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Update Galaxy Note 8 with November 2018 Oreo Firmware

Here is how to install November 2018 Android 8.1 Oreo official firmware on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 using Odin. Recently, Samsung has been quite quick to provide users with security releases. Unfortunately, however, there is still no sign of Android Pie which is promised for this smartphone. Till you anxiously wait for the update to arrive, we recommend you run the latest official software on your phone to get the best experience. Often Samsung does pack in other software improvements on top of security changes each time a new build is pushed so we expect the same with November 2018 firmware. As for the update process itself, we have explained all the steps ahead.

Galaxy Note 8 is a complete generation old but still, it has some amazing hardware which can definitely benefit from latest software. The main change within November 2018 update is the security enhancement. Other than that, as pointed out earlier, we do expect other improvements such as performance benefits integrated within as well. Follow our guide ahead allows to manually update. The benefit of using the manual procedure is that you can use it over a device running custom ROM or root unlike the stock OTA (Over-the-air) update system which gets disabled after any system mod. Further, this tutorial also doubles up as an unroot guide which gets you back to stock settings on your Note. Before implementing the steps, do make sure there is a complete backup made before hand. Also, do note that this article is directed towards Samsung Galaxy Note 8 only.

November 2018 Android 8.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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.

November 2018 Android 8.1 Firmware Details:

This specific firmware is meant to carry November 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:

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:

Download Samsung Galaxy Note 8 USB drivers!

All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update Galaxy Note 8 to Android 8.1 November 2018 official firmware update.

How to Install November 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 November 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.

ODIN3 v3.09

To Remember:

  • 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 November 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: N950FXXS5CRJ6
  • Galaxy Note 8 N950U: Waiting for Firmware

Step 2 – Download Odin which will help you to install November 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.