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How to download Android 9 Pie update on Galaxy S8 and S8+ (G950USQU5DSC1 and G955USQU5DSC1 for the U.S.)

Update [March 27, 2019]: A new firmware based on Android Pie is now available, and this one comes from T-Mobile network in the U.S. Although the update is rolling out for the AT&T and Sprint too, the one for T-Mobile is the best one to be installed on any device carrying model no. SM-G950U (S8)/SM-G955U (S8+).

The software version of the Pie update is G950USQU5DSC1 for the S8 and G955USQU5DSC1 for the S8 Plus (DSC1 in short). Check out the download link of the G950USQU5DSC1 and G955USQU5DSC1 firmware files in the downloads section below to install it on your Galaxy S8/S8+ in the U.S.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Pie update Boost Mobile


Update [February 20, 2019]: Samsung has released the stable Android Pie update for its Galaxy S8 and S8+ users in Germany. The stable Android 9 update arrives as software version DSBA, short for G950FXXU4DSBA (S8) and G955FXXU4DSBA (S8+).

You can check for the OTA update now on your device as it may be hitting all the users worldwide anytime now. Though, you can install the update right now too as its firmware is now available. We have updated the downloads section below with firmware link for both the S8 and S8+, and you can use the Guide #1 to install the update on your respective device to get Android Pie right now.


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

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 update brings along Samsung’s new skin over Android which is being called One UI.

Downloads

Samsung Galaxy S8

  • For model no. SM-G950F/FD (official stable update):
    • Version DSBA – Stable Android 9 Pie update (G950FXXU4DSBA)
      • This is a firmware file, to be installed using Odin (use Guide #1 below)
  • For model no. SM-G950U (official stable update):
    • Version DSC1 – Stable Android 9 Pie update (G950USQU5DSC1)
      • This is a firmware file, to be installed using Odin (use Guide #1 below)
      • This is for T-Mobile handsets originally but can be installed safely on any S8 that comes as SM-G950U (you may lose some carrier specific features, though)
  • For model no. SM-G950U1 (official stable update):
    • The stable version has not been released yet.
    • But you can use one for the U variant above for the time being. Yes, it will work alright.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

  • For model no. SM-G955F/FD (official stable update):
    • Version DSBA – Stable Android 9 Pie update (G955FXXU4DSBA)
      • This is a firmware file, to be installed using Odin (use Guide #1 below)
  • For model no. SM-G955U (official stable update):
    • Version DSC1 – Stable Android 9 Pie update (G955USQU5DSC1)
      • This is a firmware file, to be installed using Odin (use Guide #1 below)
      • This is for T-Mobile handsets originally but can be installed safely on any S8 Plus that comes as SM-G955U (you may lose some carrier specific features, though)
  • For model no. SM-G955U1 (official stable update):
    • The stable version has not been released yet.
    • But you can use one for the U variant above for the time being. Yes, it will work alright.

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.

Galaxy-Note-8-Pie-update

How to install Android 9 Pie update on Galaxy S8 and S8+ [One UI update]

Compatibility

This article is compatible only with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. Do not try this one any other Android device.

Step by step guide

Step 1. Download the Android Pie firmware from the downloads section above. Make sure you have downloaded the correct firmware file on your PC.

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 S8 from PC if it is connected.

Step 7. Boot your Galaxy S8 into download mode:

  1. Power off your device. Wait for 6-7 seconds after the 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 a 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.

odin load files

Step 11. Click on Options tab, and make sure Re-partition checkbox is NOT selected. Don’t use the 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!

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