When you’re just starting to delve into the world of computers, there is a lot of new vocabulary to learn. Thankfully, though, much of it can be more easily understood with your common sense intact rather than it being completely random words used that require a bunch of reeducating on your behalf. Take the terms “software” and “firmware” for instance, which suggest there is some relationship between the two. You could even include hardware into the same conversation too if you like.
Hardware is the physical objects that you can see that make up your computer. For example, if you were to open up your computer motherboard or mobile device, everything you see inside is hardware. The devices, whether it be a desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device, are also known as hardware when assessing them as a whole.
Software and firmware are more closely related as they are both to do with more of the computer science type of world than engineering. For the sake of making this topic easier to understand, we’ll lump all devices—desktops, laptops and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones—into the category of “computers” going forward, because even a smartphone, is, in fact, still technically a computer.
The software is used to display everything to the end user. It is, in essence, anything data related that’s stored in hardware. Without software, you wouldn’t be able to see anything on your computer’s display. Firmware would come under the same category of software if it weren’t for some slight changes. Any software that runs on an embedded computer system is called firmware. This includes the many parts of a microcomputer that are embedded to a chip or silicon System-On-Chip (SOC).
Many of the so-called “software updates” you get on your desktop computers when running an operating system such as Windows 10 or your smartphones when using an operating system such as Android 8.0 are in fact just firmware updates—this’ll be signified by the “Android build number” or “Windows 10 build number” in the respective Settings apps of each operating system.
What Is Android Firmware?
Firmware is the operating system and its applications that control how the smartphone or tablet that runs on Android operates. While you may see the words “software update available” on your device’s display, we call it firmware to highlight its close relationship with the device manufacturers hardware.
If you prefer technical jargon, firmware is the specific programming that gets written to a device’s non-volatile memory. The firmware gets added to the device during the manufacturing process and is the middleman in helping software run on the hardware. Firmware can be written as read-only memory (ROM), erasable programmable read-only memory (EPROM), or flash memory.
The Android operating system is more open than much of its competitors in iOS, Windows 10 Mobile, and Tizen. You always get firmware running on your device out of the box, but if you do not like it, you can swap it over with custom firmware or other firmware versions that were made for your device. This flexibility helps with troubleshooting, or if you know you would prefer a different Android version that was made available.
Benefits of New Firmware
- The Verizon Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone originally shipped with Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) but has since been upgraded to 7.0 Nougat.
- Apart from all the features you get with updating the software from Marshmallow to Nougat, which will mean you naturally land on a new firmware build number as well, there are quite a few others reasons for people wanting to flash a firmware file to their devices.
- For starters, if you have any issues with your current ROM, you will find that flashing a new firmware file should result in those problems going away. If you’ve done any customizing of the device, such as getting root access or installing a custom recovery image, then the stock ROM will take away those two things and give you an unrooted device again that has the stock recovery partition as well.
- When downloading your ROM files, always make sure you’re clicking on the right link. It’s extremely important to make sure you follow the instructions that the manufacturer has provided or else you can cause damage that isn’t always as easy as reflashing the file to fix the problem. Most manufacturers won’t make it possible for you to flash the wrong files, but the ones that do are the ones you should pay close attention to.
- If you do flash the wrong file, you can try again using the correct file. And if that doesn’t manage to flash, get in contact with the manufacturer of your device for further instructions.
Samsung SM-G930V Firmware Flash File Download Links
The firmware can be downloaded directly onto a computer. After extracting the file, you can then upload it to a flashing tool that is also on the computer. Here is where you can download the firmware file:
File Name: G930VVRU4BQA4_G930VVZW4BQA4_VZW_4file
Android Version: Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Firmware File: Download flash file
How to Install Samsung SM-G930V Flash File Using Odin
To install the Samsung SM-G930V firmware, you need to use a flashing tool that works for your manufacturer and run it on a computer. One flashing tool that works for this smartphone is the Odin Flash Tool. Here is how to use it:
- Back Up Your Data. You should always back up your data before you begin flashing new firmware files to your smartphone or tablet. All your pictures, music, videos, documents, etc. should be still on your device after you have updated the firmware, but you may need to restore the contacts and applications from a backup.
- Wipe Cache and Factory Reset. Some people claim that taking a factory reset isn’t necessary after updates, but at the very least you should wipe the system cache after installing new firmware. This way you can help eliminate any performance issues and battery draining bugs. Taking a factory reset is the best way of avoiding common problems many users face after applying software updates.
