Update Galaxy Note 8 N950F to Official Android 7.1.1 Nougat XXU2BQKG Firmware. Samsung’s Galaxy Note series have always been exceptional with its big screen and S-Pen Stylus. And with the launch of Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the company is trying to make up for past mistakes of the disastrous Galaxy Note 7. Samsung claims that the Galaxy Note 8 has gone through several tests in order to avoid the last year’s fatal battery mistake again.
Compared to Samsung Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 is just a slightly stretched with sharper edges and a squarer camera module. Its super AMOLED display is gorgeous and looks amazing when you use it at its native resolution of 1440 x 2960. The S-Pen that comes with the Galaxy Note 8 looks and feels a lot more premium than before. Unlike Note 5, the S-Pen of Galaxy Note 8 clicks in and out of its silo and goes in the right way so there’s no chance of it getting stuck. Talking about its feature and specs, it sports Exynos 8895 Octa Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon processor with 256 GB of internal storage and 6 GB of RAM. Similar to Galaxy S9+, the Note 8 comes with dual 12+12 megapixel rear-facing camera and 8 megapixel of front camera for selfies.
Today in this article, we’ll discuss step by step procedure on how to install latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat XXU2BQKG Official Firmware on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 smartphone. Note that as this is an official Stock ROM update rolled out by Samsung so 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 devices. This update comes with various improvements in the overall performance and some newly added features as well. Lets have a look at the complete firmware info given below.
Model name: GALAXY Note 8
Version: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Build date: 12 December 2017
Product Code: INS
Implement every step at your own risk. We at DroidThunder.com will not be held liable for any damaged or bricked phone. Although the chances of your device getting damaged are least still perform the steps as they are without any mistake.
This Android 7.1.1 XXU2BQKG Nougat firmware is compatible only on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with model number SM-N950F. Flashing this firmware update on any other device or variant may result into unwanted outcomes or bricked phone. So confirm your device model number from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Phone before going further.
- To avoid interruption due to low battery, make sure to charge your Galaxy Note 8 at least up to 60%.
- Backup your important data including contacts, apps, messages, call logs, notes etc. as everything gets wiped out. You can use any app from Google Play Store for doing so.
- Install latest Samsung USB drivers on your PC so as to detect your Galaxy Note 8 when connected via USB cable. You can install the drivers from Samsung Kies CD which you’ve got at the time of purchase or just manually install them 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 7.1.1 Nougat XXU2BQKG firmware on Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950F
Step 1: Download and extract both the above files to 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: Now boot your device into download mode. Refer:
Step 4: Keeping the phone in download mode, connect it to your PC with standard USB cable.
Step 5: Go to the downloaded folder on your PC and launch the downloaded ‘Odin Multi Downloader3-v3.12′ software which you’ve just received after extraction.
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 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_N950FXXU2BQKG_CL12472670_QB15920626_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.
Step 8: Similarly click on the CP button and select the CP_N950FXXU2BQKG_CP8204774_CL12472670_QB15920626_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5 file.
Step 9: Then click on the CSC button and select the HOME_CSC_OXM_N950FOXM2BQKG_CL12472670_QB15920626_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_N950FXXU2BQKG_CL12472670_QB15920626_REV00_user_low_ship_meta.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.
Step 11: That’s all. Just initiate the firmware flashing process now. For that, hit the Start button present on the Odin window.
Note: As the process goes on, your device will restart itself automatically. Do not disconnect your phone from PC as it will interrupt the firmware flashing process.
Step 12: Wait and be patient until the flashing process completes. When it completes successfully, the ID:COM section located on the Odin window will turn green with the message ‘Pass’ on it. Also your phone will automatically boot itself. This will confirm that the official Android 7.1.1 Nougat XXU2BQKG firmware has been successfully flashed on your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 SM-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.
Great! Your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950F has been successfully upgraded to the latest official Android 7.1.1 Nougat XXU2BQKG firmware. You can verify the same from Menu->Settings->About Phone. Enjoy the newly added Android Nougat features on your Galaxy Note 8. And don’t forget to share your views and experiences after using it.
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