I’m hoping someone can guide me around a problem I have come up against, while preparing my Samsung Galaxy III International i5300 phone for flashing with /e/ OS. I have never flashed a phone before, and this phone is only being used as a music player at the moment as I upgraded last year to a Motorola G7.
I am using Anonyme’s very clear instructions “[HOWTO] Install /e/ on a Samsung smartphone with Windows easily” as my knowledge of command- line is sketchy. I realise the phone he has flashed is not the same as my phone, but this phone is on the list of supported devices.
I didn’t get very far… When I came to “3) OEM Unlock” it was missing, so I followed the instructions to activate Developer Options [it was already activated], then looked again but OEM Unlock still wasn’t in Developer Options.
I then attempted to update Android; I unchecked Automatic Date and Time/ changed the date on the phone to 10 days in the past, looked for ‘Auto Update System’ [not there], found ‘Software Update/ Auto Updates’ and unchecked it, tapped on ‘Update’, got the message “latest updates already installed”.
Next I rebooted the phone and turned on ‘automatic date and time’ again; restarted the phone and check to see if OEM Unlock had magically appeared; still not there.
I then did a Factory Reset to see if that changed anything. The Android version is still 4.3 as before.
Where do I go from here? I’m thinking I should save up for one of the refurbished phones with /e/ already installed, anyone think of something else I can try?