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How to Update Galaxy Note 9 to Android 10 One UI 2.0 Firmware

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has now been updated to Android 10 One UI 2.0 firmware. For immediate installation of the new official update, you can read and implement this complete guide. Covering newer phones first such as the Galaxy S10 and Note 10, Samsung is now finally addressing older devices. First phone from Samsung’s 2018 flagship lineup to see Android 10 pop up as an official upgrade is the Galaxy Note 9. Just like all other firmware releases, new build will be rolled out in phases to all regions hence some users might see the OTA (Over-the-air) update notification arrive first than others. However, to circumvent, you can use our complete manual procedure below to flash official Android 10 One UI 2.0 firmware on Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

Samsung held a pretty lengthy Beta program before releasing stable Android 10 upgrade for all customers. In addition to the Beta providing early access for enthusiasts to try out the new firmware first, it also gave us an inside look as to what new features are upcoming. For starters, new firmware carries latest Samsung UI skin which is being referred to as One UI 2.0. Further, there are performance enhancements, feature additions and much more. Before you begin with installation, make sure to create a complete backup of your data!

Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Android 10 One UI 2.0 Stable Update

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.

Galaxy Note 9 Android 10 One UI 2.0 Update Details:

This is the second major software update that the Galaxy Note 9 is receiving since it was first announced. After installation, users would get to experience new functionality, a new UI and possibly also better performance as well as battery life. From older Android Pie One UI 1.0, the version code has been incremented to Android 10 One UI 2.0 which in itself indicates major changes and refinements.

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

To make sure you own the correct Samsung Galaxy Note 9 model / variant, go to Settings > About phone > Model number.

You might find these following Galaxy Note 9 related articles interesting:

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:

Download Samsung Galaxy Note 9 USB drivers!

All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update Galaxy Note 9 to Android Pie official firmware update.

How to Install Android 10 One UI 2.0 Firmware on Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Ahead, we have a detailed step-by-step procedure through which you can update Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to latest One UI 2.0 stable update. Do note that this firmware is an official release that has been signed by Samsung and not a custom ROM or a Beta build.

Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing on your device.

ODIN3 v3.09

To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Samsung Galaxy Note 9 variants listed in Step 1. 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 latest update from the following links for your specific Galaxy Note 9 model to your computer and extract the zip file.

Step 2 – Download Odin which will help you to install Android Pie 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.

Step 4 – Make sure you have your Galaxy Note 9 USB drivers installed on your computer.

Step 5 – Open ODIN on your computer. Connect your phone to your computer while your phone is in the Download Mode.

Step 6 – If your phone is connected successfully, one of the ID:COM boxes will turn yellow with the COM port number. This step might take some time.

Step 7 – Now select the files that you have to flash/install on your phone. These files are to be found from the extracted files in Step 1.

  • Click on ‘AP’ and select file with ‘AP’ in its name.
  • Click on ‘CP’ and select file with ‘MODEM’ in its name. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
  • Click on ‘CSC’ and select file with ‘CSC’ in its name. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
  • Click on ‘PIT’ and select the .pit file. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
  • Click on ‘BL’ and select file with ‘BL’ in it’s name. Ignore if there is no such file.

If you are using an older version of ODIN or flashing a firmware which doesn’t have the above mentioned file name format then look below for the abbreviations to the old name format. Do note that only file name changes, the functionality and back end process remains the same so don’t worry.

  • AP = PDA
  • BL = Boot Loader
  • CP = Modem

Step 8 – In ODIN, check the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options. As for the Re-Partition option, check it ONLY if you selected a .PIT file in the above step.

Step 9 – Now click on the Start button in ODIN. Installation process will start and would take a few minutes to complete.

Step 10 – After the installation is completed, your phone will restart. After you see the home screen, unplug your phone from the computer.

That’s it. Your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has now been updated to Android Pie firmware update. Go to Settings > About phone to verify.

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.

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