Galaxy S8 Firmware download: Android 8.0 Oreo available!

Galaxy S8 smartphone

You will find the firmware for the Galaxy S8 smartphone here, including the new Android 8.0 Oreo update software version. Not only Oreo, we also have the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware available below, so in case you wish to downgrade from Oreo OTA to Nougat, just download the latest Android 7.0 firmware for your device (go by exact model no.) and install that, and then be sure to not update the device back to Oreo.

You have to install firmware meant for the exact model no. of your device, so check out that first before downloading the firmware. Check out the sections below to identify model no. of your handset, and a way to install the firmware given in the table below for various model no. of the S8.

Related: Galaxy S8 update news

Samsung Galaxy S8 Firmware

All the Galaxy S8 models in the US come with the same model no. now, but their firmware is available separately. But because their firmware is cross-compatible, meaning you can flash a firmware meant strictly for T-Mobile Galaxy S8 on AT&T S8, and that won’t cause any problem — your AT&T SIM would work just alright. Nonetheless, we have still segregated firmware for respective carrier models, because we can, and it feels safer too.

How to identify firmware exactly meant for your carrier in the USA?

Well, the US Galaxy S8 comes with model no. SM-G950U for all carriers (SM-G950U1 is an unlocked device), so you have to find the SM-G950U firmware that ends with the code of your carrier. The carrier codes are as follows:

  • ATT for AT&T Galaxy S8
  • SPR for Sprint Galaxy S8
  • TMB for T-Mobile Galaxy S8
  • VZW for Verizon Wireless Galaxy S8
  • USC for US Cellular Galaxy S8

Android 8.0 Oreo firmware

Yes, the Android 8.0 update is now available as firmware for the Galaxy S8. Check the model no. of your device first, and then download the latest Android 8.0 update firmware available in the table below for that exact model number.

It’s easy.

Firmware cross-compatibility

You can install any firmware for the model no. SM-G950U on your device as it doesn’t matter as long as the model no. remains same. It would fully work on your AT&T Galaxy S8.

Yes, this means that you can install a Verizon/T-Mobile S8 firmware on your AT&T S8, and vice versa. The only difference will be the extra apps (read: bloatware) that each carrier may out in or not put in, in which case, you are always better off AT&T firmware.

Galaxy S8 firmware download

The other firmware files are as per your device’s model no., as usual, so no code-finding-in-firmware-name-exercise required for models other than SM-G950U (US model).

Note: Do not install SM-G950U1 firmware on SM-G950U device, or vice-versa. Also, Canadian Galaxy S8 comes with model no. SM-G950W.

A proper AT&T S8 firmware, anyway! It’s common to not find a lot of firmware files for AT&T model of Samsung devices. Well, that’s the case with Samsung’s S8 too, and thus you won’t find a particular firmware for AT&T variant above, but we do have one firmware for the AT&T Galaxy S8, given below.

  • AT&T S8 only – version G950USQS1AQF7 – Android 7.0 Nougat – G950USQS1AQF7_ATT_ATT.zip
  • More firmware will be added here when available.
  • Of course, you can install T-Mobile or Verizon S8’s firmware on your AT&T S8. And vice versa.

Download the firmware as per your device’s model no. from below.

