How to Install Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Android Pie (One UI) Update

How to Install Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Android Pie (One UI) Update

Samsung is now rolling out stable Android Pie-based One UI update for the Galaxy S9/S9+, much sooner than we expected. Here’s how you can download and manually install Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Android Pie update manually. This could be easily done by flashing the latest Android Pie firmware using Odin or sideload the OTA package using stock recovery.

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Android Pie is quickly getting released for several OEM devices. Samsung recently started beta testing for the Galaxy S9/S9+ and Note 9 via the official One UI Beta Program. Even the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 users have had the chance to install the One UI Beta build.

Android Pie update for the Galaxy S9/S9+ was expected to be rolled out in January 2019, but it seems Samsung has already released the update ahead of the planned schedule. The news broke in yesterday from SamMobile when two of their readers (one with Android Oreo and other with One UI beta installed) received the OTA notification of the Android Pie update.

The stable Android Pie-based One UI update comes with build number G960FXXU2CSA2 and G965FXXU2CSA2 for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ Exynos variants, respectively. For the Snapdragon Galaxy S9 and S9+, it is G960USQU3CSAB and G965USQU3CSAB respectively. It has already started rolling out to the users in Europe, including Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. You can also force-check for the update by going to ‘Settings’ > ‘System Updates’.

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Android Pie Update - OTA Screenshot

Since the update will be available gradually, it can take some time before it reaches each and every user. However, if you’re keen on getting your hands dirty, then you can follow the instructions below to manually install Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Android Pie Update. All you need to do is flash the available Android Pie-based One UI firmware using Odin. The method will work regardless if you have One UI Beta or latest Android Oreo firmware installed.

Updated on 11 February 2019: Android Pie (One UI) Odin firmware for Snapdragon Galaxy S9/S9+ is now available. Corresponding OTA packages from BRK2-to-CSAB are also available for download.

Table of Contents

Android Pie (One UI) Update for Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ – Changelog

Samsung’s One UI on Galaxy S9/S9+ is definitely a big upgrade, not only does it brings Android Pie features to the device but also the complete overhaul of Samsung’s Android skin. The OTA update weighs 1744.24 MB, which is ordinary considering how massive the update is. It also carries the latest December 2018 security patches.

According to the release notes published by Samsung, the following is the full changelog for the Galaxy S9:

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One UI

  • Content, settings, and other information have been reorganized to keep you focused on the task at hand.
  • Interactive elements have been moved to the bottom of the screen so they’re always within reach.
  • New designs and features such as Night mode help keep your eyes comfortable.

Notifications

  • You can reply to messages directly in the notification panel.
  • Image thumbnails are included in message notifications.
  • In an app’s notification settings, tap the switch once to turn on or off all the notifications in a category.

Samsung Keyboard

  • New Unicode 11.0 emojis are available.
  • New adaptive theme changes your keyboard look based on the colors of the surrounding app.
  • Floating keyboard is available in all apps and has a new size and transparency settings.
  • You can set a custom touch and hold delay.

Device care (formerly Device maintenance)

  • Performance modes are streamlined and integrated into power saving modes.
  • The Edge panel for device maintenance is discontinued.

Always On Display

  • New clock styles have been added, including the option to show a calendar with your schedule.
  • Charging information has been added to let you know how much time is remaining until fully charged.
  • You can show Always On Display whenever the screen is off, or you can set it to show for 30 seconds when you tap the screen.

Settings

  • Menus have been reorganized to make settings easier to find.

Samsung DeX

  • Continue using your phone while DeX is being displayed on a monitor or TV.Use Samsung DeX with supported HDMI adapters. No need for a DeX Station.

Bixby

  • Bixby is all new, with a range of improvements and new features.
  • Swipe left from the main Bixby screen to explore the latest features and supported apps.
  • You can control the Bixby key in settings to decide what happens when you press or double press.

Phone

  • You can now sort your call history by incoming and outgoing calls.
  • Your call history can include up to 2000 entries (increased from 500 entries).

Contacts

  • The new drawer menu makes it easier to manage contacts from various accounts.

Camera

  • The new Scene optimizer automatically enhances the camera’s color settings to fit the scene.

Gallery

  • Photo Editor Pro’s editing tools have been added to Gallery, so you can make all your edits and touchups without leaving the app.

My Files

  • The new storage analysis tool has been added to help you monitor your storage usage and save space.
  • You can now show or hide items on the My Files Home screen.

Samsung Health

  • Your daily step count will be shown in the notification panel. To hide it, press and hold the notification, then turn off Current steps.

Other improvements and changes

  • Turn on the screen automatically whenever you pick up your phone using the Lift to wake feature.
  • Access Kids Home on the quick panel.
  • Call stickers has been discontinued.
  • HEIF images are now supported.

