Galaxy A3 Firmware download: Android 8.0 Oreo now available!

Update [June 18, 2018]: Samsung has released the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy A3. Available for the latest A3 model, SM-A320F, released in the year 2017, the software version of the Android 8.0 update starts with C (4th last character in the software version below) while Android 7.0 started with B.

The first Oreo update for the Galaxy A3 2017 came out as A320FXXU3CRD4 version, which was later succeeded by A320FXXU3CRE5, both of which are available for download below.

Note that both of the Galaxy A3 2015 (SM-A300) and Galaxy A3 2016 (SM-A310) do not have Oreo update available, and probably will never have.

Samsung Galaxy A3 Firmware

Galaxy A3 2017

ModelDateSoftware version | Android versionFree Download Link
SM-A320F31 May 2018A320FXXU3CRE5 | Android 8.0.0
SM-A320F16 Apr 2018A320FXXU3CRD4 | Android 8.0.0
SM-A320F11 May 2018A320FXXU3BRE1 | Android 7.0
SM-A320F09 Feb 2018A320FXXU3BRB1 | Android 7.0
SM-A320F26 Jan 2018A320FXXU3BRA1 | Android 7.0
SM-A320F10 Nov 2017A320FXXU2BQK2 | Android 7.0
SM-A320F22 Sep 2017A320FXXU2BQI4 | Android 7.0
SM-A320F22 Sep 2017A320FXXU2BQI3 | Android 7.0
SM-A320F30 Aug 2017A320FXXU2BQH6 | Android 7.0
SM-A320F26 Aug 2017A320FXXU2BQH4 | Android 7.0
SM-A320F11 Jun 2017A320FXXU2BQG5 | Android 7.0
SM-A320F07 Jun 2017A320FXXU2AQF2 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A320F18 Apr 2017A320FXXU1AQD1 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A320F13 Mar 2017A320FXXU1AQC2 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A320F19 Jan 2017A320FXXU1AQA3 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A320F10 Jan 2017A320FXXU1AQA1 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A320F25 Dec 2016A320FXXU1APLD | Android 6.0.1
SM-A320FL30 May 2018A320FLXXU2CRE3 | Android 8.0.0
SM-A320FL17 Apr 2018A320FLXXU2CRD4 | Android 8.0.0
SM-A320FL05 Oct 2018A320FLXXU2BRB5 | Android 7.0
SM-A320FL11 Jun 2018A320FLXXS2BRAA | Android 7.0
SM-A320FL23 May 2017A320FLXXS1AQE2 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A320Y30 Nov 2017A320YDXU1BQL1 | Android 7.0
SM-A320Y03 Aug 2017A320YDXU1AQH1 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A320Y07 Apr 2017A320YDXU1AQD2 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A320Y18 Jan 2017A320YDXU1AQA5 | Android 6.0.1

Galaxy A3 2016

ModelDateSoftware version | Android versionFree Download Link
SM-A310F08 Dec 2017A310FXXU3CQL2 | Android 7.0
SM-A310F21 Jun 2017A310FXXU3CQF5 | Android 7.0
SM-A310F23 May 2017A310FXXU3CQE6 | Android 7.0
SM-A310F10 May 2017A310FXXU3BQE3 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A310F20 Mar 2017A310FXXU3BQC8 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A310F03 Mar 2017A310FXXU3BQC2 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A310F03 Feb 2017A310FXXU2BQB6 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A310MA310MUBU2CQL5 | Android 7.0
SM-A310M27 Jun 2017A310MUBU2CQF2 | Android 7.0
SM-A310M23 May 2017A310MUBU2CQE6 | Android 7.0
SM-A310M15 Mar 2017A310MUBU2BQC1 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A310M21 Feb 2017A310MUBU2BQB3 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A310M31 Jan 2017A310MUBU2BQA1 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A310M22 Sep 2016A310MUBU2BPI4 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A310M01 Sep 2016A310MUBU2BPI1 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A310M06 Jul 2016A310MUBU2APG1 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A310M10 May 2016A310MUBU2APE2 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A310M27 Apr 2016A310MUBU2APD4 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A310M12 Feb 2016A310MUBU1APB2 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A310N008 Jan 2017A310N0KOU1CQL2 | Android 7.0
SM-A310N015 Feb 2017A310N0KOU1BQB1 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A310N013 Jun 2016A310N0KOU1APF6 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A310YA310YDVU4CRA3 | Android 7.0
SM-A310Y23 May 2017A310YDVU3CQE2 | Android 7.0
SM-A310Y16 Feb 2017A310YDVU2BQB2 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A310Y28 Apr 2016A310YDVU2APD4 | Android 5.1.1

