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Install Android 8.0.0 Oreo Official Update Manually for Canada Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Canada has released the official Android 8.0.0 Oreo updates for all Galaxy S8 G950W unlocked models.

Check the instructions listed in this post and learn how to manually install the new official Oreo 8.0.0 update for your phone. The Android 8.0.0 Oreo updates are being released over-the-air, which means that not everyone will get the updates at the same time.

If you are an advanced user then you will find this tutorial helpful, as this guide can be used to restore a Samsung Galaxy S8 Canada model to stock Android from a custom ROM. Before starting the flashing process you need to check the guidelines below:

  • use this guide for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Canada unlocked models – SM-G950W.
    – do not attempt to update other different models with the files found in this post.
  • download Samsung USB drivers from here and install them on your computer.
  • for the installation of Android 8.0.0 Oreo official update you will use the ODIN 3.13.1 application.
    – for Odin to run and connect with your phone you need to install the above usb drivers and to enable the USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
    – if you cannot find Developer Options, then you will have to unhide that menu first: go to Settings> About Phone> Software Info and tap seven times on the Build Number text.
    – return to Settings, as Developer Options will now be listed there.
  • open Developer Options and enable USB Debugging.
  • you can install the Android 8.0.0 Oreo stock firmware over other rooted, but still stock Android firmware.
    – note that this will remove root access, while the data will be left unchanged.
  • you can install Android 8.0.0 Oreo over custom ROMs, but you need to know that a Factory Reset process has to be applied after the update is done.
    – the Factory Reset process is listed at the end of the tutorial.
    – Factory Resetting the phone won’t remove any data files from internal storage, while all apps will be removed in the process.
  • if your phone runs 100% stock Android firmware, then you can complete the update easily without worrying about losing any data files.
  • check the whole post and do not skip any steps.
  • this guide has to be applied by advanced users, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any data files.

Now that you know all of the above you can now continue to the update process.

How to flash Android 8.0.0 for Canada Galaxy S8 G950W:

  1. Download Android 8.0.0 G950WVLU3BRD5 archive file from here.
  2. When the download is done you need to have to unzip the archived files.
    You will obtain several G950WVLU3BRD5 firmware files with the tar.md5 extension. Do not unzip these files.
  3. Download Odin 3.13.1 zip from here.
    – unzip the files and save them on your PC.
  4. Power off the Galaxy S8.
  5. Boot it in Download Mode.
  6. Open the ODIN exe tool on your computer.
  7. Connect your Galaxy S8 device with your PC using the USB cable.
    – wait for Odin to add the device.
    – if the phone is not added you need to reinstall the usb drivers.
  8. Go back to ODIN main menu and start loading the update files.
  9. Click BL and load the BL_G950WVLU3BRD5 tar.md5 file.
    Click AP and load the AP_G950WVLU3BRD5 tar.md5 file.
    Click CP and load CP_G950WVLU3BRD5 tar.md5 file.
    Click CSC and load HOME_CSC_G950WVLU3BRD5 tar.md5 file.
    – don’t load the file that is named only CSC, as that file will tell ODIN to wipe clean the phone of all data.
  10. Hit the START button in order to confirm the Android 8.0 update.
    – don’t press any buttons until the update is done installing.
  11. When the Android 8.0 Oreo is done installing you can unplug the phone from PC.
    Wait for first boot to be completed and use your default login info in order to regain control over your device.

If the FAIL message is displayed by ODIN or something goes wrong during installation, then you need to repeat the flashing process more than once. If you repeat installation you need to make sure that no steps are skipped and that your Galaxy S8 Canada devices is supported.

NOTE:

If ODIN shows the PASS alert is shown, but the Galaxy S8 device enters in a boot loop or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen for more than 20 minutes, then you need to Factory Reset the phone.

The Factory Reset steps below should be applied by those that have installed the Android 8.0 stock ROM over a custom ROM, too. Here’s how to do it:

  • switch off the phone.
  • boot it in Recovery Mode.
  • select the ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
  • confirm.
  • reboot Galaxy S8 in normal mode and you are done with the tutorial.

If you need more help you need to tell us in comments.

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