Upgrade Galaxy Tab Active SM-T360/SM-T365 to Official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Update

The official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active SM-T360 8.0 Wi-Fi, and the SM-T365 LTE has just recently released by Samsung. However, the 5.1.1 update are held available in select countries only and might take some time before it reaches to other parts of the world. But to those who might couldn’t wait much longer, and wants to manually upgrade their Galaxy Tab Active WiFi and Galaxy Tab Active LTE to the official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, by means of installing the originally released firmware update itself.  Then you can simply read on our step by step guide.

Download Galaxy Tab Active Official Android 5.1.1 Firmware:

Galaxy Tab Active 8.0 WiFi SM-T360 5.1.1 Firmware:

Europe (Default settings is Polish language with CSC-OXA, and includes many languages) – T360XXU1BOK4-OXA (Download)
United States – T360XXU1BOK4-XAR (Download)

Galaxy Tab Active 8.0 LTE SM-T365 5.1.1 Firmware

Europe (Open Europe with CSC-OXA, includes many languages) – T365XXU1BOK1-T365XXU1BOJ5-OXA (Download)

Odin Flasher – look for Odin3_v3.10 here
USB Driverdrivers are here(only needed if you haven’t installed Kies/Smart Switch for PC)

Important Reminders before Flashing a Stock Firmware

  • Ensure  that your Galaxy Tab Active is fully re-charge.
  • The Stock Firmware packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data after flashing) and the ‘Non-Wipe’ (it doesn’t delete your phone’s stored data) but it is highly recommended to make a back up all important files stored from your phone’s internal memory – contacts, messages, etc. before flashing no-matter if it is Full-wipe or Non-wipe, just to be safe and ensure that your stored data are in safe place just in-case if something might went wrong during the flashing process.
  • Use a Windows OS base computer, with a good and perfectly working USB serial port. This approach will not work on MAC users.
  • Use the supplied USB cable for your Galaxy Tab Active.
  • Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings. Go to Settings > General tab > About Device > look for the build number then tap it for around 7-times until a developer options pops-up. Then hit back Settings > General Tab > Developer option > Enable USB debug.
  • Ensure that KIES is closed and not running in the system tray! Kies and Odin are both created by Samsung but Kies will interrupt and doesn’t like Odin, it will block you from flashing.
  • Install the USB Driver first to get rid of flashing failures. Also need to extract the downloaded file which is packed in zip or rar files, so that you’ll get the tar.md5 file.

Run and Configure Odin.
Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.10 on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the ‘RE-PARTITION’ is unchecked, only the ‘AUTO-REBOOT and ‘F.RESET TIME’ checkboxes are both remained checked.

Reboot your Galaxy Tab Active into Download Mode.
To reboot the Galaxy Tab Active into download mode , you need to turn the power off. After it completely shut off, just press and hold the Volume Down key, Home button and the Power ON/OFF button simultaneously.
You should then prompted into a warning screen and asking you to press volume up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, just simply press volume up to get into download mode. The download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!!”

Connect your Phone to the computer.
Once you already reboot the phone in download mode, simply connect the phone to your PC or laptop USB.
In Odin window – the ID:COM box will turn to blue color and indicates the COM port number and a word “Added” on a log box will prompt you that the device is already detected or recognized by Odin. Your COM port number might be different from mine. If you do not see a COM port number then there’s something missing or wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.

Load the stock Android 5.1.1 firmware package.
The stock ROM is pack in One .tar.md5 file only. Now, you need to just simply click on the AP button, then browse to the folder where the file you have previously extracted and then select and load it.

Begin the installation of the stock firmware
Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the stock ROM.
Do not ever interrupt the phone while already in flashing progress, like disconnecting the cable or turning off the device. Just wait until it completely finish.

Wait until you see the word PASS!!.
When the Stock ROM installation successfully completes, you will then see a word “PASS” in Odin. This indicates that the flashing was already finish, and on the log box it says “All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)”. The phone will just then automatically reboot, then it’s time to remove it from PC or laptop USB connection.

Confirm if you successfully installed the stock firmware.
Confirm your fresh firmware installation by going to Settings > General Tab > About device > Firmware info. Then see if it is on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop build.

Possible errors that you may encountered, this is based on my own experience while flashing stock ROM on Samsung Android devices. These are just a few hints on how to resolved it.

Q: I got an error message that says “Set-up connection Failed” ?
A: 1. Check your USB connection from the phone to PC,
2. Connect to another PC USB port
3. Check and try to another USB cable
4. Re-install the USB driver.
Q: Odin just suddenly stuck in the middle of nowhere while in flashing progress, It isn’t responding at all?
A: Check for possible program that might interrupt the process, like disabling the anti-virus and closing any running programs.
Try to use another PC or laptop,
Q: I experienced bootloop or the phone just stuck on Welcome Logo (phone always stop at bootanimation) and it won’t boot normally?
A: You can fix it via recovery mode option, do this:
Boot in recovery mode
1. Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button.
2. Use volume keys to select, Up and Down and Power or Home key to select the option
3. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the Home button.
4. Next select the Wipe Cache Partition
5. Lastly, select Reboot System Now to reboot your Galaxy Tab Active in Normal mode.

That’s it! Any further questions, just drop it on our comment form below. You may also share to everyone your first impression about this update, including any issues you might have found.