Even though Samsung already released the August 2018 Security Patch for the Galaxy Note 8, another security patch is being currently rolled out in the UAE for the same device. It’s quite unclear yet why we have a second security patch provided so soon and in the same month, which makes this second Oreo update even more important as it can fix problems or critical issues which weren’t addressed by the initial patch. Thus, if you can, choose to resume the flashing process as soon as possible – just check for new packages on your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 from Settings » Software update.

This new system update will install the firmware build number N950FXXU4CRH3 on your phone and, of course, will address security issues, will add stability improvements and will try to smooth up your daily Android experience. It’s a minor OS improvement still based on Android 8.0 Oreo, but since we’re talking about the second August 2018 security patch, you shouldn’t miss it. As already outlined, the firmware has been made available in the UAE, so for now the OTA can be received only on the devices with the model number of N950.

You can also choose to manually install the N950FXXU4CRH3 software by using Odin as the full firmware package can be downloaded from online sources. The manual flashing process should be followed only if the OTA is not received on your smartphone or if your Galaxy Note 8 is tweaked – if a custom ROM is installed, or if root was gained, you can’t receive further notifications on your handset. Do note that a manual update operation will revoke root access, relock the bootloader, reinstall the stock recovery image and reinstall bloatware.

Now, if you prefer to use Odin for setting up this second August 2018 security Patch on your Galaxy Note 8 keep reading the following lines as there we will show you all the steps that must be applied for successfully completing the update procedure.

In case you are wondering, Odin is a program developed by Samsung especially for update types of procedures. Moreover, during the manual update operation you will be using the full firmware package, the one that’s released by your OEM so you won’t risk in losing your phone’s warranty or access to built-in apps by resuming the steps explained below. Odin is the only program that will be required, so don’t worry there’s no need to download risky tools or third party apps.

Your personal data, info, settings and files should be protected by the flashing program while the update is being applied. However, in limited situations, your data might have to suffer and you might end up in losing things that are important for you. That’s why, for being able to avoid any unpleasant situations, you should now take a few minutes from your time for completing a general backup on your Samsung Galaxy Note 8. This backup process can be initiated by using Samsung’s own cloud storage services, by choosing to sync certain files with your Google Account or by downloading dedicated apps from Google Play.

The best will be to install Odin on a Windows based computer. There, your Galaxy Note 8 drivers should be already installed – you can add the right drivers by using the Samsung KIES software utility. Of course, your handset and its official USB cable will be also required. Since a connection between your devices will be required, on your phone the USB Debugging option must be first enabled – you can do that by accessing Developer Options (if this field can’t be accessed from general Settings, go to About Phone and tap for 7 or 10 times on Built Number – stop tapping when the ‘you are a developer’ message shows up).

You might want to verify the power that’s left on your Galaxy Note 8. If your device will get turned off while the second August 2018 security patch is being flashed, software related problems might be caused within the Android core system and you can end up in soft-bricking your Android device. So, as a precaution measure, plug in the charger if the power left is currently lower than 50%.

How to Install the N950FXXU4CRH3 August Security Patch on Samsung Galaxy Note 8

  1. First, get the full firmware package that’s available for your smartphone – get it from here and save it on desktop.
  2. Download and set up Odin on your computer – get the flashing program from here, run the received executable file and just follow on-screen prompts.
  3. Remember to install your Note 8 drivers on your PC before doing anything else.
  4. Run the flashing program on your PC.
  5. Power off your smartphone and afterwards reboot download mode on your Galaxy Note 8: press the Power, Volume Down and Bixby buttons simultaneously, for a few seconds.
  6. Use your phone’s USB cable and connect your devices; once you do so Odin will recognize your Note 8 – the ‘added’ message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will be yellow or blue; if you don’t receive these ‘messages’ you have to reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer before retrying everything from the beginning.
  7. On Odin click on the AP button in order to load the update package from desktop. When asked, make sure that the Auto Reboot and Re Partition options aren’t selected.
  8. Click on the Start button and wait a few moments while the firmware package is being installed on your handset.
  9. Eventually, on Odin you will be prompted with the ‘pass’ message, when the ID:COM field will be also turned green.
  10. It’s safe to close the flashing program, to unplug the USB cord and to reboot your Galaxy Note 8.
  11. Note: the last reboot will take a while – don’t panic if it will take longer than a regular reboot, that’s not something that shouldn’t happen.

Reported problems experienced during the flashing process and compatible troubleshooting solutions

Odin is a stable program that should run without problems during the update operation. But, due to various reasons, it can get stuck right while the patch is being applied. In that situation you will have to act for solving the issue and for resuming the installation process: first, close the flashing program; then, end its associated processes that might still run in the background (just do it from Task Manager: press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keyboard hotkeys); unplug the USB cable that connects your phone with your computer; force restart your Samsung Galaxy Note 8; reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer; repeat the update steps from above as everything should run without issues now.

Some users reported that a boot loop was caused during the last reboot. Well, if you somehow end up in experiencing the same problem, don’t panic as you can easily fix it: you have to enter recovery mode on your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Bixby buttons together); in recovery choose to make a hard reset and to clear app data cache – select ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’; use Volume rocker keys to select and the Power button to confirm; when done, navigate towards main menu of recovery and choose ‘reboot system now’.

So, Samsung just released the second August 2018 security patch for the Galaxy Note 8. The OTA is rolling out in the UAE but you can also choose to flash it manually by using Odin, as explained during the lines from above. Thus, have you managed to test this new software? If you have, don’t hesitate and share your experience with us and with the other users who might want to use this tutorial – you can talk with us easily and quickly by using the comments field available below.

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