Different models of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 can be now installed with the January 2019 Security Patch. Samsung just started to roll out different version of this monthly update for the Note 8, so you should be able to smooth up the Android functionality that powers your handset.  Additionally the full firmware packages can be downloaded from online which means that you can perform the same flashing procedure manually by using Odin, just in case you tweaked your device and the OTA cannot be received anymore.

Now, during the following lines we will explain the steps that should be followed if you want to set up the January 2019 Security package manually on your Galaxy Note 8. As you will see the flashing process is more than intuitive, so from this perspective you have nothing to worry about. It’s also an official way in which you can update your phone, thus you won’t be losing access to built-in apps  or your phone’s warranty (Samsung KNOX gets tripped only when unofficial operations are applied – for example, if custom ROMs are being installed instead of the stock Android system).

The January 2019 Security patch that’s available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 represents a fully stable Android update that aims to address the recently reported Android malfunctions. The firmware is coming with the latest Android UI available for your handset and it’s also pre-installed with the latest bug fixes and stability improvements. Shortly, this is the best Android functionality that can be used on your device – of course, since we’re discussing about the monthly Samsung update, this firmware is bringing important security patches that will secure your overall daily Android activity, whether we discuss about your online or offline profile.

So, setting up this new official update is more than recommended, especially if you don’t want to use a software that can’t offer the results that you expect. And, you must choose the manual flashing operation if your Galaxy Note 8 was customized with custom operations as then the OTA cannot be received anymore.

As already outlined, in that case Odin will be used – this is the flashing program offered by Samsung and used especially on update types of procedures. Thus, you won’t have to use complex tools or third party programs.

However, you do have to be careful when discussing about your personal files. Everything should remain safe and secured, but since sensible data is involved, you can never be too sure about anything. And, that’s why you must be precautious and use different backup and restore solutions in order to secure your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio file, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and similar other files that might be still required afterwards. There are different ways in which you can save personal files and the easiest way is by using Samsung’s cloud services; other backup solutions can include the following procedures: sync files with your Google Account, use external storage devices, or download dedicated and already tested backup and restore apps from Google Play.

Before starting the steps from below you must prepare a few things as it’s explained during the following list:

  • A computer is needed because there you have to install and run Odin. On this PC your phone’s drivers must be installed – Samsung KIES might help you flash the right drivers for your Galaxy Note 8.
  • On your computer you will also have to download the firmware package that will be then installed from the flashing program.
  • And, of course, your device and its USB cable must be there as a connection with your PC will be required at some point.
  • Developer Options must be enabled on your handset: do it by tapping repeatedly on Built Number (from About Phone); keep tapping on that field until you see the ‘you are a developer’ message displayed.
  • USB Debugging option must be enabled on your smartphone – this field can be found under Developer Options, from general Settings.
  • You must charge your Galaxy Note 8 before updating to January 2019 Security patch – fully charge your device if it runs low on power (lower than 50%).

Note: when the power is low, the Android OS can get turned off and that can happen right in the middle of the update operation. Unfortunately, a sudden shut down can soft-brick your Android device, or you can end up in experiencing different software related issues while using your phone.

How to Manually Install January 2019 Security Patch on Samsung Galaxy Note 8

  1. First, download the January 2019 Security Patch for your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 from here – just make sure you get the firmware that’s compatible with your Note 8 model. Save the update file on desktop.
  2. Download Odin on your computer. Install the flashing program by running the executable file and by following on-screen prompts.
  3. Run Odin in the end.
  4. You need to power off your smartphone as download mode must be accessed – switch off your device and afterwards press and hold (together) the Volume Down, Bixby and Power keys.
  5. You have to connect your device with your computer – do it by plugging in the USB cable.
  6. Check Odin: the ‘added’ message must be displayed and the ID:COM field will be turned yellow or blue. If that won’t happen it will mean that Odin can’t recognize your phone; thus, reinstall your phone’s drivers and retry.
  7. From the flashing program you need to press the AP button and you then have to load the January 2019 Security patch file.
  8. Don’t select the Re Partition and the Auto Reboot options.
  9. And click on Start when you want to initiate the flashing process.
  10. It will be completed when the ‘pass’ message will be displayed and when the ID:COM field will be turned green.
  11. You can close Odin now; also disconnect your phone from your computer and reboot its Android system.

In case you cannot complete the steps from above because Odin is stuck, follow: close the flashing program and access Task Manager for ending any related processes that might be still running in the background; unplug the USB cable and afterwards force restart your Galaxy Note 8; on your computer reinstall your phone’s drivers; in the end repeat the flashing steps from the beginning because everything should run without further issues now.

If a boot loop is happening on your smartphone don’t panic; just try to: force-reboot recovery mode on your Galaxy Note 8 (press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Bixby buttons until recovery is reached); from recovery make a hard reset and clear app data cache by picking ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ and by ‘wipe dalvik cache’; return to Android mode when that’s completed and enjoy the new Android UI.

There you have it, those are the steps that must be followed if you want to manually install the January 2019 Security patch on your Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Share your update experience with us and tell us how the new UI is running on your device – you can quickly share your thoughts with us by using the comments field that’s available below. Enjoy.

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