Update Samsung Galaxy S8 SM-G950U1 (US Unlocked) to latest official Android 8.0.0 Oreo firmware using this step by step guide. Recently Samsung has started rolling out Android Oreo update especially for the United States unlocked version of Samsung Galaxy S8. Carrier models of Galaxy S8 have already started receiving this update through OTA (over the air). If you haven’t received the update yet then don’t worry as it’ll take a while to go live in all regions of U.S. And if you are eager to experience the all new Android Oreo features on your Samsung Galaxy S8 then go ahead and manually flash it through the step by step process given below.
Android 8.0.0 Oreo is packed with some amazing features including picture in picture mode, notification channels, multitasking support for apps, auto-fill feature, dual messenger, edge lighting effects, background app optimizations, notification snoozing and much more. There are also plenty of Samsung specific changes with Samsung Experience 9.0, latest security patch and various tweaks with revamped features. This latest build was released on 24th May 2018 with firmware version G950U1UES3CRE2. Flashing this Android O update will not only give a new feel to your smartphone but also improve its overall performance.
Model name: GALAXY S8
Country: United States (USA)
Version: Android 8.0.0 Oreo
Build date: May 24, 2018
We strongly recommend to proceed at your own risk. If your Galaxy S8 gets bricked by following this guide, then we at DroidThunder.com will not be held liable for that.
This Android 8.0.0 Oreo UES3CRE2 firmware must be installed only on Samsung Galaxy S8 with model number SM-G950U1. Flashing this update on any other device or variant may increase the chances of bricking your device. So it’s always better to confirm your device model before going ahead.
- Charge your device at least up to 60% to avoid any interruption.
- It is essential to take a complete backup as every data gets wiped out in this process. So backup your contacts, apps, messages, call logs, notes etc. Use any app from Google Play Store for doing so.
- Install latest Samsung USB drivers on computer so as to detect your phone when connected with USB cable. You can manually install them from link given below:
- (Optional) Temporary disable all the security tools as well as antivirus that are installed on your computer.
Procedure to install Android 8.0.0 Oreo UES3CRE2 firmware on Galaxy S8 SM-G950U1
Step 1: Download and Extract both the files on your PC. After extracting the firmware package (.zip file), you’ll see these files in it:
Step 2: Switch off your Galaxy S8 and boot it into download mode.
Step 3: For booting into download mode, keep pressing and holding Volume Down key + Bixby button + Power button simultaneously until you see a warning message. Leave all the keys as you see the warning message window.
Step 4: Now just press Volume up button to continue.
This will directly land your Galaxy S8 SM-G950U1 into download mode.
Step 5: Keeping the phone in download mode, connect it to PC using USB cable.
Step 6: On your PC, launch the downloaded ‘Odin Multi Downloader3-v3.13.1′ software.
Once 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 S8 SM-G950U1 has been successfully connected to your PC.
Note: If such thing doesn’t happen then it’s more likely to be problem with the Samsung USB drivers. So again install the Samsung USB drivers from the links given in Pre-Requisites section. If the problem still persists try changing USB cable or the USB port.
Step 7: Then click on the Options tab and tick the Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time options. Do not tick the Re-partition option as it can brick your phone. Don’t use the PIT tab either.
Step 8: Click on the BL button present on the Odin window and select the BL_G950U1UES3CRE2_CL13001792_QB18008747_REV01_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.
Step 9: Similarly click on the CP button and select the CP_G950U1UES3CRE2_CP9619734_CL13001792_QB18008747_REV01_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 file.
Step 10: Next click on the CSC button and select the HOME_CSC_OYM_G950U1OYM3CRE2_CL13001792_QB18008747_REV01_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.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 (example: from Oreo back to Nougat) a factory reset is must. So use normal CSC at that time.
Step 11: Finally click on the AP button and select the AP_G950U1UES3CRE2_CL13001792_QB18008747_REV01_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT_meta.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.
Note: The AP file will take little time to load. So wait and be patient.
Step 12: After doing everything as mentioned above, initiate the actual Android Oreo flashing process. For doing so, press the Start button present on the Odin window.
Note: Your phone will automatically boot itself. Do not disconnect your phone from PC as it will create interruption during the flashing process, .
Step 13: Wait for few minutes until the process finishes. When it completes successfully, the ID: COM section will turn green with a message ‘Pass’ on it. This will confirm that your Samsung Galaxy S8 SM-G950U1 smartphone has been successfully upgraded to official Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950U1UES3CRE2 firmware. Now safely disconnect your phone from PC by 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 download mode and implement the complete procedure as given above.
Awesome! The latest official Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950U1UES3CRE2 firmware has been successfully installed on your Samsung Galaxy S8 SM-G950U1 (US Unlocked) smartphone. You can confirm the same from Menu->Settings->About Phone. Let us know how the all new Android Oreo is working for you.
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