How to Update Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge to Marshmallow

With all of the fanfare about the Samsung Galaxy S7 rolling out, this phone may be feeling forgotten, but it’s still a pretty spectacular phone. All it needs is some updating. So what if the S7 ran Marshmallow right out of the box? After this the software will be almost identical.

The software comes with Now on Tap, which allows you to have useful information even faster than before. Think of it like a built-in, specialized Google for the specific app you are looking at or whatever is on your screen. Marshmallow makes searching for apps more convenient, too, with a new search button on the home screen.

Also, you finally you get more say in what your apps have access to. Rather than your options being limited to give the owners of the app whatever information they want—whether they need it or not—or forfeiting the installation of the app altogether, you will actually have some say with Marshmallow. These features are only the slightly crisp, slightly gooey edge of Marshmallow. You are about to find out about other features for yourself.

Method 1: Update Over-the-Air

This option is so user-friendly that your phone will most likely bring the update to your attention and then guide you through it. It comes with no risk of warranty loss. Verizon is already rolling out the update in waves. All of the major carriers either have or intend to release the update OTA. So what’s the downside? It can be the waiting. You don’t get to choose when you receive the update.

1. Stabilize Internet

  • Ensure that you have a stable Wi-Fi 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 S6 Edge without Wi-Fi. Using Wi-Fi guarantees there won’t be any carrier data fee. Here’s how you can Fix a Wi-Fi Connection Problem on Android.

2. Fully Charge

  • Fully charge your phone.
  • It’s never a bad idea to Samsung S6 Edge before any major change.
  • Ensure that your Edge 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.
  • Note: You shouldn’t try to use your phone during an update. Take care of any mandatory phone tasks beforehand.
Storage-Space

3. Check Notifications

  • Sometimes updates will show up on your phone like magic. If so, lucky you!
  • Drag downward on 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.

4. Visit Settings

  • From your S6 Edge’s Notification bar, tap on Settings.
  • Note: Don’t shut off your phone during an update.
SettingsMenu

5. Choose System

  • You will have to scroll to find it this category.

6. Select About Device.

About-Device

7. Check for Updates

  • Tap Check for Updates. You will probably see a box asking you to confirm that you really want to look for an update. Press OK. A status message will then display letting you know that the phone is checking for the update.

8. Verify Connection

  • If an update is available, your phone will now let you know. It may also offer to connect to a Wi-Fi network for you. Select Continue or Remind Me Later. Keep in mind, you do have to have Wi-Fi during the entire update, and the next message will probably remind you of that as well.

9. Update

  • Tap Continue to start the update. You will see several reminders and status alerts throughout the process. If the phone doesn’t automatically reboot when the update is complete, you will need to, but most likely it will take care of it and all you need to do is press Done afterward.

Method 2: Update Using Smart Switch

Even if you decided to root your S6, you can still update your phone using Smart Switch. There is a good chance, however, that you will lose root during the process. Samsung Kies doesn’t work for the S6 anymore. Smart Switch is its replacement.

1. Fully Charge

  • Fully charge your phone.
  • It’s never a bad idea to backup your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge before any major change.
  • Ensure that your S6 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.
  • Note: You shouldn’t try to use your phone during an update. Take care of any mandatory phone tasks beforehand.

2. 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. There is a mobile app but it’s not intended to be used for updates.
Smart-Switch

3. Connect Phone

  • Connect your Edge to your computer via USB cable.

4. Launch Smart Switch

  • Take advantage of the Setup Wizard to finish installation.
  • Smart Switch should detect and recognize your S6 Edge and install drivers automatically.
  • You can use Smart Switch to create a convenient backup and restore option.
    • Click the Backup button near the bottom of your screen.
Launch-Switch

5. Update

  • Smart Switch will display a message indicating that a new update is available if that is the case.
  • Click on Update.
Update-Button

6. Confirm

  • Confirm the update by pressing the Update button again.
  • Then choose
  • Wait until all the new files are finished downloading.
  • When the update is done you will be notified via confirmation message.

7. Disconnect Phone

  • Disconnect the USB cable.

8. Reconnect Phone

  • Reconnect the USB cable.
  • If you Samsung doesn’t automatically reboot, do it manually.
  • The reboot process will probably take longer than usual.

