Samsung is planning to release the Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie update in early 2019, but Galaxy Note 8 users who can’t wait can download an early version of the software right now
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 are the first to Android Pie and the company’s new One UI, but the company will also push Android Pie updates out to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 could take part in Samsung’s Android Pie beta program but the official release is probably weeks away. Samsung is planning to push the first batch of Note 8 Pie updates in February. If you don’t want to wait until February (or later) to try Android Pie you don’t have to.
The Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie update has leaked out ahead of its release. This is official software from Samsung, but it’s not the final version of the update. This means that it can, and probably will, cause issues should you choose to download it on your device.
If you’re alright with a crude version of Android Pie and Samsung’s One UI, here’s how to get the Android 9.0 Pie update on the Galaxy Note 8 right now.
How to Install the Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie Update
As of right now, the Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie update is limited to models running Snapdragon 835 processors. You must have the correct model to run this software. If you’ve got an Exynos-powered Galaxy Note 8 in your possession, you’ll have to wait.
If you don’t know which Galaxy Note 8 model you own, you can use an app like CPU-Z to quickly figure out the model and processor.
Before you start the installation make sure all of your data is backed up because there’s a chance something goes wrong during the installation process. You can do this via Samsung Smart Switch or Samsung Cloud.
Once you’ve determined you’ve got the right Galaxy Note 8 model and you’ve backed up your data, head to these instructions from XDA-Developers and follow them step-by-step.
If the instructions don’t make sense or you’re feeling uncomfortable with the process, you’ll probably want to skip the install and stay put on Android Oreo. Again, this software is based on Samsung’s Android Pie beta and it’s plagued with issues.
If you install this early software your device might crash, lag, and some of your core applications might not work properly. If you rely on your Galaxy Note 8 to get you through a day of work or class, you might want to avoid it.
If you’re on the fence, here are a few reasons why you should, and shouldn’t, install this version of Android Pie on your Galaxy Note 8:
Who Should Install Android Pie Right Now
- Impatient Galaxy Note 8 users who don’t want to wait until February or later for Android Pie and One UI.
- Those who feel comfortable installing leaked software.
Who Shouldn’t Install Android Pie Right Now
- Anyone who feels uncomfortable with the installation process.
- Those who hate dealing with problems.
- Those who don’t know how to properly downgrade to Oreo.
Samsung will continue testing the Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie update behind the scenes which means we could see a more stable version of the update emerge ahead of the official release date.
Keep your eyes peeled for additional leaks as we push into 2019.
Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie Beta Rolling Out
In a bit of a twist, Samsung's released a Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie beta ahead of the official release.
This should come as a bit of a surprise to longtime Samsung users because the company typically limits the beta to flagship models.
The Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie beta is rolling out in select regions right now (South Korea and India) and it could expand to other territories in the days ahead.
If you're interested in testing the Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie update you should think about installing the beta when/if it arrives in your region.
If it doesn't come to your region, you can always manually install the update and get many of the same features.