Galaxy A8 firmware download: Android 8.0 Oreo available! (A530FXXU2BRG1 and A730FXXU2BRG1)

Samsung is handing its infinity display with Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ 2017 to smartphone buyers looking to buy a solid mid-range Android phone. While there is some solid competition under this range from established names (read: OnePlus and Nokia), this still makes sense given the brand goodwill Samsung enjoys, and a somehow-still-persisting traditional belief in people’s mind that Chinese OEMs don’t offer quality, something we digress.

Anyway, if you own a Galaxy A8, or are looking to buy one, you would be glad to know that we already have a stock firmware with us, and have made it available for download for you guys too.

Having a stock firmware of your device is plenty helpful, as in case an emergency arises, where your phone is bricked due to any reason you can simply install the firmware to go back to stock on your A8. This helps in unbricking the phone, as well, as update the software when with the latest firmware, which we shall provide you below.

In case you ever root your Galaxy A8 or install TWRP recovery, this will also help you unroot the Galaxy A8, and remove TWRP recovery — all you need to do it is install the firmware provided below on your Galaxy A8 using the installation guide that is also provided below.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Firmware

Android 8.0 Oreo firmware?

Update [June 12, 2018]: None of the Galaxy A8 models have received the Android Oreo update till date. But the good news is that the Oreo update has already been certified for the 2018 models of the rebooted Galaxy A8 sets, the Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530) and Galaxy A8+ 2018 (SM-A730).

And not only that, even bigger — and far more cheerful — news is that even the 2016 model of the Galaxy A8 (SM-A810) will be receiving Oreo update, which given its age, is an incredible news and a welcome step from Samsung.

However, Oreo update for the Galaxy A8 2015 (SM-A800) is not expected at all, which is fair.

Galaxy A8 2017

This is Samsung Galaxy A8, released in 2018, carrying the model no. SM-A530.

ModelDateSoftware version | Android versionFree Download Link
SM-A530F07 July 2018A530FXXU2BRG1 | Android 8.0.0
SM-A530F10 Apr 2018A530FXXU2ARD2 | Android 7.1.1
SM-A530F09 Apr 2018A530FXXU2ARD1 | Android 7.1.1
SM-A530F21 Mar 2018A530FXXU2ARC9 | Android 7.1.1
SM-A530F19 Feb 2018A530FXXU2ARB6 | Android 7.1.1
SM-A530F29 Jan 2017A530FXXU1ARAB | Android 7.1.1
SM-A530F02 May 2018A530FXXS2ARE1 | Android 7.1.1
SM-A530F15 Mar 2018A530FXXS2ARC4 | Android 7.1.1
SM-A530F05 Mar 2018A530FXXS2ARC1 | Android 7.1.1
SM-A530N19 Feb 2018A530NKSU2ARB6 | Android 7.1.1

Galaxy A8 Plus 2017

This is Samsung Galaxy A8, released in 2018, carrying the model no. SM-A730.

ModelDateSoftware version | Android versionFree Download Link
SM-A730F09 July 2018A730FXXU2BRG1 | Android 8.0.0
SM-A730F28 May 2018A730FXXU2ARE2 | Android 7.1.1
SM-A730F23 Sep 2018A730FXXU2ARE1 | Android 7.1.1
SM-A730F09 Apr 2018A730FXXU2ARD1 | Android 7.1.1
SM-A730F21 Mar 2018A730FXXU2ARC9 | Android 7.1.1
SM-A730F12 Sep 2018A730FXXU2ARC4 | Android 7.1.1
SM-A730F19 Feb 2018A730FXXU2ARB6 | Android 7.1.1
SM-A730F29 Jan 2018A730FXXU1ARAC | Android 7.1.1
SM-A730F29 Jan 2017A730FXXU1ARAB | Android 7.1.1
SM-A730F11 Jan 2018A730FXXU1ARA6 | Android 7.1.1
SM-A730F21 Dec 2017A730FXXU1AQLE | Android 7.1.1

Galaxy A8 2016

ModelDateSoftware version | Android versionFree Download Link
SM-A810F05 Oct 2017A810FXXU1BQJ1 | Android 7.0
SM-A810F11 Jun 2017A810FXXU1BQI1 | Android 7.0
SM-A810F09 Aug 2017A810FXXU1BQH3 | Android 7.0
SM-A810F24 Jan 2017A810FXXU1AQA2 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A810F14 Dec 2016A810FXXU1APL1 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A810F17 Oct 2016A810FXXU1APJ1 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A810F19 Sep 2016A810FXXU1API7 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A810S13 Jun 2018A810SKSU2BRA1 | Android 7.0
SM-A810S17 Apr 2017A810SKSU1AQD2 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A810YZ06 Jan 2018A810YZZTU1BRA1 | Android 7.0
SM-A810YZ14 Jul 2017A810YZZTU1AQG2 | Android 6.0.1

