The Samsung Galaxy Tab Android Oreo roll out has begun and the company is starting with the Galaxy Tab S3. If you own a Galaxy Tab S3, there are some things you should do before you Android 8.0 Oreo update arrives.
Samsung promised a Galaxy Tab Oreo update in the first half of the year and the company’s delivered on that promise. Android 8.0 Oreo and the Samsung Experience 9.0 UI are officially available though the roll out is limited to just one Galaxy Tab model in one select region.
As of right now, the Galaxy Tab Oreo update is rolling out to Galaxy Tab S3 users in the United Kingdom who own a SM-T820 and SM-T825. If you aren’t sure which model you have head into your device’s settings and check the About section. You can find out there.
The update is limited right now, but we expect the roll out to land for more Galaxy Tab S3 and other Galaxy tablets in the weeks ahead.
As expected, the Galaxy Tab Oreo update is a sizable upgrade bringing new features, tweaks, enhancements, and patches to the Galaxy Tab S3. It’s early, but we also expect it to bring a collection of problems to Samsung’s tablets.
Samsung and its partners have been testing Android Oreo behind the scenes, but problems have slipped into the final version of the software. It’s difficult to predict what problems you might see when you transition your device from Nougat to Oreo so you’ll want to be prepared.
In this guide we’ll help you prepare your Galaxy tablet for the Android Oreo update. A little preparation will help you avoid problems so make sure you set aside a few minutes to get yourself ready.
Backup Your Files
Before you install the Android Oreo update on your Galaxy Tab, you'll want to make sure all of your files are backed up properly. Data loss issues are rare these days, but you can never be too careful, especially with a major upgrade like Android Oreo.
Most of you should use Samsung's Smart Switch application to backup the important data you store on your tablet.
Samsung's Smart Switch app will back your SMS messages, home screen settings, Settings, call logs, applications, photos and videos, documents, and more. It's fairly easy to use and it'll make sure you files are safe.
You can also use the company's Samsung Cloud solution to backup the data on your Galaxy Tab. To access Samsung Cloud, head into your device's Settings > Cloud and Accounts. If you don't have a Samsung account you'll need to create one to use Samsung Cloud services.
If you'd prefer to go with a third party solution, you've got that option available as well. There are a bunch of third party options out there, but Super Backup & Restore is still one of our favorites.