- The Odin flashing tool is straightforward to use, but it only works on the Windows operating system. You won’t get the flashing tool to load on a Mac or Linux computer. It doesn’t matter what version of the Windows operating system that you’re using as long as it is something above Windows XP.
- The guide below works if your firmware file contains the tar.md5 file. If you ever need to flash Samsung firmware using the full stock ROM files individually instead, you can learn how to flash Samsung stock firmware using all four files. (Check your firmware file after you download it to see if it is a tar.md5 or comes as 4 individual files.)
Before We Begin
- Make sure you have:
- A desktop computer or laptop that is running on a version of the Windows operating system (ideally Windows 10 but at least Windows 7).
- A USB data cable that allows you to connect your smartphone or tablet to the computer.
- The tar.md5 file/files you want to flash to the smartphone or tablet.
- You need to install USB drivers on the computer that allows for your smartphone or tablet to connect with the flashing tool. Several drivers can achieve this. If the drivers in the tutorial do not work for your device, try getting in contact with your smartphone’s manufacturer via an official website or phone number.
- We recommend backing up the smartphone or tablet before getting started. The Odin Flashing Tool is a reliable tool, but whenever you are installing firmware—regardless of the tool—it is possible you may want to restore the old version of your device. You can only do that from a backup.
- You need to download a version of the Odin Flash Tool during the tutorial. You should always download the latest version of the tool. If that version does not work, try using an older version. Latest versions of tools have the best chance of being compatible.
1. Download the Samsung USB drivers and install them on the computer if you don’t have them already.
2. Download the stock firmware package from the links above directly to the computer. Extract the file by right-clicking on it and choosing the option to extract.
When you do, you’ll see the tar.md5 file inside. That’s the file you’ll be using to do the flashing.
3. Download the Odin Flashing Tool. Any version should work, but the latest is the most up to date so grab that one. Extract the Odin file and then double-click on the Odin executable file (.exe) that is found from within the Odin folder after extraction.
You should now have the Odin interface open on the computer and waiting for you to connect to it.
4. Boot the mobile device into the Download Mode by first powering it down and then rebooting by holding the Volume Down + Home + Power keys at the same time.
5. A yellow warning triangle will come up on the device’s display. At this time you need to press the Volume Up button. You’ll then see the device getting into the download mode. It’s then ready for the flashing.
6. When in download mode, connect the Samsung mobile device to the computer with the USB cable.
7. If you have installed the USB drivers correctly, the Odin flashing tool should detect your device. You can tell this by observing the ID: COM port lighting up with a color, usually yellow or blue.
It doesn’t matter what color, it’s the lighting up that counts. Some version of Odin will light up Blue while others will show yellow instead. But the both signify the same thing which is your device is connected properly and ready for flashing.
8. After the device is picked up by Odin, click on the PDA or AP button, depending on what button your version of the Odin flashing tool has.
9. Navigate to the firmware folder and upload the tar.md5 file to this location in Odin.
10. Without changing any of the default settings, click on the Start button in Odin, and the flashing then begins.
11. Wait until Odin shows a Pass message before disconnecting your device.
12. Your smartphone may now be in a boot loop, which will be fixed by booting the device into its stock Recovery mode.
13. Press and Hold the Volume Up + Home + Power buttons simultaneously. When you can feel the smartphone vibrate, release the Power button while continuing to hold down the Volume Up and Home buttons.
14. You should now be in recovery mode. From the Recovery menu, select Wipe data/factory reset.
15. Wait for the cache to be cleared and then choose the Reboot system now option from the Recovery menu.
16. The smartphone will reboot, and you’ll see the Android operating system ready to go.
There are some common questions people have before installing firmware files. Here are the ones we are regularly asked:
How to Unroot Samsung SM-G930V When Installing New Firmware
There can often be a variety of ways to unroot a device that runs Android, and they depend on what method you used to get root access. If you installed SuperSU for root access, then you can open the app and find the option to unroot directly from SuperSU’s settings. On the other hand, if you do not have SuperSU, and you do have a Samsung smartphone or tablet, then you can always unroot by installing the stock firmware. Once you have followed the guide above, your device will automatically be unrooted. You can verify that is the case by installing one of the many applications from Google Play that checks for root access. As long as you are using a reliable app, then typically it will not lie about the root status of your mobile device.
How to Restore Stock Recovery on Samsung SM-G930V When Installing New Firmware
One of the most common reasons for installing the stock firmware is to remove a custom recovery image and revert to the stock recovery. There is nothing you need to do extra to reinstall the stock recovery on your device; when you install the stock firmware, it will automatically install the stock recovery partition on the device once again.
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