Here’s how to Force Enroll in the Android Oreo Beta for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

Update: it’s safe to say that this loophole has finally been patched. Congrats to the hundreds of you that were able to grab the beta update early! For the rest of you, stay tuned to the official beta program that was just announced by Samsung.

Perhaps the most popular Android smartphone series this year, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ brought a lot to the table. The latest Samsung flagships weren’t the first phone to sport a nearly bezel-less design, but they certainly made it imperative for other manufacturers to follow suit if they wanted to remain competitive design-wise. The Galaxy S8 pair launched with Android 7.0 Nougat on board, but ever since Android 8.0 Oreo was released users have wondered when their phones would receive the update. There have been rumors such as APK teardowns of the latest Samsung+ app but the only objective proof that the beta program exists was posted today via a Redditor who obtained access to the build.

The users who discovered this trick have been rather secretive with regards to how they got access to the Android Oreo beta for the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, but we now know how they did it. The original files and methods outlined below were created by Redditor /u/thesbros, and shared to us by XDA Member mweinbach. Here is a tutorial on how to forcefully enroll your Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ to the Android Oreo beta with Samsung Experience 9.0.


Tutorial – Enroll in the Android Oreo Beta for the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

The following tutorial is not that simple, but we will provide two ways to do this in case one method doesn’t work. There’s also no guarantee you’ll get in since there are 10,000 slots and Samsung could patch this method at any time. They could also kick you out of the beta program so you won’t receive future beta OTAs. Try this at your own risk.

Requirements:

You will need one of the following:

Method 1 – Automated Batch File

  1. On your phone, install the latest Samsung+ app here.
  2. Download the following zip file and unzip the contents.
  3. Click on start.bat.
  4. Figure out the local IP address of your PC (easiest way is to open up the command prompt and type “ipconfig”)
  5. Go to the WiFi Settings on your Galaxy S8/S8+ and long press on the currently WiFi network. Tap “manage network settings” then “show advanced options.”
  6. Under the Wireless LAN Adapter part, set your PC’s IP address as the proxy server. For the port, enter 8888.
  7. Open up the Samsung+ app and you should see a prompt telling you that you are eligible to enroll in the beta!

Method 2 – Fiddler

This method was shared with us by Redditor /u/Mofzeit.

  1. On your phone, install the latest Samsung+ app here.
  2. On your PC, install Fiddler.
  3. Go to Tools –> Options –> Connections
  4. Make your settings look like the following picture
  5.  Next, open the command prompt (type “cmd” in run)
  6. Type “ipconfig”
  7. Go to your WiFi Settings on your S8/S8+ and long press on your currently connected WiFi network. Click “manage network settings.”
  8. Tap on “show advanced options.”
  9. Change the proxy to “manual.”
  10. Under the Wireless Lan Adapter, enter the IPV4 address of your PC under the proxy host name.
  11. Make the proxy port 8888 (this is the port that Fiddler listens on).
  12. Open Samsung+ on your phone and go back to the Fiddler program on your PC.
  13. On the left side there should be a file containing text that looks something like http://jaguarconf.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/conf.json
  14. Right click it –> save –> response –> response body and save the file
  15. Locate the file you just saved and open it up in a text editor.
  16. Find the “feature_obeta_program” line and change the value from “false” to “true”
  17. In Fiddler, file the file named http://jaguarconf.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/conf.json again and note that it should be clicked. Open the AutoResponder tab and make the tab look like this image 
  18. Tap on “Add Rule” and under rule editor at the bottom locate the config.json file you edited.
  19. Click save. Now open up the Samsung+ app and you should have access to the Android Oreo beta!

Try this out and let us know if it works for you. Samsung will likely very quickly patch this, so you really have no time to spare if you want to immediately enroll in the Android Oreo beta for the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+!

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