Lenovo A7000 owners in India can now enjoy Android 6.0 Marshmallow and updated VIBE UI. Lenovo starts rolling out the Marshmallow OTA (over-the-air) update for A7000, which includes March Android security patches and new features like Doze battery saving function, new app permission model, etc. As the OTA update rolled out in phases, it will take few days to get the update on all Lenovo A7000 devices.

In this guide, we will let you know how to manually update Lenovo A7000 to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Marshmallow update for the device weighs 1.3GB (build number A7000-a_S223_160405_ROW), which you can download and install manually, if you have any issue updating via OTA. However, your Lenovo A7000 should be on build number A7000-a_S153_151127_ROW to apply the update.



First, if you have not received the OTA notification for Android 6.0 update, check it by going to Settings -> About phone -> System updates -> Check for update. If update is available, let it download and install.


If no update is found for some reasons or cannot update via OTA due to network issue, you can download the OTA update file and flash it manually. This is an incremental update, so check for the build number A7000_S153_151127 before applying the update.

Manually Update Lenovo A7000 to Marshmallow

Disclaimer: This guide is for advanced users only. We will not take responsibility for anything that goes wrong. Do at your own risk.

1. Make a backup of your data you have on the phone, just in case.

2. Download Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA update zip file [HERE] from Lenovo, rename it to “update.zip” and save it on the SD card.

3. Turn off your Lenovo A7000 and enter into stock recovery mode by pressing and holding Volume Up + Volume Down + Power Key simultaneously.

4. Select language (English) and in main recovery menu, tap “install update package”.

5. Select OTA update zip file and confirm the flashing. Wait for the process to complete. It may take around 10 minutes.

After completing the installation, reboot your phone and enjoy Android Marshmallow and latest VIBE UI on your Lenovo A7000. Any doubt? Leave it in the comment section below. (Source)

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  1. This is a very old post and I thought that you have already got this update via OTA. Also note that, stuck at 49% is normal and will resume the update after a while if your device meets all the requirements.

  2. I was trying to upgrade my lenevo k3 note phone.The upgrade got stucked at 43% and then when I select install update package I get an error “getting error now system will install update.zip of root directory from sdcard2 because of Android L encrypt , system do not support ota form standard ,please get back to android data client to do” . can you tell me how to resolve this without formatting the data

  3. Lenovo k3 Note

    During pressing the vol.up+vol.down+power key
    There are come some Chinies language how to change language in English

  4. When I update Lenovo7000 in marshmallow it show my storage is full how to change this into external storage plzz reply fast ……

  5. After i update to 6.0 my phone have a many problem.. how to move apps to sd card.. wechat cant open a media and moment say no sd card..please how to fix this..

  6. I updated my lenovo a7000 mobile from lollipop to marshmallow ..while doing that my mobile is crashed..nw it cannot start..it show only lenovo powered by android that is startup screen..what i can do..

  7. Hi, I have the same problem with Pao, when I tried to update with this method I also got the message “because of Android L encrypt,system do not support ota from sd card”
    Also my device doesn’t have system update command!

  8. Sir
    am also updated the same way but I have one problem before I have 16gb internal memory but now I have only around 8gb how I can sort out this issue plz help me

  9. To apply the OTA update, your phone should be on the most recent firmware version, or wait for the over – the – air update reached on your phone.

  10. I download already the update.zip but when Im trying to update it said ” now system will install update.zip of root directory from sdcard2. because of Andror L encrypt, system do not support ota form sd card. In order to ota form sd card, please get back to ota client to do. ” When i press yes ” Install failed”. What will i do about this can you help me. Thanks

  11. Dear sir,

    I have updated my Marshmallow 6.0 OTA 16MB for lenovo A7000. After updation, contacts and message are not working. what shall i do?.

  12. Updated already installed but unfortunately there is a notification says that the “process com.android.phone has stopped” and now I can’t access all application.

  13. I own Lenovo A7000 I updated it to Marshmallow but it stucked and each time I power on the mobile the boot system (lenovo-Recovery) is activating and the normal launcher is not activating. Can u Sat what can I do.

