Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 users can install Android 9.0 Pie Beta firmware directly on their smartphones using this detailed guide. As the brand draws closer to final public release, it has released an Open Beta program which users can sign-up on and get new Android Pie based firmware. If your country hasn’t received the Beta program or you are unable to sign-up, here is a direct guide which lets you manually update your Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus to Android 9.0 Pie Beta official firmware. Keep in mind, this guide is dedicated towards Snapdragon models which are G960U and G965U.
The new Android Pie overhaul carries major changes. Key highlights start with a brand new One UI system that Samsung has introduced to streamline everything. Further, there is new notification shade, better performance and more. Being a beta build, there are, however, few bugs and glitches which will hopefully get sorted out soon. For our guide ahead, all you need is to be on the correct official Android Oreo firmware — no need of custom recoveries or even root. Further, you might also need to factory reset your phone after installation for better performance so do make sure to create a recent backup of all apps and data.
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.
Android 9.0 Pie Beta Firmware Details:
This is a beta / test firmware based on Android 9.0 Pie. The build carries various changes including a whole new One UI skin. Further, all changes that were released by Google have been integrated as well. For a more detailed change-log, read: Android 9.0 Pie Features.
This firmware tutorial applies to both Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. The specific model numbers supported through this guide are mentioned ahead.
- Samsung Galaxy S9 G960U
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ G965U
To make sure you own the correct Samsung Galaxy S9 model / variant, go to Settings > About phone > Model number. Also, you can consult our Galaxy S9 / S9+ Model Numbers and Variants article.
You might find these following Galaxy S9 / S9+ related articles interesting:
- USB Drivers: Samsung Galaxy S9 Drivers and How to Connect with Computer.
- Recovery Mode: How to Access Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S9.
- Install Android Pie: How to Install Android 9.0 Pie on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9+ custom ROMs, click here!
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Galaxy S9, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
Samsung Galaxy S9 / 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 / S9+ 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 S9 / S9+ to Android 9.0 Pie Beta official firmware update.
How to Install Android 9.0 Pie Beta on Snapdragon Galaxy S9 / S9+
Ahead, we have a detailed step-by-step procedure through which you can update Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9+ to Android 9.0 Pie Beta build. The firmware is an official one signed by Samsung and we will utilize latest ODIN to flash it onto Galaxy S9 / S9+.
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 S9 / S9+. 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 S9 / S9+.
- Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.
Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:
Step 1 – Download the following Android 8.1 Oreo update from the following links for your specific Galaxy S9 / S9+ model to your computer and extract the zip file. (This is required before you can actually install Android 9.0 Pie.)
NOTE: You can skip to Step 11 if you are already on SQU3BRJ5 build, check by going to Settings > About Phone > Build Number.
Step 2 – Download Odin which will help you to install Leaked update on Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9+.
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.