Samsung’s pushing the Android 8.0 Oreo update and its Experience 9.0 UI out to owners of the unlocked model in Europe and Galaxy Note 8 models in North America. AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon have all released the Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo update.
The Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo release is currently limited, but you can expect the update to expand to other regions around the world in the weeks ahead.
As expected, the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update is a big one. You can expect a significant download size (1.5GB) and a long list of features including Autofill, Background Limits, Color Lens, and significant changes to the stock Samsung Keyboard. You can also expect bug fixes, tweaks, and additional enhancements.
The Galaxy Note 8’s Oreo update didn’t go through a public beta, but Samsung’s spent months testing it behind the scenes. That said, the Oreo update is causing problems for Galaxy Note 8 users.
There’s no way to predict exactly how the Android 8.0 Oreo update will treat your phone so it’s important to prepare yourself, and your device, before you install the software. A little prep work will go a long way toward preventing problems and headaches.
Our pre-installation walkthrough will show you how to backup your data, outline the best ways to get familiar with Android 8.0 Oreo, and provide you with a few tips that will come in handy as transition from Android Nougat to Android Oreo.
Depending on your skill level, this process could take 30 minutes or less.
Backup Your Files
Data loss problems are rare, but there's always a chance something gets lost in the shuffle when you transition to a new operating system. To be safe, make sure you backup all of your important data before you make the move to Android Oreo.
The quickest way to backup your Galaxy Note 8's data is via Samsung's Smart Switch application.
Smart Switch will backup SMS messages, home screen settings, Settings, call logs, apps, photos and videos, and any documents you store on your phone. It's a fairly painless process, but it could take awhile if you're using up a lot of internal storage.
You can also use the company's Samsung Cloud solution to backup your Galaxy Note 8's data. You only get a limited amount of free storage, but it might be enough if you don't keep a ton of stuff saved on your internal storage.
You can find Samsung Cloud in your Galaxy Note 8's Settings > Cloud and Accounts. If you don't have a Samsung account you'll need to create one in order to use it.
If you don't want to use a solution from Samsung you can use a third-party app from the Google Play Store. Super Backup & Restore is one of our favorites.