Samsung is currently rolling out its February 2019 Security Patch for most of its devices, though depending on each model and on each market we have different OTAs going on. In that regard, for the Galaxy Note 9 we have the N960FPUS2CSB1 firmware which should appear on your phone in form of a new Android notification anytime now. Do note that an eligible handset for an upcoming OTA implies certain conditions: the stock Android OS must already run on your Note 9 and tweaks shouldn’t have been applied.

So, a new Android update is officially available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The software isn’t introducing important changes within the Android core system, but is ensures a fully stable and smooth experience on a daily basis. That’s possible thanks to the bug fixes and stability improvements which are built-in features on the February 2019 Security Patch. Moreover, the update package will secure your Android online and offline activity and profile as it will fix severe Samsung vulnerabilities recently reported by the users who have experienced such security issues.

Bottom line, setting up the February 2019 Security patch on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is important even though you won’t be receiving new features, apps and capabilities. This is the only way in which you can protect your profile and your device and this is the only way in which you can use the best Android UI that’s available, officially, for your smartphone.

But, as already outlined, you can receive and apply the N960FPUS2CSB1 OTA only if your handset is powered by official Android OS and only if tweaks weren’t applied – for example, if a custom ROM is running or if root was granted you won’t be able to get the OTA. In such situations you will have to use and follow a manual update procedure in order to flash the full N960FPUS2CSB1 firmware file on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – and that’s what we will detail during the following guidelines: how to use Odin for successfully completing this new update operation that’s available for your phone.

Odin is the flashing program developed by Samsung for such update solutions. Thus, you will not be completing a risky process. You will use the official N960FPUS2CSB1 software so Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped while Odin is being used. Also, you won’t have to use extra third party flashing programs so you have no reasons to be worried about.

Actually the manual update process will restore your Galaxy Note 9 back to factory state. Thus, manually setting up the February 2019 Security Patch can help you revoke root access, relock the bootloader, reinstall the stock recovery image and re-apply bloatware. Additionally, the very same update procedure can help you fix different software related issues that might cause malfunctions on your Note 9 – for example you can now easily and quickly address problems like boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze errors, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues, total blackouts and more.

Most likely on your smartphone you have important files saved which will be needed after the update operation too. Everything should remain where it is but since we discuss about sensible data, the best is to be precautious. That’s why, at this point you should choose to backup your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 by using your favorite backup and restore solutions: Samsung’s own cloud storage apps, the ability of syncing files with your Google Account, an external storage device or some backup and restore apps available for free on Google Play. Overall, you should save a copy of everything that wasn’t there by default: 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.

To conclude these lines: you cannot apply the OTA if changes have been made within the default Android OS that runs on your Galaxy Note 9; if changes were made then Odin must be used for manually applying the full N960FPUS2CSB1 firmware packages; no, root access or a custom recovery image aren’t required for this process, though in the end your handset will be restored back to its default state.

Anyway, since it’s a manual operation you will have to use a computer while following the steps from below. On that computer Odin will be set up – by the way, the flashing program will have to recognize your device, so first on your computer install the Galaxy Note 9 drivers (you can get the right drivers by using the Samsung KIES utility). Well, as you can tell, your phone and its USB cable must be at your disposal.

The USB connection between your devices will require the USB Debugging feature enabled on your Note 9. That can be done from Developer Options, which should be listed under general Settings. If it isn’t, go to About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number; after 7 or 10 repeated taps you should get the ‘you are a developer’ message.

More than 50% power must be ensured on your smartphone before the February 2019 Security Patch update process is resumed. Otherwise your device might get turned off while Odin is used and in that case you risk in soft-bricking your Note 9 – malfunctions, or software related problems can be caused within the Android core system. Therefore, before starting to apply the N960FPUS2CSB1 firmware plug in the charger if that’s required.

Of course, keep in mind that this step by step update tutorial is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The N960FPUS2CSB1 firmware is compatible only with the already mentioned Android based smartphone.

Install N960FPUS2CSB1 February 2019 Security Patch on Samsung Galaxy Note 9

  1. So, download the February 2019 security patch file that’s available for your Note 9 from here. Save the update file on desktop.
  2. Download Odin and run the executable file that’s received. Then, follow on-screen prompts and make sure that you properly install the program on your computer.
  3. Remember to install the right drivers of your phone on your PC before going any further.
  4. On your computer run Odin.
  5. Power off your smartphone and wait while the switch off is completed; afterwards reboot download mode on your Note 9: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Bixby buttons until download mode is reached.
  6. Connect your smartphone with your computer and do it by plugging in the USB cable.
  7. Odin must recognize your phone – if everything works as expected the ‘added’ message will be displayed on the flashing program where the ID:COM field will be also turned yellow or blue; if not, you must reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer before repeating the steps from above.
  8. Now, on Odin click on the AP button and from the window that will be opened choose the N960FPUS2CSB1 software package from desktop.
  9. Also, make sure that the Re Partition and Auto Reboot options aren’t selected on your flashing program.
  10. Finally, click on Start. Now, just wait while the February 2019 Security Patch is being automatically installed on your Galaxy Note 9.
  11. In the end the ‘pass’ message will be returned and the ID:COM field will be turned green.
  12. So, at this point it’s safe to close Odin, unplug the USB cord and reboot your smartphone.
  13. That should be all.

As usual, when manual updates are running there are rare situations when something goes wrong or when problems occur. However, if you do end up in experiencing issues, don’t panic as there are quick troubleshooting solutions that can help you fix the problems, just as explained below:

Odin is a stable program that should smoothly run. However, due to various reasons it can get stuck or it can stop from running right in the middle of the update operation. If that happened, try to follow these steps: close Odin on your computer and make sure that there aren’t any processes still running in the background (do it from Task Manager – press and hold the Ctrl+Alt+Del keyboard hotkey combination); then, disconnect your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 from your computer – just unplug the USB cord; force-reboot your Android based device until the Android mode is displayed; reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer from the start; and in the end try to reapply the update steps from the beginning as this time everything should run without further issues.

In other situations your Note 9 might get stuck in a boot loop. By the way, the last reboot that must be initiated will take a longer time to complete than a regular one – so, just wait until it’s completed. However, a boot loop is not something that should happen, so if that occurs try to: force reboot your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 into recovery mode – press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Bixby buttons together until the recovery mode menu is displayed; initiate a hard reset and clear app data cache from recovery mode as a full wipe will resolve the issue – just pick up these options: ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ and by ‘wipe dalvik cache’; when done, return to main menu of recovery and reboot your handset to Android mode.

So, there you have it. The new N960FPUS2CSB1 February 2019 Security Patch is available for your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and there were the steps that must be followed if you want to use Odin for manually setting up the update on your device. You can share your update experience with us and with our readers by using the comments field from below. For similar other update opportunities and step by step tutorials don’t forget to check out our ‘how to’ page. Enjoy.

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