How to install official Android Oreo for the Snapdragon Galaxy S8 and S8+
After many months of waiting, Verizon has finally released the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and S8+. This build has not been officially pushed by any other carriers yet, but they should be pushing the update soon.
These updates are for the Snapdragon variants of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The Exynos variants of the phone have already received Android Oreo. The update has been certified in the Play Store and passes SafetyNet. This build includes the February security patch and the typical array of Android Oreo features, such as notification channels, picture-in-picture mode, notification snoozing, background app optimizations, and more. As you would expect, there are plenty of Samsung-specific changes with Samsung Experience 9.0 as well.
This update should be available very soon, but if you want to install it now you can follow the guide below.
How to Update Galaxy S8 and S8+ to Android Oreo:
- Check your phone’s model number to see if its G950U or G955U.
- You will need to download BRB1 Odin for S8 and update for S8 and the BRB1 Odin for S8+ and update for S8+.
- Copy the OTA file onto the SD Card on your phone. If you don’t have an SD Card, you can skip this step but you will still need the OTA file on your computer. Extract the Odin firmware linked earlier. It will be in a zip format.
- Reboot your device into download mode by powering off your device then holding the Bixby button + Volume down + power
- Download the Odin tool and plug in your phone to your computer. Odin is an official tool from Samsung that can flash official Samsung firmware onto Samsung Galaxy devices. In Odin on the right side, you will see 5 sections, but only 3 of those will be used.
- Click the BL button and navigate to your Odin firmware folder where you extracted your files, and then click the file starting with BL. Do the same for AP and CP.
- Click start at the bottom of Odin.
- Wait for your device to flash and then reboot. As soon as it reboots, power off your phone again. Then, boot into recovery once more by holding down the Bixby button + Volume up + power.
- If you have an SD card, select “apply update from SD card.” You can select this by using your volume rockers to navigate and the power button to select. After selecting the option, find the file called “update.zip” and select it with the power button.
- If you don’t have an SD card, select “apply update from ADB.” On your computer, open a command prompt by pressing Windows key + R and typing “cmd.” Once this command prompt opens up, type “adb sideload” and press enter. If you don’t already have ADB set up, you can follow these quick set of instructions to get up to speed.