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How to force install Android 10 update on Galaxy S9 and S9+ [One UI 2 Beta 1, ZSKD]

After releasing the Android 10 beta update for Galaxy S10 series, Note 10 series, and Note 9, Samsung is back with One UI 2 beta update, this time for the Galaxy S9 series. To be able to get Android 10 beta, you have to participate in the program but it doesn’t have many seats available. Luckily, even if you missed out on that, you can manually download and install the update on your S9/S9+ right away.

See the downloads section and the step-by-step guide below to find out how to force install Galaxy S9 Android 10 update.

Before you download the Android 10 update, make sure you carefully read the warning and compatibility sections given below.

Related:

How to install Android 10-based One UI 2 beta update on Galaxy S9, S9 Plus

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 S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus 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 S9.

Downloads

Update [November 29, 2019]: Download link of S9’s Android 10 beta update added!

  • Galaxy S9
    • For Europe/Asia/Australia, unlocked model SM-G960F:
    • For US models (SM-G960U/U1):
      • Not released yet
  • Galaxy S9 Plus
    • For Europe/Asia/Australia, unlocked model SM-G965F:
    • For US models (SM-G965U/U1):
      • Not released yet

Instructions

Here is our step by step guide to the install Android 10 OTA update manually on your S9 and S9+:

Preparation

Step 1. Make sure your device currently has required Android 9 Pie update version CSK1 installed on your S9/S9+. If not, you got to download and install that. Here’s how to install the required CSK1 build:

Once you have CSK1 update installed, jump to the next step to install Android 10.

Step 2. Download the Android 10 OTA Beta 1 file from the Downloads section above.

Step 3. Rename the downloaded Android 10 update file to update.zip so that the system recognizes the file when you install it.

Now, 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 Preparation guide, using the remaining steps for the ADB method below. For the SD card method, look at the next section.

Step 4. Install SDK Platform Tools.

  • Download platform-tools for Windows from here.
  • Extract the content of the Platform Tools’ zip file to a separate folder on your Windows PC. Let’s call this folder the ADB folder.

Step 5. Transfer the update.zip file to the ADB folder.

Step 6. 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.

Step 7. Reboot your Galaxy S9 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.

Here’s what the recovery mode looks like:

Samsung recovery mode

Step 8. With the phone in recovery mode, move the selection to update via ADB option using volume keys and select it using the power button.

Step 9. Connect your Galaxy S9 to your PC now. It’s recommended you use the original USB cable that came with the phone.

Step 10. 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.

Step 11. 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.

Done!

Method 2: Install using SD card

After the first three steps in the Preparation guide, using the remaining steps for the SD card method below. For the ADB method, look at the section above.

Step 4: Make sure you have inserted an SD card into the device (in the SIM card tray).

Step 5. Connect the device to PC. Enable File Transfer via the notification on the phone so that SD card shows up on your PC in the Device name under My Computer/This PC screen.

Step 6. Transfer the update.zip file to the SD card.

Step 7. Reboot your Galaxy S9 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.

Here’s what the recovery mode looks like:

Samsung recovery mode

Step 8. 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.

Step 9. Select the update.zip file now that you transferred earlier. Confirm on the next screen to begin the installation.

Step 10. 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.

What about the next Android 10 beta updates?

Well, once you install the beta update yourself, you will have to install the next beta updates yourself too.

You won’t receive the next updates via OTA.

Sure, we will be updating this page with all the Android 10 beta updates here. So, the next time, you will simply need to install the new Android 10 beta update and not anything else.

What about the stable Android 10 update?

Well, you will need to install the stable Android 10 update manually too, all by yourself.

Sure, we will be posting the links and guide for that too here.


Do let us know if you need any help in installing the Android 10 OTA update yourself.

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