If you don’t want to wait for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Oreo update to roll out to your device you can manually install the software right now provided you have the right device and a little bit of time.
Samsung’s Android 8.0 Oreo roll out is finally picking up steam. The update’s expanded beyond the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 to mid-range devices like the Galaxy A series and older devices like the Galaxy S7 with more to come.
The Galaxy S7 Android Oreo update is rolling out to two models, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, in select parts of the world. We expect it to hit the Galaxy S7 Active and models in other parts of the world in the weeks ahead.
If you don’t have it in you to wait several weeks, or several months, for your Galaxy S7 Oreo update to roll out, you can manually install the software right now.
The official version of the Galaxy S7 Oreo update has emerged and it comes with the same features you’ll get on board Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Oreo OTA update including the latest security patches.
How to Get the Galaxy S7 Oreo Update Right Now
If you want to install the Android 8.0 Oreo update on your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge right now, you must own an Exynos-powered model.
If you don’t know what Galaxy S7 model you own, you can use an app like CPU-Z to quickly figure out what model and processor you’ve got.
If you’ve got the right processor and you’re running the latest update on your phone, you’ll want to head to XDA-Developers and download the correct file for your device. You can also find the firmware files on SamMobile.
The site also has a step-by-step guide that takes you through the installation process.
If you already know what to do with these files, it should only take you a few minutes to download and manually install the software onto your phone.
If this is your first time manually installing pre-release software, it could take awhile so make sure you carve out some quiet time to get the job done.
Before you make your move, be sure to backup the files on your device to prevent data loss. Data loss is uncommon, but you’ll want to play it safe. You can do this via Samsung Smart Switch or Samsung Cloud.
If you’re on the fence about whether to install the pre-release version of Android Oreo right now, here are a few reasons why you should, or perhaps shouldn’t, make the move.
Who Should Manually Install Oreo Right Now
- Anyone with the correct Galaxy S7 model who doesn’t want to wait for their Oreo OTA. Remember, it could take weeks to reach your device.
- Those who feel comfortable sideloading software.
- If Android Oreo is currently rolling out to your device and your region.
Who Shouldn’t Manually Install Oreo Right Now
- Anyone who feels uncomfortable with part, or all, of XDA’s manual installation instructions. This process can cause problems. Major ones.
- Anyone who isn’t prepared.
The Galaxy S7 Oreo update comes with an assortment of new features, enhancements and fixes from Android Oreo and Samsung’s Experience 9.0 UI.
The Experience 9.0 UI includes improvements to the Samsung Keyboard, a new Color Lens feature, new customization options including colored folders, Dual Messenger support, upgrades to the Home and Quick Panel, and a whole lot more.
Install Android Oreo for Improved Security
If you store sensitive data on your Galaxy S7, and we assume most of you do, you'll probably want to install the Android Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone.
The first wave of Galaxy S7 Oreo updates bring Samsung's batch of April patches. The batch includes security updates from not only Samsung, but Google as well.
We expect the company to release a May security update in the near future and the next wave of updates could have additional updates on board.
If you failed to download a security update from another month, you'll also get those patches when you go to install Android Oreo on your Galaxy S7.
If you're curious about the contents of Samsung's latest security update, you can read more about the changes on Samsung's website.
On top of the latest patches from Samsung and Google, Samsung's Galaxy S7 Oreo update also brings some other important security features to help protect you and your device from harm.
The company's Oreo update delivers security improvements to Samsung Pay, the Galaxy S7's popular mobile payment solution.
The Galaxy S7 Oreo update also comes with enhancements to the handy Find My Mobile solution. The updates to Find My Mobile include the ability to remotely back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud when you lose your phone and the ability to lock up Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.