Samsung Galaxy S8 is still one of the best Android-based smartphone available on the market, so it will be quite a bummer to ignore the latest update that was released by Samsung. We’re discussing about the December 2018 security patch which is currently available in Germany for all the Samsung Galaxy S8 devices. So, even though we are talking about a minor OS improvement you should choose to set it up in order to experience a stable, smooth and secure Android firmware.

Of course, the new firmware is currently offered in form of a new OTA. Thus, the update can be received ‘by air’ though only in Germany for now. Do note that the global roll out will be pushed out gradually and that some conditions must be fulfilled if you want to receive the OTA on your phone – your Samsung Galaxy S8 must run on stock Android OS and tweaks shouldn’t be involved (for example, if root was ensured you won’t be able to receive the December 2018 Security patch by air).

The December 2018 Security patch for the Samsung Galaxy S8 can be also download from online sources and we’re talking about the full firmware package. So, if you’re interested you can now manually install the software on your handset. In that respect you can follow and apply the guidelines which are being explained and detailed below. There we will detail the steps that must be applied and other essential aspects such as the essential pre-requisites that must be considered and the possible risks that might be involved.

Manually flashing the December 2018 Security patch is an official update operation as the stock Samsung firmware will be used and not a custom ROM firmware. Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped and access to built-in apps won’t get lost. As for the update operation, Odin will be use – this is the official flashing program developed by Samsung and used on update operations, so from this perspective you have nothing to worry about.

Moreover, the December 2018 Security patch is fully stable and even though it won’t bring new features and capabilities it will ensure a better Android experience on a daily basis. The ROM will smoothly run and you will be able to use your device without worrying about system bugs and security malfunctions. Overall, with this update installed your Galaxy S8 should run better and also faster and the battery life should be improved.

Before starting to use Odin for setting up the firmware package consider in making a backup – in rare situations, in the end a wipe might be required. So, for avoiding any sort of unpleasant situation you should secure your personal data, info, accounts and files such as contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and similar other packages that might be still required afterwards. As backup and restore solutions you can choose to: sync your data with your Google Account, use built-in cloud storage services, download backup and restore apps from Google Play or use an external storage device.

A computer is needed if you want to complete the update operation manually. On your computer you will install and then run Odin. Of course, your Samsung Galaxy S8 and its USB cable are both required as a connection between your phone and your PC is not optional. One more thing: on your computer install your phone’s drivers before doing anything else – in that respect you can use the Samsung KIES utility.

On your phone you have to gain Developer Options – if this field cannot be spotted under general Settings, navigate towards About Phone and there tap repeatedly on Built Number: after 7 or 10 repeated taps you should receive the ‘you are a developer’ message. And, in the end, from Developer Options you will have to check the USB Debugging feature.

Charge your Samsung Galaxy S8 before setting up the December 2018 Security Patch – do plug in the charger especially if the power that’s left is currently lower than 50%. When the power is low, your device can get switched off in the middle of the flashing process; unfortunately, if a sudden shut down happens you can end up in soft bricking your Galaxy S8malfunctions such as boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, or total blackouts can be caused.

How to manually install December 2018 Security Patch on Samsung Galaxy S8

  1. As already outlined, on your computer download Odin. Run the executable file and follow on-screen prompts in order to set up the flashing program on your computer.
  2. Then, download the December 2018 Security Patch that’s available for your Samsung Galaxy S8 – you can download the update package from this page.
  3. Run Odin on your PC at this point.
  4. In the meantime, switch off your phone and wait while the shut down operation is completed. When done, reboot download mode on Galaxy S8: press and hold Power, Volume Down and Bixby buttons until download mode is reached.
  5. Connect your handset with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
  6. Once the connection is established, on Odin you should receive the ‘added’ message; then the ID:COM field should be also yellow or blue. If that’s not happening, don’t panic – just unplug the USB cord, reinstall your phone’s drivers on your PC and repeat the steps explained above.
  7. On Odin click on the AP button and load the December 2018 Security Patch from desktop.
  8. On the flashing program the Re Partition and the Auto Reboot options shouldn’t be checked out.
  9. Click on Start for initiating the flashing operation, which will be automatically completed.
  10. When done the ‘pass’ message will be returned on Odin. Then, you can disconnect your smartphone from your computer, you can close the flashing program and you can also reboot your Samsung Galaxy S8.

The problems that might be experienced while completing the steps from above and the solutions that can be applied

Odin is a stable program, but due to various reasons, it might get stuck right while the update operation is running. In case that happens, don’t panic and follow: close the flashing program and end its associate processes – do it from Task Manager (press the CTRL+ALT+DEL keyboard hotkeys combination); disconnect your Galaxy S8 from your computer; force restart your Android based device; reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer; repeat the update steps from above.

A similar situation can happen with your Galaxy S8. In the end, after that last reboot (which will take a couple of minutes to complete by the way) your phone might get stuck into a boot loop. In that particular situation you will have to make a hard reset and clear app data cache by following: put your device in recovery mode – press the Power, Volume Up and Bixby buttons together until recovery mode shows up; in recovery choose the following options: ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ and by ‘wipe dalvik cache’; when done, return to main menu of recovery and pick ‘reboot system now’.

There you have it; the December 2018 security patch is officially available in Germany for the Samsung Galaxy S8. You can wait for the ‘over the air’ notification or you can use the steps from above for manually setting up the update on your phone. Either way, do share your update experience with us by using the comments field from below. Also, stay close for further update opportunities and tweaking possibilities compatible with your Samsung Galaxy S8. Enjoy.

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