The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie roll out has begun which means it’s now a great time to start preparing yourself, and your device, for the move from Android Oreo to Android Pie.
The Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie beta is over and Samsung is pushing out the final version of the Android Pie upgrade.
The company’s roll out is starting with beta testers and users in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East but we expect the roll out to pickup steam as we push deeper into the month.
While you might be tempted to install the update the second it arrives for your phone there are some steps you should take before you transition from Android Oreo to Android Pie.
The Galaxy Note 8’s Android Pie update is a huge release with a long list of changes including Samsung’s new One UI. There are benefits to upgrading early, but note that the update is causing problems for some Note 8 users.
Samsung’s latest update went through a beta period, but issues have slipped into the final release. Some of these issues are minor blips, but some users are noticing major performance issues including lag, connectivity issues, app problems, and abnormal battery drain.
There’s no way to predict how Android Pie will run on your device so you’ll want to be as prepared as possible. If you haven’t received a prompt yet, spend 30 minutes or so preparing for the move. A little prep work will go a long way toward preventing issues.
In this guide we’ll walk you through the steps we typically take before we install new Android software on our Galaxy devices. You don’t need to follow every step, but the more prepared you are the better off you’ll be.
Check Your Backups
If you don't have a lot of time to devote to the preparation process, at the very least you'll want to make sure all your data is properly backed up.
Data loss issues are rare these days but there's always a chance something gets lost during the move to Android Pie.
If you store important files on your device you'll want to make sure it's all backed up before you hit download. There are a few ways to do this.
Your first option is Samsung's Smart Switch application. Smart Switch backs up all of your SMS messages, settings, home screen settings, call logs, applications, photos, videos, and documents.
You can also use Samsung Cloud. You only get a limited amount of free storage, but it might be enough for you and your needs.
You can find Samsung Cloud in your settings. If you haven't signed up for a Samsung account you'll need to create one in order to use this option.
There are also a bunch of excellent third-party apps on the Google Play Store. Super Backup & Restore is still one of our favorites, but you've got a lot of options. Just be sure you read reviews before you commit to an app.