The Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920F international version has gotten its first official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update. The first build of Android Marshmallow firmware came out as build G920FXXU3DPAD. This release build is initially rolled out to the unlocked Galaxy S6 in France at this time being. But for those who couldn’t wait much longer and might want to give it a try right now, you can do so by means of manual installation of the official stock firmware build G920FXXU3DPAD or also called firmware flashing.
In addition, the G920FXXU3DPAD build is an unbranded Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow firmware. In fact, it is an open European build to which possessed the “OXA” CSC code, so it means it is compatible to flash within all unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920F.
Build info of G920FXXU3DPAD Galaxy S6 G920F Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Official Update:
Device: Samsung Galaxy S6
Model number: SM-G920F
Android version: 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Baseband version: G920FXXU3DPAD
Kernel version: 3.10.61-7025264
Build number: MMB29K.G920FXXU3DPAD
Released date: Feb 23 2016
Again, this official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow G920FXXU3DPAD update is now available and can be seen via Over-The-Air (OTA) update and by using Smart Switch for PC, if you residents of France. The stock firmware only for those advanced users that may want to upgrade right now. This method has been also useful for those who might have had a rooted and modified Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920F and might going to miss the update. You can use the manual method instead if the device will no longer receive any official update via OTA update. So it is much better to manually install it or otherwise you device may stuck on outdated firmware build.
FAQ’s About Flashing or Manual Installation of a Firmware
Will this trip KNOX warranty void flag counter to 0×1?
No, this an official and signed firmware from Samsung, so flashing official firmware will not trip KNOX.
My Galaxy S6 SM-G920F is rooted, will I lose root?
If your device was rooted you will lose root right after the installation finished as the device OS will then restored back to the official default settings.
Disclaimer: Use of this method is solely at your own risk! Please proceed with precautions, for we will not take any responsibility if anything happens to your device by using this guide.
- Make sure that your Galaxy S6 SM-G920F battery is fully charge.
- Stock Firmware packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data after flashing) and the ‘Non-Wipe’ (it does not 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 if something went wrong during the flashing process.
- Use a PC or laptop that runs in Windows OS, with a good and perfectly working USB serial port. Odin will not work on MAC OS.
- Use the supplied USB cable for your Galaxy S6 SM-G920F.
- Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings – Go to Settings > About Device > Software info. Then scroll down to the build number and tap that number for around 7-times ’til the Developer option appear.
- TURN OFF the OEM Reactivation Lock – juts tap on Settings > Security > Reactivation Lock and then unchecked the Turn Reactivation lock on.
- 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.
However, the Android 6.0.1 Marsmallow still comes with a protected bootloader that might cause issues when you try to downgrade back to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Downgrading might not be possible at this moment, unless you’ve done a careful research first a look for someone who’ve successfully done it.
Note: This is an unbranded stock firmware released in Cambodia with universal CSC files for Asian countries but will still works for Europe, Middle East, and African countries, as long as the device model is SM-G920F. If you install the unbranded ones it on a branded or carrier locked Galaxy S6 SM-G920F, you’ll lose the default logo and apps of that said network operator. While installing the unbranded ones over a carrier locked or branded devices it will just de-brand it and you’ll lose some important apps on that particular network provider.
Odin3 Flasher Tool:
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 both ‘AUTO-REBOOT’ and ‘F.RESET TIME’ checkboxes must be checked. Only the ‘RE-PARTITION’ remains unchecked.
Reboot your Galaxy S6 SM-G920F into Download Mode
To reboot the Galaxy S6 SM-G920F 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 into your 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 G920FXXU3DPAD 6.0.1 Android Marshmallow Original Firmware
The stock firmware is pack in a single .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 the firmware file like this. “G920FXXU3DPAD_G920FOXA3DPAE_G920FXXU3DPAD_HOME.tar.md5″
Start to Flash the Firmware Package
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 on PASS!!
When the Stock Firmware 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 about time to remove it from PC or laptop USB connection.
Confirm if you successfully installed the stock firmware
Confirm your fresh firmware installed. Go to Settings > About Device > Software info, then look for the baseband version and build number must be on G920FXXU3DPAD and build number MMB29K.G920FXXU3DPAD.
Additional tips: Make sure to update all of your pre-installed apps via Play Store. Noting that your device now runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which causes some lag issues here and there. So it is highly recommended that you should update all of your installed application in the device.
You may only change the default language and input into your own native language. All included languages in G920FXXU3DPAD Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow are as follows:
- Deutsch (Deutschland)
- Deutsch (Osterreich)
- Deutsch (Schweiz)
- English (Australia)
- English (New Zealand)
- English (United Kingdom)
- English (United States)
- English (Philippines)
- Español (Spania)
- Español (Estados Unidos)
- Francais (Belgique)
- Francais (France)
- Nederlands (Belgie)
- Nederlands (Nederland)
- Norsk bokmal
- Portugues (Brasil)
- Portugues (Portugal)
Fixing errors and lag issues
Possible errors that you may encountered, this is based on my own experience while flashing stock firmware on Samsung Android devices. These are just a few hints on how to resolved it.
I got an error message that says “Set-up connection Failed” ?
- Check your USB connection from the phone to PC,
- Connect to another PC USB port
- Check and or try to another USB cable
- Re-install the USB driver.
Odin just suddenly stuck in the middle of nowhere while in flashing progress, it isn’t responding at all?
Check for possible program that might interrupt the process, like disabling the anti-virus and closing any running programs. Also try to use another computer or laptop,
I experienced bootloop or the phone just stuck on Welcome Logo (phone always stop at bootanimation) and it won’t boot normally?
This is eventually happens if your device came from custom firmware but you can fix it via recovery mode option, do this:
How to Reboot the Galaxy S6 SM-G920F in recovery mode?
- Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button.
- Use volume keys to select, Up and Down and Power or Home key to select the option
- Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the Home button.
- Next select the Wipe Cache Partition
- Lastly, select Reboot System Now to reboot your Galaxy S6 SM-G920F in Normal mode.