How To Guide [How To] Update Sharp Aquos R6 Outside Japan - Docomo Version - Without Factory Reset

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otonieru

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It's been said that Docomo phone are easier to update, only Japan VPN needed. But in reality it's not that simple. Even after using VPN, most of the time you wont be able to find OTA update through system update. Sure factory reset can help you to get update, but keep resetting phone for each update is unproductive and bothersome.

And nobody bother to actually write down the detail instruction on how to update Docomo phone (in this case is Aquos R6)

So here you go, the needed steps to update without factory reset your phone.

1. Download Proton VPN, it's Japan server is fast and free
2. Take out SIM card from the phone (it will automatically restarted by doing so)
3. Connect to fast WiFi
4. Open Proton VPN and connect to Japan server
5. Turn off WiFi but don't kill/close your VPN app
6. Go to Setting, type in search field : "Google Services Framework" , tap it, choose Storage, and do Clear All Data & Clear Cache
7. Now search again, for "Google Play Services" , and choose storage again, tap on Manage Space and choose "Clear All Data"
8. Go to System Setting again and change your region to Japan,
9. Now connect back to WiFi
10. Check Proton VPN status on notification, make sure it's back connected to Japan Server
11. Now go to System Update in setting and tap "Check for update"
12. That's it, you will be able to get the OTA update and installing it now.
 

chientrq

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Thank you for your help. I have succeeded to update to Android 12 for my R6. One thing here, I cannot find where yo change current region to Japan, however, it still works on system update.
 

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It's been said that Docomo phone are easier to update, only Japan VPN needed. But in reality it's not that simple. Even after using VPN, most of the time you wont be able to find OTA update through system update. Sure factory reset can help you to get update, but keep resetting phone for each update is unproductive and bothersome.

And nobody bother to actually write down the detail instruction on how to update Docomo phone (in this case is Aquos R6)

So here you go, the needed steps to update without factory reset your phone.

1. Download Proton VPN, it's Japan server is fast and free
2. Take out SIM card from the phone (it will automatically restarted by doing so)
3. Connect to fast WiFi
4. Open Proton VPN and connect to Japan server
5. Turn off WiFi but don't kill/close your VPN app
6. Go to Setting, type in search field : "Google Services Framework" , tap it, choose Storage, and do Clear All Data & Clear Cache
7. Now search again, for "Google Play Services" , and choose storage again, tap on Manage Space and choose "Clear All Data"
8. Go to System Setting again and change your region to Japan,
9. Now connect back to WiFi
10. Check Proton VPN status on notification, make sure it's back connected to Japan Server
11. Now go to System Update in setting and tap "Check for update"
12. That's it, you will be able to get the OTA update and installing it now.

Thank you so much. This procedure also worked on R6 Softbank version. It's interesting that after the update to android 12 my R6 drains less battery than before... 🤔
 
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koala2875

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hello mate
i have been using docomo fujitsu F52A, followed your guide and upgraded from oldest buil number of android 10 to newest build number of android 11, but after that i could not upgrade to android 12 by the same process, always get ''newest firmware'' on phone though android 12 has existed on Docomo website, any advices ? thanks
 
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TheTito

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I found this after ONE YEAR looking for a solution.

I'm stuck on old version but I'm using a Huawei P30 Pro, locked to DOCOMO and can't upgrade.

I've tried following steps but, stuck on finding " Google Services Framework" , it just doesn't appear there .

Current version is Android Emui 9.1

Please, can somebody help me out? It's been driving me nuts.
 

otonieru

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I found this after ONE YEAR looking for a solution.

I'm stuck on old version but I'm using a Huawei P30 Pro, locked to DOCOMO and can't upgrade.

I've tried following steps but, stuck on finding " Google Services Framework" , it just doesn't appear there .

