With the launch of Samsung Galaxy S9, the company has definitely proved that they are the real dominating smartphone company in the Android market right now. Though the overall design and appearance of the Galaxy S9 is the same as the S8’s, it’s no less attractive or impressive to look at. The Galaxy S9 has some incredible specs which include 5.8 inches of Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2960 pixels of resolution and 18.5:9 ratio (~570 ppi density). It even has a polished aluminum frame with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front and back. Also it is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance which is pretty cool.
If we talk about its camera, there is absolutely no comparison to Samsung’s breathtaking camera quality. The Galaxy S9 offers a 12 megapixel of new rear camera with newly improved and better image processing. The major change is found in the lens, which can now switch between f/1.5 aperture and f/2.4 aperture, similar to how larger cameras work; which is amazing. When it comes to clicking selfies, it features a 8 megapixel of front camera with autofocus. Galaxy S9 is available is various color schemes including Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray and Lilac Purple.
Powered by Octa-core Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Processor it features 256 GB of internal storage and 4 GB of RAM. Besides this it also has a fingerprint reader, iris recognition/face recognition, Stereo Speakers with Dolby Atmos, 3.5mm jack and bundled AKG headphones. And don’t forget the newly added AR Emoji feature which is quite similar to the Apples Animoji and helps in creating a self-customized avatar. Today in our step by step guide, we’ll be discussing procedure on how to install the latest Android 8.0.0 Oreo Official Firmware on Samsung Galaxy S9 SM-G960F smartphone.
Note that as this is an official update (Stock ROM) 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 latest March 2018 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 S9
Version: Android 8.0.0 Oreo
Build date: 28 March 2018
Product Code: INS
Perform all the steps given below at your own risk. If your Galaxy S9 gets damaged by following this article then we at DroidThunder.com will not be held liable for that. Although the chances of your phone getting damaged or bricked are least still implement the steps correctly without any mistake.
This Android 8.0.0 XXU1ARCC Oreo firmware is compatible only on Samsung Galaxy S9 with model number SM-G960F. Installing this firmware update on any other device or variant may result into unwanted outcomes or bricked phone. So verify your device model number from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Phone before proceeding further.
- Due to low battery, the flashing process might get interrupted. So make sure to charge your Galaxy S9 at least up to 60% before moving ahead.
- A complete backup is highly recommended as everything gets wiped out in the last step of this procedure. So take backup of all your important data including contacts, apps, messages, call logs, notes etc. You can use any app from Google Play Store for doing so.
- Install latest Samsung USB drivers on your computer so as to detect your Galaxy S9 when connected with 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 8.0.0 XXU1ARCC Oreo firmware on Galaxy S9 SM-G960F
Step 1: Download and extract both the above files to a convenient location on your computer. After extracting the firmware package (.zip file), you’ll see these files in it:
Step 2: Power off your Galaxy S9 completely until it vibrates.
Step 3: Then you need to boot your device into downloading mode. Refer our guide on how to boot into download mode:
Step 4: Keeping the phone in download mode, connect it to your computer using 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 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 S9 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 just confirm whether you’ve properly installed the mobile USB drivers on your computer or not. You can install them via Samsung Kies or manually install them 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_G960FXXU1ARCC_CL13138374_QB17445640_REV01_user_low_ship.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.
Step 8: Next click on the CP button and select the CP_G960FXXU1ARCC_CP9270665_CL13138374_QB17445640_REV01_user_low_ship.tar.md5 file.
Step 9: Similarly click on the CSC button and select the HOME_CSC_OMC_OXM_G960FOXM1ARCA_CL13162941_QB17395495_REV01_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_G960FXXU1ARCC_CL13138374_QB17445640_REV01_user_low_ship_meta.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.
Step 11: After doing everything as mentioned above, simply initiate the firmware flashing process by clicking on the Start button present on Odin window.
Note: As the process goes on, your phone will boot 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. It’ll hardly take few minutes. 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 8.0.0 XXU1ARCC Oreo firmware has been successfully flashed on your Samsung Galaxy S9 SM-G960F 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.
Awesome! Your Samsung Galaxy S9 SM-G960F has been successfully upgraded to the latest official Android 8.0.0 XXU1ARCC Oreo firmware. To confirm the same, go to Menu->Settings->About Phone. Enjoy the newly added Android Oreo features on your Galaxy S9. And don’t forget to share your views and experiences after using it.
For any queries or problems related to this process, kindly contact me through the comments section given below. I’ll help you out as soon as possible. Till then Keep Smiling and Peace out! 😎✌