Samsung is now pushing December 2018 Android 8.1 Oreo official firmware to Galaxy Note 9 smartphones across the globe. To install it manually using Odin, detailed tutorial has been given right below. Recently, Samsung has been quite committed towards pushing monthly updates that carry new security definitions right in line with Google’s own schedule. Unfortunately, however, still no official Android Pie build. Samsung is currently testing the upgrade but till then, it is keeping up with its monthly security updates such as this December 2018 build. As these firmwares carry new security changes and improvements, we recommend you update your Galaxy Note 9 immediately.
Samsung has two high-end flagship lines, one is the standard Galaxy S line and the other being Galaxy Note lineup. Considering this, these devices always get higher preference in terms of new firmware releases. All users are eagerly waiting for Android 9.0 but as it is in testing phase, Samsung isn’t skipping the regularly scheduled monthly security updates. Thankfully, we have the latest December 2018 official firmware with us and you can install it manually on your Galaxy Note 9 with the simple steps ahead. Before you proceed, make sure you have proper USB drivers on your computer, preferably the original USB Type-C cable — otherwise any else would do and also, a full-fledged data backup of all current data from your Note 9. Once you have made sure of these few things, follow the instructions ahead to upgrade Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
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.
December 2018 Android 8.1 Firmware Details:
Main software change within this December 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 December 2018 official firmware update.
How to Install December 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 December 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 December 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: N960FXXS2ARK1
- Galaxy Note 9 N960U: Waiting For Firmware.
Step 2 – Download Odin which will help you to install December 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.