A new update was released for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and it brings the December 2018 Security Patch to our attention. Thus, the N9600ZHU1ARL1 software is OTA available and it’s currently pushed out in phases for the Galaxy Note 9. Therefore, if you’re lucky you should receive your own Android notification anytime now. If you’re not that lucky, you either have to wait for your OTA, or you can choose to set up the update manually by using Odin. Well, in that regard we will explain the manual flashing operation for you and for your Samsung branded device.

As already outlined, the N9600ZHU1ARL1 firmware brings the December 2018 security patch to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. So, right from the start you have to know that we’re not discussing about an important update, but about a minor OS improvement. However, the software is here to smooth up the Android experience that you enjoy on a daily basis. Shortly, this update features important bug fixes and stability improvements and introduces the latest security patches which will secure both your online and offline Android profile regardless of what you choose to do or run on your smartphone. Thus, as always, we recommend you to set up all the official Android updates for experiencing the best Android UI, even if you plan to tweak your handset afterwards.

Keep in mind that the N9600ZHU1ARL1 firmware, like any other official OTA, can be received on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 only if your phone is already running on stock Android OS. If root was gained or if a custom ROM was installed you cannot receive the software ‘by air’; in that case only a manual flashing process can be followed and if it is then the tweaks will be revoked – root access will be lost, the bootloader will be relocked, the stock recovery image will be reinstalled and bloatware will be re-applied.

A manual update operation can also be used as a troubleshooting solution in order to fix different software related problems that can cause malfunctions on your Note 9 – in that regard, this guide can help you address issues like screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues, total blackouts, boot loops, lags, hangs and so on.

The manual update operation can be completed without worrying about anything else. It is an official process, is supported by your OEM so Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped and you don’t have to use complex, risky or third party programs – Odin will be the flashing program that will be required and Odin is developed by Samsung especially for update types of operations.

A backup is recommended in order to protect your personal files – a backup should be performed before each manual process that you might have to complete on your Android device. So, save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and the other files that might still be required afterwards. Do note that on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 you can use built-in cloud storage services, while other backup and restore solutions are always at your disposal: sync files with your Google Account, use an external storage device or download dedicated and already tested backup and restore apps from Google Play.

Then, before starting the follow the update steps take a look over the following list where we’ve detailed the essential pre-requisites that must be ensured in this case:

  • A computer is required – there you have to download the December 2018 Security Patch and there is where you need to install Odin.
  • On your computer the Galaxy Note 9 drivers must be installed – for setting up the right drivers you can choose to use the Samsung KIES software.
  • Your smartphone and its USB cable must be near you - a connection between your phone and your computer will be required during the N9600ZHU1ARL1 update process.
  • On your phone you must check the USB Debugging feature – it is placed inside Developer Options (within Menu - > Settings).
  • Note: for being able to access Developer Options you first have to tap repeatedly on Built Number – after 7 or 10 repeated taps you will receive the ‘you are a developer’ message.
  • You must verify the battery power before starting the update operation – it should be higher than 50% as otherwise a charging process is first required.
  • Note: if you don’t charge your phone it might get turned off while the update operation is applied; then you can end up in soft-bricking your Android device, so be careful and try not to mess things up.

Manually Install N9600ZHU1ARL1 December 2018 Security Patch on Samsung Galaxy Note 9

  1. On your computer download the N9600ZHU1ARL1 December 2018 Security Patch that’s available for your Samsung Galaxy Note 9. You can download this update file from here; save the file on desktop if that’s possible.
  2. Download Odin and run the executable file that’s received on your computer. Follow on-screen prompts and set up Odin on your computer.
  3. Run the flashing program in the end.
  4. Boot download mode on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9: switch off your phone and then press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Bixby buttons until the download mode is displayed.
  5. Connect your phone with your computer; do that by using your phone’s USB cable.
  6. Odin should display the ‘added’ message and its ID:COM field should be yellow or blue; if not, reinstall your Note 9 drivers on your computer and retry the steps explained above.
  7. On the flashing program click on the AP button and load the Android update file from desktop.
  8. Don’t select the Re Partition and the Auto Reboot options.
  9. Click on Start and wait while everything is being automatically completed.
  10. The ‘pass’ message will be returned on Odin and the ID:COM field will be turned green.
  11. Unplug the USB cable, close the flashing program and reboot your Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

Issues that can be experienced and the appropriate troubleshooting solutions that can be applied

Odin is the official flashing program and it should run without issues. However, in rare situations it might get stuck right in the middle of the update operation. Well, if that occurs, go ahead and follow: close Odin and end its processes by accessing Task Manager – press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keyboard hotkeys; disconnect your smartphone from your computer; reinstall your phone’s drivers on your PC; force-restart your Galaxy Note9; repeat the update steps from above as everything should run as expected now.

A boot loop might be caused on your device during the last reboot. That issue can be fixed only if you manage to make a hard reset and clear app data cache. Thus, first of all access recovery mode on your Galaxy Note 9: press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Bixby buttons until recovery mode is displayed. From recovery choose these options: ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ and by ‘wipe dalvik cache’. In the end return to main menu of recovery and select ‘reboot system now’.

That’s it; you can now run and test the new N9600ZHU1ARL1 December 2018 Security Patch on your own Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Share your update experience with us and with the other users who are ready to follow and complete the steps that were explained above. You can easily and quickly get in touch with us by using the comments field from below. Enjoy.

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