Galaxy A3 2015

ModelDateSoftware version | Android versionFree Download Link
SM-A300F04 Apr 2017A300FXXU1BQD1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F21 Feb 2017A300FXXU1BQB2 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F21 Dec 2016A300FXXU1BPL5 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F17 Oct 2016A300FXXU1BPJ2 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F07 Sep 2016A300FXXU1BPI1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F24 Mar 2017A300FXXS1BQC1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F15 Feb 2017A300FXXS1BQB1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F14 Dec 2016A300FXXS1BPL1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F28 Nov 2016A300FXXS1BPK3 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F15 Sep 2016A300FXXS1BPI1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F22 Aug 2016A300FXXS1BPH5 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F16 Aug 2016A300FXXS1BPH2 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F19 Jul 2016A300FXXS1BPG2 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F24 Mar 2017A300FXCS1BQC2 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F24 Mar 2017A300FXCS1BQC1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F28 Nov 2016A300FXCS1BPK4 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F28 Nov 2016A300FXCS1BPK3 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F15 Sep 2016A300FXCS1BPI2 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F15 Sep 2016A300FXCS1BPI1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F19 Jul 2016A300FXCS1BPG3 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F19 Jul 2016A300FXCS1BPG2 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300F19 Jul 2016A300FXCS1BPG1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300FU18 Apr 2017A300FUXXU1CQD2 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A300FU07 Apr 2017A300FUXXS1CQD5 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A300G29 Jun 2016A300GXXU1BPF1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300G03 Jul 2015A300GXXU1BOG1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300G08 Jun 2015A300GXXU1BOF1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300G13 Dec 2016A300GXXS1BPL1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300G16 Aug 2016A300GXXS1BPH1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300G10 Mar 2015A300GDXU1AOC2 | Android 4.4.4
SM-A300G10 Feb 2015A300GDXU1AOB1 | Android 4.4.4
SM-A300G27 Jan 2015A300GDXU1AOA4 | Android 4.4.4
SM-A300G22 Jan 2015A300GDXU1AOA3 | Android 4.4.4
SM-A300G04 Jan 2015A300GDXU1AOA1 | Android 4.4.4
SM-A300H12 Oct 2016A300HXXU1BPJ3 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300H07 Oct 2016A300HXXU1BPJ2 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300H10 Apr 2017A300HXXS1BQD2 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300H06 Apr 2017A300HXXS1BQD1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300H23 Mar 2017A300HXXS1BQC2 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300H23 Mar 2017A300HXXS1BQC1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300H17 Feb 2017A300HXXS1BQB3 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300H09 Feb 2017A300HXXS1BQB1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300H07 Dec 2016A300HXXS1BPL3 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300H06 Dec 2016A300HXXS1BPL2 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300H01 Dec 2016A300HXXS1BPL1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300H19 Sep 2016A300HXXS1BPI4 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300H16 Sep 2016A300HXXS1BPI3 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300HA300HXXS1BPI1 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A300H16 Aug 2016A300HXXS1BPH3 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300M10 Jan 2017A300MUBU1BQA1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300M16 Feb 2016A300MUBU1BPB2 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300M01 Feb 2016A300MUBU1BPB1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300M15 Feb 2017A300MUBS1BQB5 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300M14 Feb 2017A300MUBS1BQB3 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300M06 Dec 2016A300MUBS1BPL3 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300M25 Aug 2016A300MUBS1BPH7 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300M19 May 2016A300MUBS1BPE3 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300Y07 Apr 2017A300YDVU1CQD1 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A300Y28 Feb 2017A300YDVU1CQC1 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A300Y10 Oct 2016A300YDVU1CPJ1 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A300Y30 Aug 2016A300YDVU1CPH5 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A300Y08 Aug 2016A300YDVU1CPH3 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A300Y14 Jul 2016A300YDVU1BPG1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300Y01 Dec 2015A300YDVU1BOL1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300Y13 Nov 2015A300YDVU1BOK1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300Y31 Oct 2015A300YDVU1BOJ4 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300Y17 Sep 2015A300YDVU1BOI3 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300Y09 Sep 2015A300YDVU1BOI1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300Y28 Aug 2015A300YDVU1BOH5 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300Y23 Jan 2015A300YDVU1AOA7 | Android 4.4.4
SM-A300YZA300YZUJU1BPD1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300YZ02 Oct 2015A300YZUJU1AOJ2 | Android 4.4.4
SM-A300YZ05 Mar 2015A300YZUJU1AOC1 | Android 4.4.4
SM-A300YZ13 Feb 2015A300YZUJU1AOB1 | Android 4.4.4
SM-A300YZ21 Jan 2015A300YZUJU1AOA5 | Android 4.4.4
SM-A300YZ03 Feb 2017A300YZUJS1BQB1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300YZ01 Dec 2016A300YZUJS1BPL1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300YZ17 Aug 2016A300YZUJS1BPH1 | Android 5.0.2
SM-A300YZ24 May 2016A300YZUJS1BPE1 | Android 5.0.2

How to download the correct firmware file

This is an important part!

Be sure to check and find the correct model no. of your Galaxy A3. Then, based on your device’s model no., look for the appropriate firmware build from above.

