How to download Android Pie update on Galaxy Note 9 manually | One UI OTA | Stable – CSA2 | Beta – CSA6 and CSA7

Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie beta download

Update [January 14, 2019]:  Firmware file for the Android Pie update for Galaxy Note 9 is now available, but only for the N960F model. So, the installation guides for the N960F and N960U models is now different. The CSA2 update is now available for download, BTW.

Check the downloads section below to download the CSA2 firmware file now, and install it on your Note 9 model N960F using the guide given for the stable update below.

Update [January 12, 2019]: We have added new builds for both the stable and beta ROMs. For N960F, we have added a new update CSA2 that can be installed over the CRLT build. Second, for the N960U/U1/W, we have added CSA7 and CSA6, both of which are to be installed ARJA build.

Installing ARJA requires special Odin software (also available for download below) and will result in factory reset when installed. So, be sure to create required backups already before you installing Oreo ARJA build, and then Android Pie CSA3 build.


Update [January 04, 2019]: Stable version of the Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie update is now available. The official update for the public arrives as software version N960FXXU2CRLT. OTA update CRLT can be download and installed manually using the guide below, though, so if you do not have the patience to wait for Samsung to push the update to your device, you can install it manually on your own now.

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Samsung’s One UI is the hottest thing right now when it comes to the software side of the Samsung phones. Because, well, if you talk hardware, things are admittedly even far exciting as you have the revamped Galaxy S10 in the works, and the mind-boggling Galaxy Flex foldable phone that may be priced so steeply you will start to appreciate the $1000 costing Galaxy Note 9.

While the Galaxy Note 9 will definitely receive the Android Pie update directly from Samsung a bit later, the good thing is, you can not install it manually on your device, if you have the model no. SM-N960U with you.

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Warning!

Do not try anything given on this page if you do not completely know what you are doing. In case any damage occurs, we won’t be held responsible.

Compatibility

This guide is compatible only with model no. SM-N960U of the Galaxy Note 9. Do not try this on any other variant of the Note 9 (including N960F/N/etc.) as you might end up damaging your device and permanently brick it.

Make appropriate backup all your important data, music and video files, and everything else as there are chances your devices will be wiped while doing this.

Downloads

  • Global model, SM-N960F:
  • US model, SM-N960U:
    • Option 1: Old download, added in October 2018
      • Required Android Oreo version – ARJ7
      • Android Pie beta update OTA with One UI:
        • Beta 1 – CRKE (Released in early October 2018)
        • See the guide for installing beta update below for this.
        • Links for Beta 2 and newer beta updates are not available. You may opt for the new method right below.
    • Option 2: New download, added in January 2019
      • Required Android Oreo version – ARJA (that is, N960USQS1ARJA)
        • Installing ARJA requires a special patched Odin software: Download Odin 3.13.1_3B_PatcheD
        • Installing ARJA will result in a factory reset, so take appropriate backup already.
      • Android Pie beta update OTA with One UI:
        • With ARJA installed, install either of these ROMs:
          • Option 1: CSA3 update – (Released on January 04, 2019 – ARJA required as base)
          • Option 2: CSA4 update – (Released on January 07, 2019 – ARJA required as base)
          • Option 3: CSA6 update – (Released on January 09, 2019 – ARJA required as base)
          • Option 4: CSA7 update – (Released on January 10, 2019 – ARJA required as base)
          • See the guide for installing beta update below for this.

Related: Galaxy Note 9 firmware download (Android Pie file added)

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How to install Android 9 Pie beta with One UI on your Galaxy Note 9

The are two methods to install the Android 9 Pie update on your Galaxy Note 9. The first one uses ADB, thus requires no additional component. While the second one uses an SD card but makes the installation very easy. So, if you have an SD card or can borrow one temporarily, use the second method as the ADB method is a bit tricky.

Install stable update of Android Pie via firmware file (for SM-N960F only)

Compatibility: This section is compatible only with model SM-N960F of the Galaxy Note 9.

