Samsung just started to roll out the November 2018 Security Patch for the Galaxy Note 8. The new firmware will bring the software built number N950FXXS5CRJ6 and will install the latest Android UI available for your device. Thus, for being able to experience a fully stable Android experience and a smooth functionality on a daily basis, don’t hesitate and apply this new update package – in that respect, you can choose to wait for the OTA notification, or you can choose to manually install the November 2018 Security Patch by using Odin, a process which will be detailed during the following lines.
The N950FXXS5CRJ6 is a minor OS improvement released for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The software is coming with important bug fixes and stability improvements along with the latest November 2018 security patch which will secure your online activity. Being an official platform, the update is stable and will ensure a smooth Android experienced regardless of what types of processes and apps you will choose to run on your smartphone. And, as already outlined, it is an OTA update that’s rolled out on certain markets.
Thus, the Android notification can be received sooner on some devices while on others it will not be spotted at all. Also, for being able to embrace the OTA your smartphone should run on stock Android OS and tweaks shouldn’t have been performed (for example, if root was enabled or if a custom ROM firmware was flashed you won’t be able to receive and apply the OTA package). That’s why a manual update operation might become a good idea and that’s why we are here for you – during the following guidelines we will detail the steps that must be followed for successfully setting up the November 2018 security patch on your Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
Using Odin for manually installing the N950FXXS5CRJ6 firmware is an official update initiative. Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped, you don’t have to worry about losing access to built-in apps and you won’t have to use risky or complex apps – Odin is officially developed and offered by Samsung. In fact, this tutorial can be used as dedicated troubleshooting solution as in the end your phone will be restored to its factory state. Thus, due to same reasons now you can succeed to unroot your Galaxy Note 8, to reinstall the stock recovery image or to re-apply bloatware.
A backup is recommended in this case. Usually, you shouldn’t worry about losing stuffs while Odin is used, but in rare situations you might end up in losing personal files. So, for being precautious you should first choose to save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, or IMEI / NVRAM data. On your Note 8 a general backup can be done easily as you can choose from different solutions: you can sync your files with your Google Account, you can use an external cloud storage device, you can use built-in cloud storage services or you can go to Google Play and download dedicated and already tested backup and restore apps.
This manual update tutorial will work even if your Galaxy Note 8 is currently rooted, powered by an unlocked bootloader or installed with a custom recovery image. From this perspective you have nothing to worry about - just remember that in the end all these tweaks will be revoked.
Since this is a manual update operation you can complete the steps explained below only if you can use a computer. Your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and its USB cable are both required and on your computer your phone’s drivers must be installed first – you can do that by using the Samsung KIES toolkit.
On your phone you have to gain Developer rights which can be done by tapping repeatedly on Built Number (accessible from Menu- > Settings - > About Phone) – just tap repeatedly, for 7 or 10 times until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message. Then, go to Developer Options, from Menu - > Settings, and select the USB Debugging feature.
When done, verify the power that’s left on your Samsung Galaxy Note 8. And make sure that there is at least 50% power left before starting to install the November 2018 Security Patch. Do that because, when the power is low, your device might get turned off while Odin is running; you see, if that happens different malfunctions can be caused and you can end up in soft-bricking your Note 8 (the Android functionality will run with issues such as screen freeze, battery drain, total blackouts, boot loops and so on). Thus, be careful and if required plug in the charger before doing anything else.
Manually Set Up the November 2018 Security Patch on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- Download the November 2018 Security patch that’s available for your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and save the update package on desktop – you can get this file from this page.
- Also download Odin from here; run the executable file and follow on screen prompts for setting up the flashing program on your computer.
- Remember to install your phone’s drivers on your PC before doing anything else.
- Run Odin on your computer.
- Power off your handset and wait a few moments. Then, reboot download mode on your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Bixby buttons together).
- Use the USB cable and connect your phone with your computer.
- Check Odin as the program should recognize your handset at this moment – if everything works as expected on the program the ‘added’ message should be displayed and the ID:COM field should be turned yellow or blue; if your device isn’t recognized don’t panic and just reinstall its drivers on your computer before repeating the steps from above.
- On Odin click on the AP button and afterwards load the November 2018 Security Patch file from desktop.
- Don’t select the Re Partition and Auto Reboot options and click on Start when you are ready to flash the Android update file on your Galaxy Note 8.
- Wait while the update operation is being completed.
- In the end the program will return the ‘pass’ message and its ID:COM field will be turned green.
- When you receive that feedback close Odin, unplug the USB cord and reboot your Samsung branded device.
- That’s all.
Troubleshooting methods for the issues that might be caused during the update process
Right after the update is applied a reboot is required. This will take a while, at least longer than a regular reboot. However, a boot loop is a problem which must be resolved. So, if you are experiencing a boot loop you will have to: enter recovery mode on your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Bixby buttons) and afterwards, from recovery, choose to make a hard reset and to clear app data cache; you can do that by selecting ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe dalvik cache’; when done, from main menu of recovery pick ‘reboot system now’. That should be all.
Another problem might be related with Odin. The flashing program might get stuck while the update operation is still running. If that happens you will have to take action for resolving this issue as soon as possible: start by closing Odin and by ending its associate processes (do it from Task Manager – press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keyboard hotkeys); then, disconnect your Galaxy Note 8 from your computer (just unplug the USB cable); force restart your Android based device; reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer; repeat the update process from the beginning.
There you have it; that’s how you can manually install the November 2018 security patch on your Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Do tell us how everything worked for you and for your smartphone and tell us how the new Android UI runs on your device – you can get in touch with our team and with our readers easily by filling out the comments field from below. Enjoy and stay close – search through our ‘how to’ section if you want to use other similar tutorials and Android related tips and tricks available for your Samsung Galaxy Note 8.