The Canadian Unlocked models of Galaxy S8 G950W are now receiving the new Android 8.0.0 Oreo firmware updates.
Below you can find instructions on how to manually install the new Android 8 update on your device before the update is rolled out over-the-air.
Samsung Canada rolls out the new firmware update in stages, which means that not everyone gets the new Oreo files at the same time. If you are an advanced user, then you should be able to easily complete the update manually using the info below.
For the update process you will use the Odin tool, and this means that you can install the new official Android 8.0 update over a custom ROM, too. You will learn more about this by reading the guidelines below.
Use the tutorial only for the Canadian Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 devices.
The model number of your phone has to be the SM - G950W.
Don't try to use this tutorial for any other different devices.
Download the Samsung USB drivers from here, then install them on your PC.
For the update process you will have to use Odin app, and for it to work with your Galaxy S8 you have to install the above usb drivers. Also, you should enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu, too.
If you can't find Developer Options you need to unhide that first: go to Settings> About Phone> Software Information and tap seven times on the Build Number text. Get back to Settings and you will find the Developer Options listed there.
You can flash the Android 8.0 official update over a rooted firmware, but you should know that root access will be revoked. Also, any custom Recovery you might have installed will be replaced with stock Recovery.
Odin is capable of flashing the Android 8.0.0 Official Update over a custom ROM, too. If you do this, then you will also have to Factory Reset the device after the update is done installing.
- the Factory Reset process is listed at the end of the tutorial.
- Factory Resetting the device won't delete any data from internal storage.
- the Factory Reset will delete the system partition.
If your Galaxy S8 device runs 100% stock Android firmware, then you can continue to the next part of this post and start the update process.
Read the whole post and don't skip any steps.
This is a tutorial that you should use only if you are an advanced user. We cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any data files.
How to manually install Android 8.0.0 Update for Canadian Galaxy S8:
- Download the Android 8.0.0 G950WVLU2BRB7 archive from here.
- When the download is done you should extract the archived files and save them on your PC.
You will obtain six G950WVLU2BRB7 tar.md5 firmware update files. Don't extract any further than that.
- Download Odin 3.12.3 zip from here.
Extract the contents and save them on your PC.
- Switch off the device.
- Boot your Galaxy S8 in Download Mode.
- Open Odin exe on your computer.
- Connect your Galaxy S8 to PC via usb cable.
- wait for Odin to detect the phone.
- if the Galaxy S8 is not added you need to reinstall the Samsung usb drivers.
- Start loading the Android 8.0.0 tar.md5 installation files in Odin.
Click the AP button and find the G950WVLU2BRB7 tar.md5 with AP in its name. Load the file in ODIN after that.
Click BL and load the G950WVLU2BRB7 tar.md5 with BL in the name.
Click CP and load G950WVLU2BRB7 tar.md5 with CP in its title.
Click CSC and load the G950WVLU2BRB7 tar.md5 with HOME_CSC in its name. Don't load the file with only CSC in the name, as that one will tell ODIN to wipe the phone of all data.
- Hit the START button when you're ready to begin the Android 8.0 installation.
- don't press any buttons until the installation is done.
- When the flashing process is done you have to reboot the phone in normal mode.
Unplug the device from computer and wait for the first boot process to be completed.
These were all the steps that you had to take in order to complete the Android 8.0.0 update for your Canadian Galaxy S8 phone.
If the ODIN app shows the FAIL alert, then you should try and repeat the installation more than once. If you do repeat installation you need to make sure that you won't skip any steps, and that your Galaxy S8 meets all requirements.
If Odin shows the PASS alert, but your device enters in a boot loop, or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen for more than 20 minutes, then you have to factory reset the phone.
The Factory Reset process listed below should be applied in case you have installed the new Android 8.0 update over a custom ROM, too.
Here's how to factory reset the device:
- power off the device.
- boot your Galaxy S8 Canada in Recovery Mode.
- select 'wipe data/ factory reset'.
- reboot your phone in normal mode after the factory reset is done.
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