After the official Android Pie roll out that recently ended in Germany, the Galaxy Note 9 is receiving a new Pie-based OTA which brings the January 2019 Security patch in the same region. Thus, keep an eye open for the N960FXXU2CSA7 software which weighs in at 129.42MB and which brings important stability improvements for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Keep in mind that for now the roll out is pushed out in Germany, though during the following period the update will be gradually offered in other regions too.

Following the major Android Pie OTA, the January 2019 Security Patch represents a minor OS package that’s not introducing new features, apps or capabilities. In fact, the update is here to smooth up the existing Android Pie firmware that runs on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9. In that regard you need to know that the N960FXXU2CSA7 software is coming with important bug fixes and stability improvements along with the monthly security patches that will secure your online and offline Android experience on a daily basis.

Of course, since we discuss about an official roll out, the N960FXXU2CSA7 firmware is fully stable which means that its Android Pie functionality will run smoothly on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9. As always, the OTA is gradually pushed out so some users might receive it sooner than others. Additionally, remember that you can receive the Android notification only if you haven’t modified the Android UI and only if the stock Android firmware is already running on your smartphone – for example, if root privileges were gained, you won’t be able to receive the OTA package.

Don’t worry as you can set up the January 2019 on your Galaxy Note 9 even if tweaks were applied. But, in that case you won’t be able to use the OTA package but the full firmware file, which by the way can be now downloaded from online sources. Thus, you can still update your phone with the N960FXXU2CSA7 software by using Odin, the official flashing program developed and offered by Samsung – you will still complete an official process so you won’t lose your phone’s warranty while taking care of the flashing steps that are explained below (Samsung KNOX can get tripped only when unofficial procedures are applied – for example, if custom ROMs are being used).

If you want to use the guidelines from below for manually applying the January 2019 Security Patch, first of all backup your Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Save everything that wasn’t there from day one as some files might get corrupted or wiped out during the update operation. In that respect now it will be a good timing for securing contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder or IMEI / NVRAM data. And on the Galaxy Note 9 you can use built-in or pre-installed cloud storage platforms. Additionally, you can always choose to use an external storage device, to sync certain files with your Google account or to use dedicated and already tested backup and restore apps that are available on Google Play.

Of course, a computer is needed for the manual update operation. On that computer you will download the N960FXXU2CSA7 firmware package and the Odin program. Your Note 9 and its official USB cable will be required too as a connection between your devices will have to be ensured. And for being able to do everything without dealing with other problems, on your computer install your phone’s drivers – the Samsung KIES toolkit can help you in that regard.

On your smartphone enable Developer Options: navigate towards About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number just until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed – that should happen after 7 or 10 repeated taps. Afterwards, go to Settings and access Developer Options; from that field check the USB Debugging feature.

One more thing must be verified: the power that’s left on your device. You should charge your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 before installing the N960FXXU2CSA7 January 2019 Security Patch if the power that’s left is lower than 50% - in that case a sudden shut down might happen while the update process is being followed and a sudden shut down can cause severe problems on your device: different malfunctions can mess the Android system and you can even end up in soft-bricking your handset.

How to Manually Install the N960FXXU2CSA7 January 2019 Security Patch on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

  1. Power on your computer and download Odin – you can get the file from here. Save the executable file on desktop and run it; follow on-screen prompts and set up the flashing process on your PC.
  2. Then, access this page and download the January 2019 Security patch that’s available for your Samsung Galaxy Note 9; save the update file on desktop.
  3. Run Odin on your computer.
  4. Switch off your phone and wait until the power off operation is completed. Then, reboot download mode on your Galaxy Note 9: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Bixby buttons for a few seconds.
  5. Connect your phone (now running in download mode) with your computer (where Odin is running) with the help of the USB cable.
  6. Odin must recognize your handset and when it does the ‘added’ message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will be turned yellow or blue. If that’s not happening, don’t panic; just reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer and afterwards retry the steps from above.
  7. On Odin click on the AP button and from the next window load the firmware package from desktop.
  8. When asked make sure that the Re Partition and the Auto Reboot options aren’t selected on the flashing program.
  9. Click on Start and wait while the update operation is being automatically completed.
  10. The ‘pass’ message will be returned when the update process will be over. Then, the ID:COM section will be turned green.
  11. At that moment you can close the flashing program and reboot your smartphone.
  12. That’s all.

That last reboot might cause a boot loop on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9. If, somehow such problem is being experienced, don’t panic and follow: reboot your Android device in recovery mode (press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Bixby buttons for a few seconds) and from there initiate a hard reset and clear app data cache – do it by choosing these options: ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’. In the end, return to main menu of recovery and choose to go back to Android Mode. This time everything should run as expected.

If you experience problems while using Odin (for example, the program might get stuck while you try to complete the steps explained above) you will have to follow: close the flashing program on your computer and also end its processes that might be still running in the background – do that by accessing Task Manager; after doing that, unplug the USB cable and disconnect your devices; force restart your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer; repeat the update steps from the beginning as Odin should run smoothly this time.

Well, that should be all. So, you either wait for the official roll out, or you choose to set up the N960FXXU2CSA7 January 2019 Security package manually by using Odin; it’s up to you though the guidelines explained above should help you better understand these update aspects. Anyhow, run the new Android Pie based software on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and share your impressions with us and with the other users who might be thinking in following these steps. You can easily and quickly contact us by using the comments field from below.

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