Galaxy S8 T-Mobile finally gets the official Android 8.0.0 Oreo firmware update. Verizon was the first major carrier in the United States to release Android 8.0 Oreo for Galaxy S8. This means it’s only a matter of time before AT&T and Sprint receive these updates. T-Mobile is now rolling out firmware version G950USQS3CRE2 for Galaxy S8. This update is being rolled out over-the-air (OTA) which means that it might take a while to go live in all regions. 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.
This latest build comes with the product code TMB (T-Mobile) from USA. Released on 24th May 2018, this Android 8.0.0 Oreo G950USQS3CRE2 firmware comes with latest security patch and various tweaks with revamped features. This update brings all of the features that are part of Android 8.0. These include the new picture in picture mode, multitasking support for apps, autofill feature, notification dots, dual messenger, edge lighting effects and much more. So flashing this update will not only give a new feel to your device 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
Product Code: TMB
If your Galaxy S8 gets bricked by following this tutorial, then we at DroidThunder.com will not be held liable for that. Although the chances are least still it is strongly recommended to go through the guide carefully.
This Android 8.0.0 Oreo SQS3CRE2 firmware must be flashed only on Samsung Galaxy S8 having model number SM-G950U. Installing this update on any other device or variant might brick your device. So verify your device model before going further.
- Lack of battery power can interrupt the process. So ensure to charge your phone at least up to 60%.
- Backup your contacts, apps, messages, call logs, notes etc. using any app from Google Play Store. This is essential as everything gets wiped out in the last step of this process.
- Install latest Samsung USB drivers on PC so as to detect your phone when connected with 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) Temporary disable all the security tools as well as antivirus that are installed on your computer.
Procedure to install Android 8.0.0 Oreo SQS3CRE2 firmware on Galaxy S8 T-Mobile
Step 1: Download and Extract both the files on your computer. After extracting the firmware package (.zip file), you’ll see these files in it:
Step 2: Power off your phone and boot it into downloading mode.
Step 3: To boot into download mode, press and hold 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 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′ tool.
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 S8 T-Mobile has been successfully connected to your computer.
Note: If such thing doesn’t happen then it’s more likely to be problem with the Samsung USB drivers. So manually re-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 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 on the Odin window and select the BL_G950USQS3CRE2_CL13001792_QB18008806_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_G950USQS3CRE2_CP9619873_CL13001792_QB18008806_REV01_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 file.
Step 10: Then click on the CSC button and select the HOME_CSC_OYN_G950UOYN3CRE2_CL13001792_QB18008806_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: Then click on the USERDATA button and select the USERDATA_TMB_G950USQS3CRE2_CL13001792_QB18008806_REV01_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 file.
Step 12: Finally click on the AP button and select the AP_G950USQS3CRE2_CL13001792_QB18008806_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 13: After implementing as given above, let’s flash the Android Oreo firmware. So press the Start button present on the Odin window.
Note: Your phone will automatically boot itself. To avoid any interruption during the flashing process, do not disconnect your phone from computer.
Step 14: Be patient 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 T-Mobile SM-G950U smartphone has been successfully upgraded to official Android 8.0.0 Oreo SQS3CRE2 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.
Great! The latest official Android 8.0.0 Oreo SQS3CRE2 firmware has been successfully installed on your Samsung Galaxy S8 T-Mobile SM-G950U smartphone. Go to Menu->Settings->About Phone and confirm the same. Let us know how the all new Android Oreo is working for you.
If you face any difficulty while implementing the steps mentioned in this article, then don’t hesitate to comment below. Till then Keep Smiling and Peace out! 😎✌