Step by step guide:

Step 1. Download the Android Pie firmware from the downloads section above – software version CSA2. Make sure you have downloaded the correct firmware file on your PC. Remember, this is only for the Galaxy Note 9 model no. SM-N960F.

Step 2. Install Samsung USB driver (method 1 on the linked page) first of all. Double-click the .exe file of drivers to begin the installation. (Not required if you have already done this.)

Step 3. Also, download Odin PC software (latest version).

Step 4. Extract the firmware file now. You can use free software like 7-zip for this. Install 7-zip, then right click on firmware file and under 7-zip, select ‘Extract here’. You should get files in .tar.md5 format now. (You may a bunch of files, and you will find text like AP, BL, CP or CSC etc. written at the beginning of those files.) We will be loading this file into Odin, to be installed on the device.

Step 5. Extract the Odin file. You should get the Odin exe file (other files could be hidden, hence not visible).

Step 6. Disconnect your Galaxy Note 9 from PC if it is connected.

Step 7. Boot your Galaxy Note 9 into download mode:

  1. Power off your device. Wait for 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.
  2. Press and hold the three buttons Volume down + Bixby + Power together until you see the Warning screen.
  3. Press Volume Up to continue to download mode.

Step 8. Double click on Odin .exe file (from step 5) to open the Odin window as shown below. Be careful with Odin, and do just as said to prevent problems.

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Step 9. Connect your device now using the USB cable. Odin should recognize your device. It’s a must. When it recognizes, you will see Added!! message appearing in the Log box in the bottom left, and the first box under ID:COM will also show a no. and turn its background blue. Look at the pic below.

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  • You cannot proceed until you get the Added!! message, which confirms that Odin has recognized your device.
  • If you don’t get Added!! message, you need to install/re-install drivers again and use the original cable that came with the device. Mostly, drivers are the problem (look at step 2 above).
  • You can try different USB ports on your PC too.

Step 10. Load the firmware files into Odin. Click the AP button on Odin and the select the .tar.md5 file from above. See the screenshot below to find how the Odin window will look like after you have loaded the files.

  • Click on BL tab, and select the file beginning with BL text.
  • Click on AP tab, and select the file beginning with AP text.
  • Click on CP tab, and select the file beginning with CP text.
  • [Different!] Click on CSC tab, and select the file beginning with HOME_CSC text. If HOME_CSC file isn’t available, then select the file beginning with CSC text.

About CSC file: Using the HOME_CSC file won’t reset your device, and data on the phone shouldn’t be deleted. However, when we select regular CSC file, and it results in CSC on the device being different than that in CSC file, your phone will be formatted automatically. You can even choose to ignore loading the CSC file, that may do alright too. But if it doesn’t work out, repeat the whole process and select CSC file this time around.

  • Info: When you load files, Odin checks the md5 sum of firmware file, which takes time. So, simply wait until that’s done and the firmware file is loaded. Don’t worry if Odin gets unresponsive for a while, it’s normal. Binary size will also show up in Odin.
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Step 11. Click on Options tab, and make sure Re-partition checkbox is NOT selected. Don’t use PIT tab, ever.

Go back to the Log tab now, as it will show the progress of the firmware installation when you hit the start button in the next step.

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Step 12. Verify that everything is okay as mentioned above. When satisfied, click the Start button on Odin now to start flashing the firmware on your device.

Wait till installation is finished, after which your device will reboot automatically. You’ll get PASS message as shown below upon successful installation from Odin.

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Some errors you may run into, and with respective solution.

  • If Odin gets stuck at setup connection, then you need to do this all again. Disconnect your device, close Odin, boot device into download mode again, open Odin, and then select the file and flash it again as said above.
  • If you get FAIL in the top left box, then also you need to flash the file again as stated just above.

Done!


