ll see that the ID:COM section on the Odin window is turned green with the message ‘Pass’ below it. This will confirm that you have properly flashed the Official Android 4.4.4 DDU1AOD1 KitKat firmware on your Galaxy A7. Now you can disconnect your phone by safely removing the USB cable.
Note: If the process fails or if Odin gets stuck or in case your device gets boot loops, then close the Odin window again boot your Galaxy A7 into downloading mode and follow the same procedure as given above.
Step 10: After flashing the firmware package, switch off your Galaxy A7 completely. Now boot into stock recovery mode. The same can be done by holding Home button (Middle button) + Volume Up + Power button simultaneously until the recovery mode appears.
Note: In Android stock recovery touch doesn’t work so use Volume up and down keys for navigation and Home button (middle button) for selection.
Step 11: Using Volume keys navigate to the ‘Wipe data/factory reset’ option and ‘Wipe Cache partition’ option & select them to clear all the data and caches from your device phone memory.
Step 12: Return back and restart your Galaxy A7 by selecting ‘reboot system now’ option.
Note: If the process fails or you get any kind of error then just try to implement all the steps with Odin3.07. Use the PDA tab in place of AP in it.
Voila! You have successfully flashed the latest official Android 4.4.4 DDU1AOD1 KitKat firmware on your Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A700FD smartphone. To confirm the same go to Menu->Settings->About Phone. In case if you come across any difficulty or have any issue with the process, just inform me through the comments section. I’ll try to help you out. Till then Enjoy! 🙂