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How to force download Android 10 update on Samsung Galaxy Note 9 [One UI 2 beta]

While it might no longer be the most powerful Galaxy Note device, the Galaxy Note 9 is still one of the few handsets which are getting a taste of what Android 10 is like. Last year’s Samsung flagship is sure to get the jump to the latest mobile OS from Google and the South Korean company has already commenced the One UI 2 beta program for Galaxy Note 9 users in Korea.

Fortunately, even if you missed out on registering yourself in Samsung’s beta program for One UI 2, you can still install Android 10 on your Galaxy Note 9 [model number SM-N960F] right away. Make sure you carefully follow the steps in the guide given below. The guide will take you through all the requirements and instructions you’ll need to follow to manually install the update on your device.

Related:

How to install Android 10-based One UI 2 beta update on Galaxy Note 9 [SM-N960F]

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. make sure you match the model no. of your device with the model no. of the download file.

Compatibility

This guide is compatible only for the Galaxy Note 9 handsets. Do not try this on any other device as you might end up damaging your device and permanently brick it.

Backup!

Ensure that you back up all the important data (including photos and videos, contacts, music, videos, files, etc.) on your Galaxy Note 9.

Downloads

  • For Europe/Asia/Australia, unlocked model [SM-N960F]
    • Required Android 9 Pie update: Version CSJ1
    • Android 10 update OTA (beta 1): Version ZSK5 (install it over CSJ1 only)
    • Android 10 update OTA (beta 2): Version ZSK7 (install it over ZSK5 only)
  • For US models [SM-N960U/U1]
    • Not released yet

Instructions

Follow the instructions carefully to install the Android 10 OTA update manually on your Galaxy Note 9.

Preparing for installation

  1. Make sure your device currently has required Android 9 Pie update version CSJ1 installed on your Galaxy Note 9. If not, you got to download and install that. Here’s how to install the required CSK1 build:
  2. Download the Android 10 OTA Beta 1 file from the Downloads section above. If you are on beta 1, then download the beta 2 update (and so on).
  3. Rename the downloaded Android 10 update file to update.zip so that the system recognizes the file when you install it.
  4. Rename the Beta 2 OTA to update.zip when Beta 1 is installed and replace the older update.zip with the newly created file. Do the same for the newer builds as they arrive.

Now you can use either the ADB method (Method 1) or the SD card method (Method 2) to install the update.

Method 1: Install using ADB

After the first three steps in the ‘Preparing for installation’ guide, follow these steps for the ADB method below. For the SD card method, look at the next section.

  1. Install SDK Platform Tools. (Download link)
    • Extract the content of the Platform Tools’ zip file that you downloaded to a separate folder on your Windows PC. Let’s call this folder the ADB folder.
  2. Transfer the update.zip file (that you recently renamed) to the ADB folder.
  3. Open a command window into the ADB folder. Here’s how:
    • Open the ADB folder on your PC where you extracted the content of the Platform tools file.
    • Type cmd in the address bar of the ADB folder and then hit the enter key. A command window will open up, and its location will be your ADB folder where you extracted the SDK tools and copied the update.zip file.
  4. Reboot your Galaxy Note 9 in recovery mode. Here’s how to:
    1. Power off your device. Wait for 6-7 seconds after the screen goes off.
    2. Press and hold the three buttons Volume up + Bixby + Power together for about 20 seconds or until you see the recovery mode. The recovery mode will look like this:Samsung recovery mode
  5. With the phone in recovery mode, move the selection to update via ADB option using volume keys and select it using the power button.
  6. Connect your Galaxy Note 9 to your PC now. It’s recommended you use the original USB cable that came with the phone.
  7. In the command window, run the command below to verify ADB is working alright:
    adb devices

    You should get a serial number when doing so. That means the ADB is working.

  8. Install the Android 10 update file. For this, run the command below:
    adb sideload update.zip

    The update process will begin. Do not disconnect your phone from the PC now. Don’t power off the PC either. When done, it will restart automatically but it will take some time doing so. You will soon have Android 10 running once it is done with optimizing apps.

  9. Repeat the steps from Step 1 through Step 8 to install the Android 10 OTA Beta 2 update.

Method 2: Install using SD card

Follow the steps on the ‘Preparing for installation’ guide and then go through the instructions to install the Android 10 update using the SD card method.

  1. Make sure you have inserted an SD card into the device (in the SIM card tray).
  2. Connect the device to the PC. Enable File Transfer via the notification on the phone so that the SD card shows up on your PC in the Device name under My Computer/This PC screen.
  3. Transfer the update.zip file to the SD card.
  4. Reboot your Galaxy Note 9 in recovery mode. Here’s how to:
    1. Power off your device. Wait for 6-7 seconds after the screen goes off.
    2. Press and hold the three buttons Volume up + Bixby + Power together for about 20 seconds or until you see the recovery mode. The recovery mode will look like this:Samsung recovery mode
  5. With the phone in recovery mode, move the selection to apply update via SD card option using volume keys and select it using the power button.
  6. Select the update.zip file now that you transferred earlier. Confirm on the next screen to begin the installation.
  7. Once done, you will be back to the home screen of recovery mode. Select Reboot system now to restart the phone. When done, it will restart automatically but it will take some time doing so. You will soon have Android 10 running once it is done with optimizing apps. 
  8. Repeat the steps from Step 1 through Step 7 to update the device to Android 10 OTA Beta 2.

Can you update to future beta firmware?

Yes, but manually. Once you flash your Galaxy Note 9 with the beta update through the methods above, you will no longer receive OTA updates on your phone. However, OTA updates can be manually flashed the same way you flashed the Android 10 beta from the steps mentioned above.

Will you be able to update to stable Android 10 later?

Again, the answer is yes, but manually. Once you’ve upgraded to a beta firmware, moving to a stable release can be done only using the methods above and not through an OTA update. We’ll make sure to guide you through the update process once such an update is released.