Samsung rolled out the Galaxy A8 Plus Android Pie update yesterday. This is the first ever Samsung mid-range device to get this update. The update first came out in Russia. This is an incremental update and it will take its time to reach out to all the regions. Those of you who own the Galaxy A8 Plus and can’t wait for the OTA to hit their region, they can update the phone manually. This is the guide to update Galaxy A8 Plus to Android 9 Pie manually. To install Android 9 Pie on Galaxy A8 Plus, we will use Odin Flash Tool. The steps to download Android Pie on Galaxy A8 Plus are very simple. Take a look at the features of this new update before installing it.
Android 9 Pie for Galaxy A8 Plus
First things first, this is the biggest update in Samsung’s history. Not only this update changes the version number to Android 9, but it also brings some features never seen before on Samsung phones.
Android Pie brings a new UI called the One UI. This new One UI replaces the old Samsung Experience UI. Samsung has changed the look of almost all the elements on the phone. Applications have now got cards showing the application name in a banner-style. The settings application has been overhauled from top to bottom. Samsung has also changed the icons in the quick toggles.
One UI has been designed to make the phone usage comfortable for the users who prefer operating it with one hand. All the elements have been put together while keeping one-handed usage in mind. This is what it is named as One UI.
As far as new features are concerned, this update packs a bunch of them. In the Android Pie, users can find the new Night Mode. The Night Mode is called Dark Mode on other Android phones. It make the entire UI black which is very useful for the Super AMOLED screens.
Native private DNS support is also a part of the new firmware. You can now block ads without any third party application. The private DNS is useful for many other such activities.
Another useful feature is the Adaptive battery mode. This mode can adjust the battery consumption according to your usage now. Samsung has improved the performance of the phone too.
It’s time to get back to the topic in order to install Android 9 Pie on the Galaxy A8 Plus.
This update is for the Galaxy A8 Plus A730F only. You can update Galaxy A8 Plus to Android 9 Pie from any region. All you have to do is to ensure that the model number of your phone is A730F. The firmware we are going to use is OXM-based. It means that the CSC will adjust according to your region. You can update your phone without worrying about CSC change or OTA updates. Keep in mind that this is the official stock firmware and it will not void the warranty of your phone or damage it.
- On your phone, go to Settings > About Phone. Check the model number. It must be A730F. Do not try on any other phone.
- Charge your phone up to 30%.
- Backup everything from your phone.
- Enable OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging from the Developer Options.
- Use original data cable to connect the A8 Plus to the computer.
- Follow the remaining steps carefully.
- Galaxy A8 Plus Android Pie Firmware – Download
- Extract the downloaded firmware file to get AP, CP, BL, CSC/Home_CSC files.
- Samsung USB Drivers – Download & install.
- Odin 3.13.1 – Download & Extract.
How to Update Galaxy A8 Plus to Android 9 Pie
Follow these steps to get Android Pie on your Galaxy A8+.
- Open Odin 3.13.1 on your computer.
Open Odin.exe file on your computer. In Odin, go to Options. Make sure that the only options checked are Auto Reboot and F.Reset.Time. All other options should be unchecked.
- Add AP, CP, BL, and CSC files to Odin.
In Odin, click on the AP tab and select the AP file. Click on the CP tab and add the CP file, add the BL file to the BL tab. In the CSC tab, add the CSC file if you want to factory reset the phone, otherwise add the Home_CSC file.
- Connect your Galaxy A8 Plus in Download Mode to the computer.
Power down your Galaxy A8 Plus now. While the phone is off, press and hold Volume Up + Down + Home button to boot into the Download Mode. As the phone shows a warning, press Volume Up. Now connect the phone to the computer. Odin should show “Added” in the logs on the lower-left side.
- Click on Start button in Odin to flash Android Pie.
You are all set now. Click on the start button in Odin. Firmware installation will begin. It can take 5-7 minutes for the whole process. Once the firmware installation ends, your phone will automatically reboot.
- Disconnect the phone.
As the phone reboots now, disconnect it from the computer. Enjoy the all new Android Pie on it now.
You have now successfully updated your Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus. The new firmware can take up to 10 minutes to boot up. If you feel that there is something wrong with it, you can consider clearing its cache. If you have any kind of questions regarding this guide or your Galaxy A8 Plus, feel free to reach out to us.