Install Android Pie-based One UI Beta on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (OTA)

Install Android Pie-based One UI on Galaxy Note 8

Android Pie-based One UI Beta for Galaxy Note 8 is now available. In this post, we will guide you on how to manually install One UI Beta on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon and Exynos variants. This could be easily done by sideloading the One UI OTA package via stock recovery.

Samsung has been long known for its bloated stock firmware, ever since TouchWiz to Samsung Experience. With Android Pie, Samsung has finally decided to rethink its stock skin by completely redesigning the user interface and focusing on features that actually would come in handy to the users.

The new OEM skin is about two major feats – (1) One-handed usage for taller displays and (2) a dark interface with a fancy Night Mode. Unlike SE, One UI brings features that are truly useful to the users and are not gimmicks that one would use and forget. The screenshots below will help you get a better idea of the visual changes. Thanks to Max Weinbach from XDA for the screenshots!

Samsung has already started rolling out stable Android Pie update (One UI) for the Galaxy S9/S9+ and Galaxy Note 9. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have had access to One UI Beta builds, so that users can try the new Samsung skin before it is out for the public. Following the same, beta builds of One UI for Galaxy Note 8 is now available as well. It is available for the Snapdragon (N950U) and Exynos (N950F) variants.

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How to Opt for One UI Beta?

According to a recent report from SamMobile, official One UI beta for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is now available in UK and South Korea. It should soon be available for the rest of the regions too. If you’re keen on testing Android Pie-based One UI Beta on your Note 8, you can opt for the official beta program by following the instructions below.

  1. First, install the Samsung Members app on your Note 8 from the Play Store or the Galaxy Apps store.
  2. Once installed, open the app and log in with your ID.
  3. After you have successfully logged in, go to the ‘Notices‘ section of the Samsung Members app.
  4. Then tap on “One UI Beta Program Registration“.
  5. Once you have successfully signed up, go to Settings > Software updates to download and install One UI beta on Galaxy Note 8.

If you have opted for the beta program and have still not received the update, OR you want to get your hands dirty, then you can simply follow the instructions below to sideload the OTA and manually install One UI Beta on Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Install Android Pie-based One UI on Galaxy Note 8

Prerequisites

  • Please make sure to take a full backup of all your data on the phone. We also have a detailed guide on how to back up different types of data on Android phones.
  • Sideloading OTAs or flashing firmware via Odin does not trip the KNOX counter, so stay out of worries.
  • You must install Android SDK platform-tools on your PC. For reference, we will mention “C:\adb”, which is the folder where the ADB/fastboot binaries are extracted on the PC.
  • Important: In order to sideload the One UI Beta OTA package, your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 should be running Android Oreo firmware with CSA3/CRK1 build number for Exynos and Snapdragon variants respectively.
  • Download links for the CSA3/CRK1 firmware can be found on SamMobile and you can flash it using our tutorial.

Download Galaxy Note 8 One UI Beta OTA

For now, official Android Pie-based One UI Beta is only available for Exynos Galaxy Note 8. The OTA package was captured by Abhijeet from SamMobile and shared/uploaded by XDA Senior Member henklbr on this XDA thread. The sole credit goes to them!

For the Snapdragon (SM-N950U), only closed Beta builds of One UI are available. It is highly likely that the official beta build will soon be captured for this variant too.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Exynos – N950F)

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Snapdragon – N950U/U1/W)

How to Install One UI Beta on Samsung Galaxy Note 8?

Once you have made sure that your phone is on the required CRK1 firmware, you can follow the steps below to sideload the OTA and manually install One UI Beta on Galaxy Note 8.

  1. Download the One UI Beta OTA package for your Galaxy Note 8
  2. Connect your phone to the PC
  3. Copy the downloaded OTA package (update.zip) to the root of the SD card (external storage). By ‘Root’, we mean outside all the folders.
  4. Disconnect the device and power it off completely
  5. Boot your Galaxy Note 8 into stock recovery mode by holding the Volume Up, Bixby, and Power buttons together
  6. Release the buttons when you see a blue screen with the Android logo
    Install Android Pie-based One UI Update on Galaxy Note 8 - Sideload OTA Package
  7. In stock recovery, use the Volume buttons to highlight “Apply update from SD card” and select the option using the Power button
  8. Navigate to the SD card and select the One UI OTA update package (update.zip)
  9. Finally, select “Yes” to install One UI Beta on Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  10. When the installation finishes, select the “Reboot system now” option.

