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Update Galaxy Note 8 N950F to XXU1AQI1 Android 7.1.1 Nougat Official Firmware

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be heading to customers just in a few days and we already have our hands on the first XXU1AQI1 Android 7.1.1 Nougat firmware update. As Samsung readies itself for the complete launch, it is essential for the brand to give the perfect first impression to its users. Hence, Samsung is focusing on ironing out any bugs that have surfaced during public testing. This firmware is the first that we are covering for the Galaxy Note 8. Custom ROM developers can also utilize this full fledged firmware to port apps, design custom ROMs and more. In order to install XXU1AQI1 Android 7.1.1 Nougat firmware on Samsung Galaxy Note 8, you have two options. Either you can check with OTA (Over the air) update system or Samsung Smart Switch software. The other option is utilizing our procedure below which applies to all unlocked Galaxy Note 8 N950F smartphones. The manual procedure would not void warranty as it is an official firmware further, it is the fastest way of getting XXU1AQI1 Android 7.1.1 Nougat to run on your Galaxy Note 8. You can easily update Galaxy Note 8 N950F to XXU1AQI1 Android 7.1.1 Nougat official firmware — and also root Galaxy Note 8 N950F phone on this firmware. N950FXXU1AQI1 is a complete unbranded firmware, which means you should not get any pre-installed apps or extra language packs with this.

As you continue reading below, we will guide you how to install XXU1AQI1 Android 7.1.1 Nougat on Galaxy Note 8 N950F using ODIN. We have also given some tips on how to backup your phone data and have given some other important tips. Don’t forget to backup all your apps and personal data as a precaution. Major revamps like these usually have a wipe script with them, meaning, after you finish the update process, your phone will be completely wiped. Now in order to avoid any problems we recommend backing up your data which might include documents, contacts, or even downloads. Let’s continue with the tutorial now.

Galaxy Note 8 - XXU1AQI1 Android 7.1.1 Firmware

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

XXU1AQI1 Android 7.1.1 Firmware Details:

Model SM-N950F
Model name
Country Russia
Version Android 7.1.1
Changelist 12007350
Build date Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:08:44 +0000
Security Patch Level 2017-08-01
Product code SER

This firmware tutorial for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is for a specific model number and will not work if your phone is a different variant. XXU1AQI1 Android 7.1.1 firmware is for the following phone:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 N950F

To make sure you own the correct Samsung Galaxy Note 8 model / variant, please see: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Model Numbers / Country Variants Guide.

You might find these following Galaxy Note 8 N950F related articles interesting:

If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Galaxy Note 8 N950F, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy Note 8 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps.

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung Smart Switch to your computer. Smart Switch helps to move data across different Android devices i.e moving Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge backup data to Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Nougat.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

All set and ready? Good. You can now head over to the next page and update Galaxy Note 8 N950F to Android 7.1.1 XXU1AQI1 official firmware update.