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Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and S9 Android 10 update, security updates, and more: January patch released!

Get the info on all kinds of recent and upcoming updates for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus here. Whether you are looking for info on monthly security patch or night mode update or wondering when Android 10 update will be out for the S9 sets along with One UI 2.0, we have got every bit covered here.

As the updates for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus carry the same build no. (they change only by their respective model no.), we are using only the last four letters as the software version in the ‘update timeline’ table below. For your info, the Galaxy S9 Plus comes as model no. SM-G965 while the standard Galaxy S9 comes with model no. SM-G960.


Android 10 update

Let’s discuss whether Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are eligible for Android 10 and if yes, when can we expect the Android 10 update to begin rolling out for the 2018 flagships.

Samsung Android 10 update

Galaxy S9 Android 10 update

Here’s all you need to know about the expected release date of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S9.

  • Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ are eligible for stable Android 10 update.
  • The release date for stable builds aren’t announced yet for Android 10 but beta updates are out already.
  • Global S9 and S9+ handsets are receiving Android 10 beta in the form of One UI 2 beta (Nov 27).
  • The stable Android 10 update is expected to come in a few weeks after successful beta testing.
  • S9 and S9+ at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and US Cellular should get stable Android 10 update March-April 2020

The Galaxy S9 is fully eligible for the Android 10 update. Google is working hard to add some great new features to Android 10, and that makes the update very worthy.

Expect the Android 10 beta to becomes available for global and US variants of the Galaxy S9 sometime in Jan-Feb 2020, around the same the stable Galaxy 10 Android 10 update begins rolling out for the users.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Android 10 info

When will Galaxy S9 get Android 10 update?

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, and S9 modelAndroid 10 release date
GlobalDecember 2020 (estimated, Beta released)
AT&TJan-Feb 2020 (estimated)
SprintFeb 2020 (estimated)
T-MobileJan-Feb 2020 (estimated)
VerizonJan-Feb 2020 (estimated)
US UnlockedFeb 2020 (estimated)

The Global S9 models are expected to receive the stable Android 10 update before the US and Canadian models, beginning January 2020. The phones are already being seeded with One UI 2 beta based on Android 10 which is being made available for users registered for Samsung’s One UI Beta program.

With the Android 10 update, Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus devices will be enabled with Dark mode, improved Gestures Navigation, better Sharing Menu, Live Caption, Bubbles, better Permissions management, Accent Colors and Themes, and more.

With the S8 Pie rollout, we saw that T-Mobile and AT&T were first to begin the rollout, quickly followed by Verizon, but nearly all the carries were able to release the last major update for the S8 in short space of each other. We could see something similar happen with the S9 Android 10 update release too. If that happens, all the S9 handsets should be running Android 10 before the end of April 2020.

RelatedWhy Galaxy S9 update could release earlier

Samsung Galaxy S9 Android Q

The S9’s Android 10 release couldn’t happen together with the Note 9 Android 10 update, just like S8’s Pie rollout happened with Note 8’s, but only after Samsung is done rolling out Android 10 for Galaxy S10 Plus, S10, and S10e and Galaxy Note 10.

Let’s just hope Samsung is able to roll out Android 10 for Galaxy S10 without any issues as that will not only ensure quicker release for the S9 and S9 Plus, but also a bug-free experience.

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One UI 2.0 Quick Settings Panel
Galaxy S9 running Pie (left) | Galaxy S10 running Android 10 (right)

One UI 2.0 update

Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus units have started receiving an update to One UI 2.0 based on Samsung Android 10 update. One UI 2 brings new features to the Galaxy S9 including a re-designed Quick Panel, Native Screen Recorder, Focus mode, enhanced Dark Mode, revamped smooth navigation, Dynamic and Smart Lock Screen, Distraction-Free (less) Environment, Media Bar and Link to Windows, Improved Security, and Improved sharing.

It’s rumored that the Galaxy S11 will feature an even newer version in One UI 2.1, but the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S9, and Galaxy Note 9 will receive One UI 2.0.

The 2017 flagships, Galaxy S8Galaxy S8 Plus, and Galaxy Note 8, won’t be updated to One UI 2.0 and Android 10, in case you are wondering. No leaks are available for the new UI right now, so we have no idea how One UI 2.0 will look and feel like.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Android Q update

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, S9 update timeline

Here is the ‘update timeline’ table for all the variants of S9 and S9+ handsets.

Global S9 and S9+

Android 10 beta for the global S9 and S9 Plus handsets is already out with the stable release following the suit in the next few weeks.

