How To Update Galaxy Tab A 2016 (T285) To Android 7.12

Dear all Galaxy Tab A 2016 users! Samsung might seem to stop updating a newer Android version for your Galaxy Tab, which is a pity. You want to update your tablet to a newer version, but after spending hours on Google, you cannot find a cook ROM for your device. So, this post today is written to help you install the Android 7.1.2 Nougat on your device. If you like to experience the Android 7.1.2 Nougat on your Galaxy Tab A 2016 (T285), then keep reading this post to update the version.


  • This ROM currently works with LTE SM-T285 model, if you flash it on SM-T280 model, your device might hang the logo.
  • Back up all your important data on your tablet
  • Charge your tablet’s battery to at least 50% to avoid unexpected issues

Once done, let’s start installing the recovery on your device

How To Install TWRP recovery For Galaxy Tab A 2016 (T285 & T280)

(Updated: The latest build of Android 7.1.2 Nougat- 17/10/2018: )

  • Now, on your tablet, go to Settings > About Phone > Software Version and tap on Build Number 7 times to activate Developer Option. Once done, return to Settings, tap on it and enable OEM Unlock and USB Debugging.
  • Next, power your device off and boot it into Download mode by pressing Power + Vol Down + Home When you see the blue warning screen, simply tap on Vol Up button.
  • Launch Odin.exe, click on AP button and browse to the extracted TWRP recovery file. Remember to remove .md5 at the end of the file. The format is .tar
  • Move to Options tab and uncheck Auto-reboot section. Next, click on Start to flash the TWRP recovery
  • Once done, unplug the cable and press Power + Volume keys combination to reboot your tablet.
  • When you see the Galaxy Tab A 2016 logo, quickly press Vol Up + Home button to boot into the TWRP recovery mode. If you fail to do it, repeat the step after powering off your device.
  • From this screen, tap on Wipe > Advanced Wipe and wipe: Dalvik, Cache, Data
  • Once done, tap on Reboot and choose Power Off

Now, it’s time to update your Galaxy Tab A 2016 to Android 7.1.2 Nougat.

Also read: Combination ROM For Galaxy Tab A 2016 SM-T280

Steps To Update Galaxy Tab A 2016 To Android 7.1.2

  • Extract the downloaded file above. (With the latest ROM build updated on 17/10, just copy it into your device internal storage).
  • Next, copy the Gapps file into the internal storage of your device
  • Open Odin again, switch your tablet off and continue to boot it into the Download mode again
  • Connect your device to the computer again
  • In Odin, click on AP button and browse to the folder containing the ROM file and then click on Start to flash it.
  • Wait for the process to complete. Once done, your Galaxy Tab will automatically reboot.

That’s all! You have now successfully updated your Galaxy Tab A 2016 to Android 7.1.2 Nougat. To install Google Play Services, just boot your device into TWRP and flash open_gapps-arm-7.1-pico.

If you feel this post helpful, let’s know in the comment below. Additionally, in case there is any problem, let’s know in the comment below.



  1. Aury Escobar de Aguilar Reply

    i have problems with account google, i don´t have playstore, nothing!

  2. leendert Reply

    You genuinely are my new superhero. This worked like a charm.

    I’ve been searching for this for months, and finaly found your post. Easy and quickly updated, thanks to your files and easy description.

  3. La_aice Reply

    I need to update my device. I haven’t done this before. Do I need to be an expert. Mine is T285 nits sure if it’s LTE..
    You also didn’t explain how to flash Gasps file

  4. Joelsinaro II Reply

    this is cool, but it doesn’t work well for cameras, also i scan qr for web whatsapp can’t, please help me

  5. Paulo Reply

    is working perfectly, thank you! the camera is running with Mark Harman’s camera for replacement, it works fine. T285m From Brazil

  6. Jan SA Reply

    hi thanks for this….

    im not sure what i did wrong after following the steps when i booted up the device is me a centered curved green line with a circle going from one end to another please advise what steps can i take to fix this.

          • Duke

            Hello,I alsl have an SM-T285… I have just experienced the same issue. Green curve line with a circle moving right to left. Can anyone who has had this issue and fixed it help? Step by step instructions would be HIGHLY HIGHLY appreciated. Can’t seem to flash/power off my device anymore. Thank you.

    • Jan SA Reply

      Hi All,
      @admin thanks for the suggested steps of re flashing it again,
      it finally worked after trying a couple of times.

      on my side i suspect that it was my usb data cable that was giving me issues but i am not 100% sure if that was the only cause.

      hope this helps !!!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.