If you want to try the Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Pie update before the official release you can download it manually or join the Galaxy S8 Android Pie beta.
Samsung used to keep its Galaxy Beta Program exclusive to Galaxy S models. Not this time.
The company pushed the Android Pie beta to the Galaxy Note 9 in late 2018 and now the update is rolling out to the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8, two former flagships.
Samsung’s Android 9.0/One UI beta gives Galaxy S8 users in select regions a chance to try the software ahead of its official release date. The company hasn’t outlined a specific date but roadmaps point to a release in February or March.
Signing up for the Galaxy S8 Android Pie beta is easy and it’s the quickest way to get the final version of Android Pie. Beta testers are first in line for the official version.
If you own a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ and want to join the Android Pie beta, here are the steps you need to take.
How to Join the Galaxy S8 Pie Beta
If you want to try the Android Pie beta on your Galaxy S8, you need to download the Samsung Members app which is known as Samsung+ in North America. You can find the app via the Galaxy Apps store or via the Google Play Store.
If you already have the Samsung Members or Samsung+ app installed on your device, you need to download the latest version to get support for the Pie beta.
Once you install the appropriate app you’ll want to launch it and check for a banner advertising the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+ Android Pie beta.
Tap that banner and at that point you’ll need to submit an application form to gain access to the beta. If the beta isn’t live in your region, you won’t see any of this yet.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Pie beta is currently available in India but we expect it to go live in other regions in the days ahead.
You’ll also need a Samsung account in order to try the beta. If you don’t have a Samsung account, you need to create one via Samsung’s website in order to move forward.
Once you signup for the Galaxy S8 Android Pie beta head into your device’s Settings. Once you’re in there go to Software update > download updates to pull the beta to your device.
Before you hit download we highly recommend backing up your files. You can use Samsung’s Smart Switch or Samsung Cloud to do so. You’ll also want to download the latest app updates so that your applications function properly while running the beta.
After you get the Android Pie beta on board your phone you should report bugs and performance to Samsung so that it can improve the software before its released to millions of Galaxy S8 users later this year.
You can report issues with the software via the Samsung Members/Samsung+ app.
Install Android Pie for Improved Security
If you want to protect the data stored on your Galaxy Note 9 you'll probably want to install Android Pie soon after it arrives for your phone.
Samsung continues to push important security patches to the Galaxy Note 9 and the Android Pie update brings the latest security patches from Samsung and Google.
If you failed to download a previous software update, you'll get the patches and fixes from updates you skipped when you install Android Pie on your device.
Android Pie also comes with additional security enhancements including Lockdown Mode which is located in your security settings.
When you enable the Lockdown option via your settings you can quickly disable Smart Lock, biometrics unlock, and notifications on the lock screen so that prying eyes can't use them to access your phone.