How to download Android 9 Pie update on Galaxy S8 and S8+ (Official beta ZSA5 | Leaked beta DRL5)

Samsung Galaxy S8

Finally, the Android Pie update is now available for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones too.

For the global variants, G950F for the S8 and G955F for the S8 Plus (FD models also supported BTW), official Android Pie beta update is available for download that Samsung has released in India and UK, at the least. The software version of the official Android Pie beta OTA is ZSA5.

However, for the US variants, G950U for the S8 and G955U for the S8 Plus, only a leaked Android Pie beta update is available, software version being DRL6.

FYI, Samsung has already rolled out a couple of Android 9 Pie beta updates for the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus and Galaxy Note 9.

The Android 9 Pie beta update brings along Samsung’s new skin over Android which is being called One UI. At the Samsung Developer Conference, the Korean giant only provided a few details on the release of the One UI beta for the Galaxy S9 as well as the Note 9.

The One UI beta for the Galaxy S8 brings along all the goodies found on the One UI beta version on the Galaxy S9. So if you’ve been waiting to check out the latest One UI alongside Android 9 Pie on your Galaxy S8, then here’s how to get it installed on your device.

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Downloads

Samsung Galaxy S8

  • For model no. SM-G950F and FD (official beta):
    • Version CRL3 – Required Android Oreo version
      • This is a firmware file, to be installed using Odin (use Guide #1 below)
    • Version ZSA5 – Official Android Pie beta One UI update
      • This is an OTA file, to be installed via ADB sideload/SDcard (use Guide #2 or #3 below)
  • For model no. SM-G950U (leaked beta):
    • Version CRK1 – Required Android Oreo version
      • This is a firmware file, to be installed using Odin (use Guide #1 below)
    • Version CRL1 – Second required Android Oreo version (from CRK1 to CRL1)
      • This is an OTA file, to be installed via ADB sideload/SDcard (use Guide #2 or #3 below)
    • Version DRL6 – Android 9 Pie beta update (from CRL1 to DRL6)
      • This is an OTA file, to be installed via ADB sideload/SDcard (use Guide #2 or #3 below)

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

  • For model no. SM-G955F and FD (official beta):
    • Version CRL3 – Required Android Oreo version
      • This is a firmware file, to be installed using Odin (use Guide #1 below)
    • Version ZSA5 – Official Android Pie beta One UI update
      • This is an OTA file, to be installed via ADB sideload/SDcard (use Guide #2 or #3 below)
  • For model no. SM-G950U (leaked beta):
    • Not available at the moment

Warning!

This page is meant only for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 handsets. Do not try this on any other Samsung or Android device.

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How to install Android 9 Pie beta with One UI on your Galaxy S8

The are two methods to install the Android 9 Pie update on your Galaxy S8. 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.

Guide #1: Install a firmware file on Galaxy S8

Install the required firmware on your Galaxy S8. Here’s how to install a firmware:

  1. Download the firmware file from the download section above.
  2. Install the firmware on your Galaxy S8 using the installation guide given here.
  3. You are good to move to the next step once your Galaxy S8 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 software version CRK1 installed on your Galaxy S8. To install CRK1, do this:
    1. Download the CRK1 update firmware file from the download section above.
    2. Install it on your Galaxy S8 using the installation guide given here.
    3. Once you are Galaxy S8 is running software version CRK1 (check the build no. in Settings > About phone)
  2. Now Download the CRL1 update firmware file from the download section above.
    1. Install the firmware file on the S8 by using the same installation guide.
    2. Check the build no. in (Settings > About phone), continue to next step below.
  3. Download the OTA update file for your device from downloads section above.
  4. Rename it to something convenient, like S8-pie-beta.zip, so that it is easy to select it in step 8 below.
  5. Transfer it to SDcard on your S8.
  6. 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.
  7. Move the highlight to ‘Install update from SDcard‘ option.
  8. Now, select the Install update from SDcard option using the power button.
  9. Select the OTA update file you transferred to SDcard earlier now.
  10. Select Yes on the next screen to confirm the installation.
  11. 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!
  12. That’s it. Do this for more OTA files if need be.

Guide #3: Install an OTA update file using ADB sideload

  1. Make sure you have installed ADB and fastboot driver. And Samsung driver.
  2. 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.
  3. Connect your device to PC now. Check your phone’s screen, if it asks for “Allow USB debugging”, accept it by selecting OK/Yes.
  4. Download the OTA update file from the download section above.
  5. Rename it to something convenient, like S8-pie-beta.zip so that it is easy to install it.
  6. 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.
  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 S8 will now enter ADB sideload mode.
  11. 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 S8-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.
  13. That’s it. Do this for more OTA files if need be.

Let us know how the Android 9 Pie update treats you. Do you find any issues with the update on your Galaxy S8?