It has been a year since Samsung introduced Galaxy A series devices to the market. Samsung is over with updating the high-end devices to Android Marshmallow and has started to push the update to mid-range devices.

Recently, Samsung’s mid-range device from 2015, the Galaxy A8 has started to receive the update to Android Marshmallow. If you own a Galaxy A8 and have been waiting for the update, this guide will help you in updating your device to Marshmallow.

The Galaxy A8 has already received an OTA update in several countries/regions. You may check whether the OTA is available on your device by going into Settings> About Device> Software Update. If the update is available you may download it and install it on your phone. However, if no update is available you may follow the steps given below to update your device to Android Marshmallow.

Prerequisites

Before starting with the procedure to update your device you need to make sure you/your device meet the following requirements:

  • The following guide is for Samsung Galaxy A8 devices only.
  • Make sure your device has at least 60% battery life.
  • You will also require a PC to manually update your device.
  • Your PC should have Samsung USB drivers installed. If your PC doesn’t have them just download them from here and install them on your PC.
  • You will also need Odin, a software used to flash the firmware on Samsung devices. You may download it from here. (Download the latest version and extract the zip file)
  • You may also backup all your apps and other data, in case something goes wrong while updating your device.

Downloads

SM-A800F

India: A800FXXU1BPF5_A800FODD1BPF4_INS.zip

Thailand: A800FXXU1BPG5_A800FOLB1BPG3_THL.zip

SM-A800I

Vietnam: A800IXXU2BPG1_A800IOLB2BPG2_XXV.zip

SM-A800S

Korea SK Telecom: A800SKSU1BPG2_A800SSKC1BPG2_SKC.zip

Note: Also, the linked firmware are stock Samsung firmware without any modifications and installing them wouldn’t void your device’s warranty.

Steps to Follow

Step 1. Download the firmware and extract the Zip to get the firmware file with.tar.md5 extension.

Step 2. Turn off your Galaxy A8 and boot it into the Download Mode. To do so, hold the Volume Down + Home buttons and then press the Power key. Keep the 3 keys pressed for 2-3 seconds. When you see the warning screen with yellow exclamation mark, press the Volume Up key to enter the Download Mode.

Step 3. Now launch the Odin tool as administrator and then connect your phone to the PC using the USB cable provided with your device.

Step 4. When Odin detects your phone, the ID:COM port on Odin will turn blue and you will see “Added!” text in Odin’s log. (as shown below)odin_added

Step 5. Now click the AP button and add the firmware file to it.

Step 6. Click the Options tab on Odin and check Auto-Reboot and F. Reset Time. These options and enabled in Odin by default, so all you need to do it is to make sure that they are checked.

Step 7. You are now all set to go. Just click the Start button on Odin to trigger the firmware installation. It might take a few minutes before the installation completes, so wait patiently. odin-3.10.6-firmware-installation-pass

Step 8. When the firmware installation completes, you’ll see PASS! message on Odin. It indicates a successful installation.

Step 9. Your device will automatically boot to the updated firmware.

Congrats! You have successfully updated your Galaxy A8 to latest Android version available for your device. Enjoy the sweetness of Marshmallow on your phone and let us know how does the update performs on your device.

If you face any lag issues or heating issues after updating your device you may have to factory reset your device. You may follow this tutorial to do so.

Feel to ask any questions you might have regarding installation process by dropping a comment below. We will try to resolve your issues as soon as possible.

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