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How to Install Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie (One UI) Update

How to Install Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie (One UI) Update

After the Galaxy S9/S9+, Samsung has started rolling out Stable Android Pie Update for Galaxy Note 9. You can follow this guide to manually install Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie (One UI) Update right now. This could be easily done by sideloading the OTA package in stock recovery.


About a week ago, Samsung pushed Android Pie-based One UI for Galaxy Note 9 over-the-air. Initially, the update was only limited to the beta users, but recently SamMobile reported (Source: 1, 2) that it is now available for non-beta users in UAE and Germany as well. The new firmware comes with N960FXXU2CSA2 software version and OTA weighs about 1590 MB.

If you still haven’t got the OTA update notification, you can go to phone’s Settings > Software updates and tap on the Download Updates Manually button. If you still didn’t get it, then you can follow the instructions below to install Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie Update manually.

Samsung’s One UI on Galaxy Note 9

Samsung has done a tremendous job with its new stock OEM skin. Not only does it feels light, but it also looks clean as well. Unlike its predecessors, Samsung’s One UI focuses more on the user experience and makes it easier for users to get things done on their smartphones. Analyzing how users actually operate their smartphones, Samsung has changed the interface so that it significantly impacts navigation within the OS.

Android Pie-based One UI on Samsung Galaxy Note 9 - Dark Mode

Not just that, the new minimal UI focuses on things-at-hand, which means there are no distractions when you’re doing something on the phone. On the other hand, system-wide Dark Mode in One UI aids in a very comfortable viewing experience. Once enabled, it adjusts the screen’s tone, brightness, and contrast that easies up on the eyes. Don’t forget to check out the list of all Samsung One UI features.

Overall, Android Pie-based One UI on Galaxy Note 9 is a massive update. Along with the standard Android Pie features, it also accommodates significant changes and brings new features to the OS.


  • The process below will not wipe any data. However, we still strongly recommend that you take a complete backup of all your data on the phone including the internal storage. You can also follow our Android backup guide for this purpose.
  • Charge your Galaxy Note 9 to a sufficient battery level. This shall help avoid any sudden shutdowns during the update process.
  • Make sure that you install Samsung USB drivers on your PC
  • Important: On your phone, go to the security settings and delete your current fingerprint data. This shall be done in order to prevent corruption of secure data/fingerprints after the update.
  • The provided Android Pie OTA packages will require you to be on a specific firmware on your Galaxy Note 9. It shall work as follows:
    • For Galaxy Note 9 Exynos variant (N960F): ZRLT (Latest Pie Beta) > CRLT (First Android Pie update) > CSA2 (Second Android Pie update)
    • For Galaxy Note 9 Snapdragon variant (N960U): ARJA/ARL1 (Android Oreo) > CSA7/CSB3 (Android Pie update)
    • For Galaxy Note 9 US Carrier Snapdragon variant (N960U): ARL1 (Android Oreo) > CSB3 (Android Pie update)

Download Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie (One UI) Update

Odin Firmware

The fastest way to download latest Android Pie firmware for your Galaxy Note 9 (Exynos or Snapdragon) is by using the SamFirm tool. Simply download SamFirm tool and enter your phone’s model (e.g. SM-N960F, N960U, etc) and the product code (e.g. TMB, VZW, BTU, etc) and hit the download button.

Exynos Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960F):

Snapdragon Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U):

Snapdragon Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U1):

Snapdragon Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960W):

Snapdragon Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N9600):

OTA Package

The Android Pie OTA for the Exynos variant was provided by XDA Senior Member henklbr. Make sure to visit the XDA thread and press the ‘Thanks’ button for him. As for the Snapdragon variant, the OTA was captured and provided by the folks at and XDA Senior Member tx_dbs_tx.

