No place left at the Android 7.0 Nougat beta table for your Galaxy S7? Here's how to sideload it


Samsung made the S7 and S7 edge Nougat beta official through the Galaxy Beta Program app the other day, expanding the countries that will dole out the sweet desert from its servers to U.S., U.K., and, shortly, China. 

There are caveats, of course - in the UK, the beta will be available only on "a non-operator locked device or have purchased an open market version," and overall it will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis, so no need to hurry up, the invites might have been taken already. Ditto for the US. Fret not, though, as you can sideload the thing with minimum trouble - no need for root, TWRP, etc. -  following the steps below.

Needless to say, this is still a pre-release version, so there might be more bugs and freezes than usual, but the new Samsung UX version with a lot of features brought over from the Note 7, and a lot more visual polish, seems worth the troubles. Here's what you need to do to get it if you have the G930F model (for some carrier models the Nougat beta will arrive today or over the weekend as you can see in the screenshot on the right):

1. First and most important order of business - go to the "Lock screen and security" settings, and set up a PIN number! You will be asked for one on first reboot after the official Nougat firmware is installed. Go to Settings > Lock screen and security > Secure startup > Require PIN when device powers on;

2. Download and extract Samsung's firmware upgrade Odin software, v3.11.1;

3. Download the Android 7.0 Nougat beta firmware for your Galaxy S7 G930F model;

4. Press and hold Home + Power + Volume Down buttons to enter download mode on your phone;

5. Start Odin on your computer, and connect the phone to it until you get the blue sign in Odin;

6. In Odin, add the respective firmware files in the slots on the right, and make sure the Re-partition box on the left isn't checked;


7. Click start, and wait for the firmware upgrade, then enter the PIN from step 1 upon reboot.

source: henklbr (XDA-Devs)

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8 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

One issue that I faced while flashing the device, is that Odin kept crashing when the process gets to system.img, which meant that I soft bricked my phone. If that happened to you, don't panic, press volume down+power button for 10 seconds, the phone will show an emergency message, stay there, and plug the phone and flash the file again. Don't go back to the download mode, just stay on the emergency screen and flash it. Another thing to consider, the zip file you get might have 4 files, AP, BL, CS, and CSC. If it does, then make sure to rename the AP to .tar instead of the .tar.md5 Good luck

2. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Does this wipe the device during install?

3. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yes it does

4. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

You have to use HOME_CSC from your current firmware if you don't want to wipe your data.

6. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

There was no Home-csc in the zip file I downloaded.

5. canned.acid

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Will I be able to download and install OTA update when Samsung starts seeding the final N update.

7. Faslane

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

So will this work with a G935T (Tmobile) at all? Or JUST the firmware mentioned above. I searched for tmobile and this story came up so just curious. I can flash the U firmware just fine if thatd help too but anyone know? Thank you in advance. (TIA)

8. Faslane

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

So will this work with a G935T (Tmobile) at all? Or JUST the firmware mentioned above. I searched for tmobile and this story came up so just curious. I can flash the U firmware just fine if thatd help too but anyone know? Thank you in advance. (TIA) oh nevermind. I see this is for UK only. They should put this in the title. So,people know right away. Duh

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