How to download One UI Android 9 Pie update on Galaxy Note 8 (Official beta ZSA5 | Leaked beta DRL5)

Galaxy Note 8 One UI download

Samsung introduced One UI at the Samsung Developer Conference in November this year and by now you’re probably aware of all the new changes the One UI skin over Android 9 Pie brings along. The company is tight-lipped when it comes to announcing rollout dates for any updates and usually uses words such as ‘soon’ to rather than giving us a date or month for the expected rollout.

While Galaxy S9/S9+ and Note 8 users have already received the One UI beta update, there was no word as to when Samsung would be rolling out the Android 9 Pie: One UI beta update for the Galaxy Note 8 or even the S8/S8+ devices.

Luckily, if you’re a Galaxy Note 8 user, then you can now finally get your hands on the One UI closed beta update on your device. However, before your proceed we’d suggest to backup your data on the device to avoid any data loss in case the installation is not successful.


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  • For model no. SM-N950F and FD (official beta):
    1. Version CSA3 – Required Android Oreo version
      • This is a firmware file, to be installed using Odin
    2. Version ZSA5 – Official Android Pie beta One UI update
      • This is an OTA file, to be installed via ADb sideload/SDcard
  • For model no. SM-N950U (leaked beta):
    1. Version CRK1 – Required Android Oreo version (Filename: N950USQS5CRK1_N950UOYN5CRK1_TMB.zip)
      • This is a firmware file, to be installed using Odin
    2. Version DRL5 – Laeaked Android Pie beta One UI update (Filename: N950USQS5CRK1-to-U5DRL5-update.zip)
      • This is an OTA file, to be installed via ADb sideload/SDcard

Warning: This beta update is only for the Snapdragon variant of the Galaxy Note 8. Do not try installing this Android 9 Pie One UI beta on the Exynos variant of the Galaxy Note 8.

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How to install Android 9 Pie beta with One UI on your Galaxy Note 8

The are two methods to install the Android 9 Pie update on your Galaxy Note 8. 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.

Method #1: Using ADB

  1. Make sure you have required Android Oreo version installed on your Galaxy Note 8. To install Android Pie firmware (CSA3 for N950F and CRK1 for N950U), do this:
    1. Download the Android Oreo firmware file from the download section above.
    2. Install it on your Galaxy Note 8 using the installation guide given here.
    3. Once you are Galaxy Note 8 is running required Oreo build (CSA3 for N950F and CRK1 for N950U, check the build no. in Settings > About phone), continue to next step below.
  2. Download the Android Pie beta update file for your device from downloads section above.
  3. Rename it to something convenient, like note-8-pie-beta.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 Note 8 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 note-8-pie-beta.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 Note 8 reboots, it would be running Android 9 with One UI.

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Method #2: Using SDcard

  1. Make sure you have required Android Oreo version installed on your Galaxy Note 8. To install Android Pie firmware (CSA3 for N950F and CRK1 for N950U), do this:
    1. Download the Android Oreo firmware file from the download section above.
    2. Install it on your Galaxy Note 8 using the installation guide given here.
    3. Once you are Galaxy Note 8 is running software version CSA3/CRK1 (check the build no. in Settings > About phone), continue to next step below.
  2. Download the Android Pie beta update file for your device from downloads section above.
  3. Rename it to something convenient, like note-8-pie-beta.zip, so that it is easy to select it in step 8 below.
  4. Transfer it to SDcard on your Note 8.
  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 Note 8 reboots, it would be running Android 9 with One UI.