Release dateSoftware version — Changelog
16 Jan 2020CTA1 — January 2020 security patch
[Full software version: G960FXXS7CTA1(S9) | G965FXXS7CTA1(S9+)]
14 Jan 2020ZTA9 — One UI 2 beta 6, Updated Samsung Camera v10.0.01.49, Bug fixes [Full software version: G960FXXU7ZTA9 (S9) | G965FXXU7ZTA9 (S9+)]
06 Jan 2020ZTA2 — One UI 2 beta 5, January 2020 security, Bug fixes [Full software version: G960FXXU7ZTA2 (S9) | G965FXXU7ZTA2 (S9+)]
06 Jan 2020ZTA1 — One UI 2 beta 3 (in the US), January 2020 security patch, Bug fixes
[Full software version: G960U1UEU7ZTA1 (S9) |  G965U1UEU7ZTA1 (S9+)]
27 Dec 2019ZSLC — One UI 2 beta 4, January 2020 security patch
[Full software version: G960FXXU7ZSLC (S9) | G965FXXU7ZSLC (S9+)]
19 Dec 2019ZSL9 — One UI 2 Beta 3, Bug fixes, January 2020 security patch
[Full software version: G960FXXU7ZSL9 (S9) | G965FXXU7ZSL9 (S9+)
10 Dec 2019ZSL2 — December 2019 security patch, Bug fixes
[Full software version: G960FXXU7ZSL2 (S9) | G965FXXU7ZSL2(S9+)
27 Nov 2019ZSKD — Android 10 based One UI 2 beta is here with new features.
[Full software version: G960FXXU7ZSKD (S9) and G965FXXU7ZSKD (S9+)]
15 Nov 2019CSK1 — Latest security patches, Camera improvements
[Full software version: G960FXXU7CSK1 (S9) and G965FXXU7CSK1 (S9+)]
05 Nov 2019CSJ3 — November 2019 security patch
[Full software version: G960FXXS7CSJ3 (S9) | G965FXXS7CSJ3 (S9+)]
17 Oct 2019CSJ1 — October 2019 security patch
[Full software version: G960FXXU7CSJ1 (S9) | G965FXXU7CSJ1 (S9+)]
09 Sep 2019CSH5/CSH6 — September 2019 security patch; CSH6 build comes with camera improvements
12 Aug 2019CSGD — August 2019 security patch, camera improvements
18 Jul 2019CSG8 — Adds AR Emoji customizations, support for Call and Message Continuity, July 2019 security patch, and reportedly fixes the Night mode camera issue
12 Jun 2019CSF2 — Improves the camera app in blur quality, adds Night mode to the camera app, improves contacts, gallery and messaging apps; June 2019 security patches
21 May 2019CSE3 — May 2019 security patch, improved camera beauty effect, improved stability for slow-motion video recording, improved Bluetooth and system-wide stability, and more
10 Apr 2019CSD1 — April 2019 security patch
18 Mar 2019CSC8 — March 2019 security patch, improved performance for the front camera, improved stability for Wi-Fi, Messages, Contacts, and Video Editor
14 Feb 2019CSB3 — Installs February 2019 security patch, Adds a new feature to turn on Night mode at a scheduled time, Improved stability for Wi-Fi, NFC, Email, and Gesture controls, fixed blur effect, and more optimizations
15 Jan 2019CRLO — Installs Android 9 Pie with One UI in India
14 Jan 2019CSA2 — January 2019 security patch and camera improvements
24 Dec 2018CRLI — Android 9 Pie update with One UI, see new features from Android Pie here
13 Nov 2018BRJ6 — November 2018 security patch
16 Oct 2018BRJ3 — October 2018 security patch and camera improvements
13 Sep 2018BRI1 — September 2018 security patch
06 Aug 2018BRGA — August 2018 security patch
18 Jul 2018BRG6 — July 2018 security patch, removes 960fps video recording in manual mode, and more
21 Jun 2018BRF3 — June 2018 security patch
23 May 2018BRE5 — May 2018 security patch
28 Mar 2018ARCC — Improves the call stability and the quality of wallpaper
09 Mar 2018ARC5 — March 2018 security patch, improved stability of Face Unlock and Camera

AT&T S9 and S9+

The AT&T S9 and S9 Plus may not get Android 10 beta when it becomes available for the global model in January 2020, but the stable version is expected in March-end 2020.

