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Update Galaxy S9 G960U to June 2018 Android 8.0 Oreo Official Firmware

US unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 G960U owners can now update their smartphones to new June 2018 Android 8.0 Oreo official firmware. Recently, Samsung released a new update for all Galaxy S9 variants. Present within this new build, are numerous changes out of which the headlining one is the latest June 2018 security patch. Classed as incremental update, however, there aren’t any substantial UI changes or feature additions. Further, included is a fix for Black Crush issue that users were reporting recently. Our manual guide ahead will take you through all the steps required for installing SQS2ARF4 Android 8.0 Oreo update on your Galaxy S9 G960U.

Following the manual procedure instead of going with the OTA(Over-the-air) route has multiple benefits. Firstly, there isn’t any sort of waiting associated, you just need to download and flash. Secondly, for OTA to work, your phone needs to be stock which means no root, custom ROM or any other such modification whereas the manual steps work regardless. As this is an official update, your Knox status wont be changed and would remain as it was before. Now, before you head on, do make you have a recent backup of all your apps along with your personal data so that you can use that to restore afterwards if needed.

SQS2ARF4 Android 8.0 (June 2018) - Samsung Galaxy S9

Disclaimer: Please use this guide at your own risk. We, at TeamAndroid, would not be held responsible if you brick or generally mess up with your device. Further, the firmwares, system files or apps used are property of their respective owners.

SQS2ARF4 Android 8.0 (June 2018) Firmware Details:

Model SM-G960U
Model name Galaxy S9
Country USA (USC)
Version Android 8.0.0
Changelist 13087505
Build date Tue, 21 Jun 1898 14:28:43 +0000
Security Patch Level 2018-06-01
Product code USC
PDA G960USQS2ARF4
CSC G960UOYN2ARF4

This firmware tutorial for the Samsung Galaxy S9 is for a specific model number and will not work if your phone is a different variant. SQS2ARF4 Android 8.0 firmware is for the following phone:

  • Samsung Galaxy S9 G960U

To make sure you own the correct Samsung Galaxy S9 model / variant, please see: Samsung Galaxy S9 Model Numbers / Country Variants Guide. To check the model of your phone, go to Settings > About phone > Model number.

You might find these following Galaxy S9 G960U related articles interesting:

If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Galaxy S9 G960U, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

Samsung Galaxy S9 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 S9 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy S9 USB drivers!

All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update Galaxy S9 G960U to Android 8.0 SQS2ARF4 official firmware update.

How to Install SQS2ARF4 Android 8.0 (June 2018) Firmware on Samsung Galaxy S9 G960U

Ahead, we have a detailed step-by-step procedure through which you can update Samsung Galaxy S9 to Android 8.0 SQS2ARF4. The firmware is an official one signed by Samsung and we will utilize latest ODIN to flash it onto Galaxy S9 G960U.

Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing on your device.

ODIN3 v3.09

To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Samsung Galaxy S9 G960U. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the phone.
  • G960USQS2ARF4 is an official firmware by Samsung for the Galaxy S9 G960U.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download Android 8.0 G960USQS2ARF4 for Galaxy S9 to your computer and extract the zip file.

Step 2 – Download Odin which will help you to install Android 8.0 on Samsung Galaxy S9 G960U.

Step 3 – Switch OFF your phone. Now go to Download Mode. How? Press and hold the Volume Down + Bixby buttons together, and then press the Power button till you see the construction Android robot and a triangle. Press Power again to confirm to enter into Download Mode. Read: How to Enter Download Mode on Galaxy S9.

Step 4 – Make sure you have your Galaxy S9 USB drivers installed on your computer.

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