While you might be tempted to install the Android Pie update the second it arrives for your Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+, there are some steps you should take before you make the move from Android Oreo.
Samsung is finally rolling out its version of Android Pie and the company is starting with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, the two flagships from 2018.
The Galaxy S9 Android Pie update is currently limited to select regions but we expect the upgrade to expand to other devices and regions in the near future.
Now that the update is starting to expand, Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users should start preparing for the transition from Android Oreo to Android Pie.
The Galaxy S9 Android Pie update is a huge upgrade and it brings an assortment of upgrades including Samsung’s new One UI. The update’s also brought problems.
Android Pie went through an extensive beta, but some Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users are running into bugs and performance issues after making the move from Android Oreo.
There’s no way to predict how Android Pie will treat your phone so you’ll want to do some prep work before you hit download. A little preparation can go a long way toward preventing issues.
If you haven’t been prompted to install Android Pie yet, now is a great time to sit down and spend 30 minutes or so preparing yourself and your device for the move.
In this guide we’ll walk you through the steps we typically take before we install new software on our devices and it should help you as you prepare to make the move to Android Pie and Samsung’s new user interface.
Backup Your Files
Data loss issues are rare these days but you'll still want to backup all of your data before installing the Android Pie update on your Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+.
Perhaps the best way to do this is via 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.
Another option is Samsung Cloud. You only get a limited amount of free storage, but it might be enough for many of you.
You can find Samsung Cloud in your Galaxy S9's settings. If you don't have a Samsung account you'll need to create one in order to use Samsung's cloud storage solution.
You can also find a bunch of solid third-party apps on the Google Play Store. Super Backup & Restore is one of our favorites.