Model Date Software version | Android version Free Download Link
SM-G9500 27 Dec 2017 G9500ZHU2AQL2 | Android 7.0 Nougat G9500ZHU2AQL2_G9500ZZH2AQL2_TGY.zip
SM-G9500 27 Apr 2018 G9500ZCU2CRD8 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G9500ZCU2CRD8_G9500CHC2CRD8_CHC.zip
SM-G9508 18 Apr 2018 G9508ZMU2CRD4 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G9508ZMU2CRD4_G9508CHM2CRD4_CHM.zip
SM-G9508 22 Nov 2017 G9508ZMU2AQK8 | Android 7.0 Nougat G9508ZMU2AQK8_G9508CHM2AQK8_CHM.zip
SM-G950F 31 May 2018 G950FXXU2CRED | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950FXXU2CRED_G950FOXM2CREB_ATO.zip
SM-G950F 16 Apr 2018 G950FXXU1CRD7 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950FXXU1CRD7_G950FOXM1CRD5_ATO.zip
SM-G950F 15 Mar 2018 G950FXXU1CRC7 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950FXXU1CRC7_G950FOXM1CRC7_ATO.zip
SM-G950F 19 Feb 2018 G950FXXU1CRB7 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950FXXU1CRB7_G950FOXM1CRAP_ATO.zip
SM-G950F G950FXXU1CRAP | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950FXXU1CRAP_G950FOXM1CRAP_TUR.zip
SM-G950F 13 Dec 2017 G950FXXU1AQL5 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950FXXU1AQL5_G950FUWE1AQL5_CWW.zip
SM-G950F 08 Jun 2017 G950FXXU1AQF7 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950FXXU1AQF7_G950FUWB1AQF7_BVO.zip
SM-G950FD 20 Nov 2017 G950FXXU1AQK7 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950FXXU1AQK7_G950FOXM1AQK7_SER.zip
SM-G950FD 07 Jul 2017 G950FXXU1AQG5 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950FXXU1AQG5_G950FOXM1AQG5_SLK.zip
SM-G950FD 19 May 2017 G950FXXU1AQEB | Android 7.0 Nougat G950FXXU1AQEB_G950FOXM1AQEB_XSG.zip
SM-G950FD 11 May 2017 G950FXXU1AQE5 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950FXXU1AQE5_G950FOXM1AQE5_INS.zip
SM-G950FD 25 Apr 2017 G950FXXU1AQDG | Android 7.0 Nougat G950FXXU1AQDG_G950FOWM1AQDG_COL.zip
SM-G950N 19 Feb 2018 G950NKSU1CRB7 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950NKSU1CRB7_G950NOKR1CRB7_KTC.zip
SM-G950N 11 Dec 2017 G950NKSU1AQL3 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950NKSU1AQL3_G950NOKR1AQL3_KTC.zip
SM-G950U 14 Jun 2018 G950USQU3CRD4 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950USQU3CRD4_G950UOYN3CRD4_USC.zip
SM-G950U 13 Mar 2018 G950USQU2CRC5 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950USQU2CRC5_G950UOYN2CRC5_LRA.zip
SM-G950U 26 Feb 2018 G950USQU2CRB9 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950USQU2CRB9_G950UOYN2CRB9_TMB.zip
SM-G950U 10 Nov 2017 G950USQU2BQK5 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950USQU2BQK5_G950UOYN2BQK5_USC.zip
SM-G950U 08 Nov 2017 G950USQU1AQK3 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950USQU1AQK3_G950UOYN1AQK3_VZW.zip
SM-G950U 25 Oct 2017 G950USQU1AQJH | Android 7.0 Nougat G950USQU1AQJH_G950UOYN1AQJH_USC.zip
SM-G950U 18 Oct 2017 G950USQU1AQJ8 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950USQU1AQJ8_G950UOYN1AQJ8_TMB.zip
SM-G950U 01 Sep 2017 G950USQU1AQHD | Android 7.0 Nougat G950USQU1AQHD_G950UOYN1AQHD_TMK.zip
SM-G950U 29 Jul 2017 G950USQU1AQGL | Android 7.0 Nougat G950USQU1AQGL_G950UOYN1AQGL_VZW.zip
SM-G950U 14 Jul 2017 G950USQU1AQGA | Android 7.0 Nougat G950USQU1AQGA_G950UOYN1AQGA_TMB.zip
SM-G950U 07 Jul 2017 G950USQU1AQG4 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950USQU1AQG4_G950UOYN1AQG4_VZW.zip
SM-G950U 26 Jun 2017 G950USQU1AQFJ | Android 7.0 Nougat G950USQU1AQFJ_G950UOYN1AQFJ_TMK.zip
SM-G950U 24 May 2017 G950USQU1AQEF | Android 7.0 Nougat G950USQU1AQEF_G950UOYN1AQEF_USC.zip
SM-G950U 27 Apr 2017 G950USQU1AQDF | Android 7.0 Nougat G950USQU1AQDF_G950UOYN1AQDF_VZW.zip
SM-G950U 27 Apr 2017 G950USQU1AQDE | Android 7.0 Nougat G950USQU1AQDE_G950UOYN1AQDE_USC.zip
SM-G950U 07 Apr 2017 G950USQU1AQD9 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950USQU1AQD9_G950UOYN1AQD9_USC.zip
SM-G950U 24 May 2018 G950USQS3CRE2 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950USQS3CRE2_G950UOYN3CRE2_TMB.zip
SM-G950U 22 Feb 2018 G950USQS2BRB1 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950USQS2BRB1_G950UOYN2BRB1_BST.zip
SM-G950U 07 Feb 2017 G950USQS2BQL1 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950USQS2BQL1_G950UOYN2BQL1_VMU.zip
SM-G950U 18 Oct 2017 G950USQS1AQJA | Android 7.0 Nougat G950USQS1AQJA_G950UOYN1AQJA_VZW.zip
SM-G950U 18 Sep 2017 G950USQS1AQI6 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950USQS1AQI6_G950UOYN1AQI6_VZW.zip
SM-G950U 09 Jun 2017 G950USQS1AQF7 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950USQS1AQF7_G950UOYN1AQF7_USC.zip
SM-G950U1 09 May 2018 G950U1UEU3CRD4 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950U1UEU3CRD4_G950U1OYM3CRD4_USC.zip
SM-G950U1 26 Feb 2018 G950U1UEU2CRB9 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950U1UEU2CRB9_G950U1OYM2CRB9_ATT.zip
SM-G950U1 07 Nov 2017 G950U1UEU2AQK2 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950U1UEU2AQK2_G950U1OYM2AQK2_USC.zip
SM-G950U1 08 Aug 2017 G950U1UEU1AQH3 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950U1UEU1AQH3_G950U1OYM1AQH3_USC.zip
SM-G950U1 10 Jul 2017 G950U1UEU1AQG2 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950U1UEU1AQG2_G950U1OYM1AQG2_USC.zip
SM-G950U1 25 May 2017 G950U1UEU1AQE3 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950U1UEU1AQE3_G950U1OYM1AQE3_USC.zip
SM-G950U1 24 May 2018 G950U1UES3CRE2 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950U1UES3CRE2_G950U1OYM3CRE2_USC.zip
SM-G950U1 14 Jun 2017 G950U1UES2AQL1 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950U1UES2AQL1_G950U1OYM2AQL1_USC.zip
SM-G950W 02 May 2018 G950WVLU3BRD5 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950WVLU3BRD5_G950WOYA3BRD5_XAC.zip
SM-G950W 13 Mar 2018 G950WVLU2BRC1 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950WVLU2BRC1_G950WOYA2BRC1_XAC.zip
SM-G950W 26 Feb 2018 G950WVLU2BRB7 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950WVLU2BRB7_G950WOYA2BRB7_BMC.zip
SM-G950W 21 Nov 2017 G950WVLU2AQK7 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950WVLU2AQK7_G950WOYA2AQK7_XAC.zip
SM-G950W 18 Oct 2017 G950WVLU1AQJ4 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950WVLU1AQJ4_G950WOYA1AQJ4_XAC.zip
SM-G950W 11 Sep 2017 G950WVLU1AQI3 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950WVLU1AQI3_G950WOYA1AQI3_XAC.zip
SM-G950W 15 Jul 2017 G950WVLU1AQG5 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950WVLU1AQG5_G950WOYA1AQG5_XAC.zip
SM-G950W 24 May 2017 G950WVLU1AQEJ | Android 7.0 Nougat G950WVLU1AQEJ_G950WOYA1AQEJ_XAC.zip
SM-G950W 27 Apr 2017 G950WVLU1AQDE | Android 7.0 Nougat G950WVLU1AQDE_G950WOYA1AQDE_XAC.zip
SM-G950W 07 Apr 2017 G950WVLU1AQD9 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950WVLU1AQD9_G950WOYA1AQD9_XAC.zip
SM-G950W 11 May 2018 G950WVLS3BRE1 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950WVLS3BRE1_G950WOYA3BRE1_XAC.zip
SM-G950W 29 Jan 2018 G950WVLS2ARA1 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950WVLS2ARA1_G950WOYA2ARA1_RWC.zip
SM-G950W 03 Aug 2017 G950WVLS1AQH1 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950WVLS1AQH1_G950WOYA1AQH1_XAC.zip
SM-G950W 12 Jun 2017 G950WVLS1AQF7 | Android 7.0 Nougat G950WVLS1AQF7_G950WOYA1AQF7_XAC.zip