As you can see, the changelog is quite massive and brings a lot of major and minor changes to the OS. With One UI on Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+, the company is focusing highly on one-handed usage and dark mode across the complete interface. Always-On Display now has new clock styles and also supports the calendar info.

Likewise, there are several improvements and feature-additions to almost all sections of the software.

Prerequisites

Download Galaxy S9/S9+ Android Pie (One UI) Firmware

Odin Firmware

The Android Pie Odin firmware files provided here are uploaded by XDA Senior Members geri005, jaeck and suyash1629. The credits go to them, so make sure that you visit the official XDA threads (1, 2, and 3) and press the thank button.

The quickest way to download the latest Android Pie Odin flashable firmware for the following Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ models/variants is through the Frija or SamFirm downloader tools.

  • SM-G960F (Exynos)
  • SM-G960U (Snapdragon)
  • SM-G960U1 (Snapdragon)
  • SM-G9600 (Snapdragon)
  • SM-G965F (Exynos)
  • SM-G965U (Snapdragon)
  • SM-G965U1 (Snapdragon)
  • SM-G9650 (Snapdragon)

OTA Package (Snapdragon only)

You can also install Android Pie update on your Galaxy S9/S9+ is using the stock recovery. The OTA was captured and provided by XDA Senior Member suyash1629. Your Snapdragon Galaxy S9/S9+ with model number G960U and G965U should be on BRK2 firmware to be able to install this.

How to Install Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Android Pie Update

You can update your Galaxy S9/S9+ 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 Exynos variants for now. The second method will help you update your phone by manually installing the OTA package via stock recovery, which is for the Snapdragon variant.

Method 1: Using Odin

  1. Download Galaxy S9/S9+ 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, Bixby, and Power buttons together until you see the warning screen
  5. On the warning screen, press the Volume Up button to enter Download Mode on your Galaxy S9/S9+
    Install Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Android Pie Update - Boot Into Download Mode
  6. Connect your phone to the PC using the USB cable
  7. Open the folder where the Odin 3.13.1 zip file was extracted
  8. Double-click on ‘Odin3 3.13.1.exe’ file to run the Odin tool
    Install Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Android Pie Update - Launch Odin Flash Tool
  9. The ‘ID:COM’ port should light up ensuring that your phone is successfully detected by the tool
  10. Now, click on the ‘BL’ button in Odin and select the firmware file starting with ‘BL_G960FXXU2CSA2’ for S9 and ‘BL_G965FXXU2CSA2’ for the S9+.
  11. 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’.
  12. Once all the files have been selected, click on the ‘Options’ tab in Odin
    Install Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Android Pie Update using Odin
  13. Make sure that ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F.Reset Time’ have been checked
  14. Finally, click on the ‘Start’ button to install Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Android Pie Update

After the installation finishes, you shall see the ‘PASS!’ message in the Odin tool window and your Galaxy S9/S9+ 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 Samsung Galaxy Galaxy S9/S9+ Android Pie Update.

  1. Download Android Pie-based One UI OTA package for your Snapdragon Galaxy S9/S9+
  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. Hold the Volume Up, Bixby, and Power buttons together to enter stock recovery mode on your Galaxy S9/S9+
  6. Release the buttons when you see a blue screen with the Android logo
    Install Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Android Pie-based 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 S9/S9+ 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. Although not mandatory, we strongly recommend that you perform a factory reset from the stock recovery or via the device settings. This shall avoid any unexpected issues after upgrading. Note that factory resetting will wipe all your data including the internal storage.

So, you have just been able to download and install Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Android Pie (One UI) update. If you have any questions regarding the process, make sure to drop a comment below.

Comments

  1. Hi Dhananjay! Thank you so much for these updates. I have trying to update my SM-G965U from AT&T to Android Pie for over a year! I do not have the Exynos variant, but was able to use the Pie firmware using Odin Flash Tool! It worked wonderfully:)

    1. Hi Noelle. I am so glad that it worked. Since Android 10 is already available for your phone, you might want to update your phone to it.

      You can do so by going to Settings > Software update > Download and Install. Or, you can use the Odin tool to flash the latest firmware. For downloading the firmware, I’d suggest using the Frija tool. It allows much faster downloading than online firmware databases like SamMobile etc.

  2. Can I install method 1 with my device Samsung S9 Pie
    AP: G960USQU4CSC7
    CP: G960USQU4ASC1
    CSC: G960UOYN4CSC7

    I have problem with my battery drain so fast even on airplane mode. I think if I try this method the problem can be solved.

    1. Hi Reinhard. Have you tried performing a factory reset first? In most cases, that should easily fix general after-update issues like battery drains or lags.

