If you’re looking forward to Android Nougat but don’t even yet have Android Marshmallow on your phone, you’re not alone. Android 6.0 has been rolled out to most makes and models, but there are still people who haven’t received the update. Fortunately, if you own a Samsung Galaxy S5 or a Galaxy Note 3 or 4, you’re in luck you can get Marshmallow on your device.
Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 4
When Android 6.0 first rolled out, Samsung prioritized its new and flagship models, causing those who own the Galaxy S5 and Note 4 to fear that they won’t get Marshmallow ever. However, they need not feared since the South Korean tech giant has kept its promise to roll out Marshmallow to mid-range and older models.
A few months ago, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 4 handsets all around the world have started to receive the update, with Australia the latest place to get the Android 6.0 update for the Note 4. Those who live in India, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Italy, Germany, and Netherlands have also received the update for Galaxy S5 handsets. So, if you live in these areas, check if you have received an OTA notification about the Marshmallow update; if there’s none, you can manually check for it by going to Settings >> About Device >> Software Update >> Update Now.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
It’s important to note that Samsung is not rolling out the Android 6.0 update to all of its devices. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, for example, is one of the handsets that will not receive the Marshmallow update. Fortunately, if you own this handset, you can still enjoy the Marshmallow experience by downloading a custom ROM.
You can go the DIY route by using these installation instructions, or you can ask a tech expert to do it for you. Either way, you have to ensure that the ROM is properly installed or else you’ll risk bricking your device and rendering it useless. You must also choose the right custom ROM to install; many ROMs are designed for a certain handset only (for instance, the Note 3 (SM-N9005) LTE model), so you should first confirm the exact model of your device to know which ROM to use. Don’t forget to back up your important data to ensure you can access it after installing the custom ROM.