Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Drivers for Windows and Mac

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You can download and install proper Galaxy Note 8 drivers for your computer – both Windows and Mac – through this easy and simple guide. These drivers would help your computer in properly recognizing the device and also allow for seamless data transfers. Further, if you are interested in ADB and Fastboot utilities, this guide is a must for these services to work. The new flagship from Samsung packs a bunch of new hardware and tech specs in Galaxy Note 8, software features and an enhanced S-Pen. Many customers have already pre-order the phone, as reported by Samsung. If you still haven’t ordered yours, make sure you check our buying guides for USA, United Kingdom and Canada. Many customers will be receiving their Galaxy Note 8 in few weeks but this is just the guide to get you ready with Note 8 USB drivers as the first thing would be copying over your data.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 drivers are required to be installed on your computer if you haven’t previously owned a recent Galaxy device from Samsung. These drivers are proprietary hence, each manufacturer has its own unique set. Further, Galaxy Note 8 comes with a USB-C connector which you would be able to properly utilize once you have these drivers installed. After installation, not only would you be able to properly transfer files but you would be able to take advantage of software utilities such as ODIN. This post will help you download and install the correct Galaxy Note 8 drivers on PC and Mac.

 Download Galaxy Note 8 Drivers

The link below will you take you to the latest Android drivers provided by Samsung for various OS platforms – Windows, Mac and Linux. The phone does come with SD card slot which you can use to expand the storage. These drivers are only for making your computer recognizing the Galaxy Note 8 (and the SD card) correctly. We have an entire section full of Android USB Drivers, but we have that covered as well for you below on how to download and install the drivers.

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Download Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Drivers for Windows

The official Galaxy Note 8 USB drivers are always bundled with Samsung Smart Switch that you can download for Windows PC. You can also directly connect your Galaxy Note 8 to the computer and wait till it is recognized by the PC and MTP drivers are automatically installed. Android MTP drivers have always been included with every phone running Android Nougat software. Please note, Samsung KIES is no longer compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

If your phone is not easily recognized by the computer and nothing happens after connecting your phone, that is when you need to download Samsung Smart Switch or install Galaxy Note 8 drivers manually. For transferring media content, photos and other files from your phone, you need to have a USB-C cable (preferably the one you got with the phone) for the phone.

Follow these simple steps to connect your phone with Windows PC:

Step 1 – Download Samsung USB drivers for the Galaxy Note 8 and install them on your computer.

Step 2 – Download Samsung Smart Switch and install it on your computer too. This app also includes the latest modem and MTP drivers needed for your Galaxy Note 8 to connect with the PC. Smart Switch will also help you transfer contacts or files from your previous (or other) phone.

Step 3 – Connect your Galaxy Note 8 with the computer and a USB-C cable.

Step 4 – Now wait for the computer to recognize the device and install / setup necessary files and drivers.

Step 5 – You will notice several files being installed. Once completed, open My Computer or This PC to find your phone.

Step 6 – Double-click on your phone and now you are ready to browse through your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on the Windows PC.

You can now transfer photos, music, videos or any other files from and to your Galaxy Note 8 internal storage and the SD card (if you have inserted any) in your phone.

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Alternative: Transfer Galaxy Note 8 Files to Windows with HandShaker

Android Files Manager - HandShaker

There are plenty of third-party alternatives on Windows for transferring files from Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and other Android phones, but our recent find HandShaker is really easy to use and works just how an Android file manager is supposed to work. It has a beautiful UI that makes it very easy to browse through your photos, videos, downloads and all the other files in your Android phone.

How to use HandShaker? Follow the quick steps below:

If you would like to read our review and installation guide, follow this link: How to Setup and Install HandShaker for Android and Windows.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 USB Drivers for Mac

Android File Transfer - Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Connecting Galaxy Note 8’s internal memory and SD card storage is relatively easier on Mac OS X. The entire process on Mac is as easy as plug and play. If you have been a Google Pixel or Nexus user on a Mac previously, then setting up the Galaxy Note 8 drivers should be no different for you.

Google provides a free utility for macOS, called Android File Transfer, that users can use to connect their Android phones (and tablets) to transfer their data between the phone and the computer. Android File Transfer misses out on a number of important features and feels very outdated, but it gets the job done and is compatible with almost every Android device out there.

A few users did report some issues with Android File Transfer and some of the newly launched Android phones (i.e. Google Pixel). That has been taken care of with another free alternative on Mac called as HandShaker. We will talk about that in a bit below.

Make sure you have a Galaxy Note 8 and a USB-C cable (preferably, the one that came with the phone). Then follow these quick steps:

Step 1 – Download Android File Transfer and install it on your Mac computer.

Step 2 – Download Samsung Smart Switch and install that on your Mac as well. This app is the latest tool offered by Samsung to safely and seamlessly transfer your data to virtually any Samsung Galaxy device. Read more here about Smart Switch. Installing this tool is optional, as you can easily transfer content using just Android File Transfer.

Step 3 – Connect your Galaxy Note 8 with the computer and a USB-C cable.

Step 4 – Now wait for the computer to recognize the device. It may take a few seconds more if this is your first time connecting a new Android device.

Step 5 – Android File Transfer window will automatically open up with your internal phone memory directories.

Alternatively, you can also try to use Samsung KIES for Mac for browsing through your internal storage and transfer file easily. But, this is an old Samsung software and it is not recommended to use it.

Alternative: Transfer Galaxy Note 8 Files to Mac with HandShaker

HandShaker for Android and Mac

This is the beautiful alternative we mentioned earlier that you can use on Mac to transfer files from the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. HandShaker lets you work with your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phone files on your Mac computer just like how you would do on a Windows PC. It has a beautiful UI that makes it very easy to browse through your photos, videos, downloads and all the other files in your Android phone.

How to use HandShaker? Follow the quick steps below:

If you need a complete step-by-step guide, follow our tutorial here: How to Setup and Install HandShaker App for Android and Mac OS X.

That’s it! Pretty easy solutions, eh? Let us know if you run into any problems and we’ll try our best to sort it out.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ADB / Fastboot Drivers for Windows & Mac

Now for those of you who plan on developing Android apps, testing, debugging or install any custom ROMs on the Galaxy Note 8, you will need to have ADB and Fastboot drivers installed and working in your computer. We have done tutorials on how to set up ADB and Fastboot using Android SDK / Android Studio on Windows and Mac for any Android device. Read the following guides depending on your OS platform:

The above mentioned tutorials are very detailed and require you to set up Android Studio / Android SDK on your computer. If you want to skip the long tutorial and just want the SDK Platform Tools package with ADB and Fastboot in it, download that from here:

You can download ADB and Fastboot for the Galaxy Note 8 from the above mentioned link. Separate ZIP packages are available for Windows, Mac and Linux users. At the time of writing, the following packages were the latest available by Google:

Again, for any help you need or if you get stuck with an issue, you can always contact us below in the comments and the team of Team Android will be happy to help you out.

You may also like to check out our Galaxy Note 8 section for official firmware updates, custom ROMs, tips and other tutorials.