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active firmware

Model Date Software version | Android version Free Download Link
SM-G892U 11 May 2018 G892USQU2BRE3 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G892USQU2BRE3_G892UOYN2BRE3_TMB.zip
SM-G892U 14 Sep 2018 G892USQU1BRC4 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G892USQU1BRC4_G892UOYN1BRC4_TMB.zip
SM-G892U 17 Apr 2018 G892USQS1BRD5 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G892USQS1BRD5_G892UOYN1BRD5_TMB.zip
SM-G892U 06 Feb 2018 G892USQS1ARB3 | Android 7.0 Nougat G892USQS1ARB3_G892UOYN1ARB3_TMB.zip
SM-G892U 23 Dec 2018 G892USQS1ARA1 | Android 7.0 Nougat G892USQS1ARA1_G892UOYN1ARA1_TMB.zip

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 A5. 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 A5 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 A5. 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 A5 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 A5 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.

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 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.
Odin-3.10.6-Firmware-loaded-after-md5-check

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.

Re-partition-Remains-Off

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.

That’s it. Let the 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 A5 if it’s giving you force closes errors and restarts randomly.
  • Unbrick your Galaxy A5 if it’s bootlooping and stuck at logo when restarting.
  • Go Back to Stock on your Galaxy A5 — helps when looking to sell the device, or fix installing OTA updates if broken.
  • Restore Galaxy A5 to factory state.
  • Upgrade your Galaxy A5 to newer Android version.
  • Downgrade your Galaxy A5 to lower build no. at same Android version.
  • Unroot your Galaxy A5.
  • Remove custom recovery like TWRP and CWM, if installed, on your Galaxy A5.

To perform any of the above, simply install the firmware meant for your device, as per its Galaxy A5 firmware in Settings > About device.

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