The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Canada are finally receiving the much awaited Android 5.1.1 update, and while OTA will be out soon — we’re yet to hear anything from carriers — we already have the Android 5.1 firmware available for download for you.
Earlier, Telus has released the 5.1.1 OTA update for its Galaxy S6. And it’s not the only carrier, as Rogers rolled an Android 5.1.1 update too, only to pull it out and halt its distribution for some reason.
The build no. of the Android 5.1 update is G920W8VLU2BOI1 and G925W8VLU2BOI1 respectively btw — ah, we bet the unlucky T-Mobile Galaxy S6/S6 Edge users who received another 5.0.1 update are feeling a little bit more unlucky today.
The updates are meant for Eastlink in Canada but we’re sure the same build no. carrying the Android 5.1 update will be available for other carriers in Canada soon.
If you are game, then know that you are safe to install the firmware for Eastlink on any other Canadian carrier from where you bought your Galaxy S6/S6 Edge, and that includes Bell mobile, Rogers, Virgin Mobile, Koodoo, Videotron, etc. In case it doesn’t work out of the box, you may have to restore your EFS partition for this, so begin only after you ave created backup of EFS and saved it to PC.
The Android 5.1.1 update for T-Mobile Galaxy S6 is long out now, and Canadian users are already left behind for an age now as regards 5.1.1. It’s good to see it finally coming up.
- Android 5.1.1 Update firmware:
- Odin PC software — Link | File: Odin3_v3.10.6.zip (1.6 MB)
- CANADIAN GALAXY S6/S6 EDGE, model no. SM-G920W8/G925W8
- Don’t try this on any other device whose model no. is not as given above!
Disclaimer: Installing an official firmware through Odin doesn’t void your device’s warranty, but it remains an unofficial process and thus you need to be cautious of it. In any case, you only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.
Backup important files stored on your device before proceeding with the steps below, so that in case something goes wrong you’ll have backup of all your important files. Sometimes, Odin installation may delete everything on your device!
Step 1. Download the Odin software and firmware file from above.
Step 2. Install Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge driver (use method 1 there!) first of all. Double click the .exe file of drivers to begin installation. (Not required if you have already done this.)
Step 3. Extract the firmware file now. You can use a free software like 7-zip for this. Install 7-zip, then right click on firmware file and under 7-zip, select ‘Extract here’. You should get the a file in .tar.md5 format now. We will be loading this file into Odin, to be installed on device (in step 9 below)
Step 4. Extract the Odin file. You should get this file, Odin3 v3.10.6.exe (other files could be hidden, hence not visible).
Step 5. Disconnect your Galaxy S6/S6 Edge from PC if it is connected.
Step 6. Boot Galaxy S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge into download mode:
- Power off your Galaxy S6/S6 Edge. Wait 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.
- Press and hold the three buttons Volume down + Power + Home together until you see warning screen.
- Press Volume Up to continue to download mode.
Step 7. Double click on extracted file of Odin, Odin3 v3.10.6.exe, to open the Odin window as shown below. Be careful with Odin, and do just as said to prevent problems.
Step 8. Connect your Galaxy S6/S6 Edge now using USB cable. Odin should recognize your device. It’s a must. When it recognizes, you will see Added!! message appearing in the Log box in bottom left, and the first box under ID:COM will also show a no. and turn its background blue. Look at the pic below.
- You cannot proceed until you get the Added!! message, which confirms that Odin has recognized your device.
- If you don’t get Added!! message, you need to install/re-install drivers again, and use the original cable that came with device. Mostly, drivers are the problem (look at step 2 above).
- You can try different USB ports on your PC too.
Step 9. Load the firmware file into Odin. Click the AP button on Odin and the select the .tar.md5 file from Step 3 above.
- Info: When you load files, Odin checks the md5 of firmware file, which takes time. So, simply wait until that’s done and the firmware file is loaded. Don’t worry if Odin gets unresponsive for a while, it’s normal. Binary size will also show up in Odin.
Step 10. Make sure Re-partition check box is NOT selected, under the Options tab. Don’t use PIT tab either. Go back to Log tab btw, it will show the progress when you hit start button in next step.
Step 11. Click the Start button on Odin now to start flashing the firmware on your Galaxy S6/S6 Edge.Wait till installation is finished, after which your device will reboot automatically. You’ll get PASS message as shown below upon successful installation from Odin.
- If Odin gets stuck at setup connection, then you need to do this all again. Disconnect your device, close Odin, boot device into download mode again, open Odin, and then select the file and flash it again as said above.
- If you get FAIL in the top left box, then also you need to flash the file again as stated just above.
Step 12. First start of the device may take time, so wait patiently again. Check the Settings > About phone to confirm new firmware.
Enjoy your Galaxy S6/S6 Edge on Android 5.1.1 update, here’s hoping performance of the device is improved as well.
Root Android 5.1.1 Update
Well, root is already available thanks to previous leaks of 5.1.1 from one or another Canadian carrier. And thankfully, it should work pretty fine on current 5.1.1 firmware too.
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