Current version is Android Emui 9.1

Please, can somebody help me out? It's been driving me nuts.
Huawei might be entirely different story mate, is the update itself listed on Docomo site ?
 

otonieru

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hello mate
i have been using docomo fujitsu F52A, followed your guide and upgraded from oldest buil number of android 10 to newest build number of android 11, but after that i could not upgrade to android 12 by the same process, always get ''newest firmware'' on phone though android 12 has existed on Docomo website, any advices ? thanks
Sometimes you just need to try again,

latest update not always appear right away in my case as well. Sometimes the clearing data sequences also matter.

If it doesnt appear, just reboot first and start the step from beginning again.
 

TheTito

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I can't find it but I do get a notification on phone (DOCOMO UPDATER) saying there is an update but whenever I try to update it says I need to connect to DOCOMO network. Even with VPN opened.
 

DaveG28

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Hi all, close to ordering an R7 but nervous at the outlay if I then have issues updating, so a couple of quick questions:

1. Should the above work for softbank too?

2. If I have to factory reset, how do I use a vpn service without adding a Google account?

3. I can get a prepaid softbank sim but in theory it doesn't work abroad... However will it still work for these purposes, of the phone seeing its a softbank and updating?

It likely won't he my daily phone but one to use when on trips taking photos, so it's not the end of the world if I have to factory reset to do updates.
 

JonMakM

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It's been said that Docomo phone are easier to update, only Japan VPN needed. But in reality it's not that simple. Even after using VPN, most of the time you wont be able to find OTA update through system update. Sure factory reset can help you to get update, but keep resetting phone for each update is unproductive and bothersome.

And nobody bother to actually write down the detail instruction on how to update Docomo phone (in this case is Aquos R6)

So here you go, the needed steps to update without factory reset your phone.

1. Download Proton VPN, it's Japan server is fast and free
2. Take out SIM card from the phone (it will automatically restarted by doing so)
3. Connect to fast WiFi
4. Open Proton VPN and connect to Japan server
5. Turn off WiFi but don't kill/close your VPN app
6. Go to Setting, type in search field : "Google Services Framework" , tap it, choose Storage, and do Clear All Data & Clear Cache
7. Now search again, for "Google Play Services" , and choose storage again, tap on Manage Space and choose "Clear All Data"
8. Go to System Setting again and change your region to Japan,
9. Now connect back to WiFi
10. Check Proton VPN status on notification, make sure it's back connected to Japan Server
11. Now go to System Update in setting and tap "Check for update"
12. That's it, you will be able to get the OTA update and installing it now.
failed to update Docomo F-04K
 

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It's been said that Docomo phone are easier to update, only Japan VPN needed. But in reality it's not that simple. Even after using VPN, most of the time you wont be able to find OTA update through system update. Sure factory reset can help you to get update, but keep resetting phone for each update is unproductive and bothersome.

And nobody bother to actually write down the detail instruction on how to update Docomo phone (in this case is Aquos R6)

So here you go, the needed steps to update without factory reset your phone.

1. Download Proton VPN, it's Japan server is fast and free
2. Take out SIM card from the phone (it will automatically restarted by doing so)
3. Connect to fast WiFi
4. Open Proton VPN and connect to Japan server
5. Turn off WiFi but don't kill/close your VPN app
6. Go to Setting, type in search field : "Google Services Framework" , tap it, choose Storage, and do Clear All Data & Clear Cache
7. Now search again, for "Google Play Services" , and choose storage again, tap on Manage Space and choose "Clear All Data"
8. Go to System Setting again and change your region to Japan,
9. Now connect back to WiFi
10. Check Proton VPN status on notification, make sure it's back connected to Japan Server
11. Now go to System Update in setting and tap "Check for update"
12. That's it, you will be able to get the OTA update and installing it now.
Just updated my Softbank Aquos R3 without having to fully reset it from S2006 to S2007. (Previously did a full reset.)

Then updated a friend's Softbank Aquos R2: S1008 > S1009 > S1010 > S1011 > S1012 > S1013 > S2002 [Upgrade] > S2003 > S2004 > S2005.
 
