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

Galaxy S9 Plus One UI update download

During its developer conference, Samsung promised that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ would jump aboard the new Android 9 Pie ship during the month of November 2018.

This update is already available in several markets and is heading out to a few more, but not everyone will be able to grab a slice of Pie ahead of its official release in January 2019, especially for those who are outside the U.S., Germany, South Korea, UK, France, Spain, Poland, China, and India.

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If you missed out on the beta program, it doesn’t mean you can’t grab the Pie beta update OTA/firmware — it also features Samsung’s new custom skin, One UI — and install it on your S9 or S9+ handset.

On this page, we have a handy guide for you to manually download and install the new One UI update that comes along with Samsung Android Pie beta on your device, but since it’s not as direct as the regular OTA updates, you got to cut a few corners in order to get it.

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 | Galaxy S9 Plus firmware

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How to install Android 9 Pie beta with One UI on your Galaxy S9 and S9+

The are two methods to install the Android 9 Pie 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

  1. Make sure you have the required Android Oreo version as given in the downloads above installed on your Galaxy S9. To install Android Oreo version, do this:
    1. Download the ARJ2/BRJ6 update firmware file from the download section above.
    2. Install it on your Galaxy S9 or S9+ using the installation guide given here.
    3. Once you are Galaxy S9 is running software version ARJ2/BRJ6 (check the build no. in Settings > About phone), continue to next step below.
  2. Download the Android Pie beta update (ZRK9/ZRKA) file for your device from the downloads section above.
  3. Rename it to something convenient, like pie-beta1.zip, so that it is easy to install it in step 12 below.
  4. Make sure you have installed ADB and fastboot driver. And Samsung driver.
  5. 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.
  6. Connect your device to PC now. Check your phone’s screen, if it asks for “Allow USB debugging”, accept it by selecting OK/Yes.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Move the highlight to ‘Apply update from ADB‘ option.
  10. Select the option ‘Apply update from ADB’ using the power button.
  11. Your Galaxy S9 will now enter ADB sideload mode.
  12. 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-beta1.zip
  13. Give it all the time it needs to install. Once done, the device will reboot automatically. Do not disconnect before that happens.

Once your S9 reboots, it would be running Android 9 with One UI.

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Method #2: Using SDcard

  1. Make sure you have the required Android Oreo version as given in the downloads above installed on your Galaxy S9. To install Android Oreo version, do this:
    1. Download the ARJ2/BRJ6 update firmware file from the download section above.
    2. Install it on your Galaxy S9 or S9+ using the installation guide given here.
    3. Once you are Galaxy S9 is running software version ARJ2/BRJ6 (check the build no. in Settings > About phone), continue to next step below.
  2. Download the Android Pie beta update (ZRK9/ZRKA) file for your device from the downloads section above.
  3. Rename it to something convenient, like pie-beta1.zip, so that it is easy to select it in step 8 below.
  4. Transfer it to SDcard on your S9/S9+.
  5. 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.
  6. Move the highlight to ‘Install update from SDcard‘ option.
  7. Now, select the Install update from SDcard option using the power button.
  8. Select the Android 9 Pie update file you transferred to SDcard earlier now.
  9. Select Yes on the next screen to confirm the installation.
  10. 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!

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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