Galaxy S9 firmware download: fast and free Stock ROM links

Samsung Galaxy S9

You will find the stock firmware update files for the Samsung Galaxy S9 on this page. We have covered firmware for as many regions as and carriers as possible, but if you don’t find the one you are looking for, you can even request one. You get free download links here with fast speeds without any limitation. You do not need to pay or buy a subscription for this. These firmware files are 100% free to download.

→ This page is for regular Galaxy S9, while for the bigger variant, the S9+, check out our Galaxy S9+ firmware page.

If you are in the U.S., you will be glad to know that firmware files are being made available for the T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, US Cellular, unlocked variant, and more carriers.

Related: Galaxy S9 update timeline


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

Well, the US Galaxy S9 comes with model no. SM-G960U for all carriers (SM-G960U1 is an unlocked device), so you have to find the SM-G960U firmware that ends with the code of your carrier. The carrier codes are as follows:

  • ATT for AT&T Galaxy S9
  • SPR for Sprint Galaxy S9
  • TMB for T-Mobile Galaxy S9
  • VZW for Verizon Wireless Galaxy S9
  • USC for US Cellular Galaxy S9

Firmware cross-compatibility

You can install any firmware for the model no. SM-G960U 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 S9.

Yes, this means that you can install a Verizon/T-Mobile S9 firmware on your AT&T S9, 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 S9 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-G960U (US model).

Note: You can install SM-G960U1 firmware on an SM-G960U device, but not vice-versa. Also, Canadian Galaxy S9+ comes with model no. SM-G960W, not U.

Galaxy S9 firmware download

Model Date Software version | Android version Free Download Link
SM-G9600 18 Apr 2018 G9600ZHU2ARD3 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G9600ZHU2ARD3_G9600OWO2ARC6_CHO.zip
SM-G960F 24 May 2018 G960FXXU1BRE6 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G960FXXU1BRE6_G960FOXM1BRE3_TUR.zip
SM-G960F G960FXXU1BRE5 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G960FXXU1BRE5_G960FOXM1BRE3_ATO.zip
SM-G960F 14 Jun 2018 G960FXXU1ARD4 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G960FXXU1ARD4_G960FOXM1ARCA_BTU.zip
SM-G960F 22 Mar 2018 G960FXXU1ARCC | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G960FXXU1ARCC_G960FOXM1ARCA_ATO.zip
SM-G960F 16 Mar 2018 G960FXXU1ARC5 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G960FXXU1ARC5_G960FOXM1ARC4_TUR.zip
SM-G960F 15 Jul 2018 G960FXXS1ARE6 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G960FXXS1ARE6_G960FOXM1ARCA_TUR.zip
SM-G960F 10 Apr 2018 G960FXXS1ARD1 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G960FXXS1ARD1_G960FOXM1ARCA_ATO.zip
SM-G960F 25 May 2018 G960FPUU1BRE5 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G960FPUU1BRE5_G960FSER1BRE3_SER.zip
SM-G960F 22 Mar 2018 G960FPUU1ARCC | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G960FPUU1ARCC_G960FSER1ARCC_SER.zip
SM-G960F 12 Mar 2018 G960FPUU1ARC6 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G960FPUU1ARC6_G960FSER1ARC4_SER.zip
SM-G960F 10 Apr 2018 G960FPUS1ARD1 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G960FPUS1ARD1_G960FSER1ARD1_SER.zip
SM-G960U 27 Sep 2018 G960USQS3ARI6 | Android 8.0.0 NA
SM-G960U 18 May 2018 G960USQU2ARE6 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G960USQU2ARE6_G960UOYN2ARE6_VZW.zip
SM-G960U 23 Mar 2018 G960USQU2ARC6 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G960USQU2ARC6_G960UOYN2ARC6_TMK.zip
SM-G960U 05 Jan 2018 G960USQU1ARBG | Android 8.0.0 Oreo G960USQU1ARBG_G960UOYN1ARBG_USC.zip
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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 S9. 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 S9 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 S9. 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 S9 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 S9 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 S9 if it’s giving you force closes errors and restarts randomly.
  • Unbrick your Galaxy S9 if it’s bootlooping and stuck at logo when restarting.
  • Go Back to Stock on your Galaxy S9 — helps when looking to sell the device, or fix installing OTA updates if broken.
  • Restore Galaxy S9 to factory state.
  • Upgrade your Galaxy S9 to newer Android version.
  • Downgrade your Galaxy S9 to lower build no. at same Android version.
  • Unroot your Galaxy S9.
  • Remove custom recovery like TWRP and CWM, if installed, on your Galaxy S9.

To perform any of the above, simply install the firmware meant for your device, as per its Galaxy S9 firmware in Settings > About device.

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