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Similar to the original Samsung Galaxy S7 (G930F and G935F) and the AT&T Galaxy S7 G930A variants, the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware update comes to the Galaxy S7 Active SM-G891A as well. The new update comes to us as captured OTA zip file and brings the firmware brings a new build number G891AUCU2BPL4. It brings the latest Samsung Experience 8 UX, Nougat goodies, and a newer security patch level. The OTA can be installed directly via stock recovery or ADB sideload method as well.
The Android 7.0 Nougat firmware has been tested working to the S7 Active device bu many of its users. The update and the installation procedure is similar to that of the S5 Active Marshmallow. So hit the download section below, grab the proper OTA update and upgrade to Android 7.0.
Install official Android 7.0 Nougat OTA on Galaxy S7 Active G891AUCU2BPL4
Although this method has been tested working on most of the Samsung S7 Active devices, you still need to be cautious about it because there are many OTA files listed here. It may factory reset the phone so it is advisable to backup everything on your PC like Contacts, Messages, Applications, pictures, and videos with Smart Switch.
The incremental OTA updates are listed above. In order to install the Nougat OTA update onto Galaxy S7 Active device, you need to check the firmware version currently running on your Samsung device and flash the immediate next OTA update. For instance, if the firmware version is PE7, then flash the v1 update listed below. Then V2,v3,v4,v5,v6. V6 is the Nougat OTA. Flash the OTA files either via stock recovery by choosing apply updates from SD Card or via ADB sideload method. Repeat the following steps for each OTA.
Download Samsung Galaxy S7 Active G891A Nougat OTA update
The incremental OTA updates based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-
v1. SS-G891AUCU1APE7-to-U1APG7-UP (270M) Download (G891AUCU1APE7 -> G891AUCU1APG7)
v2. SS-G891AUCU1APG7-to-S1APH1-UP (60.6M) Download (G891AUCU1APG7 -> G891AUCS1APH1)
v3. SS-G891AUCS1APH1-to-S2API2 (46.5M) Download (G891AUCS1APH1 -> G891AUCS2API2)
v4. SS-G891AUCS2API2-to-U2APK2 (409 M) Download (G891AUCS2API2 -> G891AUCU2APK2)
v5. SS-G891AUCU2APK2-to-S2APL1-UP (44.7M) Download (G891AUCU2APK2 -> G891AUCS2APL1)
The incremental OTA update for Android 7.0 Nougat-
v6. SS-G891AUCS2APL1-to-U2BPL4-UP (1436M) Download (G891AUCS2APL1 -> G891AUCU2BPL4)
Here is the Mirror download link for the same Nougat update G891AUCU2BPL4.
1. Verify your device for compatibility.
2. Make sure you have latest device drivers setup on your PC for a better connection. Get it from the official page of your device manufacturer.
3. TURN OFF the Reactivation Lock – Go to Settings > PERSONAL > Lock screen and security > Find My Mobile and log in your Samsung Account. Then uncheck the Turn Reactivation lock on. This is only needed if you already turned-it-ON, from which you cannot modify the system when it’s turned-ON.
Step 1: Download the firmware or OTA file for your Android device and transfer the file to internal storage.
Step 2: Reboot the S7 Active device to stock recovery. To do so, turn off the phone completely. Now Hold Volume Up + Home + Power until you see a little Android guy.
Step 3: From the recovery, Select Apply update from SD card or External Storage.
Step 4: Select the OTA from storage and install it.
Step 5: Reboot to system.
Step 6: Repeat for each version V1>V2>V3 and so on until you reach the last Nougat update.
That’s it wait for the operation to complete. Alternatively, if the above procedure fails, you can also manually flash it via ADB sideload. Check out the full tutorial from here. Factory reset if stuck in bootloop.
Just in case the above procedure does not work and turns out to be unstable for your device, you can download the recovery firmware flashable via Odin and restore the Galaxy S7 Active device to complete stock Marshmallow. You may want to try the Samfirm tool to download the latest Odin firmware directly from Samsung servers or download Samsung Galaxy S7 Active G891A recovery firmware and see how to restore Samsung device to stock firmware using Odin?