Samsung released its first Tizen-powered smartphone, a few months back – The Samsung Z1. It was greatly appreciated by the users despite the fact that it was running on the Tizen OS, instead of Android. Moreover, the price factor of the Samsung Z1 played a very important role in the popularity of the phone. Samsung released the Samsung Z1 at a very attractive and affordable price considering that it will contribute a lot in the development of the Tizen OS.
Samsung’s strategy proved to be very successful as the users were astonished by the performance and usability of the phone, despite the fact that it was running on a newly created OS which has yet to undergo a lot of evolution. The Samsung Z1 was highly appreciated by the budget-conscious buyers who prefer practical use of a phone over additional premium features. The phone gained a lot of popularity in countries like, Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka, etc.
The Samsung Z1 was initially released with Tizen OS 2.3, which has become outdated since it was launched quite a while back. Users might want to flash a new software or firmware update on the Samsung Z1 in order to experience more features. Fortunately, we will be discussing a method of flashing a new firmware on your Samsung Z1.
However, this method is not officially recommended by Samsung and is to be performed at your own risk. The flashing procedure might brick your device, and turn it into a paperweight, so if you are not sure about what you are going to do, do not get into this hassle and keep on using your Samsung Z1 as it is. So, let’s get started with the tutorial in which we will discuss how to update the firmware of your Samsung Z1.
How to Update Tizen Firmware on the Samsung Z1
Things you will need:
- A PC with latest version of Odin installed. (Preferably 3.09)
• A USB Data Cable for connecting your phone to PC
• Samsung Z1
- Download and install Odin 3.09 on your PC and open it.
- Make sure that only Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time are enabled, unless you are completely familiar what these options can do.
- Turn on your Samsung Z1 in Download mode. In order to do so, follow the steps below:
- Turn the phone off.
2. After the phone is turned off, press and hold the Power button, the Home button, and the Volume Down button.
3. Keep holding the buttons for a few seconds until your device boots up into Downloading mode.
- After that, plug your phone to the PC using a USB cable.
- Open Odin on your PC after connecting your phone to the PC.
- Next, enable the checkbox next to AP, and click on AP.
- Select an MD5 firmware file, which you want to flash on your Samsung Z1.
Note: If the firmware file that you downloaded is in form of a compressed file, you might need to extract it to get the MD5 file.
- Afterwards, Odin will start checking the compatibility of the MD5 file, which you mounted in the above step. It might take a lot of time depending on the size of the binary file chosen.
- After the checking is complete, the greyed out Start button will become accessible in the bottom of the Odin window.
- Click on Start, and the flashing procedure will start. It might also take a significant amount of time depending on the size of the binary file.
- After some time, you will see Reset! Message on the progress bar displayed on the top left of the Odin Window.
- Following this, your phone will eventually boot up, which will also take a reasonable amount of time.
- After the progress bar on the Odin window shows Pass! Message and the phone successfully boots up, you can safely remove your phone from the PC.
- Your phone will power on with the new firmware that you flashed.
Despite the fact that we explained each and every step of the procedure in a thorough manner, you might run into some problems and mistakes, which may ultimately result in bricking your phone. We want to remind you that if you run in to any such situation, then we are not at all responsible for your loss.
It is not recommended to flash another firmware on your device without backing up the previous firmware. Additionally, the firmware that you want to flash should be from a reliable and trusted source. We are not responsible if you flash a buggy and erroneous firmware on your device, which leads to more consequences.