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November 2018 Security Patch Available for T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

T-Mobile is currently rolling out a new update for your Samsung Galaxy S8 Active. Don’t get too excited though as we’re not talking about a major update or about an OS switch but a minor OS improvement that’s here to secure your online identity and the overall Android functionality. The G892USQS3BRJ7 firmware (that’s the build number for the new software) is therefore OTA available and should be received as a new Android notification on your Samsung GalaxyS8 Active. Or, since the update can be downloaded from online sources, you can choose to manually set it up via Odin.

Like any other OTA release, this G892USQS3BRJ7 firmware is pushed out by T-Mobile gradually. Thus, some Galaxy S8 Active users will receive the actual Android notification sooner than others. Also, for being able to embrace the OTA your smartphone must run on stock / official Android OS, while any tweaks that were recently applied will make your device incompatible with the update notification. Therefore, as you can tell, in some situations it will be better to use the manual flashing procedure instead. And that’s why we’re here for you.

During the following guidelines we will be learning how to manually set up the November 2018 Security Patch on your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S8 Active. Yes, that’s right, the G892USQS3BRJ7 firmware comes along with the November 2018 security patch. So, this software is here to bring important bug fixes and stability improvements along with essential security patches, everything for improving and smoothing up the overall Android experience from which you benefit on your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S8.

The November 2018 security patch unveils a fully stable Android UI that will smoothly run on your T-Mobile Galaxy S8 Active. The ROM can be therefore used on a daily basis without worrying about software related issues like screen freeze, bugs, hangs, total blackouts, battery drain and similar other system malfunctions.

Now, since we’re about to discuss about the manual procedure that can be used for flashing the G892USQS3BRJ7 firmware on your Samsung branded device, you must know that Odin will be used. This is the official flashing program developed by Samsung and offered especially for update types of operations. So, you are about to complete an official process which means that you won’t have to worry about tripping Samsung KNOX or about losing access to built-in apps and so on. Everything will remain safe and secured while the flashing process is running.

However, what you need to do first is a backup. Unfortunately, you can never be too sure when it comes to personal data, info, accounts and files – your data should remain safe while the update is applied, but in rare situations a wipe might be required in the end (we will talk about those situations a little bit later). So, backup your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S8 Active before manually installing the November 2018 Security Patch and save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and more – such files can be secured in different ways: you can use an external storage device, you can sync files with your Google Account, you can use dedicated backup and restore apps from Google Play or you can use Samsung’s cloud storage services.

A manual update procedure requires a computer as there you will download the files which will be needed and set up Odin. Also, it is extremely important to set the right Galaxy S8 Active drivers on your computer before doing anything else – in that regard you can use the Samsung KIES utility.

On your smartphone you need to verify if USB Debugging is checked or not – if it’s not, do it before resuming the next update steps. You can find USB Debugging within Developer Options. And you can enable Developer Options by tapping repeatedly on Built Number from Menu – > Settings – > About Phone (tap for 7 or 10 times until the ‘you are a developer’ message shows up).

Charge your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S8 Active before starting to manually install the November 2018 Security Patch. Plug in the charger especially if the power that’s left is currently lower than 50% as in that case your handset might get turned off while Odin is used. If a sudden shut down happens you can end up in experiencing malfunctions on your Android device and eventually you can end up in soft-bricking your smartphone.

How to Manually Install the November Security Patch (G892USQS3BRJ7 firmware) on the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

  1. Power on your computer and download the update package from this page; save that file on desktop.
  2. Then, download Odin and run the executable file; follow-on screen prompts and set up the flashing program on your computer.
  3. Switch off your smartphone and wait while the power off process is completed.
  4. On your computer run Odin.
  5. Reboot download mode on your Samsung Galaxy S8 Active – press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Bixby buttons for a few seconds.
  6. Connect your phone with your computer via USB cable – Odin must recognize your device; if everything works as expected the ‘added’ message will be displayed and the ID:COM field will be turned yellow or blue. If not, reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer and then retry the steps from above.
  7. On the flashing program click on the AP option and afterwards select the November 2018 Security patch file from desktop.
  8. Next, when asked, make sure that the Re Partition and Auto Reboot options aren’t selected on Odin.
  9. And when done, click on Start – wait while the flashing process is automatically completed.
  10. The ‘pass’ message will be returned and the ID:COM field will be turned green.
  11. At that point you can close Odin, unplug the USB cable and reboot your Samsung Galaxy S8 Active.

Issues that can be experienced and how to fix the problems

That last reboot will take a while – longer than you are used to, so don’t panic. However, if you notice that a boot loop occurred, follow: access recovery mode on your Android device (press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Bixby buttons together for a few moments); in recovery initiate a hard reset and choose to clear app data cache; thus, select ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ and by ‘wipe dalvik cache’; when done, return to main menu of recovery and pick ‘reboot system now’. That should be all.

Sometimes, rarely though, Odin can get stuck while the update operation is running. If you experience a similar problem, follow: close Odin and end its processes (do it from Task Manager – press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keyboard hotkeys); then, unplug the USB cable and disconnect your devices; force restart your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S8 Active; reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer; repeat the flashing steps from the beginning.

Congratulations, the update operation was successfully completed. Thus, test the new Android G892USQS3BRJ7 update firmware on your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S8 Active and share your impressions with us and with the other users who might need a second opinion on this November 2018 Security Patch. Also, stay close for further update opportunities available for your device and search through our ‘how to’ page for more tutorials and Android related tips and tricks.