Release dateSoftware version — Changelog
13 Dec 2019CSK6 — Call quality improvement, November 2019 security patch
22 Oct 2019CSI5 — October 2019 security patch
10 Oct 2019CSH9 — Brings dedicated Night mode in the camera app; Advanced messaging, Wi-Fi feature enhancement, Other fixes and improvements (still on September patch)
26 Sep 2019CSH7 — September 2019 security patch
27 Aug 2019CSH5 — July and August 2019 security patch
17 Jun 2019CSEA — June 2019 security patch
13 May 2019CSD3 — May 2019 security patch
17 Apr 2019CSC8 — April 2019 security patch
10 Apr 2019CSC7 — March 2019 security patch, support for Wi-Fi Calling and Video Calling on FirstNet
06 Mar 2019CSAG — February 2019 security update
31 Jan 2019CSAB — Installs Android 9 Pie update with One UI and January 2019 security patch
26 Nov 2018ARI6 — November 2018 security patch
08 Nov 2018BRJ5 — October 2018 security patch, Real-Time Text and Bring Your Own Device/Common MR, and Network performance enhancements
27 Sep 2018ARI6 — September 2018 security patch
21 Aug 2018ARG8 — August 2018 security patch
14 Aug 2018ARG7 — July 2018 security patch, improved network performance, and more
25 Jun 2018ARF4 — Security patches for April, May, and June 2018, Iris recognition fix and UFS fix
28 Mar 2018ARC6 — March 2018 security patch, improved stability of Face Unlock and Camera
16 Mar 2018ARBI — Camera Stability improvements and FirstNet IOC2

Sprint S9 and S9+

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus handsets at Sprint may not get Android 10 beta update. And they may lag behind the stable rollout too if history is any indication as the Android 10 update for Sprint’s S9 models is expected in mid-April 2020.

Release dateSoftware version — Changelog
14 Nov 2019CSJ7 – November 2019 security patch
31 Oct 2019CSJ3 – October 2019 security patch
16 Sep 2019CSH8 – September 2019 security patch
22 Aug 2019CSH3 – August 2019 security patch
15 Aug 2019CSGF — July 2019 security patch; Dedicated Night mode in the camera app
08 Jul 2019CSF3 — May and June 2019 security patch
17 Apr 2019CSC8 — April 2019 security patch
08 Apr 2019CSC7 — March 2019 security patch
27 Feb 2019CSAG — February 2019 security patch
30 Jan 2019CSAB — Installs Android 9 Pie with One UI and January 2019 security patch
07 Aug 2018ARG7 — July 2018 security patch
21 Jun 2018ARF4 — June 2018 security patch, Iris recognition fix and UFS fix
16 Mar 2018ARBG — Out-of-box bug fixes including resolution for Google Play Services pop up during setup

T-Mobile S9 and S9+

The T-Mobile S9 and S9 Plus may also get Android 10 beta right away when it becomes available for the global model in January 2020. However, the stable version is expected in March-end 2020 as opposed to the February release for the global model.

Release dateSoftware version — Changelog
14 Nov 2019CSJ6 — November 2019 security patch
03 Nov 2019CSJ2 — October 2019 security patch
10 Oct 2019CSI2 — September 2019 security patch; Installs Night mode feature in the camera app
02 Aug 2019CSGB — July and August 2019 security patch, adds QR scanner but not Night Mode in the camera app
17 Jun 2019CSEA — June 2019 security patch
19 Apr 2019CSC8 — April 2019 security patch, Improved camera performance and image quality, and support for transfer over HTTP
21 Mar 2019CSC3 — March 2019 security patch
13 Feb 2019CSAB — Install Android 9 Pie update with new Samsung custom skin called one UI; also gets you RCS messaging support
19 Nov 2018BRJ6 — November 2018 security patch
04 Nov 2018BRJ5 — Wi-Fi enhancements, bug fixes, and system improvements (October 2018 security patch)
21 Oct 2018ARIB — September/October 2018 security update
20 Aug 2018ARG8 — August 2018 security patch
13 Aug 2018ARG7 — July 2018 security patch, Super slow-mo and AR Emoji enhancements, and fix for the black screen issue
09 Jul 2018ARF7 — June 2018 security patch, RTT updates, Enhancements made to DIGITS, and Various bug fixes and system improvements
21 Jun 2018ARF4 — June 2018 security patch, Iris recognition fix and UFS fix
13 Apr 2018ARC6 — April 2018 security patch.
13 Mar 2018ARBG — Stability of face unlock and camera has been improved. Still on February 2018 patch.

Verizon S9 and S9+

The S9 and S9 Plus devices at Verizon should be getting Android 10 beta in January 2020. As regards stable Android 10 update, expect the Android 10 update to release in March 2020.

