Using this guide, update Samsung Galaxy A50 with new official firmware release. Samsung’s A series has recently been heavily refreshed and rethought. New modern A series phones are meant to compete directly with comparable devices from Chinese competitors. Featuring minimal bezels, multiple rear cameras and tear-drop notch, A series phones like the new Galaxy A50 prove to be quite the value. If you own a Galaxy A50, here is how you can install latest firmware update for your phone, manually using Odin.
Usually, Samsung releases new updates every other month. Within these monthly builds are changes meant to improve performance, increase security and provide a better experience overall. Further, if you have modified your Galaxy A50 with root, TWRP or any other system-modification, this guide is perfect to restore your phone back to factory settings and software. Now, before we start explaining the complete procedure, we recommend you first create a complete backup. Also, this guide works with various variants of Galaxy A50 so make sure your device model number is present in the compatibility list given ahead.
Disclaimer: Please use this guide at your own risk. We, at TeamAndroid, would not be held responsible if you brick or generally mess up with your device. Further, the firmwares, system files or apps used are property of their respective owners.
Android Pie Firmware Details:
Based off of Android Pie, this firmware update doesn’t bring any major changes rather it refines existing functionality and provides a more secure experience. Further, it would also be carrying bug-fixes so if you were noticing any, make sure to install this release.
This firmware tutorial applies to various Galaxy A50 varaints. The specific model numbers supported through this guide are mentioned ahead.
- Samsung Galaxy A50 A505F
- Samsung Galaxy A50 A505FN
- Samsung Galaxy A50 A505G
To make sure you own the correct Samsung Galaxy A50 model / variant, go to Settings > About phone > Model number.
You might find these following Galaxy A50 related articles interesting:
- Install Android Pie: How to Install Android Q on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Samsung Galaxy A50 custom ROMs, click here!
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Galaxy A50, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
Samsung Galaxy A50 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 A50 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update Galaxy A50 to Android Pie official firmware update.
How to Install Android Pie on Galaxy A50
Ahead, we have a detailed step-by-step procedure through which you can update Samsung Galaxy A50 to Android Pie build. The firmware is an official one signed by Samsung and we will utilize latest ODIN to flash it onto Galaxy A50.
Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing on your device.
- This tutorial is only for Samsung Galaxy A50. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the phone.
- Firmwares used in this post are official releases by Samsung for the Galaxy A50.
- Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.
Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:
Step 1 – Download Android Pie update from the following links for your specific Galaxy A50 model to your computer and extract the zip file.
Step 2 – Download Odin which will help you to install Android Pie update on Samsung Galaxy A50.
Step 3 – Switch OFF your phone. Now go to Download Mode. How? Press and hold the Volume Down + Bixby buttons together, and then press the Power button till you see the construction Android robot and a triangle. Press Power again to confirm to enter into Download Mode.
Step 4 – Make sure you have your Galaxy A50 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.
Step 7 – Now select the files that you have to flash/install on your phone. These files are to be found from the extracted files in Step 1.
- Click on ‘AP’ and select file with ‘AP’ in its name.
- Click on ‘CP’ and select file with ‘MODEM’ in its name. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
- Click on ‘CSC’ and select file with ‘CSC’ in its name. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
- Click on ‘PIT’ and select the .pit file. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
- Click on ‘BL’ and select file with ‘BL’ in it’s name. Ignore if there is no such file.
If you are using an older version of ODIN or flashing a firmware which doesn’t have the above mentioned file name format then look below for the abbreviations to the old name format. Do note that only file name changes, the functionality and back end process remains the same so don’t worry.
- AP = PDA
- BL = Boot Loader
- CP = Modem
Step 8 – In ODIN, check the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options. As for the Re-Partition option, check it ONLY if you selected a .PIT file in the above step.
Step 9 – Now click on the Start button in ODIN. Installation process will start and would take a few minutes to complete.
Step 10 – After the installation is completed, your phone will restart. After you see the home screen, unplug your phone from the computer.
That’s it. Your Samsung Galaxy A50 has now been updated to Android Pie firmware update. Go to Settings > About phone to verify.
Backup and Other Important Tips
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 A50.
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, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo.
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.
If you run into any problems, feel free to drop us a comment below and we will reply you back ASAP with the fix or the solution to your problem.