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It's been said that Docomo phone are easier to update, only Japan VPN needed. But in reality it's not that simple. Even after using VPN, most of the time you wont be able to find OTA update through system update. Sure factory reset can help you to get update, but keep resetting phone for each update is unproductive and bothersome.

And nobody bother to actually write down the detail instruction on how to update Docomo phone (in this case is Aquos R6)

So here you go, the needed steps to update without factory reset your phone.

1. Download Proton VPN, it's Japan server is fast and free
2. Take out SIM card from the phone (it will automatically restarted by doing so)
3. Connect to fast WiFi
4. Open Proton VPN and connect to Japan server
5. Turn off WiFi but don't kill/close your VPN app
6. Go to Setting, type in search field : "Google Services Framework" , tap it, choose Storage, and do Clear All Data & Clear Cache
7. Now search again, for "Google Play Services" , and choose storage again, tap on Manage Space and choose "Clear All Data"
8. Go to System Setting again and change your region to Japan,
9. Now connect back to WiFi
10. Check Proton VPN status on notification, make sure it's back connected to Japan Server
11. Now go to System Update in setting and tap "Check for update"
12. That's it, you will be able to get the OTA update and installing it now.
Thanks for this. You weren't kidding about following all of these steps. Also, apparently my R6 wanted security updates (2) to a11 before updating to a12.
 
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DaveG28

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Hi all, struggling with a step on this and can't get any updates - how do I set region to Japan?
 

kavindra756

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I found this after ONE YEAR looking for a solution.

I'm stuck on old version but I'm using a Huawei P30 Pro, locked to DOCOMO and can't upgrade.

I've tried following steps but, stuck on finding " Google Services Framework" , it just doesn't appear there .

Current version is Android Emui 9.1

Please, can somebody help me out? It's been driving me nuts.
bro when looking for it in apps click on the three dots then select show system processes then it ll show google services framework.
i got the L0J so after replying u i m also going to try to update by this method
 

TheTito

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bro when looking for it in apps click on the three dots then select show system processes then it ll show google services framework.
i got the L0J so after replying u i m also going to try to update by this method
OMG there it is... Thank you bro, I'll try it soon.

Let me know how'd it go ... Hope I can get this to work
 

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    It's been said that Docomo phone are easier to update, only Japan VPN needed. But in reality it's not that simple. Even after using VPN, most of the time you wont be able to find OTA update through system update. Sure factory reset can help you to get update, but keep resetting phone for each update is unproductive and bothersome.

    And nobody bother to actually write down the detail instruction on how to update Docomo phone (in this case is Aquos R6)

    So here you go, the needed steps to update without factory reset your phone.

    1. Download Proton VPN, it's Japan server is fast and free
    2. Take out SIM card from the phone (it will automatically restarted by doing so)
    3. Connect to fast WiFi
    4. Open Proton VPN and connect to Japan server
    5. Turn off WiFi but don't kill/close your VPN app
    6. Go to Setting, type in search field : "Google Services Framework" , tap it, choose Storage, and do Clear All Data & Clear Cache
    7. Now search again, for "Google Play Services" , and choose storage again, tap on Manage Space and choose "Clear All Data"
    8. Go to System Setting again and change your region to Japan,
    9. Now connect back to WiFi
    10. Check Proton VPN status on notification, make sure it's back connected to Japan Server
    11. Now go to System Update in setting and tap "Check for update"
    12. That's it, you will be able to get the OTA update and installing it now.
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    It's been said that Docomo phone are easier to update, only Japan VPN needed. But in reality it's not that simple. Even after using VPN, most of the time you wont be able to find OTA update through system update. Sure factory reset can help you to get update, but keep resetting phone for each update is unproductive and bothersome.

    And nobody bother to actually write down the detail instruction on how to update Docomo phone (in this case is Aquos R6)

    So here you go, the needed steps to update without factory reset your phone.