9. Disconnect Phone to Enjoy!

Method 3: Update with Odin

This method allows you to skip the wait! The Odin method can also be crucial for rooted devices that can’t be updated OTA. It is, however, riskier than the previous methods. Worst case scenario—you could brick your phone. However, it is also a method that can restore order to your phone by returning it to official firmware. Odin can also be used to downgrade OS manually.

1. Download Drivers

  • 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 to use.

Samsung Drivers

USB-Driver

2. Download Odin

Download Odin

  • Extract or unzip the contents to your computer.
Odin

3. Enter Download Mode

  • With the device turned off, hold the Power, Volume Down, and Home buttons
  • When a warning message pops up, release all of the buttons.
  • Immediately press Volume Up

4. Connect Phone

  • Connect your Edge to your computer via USB cable.

5. Download Update

  • Updates can be found on Samsung’s website. It contains the latest update Samsung software.

Download S6 Edge Update

  • Choose Cell Phones under the Mobile
  • Using the drop down menu, click on your carrier.
  • Select your specific model for the Samsung S6 Edge.
    • Be sure that you are using firmware that matches your model, or you could risk your phone being bricked.
S6-Edge

6. Run Odin

  • Right-click and Run as Administrator.
  • The ID:COM section should now turn blue and an Added message should display.
  • If your phone is not recognized, ensure you have installed the proper drivers.

7. Press AP

  • The button could also say PDA if you are using Odin 3.07.
Odin-AP

8. Choose Update

  • 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.

9. Click Start

  • Wait until the file is done loading.
  • It’s usually unnecessary to make any other changes because the options that are ticked by default are best.
  • Do not select Re-Partition.
  • There is no need for there to be anything present in the PIT section.
Odin-Start

10. Be Patient

  • 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.
  • Don’t remove the USB cable until it finishes.
  • Your S6 should reboot automatically.

Method 4: Using CyanogenMod 13 (For Rooted Phones with Custom Recovery)

If you can’t stand the suspense, installing CyanogenMod 13 is one way that you can get Marshmallow ahead of the rest. Keep in mind, however, that this is a custom ROM that was only recently released. Therefore, you will be taking on the risk of installing a custom ROM, which can void the warranty or at worst, brick your phone. You could also encounter some bugs until the release of a more stable build.

WARNING: This is an unofficial, third-party build! Currently, the S6 Edge is not supported by CyanogenMod. Additionally, the developer created this with the S6 in mind, but some users claim it works fine on the Edge too. Other users have reported possible issues with the camera, GPS, 3D graphics, deep sleep, and more.

Enough about the bad stuff though. You already took a risk when you rooted. Custom ROMs are the perfect way to optimize performance, customize, and personalize your phone to your liking.

Must Read: 22 Best CyanogenMod Features for Making Your Life Easier

1. Download CyanogenMod

  • Download Cyanogenmod 13 ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S6 to the internal storage of your S6 Edge.

Download CyanogenMod 13

2. Complete Backup

  • Complete a backup of your S6.
  • This should include your messages, contacts, photos, and anything else you wish to save.
  • You will also want to ensure that your Edge has at least 50% charge.

3. Update Recovery

  • Ensure you are running the latest version of recovery program. If you are using TWRP, make sure that it is v2.8 or greater. Older versions will most likely fail. If you need an update for TWRP, use the link below. Select your device.

Download Recent TWRP

4. Enable Debugging

  • Enable USB Debugging in Developer Options.
  • Also select OEM Unlocking Options.
USB-Debugging3

5. Download GApps

  • Download Google Apps (GApps zip file) to your internal storage.
  • Ensure that the proper USB drivers are installed first.

Download GApps

Gapps

6. Power Down

  • Turn off the power to your S6.
  • Hold down the Power button.

7. Access Recovery Mode

  • Boot into Recovery Mode by pressing Volume Up, Power, and the Home key simultaneously.
Recovery-Mode

8. Clear Data/Cache

  • These options are available in the Recovery menu.
twrp-Samsung

9. Install Zip

  • Install the zip file from storage.

10. Reboot

Conclusion

Depending on your situation, there is sure to be at least one way to update your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge to the newest version of Android. Depending on the level of customization you have or want to have on your Edge will lead you to the method you will need to use.

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.

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