Sprint is rolling out the new Android 8.0.0 Oreo updates for all their users on Samsung Galaxy S8 Active phones.
If you don't want to wait until these updates are rolled out over-the-air in your region, then you should check the info below and learn how to manually complete the installation.
The Android 8.0 Oreo official firmware update is rolled out in stages for all users, not everyone will get the new files at the same time. If you are an advanced user, then you should be able to complete the manual update easily.
Check these guidelines before starting the update process:
- use the tutorial for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S8 Active devices.
- the model version of your device has to be the SM - G928U.
- do not attempt to update any other devices with the files found in this post.
- download Samsung USB drivers from here and install them on your PC.
- the drivers will allow Odin tool to successfully connect with your device.
- make sure to enable USB Debugging from your Galaxy S8 Active Developer Options menu.
- if you cannot find Developer Options, then you have to enable this menu first: go to Settings> About Phone> Software Info and here tap seven times on the Build Number text.
- the Developer Options should now be listed under the Settings menu.
- Odin 3.13.1 tool can flash the update over rooted, but stock, Android firmware without the device losing any data files.
- note that root access won't survive the update.
- Odin is also capable of installing the Android 8.0.0 Oreo update over a custom ROM, but you will have to Factory Reset the phone after the update is done installing.
- the Factory Reset steps are listed at the end of tutorial.
- Factory Resetting the phone will delete all the data from system partition, as no data will be deleted from internal storage.
- however, you should backup any files that are super important before starting the update.
- this tutorial is destined to be used by advanced users, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any important files.
- read the entire guide first and do not skip any steps.
- if you need more help you can tell us using the comments field.
How to flash Android 8.0 Oreo Update for Sprint Galaxy S8 Active:
- Download the G892USQS1BRD2 Android 8.0 Oreo firmware archive file from here.
- When the firmware archive is downloaded successfully you can extract the contents comprised within.
You will obtain the G892USQS1BRD2 tar.md5 firmware update files. Don't extract the "tar.md5"contents.
- Download Odin 3.13.1 zip from here.
- make sure to grab Odin 3.13.1 as that's the version that works for Oreo 8.0.0 updates.
- Power off the phone.
- Boot your smartphone in Download Mode.
- Open Odin 3.13.1 exe on your PC.
- Connect your Sprint Galaxy S8 Active to computer via usb cable.
- wait for ODIN to add the smartphone, then continue to the next step.
- if the phone is not added, then you will have to reinstall the Samsung usb drivers.
- Now, go back to Odin main screen and load the update files:
In Odin click the BL button and load the BL_G892USQS1BRD2 update file.
Next, click AP and load the AP_G892USQS1BRD2 tar.md5 update file.
Click CP and load CP_G892USQS1BRD2 tar.md5 file.
Click CSC and load HOME_CSC_G892USQS1BRD2 tar.md5 update file. (don't load the CSC-only named file, as that one will tell ODIN to delete all the data from your phone.
- Hit the START button to confirm the update process for your device.
These were all the steps that you had to follow in order to complete this new update process. When the update is done you can see the PASS alert shown by ODIN and the Galaxy S8 Active Sprint will reboot in normal mode.
Unplug the phone from PC and wait for first to complete.
If the FAIL alert is displayed by ODIN, then you should repeat the update process more than once. If you do repeat installation you need to make sure that you won't skip any steps, and that you will make sure that your Galaxy S8 Active meets all requirements listed above.
If the PASS alert is shown by ODIN, but your Galaxy S8 Active phone enters in a boot loop, or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen, then you should apply an extra Factory Reset process.
The Factory Reset steps below should be applied by those that have installed the Android 8.0.0 Oreo official update over a custom ROM, too.
Here's how to Factory Reset the device:
- power off the phone.
- boot it in Recovery Mode.
- select 'wipe data/ factory reset'.
- reboot phone in normal mode.
If you need more help completing the tutorial you should tell us in comments below.