Okay let me start by saying that Marshmallow for the Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910H) in South Africa is not really here but it actually REALLY IS and here’s the inside scoop on having it on your phone today and yes it is an official Samsung Upgrade and it WILL NOT VOID YOUR WARRANTY !!!
Samsung has been notoriously BAD at releasing any updates for their so-called previous “Flagship” model of their entire device range. In fact Samsung has not even released a single security update for the current 5.0.1 (Android Lollipop) version despite several serious security warning having been issued by Google over the past year regarding the StageFright exploit on Android devices. It seems that Samsung purely doesn’t give a hoot about security of their users, instead they focus on releasing a new model of phone just about every week. Add to this the fact that mobile carriers around the world, especially here in South Africa are also very slack at allowing new firmware for Samsung phone to be released unless it has first been tested extensively on their network, what does this mean for you the user? It means you have to be stuck with buggy old software on your phone while the powers that be scratch their backsides, get another paycheck and do diddly squat at all about making life better.
Well today, screw them all especially Samsung because you can have you Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910H) running Marshmallow 6.0.1 today and it’s an official Samsung Rom so it will not void your warranty and also does NOT require that you root your device to install the firmware.
This Marshmallow Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910H) firmware is from, OF ALL COUNTRIES, Uzbekistan and it’s for African countries so it actually is the very same firmware South Africa will get once the lazy morons get to doing anything about releasing it, no doubt South Africa will be the last country to ever get it.
Okay so enough rambling on about Samsung.
First, as always, make sure you have a backup of your phone, you can do this using Samsung KIES or if you are like me everything is already backed up to your Google Account. DO NOT WORRY though, installing this firmware does not remove or delete any of your data, it is a proper Samsung firmware upgrade so it UPGRADES and once rebooted all your stuff is there. STILL, things can and do go wrong so make sure everything is backed up. One thing that you can never backup to Google or have automatically backed up is all your calls and SMS messages, I use a great free little program from the Android Play Store called SMS Backup +. It backs all that stuff up to your Gmail account.
Even though I am a Mac user all these steps are for Windows as all the apps and drivers to update the firmware are Windows based. To achieve this I did through VMWare Fusion on my Mac inside a Windows XP Service Pack 3 Virtual Machine and it all worked like a charm. It is easier though if you have direct access to a Windows computer.
PLEASE NOTE: Despite this being a thorough guide, YOU DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK and you agree to not hold us liable for any damage that may come as a result.
THIS GUIDE IS ONLY FOR SOUTH AFRICAN USERS WHO HAVE THE SM-N910H MODEL of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (this will not work on any other model)
Okay so STEP 1:
Download the firmware file from here < CLICK HERE. (The file is 2Gb in size) The web site hosting it requires you to register and you can then download for FREE using the SLOW DOWNLOAD option. It takes some time but it’s free. If you can’t wait you will have to pay them to get a faster download link. I just waited.
Download the Samsung USB Drivers for Windows from here < CLICK HERE.
Download ODIN V 3.11.1 from here < CLICK HERE.
When the firmware has finished downloading you need to extract it from the ZIP file using an archive extractor. I did this on my Mac using The_Unarchiver, a free application from the App Store. You can extract it on Windows using 7-Zip, Winzip or any other Unzip program. The firmware file will have the following name: N910HXXU2DPCD_N910HOXE2DPCD_N910HXXU1DPC1_HOME.tar.md5
Install the Samsung USB Drivers by double clicking on the SAM_USB_Driver_for_Mobile_Phones_v188.8.131.52.exe file
Extract the ODIN software and double click on Odin3_v3.11.1.exe to open the program.
Click the AP button in ODIN and select the N910HXXU2DPCD_N910HOXE2DPCD_N910HXXU1DPC1_HOME.tar-1.md5 file
ODIN will now check the MD5 (hash file) to make sure the firmware and all it’s image file are intact and not corrupted.
Your screen in ODIN will look like this when it’s done checking the file … it takes a minute or 3 so don’t stress the file is 3.5 Gb.
Turn your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910H) Phone OFF.
When the Phone is OFF.
Hold down the VOLUME DOWN + HOME KEYS AND THEN PRESS POWER (all at the same time)
Your phone will now start up in the firmware loading mode. It will give you a warning as below, click VOLUME UP to continue. The phone is now in the firmware recovery mode as can be seen below.
Connect your phone now to your PC using it’s USB cable. The ODIN screen will show a blue box saying COM:5 (for example) and that now means your phone is connected to ODIN and you are almost there.
Click the OPTIONS tab in ODIN and make sure that ONLY Auto-Reboot and F.Reset Time are checked (by default they are the only two checked) DO NOT CLICK ANYTHING ELSE ON.
It’s time to ROCK AND ROLL with marshmallow —- Click the button that says START and DO NOT do anything on your PC or phone while it updates, you could brick your device completely. It’s a good time now to walk away for 5 minutes and get a cup of coffee to have with your marshmallow (I couldn’t resist).
When you see this screen below it means the firmware upload was successful and you will see your phone is already rebooting and saying “Installing Updates”.
That’s it folks, now just wait for Android to start up and to run it’s upgrades etc which doesn’t take long and voila you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910H) running Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 on South African Soil.
Here’s a screen grab of mine taken this morning just after I updated it.