How to download Android 9 Pie update on Galaxy Note 8 with One UI (DSB2 stable and ZSAB beta)

Galaxy Note 8 One UI download

Update [February 15, 2019]: Samsung has finally released the stable Android Pie update for the Galaxy Note 8 users. Global variant of the phone, SM-G950F/FD, is receiving the Pie update today.

The stable Pie update arrives as software version DSB2 (full version being N950FXXU5DSB2) and is already rolling out as an OTA update. We have provided the firmware file of the DSB2 update below, using which you can manually install the Pie update right away without waiting for the OTA update. Find the link in the downloads section below.

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Update [February 11, 2019]: Android Pie beta 4 has been released for the Galaxy Note 8 users. identified as version ZSB2, the update fixes critical bugs with the ZSB1 update, which was released only a few days ago.

Update [February 08, 2019]: Galaxy Note 8 users in Asia and Europe are receiving Pie update beta 3 now. The software version of the third Android Pie beta update is ZSB1, or N950FXXU5ZSB1 in full.

The new ZSB1 update fixes issues with unlock using IRIS recognition, device hangs, force closes, etc. issues in different use cases of the phone. Problems with the fingerprint scanner and screen brightness have also been fixed. The ZSB1 update is available for download below.


Original article below:

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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Downloads

  • For model no. SM-N950F and FD (official stable update):
    • Version DSB2 – Official Android Pie stable One UI update, released on February 15, 2019
      • This is a firmware file, to be installed using Odin (Guide #1 below)
  • For model no. SM-N950U1 (official beta):
    1. Version CRL2 – Required Android Oreo version
      • This is a firmware file, to be installed using Odin (Guide #1 below)
    2. Version ZSAB – Official Android Pie beta One UI update – released on January 25, 2019
      • This is an OTA file, to be installed via SDcard/ADB sideload method (Guide #2/#3 below)
  • For model no. SM-N950U (leaked beta):
    1. Version CRK1 – Required Android Oreo version
      • This is a firmware file, to be installed using Odin (Guide #1 below)
    2. Version DRL5 – Leaked Android Pie beta One UI update – Released in December 2018
      • This is an OTA file, to be installed via SDcard/ADB sideload method (Guide #2/#3 below)
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How to install Android 9 Pie with One UI on your Galaxy Note 8

To update your Galaxy Note 8 to Android Pie beta, you first need to install the require Android Oreo firmware. Once you have the required Oreo version running on your Note 8 (use Guide #1 below), you can install the Android Pie beta update using the OTA file provided above (use either of Guide #2/#3 below).

Just to be clear, once again, for installing Android Oreo firmware, use the Guide #1 below. While there are two methods to install the Android Pie OTA update on your Galaxy Note 8.

The first one uses an SD card but makes the installation very easy. While the second one uses ADB, thus requires no additional component. So, if you have an SD card or can borrow one temporarily, use the first method as the ADB method is a bit tricky. The SD card method is provided as Guide #2 below, while the ADB method is explained in the Guide #3 below.

Guide #1: Install a firmware file on Galaxy Note 8

Install the required firmware on your Galaxy Note 8. Here’s how to install a firmware:

  1. Download the firmware file from the download section above.
  2. Install the firmware on your Galaxy Note 8 using the installation guide given here.
  3. You are good to move to the next step once your Galaxy Note 8 is running the required version (check the build no. in Settings > About phone).

Guide #2: Install an OTA update file using SDcard

  1. Make sure you have the required Android Oreo software version installed on your Galaxy Note 8. To install Android Oreo update, do this:
    1. Download the Oreo firmware file from the downloads 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 the required software version (check the build no. in Settings > About phone), move to next step.
  2. Download the Android Pie OTA 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 OTA 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!
  11. That’s it. Do this for more OTA files if the need be.
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Guide #3: Install an OTA update file using ADB sideload

  1. Make sure you have the required Android Oreo software version installed on your Galaxy Note 8. To install Android Oreo update, do this:
    1. Download the Oreo firmware file from the downloads 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 the required software version (check the build no. in Settings > About phone), move to next step.
  2. Make sure you have installed ADB and fastboot driver. And Samsung driver.
  3. 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 (try SDcard method below, though). You would have to wait for Samsung to officially push Pie to your device.
  4. Connect your device to PC now. Check your phone’s screen, if it asks for “Allow USB debugging”, accept it by selecting OK/Yes.
  5. Download the OTA update file from the download section above.
  6. Rename it to something convenient, like note-8-pie-beta.zip so that it is easy to install it.
  7. Open a command window on PC in the folder where you have the above file.
    • 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 the above folder.
  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 the OTA update file 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.
  14. That’s it. Do this for more OTA files if the need be.

Once your Note 8 reboots, it would be running Android 9 with One UI.


About Official Android Pie beta update ZSAB for the US

Well, the Android Pie beta is available as ZSAB OTA update. However, it is meant only for the unlocked Note 8 variants whose model no. is SM-N950U1.

However, one can install the update on the T-Mobile and Sprint Galaxy Note 8 handsets too, even though their model no. is SM-N950U. For that, one needs to install the CRL2 firmware (meant for U1) on their U model, and then install the Android Pie OTA update, version ZSAB. This won’t work on Verizon and AT&T variants of the Note 8, though.

So, once again, if you have a Note 8 at T-Mobile and Sprint, you can install the ZSAB Android Pie beta update originally meant for the unlocked variant.

Here’s how:

  1. On your T-Mobile and Sprint Note 8, download and install the ZRL2 Oreo firmware using the Guide #1 above.
  2. Now, download and install the Android Pie OTA update file, version ZSAB, using Guide #2 above (or Guide #3). That’s it.

Enjoy the taste of Android 9 Pie on your Note 8.