Update Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to December 2018 Oreo Firmware

Update Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to December 2018 Oreo Firmware

This is the guide where you can find out the solution for updating the Samsung Galaxy note 9 to December 2018 Oreo Firmware. You can easily install this by using ODIN and all the required steps are given below. In recent times, Samsung with Google’s schedule pushed towards the new updates. But it’s an unfortunate thing that still there is no official Android Pie is build and Samsung is currently testing the upgrade and till then, it is keeping up with December 2018 build which is quite a recent update. As user can find new changes and improvements with these updates, we will highly recommend you to update your Galaxy Note 9 right away.

Samsung carries two flagship lines, one is the standard S line and the other is Galaxy note Lineup. By considering this, devices with these flagship lines get high preference in term of new firmware releases. As all users and eagerly waiting for the 9.0 Firmware but as it is still in testing, Samsung is not skipping the regular updates. But the good thing is we have the December 2018 Official firmware with us that you can easily install it on Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with just simple steps mentioned below.

samsung galaxy note 9

Before proceeding to the steps make sure you have USB drivers installed on your computer and also make sure to have back up of all of your data. After you have made sure of these things you can proceed with the steps.

December 2018 Android 8.1 Firmware Details:

Main software undergoes some of the changes within this December 2018 Android build and user will expect better performance after installing this firmware.

This tutorial applies to various Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The specific model numbers are mentioned below.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 N960F
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 N960U

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 USB Drivers

Firstly, you need to connect your phone with computer and for that you need USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy Note 9. If your system have not USB drivers installed then download the latest drivers from the link given below.

Download Samsung Galaxy Note 9 USB Drivers

How to Install December 2018 Android 8.1 Samsung Galaxy Note 9

A detailed description is mentioned that can be followed to update your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to December 2018 Android 8.1 build. Make sure to read every line before heading to perform the steps on your device.

Things to Remember:

  • These mentioned steps are only for Samsung Note 9.
  • Firmware mentioned in this post are for Note 9 officially released by Samsung.
  • Before heading towards the steps make sure to have backup of your data.

Step By Step Guide:



Step 1: Firstly, you need to download December 2018 Android 8.1 update from the below links for your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to your computer and then extract the zip file.

  • Galaxy Note 9 N960F: N960FXXS2ARK1
  • Galaxy Note 9 N960U: Waiting For Firmware.

Step 2: Now download Odin which is needed to install the December 2018 update on Samsung Note 9.

Step 3: Turn off your phone and go to download mode by press and holding and volume down key and Bixby buttons altogether, now you need to press the power button until you see the Android Robot Construction and a triangle. Again press power to go to download mode after confirming.

Step 4: Do make sure that you have Samsung Galaxy Note 9 USB drivers already installed on your computer.

Step 5: In download mode, connect your phone to the computer after opening ODIN.

Step 6: After successful phone connection, you will see that one of ID:COM will turn yellow in addition to COM port number. This step requires some time to complete.

Step 7: Pick the files that you need to install on your phone (you will find these files  from the extracted files in Step 1).

  • First, click on ‘AP’ and pick the file with ‘AP’ in its name.
  • Click ‘CP’ and pick the file with name ‘MODEM’. Exclude this step if you don’t see such file name.
  • Click ‘CSC’ and pick the file with name ‘CSC’. Exclude this step if you don’t see such file name.
  • Click ‘PIT’ and pick .pit file. Exclude this step if you don’t see such file name.
  • Click ‘BL’ and pick the file of name ‘BL’. Exclude this step if you don’t see such file name.

Don’t forget to look for abbreviations if you are using an old version of ODIN. Keep in mind that only file name changes, process running in the back and all the functionality remains the same so no need to worry about this.

  • AP = PDA
  • BL = Boot Loader
  • CP = Modem

Step 8: F. Reset time options and check for the Auto Reboot in ODIN. If we take Re-Partition option. Check it if you have selected the .PIT file in the previous step.

Step 9: In ODIN, click on start button. This will take some minutes to start the process of installation.

Step 10: After successful installation, you device will restart and when you see the home page unplug your phone from computer.

That’s all. Your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has now been successfully updated. Lastly, Go to settings and verify you phone.

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