In limited markets only the Galaxy A8+ can be updated with the A730FXXS4BSA8 firmware which brings the new February 2019 Security Patch on the 2018 model of the already mentioned Samsung branded device. However, since the full firmware package can be also downloaded you can choose to manually set up the update on your device by using Odin (in this case you won’t have to wait for the OTA roll out) – the only rule is to use a compatible handset, in our case the A730 variant of the Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus.

The A730FXXS4BSA8 update is still based on the Oreo platform so we’re not discussing about a major OS improvement – unfortunately, the Android Pie software is out of discussion, at least for now. Anyhow, the February 2019 security patch comes with important bug fixes and stability improvements that promise to smooth up the Android experience offered by the Samsung Galaxy A8+. The software is of course pre-loaded with essential security patches that will secure your online and offline activity and which will ensure a fully stable Oreo functionality on a daily basis. Overall, it’s always recommended to apply the latest official roll out for being able to use the best Android UI available at that moment and in our case this A730FXXS4BSA8 platform is the best Android system compatible with your smartphone.

The steps explained below are describing an official update solution compatible with the Galaxy A8+ even though you won’t be using the OTA file, but the full firmware package. By using Odin for setting up the February 2019 Security Patch you won’t risk in losing your phone’s warranty or access to built-in apps. In fact you will manage to restore everything back to factory state which means that this tutorial can help you revoke root access, relock the bootloader, reinstall the stock recovery image and reapply bloatware. Additionally, the update steps can be used as dedicated troubleshooting solutions through which various software related problems can be fixed: boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze errors, battery drain, heating issues, signal strength malfunctions, total blackouts and so much more.

Odin is the flashing program developed by Samsung especially for update types of procedures. Therefore you don’t have to worry about having to use complex or risky third party programs. Odin offers an intuitive interface and a one-click-update solution so you shouldn’t have issues while trying to follow the update steps from below.

The data that’s saved on your Galaxy A8+ should be secured during the February 2019 Security patch flashing procedure. However, because we’re discussing about sensible files which might contain personal info, we still recommend a backup first. Only by saving everything that wasn’t there by default you can be sure that you can still use your files afterwards – in that regard you should now use Samsung’s built-in cloud storage apps, or other backup and restore solutions (sync files with Google’s cloud service, use an external storage device, or download already tested backup and restore apps from Google Play) for securing stuffs like contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on.

A computer is needed – there you will set up and run Odin. For making things work, on your PC the Galaxy A8 Plus drivers must be first installed: you can get the right drivers easily and quickly by using Samsung KIES. Of course, your handset and its USB cable will be needed too during the A730FXXS4BSA8 flashing process.

You should also charge your smartphone before starting to follow the update steps. This process is recommended if the power that’s left on your handset is currently lower than 50% - then, your device might get turned off while Odin is used and that’s when you can end up in soft-bricking your Galaxy A8+ (different software related malfunctions can be caused in that situation so be careful and try to avoid such unpleasant events).

Of course, use this step by step guide for installing the A730FXXS4BSA8 February 2019 security patch only if you own the Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018). Don’t use the steps explained here if you own a similar model of this handset or a different Android based device.

How to Manually Set up February 2019 A730FXXS4BSA8 Security Patch on Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018)

  1. Start by downloading the required files that will be used during the update process: download Odin from here and the February 2019 A730FXXS4BSA8 Security Patch from here. Save these files on desktop.
  2. Run the Odin executable file and follow on-screen prompts for properly setting up the flashing program on your computer.
  3. Remember to install the right drivers for your Galaxy A8+ on your PC.
  4. Run Odin on your computer before doing anything else.
  5. Switch off your Android device, wait a few moments and afterwards reboot download mode on your Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Bixby buttons for a short while.
  6. Connect your smartphone with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
  7. Odin must recognize your handset: the ‘added’ message must be displayed and the ID:COM field should be turned yellow or blue. If different try to reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer before repeating the steps from above.
  8. From the flashing program click on the AP button and from the window that will be displayed load the A730FXXS4BSA8 firmware package from desktop.
  9. In the end, make sure that the Re Partition and Auto Reboot options aren’t selected on Odin.
  10. Click on Start for initiating the flashing process, which will be now automatically completed.
  11. In the end the ‘pass’ message will be displayed and the ID:COM field will be turned green.
  12. At that point it will be safe to disconnect your A8 from your computer, to close Odin and to reboot your Android based device.
  13. That’s all.

There might be moments when problems occur while you try to complete the update operation. If somehow you end up in experiencing issues, don’t panic and try to follow the next guidelines:

Odin, without a particular reason, might freeze or might stop running right when you are about to apply a new step. You can fix this problem by following: close the flashing program and also end all its processes that might be still running in the background (use the Task Manager client in that regard); disconnect your phone from your computer; force-reboot your Samsung branded device; reinstall your Galaxy A8+ drivers on your PC; repeat the update steps from the beginning as this time Odin should smoothly run.

Your handset might get stuck into a boot loop in the end (do note that the last reboot will take a while, so just wait until it’s completed). A boot loop can be fixed from recovery mode through a hard reset (a full wipe must be applied in this case). So, reboot recovery mode on your Samsung Galaxy A8+ by pressing and holding down the Power, Volume Up and Bixby buttons; afterwards, from recovery mode menu choose 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 choose to reboot back to Android mode.

Good work. Now you should be able to use your Samsung Galaxy A8+ on the latest Android Oreo firmware with built number A730FXXS4BSA8. Thus, the February 2019 security patch is running on your device; give it a try, test how it runs and share your impressions with us and with the other users who are planning to resume the update operation – in that regard, don’t hesitate and use the comments field available below. Enjoy.

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