  3. Hi, I just received a S9+ from my sister-in-law and saw that the OS is still Android 8.0.0. I tried to update the software via using Odin. But the unit doesn’t go to the warning page once I pushed the volume up, bixby and the power button. Why is that? It just goes directly to recovery page. I’m a newbie with this kind of tinkering with my phone. Should I just let it run on the Android 8 and not update it?

    1. Hi Monarch. There are two modes (for the two methods listed above):

      1) Download Mode, which works with Odin
      2) Recovery Mode, which works with ADB Sideload for the OTA

      To enter the Download Mode on your S9+, do the following:
      1) Power off the phone completely.
      2) Hold the Volume Down, Bixby, and Power buttons together until you see this warning screen.
      3) On the warning screen, press the Volume Up button to finally enter Download Mode.

      Once there, you can connect your phone to the PC using the USB cable and flash the firmware using Odin (Method 1).

  4. no i am totally new to this, please guide me how to find the region.
    is there a problem to do it without knowing the region, knowing my current version will not help ?

    1. Hi Nick. So, are you currently in India? I say this because the active CSC is INS, which is for India. Let me know if I am wrong.

    2. Great! Just download SamFirm Tool, and input “SM-G965F” as the model and “INS” as the region code. Once you have downloaded the latest Pie firmware for your device, follow “Method 1” in this tutorial to install it.

  5. Hi, this is my first time, I just wanted to confirm that my samsung s9 plus has folowing version:

    AP: G965FXXU1BRE6
    CP: G965FXXU1BRE3
    CSC: G965FOXM1BRE3
    model: SM-G965F/DS

    my question is any one of the following can be used for updating to one ui..
    dosent it depends upon the specific version one is using.

    Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (G965F – Exynos):
    CSB9 Odin firmware
    CSA2 Odin firmware
    CRLO Odin firmware

    and if so the latest one CSB9 link is not working..
    Thanks..

    1. Hi Nick, I am yet to update this post with the latest links. Have already done it for Note 9, Note 8, and S8/S8+.

      But you don’t have to wait for that. Simply use the SamFirm tool to download the latest Pie firmware and flash it using Odin. Do you know which region your phone belongs to? Let me know so that I can guide you to download the latest firmware for your specific device and region.

    2. from the phone info app by sam i got the following

      country origin: vietnam

      firmware csc code : XEU(United kingdom/ireland)

      active csc is INS

    3. Hi,

      Like all the other commenters, I am a newbie to manually flashing firmware, so please forgive me if I sound a tad ignorant at times. I have an unlocked AT&T Galaxy s9 plus, and I havent received an update since the oreo one back in 2018. I am desperately wanting the whole new Pie experience, so I’m wanting to manually flash the Pie firmware. My phones model is SM-G965U, CSC is AT&T, and my region is USA. When I go searching for firmware for my phones model and CSC code, I can never find any to match it. I’m actually wanting to flash to Tmobile or sprint because they dont check your IMEI number to cut you off wifi calling and LTE internet. My question for you is can I flash the Pie 9 firmware for Tmobile or sprint on my AT&T phone as long as it’s for model SM-G965U? I have read a lot about cross switching firmware but I’m still very unsure if i can go this and I’m unsure which firmware to download. Any help you can throw my way will be very much appreciated.

    4. Hi Shonna. I am a bit confused here. You mentioned that you “have an unlocked AT&T Galaxy S9 Plus”, right? But the model number you stated is “SM-G965U”, which is actually the carrier-locked model. The unlocked model comes with the “SM-G965U1” model number.

      Or, did you carrier-unlock you AT&T S9 Plus?

      Please clear this out for me so that I can further provide you with the correct answer to your question.

    5. Ok, so I’ve been a little unsure of that also, but I bought my s9 plus of Ebay as an unlocked phone. And, it must be because I use it with Straight Talk under the “bring your own phone” kit. It was brand new (supposedly)but it looked like the box had maybe been opened, so I’ve been wondering if the person I bought it from had it carrier unlocked. But, under my settings, the model is listed as an SM-G965U…. what do you think? Since I use it with Staight Talk and it’s an AT&T phone with that model, then it must to have been carrier unlocked, right?

    6. Hi again. Yes, that’s probably correct. Now, just confirm the model number, which could be found on the phone’s box.

      Next, download this app on your phone, run it, and share the screenshots of the “General” and “CSC Code” sections.

    7. hi following this because I have same exact issue. my phone is TGY though. Can’t update to one ui.

    8. Hi. Like I told Shonna, please download the Phone Info app and provide me with the screenshots of the “General” and “CSC Code” sections.

