Install Android 8.0.0 Oreo XXU3CRE5 official firmware on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 N950F smartphone. In this guide, we’ll manually flash latest Android Oreo Stock ROM on Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950F using Odin3-v3.13 tool. Released on 28th May 2018 this is an Indian (INS) OTA update with various improvements and tweaks. If you’ve not received this update through OTA (over the air) then don’t worry, just go ahead and manually install it to enjoy all the Android Oreo features.
Samsung rolled out the first Android Oreo build in France with new Samsung Experience 9.0, thus replacing the older 8.5 version. After which the Indian users were eagerly waiting to experience this latest update on their Galaxy Note 8 N950F. Today in this guide, we’ll discuss step by step procedure on how to install latest Android 8.0.0 Oreo N950FXXU3CRE5 Firmware on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 N950F smartphone.
This update comes with May security patch, uplifted home screen, quick panel tweaks, additional edge lighting effects, color customization for apps, new clock style, new find my mobile feature and improved DeX support. Since this is an official Stock ROM update rolled out by Samsung, there are no chances of losing your device warranty. Also as this is an OTA update, the same will work on both rooted as well as un-rooted phones.
Model name: GALAXY Note 8
Version: Android 8.0.0 Oreo
Build date: May 28, 2018
Product Code: INS
Proceed at your own risk. We at DroidThunder.com will not be held liable if your Galaxy Note 8 gets bricked or damaged after following this guide.
This Android 8.0.0 XXU3CRE5 Oreo firmware must be installed only on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 having model number SM-N950F. Flashing this firmware update on any other device or variant might brick your phone. So it’s always better to confirm your device model before going further.
- To avoid interruption during the flashing process, make sure to charge your Galaxy Note 8 at least up to 60%.
- Backup your data including contacts, apps, messages, call logs, notes etc. as everything gets wiped out. Use any app from Google Play Store for doing so.
- Install latest Samsung USB drivers on your PC so as to detect your phone when connected via USB cable. You can install them from Samsung Kies CD which you’ve got at the time of purchase or just manually install from link given below.
- (Optional) To avoid the interruption during the flashing process, temporary disable all the security tools as well as antivirus that are installed on your computer.
Procedure to install Android 8.0.0 Oreo XXU3CRE5 firmware on Galaxy Note 8 N950F
Step 1: Download and Extract both the above files at a convenient location on your PC. After extracting the firmware package (.zip file), you’ll see these files in it:
Step 2: Power off your Galaxy Note 8 completely.
Step 3: Then boot it into downloading mode. Refer:
Step 4: Keeping the phone in download mode, connect it to PC with standard USB cable.
Step 5: Go to the downloaded folder on your PC and launch the downloaded ‘Odin Multi Downloader3-v3.13.1′ software which you’ve just received after extraction.
As soon as you launch it, the ID: COM section located at the top left corner will turn light blue. Also an Added message will appear in the message box window. This will confirm that your Galaxy Note 8 N950F has been successfully connected to your PC.
Note: If such thing doesn’t happen then it’s more likely to be problem with the mobile specific drivers. So manually install the USB drivers from the links given in the Pre-Requisites section. If the problem still persists try changing USB cable or the USB port.
Step 6: Now click on the Options tab located on the Odin window and tick the Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time options. Tick only these two options and keep all the other options as they are.
Note: Do not tick the Re-partition option as it might increase the risk of bricking your phone. Don’t use the PIT tab either.
Step 7: Then, click on the BL button present on the Odin window and select the BL_N950FXXU3CRE5_CL13094739_QB18182325_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.
Step 8: Similarly click on the CP button and select the CP_N950FXXU3CRE1_CP9610557_CL13094739_QB17995241_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5 file.
Step 9: Then click on the CSC button and select the HOME_CSC_OXM_N950FOXM3CRE5_CL13094739_QB18182325_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5 file.
Note: Normal CSC contains an instruction that allows Odin to wipe out complete data while HOME_CSC contains instruction to only allow wipe of cache. But when a downgrade is done (eg. from Oreo back to Nougat) a factory reset is must. So use normal CSC at that time.
Step 10: And lastly click on the AP button and select the AP_N950FXXU3CRE5_CL13094739_QB18182325_REV00_user_low_ship_meta.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.
Step 11: After doing everything as given above, just initiate the firmware flashing process. For that, hit the Start button present on the Odin window.
Note: Your device will restart itself automatically. Do not disconnect your phone from PC as it will interrupt the firmware flashing process.
Step 12: Wait for few minutes until the flashing process finishes. When it completes successfully, the ID: COM section will turn green with message ‘Pass’ on it. Also your phone will automatically boot itself. This will confirm that the official Android 8.0.0 Oreo XXU3CRE5 firmware has been successfully installed on your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 N950F smartphone. Now you can disconnect your phone from PC by safely removing the USB cable.
Note: If this firmware flashing process fails or if Odin gets stuck or in case your phone gets stuck into boot loop, then close the Odin window, again go into downloading mode and implement the complete procedure as given above.
Good Job! Your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 N950F has been successfully upgraded to latest Android 8.0.0 Oreo XXU3CRE5 official firmware. You can confirm the same from Menu->Settings->About Phone. Enjoy the newly added Android Oreo features on your phone. Do share your views and experiences after using it.
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