A new update has been released for the Samsung Galaxy S9+ in selected European markets. The update will bring the stock firmware to build number G965FXXS2BRJ6, but it won’t introduce new features and capabilities. Unfortunately, we’re discussing about a minor OTA which is here to introduce the November 2018 security patch. The actual changelog isn’t yet available so the details related with this new OS improvement aren’t that many. However, the G965FXXS2BRJ6 OTA should arrive on your Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus anytime now, so do look for pending updates for speeding up the flashing process.

If your smartphone was tweaked (for example if root was enabled or if a custom ROM firmware was set) or if you want to skip the OTA wait, you can choose to install the November 2018 Security Patch manually, by using Odin – don’t worry, the manual update procedure will be explained during the following guidelines.

Thus, right from the start you need to know that the OTA is being offered gradually and for limited markets only at this moment. Therefore, some Samsung Galaxy S9+ users will receive the G965FXXS2BRJ6 notification sooner than others. Moreover, for being able to receive and apply this OTA your smartphone must run on stock / official Android UI and tweaks shouldn’t have been applied – otherwise, the only way in which you can still install the November 2018 Security patch will be by following the manual update procedure that’s detailed below.

Using Odin is an official way in which you can still install the Samsung update on your Galaxy S9+. So, you don’t have to be worried about using risky flashing tools or about losing your phone’s warranty and access to built-in apps. Odin is the official program developed by Samsung, designed especially for flashing update operations.

Your data should remain safe and secured during the update operation even when Odin is being used. But, in rare situations you might end up in losing certain files which is why a general backup is still recommended. Thus, choose to save the files which weren’t there by default – contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and so. Such operation can be quickly performed by syncing your files with your Google account or by using Samsung’s built-in cloud storage services. Another way in which you can complete a backup is by using an external storage device, or by downloading dedicated backup and restore apps from Google Play.

A computer will be needed as there you will have to install Odin and download the November 2018 security patch. Also, on this PC the Galaxy S9+ drivers must be installed and the right drivers for your handset can be applied through the Samsung KIES toolkit.

On your phone you first need to enable the USB Debugging feature. You can do that from Developer Options, a field which can be enabled by tapping repeatedly on Built Number – after 7 or 10 repeated taps you will receive the ‘you are a developer’ message.

Verify the power that’s left on your Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. Start the November 2018 Security Patch update operation only if there is more than 50% power left. Otherwise, charge your handset first – if not, your phone might get turned off while you try to follow and apply the steps that are explained below; if a sudden shut down happens you can risk in soft bricking your Android based device – different malfunctions might cause severe problems within the Android core system. So, be careful and try not to mess things up.

How to manually install the November 2018 Security Patch on the Samsung Galaxy S9+

  1. Download the November 2018 Security Patch for your Samsung Galaxy S9+ - you can get this update file from here. Save it on desktop.
  2. On your computer download Odin from here. Then, run the executable file and follow on-screen prompts for setting up the flashing program on your PC.
  3. Run Odin in the end.
  4. Power off your Samsung branded device and wait while the shut down operation is being completed; next, reboot download mode on your Galaxy S9 (press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Bixby buttons together, for a few moments).
  5. Connect your handset with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
  6. Once you do it Odin should recognize your device – the ‘added’ message should be displayed and the ID:COM field should be turned yellow or blue; if not, you must reinstall your phone’s drivers before retrying.
  7. On the flashing program click on the AP button and then load the update package from desktop.
  8. Make sure that the Re Partition and Auto Reboot options aren’t selected on Odin.
  9. Click on Start and wait while the November 2018 Security patch is being installed on your Samsung Galaxy S9+.
  10. The ‘pass’ message will be displayed in the end; also, the ID:COM field will be turned green.
  11. At this point you can close the flashing program, remove the USB cable and reboot your Android based device.
  12. Done.

Troubleshooting solutions for the problems that might be caused

In rare situations the flashing program can get stuck – thus, the update process can be interrupted suddenly; anyway, if that happens you will have to follow: close Odin and end its related processes from Task Manager (press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keyboard hotkeys); then, disconnect your devices by removing the USB cable; force restart your Samsung Galaxy S9+; reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer and in the end repeat the update steps from the beginning.

Your smartphone might get stuck in a boot loop in the end – the last reboot will take a while to complete but a boot loop is not something that should happen. Anyway, in that case you will need to follow: reboot recovery mode on your Samsung Galaxy S9+ (press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Bixby buttons together for a few seconds); choose to initiate a hard reset and to clear app data cache – just select ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’; when done, return to main menu of recovery and from there pick ‘reboot system now’.

There you have it; that’s the process that must be followed if you want to manually install the November 2018 Security Patch on the Samsung Galaxy S9+. Do tell us how this new Android update runs on your smartphone by using the comments field from below and stay close for further update opportunities available for your Galaxy S9. Enjoy.

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