Samsung has recently announced a new software Beta program for its Galaxy Note 9 that not only brings upcoming Android 10 firmware but also the brand’s latest, revised One UI 2.0 skin. As the release channel is live, selected users have already started receiving beta One UI 2.0 firmware update. If you would also like to try out the beta software on your Galaxy Note 9, this is just the guide! Specifically for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 (Exynos variant), the procedure ahead should let you immediately update your phone to One UI 2.0 Beta.
Beta software releases are always widely welcomed by customers and enthusiasts. They provide a great insight as to what’s coming up next. Further, with these beta releases, consumers can act as testers and relay information back to the brand which promotes faster debugging and a much stable final release. Whether you have missed out on your chance to enroll in the Beta program or haven’t been selected, here is how to install One UI 2.0 Beta on Galaxy Note 9 (Exynos) manually.
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.
One UI 2.0 Beta Update Firmware Details:
Unlike other updates released for the phone that only improved existing features and security, for the first time, this release would be a major one. This firmware will bring the phone up from Android 9 Pie to Android 10. Adding to that, it would also be carrying Samsung’s propietrary One UI skin which has been rethought and revamped for its newer One UI 2.0 version.
There are numerous other changes as well, some already integrated, some to be added in upcoming builds. The best way to explore all of them is to install the beta build on your phone!
This firmware tutorial applies to only Exynos variant of Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The specific model numbers supported through this guide are mentioned ahead.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 N960F
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 10: How to Install Android 10 on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 custom ROMs, click here!
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 One UI 2.0 Android 10 beta firmware.
How to Install One UI 2.0 Beta Update on Galaxy Note 9
Right ahead is the whole procedure that would let you update your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 N960F to Android 10 One UI 2.0 Beta firmware from Samsung.
- This tutorial is only for Samsung Galaxy Note 9 N960F. 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.
- Your Galaxy Note 9 should be running XXS4CSJ1 firmware.
- Go to Settings > About Phone > Software Information
- Verify your phone has N960FXXS4CSJ1 as Baseband.
- PPR1.180610.011.N960FXXS4CSJ1 as Build number.
- OXM as part of the first line of Service provider SW ver.
- Go to Settings > About Phone > Software Information
Step 1 – Download the Update Packages from below:
- Download 1: Beta 1 update link (CSJ1 to ZSK5 firmware)
- Download 2: Beta 2 update link (ZSK5 to ZSK7 firmware)
Step 2 – Once the download completes, you would need to rename the file to “update.zip“. Start with Download 1 and make sure to change the file extension!
Step 3 – After renaming, copy the ZIP file to your microSD card.
Step 4 – From here, you just need to put your phone into recovery mode. For that, turn the device off and then hold Power + Bixby + Volume Up buttons while rebooting. Having issues? Read our guide: How to Access Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
Step 5 – Once in recovery, choose Apply update from SD card. In recovery mode, the power button acts as select and volume up and down are for scrolling.
Step 6 – Now, navigate and select the previously copied update.zip
Step 7 – It will start the update and reboot your phone once it finish.
Step 8 – Once phone is up and running, do the whole process again from Step 2 but this time, using Download 2.
That’s it! Your phone should now be upgraded to latest Samsung Galaxy Note 9 One UI 2.0 Beta firmware!
Backup and Other Important Tips
Please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps.
Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.
Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung Smart Switch to your computer. Smart Switch helps to move data across different Android devices i.e moving Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge backup data to Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo.
2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.