Downgrade Galaxy Note 8 from Android Pie to Android Oreo


Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was updated to the Android Pie firmware a couple of days back. The latest update brings many changes. The Android Pie, in fact, is the biggest update for the Galaxy Note 8 till date. Although this update is packed with many new features, there are users who are not happy with it. A number of Galaxy Note 8 owners reached out to us asking for a way to downgrade from Android Pie to Android Oreo. If you are also one of those users, you have landed at the right place. In this guide, you will find the steps to downgrade Galaxy Note 8 from Android Pie to Android Oreo. Before you take your Galaxy Note 8 back to Android Oreo, let us take a look at the reasons to downgrade.

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Downgrading Galaxy Note 8 to Oreo, but why?

Android Pie update has changed almost everything on the Galaxy Note 8. For example, Samsung has updated the whole UI. The old Samsung Experience UI is gone now. Users have the new One UI on the phone. The One UI comes with new icons, new elements, new menus etc. The icons in the One UI were supposed to look cool, but many users have disliked them. Especially, the phone icon is quite annoying. Similarly, Samsung has moved some options in the Settings application here and there. Its very difficult to find those settings where they used to be before. For example, the settings to change lock screen content have moved to a new menu.

The new update also brings navigation gestures. Samsung hasn’t added haptic feedback, which is also quite annoying for some users. It has now become more difficult to disable Google Assistant.

Having these minor issues does not mean that they are going to stick forever. Users can provide feedback to the developers so that they can fix bugs and make things easy in the future updates. Also, the Android Pie update’s very first build has just rolled out. Samsung will definitely release a number of updates in the coming few days it comes to know about the problems.

For now, if you are not satisfied with the Android Pie on Note 8, you can downgrade it. It is quite easy to downgrade Galaxy Note 8 from Android Pie to Android Oreo. All you have to do is to follow a few steps given below.

Preparations to downgrade Note 8 to Android Oreo

  • This guide is for Galaxy Note 8 only.
  • Backup your call logs, SMS messages, contacts, and media content.
  • Enable OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging mode on your Note 8.
  • Use OEM Data Cable to connect phone to your computer.
  • Disable Firewall, Antivirus, and Samsung Smart Switch if you have any of these enabled.
  • Charge your phone up to 50% to avoid a powerloss during downgrade process.
  • Follow the remaining steps carefully.

Required Downloads

  • Odin 3.13.1 for PC – Download & Extract
  • Samsung USB Drivers – Download & Install
  • Android Oreo Firmware for Note 8
    • Note: Download the most recent Android Oreo firmware. Make sure that the Android Oreo has the latest security patch installed. Do not download an old firmware.
  • Extract the downloaded firmware files to get AP, BL, CP, CSC, and HOME_CSC files.
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Downgrade Galaxy Note 8 from Android Pie to Android Oreo

Follow these steps to downgrade Galaxy Note 8 from Android Pie to Android Oreo.

  1. Open Odin.exe, add the firmware files.

    You will get the Odin.exe file after you extract Odin. Open Odin.exe. Go to Options in Odin and make sure that the only options checked are F.Reset.Time and Auto Reboot. Now get back to the main menu in Odin.
    Click on the AP tab and load the AP file.
    Similarly, click on the BL tab and load the BL file.
    Now add the CP file to the CP tab.
    Lastly, if you want to factory reset the phone, add the CSC file to the CSC tab. If you want to keep all data, load the Home_CSC file instead of CSC.

  2. Boot Galaxy Note 8 into Download Mode.

    Power down your Galaxy Note 8 now. Press and hold Bixby + Volume Down + Power button to boot into Download Mode. As you see a warning on screen, press Volume Up to continue.

  3. Connect Note 8 to the computer now.

    Use your original data cable to connect Note 8 to the computer. As you connect the phone in download mode, Odin will show a Blue light in the ID:COM box. Odin will also show “Added” in the logs on the left side.

  4. Click on the Start button in Odin to start downgrading.

    You are all set now. Files are loaded. Phone is connected to the computer. Click on the Start button now. Odin will start flashing the Oreo firmware. This process will take 5 to 10 minutes.

  5. Disconnect the phone and restart. That’s all.

    As the process ends, disconnect the phone and restart it. As it boots up, you will find it running on the Android Oreo. That’s all.

Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo downgrade process
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Wrap up

By now, you should have the Note 8 downgraded to Android Oreo. If you have any questions regarding the Galaxy Note 8 or regarding this guide, feel free to reach out to us. We will try our best to respond back.

Usama is a software engineer by profession and at he uses his expertise to solve everyday consumer tech problems with his main areas of interest being Android, iOS and Windows.


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