[Official] [A5 2017] [SM-A520F] Nougat Release Download & Guide

How is battery life?

  • Way better

    Votes: 25 19.1%
  • A bit better

    Votes: 25 19.1%
  • Same

    Votes: 48 36.6%
  • Not as good

    Votes: 24 18.3%
  • Awful

    Votes: 9 6.9%

  • Total voters
    131

vinz244

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Hi,

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* I am not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards,
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* do some research if you have any concerns about features included in this ROM
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Finally Samsung has released its first firmware for A5 2017.

Downloads

Here is a list of links to download firmware from mega. I bought a sub at sammboile so I could download fast and reupload as soon as a new download is available. Feel free to PM if there is a new release or you wanna add a new link.

For each download, you have a link, the PDA and CSC identifier, the build date and the first 8 letters of the SHA256 of each zip file.

  • Russia (SER) 7.0 A520FXXU2BQH4/A520FOXE2BQG7 ― Thu, 03 Aug 2017 02:05:15 ― e950e439
  • Cyrpus (CYV) 7.0 A520FXXU2BQH4/A520FVFG2BQH2 ― Thu, 03 Aug 2017 02:05:15 ― 2ca5e873
  • Brazil (ZTO) 7.0 A520FXXU2BQH4/A520FZTO2BQH2 ― Thu, 03 Aug 2017 02:05:15 ― af44dbf6
  • Belgium Proximus (PRO) 7.0 A520FXXU2BQH4/A520FVFG2BQH2 ― Thu, 03 Aug 2017 02:05:15 ― 2ca5e873
  • Italy (ITV) 7.0 A520FXXU2BQH4/A520FVFG2BQH2 ― Thu, 03 Aug 2017 02:05:15 ― f06589a3
  • Poland (XEO) 7.0 A520FXXU2BQH4/A520FOXA2BQG7 ― Thu, 03 Aug 2017 02:05:15 ― f06589a3
  • Germany (DBT) 7.0 A520FXXU2BQH4/A520FOXA2BQG7 ― Thu, 03 Aug 2017 02:05:15 ― f06589a3

Please note that you may flash foreign countries firmware on you phone. The russina version has a few added app and will start with russian language but you may change the locale at the start.

How to flash

Backup any important data. Power off your phone. Download and install USB drivers. Power off your phone into download mode by pressing Volume Down + Home + Power and then Volume Up to confirm.

Run Odin v3.12. Make sure Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time are checked and nothing else



Now you will want to check BL, AP, CP, CSC. For each firmware flash corresponding file:

  • BL : BL_A520FXXU2BQH4_CL11940524_QB14483550_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5
  • AP : AP_A520FXXU2BQH4_CL11940524_QB14483550_REV00_user_low_ship_meta.tar.md5
  • CP : CP_A520FXXU2BQG7_CP7025068_CL11926776_QB14345799_REV00_user_low_ship.tar
  • CSC : you can either flash
    • CSC_OXE_A520FOXE2BQG7_CL11926776_QB14345799_REV00_user_low_ship.tar to wipe all data before the first boot
    • HOME_CSC_OXE_A520FOXE2BQG7_CL11926776_QB14345799_REV00_user_low_ship.tar will keep your data

Make sure everything is configured properly, then press Start. Dont remove the phone until it is finished (PASS! in odin) and rebooted. First boot shouldn't take very long. At first it will be written in russian but you can select another language when configuring the device.



What changed

(except for nougat features)

  • Battery life seems to be reduced by a bit
  • Fingerprint scanner is faster and way more reliable
  • No VoLTE (at least on SER ROM)
  • you tell

How to root

I recommend that you use Magisk since it will not trip SafetyNet checks - but it will trip knox and void your warranty!

Make sure Nougat is working first by booting a first time adn download on your phone Magisk 13.3. Then download TWRP. Reboot your phone to download mode (Power + Vol Down + Home). Run odin, plug your phone to your PC. Make sure F. Reset Time is checked and Auto Reboot is left unchecked. Select TWRP file in the AP section and nothing else, then flash. Once it says Pass!, reboot by pressing Vol Down + Power and as soon as screen turns black, Vol Up + Home + Power. Once in TWRP, go to Install, and then go to the Dopwnloads folder and run the Magisk downloaded zip file. Format data (not just a wipe, the option on the right hand side) and reboot.

FAQ

  • Does it support Dual Messenger ? Russian version looks like it does
  • Will Samsung Pay work? It should unless you flashed TWRP before
  • Does this trips Knox? It shouldn't

Enjoy!
 
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Reeii

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Anyone can confirm if this tripped knox or not? It shouldn't since it's an official Samsung update, but I really need to keep Knox untripped.
Everything should be fine knox-wise.
prnt[dot]sc/g6vfv1
(Can't post links since I'm new)
 
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julioemanoeld

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did you seledct all the file and checked the boxes? cause it says it's done but did nothing
it was a usb driver problem, turned the phone on and reinstalled the drivers then tried againd and it worked, the nougat is awesome. The only thing i'm missing is the flipboard briefing we had on the marshmallow. Does anyone knows how to enable it?
 

vinz244

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it was a usb driver problem, turned the phone on and reinstalled the drivers then tried againd and it worked, the nougat is awesome. The only thing i'm missing is the flipboard briefing we had on the marshmallow. Does anyone knows how to enable it?
Install action launcher and use google now ;)