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Update Galaxy A3 A310F to XXU3CQE6 Android 7.0 Nougat Official Firmware

The older Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) A310F is now receiving XXU3CQE6 Android 7.0 Nougat official firmware. Even though the phone has been replaced with the 2017 series, Samsung is still pushing out this major upgrade for the phone. The phone previously ran Android 6.0 Marshmallow. XXU3CQE6 Android 7.0 Nougat brings in a newer and more refined UI along with updated apps. It also carries the obvious additions Google has added to 7.0 Nougat. Moreover, Samsung has revamped its own stock apps such as the Camera app and more. You can use the XXU3CQE6 Android 7.0 Nougat firmware right on your Galaxy A3 (2016) by reading the following guide. For the installation procedure, you can first check with Samsung OTA(Over-the-air) update system or Samsung Smart Switch / Samsung KIES to see if this update is present. If it isn’t there or you are running a modified system, you can implement our manual process which works on all Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) A310F unlocked smartphones. You can easily update Galaxy A3 (2016) A310F to XXU3CQE6 Android 7.0 Nougat official firmware — and also root Galaxy A3 (2016) A310F phone on this firmware. A310FXXU3CQE6 is a complete unbranded firmware, which means you should not get any pre-installed apps or extra language packs with this.

Samsung KIES gives you some surety over not losing your data while updating your phone. However, we recommend that you always backup your stuff and all your apps, because you never know when something might happen to your phone while manually flashing firmware. As you continue reading below, we will guide you how to install XXU3CQE6 Android 7.0 Nougat on Galaxy A3 (2016) A310F using ODIN. Let’s continue with the tutorial now.

XXU3CQE6 Android 7.0 - Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

XXU3CQE6 Android 7.0 Firmware Details:

Model SM-A310F
Model name Galaxy A3 ⑥
Country Germany
Version Android 7
Changelist 11350514
Build date Tue, 23 May 2017 06:25:18 +0000
Security Patch Level 2017-05-01
Product code DBT

You might find these following Galaxy A3 (2016) A310F related articles interesting:

If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Galaxy A3 (2016) A310F, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps.

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung Smart Switch to your computer. Smart Switch helps to move data across different Android devices i.e moving Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge backup data to Samsung Galaxy S8.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Nougat and Nougat.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update Galaxy A3 (2016) A310F to Android 7.0 XXU3CQE6 official firmware update.

How to Install XXU3CQE6 Android 7.0 Firmware on Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) A310F

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to update Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) to Android 7.0 XXU3CQE6. If you are used to installing official updates through ODIN on Samsung Galaxy devices, then this should not be any different for you.

Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing on your device. There are some files to be downloaded, so we recommend downloading them from before to save time while you flash this firmware update.

ODIN3 v3.09

To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) A310F. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the phone.
  • A310FXXU3CQE6 is an official firmware by Samsung for the Galaxy A3 (2016) A310F.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.

Rooting Warning: This is an official Android 7.0 build XXU3CQE6 update for Galaxy A3 (2016) A310F, which means you will lose root as soon as you install this update. You will again have to root Galaxy A3 (2016) to gain full system access and be able to install root apps again. See here: How to Root Galaxy A3 (2016) A310F on XXU3CQE6 Android 7.0 Nougat Official Firmware.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download Android 7.0 A310FXXU3CQE6 for Galaxy A3 (2016) to your computer and extract the zip file.

Step 2 – Download Odin which will help you to install Android 7.0 on Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) A310F.

Step 3 – Switch OFF your phone. Now press and hold the Volume Down + Home buttons together, and then press the Power button till you see a warning screen (as shown below). Press Volume Up to confirm and proceed to the Download Mode.


Step 4 – Make sure you have your Galaxy A3 (2016) USB drivers installed on your computer.

Step 5 – Open ODIN on your computer. Connect your phone to your computer while your phone is in the Download Mode.

Step 6 – If your phone is connected successfully, one of the ID:COM boxes will turn yellow with the COM port number. This step might take some time.

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