Here’s how to install the Android 6.0 beta on your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge

In an almost landmark move, Samsung today started testing the next version of Android through a public beta program. Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge users in the UK are currently getting the chance to test out Android 6.0 Marshmallow on their device, with a beta build rolling out already.

If you’re in the UK and own any of the two devices, then you can get in on the action right away (do note that it is up to Samsung to accept your request for the beta). If you are confused, just follow our guide below to find out how you can participate and start using Android Marshmallow on your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge today!

Disclaimer: Unless you’re using a locally bought Galaxy S6 or S6 edge in the UK, keep in mind that following the instructions below is something you do at your own risk. Don’t blame us (or Samsung) if anything goes wrong!

  1. First, make sure your phone’s model number is SM-G920F or SM-G925F. Check this in the Settings » About device menu. Also make sure you’re using an unlocked version of the phone.
  2. Then, check if your phone’s current firmware has the BTU product code. To do so, download the SamMobile Device Info app from the Play Store, open it, swipe to the Firmware tab, then check out the Product Code. The Product Code should have BTU mentioned after the phone’s model number.
  3. If it’s BTU, download the Galaxy Care app from the Galaxy Apps store on your phone (or grab the APK from this post, transfer it to your phone and install it manually).
    If your phone is not on BTU/if you want to install Android 6.0 on a device outside the UK, find the necessary steps to gain the BTU firmware down below, then come back to this guide.
  4. Open Galaxy Care, agree to the legal terms on the welcome screen, then press Next to head to the main screen of Galaxy Care.
  5. Now, at the top of the app, swipe around till you get the screen where it says “Participate Galaxy Beta Program.” Here, click the Join button.
    galaxy-care
  6. Then, press the REGISTRATION button at the bottom. Agree to the license terms after that, and voila, you will be given the option to download the Android 6.0 beta firmware sometime within the next 24 hours if Samsung selects you for the beta!
  7. As Samsung notes, it could take up

For those not in the UK/with non-BTU Product Code:

You can get the firmware even outside the UK if you are so inclined, but there are a couple of prerequisites for that: You must have the SM-G920F/SM-G925F model of the Galaxy S6/S6 edge, and it must be unlocked. See that F at the end of the model number? That is very important – you cannot install the beta firmware on any other model of either device.

You must also install the BTU version of the UK firmware for your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge. Here’s a link for the Galaxy S6 BTU UK firmware, and a link for the Galaxy S6 edge BTU UK firmware. To install the downloaded firmware on your phone, just follow the instructions in this video. Flashing this firmware should not wipe your data (nor void your warranty), but do a backup just to be safe.

Once your device has booted into the newly flashed firmware, just follow the guide above from step 3 to get the Android 6.0 software.


That’s it. Let us know if you run into any issues by leaving a comment below!

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Jannickkl02
3 months 16 days ago

I must make a factory reset after downloading the BTU? (Germany)
Sry for the bad english^^

alexhar
3 months 15 days ago

The beta program is closed. In the next few days the international S6 (edge)’s (G920F G925F) will receive official android M.

ISLAMSuliman1997
4 months 11 days ago

My friends, I carried the Roman through Alaudin loading program was successful, but Ayalq Samsung logo on the device does not open What do I do my friends

KaramNekokara
4 months 12 days ago

Registration Closed :(

alexhar
4 months 12 days ago

The whole beta is set to end today.

Total Faith
3 months 28 days ago

Well… Why did the Note 5 receive a beta build today then?? :/
You are right that the s6 (edge) beta program has been closed…

alexhar
3 months 27 days ago

Not the same actually. There isn’t any beta program for the Note 5. Samsung just sent a beta firmware to 200 note 5 us users. In s6 (edge) case you needed to participate in that program, and there were was an app especially designed for the beta program.

romez
5 months 15 hours ago

The registration for the galaxy beta program has been closed :(

producenta
5 months 18 hours ago

Is the S6 firmware removed? When i click on link for it says “File Not Found” any help?

znagy
5 months 23 hours ago

unfortunately :(

mutanta1
5 months 1 day ago

I want to ask, is anyone else seeing the message in Galaxy Care ” The registration for the galaxy beta program has been closed” ?

