Better late than never, the Marshmallow update is coming soon to your Note 5! If it hasn’t fallen into your lap already, you are probably wondering how you can enjoy some of the sweetness. Don’t worry, because we show you every possible method there is for you to get the update. It has already been released in a handful of countries including Cambodia, South Korea, and India, but now it’s making its way over to the US.
If your provider is Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T, check to see if you already have access. You will mostly like find Method 1 to be extremely useful; unless your phone is rooted. In that case, you will probably need to go with Method 3. If you are with T-Mobile, your update could arrive any day now. And most likely, the rest of the US carriers will follow suit as well.
The only method we haven’t yet mentioned is Smart Switch, but this software can accomplish the update for you and so much more. The steps are detailed in Method 2 for the update, but be sure to look at Smart Switch’s other features that you will find useful, such as data transfer from one device to another, data backup, synchronization, etc. If you were previously a fan of Samsung Kies, Smart Switch is the new and improved version.
Method 1: Update Over-the-Air
Most users should be able to utilize this method. Method 3 is a good alternate solution for rooted phones.
- Ensure that you have a stable Wi-Fi or data connection.
- If your Wi-Fi connection is unreliable, it might be best to use Methods 2 or 3 instead. They contain ways to update Samsung Galaxy Note 5 without Wi-Fi.
- Sometimes whispering “Be strong” to your Wi-Fi just doesn’t do it. Check out the link below for help.
- Fully charge your phone.
- It’s never a bad idea to backup your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 before any major change.
- Or to check to make sure it has at least 50% capacity.
- You will also want to be certain there’s enough space. From Settings, select Storage. (More than 1GB is mandatory. 3-6+ GB is ideal.)
- Check the Notification bar to see if there’s an update alert. If you see the alert in your notification bar, tap on it and confirm that you want to download the update. If it isn’t available, proceed to Step 4.
- From your Note 5’s menu, tap on Settings.
From now until the upgrade is finished, do not turn the phablet off for any reason! Ever heard of bricking a device? That’s what could happen.
Select About Device.
Choose Software Updates.
Look for any new notifications here.
- If available, select the update to install.
- Your phablet should take it from here.
Many carriers provide built-in upgrade software to assist you through problematic updates. They will be subject to minimum equipment and system requirements, but if you have a computer with an at least somewhat recent version of OS and a USB cable, you’re in business.
The process usually involves installing the upgrade software to your computer, connecting your phablet to your computer via USB, and sitting back while the software checks for your update. The software will want confirmation that you do indeed want the update before it begins. Then you should be able to sit back once again and let the computer and your phablet handle it.
Verizon offers VZW Upgrade Assistant Installer, and there is also a generic Android app that can serve the same purpose.
Upgrade Assistant for Android
Method 2: Update Using Smart Switch
You can use Smart Switch to update your rooted phablet, but you will likely lose root in the process. Computer Installation is required.
- Fully charge your phablet.
- You will want to perform a full backup, but luckily that is one of the features that Smart Switch offers.
- Ensure that your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has at least 50% capacity.
- Make sure that you have enough storage space. From Settings, select Storage. More than 1GB is mandatory. 3-6+ GB is ideal.
- Note: You shouldn’t try to use your phone during an update. Take care of any mandatory tasks beforehand.
Download Smart Switch
- Go to Samsung’s website to find the download for Smart Switch.
Make your Smart Switch selection according to whether you will be using a PC or Mac. You will be installing to your computer.
- Connect your Note 5 to your computer via USB cable.
Drivers may need to be installed. Do not interrupt this process.
Launch Smart Switch
Take advantage of the Setup Wizard to finish installation. Smart Switch should detect and recognize your Samsung Note 5 automatically. This is a good point to use Smart Switch to create a convenient backup and restore option.
- Click the Backup button near the bottom of your screen.
If a new update is available, Smart Switch will display a pop-up window with an option to install.
- Click on Update.
- Confirm the update by pressing the Update button again.
- Then choose
- Follow all of the on-screen instructions.
- Wait until all the new files are finished downloading. When the update is complete you will be notified via confirmation message.
- Disconnect the USB cable.
- Reconnect the USB cable.
- If your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 doesn’t automatically reboot, do so manually. It will probably take longer than usual.
Disconnect Phone to Enjoy!
- To check the new update version, swipe downward from the top of your screen to reveal the Status
- Go to
- Tap on System.
- Select About Device.
Method 3: Update with Odin
This method is a little more complex than those preceding it, but we will make it easy for you. Using Odin allows you to skip the line, so it will be worth it. The Odin method can also be crucial for rooted devices that can’t be updated OTA. Odin is a software that was developed by Samsung and leaked to the public.
- Make sure the proper USB drivers are installed before using Odin.
- Usually this automatic installation takes place when you plug the USB cable into the PC.
- You should also be able to find the appropriate driver for your cable by searching the Internet or we have a download link below for you.
Samsung USB Driver
- Complete a backup of your S5.
- You will also want to ensure that your Note 5 has at least 70% charge.
- Follow the on-screen prompts to install Odin.
- Extract or unzip the contents.
Enter Download Mode
- With the device turned off, hold the Power, Volume Down, and Home buttons simultaneously.
- When a warning message pops up, release all of the buttons.
- Immediately press Volume Up.
- Updates can found on Samsung’s website. It contains the latest update Samsung software.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Update Software
- Using the drop-down on the left side of the screen, select your specific model Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Be sure that you are using firmware that matches your model, or risk your phone being bricked.
SamMobile.com is another website where you can find firmware, but you will want to follow the same precautions in making sure your model matches.
- Download the file to your desktop.
- The ID:COM section should now turn blue or yellow and an Added message should display.
- Press the AP
- The button could also say PDA if you are using Odin 3.07.
- Select the file you downloaded earlier to use for your update.
- Browse your computer for the firmware .tar.md5 update and load it to Odin.
- Click the Start
- It’s usually unnecessary to make any other changes because the options that are ticked by default are best.
- Do not select Re-Partition.
Give it Time
- When you are done a Pass message will display. You will also get a green light from the ID:COM section, meaning you are ready to go.
- Unplug your phablet.
Another way you might be able to attain marshmallowy goodness ahead of the rest is through a custom ROM called CyanogenMod. This build of OS isn’t available specifically for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 at the time of this writing, but they are rolling out more builds for more devices soon, so it could prove worthwhile to keep an eye on CyanogenMod’s website.
Don’t expect a complete overhaul from the update. Some users have already been complaining that they can’t even see the difference. There are security fixes, finer controls over app permissions, improvements to stability, and other features. You can learn about what you will gain with Marshmallow and how to take advantage of your newly updated phone.
Tell us how you like your new update in the comments section below. If you are still having difficulty installing the update, tell us about your troubles.