The Samsung Galaxy S8 users that are still running Android 8 Oreo can use the tutorial below in order to learn how to manually upgrade their device with the latest Android 9 firmware build. Check all the info below if you wish to complete the new update successfully.
The Android 9 Pie comes with a new UI called the Samsung One, and it is an upgrade over the old TouchWiz Experience they were using up until now. Android 9.0 Pie also comes with numerous new features and improvements.
We think that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will receive the Android 9 Pie as its final major OS upgrade, as the device has reached its second biggest OS upgrade since it was launched in 2017 with Android 7.0 Nougat as its default operating system. The One UI in Android 9 replaces TouchWiz and it removes tons of unnecessary menus and functions that were never used to begin with.
All the Settings menus in One UI are easier to navigate through and you will be able to find all your data faster than before. All the Samsung-based notes, email, phone and apps are packing a modern look and with the new Night Mode support are easier to look at, too.
One UI in Android 9 Pie features all the buttons you need to interact with on the lower part of the screen, as the Samsung devices are now packing taller screens that made using the upper part of a smartphone harder to interact with. The new Night Mode will be available all over the device, except for applications that are downloaded from the Play Store that don't support darker themes.
Android 9 Pie and One UI for Galaxy S8 extra features: new emojis for the Samsung Keyboard, floating keyboard support for all installed applications, support for setting custom touch and hold delay, support for replying straight from the Notification panel of each app, image thumbnails for message notifications, new power saving modes, new clock styles for Always On Display, Charging Info should now say how much time you have left before the device gets fully charged, Always On Display can be used only by tapping the screen once and having it appear for only 30 seconds in order to save more battery power. Also, there are tons of improvements done to Bixby, call history sorting and support for displaying 2000 incoming and outgoing call entries, better Camera app, added PhotoEditor Pro editing tools for the Gallery app, My Files storage analysis tool, Samsung Health now displays daily step count in the notification panel, Lift to Wake feature that will light up the screen whenever you grab the phone, Kids Home can be activated from the Navigation quick panel, and more.
The new official update has been released for the Samsung Galaxy S8 device for some time, but there are users that are still waiting for it to arrive, if you're one of those, then you can manually complete the new update using the info below.
Make sure that you know that this guide is destined to be used on the International Galaxy S8 G950F models only. If you need more help completing the update for your phone, then you should use the comments and let us know about the problems you've encountered during the installation process.
How to Upgrade Samsung Galaxy S8 G950F to Android 9.0 Pie using Odin
- Open Developer Options on your device and enable the USB Debugging. Check the guide here if you can't find Developer Options.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers from here and install them on your computer.
- Download Odin 3.13.3 from here. Extract the zip contents and save them on your PC.
- Download Android 9 Pie G950FXXS4DSC2 from here. Save all the files on your PC after you extract them. You should obtain the several files with the following terms in their titles: BL, AP, CP, CSC, and HOME_CSC.
- Power off your smartphone.
- Launch Odin exe on your PC.
- Boot it in Download Mode. It can be done by pressing Volume Down, Bixby and Power buttons. Release the buttons when the blue screen is displayed by your Galaxy S8.
- When the blue screen loads you have to press Volume Up once to confirm Download Mode boot.
- Connect your phone to your PC using the USB cable. Wait for the device to be "added" by the Odin app.
- Go back to ODIN and start loading the update files.
- Click BL and load the BL_G950FXXS4DSC2 tar.md5 file.
- Click CP and load the CP_G950FXXS4DSC2 file.
- Click AP and load the corresponding AP_G950FXXS4DSC2 file.
- Click CSC and load the HOME_CSC_G950FXXS4DSC2 file. Do not load the file that only features "CSC" in the name without "HOME", as that file will tell Odin to wipe the entire data from your Galaxy S8.
- When you're ready you can click the START button in ODIN and confirm the updating process.
Note that the update process will take a while before it manages to install all the new update files. When the installation is done you can see a "PASS" alert shown by ODIN, and you can unplug the usb cable from your device, as that means that the update was done.
If you need any extra help completing the tutorial then you should tell us in comments below.