Galaxy Note 9 (Exynos – N960F):

  • ARL3 (Android Oreo) > CSA2 (Stable Android Pie): Download link (It’s a “.bin” file, rename it to “” after download)

Galaxy Note 9 (Snapdragon – N960U):

  • ARJA (Stable Android Oreo) > CSA7 (Stable Android Pie): Download link
  • ARL1 (Stable Android Oreo) > CSB3 (Stable Android Pie; 2nd March): Download link

How to Install Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie Update

You can update your Galaxy Note 9 to Android Pie using two different methods. The first method will guide you to flash the Pie firmware using Odin Flash Tool, but it is only limited to the Note 9 Exynos (SM-N960F) variant for now. The second method will help you update your phone by manually installing the OTA package via stock recovery.

Method 1: Using Odin

  1. Download Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie (One UI) firmware
  2. Extract the downloaded firmware file on the PC
  3. Power off your phone completely
  4. Hold the Volume Down and Bixby buttons together and connect the USB cable
  5. Once the Warning screen appears, press the Volume Up button enter Download Mode on your Galaxy Note 9
    Install Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie Update - Boot into Download Mode
  6. Download the Odin 3.13.1 zip and extract it on the PC
  7. Double-click on ‘Odin3 3.13.1.exe’ file to run the Odin tool
    Install Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie Update - Launch Odin Flash Tool
  8. The ‘ID:COM’ port should light up ensuring that your phone is successfully detected by the tool
  9. Now, click on the ‘BL’ button in Odin and select the firmware file starting with ‘BL_N960FXXU2CSA2.
  10. Do the same for ‘AP’, ‘CP’, and ‘CSC’ and select the corresponding firmware files.
    • In the case of ‘CSC’, make sure to select the ‘HOME_CSC’.
  11. Once all the files have been selected, click on the ‘Options’ tab in Odin
  12. Make sure that ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F.Reset Time’ have been checked
  13. Finally, click on the ‘Start’ button to install Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie Update

After the installation finishes, you shall see the ‘PASS!’ message in the Odin tool window and your phone should reboot into the updated OS.

Method 2: Using OTA

Once you have made sure that your phone is on the required firmware, you can follow the steps below to sideload the OTA and manually install Android Pie-based One UI on Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

  1. Download Android Pie-based One UI OTA package for your Galaxy Note 9
  2. Connect your phone to the PC
  3. Copy the downloaded OTA package 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 9 into stock recovery mode
  6. Release the buttons when you see a blue screen with the Android logo.
    Install Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie (One UI) Update - Install 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 Android Pie-based One UI OTA update package
  9. Finally, select “Yes” to install Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie Update
  10. When the sideloading process finishes, select the “Reboot system now” option.

In case you do not have an external SD card, you can also alternatively install the OTA using ADB Sideload. 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.

Your phone should now boot into the OS. Now go ahead and explore new features on your phone Android Pie and Samsung’s One UI. So, you have just been able to install Samsung Galaxy Note 9 One UI (Android Pie) Update. If you have any questions regarding the process, feel free to drop a comment below.

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Dhananjay has more than 11 years of experience in Android software customization and development, and has spent the past 10 years writing about it. He spends most of his prime time reading, learning and writing about Android and other open-source projects. He is also a community-taught web developer. Apart from that, he loves mountain biking and playing video games on his PlayStation.

Comments 17 Comments

  1. Hi Dhananjay , great article, i have some questions i hope to get some clarification, hope u can help.
    I have a Sprint Note 9 (SM-N960U) and i unlocked it yesterday, now the phohe is fully unlocked. My issue is that the whole android is sprint branded, it is not with the One UI as Samsung has it released, but has some other look into it, even after the OTA update. can i install an other version of the android 9, will my phone still work and still be unlocked if i do that.

    thanks in advance

    1. Hi Loni. I think (But not sure) that once a device is carrier-unlocked, it won’t switch back by just a software restore.

      Theoretically, it should work normally if you flash the Pie firmware, of let us say, USC product code. But then again, since I have never done it personally I couldn’t confirm much.

      Although, there is something I have read a lot of Note 8 forums. Once carrier-unlocked, take out the SIM card and perform a factory reset in recovery mode. Then use the ‘Reboot into bootloader’ option in recovery to enter Download Mode and flash the firmware using Odin. (Source of this info)

      Again, I am not so sure and wouldn’t recommend anything in this case. I think it’s best that you create an ID on XDA forums and ask the question by creating a thread here. I am sure users who have had the experience will be able to guide you much better.