  6. Sorry, have to reply here since the REply button in our conversation is missing
    Re SHA256Error
    Tried regularand patched, both same error Now I tried with the PrinceComsy version, that passed but it took only 2seconds to flash, it reset and no changes were made 🙁
    Odin engine v(ID:3.1203)..
    File analysis..
    skip file list for home binary
    abl.elf.lz4
    xbl.elf.lz4
    xbl_config.elf.lz4
    tz.mbn.lz4
    hyp.mbn.lz4
    devcfg.mbn.lz4
    pmic.elf.lz4
    aop.mbn.lz4
    cmnlib.mbn.lz4
    cmnlib64.mbn.lz4
    keymaster64.mbn.lz4
    qupv3fw.elf.lz4
    sec.dat.lz4
    apdp.mbn.lz4
    msadp.mbn.lz4
    bksecapp.mbn.lz4
    storsec.mbn.lz4
    vaultkeeper.mbn.lz4
    engmode.mbn.lz4
    NON-HLOS.bin.lz4
    boot.img.lz4
    recovery.img.lz4
    vendor.img.ext4.lz4
    system.img.ext4.lz4
    persist.img.ext4.lz4
    userdata.img.ext4.lz4
    dqmdbg.img.ext4.lz4
    modem.bin.lz4
    dspso.bin.lz4
    cache.img.ext4.lz4
    odm.img.ext4.lz4
    Home Binary Download
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    SingleDownload.
    RQT_CLOSE !!
    RES OK !!
    Removed!!
    Remain Port …. 0
    All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)

    1. Just to update my fail attempt, after reinstalling the Samsung USB driver the update started using the patched odin but failed, now the phone will no longer boot, just triangle with message to use smart switch to recover 🙁
      Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
      Leave CS..
      Odin engine v(ID:3.1301)..
      File analysis..
      skip file list for home binary
      apdp.mbn
      msadp.mbn
      persist.img.ext4
      userdata.img.ext4
      dqmdbg.img.ext4
      Home Binary Download
      Total Binary size: 4979 M
      SetupConnection..
      Initialzation..
      Get PIT for mapping..
      Firmware update start..
      NAND Write Start!!
      SingleDownload.
      abl.elf
      xbl.elf
      xbl_config.elf
      tz.mbn
      hyp.mbn
      devcfg.mbn
      pmic.elf
      aop.mbn
      cmnlib.mbn
      cmnlib64.mbn
      keymaster64.mbn
      qupv3fw.elf
      sec.dat
      bksecapp.mbn
      storsec.mbn
      vaultkeeper.mbn
      engmode.mbn
      NON-HLOS.bin
      boot.img
      recovery.img
      vendor.img.ext4
      system.img.ext4
      modem.bin
      Transmission Complete..
      Now Writing.. Please wait about 2 minutes
      Receive Response from boot-loader
      dspso.bin
      Transmission Complete..
      Now Writing.. Please wait about 2 minutes
      Receive Response from boot-loader
      cache.img.ext4
      odm.img.ext4
      FAIL!

      Complete(Write) operation failed.
      All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    2. Reflashing the previous version got me going again, no data loss amsung Galaxy S9 Plus (G965U – Snapdragon):CSAB Odin firmware

    3. Well, downloaded the March update using SamsungFW downloader, it flashed fine but still can’t flash the Canadian CSC it will not even boot. Reflashing the CSC from the original package does fix the problem though.

    4. Hi George. Here are a few things that I want you to try:

      1) Take out the SIM card and perform a factory reset
      2) Boot back your phone into the OS
      3) Reboot it into Download Mode
      4) Flash G965W Pie firmware with the regular CSC (Not HOME_CSC). This will format the device completely, so make sure to take a backup of everything first, including the internal storage.

      Let me know how it goes. You can also get in touch with me via FB or Twitter.

  7. Good day,

    Just got an S9+ and is still in Android Oreo. When I check for software updates on the phone, it says that latest updates are installed and i can’t download the Android Pie. Is it safe it update it manually using the above method, and can i get some future OTA updates from samsung?

    AP: G965FXXU1ARAN
    CP: G965GXXU1ARAD
    CSC: G965FOXM1ARAD
    Model: SM-G965F

    1. Hi Vince. Yes, it’s completely safe to update your S9+ to Pie using this method. And also, you will be getting future OTA updates. Just let me know the region your device belongs to, so that I can point you to the right file for download.

    2. Sorry for the stupid question but how do I know what region my device belongs to?

    3. Hi again, Vince. Don’t worry, just tell me in which country/state are you using the device. It should be enough.

  8. Hello ! I’m on a Galaxy S9 SMG9600ZHS3ARL1/G9600WT3ARK1 LATIN AMERICA FROM MOVISTAR CARRIER (Ecuador). IF I DOWNLOAD THE SMG9600 should I have any issues or it is safe to proceed? And which method will be better?
    Gre

    1. Hi Kevin. Ecuador has got Pie update for ALE and ECO regions. However, yours I believe is from region EBE with OWT CSC/Product Code. I think the update should roll out to your region soon, just keep a tab on this link. When the update is available, you will be able to download the firmware from there and follow Method 1 in this post.

    2. So if I Install a firmware of another country could have some problems or not?

    3. Hi again Kevin. As far as I know, flashing other region’s firmware is fine until the CSC matches. Your device has OTW multi-CSC, while the other regions have OWA and OWE CSC. I am not a 100% certain, but that’s how it works.

    4. You can flash it. But your phone’s CSC will change. My personal opinion: Wait a bit more for the update to arrive.

  9. Hello dear, I am from Bangladesh. My phone s9. Version G960FXXU1BRF8. (CSC -G960FOXM1BRF7). I have not get pie update on my phone. How can i upgrade my phone?

    1. Hi. You can simply download the firmware package (From under the ‘Odin Firmware’ section and flash it using Odin tool (See Method 1).

  10. Hi, I’ve installed it in my Samsung galaxy S9+ SM-G9650. The thing is that it works as it should, but I’ve an issue. I needed to restart the phone and after I did it, it kept me appearing a message saying SIM card has changed, and it asks me to restart the phone to use the “new” SIM card without giving me any other option. Do you know what’s causing this? Because I can’t use my phone when I put my SIM card :(.

    1. Hi Enrique. Did you try performing a factory reset after upgrading the phone manually?

    2. Yes, also I had some problems trying to use Samsung pay. Is this firmware compatible with all the versions of SM-G9650? I have the version G9650ZCS3ARL2. I hope you could help me, otherwise I think I’m going to downgrade to Oreo again :(.

  11. Hi. I’m using s9 snapdragon sm-g960u with G960USQS3BRJ6. I found an update on firmware science for my specific version and it is G960USQU3CSA7. It is from 13th January 1.9gb. what do you suggest should i update it via ota package or no? My phone hasn’t received update yet and it is from (Cricket) carrier. Should i go ahead. Please reply asap thanks.

    1. Hi Fawzan! You can simply take the latest Pie firmware available and flash it using Odin (See method 1). You will be able to upgrade without losing any data.

  12. Hi, Just wanted to make sure my files are viable for update since I am not getting the software update directly from samsung for some reason…

    AP: G965FXXU1BRE6
    CP: G965FXXU1BRE3
    CSC: G965FOXM1BRE3

    1. Hi Naphtali! You will need to download the Odin firmware linked under the ‘Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (G965F – Exynos)’ section. Once downloaded, use Method 1 to flash the firmware and upgrade your phone manually.

    1. Hi Musalam! No, flashing via Odin will not wipe any data. Just make sure that you use the HOME_CSC file and NOT the regular CSC in the firmware package.

    1. Hi Earl. Yes, it should. Simply download the latest Pie firmware available for your model and flash it using Odin (See Method 1 above).

  13. If I try to use Odin, it shows as successfult. Phone reboots, but it is still in same version. Tried then with OTA and get this error: E3004: This package is for star2qltesq; this device is a star2qltesq. Any ideas? Thanks!!!

    1. Hi Alex. When using Odin, did you select all the files? – CSC, CP, AP, and BL?

  14. hello
    i have s9 g960u1 can you tell me is there any 9.0 one ui firmware for s9 g960u1?

    1. Hi Arsalan. Yes, you will find the correct firmware for your model in the Downloads section. It has only been updated today.

  15. Asked before but my question is nowhere to be found ? 🙁
    Can I flash my G965U CSA7 to G965USQU3CSAB using SDcard?

    Thanks

    1. Hi George. Updating via OTA is not possible since a dedicated package is not available to move from CSA7 to CSAB. In that case, you can simply use the CSAB Odin firmware and install it manually using Method 1. It would work the same way as the OTA.

    2. Thank you for reply!
      Will have to use odin then.
      If I don’t do anything will I receive the official update later on top of my existing csa7?

    3. Hi George. Yes, you will still be receiving the OTA update, but that depends on when it is available for your region. Thus, the manual installation.

    4. Hi again, George. Could you please let me know the region and carrier of your S9+ again?

    5. Thank you, any idea why it didn’t update OTA? Will odin flash keep my data?

    6. Hi. I am not sure, the build you have installed is on the official channel, so you were supposed to get further updates.

      Yes, you can save data by flashing via Odin. Just make sure to use the HOME_CSC file instead of the regular CSC.

      This has got me curious. Could you please confirm from the phone’s box if the model is G965U or G965U1?

    7. Oh. I get it why didn’t you get the update then. Download the Pie build for Canada region (Videotron) from here and flash it via Odin. It should all be straightened out then and you should get the OTA updates as well.

      An apology from me. Since I am alone managing the comments and replying to different people on different topics around the blog, it is hard for me to keep track of the info provided by you (The readers). So, sorry about that.

    8. I appreciate your time helping out!
      Do I have to worry about loosing date changing back to W version from the U version?
      Thanks

    9. Oh, and if the download speed is slow, then please use the SamFirm tool to download it.

    10. I’d suggest you back and shift from U to W firmware with full wipe, just in case any issues arise later.

      Or, you can just flash it (Use HOME_CSC to prevent data wipe) and then see if any abnormal issues arise (although they shouldn’t). If there are any weird problems, just perform a factory reset later on. If not, then there’s no need to wipe anything.

  16. Hi, I have S9+ SM-G965U Baseband CSA7
    Should I wait for OTA or can I flash The above Feb11 BRK2-to-CSAB over it?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Kelvin, yes, of course, you can flash Android Pie to your S9+. Simply download the CSAB Odin firmware for Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (G965U/U1 – Snapdragon) and flash it using Method 1.

    2. thanks so much it worke, but tried to check if OTA is working and it said there is trouble authenticating my device, what should i do. thanks

    3. Hi Kelvin. I’d need a bit more info. Can you please tell if your device is carrier-branded or unlocked?

  17. I have a Samsung Galaxy S9+ my model is SM-G965U1 and my baseband is G965U1UEU3ARL1 the 1’s may actually be I’s. But I haven’t seen these listed. Can I do either one of these to load the One UI and/or Android 9.0 Pie on my phone? By the way it is still running 8.0.0 Oreo. Please let me know something soon. Thank you very much.

    1. Hi Christian. I would suggest that you wait for the official update to arrive, it should be out soon. Currently, I couldn’t find any OTA link to help you update your G965U1 to stable Pie.

    2. Hi. I am afraid, no. The best way to update manually is by flashing the CSAB Odin firmware. It ain’t difficult if you really wanna upgrade now.

    3. I’ve tried the ODIN flash but it never starts to download to my phone. gets stuck at “setupconnection”. Killing me waiting for the OTA. Factory unlocked models should be first! Samsung/Android are so discouraging sometimes.

    4. Hi again. I can understand the frustration. Which version of Odin did you use?

      When you connect the phone (While it is booted in Download Mode) to the PC, does the ‘ID:COM’ port light up in the Odin window?

    1. Hi Elisa. Yes, this is the stable and official version that is currently being rolled out to the users.

  18. If we manually update, will we continue to get additional OTA updates from Samsung/our carrier when available down the road?

    1. Hi James. Yes, you should be able to get further monthly OTA updates from Samsung or your carrier without any issues.

  19. Heloo Dhananjay, pls Help.

    I have a Samsung S9 SM-G960F single SIM neverlocked buyet from UK, unsealed and activated in December 2018, which I do not understand is that the last update is from August 2018 (security update from 01.08.2018), and when I try to do manualy update tells me that I have the latest firmware update, so same with the SmartSwitch pc program.
    The actual information of the phone is:
    AP G960FXXU2BRGA
    CP G960FXXU2BRG8
    CSC G960FOXM2BRGA
    I’m mentioning that the phone works perfectly.

    Can you tell me whats happening with my phone?

    1. Hi Jordan. That seems odd. Have you tried factory resetting the phone and then re-setup it, and finally try OTA updates from within the settings again?

  20. hello i went from brk2 to the csa7. I would like to go back to brk2 for att and I cannot find anywhere that has it for att. other carriers no problem. not att. can you help out? I’m not rooted nor done want to root. any help would be appreciated

  21. I have G965U from Verizon my baseband is BRK2 will the second method work for me. If so is there any problems do you believe I would encounter from Verizon afterwards.

    1. Hi Michael. This should work without any issues. Please go ahead and try again using the OTA package.

    2. Thank You for the reply, right know I am doing all the back up’s and downloads. Making sure I have everything I need.

      My other question if this doesn’t work can I go back to my original rom.

    3. Hi again, Michael. That’s what everyone should do first, it’s a good practice to always take a backup.

      As for the method, you can roll back to Oreo by flashing it via Odin. It’s quite easy!

    4. I hope it works it appears my virus protection to out my back up.

      I didn’t realize until after I started the update.

      I am at “patching system image after verification”

      Here is hoping.

    5. I cant roll back, please make an in depth guide on how to roll back to oreo, do i have to reset the device multiple times? it wont go back to oreo. please and thank you

    6. Hi Tyler. A factory reset will only wipe off the phone completely. On the other hand, flashing the stock firmware is a whole different thing. Can you please state your phone’s model number, the region to which it belongs, and whether or not it is carrier-branded?

      Also, for further confirmation, please open the dialer, enter *#1234# and share the screenshot of the resultant screen with me.

    7. Glad it did! Enjoy the update now. If you have any questions, please let me know.

  22. so if I flash this using sd card will I still get its updates? does it trip the Knox as well? g965u att s9 plus.

    1. Hi Brock. Yes, you will still be gettings updates normally. And no, this will not trip KNOX or void the warranty in any way.

  23. Hi,

    Im currently using the galaxy s9+ SM-965F/DS
    Baseband version – G965FXXU2BRJ1
    CSC – G965FOXM2BRJ3

    Will i be able to use this file to flash my phone to android 9.0?

    1. Hi. Yes, you can update without any issues. Simply download the Odin CSA2 firmware and use Method 1 to flash it to your S9+.

    2. Hi Sasha. The OTA packages are only available for the Snapdragon variant. If you have the Exynos variant, you will have to use Method 1 or wait for the OTA to arrive.

  24. Hello, can u help me? I’m stuck at ZRLG Android Pie Beta (S965U), can I use this method to flash and up´date my S9+? Thanks!

    1. Hi Diru. Yes, you can use this method to upgrade right away. Simply download the latest Pie firmware from the Downloads section above and flash it via Odin (See Method 1 above).

  25. Yeah, I’m definitely Stuck in bootloop with your methods sir. Galaxy s9 Verizon snapdragon etc etc

  26. I have to say this is kind of poorly written…. You dont even mention how long the OTA update takes, no other photos of the process other than the update from SD card photo, seriously? Poor poor poor

    1. I’d accept that. The OTA wouldn’t take more than a few minutes. As for the screenshots, since I don’t own the device anymore (Only that my cousin has it), I couldn’t take any pictures.

      To be honest, I would recommend that you please search YouTube for the same. I’d try my best next time to write the process in much more detail. Thanks for your feedback, Anon.

    2. I think the article was very well written and that the fact that you didn’t list the approximate update time or extra pictures is a small factor, maybe nice to have, but anon should be grateful you went through the effort…

    3. Thanks, Luca for the feedback! Next time, I will try and be more descriptive. It’s okay for Anon, he might be doing it for the first time and might have expected more details. Thanks again for taking the time and commenting here.

  27. HI Dhananjay,

    Thanks a lot for the post.
    I have a SM-G960U and trying to update it using the methods listed above.
    1. Wanted to know that after updating with this method, would still get future updates over the air or do i always have to update my phone manually?
    2. I used this link (https://firmware.science/download?url=52758/1488/SS-G960USQS3BRK2-to-U3CSA7-UP) from above to download the update .zip file but when i look inside the zip file they all have date from 2011. Is that correct or am I download old files or something?
    3. Currently my device already has December security patch. Shouldn’t the pie update include January security update?

    1. Hi Gyandeep. I’ve tried and answer your questions below. If you have more, please let me know.

      1) Yes, you’ll get normal OTA updates after following this method. Here, we are just manually injecting the OTA package via stock recovery (That’s exactly what the devices do when the OTA updates are downloaded).
      2) Don’t worry about the files, they are pulled directly from Samsung’s servers.
      3) As for the patch, the current CSA7 build includes January patches. So, don’t worry.

    2. Thanks for your answers.
      This is a great post and I was able to successfully update OS to pie on my SM-G960U device in USA. I used the ADB sideload method since I dont have a SD card.
      Technically it does wipe off your phone so backup anything which is not backedup in the cloud/app servers.

    3. Hi again! Glad to know that you were able to successfully update your phone. As for the backup part, I have made the necessary changes. Thanks for pointing that out.

    4. I am currently on CSA7. I know the latest is CSAB and it has been released. I get all my updates from T-Mobile but I have not got any OTA for CSAB. I am not even sure if i am going to get it. What should i do now?

    5. Hi Gyandeep. You can simply flash CSAB via Odin. Make sure that you use the “HOME_CSC” file instead of the regular CSC provided in the firmware package. Flashing the regular CSC will wipe the phone completely, while the HOME_CSC will preserve the data across the update.

    6. Does this mean then from here on I will always have to flash to update software and I will never be able to do it using ota?
      Also why should I use Odin since last time I used sideload method since mine is snapdragon?

    7. No. You should be able to take OTAs after that as well. You will be installing the official stock firmware using Odin.

      Last time, there was an OTA package available to move from BRK2 to CSA7. This time, since there’s no OTA package available for your setup, you will have to opt for the Odin method. Don’t worry, it’s completely safe and easy too.

  28. hello good, I have a s9 sm-g960u with android oreo, can I update it without causing some brick to Android 9? I would like you to orientate me I will leave my mail for your answers thanks.

    1. Hi Bryan. Please let me know the current firmware software version installed on your S9. You can simply enter *#1234# and let me know the exact details that you see on the screen.

    2. I have the S9 model G960U with BRK2 version .. Will the OTA method work for me?

    3. because the codes do not grab me to know the information, then I’ll use the ones that come out in the settings
      Serie: Removed by Administrator
      Banda base:g960usqs3brk2
      Android 8

    4. It should work on your device. BTW, I have removed the serial number that you provided in the comment. It’s not wise to share things like device serial number or IMEI publicly.

    5. hi apology, then in my sm-g960u model can I install it without having root access, by ote or by odin?

    6. Hi again Brian. No need for apologies, it’s cool!

      None of the methods require root access. You’ll need to use the OTA method because Android Odin firmware for G960U is not available yet.

  29. why my proses update is very long at the phase “ODM”. I have wait until 1 hour but cannot succesfull.

  30. How do I update my SM-965U1?

    My current version is ARL1 and not BRK2.

    Would it be safe/work correctly if I used the OTA package you have linked for the Snapdragon S9+?

    1. Hi Ken. I am afraid you can’t do it that ways. I have cross-checked firmware.science and XDA too, however, I couldn’t find any later build than the One UI Beta. Rest assured, I will keep this post updated and will ping back on the comments to let you know.

    2. Hi Dhananjay,
      I have the same SM-965U1 model and ARL1 version. It’s been two weeks already, so maybe that stable One UI version has already appeared somewhere? I kindly ask you to helps us and recheck some of your resources.

    3. Hi John! Thanks for commenting. I did try looking it up but didn’t find anything for the U1 yet. Even firmware.science only has the older beta builds available.

      I will make sure to update the links as soon as they show up online. That’s the best I can do for now. Apologies.

    4. Hi again. So you’ve added CSAB Odin firmware for G965U1 model, and now I can install the update through Odin?

    5. I tried to install, but Odin returns a mistake when I try to pick AP file. BL, CP and CSC files btw are added without any problems..

    6. Hi John. Could you please tell me which version of the Odin flash tool did you use?

    7. Hello, it seems that problem was in the PC I used. I tried to update through Odin 3.13.1 on another PC and it worked ))

    8. Have you been able to flash PIE yet? I too am on the same ARL1 firmware and would like to upgrade ASAP. I’ve got it on my Pixel 2 xl and love it.

  31. My model number is SM-G965F and my software version is G965FXXS2BRK3. I am in the UK so will this work? does the software need to match the carrier i have which is vodafone and also does my phone need to be unlocked? I presume the software is official and where is it from? Will it trip knox?

  32. Hi, I’m just curious. I’m in the U.K and want to do this but do not want to trigger knox, will this trip knox at all? and will this work properly for a U.K phone on vodafone?

    1. Hi Kile. None of the methods listed above will trip KNOX. Although for compatibility, please let me know your phone’s model number and the current software version installed on it.

    2. Model number is SM-G965F
      software version is G965FXXS2BRK3

      Does it not need to match any carrier specifics? I heard somewhere it also needs to match your carrier and the phone has to be carried unlocked for you to do it?

    3. Hi again. That depends on the CSC. What’s the CSC of the installed firmware on your S9+?

    4. I’m on vodafone and i googled it and it said the CSC is VOD, would that be correct do you think?

    5. I am talking about the full CSC. Just open the dialer app and type “*#1234#”, you will see it then.

    6. Okay. OVF is not a part of the multi-CSC. So, you will need to wait until the Pie Odin firmware for your region/carrier arrives.

    7. How comes the guide states “Since it is a part of the multi-oxm csc, it can be flashed on any Exynos galaxy note s9/s9+” ?

      When i read that i think it states the firmware can be installed onto any device, guess this is not true then?

    8. It is true, but only that I forgot to mention the list of CSCs that are counted under the multi-OXM CSC. Apologies for that.

  33. Can you do this on any S9+?
    Since you only gave two types G960F and G95F for the firmware.
    I use SM-G965U.
    WHat you think?

    1. The Odin firmware is not available for the Snapdragon variant yet. We’ll be updating this post once we have the files. You’ll have to wait till then.

    2. Hi again, I have updated the article for the Snapdragon (G960U/G965U) variants as well. Since the Odin firmware is not available, you will be required to update using the OTA.

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