How To Install Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Firmware

If you want to install Galaxy Note 8 firmware then scroll down! Samsung launched the Android Pie update for the Galaxy Note 8 users. However, the update comes as software variant DSB2. It is a short form of the full version N950FXXU5DSB2. Also, the good thing is that the Pie update is now available as firmware too.

So, if you haven’t received the Pie update from Galaxy for any reason like an OTA, you don’t want to wait for it. You can just install or download the Pie firmware now. However, from the below table you can find the download link for the N950FXXU5DSB2 Pie update firmware. Here are some free download links for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 firmware files.

Using a firmware, which is a stock Samsung ROM basically, containing the operating system and all software, you can reset your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 easily to a factory reset condition. This is quite essential as if you get a soft-brick Note 8 due to any bad installation of applications or software. Also, you can install the firmware easily for your version no.

Firmware For Samsung Galaxy Note 8:

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

All Samsung Galaxy Note 8 versions in the US come with the same version no. now, but their firmware is separately available. But as their firmware are cross-compatible. Then it means you can easily flash a firmware design strictly for T-Mobile Galaxy Note 8 on AT&T Note 8. Also, it can’t cause any issues. However, your AT&T SIM would work just fine.

Also See: Install Android 9 Pie update on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with One UI

How to check firmware exactly design for your carrier in the USA?

Well, the US Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with version no. SM-N950U for all carriers. So you need to find the SM-N950U firmware that ends with the code of your carrier. The carrier codes are listed below:

  • ATT for AT&T
  • SPR for Sprint
  • TMB for T-Mobile
  • VZW for Verizon Wireless
  • USC for US Cellular

Well, lots of other firmware is as per your device’s version no., as usual, so no code-finding-in-firmware-name-exercise needed for version rather than SM-N950U (US model).

Note: Don’t install SM-N950U1 firmware on SM-N950U device. Also, the Canadian Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with version no. SM-N950W.

It is quite common not to find many firmware files for the AT&T version of Samsung devices. Well, that’s the case with Samsung Galaxy Note 8 too. Also, you can’t find a specific firmware for the AT&T version above, but we have only one firmware for the AT&T Galaxy Note 8, mention below.

  • AT&T Note 8 firmware – model N950USQU1AQIA –
  • Filename: (code: ATT)
  • Many other AT&T firmware will be added here when available. For other Galaxy S8 sets, scroll down below.
Model Date Software version | Android version Free Download Link
SM-N9500 16 Jun 2018 N9500ZHU2CRD5 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N9500 09 Feb 2018 N9500ZHU2BRB1 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N9508 03 May 2018 N9508ZMU2CRD5 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N9508 15 Jun 2018 N9508ZMU2BRA2 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
15 Feb 2019 N950FXXU5DSB2 | Android 9 Pie
SM-N950F 08 Jan 2018 N950FXXU5CSA3 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N950F 15 Apr 2018 N950FXXU3CRE5 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N950F 15 Mar 2018 N950FXXU3CRC7 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N950F 02 Mar 2018 N950FXXU3CRC1 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N950F 08 Feb 2018 N950FXXU3BRB5 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950F 26 Jan 2018 N950FXXU3BRA8 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950F 24 Apr 2018 N950FXXS3CRD8 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N950F 04 Apr 2018 N950FXXS3CRD2 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N950N 26 Mar 2018 N950NKSU3CRC2 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N950N 13 Feb 2018 N950NKSU3BRA1 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950U 15 Dec 2018 N950USQS5CRK1 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N950U 20 Apr 2018 N950USQU4CRD7 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N950U 01 Jun 2018 N950USQU3CRC2 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N950U 12 Jan 2018 N950USQU3BRA9 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950U 05 Dec 2018 N950USQU3BRA5 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950U 11 Dec 2017 N950USQU2BQLA | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
25 Oct 2017 N950USQU2BQJA | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950U 14 Sep 2017 N950USQU1AQI9 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950U 08 Sep 2017 N950USQU1AQI5 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950U 07 Aug 2017 N950USQU1AQH7 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950U 03 May 2018 N950USQS4CRE1 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N950U 06 Feb 2018 N950USQS3BRB4 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950U 05 Feb 2018 N950USQS3BRB1 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950U 20 Jun 2018 N950USQS3BRA8 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950U 07 Dec 2017 N950USQS2BQL5 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950U 16 Jun 2017 N950USQS2BQK2 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950U1 11 Jan 2019 N950U1UEU5CRL2 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N950U1 20 Apr 2018 N950U1UEU4CRD7 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N950U1 05 Mar 2018 N950U1UEU3CRC1 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N950U1 15 Jan 2018 N950U1UEU3BRA5 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950U1 02 Nov 2017 N950U1UEU2BQK1 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950U1 08 Sep 2017 N950U1UEU1AQI5 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950U1 10 Aug 2017 N950U1UEU1AQH9 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950U1 03 May 2018 N950U1UES4CRE1 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N950U1 14 Jun 2017 N950U1UES2BQL2 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
16 Jun 2018 N950WVLU4CRD5 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N950W 03 Apr 2018 N950WVLU3CRC2 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N950W 16 Jan 2018 N950WVLU3BRA5 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950W 25 Oct 2017 N950WVLU2BQJA | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950W 08 Sep 2017 N950WVLU1AQI5 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950W 07 Aug 2017 N950WVLU1AQH7 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950W 03 May 2018 N950WVLS4CRE1 | Android 8.0.0 Oreo
SM-N950W 05 Feb 2018 N950WVLS3BRB1 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950W 16 Jun 2017 N950WVLS2BQK1 | Android 7.1.1 Nougat
SM-N950X 13 Jun 2017 N950XXXU1AQH6_LLK | Android 7.1.1 Nougat

How To Install Exact Firmware File:

Make sure you must check and find the exact version no. of your Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Then, based on your mobile version no., look for the correct firmware build from above.