  2. The new UI update removes the split screen function button, it totally SUCKS.
    Had to install a 3rd party app to get splitscreen function back..pfffft

    1. Hi Mark. That isn’t true, once upgraded to Pie, it requires a different method to trigger split screen. More clarification and instructions on how to trigger it on your device running Pie are here.

  3. HI, I updated my T-Mobile Note 9 via SD card a few weeks back, and since they released their own Pie update I have continually checked and mine will not update OTA to the new CSB3 version. Will I need to downgrade back to Oreo to get it?

    Current Device: T-Mobile Note 9 – SM-960U
    Baseband Version: N960USQU1CSAA

    Thanks for any help you can give.

    1. Hi Travis. Yeah, T-Mobile directly updated from ARL1 to CSB3.

      The easiest way to upgrade is by directly installing the CSB3 firmware via Odin. Once you have updated to CSB3, you will get normal OTAs via the settings, so stay out of worries for that.

      I can see that the TMB CSB3 firmware for T-Mobile is already available at SamMobile. However, the download speed would be slow on a free account.

      For fast downloads, you can make use of SamFirm Tool. Simply download SamFirm Tool and enter “SM-N960U” in the model number field and “TMB” in the region field.

      Once the firmware is fetched, make sure to select ‘Check CRC32’ and ‘Decrypt automatically’ options under the ‘Download’ section.

      Once the firmware has been downloaded successfully, you will need to use the steps in Method 1 above to install it.

    2. Thank you very much! That worked like a charm and I’m now back up to date with the right firmware! Thanks again!!!!

  4. I’m currently running ATT N960USQU1ARG9 and I want to do this update but nothing I pick works please help

    1. Hi Alexander. As I mentioned in the prerequisites, your model needs to be on ARJA or ARL1. I just cross-checked on firmware-science, that a more recent build is now available for your model.

      Here’s what you can do:
      1) Flash ARL1 using Odin. You can download it from here. Download the one from USA.
      2) Once you flash it, reboot your phone back into stock recovery and perform a factory reset.
      3) Download ARL1-to-CSB3 OTA package from here and put it on the SD card.
      4) Use method 2 now to install this OTA package from stock recovery.

      Once done, your phone should be updated! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  5. Hi, my name is Oscar, I have this version (Oreo):
    AP N960USQS1ARI5
    CP N960USQS1ARI5

    My device is from the AT&T company and it is unlocked, I am currently using it with mobile networks in Mexico.

    Thanks for the help you can give me.

    1. Hi Oscar. Here’s what you need to do.

      1) First, you have to move from ARI5 to ARJA (The more recent version). To do so, download the ARI5-to-ARJA OTA package from here. After downloading, use the steps under Method 2 to install it via stock recovery.

      2) Next, you need to download ARJA-to-CSA7 OTA package, that will take you from ARJA (Stable Oreo) to CSA7 (Stable Pie). You have to perform this the same way (Method 2).

      Once done, you should be running Android Pie-based One UI on your N960U.

  6. Hi Dhananjay!

    I’ve already downloaded all the necessary files but I can’t install the Samsung USB drivers in my laptop since my company restricts it. Will this have any affect when I try to install Android Pie via Odin?

    1. Hi JD. That depends on the method you’re using to install. If you’re going to flash via Odin, the USB drivers are necessary. However, most machines (PCs) nowadays automatically install drivers when you connect the phone. There’s a chance that you might need to install the standalone USB drivers at all. But you’ll have to try first.

      For method 2, there’s no need for a USB driver at all. You can even download the OTA package directly to your phone, thus dismissing the need of the PC altogether.

  7. So I have an xda download zip file on my SD card downloaded directly from my phones chrome browser do I need a computer to do this or can I just go to recovery and load from SD card wat else do I need to download?

    1. Hi Eric. You can do it without a PC. Just move that zip file from the ‘Downloads’ (Folder where the zip was downloaded) to the root of the storage. That’s it. Then you can go to the stock recovery and install it. Oh, and there’s nothing else that you’d need to download.

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