Samsung Galaxy Note 8 can now be installed with new official October 2018 Android 8.1 Oreo firmware. Despite being replaced by a newer smartphone — Galaxy Note 9 — Samsung is still keeping its older 2017 flagship up to date with software updates. The changes in this specific build — October 2018 — mostly revolve around improving security but along with that, bug fixes have been included as well. Users, by now, are expecting an Android Pie official update but that is coming a bit later. Till then, read the steps ahead to install new October 2018 Android 8.1 Oreo firmware on Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
Galaxy Note 8 is still quite a wonderful device to own thanks to its, now, reduced price. Further, as the smartphone is only a year old, Samsung would be officially updating it to Android Pie which is a big plus. If you are currently running a custom ROM, have installed root or even have custom recovery installed, you would not be able to utilize the built-in OTA system to update your smartphone. Rather, you would need to follow our manual guide ahead which shows you complete steps on updating your Galaxy Note 8 through Odin. This route is also helpful if your device is showing no updates despite being stock — due to different regions. As for the tools required, you just need proper USB drivers and a USB Type-C cable. Generally, updates that don’t bring new Android OS revisions don’t erase user data but still, as a precaution we recommend you make a complete backup of your device before implementing the tutorial. The steps ahead are intended to work with Samsung Galaxy Note 8 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:
This specific firmware is meant to carry October 2018 security patch as its highlight change. However, under-the-hood, we do expect performance improvements and bug fixes as well.
This firmware tutorial applies to various Galaxy Note 8 varaints. The specific model numbers supported through this guide are mentioned ahead.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 N950F
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 N950U
To make sure you own the correct Samsung Galaxy Note 8 model / variant, go to Settings > About phone > Model number. Also, you can consult our Galaxy Note 8 Model Numbers and Variants article.
You might find these following Galaxy Note 8 related articles interesting:
- USB Drivers: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Drivers and How to Connect with Computer.
- Recovery Mode: How to Access Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
- Install Android Pie: How to Install Android 9.0 Pie on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 custom ROMs, click here!
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Galaxy Note 8, 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:
All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update Galaxy Note 8 to Android 8.1 October 2018 official firmware update.
How to Install October 2018 Android 8.1 on Galaxy Note 8
Ahead, we have a detailed step-by-step procedure through which you can update Samsung Galaxy Note 8 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 8.
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 8. 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 8.
- 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 8 model to your computer and extract the zip file.
- Galaxy Note 8 N950F: N950FXXS5CRJ1
- Galaxy Note 8 N950U: Waiting for Firmware
Step 2 – Download Odin which will help you to install October 2018 update on Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
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 8.
Step 4 – Make sure you have your Galaxy Note 8 USB drivers installed on your computer.