Release dateSoftware version — Changelog
12 Dec 2019CSK5 — December 2019 security patch
19 Nov 2019CSJ9 — November 2019 security patch
01 Oct 2019CSI2 — September 2019 security patch
22 Aug 2019CSH3 — August 2019 security patch
03 Aug 2019CSGFNight mode update, new wireless charging animation; still on July patch
02 Aug 2019CSGB — July 2019 security patch, adds QR scanner but not Night Mode in the camera app
17 Jun 2019CSEB — June 2019 security patch
06 Jun 2019CSE6 — May 2019 security patch, RCS support, bug fixes, and performance improvements
01 Apr 2019CSC7 — March 2019 security patch
28 Feb 2019CSAG — February 2019 security patch
30 Jan 2019CSAB — Installs One UI based on Android 9 Pie and January 2019 security patch
14 Dec 2018BRK2 — December 2018 security patch
14 Nov 2018BRJ6 — November 2018 security update
06 Nov 2018BRJ5 — October 2018 security patch, system enhancements, and performance improvements
16 Oct 2018ARIB — October 2018 security update
21 Sep 2018ARI6 — September 2018 security patch
20 Aug 2018ARG8 — August 2018 security patch
10 Aug 2018ARG7 — July 2018 security patch, improved call performance, and bug fixes
14 Jun 2018ARF4 — June 2018 security patch, Iris recognition fix and UFS fix
06 Jun 2018ARE6 — Security patches for March, April, and May 2018
10 Mar 2018ARBG — Improved Camera performance (fixes an issue that could prevent the camera from responding or launching under certain scenarios) and bug fixes (addresses an issue that could prevent Android Pay from working, fixes an issue preventing the face unlock feature from working properly, and improves the Bluetooth connection performance).

US Unlocked S9 and S9+

The unlocked S9 and S9 Plus devices in the US should get Android 10 beta in January-February 2020. The stable update us expected in April-May 2020.

Release dateSoftware version — Changelog
24 Dec 2019CSK2December 2019 Android security
03 Nov 2019CSJ3 — October 2019 security patch
20 Sep 2019CSH8 — September 2019 security patch
04 Sep 2019CSH7 — Brings night mode and QR scanner features; still in August patch
21 Aug 2019CSH1 — August 2019 security patch
29 Jul 2019CSG4 — July 2019 security patch
09 Jul 2019CSF1 — May and June 2019 security patch
29 Apr 2019CSD4 — April 2019 security patch
08 Apr 2019CSC7 — March 2019 security patch
04 Mar 2019CSAA — February 2019 security patch
18 Feb 2019CSA8 — Installs Android 9 Pie stable update with One UI on top and January 2019 security patch
09 Dec 2018ARK5 — October and November 2018 security fixes
28 Sep 2018ARI1 — September 2018 security patch
26 Jun 2018G960U1UES2ARF4 — June 2018 security patch, enables FM Radio, Iris recognition fix and UFS fix

Monthly security patches

Here’s the status of updates carrying recent monthly security patches for various Galaxy S9 models.

January update

  • Released for the global Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus
  • Not yet available for carrier-locked variants and US Unlocked

December update

  • Available for US Unlocked, Verizon, and Global variants
  • Not yet available for AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

November update

  • Released for Global, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile variants
  • Not yet available US Unlocked

October update

Here’s the status of September update for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus that reads ‘October 1, 2019’ Android security patch level under Settings > About phone.

  • Released for the Global model, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Unlocked and AT&T
  • Not available for Verizon

September update

Here’s the status of September update for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus that reads ‘September 1, 2019’ Android security patch level under Settings > About phone.

  • Released for the Global model, and AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and US Unlocked models in the US

Night Mode update

  • Available for Global model first
  • Also available for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and US Unlocked models in the US

Facing Samsung Galaxy S9 stuck on update problem?

Well, if you are facing a problem where your Galaxy S9 doesn’t update anymore, then let us know. You can always download and install the update manually, so there is nothing to worry about.

You won’t lose warranty by manually installing Samsung’s official firmware, KNOX and Samsung Pay remains intact too.

Firmware download

You can download the Galaxy S9 firmware from here.

Save the downloaded file on your PC, and install it using the guide given at that page to update, reset, go back to stock, or unroot, or even uninstall TWRP on your Galaxy S9 easily.

What’s the current software version on your Samsung Galaxy  S9?

Have you been receiving updates in a timely manner? What software version does your S9 runs on right now? Is it the latest as per the table above? Let us know.

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