How to download Android Pie update on Galaxy S9 and S9+ manually [One UI]

One UI update download

Update [December 25, 2018]: Samsung today started seeding Android Pie OTA update for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ handsets in Europe, and some other regions. The update also brings the One UI, Samsung’s new custom user interface for its Android phones, which is a huge thing.

The update has come out only for the global variant: SM-G960F in the case of S9, and SM-G965F as regards Galaxy S9+.

Update [January 04, 2019]: Stable Android Pie update is still not available for S9 and S9 Plus models sold in the US, whose model numbers end with U. Though, we have newer beta builds available for downloads, CRLM for the Galaxy S9 (G960U/U1), released on December 27, 2018, and CSA1 for the Galaxy S9 Plus (SM-G965u/U1), released on January 2, 2019. Find them in the downloads section below.

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The firmware files of the Android Pie update are now available for download too (provided below), so you can install the One UI update on your S9 and S9+ (F model only) right away by following the guide given below.

The stable release hasn’t hit the US yet, where the models U and U1 of the S9 handsets are still running the beta update, the fourth iteration at that.

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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 for the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Do not try this on any other device 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

Related: Galaxy S9 firmware download | Galaxy S9 Plus firmware download

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How to install Android 9 Pie update on Galaxy S9 and S9+ [One UI update]

While the global variants of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ (model no. ending with F) now have a stable release available as firmware, it’s easy to update Android Pie simply by installing that. While for the US variant (model no. ending with U or U1), the update is still available in beta, and thus you have to install required Android 8.0 Oreo firmware first, and then install the beta Pie update via ADB or SDcard.

Thus, we have covered the update in two sections below, one each for the global variant (F) and US variant (U/U1).

Installing stable release of Android Pie (for SM-G960F and SM-G965F)

Compatibility: This section is compatible only with model SM-G960F of the Galaxy S9, and SM-G965F of the Galaxy S9 Plus.

Step by step guide:

Step 1. Download the Android Pie firmware from the downloads section above – software version CRLI. Make sure you have downloaded the correct firmware file on your PC. Remember, this is only for the Galaxy S9 model no. SM-G960F and Galaxy S9 model no. SM-G965F.

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 S9 from PC if it is connected.

Step 7. Boot your Galaxy S9 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.

Odin-3.10.6

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.

Odin-3.10.6-Added-message
  • 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.

Odin-options-auto-reboot

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.

Odin-3.10.6-Pass-Message-Appears

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 release (for SM-G960U/U1 and SM-G965U/U1)

Compatibility: This section is compatible only with models SM-G960U/U1 of the Galaxy S9, and SM-G965U/U1 of the Galaxy S9 Plus.

The are two methods to install the Android 9 Pie beta update on your Galaxy S9. The first one uses ADB, thus requires no additional component. While the second one uses an SD card, it 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.

Method #1: Using ADB to install Android Pie beta

  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 S9 or S9+ using the installation guide given here.
    3. Once your Galaxy S9 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 S9 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 S9 reboots, it would be running Android 9 with One UI.

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Method #2: Using SDcard to install Android Pie beta

  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 S9 or S9+ using the installation guide given here.
    3. Once your Galaxy S9 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 S9/S9+.
    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 S9 reboots, it would be running Android 9 with One UI.


Do let us know if you need any help in this regard.

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