The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update is a big upgrade, but it should only take you a few minutes to download and install on your phone provided you’ve prepared yourself, and your device, for the transition.
After a bit of a wait, the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update is finally rolling out. The update is currently limited to models in Europe, but it’s expected to expand to North America and other regions by the end of the month. Samsung Canada says it plans to start pushing the update on March 28th.
Like the Galaxy S8 Oreo update, the Galaxy Note 8’s Android Oreo update is a substantial upgrade with a long list of features, enhancements, fixes, and security patches. Given what’s on board, most Galaxy Note 8 users will want to make the move from Nougat to Oreo soon after the update arrives.
When you go to install Android Oreo on your Galaxy Note 8, you’ll want to set aside some free time to monitor the download and installation. Moving from one version of Android to another can cause issues so you’ll want to watch the process like a hawk.
We can’t tell you exactly how much time you’ll need to set aside to complete the process because it varies from person-to-person, device-to-device. We we can do though is help you figure out how much time to set aside when your Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update arrives.
If you’re already prepared for the Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade the installation process could take less than 10 minutes to complete. If you haven’t, it could take a lot longer.
|Backup (Optional)||1-30 Minutes|
|Oreo Download||3-15 Minutes|
|Oreo Update||5-10 Minutes|
|Total Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Update Time||10 Minutes to 1 Hour|
Prepare for Android Oreo
Before you start the installation process, make sure you prepare yourself and your device for Android Oreo. A little prep work goes a long way toward preventing problems and headaches.
If you don’t know where to start, please take a look at our guide to the pre-installation process. It’ll walk you through everything we think you should do before you install Oreo on your Galaxy Note 8.
If you don’t have a whole lot of time to devote to prep work, at the very least you should make sure your data is backed up. Data loss issues are rare, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
These steps might take some of you a few minutes max. However, those of you who haven’t been keeping up or taking care of the device might need 30 minutes or more to prepare.
Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Download Time
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo update is currently limited to users in France and we expect the exact size of the download to differ region-to-region and carrier-to-carrier. Here’s what we know so far.
The Android Oreo update Samsung’s pushing out to Galaxy Note 8 users is a little over 1GB, same as Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Oreo update.
If you connect your Galaxy Note 8 to a fast Wi-Fi connection, the Android Oreo update should download in less than three minutes.
Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Installation Time
If you’re running the latest version of Android for your Galaxy Note 8, it shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes to get Android Oreo and Experience 9.0 up and running on your device.
If you aren’t running the latest version, you might be forced to download the security and bug fix updates you skipped along the way. This will obviously prolong the process.
If you don’t want to deal with this, we highly recommend getting your Galaxy Note 8 up-to-date before your Android Oreo update arrives.
Once the installation is complete, make sure you check your important data (photos, videos, etc). Again, data loss is rare, but you’ll want to make sure everything made it through.
After the installation process finishes up you might need to spend some time logging back into your various accounts and services.
Dig through your applications and services to ensure that you’re still logged in. This could take awhile if you’ve got a ton of apps on your phone.
Next we recommend testing your core apps and services to make sure they’re working properly. If you notice something wrong with an app, check the appropriate store for an update.
Samsung’s rolled out Android Oreo support updates for its apps and those should help. If they don’t, get in touch with the developer (be it Samsung or a third-party developer) and report the issue.
Keep an eye out for bugs and performance issues. If you notice something, report it to Samsung and/or your carrier. If you do run into an issue with your new software, take a look at our list of fixes for common Galaxy Note 8 problems.
Install Android Oreo to Improve Your Note 8's Security
If you value your security you should probably install the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update soon after it arrives for your device.
Samsung continues to release important security patches each month and the Galaxy Note 8's Android 8.0 Oreo update brings the latest patches from Google and Samsung.
The first batch of Galaxy Note 8 Oreo updates delivered Samsung's March security update, but we expect upcoming releases to come with newer security patches. Samsung recently started rolling out its April security patches.
If you're curious about the current version, you can read more about the security patches over on Samsung's website.
If you failed to download an older security update from another month, you'll get those patches when you go to install Oreo on your Galaxy Note 8 for the first time. Each update comes with important patches to protect you and your phone from harm.
Samsung's version of Android 8.0 also comes with security improvements to Samsung Pay and enhancements to Find My Mobile.
The changes to Find My Mobile include the ability to remotely back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud if you lose your Galaxy Note 8 and a way to lock up Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.
Android Oreo comes with enhancements to the device's Biometrics. Features that use biometrics like your face, fingerprints, and irises are only available when you use a secure screen lock type like a pattern, PIN, or password.
If you decide to switch to a non-secure screen lock type (Swipe or None), a Galaxy Note 8 running Android Oreo will automatically suspend biometric authentication for unlocking and for verification in apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass.
Android 8.0 Oreo also enhances the Galaxy Note 8's biometrics with additional security features.
Features that use the Galaxy Note 8's biometrics (face, fingerprints, and irises) are now only available when you use a secure screen lock like pattern, PIN, or password.
On Oreo when you switch to a non-secure screen lock type (Swipe or None), biometric authentication is suspended for unlocking and for verification in popular apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass.