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Update T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S8 Active to Official Android 8.0.0 Oreo

Samsung and T-Mobile US are rolling the new and official Android 8.0.0 Oreo firmware upgrade for all Samsung Galaxy S8 Active devices.

Check the instructions posted below in order to learn how to manually install this new firmware easily.

Android 8.0.0 Oreo official update is being rolled in stages for Galaxy S8 Active T-Mobile users, but not everyone will get the new files at the same time. If you are an advanced user, then you can download the update files from this post and use Odin 3.13.1 tool to complete the installation.

Before starting the flashing process you have to check the following guidelines:

  • use the tutorial only if you own the US T-Mobile Galaxy S8 Active device.
    – the model number of your device has to be SM – G892U.
  • don’t try to update other different phones with the files you find in this post.
  • download Samsung USB drivers from here.
    – install the usb drivers on your computer.
  • enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu on your phone.
  • if you cannot find Developer Options, then you will have to enable this menu first: go to Settings> About Phone> Software Info and here tap seven times on the Build Number text.
    – return to Settings> and Developer Options: find USB Debugging and enable it.
  • you can flash the update over rooted, but stock, firmware without losing any data files in the process.
  • ODIN 3.13.1 tool can be used to install Android 8.0.0 Official Update over a custom ROM, but you will have to apply an extra Factory Reset process when the update is done.
    – the Factory Reset steps are listed at the end of the tutorial.
    – factory resetting the phone will remove all the installed apps without deleting any files from internal storage.
  • if your phone is running 100%  stock Android firmware, then you can continue straight to the next part of this post without worrying about losing any data files.
  • use the guide only if you are an advanced PC and phone user, as we cannot be blamed if you brick the phone nor in case you lose important data files.
  • read the whole post and don’t skip any steps.

How to install Android 8.0.0 Oreo Official Update for T-Mobile Galaxy S8 Active (US-models only):

  1. Download the Android 8.0.0 G892USQU1BRC4 firmware archive from here.
  2. After the download is completed successfully you can extract the contents:
    – save the G892USQU1BRC4 files on your PC.
    – you will obtain five different files, each having a tar.md5 file extension.
    – don’t extract the “tar.md5” files.
  3. Download Odin 3.13.1 zip from here.
    – unzip the files and save them on your PC.
    – make sure to grab the Odin 3.13.1.
  4. Switch off the phone.
  5. Boot it in Download Mode.
  6. Launch Odin 3.13.1 exe on your PC.
  7. Connect the T-Mobile US Galaxy S8 Active to PC via usb cable.
    – wait for Odin to detect the device.
    – if the phone is not added you need to reinstall the usb drivers.
  8. Go to ODIN’s main screen and start loading the updating files:
    Click BL and load the BL_G892USQU1BRC4 tar.md5 update file.
    Click AP and load AP_G892USQU1BRC4 tar.md5 file. (this file will take a while to load).
    Click CP and load CP_G892USQU1BRC4  tar.md5 file.
    Click CSC and load HOME_CSC_G892USQU1BRC4 file. (do not load the file containing only “CSC_” in the name, as that file will tell Odin to wipe all the data from your phone.
  9. Confirm the updating process by pressing the START button.
  10. When installation is done you can see the PASS alert shown by the ODIN app, and the phone will reboot in normal mode.
    – unplug the phone from PC.

Use your default login data in order to regain control over your smartphone once again.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to make sure that you’ve successfully installed Android 8.0.0 Oreo update for your Galaxy S8 Active T-Mobile device.

NOTE:

If the Odin app shows the FAIL alert, then you will have to repeat the installation process once more. In case you repeat installation, then you need to make sure that you won’t skip any steps and that your phone meets all requirements listed above.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

The steps below should help you in case ODIN shows the PASS alert, but the phone entered a boot loop or it got stuck at the boot animation screen for more than 20 minutes without getting past it.
Factory Reset steps for those that have installed the update over a custom ROM:

  • power off the phone.
  • boot it in Recovery Mode.
  • select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
  • confirm.
  • reboot phone in normal mode and you’re done.

If you need any extra help you can tell us in comments below.

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