    1. Download Proton VPN, it's Japan server is fast and free
    2. Take out SIM card from the phone (it will automatically restarted by doing so)
    3. Connect to fast WiFi
    4. Open Proton VPN and connect to Japan server
    5. Turn off WiFi but don't kill/close your VPN app
    6. Go to Setting, type in search field : "Google Services Framework" , tap it, choose Storage, and do Clear All Data & Clear Cache
    7. Now search again, for "Google Play Services" , and choose storage again, tap on Manage Space and choose "Clear All Data"
    8. Go to System Setting again and change your region to Japan,
    9. Now connect back to WiFi
    10. Check Proton VPN status on notification, make sure it's back connected to Japan Server
    11. Now go to System Update in setting and tap "Check for update"
    12. That's it, you will be able to get the OTA update and installing it now.

    Thank you so much. This procedure also worked on R6 Softbank version. It's interesting that after the update to android 12 my R6 drains less battery than before... 🤔
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    It's been said that Docomo phone are easier to update, only Japan VPN needed. But in reality it's not that simple. Even after using VPN, most of the time you wont be able to find OTA update through system update. Sure factory reset can help you to get update, but keep resetting phone for each update is unproductive and bothersome.

    And nobody bother to actually write down the detail instruction on how to update Docomo phone (in this case is Aquos R6)

    So here you go, the needed steps to update without factory reset your phone.

    1. Download Proton VPN, it's Japan server is fast and free
    2. Take out SIM card from the phone (it will automatically restarted by doing so)
    3. Connect to fast WiFi
    4. Open Proton VPN and connect to Japan server
    5. Turn off WiFi but don't kill/close your VPN app
    6. Go to Setting, type in search field : "Google Services Framework" , tap it, choose Storage, and do Clear All Data & Clear Cache
    7. Now search again, for "Google Play Services" , and choose storage again, tap on Manage Space and choose "Clear All Data"
    8. Go to System Setting again and change your region to Japan,
    9. Now connect back to WiFi
    10. Check Proton VPN status on notification, make sure it's back connected to Japan Server
    11. Now go to System Update in setting and tap "Check for update"
    12. That's it, you will be able to get the OTA update and installing it now.
    Just updated my Softbank Aquos R3 without having to fully reset it from S2006 to S2007. (Previously did a full reset.)

    Then updated a friend's Softbank Aquos R2: S1008 > S1009 > S1010 > S1011 > S1012 > S1013 > S2002 [Upgrade] > S2003 > S2004 > S2005.
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    It's been said that Docomo phone are easier to update, only Japan VPN needed. But in reality it's not that simple. Even after using VPN, most of the time you wont be able to find OTA update through system update. Sure factory reset can help you to get update, but keep resetting phone for each update is unproductive and bothersome.

    And nobody bother to actually write down the detail instruction on how to update Docomo phone (in this case is Aquos R6)

    So here you go, the needed steps to update without factory reset your phone.

    1. Download Proton VPN, it's Japan server is fast and free
    2. Take out SIM card from the phone (it will automatically restarted by doing so)
    3. Connect to fast WiFi
    4. Open Proton VPN and connect to Japan server
    5. Turn off WiFi but don't kill/close your VPN app
    6. Go to Setting, type in search field : "Google Services Framework" , tap it, choose Storage, and do Clear All Data & Clear Cache
    7. Now search again, for "Google Play Services" , and choose storage again, tap on Manage Space and choose "Clear All Data"
    8. Go to System Setting again and change your region to Japan,
    9. Now connect back to WiFi
    10. Check Proton VPN status on notification, make sure it's back connected to Japan Server
    11. Now go to System Update in setting and tap "Check for update"
    12. That's it, you will be able to get the OTA update and installing it now.
    Thanks for this. You weren't kidding about following all of these steps. Also, apparently my R6 wanted security updates (2) to a11 before updating to a12.