Samsung USA has launched the new and official Android 8.0.0 OTA update for all Galaxy Note 8 users.
Check the instructions listed in this tutorial and learn how to manually install the new Android 8 Oreo firmware update.
The Android 8.0.0 Oreo official update is being rolled out in stages for everyone in the United States, which means that not everyone will get the new files at the same time. If you are an advanced user, then you can use the Odin app provided by this post and flash the new firmware using it.
This guide can be used to install an official Oreo 8.0 OS update over a custom ROM, too. But you will have to apply an extra factory reset process for your device to be able to boot in normal mode. More on this can be found in the guidelines below.
Use the tutorial only for the Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 8 USA models. The version of your phone has to be the SM - N910U1. Do not attempt to use this guide for other different smartphones.
Do not use the tutorial for any other different Samsung phones.
Download Samsung USB drivers from here, install them on your PC.
For the installation of Android 8.0 Oreo you will use the Odin tool. For Odin to work with your device you need to install the above usb drivers and to enable the USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
If the Developer Options menu isn't being listed under Settings, then it means that you will have to enable that first: go to Settings> About phone> Software Information and here you have to tap seven times on the Build Number text.
Return to Settings, find Developer Options and enable USB Debugging.
Odin is capable of installing the Android 8.0 update over rooted firmware, but you should know that the root access won't survive the update process. Also, any custom Recovery you might have installed will be replaced with a stock Recovery image.
Odin can install the Android 8.0 Oreo OS update over a custom ROM, but you need to know that an extra factory reset process has to be applied after the update is done installing. The Factory Reset process needs to be applied in order to remove the stock Recovery and in order to force your device to boot in normal mode.
The Factory Reset steps are listed at the end of the tutorial. Factory Resetting the device will not delete any data files from internal storage, as it will only wipe clean the system partition in order to remove the custom ROM.
If your Galaxy Note 8 USA runs on 100% stock Android firmware, then you can continue straight to the next part of this post. No data will be lost in the process.
This tutorial is destined to be used only by advanced users. We cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any important data files.
Read the whole post and do not skip any steps.
How to install Android 8.0.0 Official Update Manually for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Unlocked USA:
- Download the Android 8.0.0 official update archive file from here.
- When the download is done you need to extract the archived contents and save them on your PC.
You will obtain the N950U1UEU3CRC1 tar.md5 installation files. There should be six different files.
- Download Odin 3.12.3 zip from here.
Unzip the contents.
- Power off the phone.
- Boot your Galaxy Note 8 Unlocked in Download Mode.
- Open Odin.exe on your PC.
- Connect your phone to PC via usb cable.
Wait for Odin to detect the phone, and then get to the next step.
- if the phone is not added you need to reinstall the Samsung USB drivers.
- Now you should load all the new Android 8.0 firmware update files in ODIN.
Click AP in ODIN and load the N950U1UEU3CRC1 tar.md5 file with AP in its name.
Click BL and load the N950U1UEU3CRC1 tar.md5 with BL in the title.
Click CP and load the CP N950U1UEU3CRC1 tar.md5 file.
Click CSC and load the N950U1UEU3CRC1 tar.md5 file that has HOME_CSC in its name. Don't load the file that has only CSC in the name, as that one will tell ODIN to wipe the entire data off your phone.
- Press START to begin the Android 8.0.0 official update for your Galaxy Note 8 device.
- don't press any buttons until the new firmware is done flashing.
- Reboot your phone in normal mode after the update is done installing.
Odin should show the PASS alert.
- Unplug the phone from PC and then wait for first boot process to complete.
If the installation fails or ODIN shows any errors during installation, then you should try to repeat the tutorial more than once. If you repeat installation you need to make sure that your device meets all requirements, and that you won't skip any steps listed above.
If the PASS message is shown by ODIN, but your phone enters in a boot loop, or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen for more than 20 minutes, then you will be forced to Factory Reset the phone.
The Factory Reset process steps below should be applied by those that have installed the Android 8.0 update over a custom ROM, too, otherwise the devices won't boot in normal mode.
Here's how to factory reset the Galaxy Note 8 from Recovery Mode:
- power off the device.
- boot it in Recovery Mode.
- select 'wipe data/ factory reset'.
- reboot the phone in normal mode and you're done.
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