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Galaxy A9 Firmware download [stock ROM, all variants]

The stock firmware for Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro, 2016, is available for download. The firmware is based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, as expected as device launched with Marshmallow on-board.

Which also means that until Android N (7.0) drops by, there wouldn’t be any major update for the Galaxy A9 Pro. And that would take a lot of time as it’s expected that Google will release the Android 7.0 by October, and because Samsung will update its high-end devices like Galaxy S7 and Note 7 first, devices like Galaxy A9 Pro will get the 7.0 firmware only by Q2 2017.

Anyway, if you own a Galaxy A9 Pro, or planning to buy one, you should keep a firmware downloaded on your PC. When you try to root a device or install TWRP recovery, and play with custom ROMs and root apps (not there are not any cool non-root apps out there), then there are chances you end up screwing your device.

In such cases, or in other simple cases like installing a bad app from the play store by mistake causing issues with the device, you need a firmware which you can install yourself to bring the device back to factory state and fix all issues with it.

We have provided direct download links for the firmwares of Galaxy A9 Pro below, and will be updating the article as and when new ones come by. Grab the firmware meant for your A9 Pro, and install it whenever you need to using our guide linked below. Have fun!

Galaxy A9 Pro Firmware

Model Date Software version | Android version Free Download Link
SM-A910F 12 Jan 2017 A910FXXU1BRA2 | Android 7.0 Nougat A910FXXU1BRA2_A910FOLB1BRA2_STH.zip
SM-A910F 26 Dec 2017 A910FXXU1BQL4 | Android 7.0 Nougat A910FXXU1BQL4_A910FODD1BQL4_INS.zip
SM-A910F 14 Jun 2017 A910FXXU1BQL1 | Android 7.0 Nougat A910FXXU1BQL1_A910FODD1BQK2_INS.zip
SM-A910F 28 Aug 2017 A910FXXU1BQHB | Android 7.0 Nougat A910FXXU1BQHB_A910FODD1BQH9_INS.zip
SM-A910F 23 May 2017 A910FXXU1AQE2 | Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow A910FXXU1AQE2_A910FODD1AQF1_INS.zip
SM-A910F 31 Mar 2017 A910FXXU1AQD1 | Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow A910FXXU1AQD1_A910FODD1AQC5_INS.zip
SM-A910F 16 Mar 2017 A910FXXU1AQC2 | Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow A910FXXU1AQC2_A910FOLB1AQC2_XXV.zip
SM-A910F 30 Dec 2016 A910FXXU1APL4 | Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow A910FXXU1APL4_A910FOLB1APL4_XME.zip
SM-A910F 02 Dec 2016 A910FXXU1APL1 | Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow A910FXXU1APL1_A910FODD1AQA1_INS.zip
SM-A910F 20 Oct 2016 A910FXXU1APJ4 | Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow A910FXXU1APJ4_A910FODD1APJ4_INS.zip
SM-A910F 29 Sep 2016 A910FXXU1API4 | Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow A910FXXU1API4_A910FOLB1API4_XME.zip
SM-A910F 11 Aug 2016 A910FXXU1APH6 | Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow A910FXXU1APH6_A910FODD1APH6_INS.zip
SM-A910F 01 Jul 2016 A910FXXU1APFE | Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow A910FXXU1APFE_A910FUUB1APH2_ARO.zip
SM-A910F 21 Jun 2016 A910FXXU1APFC | Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow A910FXXU1APFC_A910FOLB1APFD_XME.zip
SM-A910F 18 Jun 2016 A910FXXU1APFB | Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow A910FXXU1APFB_A910FUUB1APFB_COO.zip
SM-A910F 15 Jun 2016 A910FXXU1APF8 | Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow A910FXXU1APF8_A910FOLB1APF8_XXV.zip
SM-A910F 13 Jun 2017 A910FUBU1AQG3 | Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow A910FUBU1AQG3_A910FUUB1AQE2_CHO.zip
SM-A910F 24 May 2017 A910FUBU1AQE2 | Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow A910FUBU1AQE2_A910FUUB1AQE2_COO.zip
SM-A910F 27 Mar 2017 A910FUBU1AQC2 | Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow A910FUBU1AQC2_A910FUUB1AQC1_ARO.zip
SM-A910F 02 Feb 2017 A910FUBU1AQB1 | Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow A910FUBU1AQB1_A910FUUB1APL1_ARO.zip
SM-A910F 01 Nov 2016 A910FUBU1APK1 | Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow A910FUBU1APK1_A910FUUB1APK2_ARO.zip

How to download the correct firmware file

This is an important part!

Be sure to check and find the correct model no. of your Galaxy A9. Then, based on your device’s model no., look for the appropriate firmware build from above.

You can identify the model no. using an app called Droid Info, or simply check it on its packaging box, or under Settings > About. Another solid trick would be to look at the packaging box of your device (in case you can’t power on the device because it is bricked).

Now that you know the model no., download the latest firmware from above for that model no. exactly.

Next, install the firmware on your Galaxy A9 by following the guide linked right below.

How to install a firmware

First, read our disclaimer, then take backup and then follow the guide below to install the firmware.

Disclaimer: Installing an official firmware through Odin doesn’t void your device’s warranty, but it remains an unofficial process and thus you need to be cautious of it. In any case, you only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

Backup, backup, backup! Create an appropriate backup of contacts, pictures, videos, songs and other important files stored on your device before proceeding with the steps below, so that in case something goes wrong you’ll have a backup of all your important files. Sometimes, firmware installation may delete everything on your device! Like, when you change the CSC of your device, knowingly or not.

