Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 finally gets Android 8.0.0 Oreo update. Recently Samsung rolled out T825JXU1BRE3 firmware update for Galaxy Tab S3 through OTA (over the air). This is the latest build which includes May security patch developed for Tab S3 users. If you haven’t received this update yet, then you can manually flash it using Odin3-v3.13 tool. Go through our step by step guide given below on how to install the latest official Android 8.0.0 Oreo JXU1BRE3 firmware on Samsung Galaxy Tab S3.
This is an Indian (INS) OTA update with the new Samsung Experience 9.0 functionality. You’ll find many more improvements with this build like uplifted home screen, new quick panel, edge lighting effects, color customization for apps, new clock style effects and improved DeX support. And note that this is an official Stock ROM update rolled out by Samsung, hence there are no chances of losing your tab warranty. Also as this is an OTA update, the same will work on both rooted as well as un-rooted phones.
Model name: GALAXY Tab S3
Version: Android 8.0.0 Oreo
Build date: May 17, 2018
Product Code: INS
Implement all the steps at your own risk. We at DroidThunder.com will not be held responsible if your Galaxy Tab S3 gets bricked or damaged by following this guide.
This Android 8.0.0 JXU1BRE3 Oreo firmware must be flashed only on Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 with model number SM-T825. Installing this firmware update on any other tab or variant might brick your phone. So confirm your tab model before going ahead.
- Charge your Galaxy Tab S3 at least up to 60% to avoid any unwanted interruption during the flashing process.
- Backup complete data including contacts, apps, messages, call logs, notes etc. as everything gets wiped out in the last step. Use any app from Google Play Store for doing so.
- Install latest Samsung USB drivers on your PC so as to detect your device when connected through USB cable. You can install them from Samsung Kies CD which you’ve got at the time of purchase or just manually install from the link given below.
- (Optional) To avoid any interruption, temporary disable all the security tools as well as antivirus that are installed on your computer.
Procedure to install Android 8.0.0 Oreo JXU1BRE3 firmware on Galaxy Tab S3
Step 1: Download and Extract both the above files at a convenient location on your computer. After extracting the firmware package (.zip file), you’ll find these files in it:
Step 2: Power off your Galaxy Tab S3 completely.
Step 3: Then boot it into downloading mode. For doing so, keep pressing and holding the ‘Home button + Power button + Volume down key’ simultaneously until you see a warning message. Leave all the keys and just press Volume Up key to enter the download mode.
Step 4: Keeping the tab in download mode, connect it to computer with standard USB cable.
Step 5: Go to the downloaded folder on your computer 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 Tab S3 has been successfully connected to your computer.
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_T825JXU1BRE3_CL13482624_QB18023405_REV00_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.
Step 8: Similarly click on the CP button and select the CP_T825JXU1BRDA_CP9568937_CL13482624_QB17958715_REV00_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 file.
Step 9: Then click on the CSC button and select the HOME_CSC_ODD_T825ODD1BRE4_CL13482624_QB18055985_REV00_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 (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_T825JXU1BRE3_CL13482624_QB18023405_REV00_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT_meta.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.
Step 11: After doing as mentioned above, just begin the firmware flashing process. For doing so, press the Start button located on the Odin window.
Note: Your device will automatically restart itself. Do not disconnect your device from computer as it will interrupt the firmware flashing process.
Step 12: Be patient and wait for few minutes until the flashing process finishes. When it completes successfully, the ID: COM section will turn green with a message ‘Pass’ on it. Also your device will automatically restart itself. This will confirm that the official Android 8.0.0 Oreo JXU1BRE3 firmware has been successfully installed on your Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. Now you can disconnect your tab from computer 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.
Great! Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has been successfully upgraded to latest Android 8.0.0 Oreo T825JXU1BRE3 official firmware. You can confirm the same from Menu->Settings->About Phone. Enjoy the newly added Android Oreo features on your tab. Do share your views and experiences after using it.
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