Users can now install October 2018 Android 8.1 Oreo official firmware on Samsung Galaxy Note 9, manually, with the guide ahead. Samsung’s 2018 Note flagship has proved to be one of the most powerful Android smartphones available. Thanks to its high-end Exynos chipset (Snapdragon in some regions), exceptionally large storage and best-in-class display, Note 9 has established itself well with Android enthusiasts despite the premium price tag. With this article, we will guide owners how to manually install Android 8.1 Oreo carrying October 2018 security update through Odin on Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
No doubt, it is frustrating that there is no official Android Pie update available even till now. Hopefully, Samsung addresses this and releases a build soon. Till then, it is best that you run latest official firmware to avoid any issues or bugs. For October 2018 update, there are no particular feature enhancements rather just improvements to existing code and latest security definitions. Despite the absence of any substantial change, we recommend you update your smartphone immediately to avoid any issues or problems. For our steps ahead, you would need proper USB drivers and a USB Type-C cable. Further, it is also advised to maintain a complete backup of all user data on your phone before updating. The steps ahead are intended to work with Samsung Galaxy Note 9 only.
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.
October 2018 Android 8.1 Firmware Details:
Main software change within this October 2018 build is newer security definitions and bug-fixes. Users can also expect slightly better performance as well after installation.
This firmware tutorial applies to various Galaxy Note 9 varaints. The specific model numbers supported through this guide are mentioned ahead.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 N960F
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 N960U
To make sure you own the correct Samsung Galaxy Note 9 model / variant, go to Settings > About phone > Model number. Also, you can consult our Galaxy Note 9 Model Numbers and Variants article.
You might find these following Galaxy Note 9 related articles interesting:
- USB Drivers: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Drivers and How to Connect with Computer.
- Recovery Mode: How to Access Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
- Install Android Pie: How to Install Android 9.0 Pie on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 custom ROMs, click here!
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Galaxy Note 9, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 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 9 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update Galaxy Note 9 to Android 8.1 October 2018 official firmware update.
How to Install October 2018 Android 8.1 on Galaxy Note 9
Ahead, we have a detailed step-by-step procedure through which you can update Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to Android 8.1 October 2018 build. The firmware is an official one signed by Samsung and we will utilize latest ODIN to flash it onto Galaxy Note 9.
Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing on your device.
- This tutorial is only for Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the phone.
- Firmwares used in this post are official releases by Samsung for the Galaxy Note 9.
- Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.
Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:
Step 1 – Download October 2018 Android 8.1 update from the following links for your specific Galaxy Note 9 model to your computer and extract the zip file.
- Galaxy Note 9 N960F: N960FXXS2ARJ4
- Galaxy Note 9 N960U: Waiting For Firmware.
Step 2 – Download Odin which will help you to install October 2018 update on Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
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 Note 9.
Step 4 – Make sure you have your Galaxy Note 9 USB drivers installed on your computer.