  14. Will this work on My Rooted lenovo A7000?.. My phone is already rooted one..will this OTA work.. Successfully.. Plz reply soon plz

  15. for me yL upadate in manual i stuck in 49% and after that she well automatic go to recovery and never detect the usb in pc.. plsss help me .

  16. Hi Kannan
    I have updated successfully to Marshmallow which is around 1.3gb…I was having no problem with the update…
    The biggest advantage is that hw decoding is at its best when playing with mx player and the only con is that the Dolby atmos background tweaking is not the best and loud…
    So I waited for the lenovo to update soon..
    So I got an ota update 5 days before around 16mb..
    After updating.. nothing was improved
    The biggest pros of the update is taken away that the hw decoding is simple and the same Dolby atmos…
    I was wondering whether installing this 1.3gb update will rollback my phone?
    Plz reply soon

  17. Stuck at 49% is normal and will resume the update after a while if your device meets all the requirements. The procedure is recommended for tech-savvy users only.

  18. atlast u told that installed the zip file.. that i understand bt what about to reboot…??? means to restart the lenovo a7000.

  19. I am getting this message “now system will install update zip of root directory from sdcard 2 because of android L encrypt, system do not support ota form sdcard please get back to android ota client to do” if i click yes its not updating.. What shall i do

  20. Marshmallow Integrates the sd card as default storage.
    So just select the adopted storage and u are good to go!

  21. if i update to marshmallow while keeping sd card as default storage, will there be any problem when i remove the sd card?

  22. Try by deleting system cache in recovery menu. If it did not helped, do a factory reset, but remember to backup all your data and other resources before doing.

  23. I have updated marshmellow in my lenova A7000 but now it is show internal memory is full and also no option to change storage device in ph .plz tell me how can I change my storage device in sd card.

  24. As this is an incremental update, your device should be running on the latest Android version. Check the post for details

  25. Hi. I have successfully downloaded the marshmallow version. However, I m no longer getting the option to select SD card as the default storage option. Also, unable to move apps to SD memory. Please help..

  26. Marshmallow brings improved performance and battery life to the device, then why you need to switch back to Lollipop?

  27. You can save them in the SD card, but note that when you enable adaptable storage you will lose all your data on it, so backup before doing.

  28. Do you know how to downgrade Lenovo a7000 marshmallow update manually without going to the service center?

  29. sir, I want to know where the update.zip file to be stored before going to stock recovery mode.
    yod said in this page that “Download Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA update zip file [HERE] from Lenovo, rename it to “update.zip” and save it on the SD card”
    but in your video you said paste the zip file into internal storage.
    please describe the details wheather it is kept on sd card or Internal storage
    please answer fast…

  30. If I am changing my app storage to external then only apps are shown what about pics and videos how we can use apps pics and videos in external

  31. Assuming that you have entered wrong pattern more times. Try by factory resetting your phone by going to recovery menu.
    MRA58K system.img is not Lenovo A7000’s firmware.

  32. I have not checked whether it is the build number A7000_S153_151127 before applying the update.I want to manually update to marshmallow as there are some issues via OTA update.
    Kindly advise.

  33. Where is the option to remove system cache on Lenovo recovery I didn’t find any kind of option there option there please guide me step by step

  34. Hi Kanan,

    I installed Marshmallow after my Lenovo A7000 notified me of system update. Download & Installation completed. However, now I am unable to unlock it (pattern code).. I was able to unlock it for the first few times.. & then the ‘Contacts’ screen kept loading.. with no result.

    Now I am not able to unlock it.. Fortunately my Guest access is not pattern locked & so I can access the phone through the guest login but don’t have contacts/Downloaded Apps…etc.

    I tried fixes mentioned on other forums for this apparently common marshmallow issue.. like the proximity sensor reset.. for which I downloaded a proximity sensor reset app & followed instructions with no luck. I also tried to unlock the phone in a well lit room.. that didn’t work either.. Another solution is apparently to re-flashing the MRA58K system.img….. Please let me know how I can re-flash the MRA58K. Also, please let me know if there is any other fixes I should be trying.

