How to Install Android Oreo on Exynos Galaxy Note 8 (CRC1)

Install Android Oreo on Exynos Galaxy Note 8

Haven’t received the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update yet? Then follow this guide to manually install Android Oreo on Exynos Galaxy Note 8 N950F.

Samsung has recently started rolling out the Android Oreo update for its latest Note flagship. Users had to wait almost about half a year and consecutive testing before the final release was announced recently. Of course, the new update is the real deal for those looking forward to refreshing their software experience with features like Notification Categories, Picture-in-Picture mode, and more. The OTA has already started to reach Galaxy Note 8 owners in France. It shall soon be reaching out to other regions as well, in the coming week(s). Anyhow, if you’re not that patient and want to update your device early, then here is the tutorial. The instructions below will help you install Android Oreo on Exynos Galaxy Note 8. Thanks to the XDA community for providing the Oreo firmware for the general public.

Install Android Oreo on Exynos Galaxy Note 8
Install Android Oreo on Exynos Galaxy Note 8 (CRC1)
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Guide to Install Android Oreo on Exynos Galaxy Note 8 (N950F)

Users may often get upset for not receiving the update as quickly as some others in various regions. It’s quite common, irrespective of the OEM the device belongs too and that’s how an OTA update rolls out. But third-party communities like XDA- Developers find interesting ways to force install an update in such situations. Of course, the procedure might not be as easy as a regular over-the-air update, but it works and requires a bit of patience and extra work.

Before we really head on to the steps to install Android Oreo on Exynos Galaxy Note 8, let us dive into some details about the new software.

Install Android Oreo on Exynos Galaxy Note 8 - OTA Screenshot

The new build is labeled N950FXXU3CRC1. Over the top, it brings Android 8.0 Oreo and latest March 2018 security update to your Note 8. Being based on Oreo means that features like Notification categories, PiP mode, Autofill Framework are already included. The Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update is based on Samsung Experience 9.0, which means that it also adds a hefty list of exclusive features as listed below.

  • App badges for quicker access and pending app notifications
  • More customizable edge lightning
  • Improved Ambient Display clock styles
  • Customizable lock screen notifications
  • Dual Messenger
  • Color Lens
  • Permission monitoring
  • and more…

Overall, the performance seems to have improved a bit and multitasking feels snappier. The UI almost seems similar to that on the previous version, with some minor changes that resemble the Galaxy S9. There isn’t anything related to new features regarding the S Pen that we could find.

That’s pretty much the major stuff that you’ll be able to enjoy. Now, head down below if you want to install Android Oreo on Exynos Galaxy Note 8 right now.

Prerequisites

  • The process shouldn’t wipe any data on the internal storage. But we still strongly suggest that you take a complete backup of your device. You will find all the steps in our extensive Android backup guide.
  • Charge your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to a sufficient battery level to avoid any problems during the update process.
  • Install Samsung USB drivers on your PC.
  • Download Odin tool (Odin3_v3.13.1.zip) and extract it to your PC’s desktop.

Once you’ve fulfilled the requirements, you can easily follow the instructions below to install Android Oreo on Exynos Galaxy Note 8.

Download Exynos Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Firmware (CRC1)

SM-N950F_1_20180313065640_dftkustng1_fac.zip

You can also download Note 8 Oreo firmware for your region from the links below:

How to Install Android Oreo on Exynos Galaxy Note 8

  1. Download Odin CRC1 Oreo firmware.
  2. Extract the downloaded file to an easily accessible location on your PC.
  3. Power off your Note 8.
  4. Hold the Volume Down, Bixby, and Power button simultaneously.
  5. Press the Volume Up button when prompted to enter Download Mode.
  6. Connect your Galaxy Note 8 to the PC using the USB cable.
  7. Launch Odin tool (Odin3 v3.13.1.exe) on your PC.
  8. On the Odin tool window, the COM port should light up.
  9. In case it doesn’t, make sure to install the drivers properly.
  10. Next, click on the ‘BL’ button and select the file starting with ‘BL_N950FXXU3CRC1’.
  11. Do the same for ‘AP’, ‘CP’ and ‘CSC’, and select the corresponding firmware files.Install Android Oreo on Exynos Galaxy Note 8 - Odin Flash Tool
  12. Note that in case of CSC, you should select HOME_CSC_OXM’ file to ensure that the internal storage is not wiped.
  13. Finally, hit the ‘Start’ button to install Android Oreo on Exynos Galaxy Note 8 N950F.
  14. Leave the PC and device undisturbed until the process is complete.

Once the flashing is finished, your Note 8 will reboot automatically. So, go ahead and test out all the new features. The initial impressions may make you feel that there are not many changes. But when you start diving in deep, you shall see many improvements and new additions. Comment below and let us what you did and did not like about the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update.

So, this was our tutorial on how to manually install Android Oreo on Exynos Galaxy Note 8. Feel free to ask us any questions regarding the procedure.

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