micasjas
5 months 2 days ago

Never mind. I was just being too impatient. This morning, so about 7 hours later I was able to download the update.

micasjas
5 months 2 days ago

I have a SM-G925F so flasged the UK rom from link above. Registered/joined Samsung Care. Factory reset/wiped cache about 4 times. After boot during setup choose English UK as language but no update yet. I am from the Netherlands. Know it says within 24 hours how come some people get it straight after factory reset?

kanoni
5 months 2 days ago

Did you Factory reset?

jordin
5 months 2 days ago

My computer not recognize my galaxy s6 g900f please help

yasie2000
5 months 3 days ago

Does the KNOX Counter goes on 1 ?
(Sorry for my Bad English xD)

Hypodermic
5 months 3 days ago

No it does not. It still says it’s official.

yasie2000
5 months 2 days ago

Ok, THX

Hypodermic
5 months 3 days ago

After 12 hours, I also got the update to 6.0. I’m from Holland.

samymarboy
5 months 3 days ago

my current version:
BL G925FXXU3QOJF
BASEBAND G925FXXU3COJ2

here is the flashing BTU from above link

Initialzation..
Get PIT for mapping..
Firmware update start..
SingleDownload.
sboot.bin
NAND Write Start!!
FAIL!

Complete(Write) operation failed.
Removed!!
Can’t open the serial(COM) port.
All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 2)

speedway24
5 months 3 days ago

Same here, never got the update and I have tried everything.

bryan292
5 months 3 days ago

What is the F or the I at the end of the model stand for?

alexhar
5 months 3 days ago

The F stands for the international unlocked model.

kimhyuns1
5 months 3 days ago

I just joined for my S6 edge. I have been joined on my S6 before but…. I dont know the samsung account only join one time and cannot use at my S6 Edge.

Adiscz
5 months 3 days ago

I did everything. But no update. Any idea? Or do i have to use VPN? Im in Czech Republic right now.

oliverblaser
5 months 3 days ago

I installed the BTU Firmware correctly and hard resetted the device. Then I sideloaded the Care App and registered for the beta program. I also saw that I had a notice that some of your mentioned:
“In case when changing device’s internal information artificially and requesting Beta Program subscription – you will not be able to take part in the Program.”.
So I made a second hard reset, but I haven’t got any update after that…
And now after 24 hours I didn’t receive a message.

Does this mean that I have to reset my device once again?

Or might Samsung be blocking new requests from phones that were “artificially changed”?

oliverblaser
5 months 3 days ago

Resetted again. Seems not to work anymore for Non-UK Galaxy S6 Users. That’s a real pity… But well, the official 6.0 Update will come on January 18 2016 (I hope).

vyasa25
5 months 4 days ago

Flashed btu, factory reset after and also joined the beta program, but nothing yet. 21hours already..

oliverblaser
5 months 3 days ago

same :/

eyaad2008
5 months 4 days ago

i didn’t receive any message with update
and what is meaning if Samsung selected you ???

alexhar
5 months 4 days ago

If you have flashed BTU rom, factory reset your S6

Haithams42
5 months 4 days ago

hi
do I have to wait that much long ? i made factory reset for my phone after flashing the BTU firmware , now i am waiting more than 17 hours, but still i didn’t get marshmallow update notification, and i already registered in galaxy care app. any one have any idea why i didn’t get the update !!?

thnx

Haithams42
5 months 4 days ago

hi
i didn’t get marshmallow update !! I made factory reset after flashing the BTU firmware, and i registered in galaxy care app.
NOW i am waiting more than 17 hours without any update ..
what i should do now ? any ideas ?!

thx

jorel91
5 months 4 days ago

Done..!!!
Unfortunately I had to do a factory reset and then I received immediately the software update notification, wait till finish the download, n finally running Android 6.0 marshmallow, it’s clean and smooth so far,
I just miss the private mode icon on the notification bar menu. .
Thz

jorel91
5 months 5 days ago

Hey guys, is it necesary to do a factory-reset- after flash the BTU rom, cuz I’m still waiting for the notification msg. . More than 24hs

alexhar
5 months 4 days ago

Yes you need to factory reset after flashing BTU rom!

 
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