You can also check version no. using an app known as Droid Info, or just check it on its packaging box. Or move to Settings > About. Another best tip would be to check your device’s packaging box.

Now that you know version no., install the latest firmware from above for that version no. exactly. Then, install or download the firmware on your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 by moving to the below section:

Now that you know the model no., download the latest firmware from above for that model no. exactly. Then, install the firmware on your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 after following the article given below.

Firmware Pros:

Well, you can use firmware for different purposes such as:

  • Fix your device if it generates errors and restarts randomly.
  • Unbrick your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 if it starts bootlooping and stuck at logo when restarting.
  • Move Back to Stock on your Galaxy Note 8. As it helps when looking to sell the device, or resolve to install OTA updates if broken.
  • Backup Galaxy Note 8 to factory state.
  • Upgrade your device to the latest Android model.
  • Downgrade your device to lower build no. at the same Android variant.
  • Simply unroot your device.
  • Erase custom recovery such as TWRP and CWM, if installed, on your Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Also See: On Samsung Android devices: How to Install TWRP Recovery using Odin

Firmware Installation:

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Initially, read our disclaimer, then take a proper backup, and then follow the steps below to install the firmware.

Disclaimer: Installing or downloading an official firmware via Odin can’t damage your device’s warranty, but it still an unofficial process. Also, you want to be careful about it. In any situation, you are only responsible for your device. We can’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

Take A Proper Backup! Create an appropriate backup of pictures, contacts, videos, songs, and many other files saved on your device before moving to the steps given below, so that in case something went wrong then take a backup of all your files. Certainly, firmware installation might remove everything on your device! Like, whenever you modify the CSC of your device, knowingly or not.

Steps To Install Firmware

Come let’s take a look at how to install the firmware on your Galaxy Note 8. Make sure you have a 50% battery on your device.

  • Make sure you have installed the correct firmware file on your computer. Then view above for how to download the exact firmware file for your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and download links.
  • Then successfully install Samsung USB driver first of all. Double-tap the .exe file of drivers to start the installation. (Not necessary if you have already done this.)
  • Then, download Odin PC software (new version).
  • Then extract the firmware file now. You can also use free software such as 7-zip for this. Then install 7-zip, then right tap on firmware file, and at the bottom of 7-zip, choose ‘Extract here’. then you’ll receive a file in .tar.md5 format now. Now we’ll be loading this file into Odin, to be installed on the device.
  • Then successfully Extract the Odin file. You should receive the Odin exe file.
  • Now successfully unplug your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 from the computer if it is connected.
  • Then boot into download mode:
    • Switch off your device. Wait a while until the screen goes off.
    • Now hit and hold the three buttons Volume down + Bixby + Power simultaneously until you view the Warning screen.
      • Well, your Note 8 has a home button, then use Volume down + Home + Power buttons together.
      • If it does not contain Bixby or Home buttons, then use Volume down + Volume up + Power buttons together.
    • Hit Volume Up to continue to download mode.
  • Double-tap on Odin .exe file to successfully open the Odin window. You must be careful with Odin, and as said to fix issues.
  • Now plug your device via USB cable. Odin can easily recognize your device. When it successfully recognizes, you will then view Added!! message appearing in the Log box in the under left, and the first box at the bottom of ID:COM will display a no. and changes its background blue.
    • You can’t proceed further until you’ll get the Added!! message, which confirms that Odin has successfully recognized your device.
    • If you don’t receive the Added!! message, you want to install/re-install drivers again, and then use the real cable that came with the device. Some drivers create issues (look at step 2 above).
    • You can also try various USB ports on your computer too.
  • Now successfully load the firmware file into Odin. Then tap the AP button on Odin and then choose the .tar.md5 file from above.
      • Tap on the BL tab, and choose the file starting with BL text.
      • Also, tap on the AP tab, and pick the file initiating with AP text.
      • Then tap on the CP tab, and choose the file starting with CP text.
      • [Different] Tap on the CSC tab, and choose the file starting with HOME_CSC text. If the HOME_CSC file is not available, then choose the file starting with CSC text.
    • Note CSC file: With the help of the HOME_CSC file can’t reset your device, and data on the mobile shouldn’t be removed. However, when we choose a regular CSC file, and it results in CSC on the device that is quite different than in the CSC file. Then your mobile will be automatically formatted. You can also select to skip loading the CSC file. But if it doesn’t work out, repeat the entire process and choose the CSC file this time around.
      • After you load files, Odin analyzes the md5 of the firmware file. As it takes time. So, simply wait until that’s done and the firmware file is loaded. Don’t fret if Odin gets unresponsive for a while, it becomes normal. Binary size will also display in Odin.
  • Only One firmware file? If you receive only one firmware file after extracting the zip. Then it’ll be okay. It would start with AP and should be loaded to the AP tab in Odin. Avoid other tabs in Odin. That’s all.
  • Then tap on the Options tab, and make sure the Re-partition checkbox is NOT selected. Keep in mind you don’t need to use the PIT tab. Move back to the Log tab now, as it will show the firmware installation progress whenever you press the start button in the other step.
  • Then verify that everything is perfect as mentioned above. Wait until the installation is completed. Then your device will automatically reboot. You’ll receive a PASS message about successful installation from Odin.

Error Messages:

Some errors you encounter and their solution.

  • If Odin stuck at setup connection, then you want to do this all again. Unplug your device, quite Odin. Then boot your device in download mode. You can then open Odin, and then choose the file and flash it again as said earlier.
  • If you receive the message FAIL in the top left box, then you want to flash the file as mentioned above.

That’s all about it. Let the device restart automatically.


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