Install Android Pie beta update via OTA files (for SM-N960U/U1/W)

Method #1: Using ADB to install Android Pie beta from Oreo

  1. Install required Android Oreo update first:
    1. Download the required Oreo firmware file from the download section above.
    2. Install it on your Galaxy Note 9 using the installation guide given here. (For the US model, N960U, you will need special patched Odin, as given in the downloads section above, to install required Oreo ROM, ARJA. Installing ARJA will also factory reset your device. So, take an appropriate backup when installing ARJA. You can use Samsung’s smart switch software on PC.)
    3. Once your Galaxy Note 9 is running the required Oreo software version (check the build no. in Settings > About phone), continue to next step below.
  2. Install Android Pie beta update:
    1. Download the Android Pie beta update file for your device from the downloads section above.
    2. Rename it to something convenient, like pie-beta.zip, so that it is easy to install it in step 12 below.
    3. Make sure you have installed ADB and fastboot driver. And Samsung driver.
    4. Enable USB debugging.
      → If OEM unlock is missing on your device, then we really can’t help it — you may not be able to install Android Pie using this method. You would have to wait for Samsung to officially push Pie to your device.
    5. Connect your device to PC now. Check your phone’s screen, if it asks for “Allow USB debugging”, accept it by selecting OK/Yes.
    6. Open a command window on PC in the folder where you have the downloaded the Pie update file.
      1. For this, go to that folder, and then in the address bar, type cmd and hit the enter key. A command window will open with its address being this very folder with Android Pie update file.
    7. Reboot your device into recovery mode. Type this command in the command window and then hit the enter key to run it.
      adb reboot recovery
    8. Move the highlight to ‘Apply update from ADB‘ option.
    9. Select the option ‘Apply update from ADB’ using the power button.
    10. Your Galaxy Note 9 will now enter ADB sideload mode.
    11. Install Android 9 Pie beta update by issuing the following command. (If you want, you can shorten the filename as per your convenience and use that filename in the command below.)
      adb sideload pie-beta.zip
    12. Give it all the time it needs to install. Once done, the device will reboot automatically. Do not disconnect before that happens.
  3. You can install any newer beta updates as available the same way as you installed the beta update in step 2 right above.

Once your Note 9 reboots, it would be running Android 9 with One UI.

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Method #2: Using SDcard to install Android Pie beta from Oreo

  1. Install required Android Oreo update first:
    1. Download the required Oreo firmware file from the download section above.
    2. Install it on your Galaxy Note 9 using the installation guide given here. (For the US model, N960U, you will need special patched Odin, as given in the downloads section above, to install required Oreo ROM, ARJA. Installing ARJA will also factory reset your device. So, take an appropriate backup when installing ARJA. You can use Samsung’s smart switch software on PC.)
    3. Once your Galaxy Note 9 is running the required Android Pie software version (check the build no. in Settings > About phone), continue to next step below.
  2. Install Android Pie beta update:
    1. Download the Android Pie beta update file for your device from the downloads section above.
    2. Rename it to something convenient, like pie-beta.zip, so that it is easy to select it in step 8 below.
    3. Transfer it to SDcard on your Note 9.
    4. Now, reboot the device into recovery mode. For this, power off your device, then wait for at least 7 seconds to let the screen turn black and then press and hold the Bixby + Volume Up + Power buttons until you see the blue screen.
    5. Move the highlight to ‘Install update from SDcard‘ option.
    6. Now, select the Install update from SDcard option using the power button.
    7. Select the Android 9 Pie update file you transferred to SDcard earlier now.
    8. Select Yes on the next screen to confirm the installation.
    9. The Android 9 Pie OTA will be installed now. You will be back to recovery’s home screen once done. Select ‘reboot system now’ to restart the phone. And we’re done!
  3. You can install any newer beta updates as available the same way as you installed the beta update in step 2 right above.

Once your Note 9 reboots, it would be running Android Pie update and along with it, the One UI.


Do let us know if you need any help regarding installation of Android Pie update on your Galaxy Note 9.