After releasing Android Pie Beta for the Galaxy S9/S9+ and Note 9, Samsung has now started beta testing Android Pie for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ too. One UI beta OTA packages are now available for download. So, if you’d like to test out the new software and features, then follow the instructions below on how to install One UI Beta on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ right now.
One UI is Samsung’s new stock skin and a worthy successor to the old and bloated Samsung Experience, at least that’s what I feel. Unlike TouchWiz or SE itself, the new One UI by Samsung seems quite promising with its clean interface, adding just the features that you’d actually use.
The manufacturer started testing Android Pie publically via the official One UI Beta program for the Galaxy S9/S9+ initially, with the Note 9 recently added to it. On the other hand, users have been quite excited to see One UI Beta for Galaxy S8/S8+, Samsung’s flagship lineup for 2017. And recently, XDA senior member geri005 was able to capture OTA packages of One UI Beta for Galaxy S8/S8+ Exynos variants.
The Closed One UI Beta builds are available as OTA packages from firmware.science. With these at hand, you can now easily install Android Pie-based One UI Beta on Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Snapdragon and Exynos variants.
Updated on 19 January 2019: One UI Beta builds for Exynos Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are now available.
- The process shouldn’t wipe any data stored on your phone. But, we strongly suggest that you perform a factory reset after the installation is complete. Which means, it is best to take a complete backup of all your data stored on the device, including the internal storage. You may also follow our detailed Android backup guide for this purpose.
- Sideloading OTAs or flashing firmware via Odin does not trip the KNOX counter, so stay out of worries.
- Important: In order to sideload and install One UI Beta on Galaxy S8/S8+, your phone must be running Android Oreo firmware with the following build numbers:
- Click on your device model above to download the require Odin firmware and flash it using Odin. If you don’t know how to do it, then you can follow our tutorial on how to flash stock firmware on Samsung Galaxy devices using Odin.
Download One UI Beta OTA for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+
Galaxy S8 (Exynos – G950F)
Galaxy S8+ (Exynos – G955F)
Galaxy S8 (Snapdragon – G950U)
- CRL1 > DRL7: Download link
Galaxy S8+ (Snapdragon – G955U)
- CRL1 > DRL7: Download link
The OTA packages are the courtesy of firmware.science, XDA Senior Member geri005, and a few other members of our beloved XDA community. We thank them for letting the news out!
How to Install One UI Beta on Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+
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 One UI Beta on Galaxy S8/S8+ Snapdragon and Exynos variant.
- Download Android Pie-based One UI Beta OTA package for your Galaxy S8/S8+
- Connect your phone to the PC
- Copy the downloaded OTA packages to the root of the SD card (external storage). By ‘Root’, we mean outside all the folders.
- Disconnect the device and power it off completely.
- Boot your Galaxy S8/S8+ into stock recovery mode by pressing and holding the Volume Up, Bixby, and Power button altogether.
- Release the buttons when you see a blue screen with the Android logo.
- In stock recovery, use the Volume buttons to highlight “Apply update from SD card” and select the option using the Power button.
- Navigate to the SD card and select the One UI Beta OTA package (update.zip)
- Finally, select “Yes” to install One UI Beta on Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+.
- When the installation finishes, select the “Reboot system now” option.
If you do not have an SD card or the method doesn’t work for you, then you can also sideload the OTA package using the ‘Apply update from ADB‘ option. Your phone should now boot into the new One UI Beta 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.
One UI is definitely a huge improvement over its predecessor (Samsung Experience) and you’d notice it right after your phone boots. In a nutshell, the new Samsung skin focuses on two major features – One-Handed usage to easily operate on longer screens, and a minimalist looking UI with dedicated Dark Mode. We suggest you read this review by XDA to know more about the new features and changes that Samsung’s One UI brings.
So you have just been able to install Android Pie-based One UI Beta on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. If you have any questions regarding the update process, leave a comment below.