You can identify the model no. using an app called Droid Info, or simply check it on its packaging box, or under Settings > About. Another solid trick would be to look at the packaging box of your device (in case you can’t power on the device because it is bricked).

Now that you know the model no., download the latest firmware from above for that model no. exactly.

Next, install the firmware on your Galaxy A3 by following the guide linked right below.

How to install a firmware

First, read our disclaimer, then take backup and then follow the guide below to install the firmware.

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, backup, backup! Create an appropriate backup of contacts, pictures, videos, songs and other important files stored on your device before proceeding with the steps below, so that in case something goes wrong you’ll have a backup of all your important files. Sometimes, firmware installation may delete everything on your device! Like, when you change the CSC of your device, knowingly or not.

Step-by-step Firmware Installation Guide

Let’s see how to install the firmware on your Galaxy A3. Make sure you have more than 30% battery on your device.

Step 1. Make sure you have downloaded the correct firmware file on your PC. See above for how to download correct firmware file for your Galaxy A3 and download links.

Step 2. Install Samsung USB driver (method 1 on the linked page) first of all. Double-click the .exe file of drivers to begin the installation. (Not required if you have already done this.)

Step 3. Also, download Odin PC software (latest version).

Step 4. 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 a file in .tar.md5 format now. (You may get 4 or more files, with AP, BL, CP or CSC etc. written at the beginning of those files.) We will be loading this file into Odin, to be installed on the device (in step 10 below).

Step 5. Extract the Odin file. You should get the Odin exe file (other files could be hidden, hence not visible).

Step 6. Disconnect your Galaxy A3 from PC if it is connected.

Step 7. Boot into download mode:

  • Power off your device. Wait for 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.
  • Press and hold the three buttons Volume down + Home + Power together until you see the Warning screen.
  • Press Volume Up to continue to download mode.

Step 8. Double click on Odin .exe file (from step 5) to open the Odin window as shown below. Be careful with Odin, and do just as said to prevent problems.

Step 9. Connect your device now using the 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 the 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 the device. Mostly, drivers are the problem (look at step 2 above).
  • You can try different USB ports on your PC too.

Step 10. Load the firmware file into Odin. Click the AP button on Odin and the select the .tar.md5 file from above.

Load the firmware files(s) on your device. This depends on how many files you got in step 4 above upon extracting the firmware .zip file.

Case 1: If you got a single .tar/.tar.md5 file, then load this into AP tab of your Odin software. Then go to next step.

To load the file, click on AP tab, select the single firmware file starting with AP text, wait for it to load, and then skip to step 11, ignoring the rest of the part of this step.

Case 2: If you got more than one .tar/.tar.md5 file, then you must be having files starting with AP, CSC, Home_CSC, BL, CP, etc. stuff. In this case, choose the files as follows. Select the firmware files as follows.

  • Click on BL tab, and select the file beginning with BL text.
  • Click on AP tab, and select the file beginning with AP text.
  • Click on CP tab, and select the file beginning with CP text.
  • [Different] Click on CSC tab, and select the file beginning with HOME_CSC text. If HOME_CSC file isn’t available, then select the file beginning with CSC text.

About CSC file: Using the HOME_CSC file won’t reset your device, and data on the phone shouldn’t be deleted. However, when we select regular CSC file, and it results in CSC on the device being different than that in CSC file, your phone will be formatted automatically. You can even choose to ignore loading the CSC file, that may do alright too. But if it doesn’t work out, repeat the whole process and select CSC file this time around.

  • 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 11. Click on Options tab, and make sure Re-partition checkbox is NOT selected. Don’t use PIT tab, ever.

Go back to Log tab now, as it will show the progress of firmware installation when you hit the start button in next step.

Step 12. Verify that everything is okay as mentioned above. When satisfied, click the Start button on Odin now to start flashing the firmware on your device.

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.

Some errors you may run into, and with respective solution.

  • 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.

That’s it. Let device restart automatically.

The first start of the device may take time, so wait patiently again. When it has, verify the installation. Check the Settings > About device, to confirm new build no. based on the firmware you just installed.

Need help? Be sure to let us know via comments below.

Firmware Benefits

You can use the firmware for a variety of purposes, which includes:

  • Fix your Galaxy A3 if it’s giving you force closes errors and restarts randomly.
  • Unbrick your Galaxy A3 if it’s bootlooping and stuck at logo when restarting.
  • Go Back to Stock on your Galaxy A3 — helps when looking to sell the device, or fix installing OTA updates if broken.
  • Restore Galaxy A3 to factory state.
  • Upgrade your Galaxy A3 to newer Android version.
  • Downgrade your Galaxy A3 to lower build no. at same Android version.
  • Unroot your Galaxy A3.
  • Remove custom recovery like TWRP and CWM, if installed, on your Galaxy A3.

To perform any of the above, simply install the firmware meant for your device, as per its Galaxy A3 firmware in Settings > About device.