Here is how users can install final and official Android 9.0 Pie firmware on their Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones. In a surprising turn of events, Samsung has finally went on to release official Android 9.0 for Galaxy S9 devices across the globe. Unlike the beta test builds before, this firmware is complete and should hopefully contain no bugs. For users who are upgrading directly from Android Oreo to this firmware, there a large number of changes and almost everything has gone through a major revamp. To experience the new firmware and features, read our guide ahead to install Android 9.0 Pie manually on your Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ through Odin.
Again, it is important to note, this specific update isn’t a test build rather it is a stable release candidate. Once installed, users would be able to test out new Samsung One UI along with all the other new features such as better performance and battery endurance. Seeing how this is an official build, flashing this firmware would not trip your KNOX security or even break any Samsung Pay functionality. Further, this guide can be used as an un-root tutorial as well to return to factory settings from a custom ROM. Now, before you proceed, we will recommend that you create a 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 Firmware Details:
New Android 9.0 Pie update brings forth a wide variety of changes and new features. It is a major step up from older Android Oreo. Also, Samsung has integrated new One UI skin which is an overhaul of the older Samsung Experience.
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 G960F
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ G965F
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.
- Install One UI: How to Install Android Pie Beta on Galaxy S9 / S9+
- 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 official firmware update.
How to Install Android 9.0 on 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 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 Android 9.0 update from the following links for your specific Galaxy S9 / S9+ model to your computer and extract the zip file.
Step 2 – Download Odin which will help you to install Android 9.0 Pie 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 / S9+.
Step 4 – Make sure you have your Galaxy S9 USB drivers installed on your computer.