The Samsung Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta is improving, but it’s still causing problems for some Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners.
Samsung’s Android 8.0 Oreo beta gives Galaxy S8 users a chance to try the new features and the company’s Samsung Galaxy Experience 9.0 ahead of the public release next year. It’ll also help Samsung squash bugs and performance problems before the make it into the final release.
The Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta is pre-release software which means it’s unfinished. Unfinished software is always riddled with problems and this release is no exception.
Galaxy S8 Android Oreo beta users in the United States, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere are complaining about a variety of bugs and performance issues including abnormal battery drain, UI lag, Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth problems, installation problems, and issues with various apps.
Some of these issues will require a fix from Samsung. The company’s rolled out four Android Oreo betas and we could see more ahead of the official release.
You might not have to wait for Samsung though. There’s always a chance you’ll be able to fix your issue from the comfort of your computer chair or couch.
This guide will take you through some potential fixes for the most common Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta problems. It includes fixes for severe battery drain, data loss issues, and issues with Bluetooth connectivity.
It’ll also show you how to get off the Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 beta if you can no longer tolerate its performance.
How to Prevent Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta Data Loss
Believe it or not, unexpected data loss can occur after moving to the Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta. So, you’ll want to make sure all of your data is backed up before you make the move to the beta and it’s a good idea to make regular backups while you test the software on your phone.
Before you install the Galaxy S8 Android Oreo beta you’ll want to backup your data. To get this done, you’ll want to use Samsung’s Smart Switch for PC.
Samsung’s updated the Smart Switch app to support Android 8.0 Oreo so those of you on the beta can take advantage of the service as well.
How to Fix Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta Battery Life Problems
Abnormal battery drain is a common issue with pre-release software and you might encounter some instability during your time on the Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 beta.
While some Galaxy S8 Oreo beta users are reporting battery life improvements, others are noticing severe and moderate battery drain. Battery issues can be tricky to fix, but we’ve got some remedies that could help you get a handle on your issue.
The first thing you should do is restart your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+. This will only take you a few seconds and it could stabilize the software.
If a simple restart doesn’t help, you’ll want to take a look at our full list of tips and strategies to fixing bad Galaxy S8 battery life. This includes checking your apps, disabling services you don’t need, and getting familiar with some of your Galaxy S8’s powerful software features.
How to Fix Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta Wi-Fi Problems
If your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ suddenly can’t connect to Wi-Fi or if you start noticing slow download speeds, don’t despair.
First, try toggling Wi-Fi off and on from Settings or Quick Settings. This can sometimes dislodge the issue. If it doesn’t, try restarting your phone.
If that doesn’t help, go into your Settings, select the connection giving you problems, and forget the network. This will cause your device to forget the Wi-Fi network’s password so make sure you have it handy. Reconnect.
If you still can’t connect to Wi-Fi , you can try resetting your Network Settings. It should be located under the Backup & Reset tab in your Settings. This will also cause your device to forget Wi-Fi passwords so jot those down before you perform this maneuver.
If you still can’t connect, it might be an issue with your ISP (Internet Service Provider) or your router. First, check to make sure there aren’t any outages in your area. DownDetector is a great place to look.
If there aren’t any outages, unplug your router for a solid 60 seconds and then plug it back in. Reconnect your device and check your speeds.
If you’re noticing slow download speeds you can try using the built-in Download Booster.
When enabled, Download Booster download files larger than 30MB using Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity at the same time. If your Wi-Fi signal is strong, you’ll see fast speeds.
To enable Download Booster, go to Connections > More connection settings > Download booster. Just remember to use this sparingly because it could eat at your data plan.
How to Fix Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta Lag Problems
If you start noticing an abnormal amount of lag on the Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta, here are a few steps to take.
The first step is a quick restart. Power down your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ and power it back on. This could return things to normal.
If that doesn’t work, you might need to clean up your storage. If you’re nearing your devices threshold, try deleting files you no longer need. This could speed up your phone.
Some of your other options include disabling widgets, sleeping apps, updating apps, using the built-in Device Maintenance and Performance Modes, turning off S Voice, or trying the hidden developer mode.
How to Fix Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta Freezes
If your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ locks up while using the Android 8.0 Oreo beta, you can manually force it to restart. To do that, hold down the power button and select “Restart” when it pops up.
You can also press and hold the power and volume down button together for seven to eight seconds until the Galaxy S8 vibrates and reboots.
How to Fix Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta Random Reboots
If you use the Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 beta, your device might start randomly rebooting itself.
If you start noticing random reboots, try removing your microSD card if you have one in. If that doesn’t stop it from happening, we recommend formatting your SD card or trying a new one.
You can also try a restarting your phone though this may only temporarily fix your issue.
How to Fix Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta App Problems
There’s a good chance some of your apps will start acting up on the Galaxy S8 Android Oreo beta. Samsung warns of this in its beta FAQ.
If first-party apps like Samsung Pay, Samsung Internet, or Samsung Notes start giving you issues, make sure you’re updated to the latest version.
How to Get Off the Galaxy S8 Android Oreo Beta
If you can’t seem to fix your issue you can wait for Samsung to roll out a new version of the Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta or you can drop back to Android 7.0 Nougat. You can get off the Galaxy S8 Oreo beta at any time.
To do that, you’ll want to head to the “Withdraw from Galaxy Beta Program” option which is located under the “Settings” menu in the Samsung Members or Samsung+ app.
At this point, you’ll need to roll back official Android software using the Smart Switch service for PC. Connect your phone to your computer, launch Smart Switch on your computer, and hit the “Update” button to re-install official software on your Galaxy S8.
Once the software is installed on your Galaxy S8, the device will be reset and any data generated during your time with the Galaxy Beta Program will be erased.