Galaxy Grand Neo : Install Android Marshmallow
Galaxy Grand Neo did not receive any official update to latest android version i.e. Android Marshmallow . You can expect some minor bug fixes and performance improvement with this firmware update if your device already running on a Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean firmware.
To install Android Marshmallow on Galaxy Grand Neo, use our detailed tutorial below. Please note, this is ODIN flashable firmware and not CWM recovery flashable. Apart from improving Galaxy existing performance, this firmware is also good option to root GalaxyI9060L or unbrick GalaxyI9060L if brick happen because of software issue. You can always root this firmware using a proper root method that available at XDA Forum.
In this article we will guide you to install Android Marshmallow firmware update in Samsung Galaxy , model number GT-I9060L . You will learn all required instruction on how to update Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo to Android Marshmallow firmware. To install firmware, we will use a tool called ODIN that will help us to flash the Android Marshmallow firmware in Galaxy . However, in this process you may lose all your existing installed apps and personal settings (highly unlikely if your device running on official firmware). Don’t worry! While going through this manual firmware update guide you will learn all required tips that will help you to backup your data as well as other important objects before proceeding to the tutorial on the next page. If this firmware not look to you then you can always roll back to your previous firmware version as well as can restore all your backed up data.
Warning! This tutorial is only for Galaxy Grand Neo GT-I9060L . Don’t try this guide in any other Android device. Check your device’s model number in: Settings » About Phone. Also, we are not responsible for any damage caused due to the instruction given in this page. Try this at your own risk. Although, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.
Backup Galaxy Grand Neo Data & Settings
Although installing official firmware automatically restore your previous tablet data if your device in running on official firmware prior to flashing this firmware, however accident may happen. That’s why We always recommend you to backup your tablet data and setting before following manual firmware installation guide, so that if you lost any data you can recover it easily.
- SMS & Call Log
- Contacts & Settings
- Images, Songs, Videos, Files
- APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names”
- WhatsApp Messenger
Note: You can always backup your device data using Kies but we recommend you to backup data manually, so that if situation demand then you can easily transfer your data to any other manufacturer Android powered device such as HTC One or Xperia Z. If you have custom recovery installed such as TWRP Recovery or CWM Recovery then use its backup feature which is better than any other backup we mentioned already as this backup create an image of whole system.
Download Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo USB Drivers
You need to connect your Galaxy Grand Neo to computer so that Odin can access it. However, it won’t be possible until you have proper driver installed. Technically, after you connect your device to Windows PC for first time, it will download and install the required driver.
Few More Important Tips!
- Make sure your device have at least 60% battery power, otherwise your device may see a hard brick if device turn off during installation.
- Backup your EFS Folder to save IMEI number and other important data.
- Make sure USB Debugging is enabled otherwise you won’t able to transfer file between PC and mobile.
- This installation guide use ODIN utility which work only in Windows OS. If you use Linux OS (such as Ubuntu) or Mac OS then use CrossOver Utility to run ODIN in your OS.
If you follow everything that we mentioned above, you are ready to move into next stage of this guide where we summed up detail instruction on how to flash Marshmallow official firmware update for Galaxy grand neo.
- You will lose installed custom ROM such as CM10, Paranoid Android or AOKP after flashing official firmware. Custom ROM will be replaced by official stock ROM.
- You will lose custom recovery such as ClockworkMod Recovery or TWRP Recovery if you have any. Custom recovery will be replaced by stock recovery. We will soon write on how to install ClockworkMod recovery on Galaxy Grand Neo.
- Your device no longer belongs to rooted device once you install this firmware.
- Though firmware update usually not erase any system data but we advise you to follow our per-requisites mentioned on previous page as precaution.
- Extract downloaded archive only once and not twice. If extracted zip don’t contain any modem, csc or pit file that actually means you don’t require it. The only must have file for a firmware flashing is that file with .tar.md5 extension which should be flashed through PDA section.
- To run ODIN as Administrator you should right click on .exe file then click on ‘Run as administrator’ from context menu. Windows XP or lower don’t require this.
- If you see “MD5 hash value is invalid” in Odin message box then you need to re-download the firmware.
Now you have learned every necessary details that we should know before installing Android Marshmallow firmware on Galaxy Grand Neo. So, without further ado here is the tutorial for you:
Download Firmware: Link
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How to Update Galaxy Grand Neo to Android Marshmallow
- Extract Firmware zip file that you downloaded already from above link, you will get a .tar.md5 file and some other files.
- Extract Odin zip file and you will get Odin3 v3.07.exe along with few other files.
- Power off your tablet. Wait 5-6 seconds for vibration to confirm complete switch off.
- Now, put the Galaxy Grand Neo in Download Mode by pressing and holding down the Volume Down and Home buttons while pressing the Power button. A Warning! screen will come up; press Volume Up button to enter Download Mode. [You may require to press Volume Up to enter into download mode in green Robot screen]
- Now run Odin3 v3.07.exe (see Step 2) as an Administrator because Admin privileges is required to complete the process smoothly.
- Now connect your Galaxy Grand Neo with your PC using USB cable. A message will arrive under Odin’s message box in the bottom left saying “Added!!”. If you don’t get the same then you should try another USB port (try USB port located in back in your desktop PC). If that too don’t work then you should then reinstall the driver. If you successfully see the “Added!!” message in Odin then you are ready to go in next step. You should also see COM port with a number in Yellow if you successfully added your device.
- Select these files in Odin at respective buttons from extracted firmware folder :
- Click the PDA Button, and select the .tar.md5 file here (Required)
- Click the Phone Button, and select file with *modem* in its name (Optional)
- Click the CSC Button, and select file with *csc* in its name (Optional)
- Click the PIT Button, and select the .pit file (Optional)
- In Odin window, make sure Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checkboxes are selected. Also, make sure that Re-Partition checkbox is selected, only if you are using a .pit file (see Step 7.4).
- Double check everything that we mentioned in Step 7 & Step 8 above. Now, once satisfied hit the START button to begin the flashing process.
- Once flashing completed, your tablet will restart and soon you will see a PASS message with green background in the left-most box at the very top of the Odin. You can now unplug the USB cable to disconnect your device from computer.
Congrats! Your Galaxy Grand Neo should now run on Android Marshmallow. Go to Settings > About device to verify this firmware update.
Fix Boot Loop Issue:
If Galaxy Grand Neo is stuck at booting animation after Step 10 then go to recovery mode (press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together) and perform Wipe data/Factory Reset and Wipe Cache Partition task before selecting reboot system now function. In recovery mode use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select the option. Please note, performing wiping task will erase your device internal memory data and not external SD card data.
Let us know how the process go for you in comment below!