Galaxy A8 2015

ModelDateSoftware version | Android versionFree Download Link
SM-A800F09 May 2017A800FXXU1BQE2 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800F10 Feb 2017A800FXXU1BQB1 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800F21 Oct 2016A800FXXU1BPJ3 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800F05 Oct 2016A800FXXU1BPJ1 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800F12 Sep 2016A800FXXU1BPI2 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800F19 Aug 2016A800FXXU1BPH4 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800F21 Jun 2016A800FXXU1BPF5 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800F04 May 2016A800FXXU1APE1 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800F07 Apr 2016A800FXXU1APD1 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800F14 Mar 2016A800FXXU1APC3 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800F23 Feb 2016A800FXXU1APB3 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800F26 Jan 2016A800FXXU1APA1 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800F23 Dec 2015A800FXXU1AOL3 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800F17 Dec 2015A800FXXU1AOL2 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800F27 Oct 2015A800FXXU1AOJ3 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800F27 Mar 2017A800FXXS1BQC3 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800F28 Nov 2016A800FXXS1BPK1 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800I17 May 2017A800IXXU2BQE2 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800I22 Oct 2016A800IXXU2BPJ4 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800I10 Oct 2016A800IXXU2BPJ3 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800I04 Oct 2016A800IXXU2BPJ2 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800I04 Oct 2016A800IXXU2BPJ1 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800I19 Sep 2016A800IXXU2BPI3 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800I25 Jul 2016A800IXXU2BPG7 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800I05 Jul 2016A800IXXU2BPG1 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800I24 May 2016A800IXXU2APE1 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800I18 Apr 2016A800IXXU2APD3 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800I17 Mar 2016A800IXXU2APC2 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800I10 Mar 2016A800IXXU2APC1 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800I24 Feb 2016A800IXXU2APB3 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800I16 Feb 2016A800IXXU2APB2 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800I04 Feb 2016A800IXXU2APB1 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800I07 Jan 2016A800IXXU2APA1 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800I02 Dec 2015A800IXXU2AOL2 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800I27 Oct 2015A800IXXU2AOJ6 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800I15 Oct 2015A800IXXU1AOJ2 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800I01 Oct 2015A800IXXU1AOJ1 | Android 5.1.1
SM-A800I03 Apr 2017A800IXXS2BQC5 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800I30 Mar 2017A800IXXS2BQC4 | Android 6.0.1
SM-A800I28 Mar 2017A800IXXS2BQC3 | Android 6.0.1

How to download the correct firmware file

This is an important part!

Be sure to check and find the correct model no. of your Galaxy A8. Then, based on your device’s model no., look for the appropriate firmware build from above.

You can identify the model no. using an app called Droid Info, or simply check it on its packaging box, or under Settings > About. Another solid trick would be to look at the packaging box of your device (in case you can’t power on the device because it is bricked).

Now that you know the model no., download the latest firmware from above for that model no. exactly.

Next, install the firmware on your Galaxy A8 by following the guide linked right below.

How to install a firmware

First, read our disclaimer, then take backup and then follow the guide below to install the firmware.

Disclaimer: Installing an official firmware through Odin doesn’t void your device’s warranty, but it remains an unofficial process and thus you need to be cautious of it. In any case, you only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

Backup, backup, backup! Create an appropriate backup of contacts, pictures, videos, songs and other important files stored on your device before proceeding with the steps below, so that in case something goes wrong you’ll have a backup of all your important files. Sometimes, firmware installation may delete everything on your device! Like, when you change the CSC of your device, knowingly or not.

Step-by-step Firmware Installation Guide

Let’s see how to install the firmware on your Galaxy A8. Make sure you have more than 30% battery on your device.

Step 1. Make sure you have downloaded the correct firmware file on your PC. See above for how to download correct firmware file for your Galaxy A8 and download links.

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 a 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 a file in .tar.md5 format now. (You may get 4 or more files, with 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 (in step 10 below).

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 A8 from PC if it is connected.

Step 7. Boot into download mode:

  • Power off your device. Wait for 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.
  • Press and hold the three buttons Volume down + Home + Power together until you see the Warning screen.
  • 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.

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.

  • 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 file into Odin. Click the AP button on Odin and the select the .tar.md5 file from above.

Load the firmware files(s) on your device. This depends on how many files you got in step 4 above upon extracting the firmware .zip file.

Case 1: If you got a single .tar/.tar.md5 file, then load this into AP tab of your Odin software. Then go to next step.

To load the file, click on AP tab, select the single firmware file starting with AP text, wait for it to load, and then skip to step 11, ignoring the rest of the part of this step.

Case 2: If you got more than one .tar/.tar.md5 file, then you must be having files starting with AP, CSC, Home_CSC, BL, CP, etc. stuff. In this case, choose the files as follows. Select the firmware files as follows.

  • 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 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 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.

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

Go back to Log tab now, as it will show the progress of firmware installation when you hit the start button in next step.

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.

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.

That’s it. Let device restart automatically.

The first start of the device may take time, so wait patiently again. When it has, verify the installation. Check the Settings > About device, to confirm new build no. based on the firmware you just installed.

Need help? Be sure to let us know via comments below.

Firmware Benefits

You can use the firmware for a variety of purposes, which includes:

  • Fix your Galaxy A8 if it’s giving you force closes errors and restarts randomly.
  • Unbrick your Galaxy A8 if it’s bootlooping and stuck at logo when restarting.
  • Go Back to Stock on your Galaxy A8 — helps when looking to sell the device, or fix installing OTA updates if broken.
  • Restore Galaxy A8 to factory state.
  • Upgrade your Galaxy A8 to newer Android version.
  • Downgrade your Galaxy A8 to lower build no. at same Android version.
  • Unroot your Galaxy A8.
  • Remove custom recovery like TWRP and CWM, if installed, on your Galaxy A8.

To perform any of the above, simply install the firmware meant for your device, as per its Galaxy A8 firmware in Settings > About device.