Your phone should now boot into the OS. We would also strongly recommend you to do a factory reset via the device settings or stock recovery. This shall help prevent any unusual behavior after updating.

If in any case the ‘Apply update from SD card’ method doesn’t work for you, you can also install the OTA via ADB Sideload.

From what we know (Thanks to the folks over at XDA), Samsung’s new One UI skin offers a complete redesign of the UI, taking bits of Samsung Experience and mixing it up with stock Android Pie. And two major highlights of it are – Improved One-handed use and System-wide dark theme. We finally think that Samsung is moving up in the right direction with the user interface and focusing on what their users actually want. What do you think? Do share your opinion with us via the comments.

So you have just been able to install Android Pie-based One UI Beta on Samsung Galaxy Note 8. If you have any questions regarding the update process, leave a comment below.

Comments

    1. Hi. Please open the dialer and enter *#1234# and share the info with me that’s shown on the screen. Also, please let me know the carrier as well.

  1. Hi I have the base-band N950FXXU5CRK4 but i see you started that one of the prerequisites is a CSA3 does that mean this update will not work on my note 8 ?

    1. Hi Trif. The official stable update is now out. You can download the Pie firmware from here and use the instructions provided there itself.

    2. Hi, what exactly do you mean by ‘Blacklisted’? I am not sure if I fully understand the situation. Please elaborate a bit more.

    3. as in lost or stolen like as in if the phone was on a contract and the owner shut own the phone as you cant go to any other mobile carriers

  2. Hi
    My note8 SM-N950U, snapdragon with unlocked carrier verizon wireless, and baseband N950USQS5CRL1, any correct tutorial how install manually beta ui pie 9, and if anyone have information about the official stable pie9 date, or month release for this model device? Thanks

    1. Hi Andon. The stable release is out now, but it’s not available for the SD variants yet. But it should be rolling out soon. I’d suggest you wait for the official OTA to arrive. When it does and someone captures the OTA package, I will also be updating this guide to reflect the links and instructions.

    2. Ok, my note 8 is unlocked carrier verizon, and work with all other carrier worldwide, i use vodafone carrier, because i live in europe, an i ask if after pie 9 beta installed, will be able to work again with my sim vodafone carrier? Thanks

    3. Hi Andon. If it is working fine now, it should work just the same after upgrading to Pie.

  3. Thanks for sharing all this, it worked great. Do you know if there are release notes for the different betas anywhere? Thanks again!

    1. Hi Stuart. You’re welcome! And thanks to you for the nice words.

      As for the changes, the XDA member (the source for the OTA packages) shares screenshots of the latest beta OTA notifications that also enlists the changes. You can find them here.

      Following your suggestion, I would try and include the OTA screenshots of the latest beta here in this post. Of course, they’d be fetched directly from the thread I linked above. Thanks to him for that!

      If you’ve got any more questions, please feel free to drop by the comments section anytime.

      Regards,
      Dhananjay

  4. I have samsung international version / Exynos version and I am currently on baseband version N950FXXU5ZSAB after manually install One UI Beta on Galaxy Note 8 from SD card.
    My questions are as follows:
    1. Will other updates be install manually as well? or I will be able to received the OTA updates as others. I have until now not received the opportunity to register for samsung member into the better program.
    2. There is update number 2 and 3 in January and february. there is no sign yet ot this update?? anyone expriencing the same? I am in europe/ scandinavia,.
    Appreciating any answers from anyone . Thank you

    1. Hi. I have tried and answer your questions to the best of my knowledge.

      Since you are flashing the Beta manually, You will need to install updates manually until you get to the stable Pie update (When it will be rolled out). Once your device is running stable Pie (In the future), you will further be receiving the official OTA updates in the normal way.

      As for your second question, I didn’t understand it fully. Please try and elaborate a bit.

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