June 15: Samsung has released a new update for the S9 sets which installs a new feature called Night mode in the camera app. The update arrives as version G960FXXU5CSF2 and brings some more features (see the changelog here), so we thought it’s a good idea to provide a firmware download link of the update here so that those still waiting for the CSF2 update can manually install it. BTW, the update is available on for the global variant of the S9, the ones that are sold outside the US.
February 13: Pie firmware added for the US model too, SM-G960U. See the table below for the download link of Android Pie update, build G960USQU3CSAB. It would work alright on carrier variants of the S9 sold at AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and others.
December 24: Android 9 Pie firmware is now available for SM-G960F model, build being G960FXXU2CRLI. And it’s topped with Samsung’s new One UI interface. Get the taste of Pie update now by downloading the update from below and installing it manually using the guide given below.
Original article below:
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
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
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-G960F||16 Jun 2019||G960FXXU5CSF2 | Android 9||G960FXXU5CSF2_G960FOXM5CSF2_DBT.zip|
|SM-G960F||24 Dec 2018||G960FXXU2CRLI | Android 9 Pie||G960FXXU2CRLI_G960FOXM2CRLI_DBT.zip|
|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||11 Feb 2019||G960USQU3CSAB | Android 9 Pie||G960USQU3CSAB_G960UOYN3CSAB_CCT.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|
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 firmware on your PC. Search our site for it if you don’t have it already.
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 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 files in .tar.md5 format now. (You may a bunch of files, and you will find text like 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.
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 device from PC if it is connected.
Step 7. Boot your device into download mode:
- Power off your device. Wait for 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.
- Press and hold the three buttons Volume down + Bixby + Power together until you see the Warning screen.
- If your device has a home button, use Volume down + Home + Power buttons combo.
- If your device doesn’t have a home or Bixby button, then use Volume down + Volume up + Power buttons combo.
- 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 files into Odin. Click the AP button on Odin and the select the .tar.md5 file from above. See the screenshot below to find how the Odin window will look like after you have loaded the files.
- 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 sum 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.
One firmware file? If you got only one firmware file after extracting the zip, the it’s okay too. It would begin with AP, and has to be loaded to the AP tab in Odin. Ignore other tabs in Odin. That’s it.
Step 11. Click on Options tab, and make sure Re-partition checkbox is NOT selected. Don’t use PIT tab, ever.
Go back to the Log tab now, as it will show the progress of the firmware installation when you hit the start button in the 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.
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.