Step-by-step Firmware Installation Guide

Let’s see how to install the firmware on your Galaxy A9. Make sure you have more than 30% battery on your device.

Step 1. Make sure you have downloaded the correct firmware file on your PC. See above for how to download correct firmware file for your Galaxy A9 and download links.

Step 2. Install Samsung USB driver (method 1 on the linked page) first of all. Double-click the .exe file of drivers to begin the installation. (Not required if you have already done this.)

Step 3. Also, download Odin PC software (latest version).

Step 4. Extract the firmware file now. You can use a free software like 7-zip for this. Install 7-zip, then right click on firmware file and under 7-zip, select ‘Extract here’. You should get a file in .tar.md5 format now. (You may get 4 or more files, with AP, BL, CP or CSC etc. written at the beginning of those files.) We will be loading this file into Odin, to be installed on the device (in step 10 below).

Step 5. Extract the Odin file. You should get the Odin exe file (other files could be hidden, hence not visible).

Step 6. Disconnect your Galaxy A9 from PC if it is connected.

Step 7. Boot into download mode:

  • Power off your device. Wait for 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.
  • Press and hold the three buttons Volume down + Home + Power together until you see the Warning screen.
  • Press Volume Up to continue to download mode.

Step 8. Double click on Odin .exe file (from step 5) to open the Odin window as shown below. Be careful with Odin, and do just as said to prevent problems.

Step 9. Connect your device now using the USB cable. Odin should recognize your device. It’s a must. When it recognizes, you will see Added!! message appearing in the Log box in the bottom left, and the first box under ID:COM will also show a no. and turn its background blue. Look at the pic below.

  • You cannot proceed until you get the Added!! message, which confirms that Odin has recognized your device.
  • If you don’t get Added!! message, you need to install/re-install drivers again, and use the original cable that came with the device. Mostly, drivers are the problem (look at step 2 above).
  • You can try different USB ports on your PC too.

Step 10. Load the firmware file into Odin. Click the AP button on Odin and the select the .tar.md5 file from above.

Load the firmware files(s) on your device. This depends on how many files you got in step 4 above upon extracting the firmware .zip file.

Case 1: If you got a single .tar/.tar.md5 file, then load this into AP tab of your Odin software. Then go to next step.

To load the file, click on AP tab, select the single firmware file starting with AP text, wait for it to load, and then skip to step 11, ignoring the rest of the part of this step.

Case 2: If you got more than one .tar/.tar.md5 file, then you must be having files starting with AP, CSC, Home_CSC, BL, CP, etc. stuff. In this case, choose the files as follows. Select the firmware files as follows.

  • Click on BL tab, and select the file beginning with BL text.
  • Click on AP tab, and select the file beginning with AP text.
  • Click on CP tab, and select the file beginning with CP text.
  • [Different] Click on CSC tab, and select the file beginning with HOME_CSC text. If HOME_CSC file isn’t available, then select the file beginning with CSC text.

About CSC file: Using the HOME_CSC file won’t reset your device, and data on the phone shouldn’t be deleted. However, when we select regular CSC file, and it results in CSC on the device being different than that in CSC file, your phone will be formatted automatically. You can even choose to ignore loading the CSC file, that may do alright too. But if it doesn’t work out, repeat the whole process and select CSC file this time around.

  • Info: When you load files, Odin checks the md5 of firmware file, which takes time. So, simply wait until that’s done and the firmware file is loaded. Don’t worry if Odin gets unresponsive for a while, it’s normal. Binary size will also show up in Odin.

Step 11. Click on Options tab, and make sure Re-partition checkbox is NOT selected. Don’t use PIT tab, ever.

Go back to Log tab now, as it will show the progress of firmware installation when you hit the start button in next step.

Step 12. Verify that everything is okay as mentioned above. When satisfied, click the Start button on Odin now to start flashing the firmware on your device.

Wait till installation is finished, after which your device will reboot automatically. You’ll get PASS message as shown below upon successful installation from Odin.

Some errors you may run into, and with respective solution.

  • If Odin gets stuck at setup connection, then you need to do this all again. Disconnect your device, close Odin, boot device into download mode again, open Odin, and then select the file and flash it again as said above.
  • If you get FAIL in the top left box, then also you need to flash the file again as stated just above.

That’s it. Let the device restart automatically.

The first start of the device may take time, so wait patiently again. When it has, verify the installation. Check the Settings > About device, to confirm new build no. based on the firmware you just installed.

Need help? Be sure to let us know via comments below.


Firmware Benefits

You can use the firmware for a variety of purposes, which includes:

  • Fix your Galaxy A9 if it’s giving you force closes errors and restarts randomly.
  • Unbrick your Galaxy A9 if it’s bootlooping and stuck at logo when restarting.
  • Go Back to Stock on your Galaxy A9 — helps when looking to sell the device, or fix installing OTA updates if broken.
  • Restore Galaxy A9 to factory state.
  • Upgrade your Galaxy A9 to newer Android version.
  • Downgrade your Galaxy A9 to lower build no. at same Android version.
  • Unroot your Galaxy A9.
  • Remove custom recovery like TWRP and CWM, if installed, on your Galaxy A9.

To perform any of the above, simply install the firmware meant for your device, as per its Galaxy A9 firmware in Settings > About device.