After a round of Beta releases of the Android Nougat Beta program, Samsung finally released the long-awaited Android 7.0 update for the international single and dual SIM Exynos variants of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge weeks ago.

As you know,  the latest software updates for the carrier-branded models of the Samsung devices are rolled out much later after they are out for the international models. However, if you can’t wait and want to enjoy Android 7.0 Nougat on Galaxy S7 Active (SM-G891A) right now, you don’t need to wait any longer.

Just a week ago, we shared tutorials about updating the Verizon Galaxy S7 and the AT&T Galaxy S7/S7 Edge phones to Android 7.0 Nougat by flashing the firmware file using Odin. Today, we’ll see how we can flash the G891AUCU2BPL4 update zip file via stock recovery. The Android 7.0 firmware can be flashed on any Galaxy S7 Active running Marshmallow.

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Follow steps in the tutorial carefully.  If you have any doubts about the procedure described below, do clear them all before proceeding. You can install the provided firmware on your Galaxy S7 Active regardless of stock or custom firmware. If your S7 Active is network-locked or unlocked, flashing the firmware will not affect the locked/unlocked status after the updates.

Getting Prepared

Before you proceed, here’re a few preparations you need to make so that things go smoothly for you.

  • Backup all your data and apps using Smart Switch as a precaution so that they are safe in case something goes wrong during the firmware installation procedure.
  • Go to Settings> Personal> Lockscreen and security> Find my mobile and turn off Reactivation Lock.
  • Go to Settings> Developer options and enable USB debugging (this is just as a precaution).
  • Make sure that your Galaxy S7 is fully charged.

Download Nougat Firmware for Galaxy S7 Active (SM-G891A)

Since the full Android 7.0 Nougat firmware is available now, you don’t need to download multiple Nougat OTA packages. Just download the G891AUCU2BQB2 or G891AUCS2BRA7 firmware from below and install it using Odin. In case you are new to such things and don’t know how you can install Samsung firmwares, you can use the steps given in this tutorial.

Firmware file: 


      • On that gsmtube site they have six files to download and one is Nougat, and five are Marshmallo. That’s strange. Maybe THIS site has the same thing. Maybe that’s why I reinstalled Marshmallo. Dunno. But those file numbers are way to confusing to me. Why would you download Marshmallo files when you want to install Nougat?

      • Hi Rakesh,

        THANK YOU SO MUCH for this article and providing all the files. I am using my S7 Active in Austria and therefore I do not get any updates. I did not even find anything on XDA about this topic. That is why even my old S6 Active (which is now used by my girlfriend) had a newer software and I thought I was stuck with the old 6.0.1 FW. Thank you again! I would have been lost without your work 🙂

        Wish you all the best and hope you could provide newer updates as well to us!

      • I understand. It’s just interesting since this article is from the 13th and I checked this on my device on the 21st, just 8 days later. I guess I’m out of luck and will just have to wait until the OTA update.

        • Listen Guys. First off, The terms that Rakesh is using are proper, just because you guys don’t understand them doesn’t make them wrong. Second, This procedure is not for regular users, its for techs that understand how to do it, simply put, this is extremely complicated stuff. If you dont understand what your doing on this one, you will brick your phone and void the warranty. Third, Im upgrading an S7 Active right now. Its on the QA1 firmware (just like yours Kenneth) So what I have to do is Downgrade the firmware to PI2 then upgrade it to PK2, Then upgrade it again to PL1, Then upgrade it again to QA7 (Nougat with latest update). Know how I got that knowledge? Ive been reading for the last 3 days, from many different sites and forums. not one guys website or youtube video. The thing to take note of is what firmware you have now, and depending on that, it determines what firmware to flash. But to keep it simple, you’ll probably have to downgrade them to PI2 and do the incremental upgrades like I mentioned. Ive been doing this for years, and Im just giving you all a heads up, dont mess with it. Be patient, Nougat will come to your phone soon enough. And Rakesh…Good Job on the instructions. Not perfect, but I understood them. You might want to add that as your flashing the incremental updates, when it finishes, delete it from the fota folder on your external SD CARD. Oh and Kenneth, this wasnt specifically to you, I just happened to hit reply on your comment, sorry about that. Hope I shed some light on this.

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