Here are all the instructions for installing official January 2019 Android 8.1 Oreo firmware on new Samsung Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 smartphones. Despite being 2019 devices, Samsung decided to ship the new M devices with dated Android Oreo firmware. However, the brand did promise that Android Pie should arrive quite soon. Till then, users can update to most recent Android 8.1 Oreo firmware carrying January 2019 security patch level. This initial update should address bugs, if any, and increase reliability as well as performance. For the convenience of our readers, not only did we attach the complete official January 2019 firmware download link but have a step by step guide listed as well.
As mentioned before, new Android Pie update is imminent but till then the brand isn’t skipping any security updates in between. The firmware we have explained in this tutorial carries January 2019 patches. Further, for a new phone, the first few firmware updates do push out fixes for bugs which get reported by first set of users. If this is your first Samsung smartphone, these devices are pretty open-ended and can easily be updated using Odin –a tool meant for maintenance of Samsung phones. Before we begin the procedure, don’t forget to create a recent backup of all your data from your Galaxy M10 / M20.
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.
January 2019 Android 8.1 Firmware Details:
This specific official firmware carries the new January 2019 security definitions, bug fixes and performance improvements.
This firmware tutorial for the Samsung Galaxy M10 / M20 is for a specific model number and will not work if your phone is a different variant. Latest January 2019 Android 8.1 firmware is available for the following phones:
- Samsung Galaxy M10 M105F
- Samsung Galaxy M20 M205F
To check the model of your phone, go to Settings > About phone > Model number.
You might find these following Galaxy M10 / M20 related articles interesting:
- USB Drivers: Samsung Galaxy M10 / M20 Drivers and How to Connect with Computer.
- Recovery Mode: How to Access Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy M10 / M20.
- Install Android Pie: How to Install Android 9.0 Pie on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Samsung Galaxy M10 / M20 custom ROMs, click here!
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Galaxy M10 / M20, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
Samsung Galaxy M10 / M20 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 M10 / M20 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 M10 / M20 to Android 8.1 January 2019 official firmware update.
How to Install January 2019 Android 8.1 on Galaxy M10 / M20
Ahead, we have a detailed step-by-step procedure through which you can update Samsung Galaxy M10 / M20 to Android 8.1 January 2019 build. The firmware is an official one signed by Samsung and we will utilize latest ODIN to flash it onto Galaxy M10 / M20.
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 M10 / M20. 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 M10 / M20.
- Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.
Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:
Step 1 – Download January 2019 Android 8.1 update from the following links for your specific Galaxy M10 / M20 model to your computer and extract the zip file.
Step 2 – Download Odin which will help you to install January 2019 update on Samsung Galaxy M10 / M20.
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 M10 / M20.
Step 4 – Make sure you have your Galaxy M10 / M20 USB drivers installed on your computer.