    Thanks ahead!!

  35. Hi Kannan,
    What are the changes in new OS (Android 6.0 Marshmallow) compare to Android 5.0 Lolipop.

  36. Hello if download &update ma device using the link you provide my device officially or rooted after update my device is license or not please help

  37. How to rollback to stock version? Marshmallow lags in running many android applications like whatsapp, facebook. It hangs in between. Need to restart it to run efficiently.

  38. HI
    while i am updating my phone via OTA it has exceed the 100% & proceded upto 159% then it is showing checking for upgrade package & there after it is starting download from zero.in this case can i update it manually.

  39. thank you man for post…. i was trying whole night with lenovo mobile assistant. had downloaded update package successfully but giving problem while loading, i use update package & update.cfg downloaded by lenovo mobile assistant from progemfiles//lenovo mobile assistant/download and copy them to sd card… applied stock recovery selected yes to all options…….. And m on Marshmellow

  40. Hi,
    I got a notification to update. But when I try to download the update it get stuck at 0%.
    So as a workaround I downloaded the file manually and followed the instructions given in this thread.
    But the update fails after 49% completion.
    I have factory reset my phone and build number is A7000-a_S153_151127_ROW.
    Please can you suggest something or resolve this.

  41. dear sir
    Please help me because i update my lenovo A7000 Android 6 but now storage is very low so i want to do again Android 5 .how can i do Android 5 lollipop Please help me

  42. But there is no OTA notification comes on my phone..Do I have to copy the file to another folder i.e. on sdcard2->lenovoota… And my phn is not rooted..

  43. Hi.. If iam not getting the OTA notification on my phone but still on system update settings my phone is showing marshmallow update. But this update doesn’t get downloaded up as the downloading process never gets start.. Pls help

  44. I also have the same problem (that is my system does not support ota from sdcard) but as you said i have already got the notification for ota on my phone from lenovo

  45. I am getting an OTA but the download gets failed around 15-20% and my phone is also rooted. Will this manual flashing work? How much free internal memory is required?

  46. i cant update the marshmallow on my a7000…..when i press download it is not downloading…staying at 0% for 1 hour….wat to do..

  47. I too get this message,”now system will install update zip of root directory from sdcard 2 because of android L encrypt, system do not support ota form sdcard please get back to android ota client to do”
    Click YES/NO, I clicked YES. And it went to updating device.. U replied to previous coment to wait,”Wait until you get OTA notification on your phone from Lenovo”, I already got notification. So what can I do next? Did I do anything wrong with selecting YES?

  48. Even i am getting msg of update but not able to update. On sideload after 49% it stuck up. What to do

  49. Hi

    I have downloaded update.zip file on my sd card. But somehow not able to boot my phone in stock mode. Please help.

  50. Hii,

    I have installed latest firmware version (build number A7000-a_S153_151127_ROW)on My lenovo A7000 and I have downloaded and naed as “update.zip” and kept at SD Card. when I shut down and try to go in recovery mode by pressing and holding Volume Up + Volume Down + Power Key simultaneously, my phone just restart. it does not go into the recovery mode.

    Please help.

  51. If your phone is running on the latest firmware version (build number A7000-a_S153_151127_ROW) you should be able to sideload the OTA update.

  52. You will not be able to sideload OTA update on a rooted phone. You need to download full firmware package and flash it.

  53. Dear One,

    I want to update Android OS on my Lenovo A7000 smartphone. Is this manual updation really works??? As I go for the update manytime but not completed yet because the size of the update is too high 1360 MB.
    Can I update through this and it works???

    Please help. thanks is advance.


  54. thanks a lot kannan,i am trying to update to marshmallow since two days,but downloading progress though ota seems negligible… so i am searching for the manual rom.

  55. i try this step, but after 4th step when i select update.zip file it will shows
    “now system will install update zip of root directory from sdcard 2 because of android L encrypt, system do not support ota form sdcard please get back to android ota client to do”
    now what should i do?

  56. hello.. If i donwload and update my device using the link you provide , then will my device considered official or rooted ..and is the update link you provided direct from lenovo server ?

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