Update Galaxy Note 8 (Snapdragon) to One UI Android 9 Pie Beta Firmware

Android 9.0 Pie based One UI is now available for the Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon variant. In this guide, you will be able to update your Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon to the latest One UI Android 9.0 Pie beta firmware.

One UI is currently in beta stage and is available for few Samsung devices including Galaxy S8 / S8 Plus, S9 / S9 Plus, Note 9, and our friends at firmware.science managed to get a copy of a beta version for the Galaxy Note 8.

One UI Galaxy Note 8

The current beta build of One UI for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-based Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is in development mode. But you can easily install the beta version by sideloading the One UI OTA package via stock recovery on your phone. We have a detailed tutorial below along with the firmware download link; read ahead!

This One UI is utterly similar to the other updates already released for Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9. It comes with a revamped design that mainly focuses on ease-of-use via one hand, a system-wide dark mode and probably some of the best gestures on Android that support Google Assistant. Check out some of the screenshot of One UI shared by Max Weinbach on the XDA developer forum:

One UI for Galaxy Note 8

The One UI is a redefined version of Samsung’s Experience 10, which primarily focus on the thing that matter the users. One UI is based on Android 9.0 Pie update, which features a vast UI overhaul with an emphasis on ease-of-use, especially in system-wide dark theme and single hand mode. The One UI beta program allows the user to try out the software before official roll out from Samsung.

Initially, Samsung started testing Android Pie on the Galaxy S9/S9+ and Note 9 via the official One UI Beta program. On the other hand, Note 8 users were quite disappointed to run Oreo in 2019. Thankfully, developers are able to capture a closed beta build of One UI for the Galaxy Note 8. The closed beta builds are available as an OTA package from firmware.science. With this on your hand, you will be able to update Galaxy Note 8 (Snapdragon) to One UI based on Android 9.0 Pie official beta firmware. We hope, the Exynos variant will receive the same very soon. We will be posting another article for it as soon as the OTA is available for the Exynos model.

One UI based on Android 9.0 firmware details

One UI for Galaxy Note 8 is on development / beta stage. This build contain massive changes including the whole new One UI skin. All the Android 9.0 Pie features by Google are integrated as well.

Android 9.0 is a significant system update from Android 8.1 Oreo that brings a bunch of new features and improvements. Being based on the latest irritation of Android, the update carries all the Android 9.0 goodies.

  • Gesture-based navigation
  • Adaptive Battery
  • Refreshed notification
  • Rotation suggestion
  • App Actions
  • Text Classifier and Smart Linkify
  • Slices
  • Neural Networks API 1.1
  • New system navigation
  • Display cutout
  • Notifications and smart reply
  • Text Magnifier
  • Biometric prompt
  • Protected Confirmation
  • Stronger protection for private keys
  • DNS over TLS
  • HTTPS by default
  • Compiler-based security mitigations
  • Multi-camera API and other camera updates
  • HDR VP9 Video and HEIF image compression
  • Enhanced audio with Dynamics Processing
  • ImageDecoder for bitmaps and drawables
  • Wi-Fi RTT for indoor positioning
  • Data cost sensitivity in JobScheduler
  • Open Mobile API for NFC payments and secure transactions
  • ART performance
  • Optimized for Kotlin
  • Modern Android

→ [Check What’s new in Android P here!]

LIKE this Pie-based Stock Firmware for Galaxy Note 8? We love it too, and we know you are looking forward to installing it on your phone. Please read the important information below before starting the tutorial.


This guide is specific to Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon model only. Please do not try this on any other Samsung phones. Make sure to check the specific model number as stated below:


Make sure to confirm model number first: Go to Settings > About phone > Model number.

Galaxy Note 8 USB Driver

Make sure you have correctly installed Galaxy Note 8 USB Driver on your computer. If not, please download from any official source and install it correctly. Otherwise, your computer will not detect your device.

Backup your Android Device

Before proceeding to the tutorial to install, we strongly recommend you to backup your important data and files from your phone. Because flashing an official firmware will erase everything from your device. We don’t want you to lose anything by following our tutorial. In that case, you can check out our list of backup app that may help you:

Top 10 Best Android Backup Apps – Secure your Data

Samsung users can use Samsung Smart Switch to backup data on the computer. Samsung Smart Switch even allows the users to move data from one device to another of different variant (like moving data of Galaxy S8 to Galaxy S9).

Once you are sure that you made a complete backup of your necessary documents, you can move ahead to the tutorial below and update Galaxy Note 8 to One UI based on Android 9.0 Pie official beta firmware.

Tools that required for firmware installation

  1. Samsung USB driver: Download Samsung USB Driver.
  2. USB Cable: You must have the official USB cable of your device – the one that provided by Samsung.

Things to Remember

  1. Make sure your phone has at least 80 – 85% charge. If not, please do charge it before starting the experiment.
  2. This tutorial may WIPE OUT all your DATA. Make sure to create a Backup of everything before starting the tutorial.
  3. You need to enable USB Debugging mode to connect your Android phone to computer. (Settings > About Phone > Build number > Tap it 7 times to become developer; Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging.)

WARNING: All the custom ROMs, Official Firmware, How-to guides, tutorials, roots, hacks, and tricks mentioned on our site belong to the respective developers. We are not responsible if anything goes wrong with your device. Perform it at your own risk.

Ready now? Let’s proceed to the tutorial below, and update Galaxy Note 8 to One UI Android 9.0 Pie beta firmware.

HOW TO: Install Android 9.0 Pie Beta on Galaxy Note 8 (Snapdragon)

We have mentioned full step-by-step instructions on how to install Android 9.0 Pie beta firmware on Galaxy Note 8. If you are entirely new to flashing a Custom ROM or an Official Firmware, please read the entire tutorial once before actually performing it on your device.

Rooting Warning: If your device is already rooted, you are going to lose it. If you want root access, you need to root again after flashing this firmware.

Magisk: Download Magisk [all versions] ZIP and How to quickly root your device right now!

Custom Recovery Warning: If you have a custom recovery like TWRP installed, you are going to lose it. It will be replaced by the Stock recovery of Samsung.

HOW TO: Install TWRP Recovery [latest] on any Android device

Download One UI OTA for Galaxy Note 8

As we mentioned earlier, this One UI is only for the Galaxy Note 8 (Snapdragon – N950U). This build was captured by the people of firmware.science and uploaded to their platform. So, complete credit to them.

CRK1 > DRL7 OTA package
Download One UI for Galaxy Note 8

Download the file (CRK1 > DRL7) in order to update Galaxy Note 8 to Pie.

You need to sideload the CRK1 > DRL7 OTA package.


  1. Download the Android 9.0 Pie One UI OTA package for Galaxy Note 8 from the above-given link to your computer.
  2. Now, connect your phone to the computer using the USB cable (preferably with the one which is provided by Samsung).
  3. Copy and paste the downloaded zip file to the SD card of your phone (root directory, not in any folder).
  4. Now, restart your device into the bootloader mode using the following button combination:
    Volume Up + Bixby + Power buttons together.
  5. You should be in the bootloader screen. Use volume rockers to navigate Recovery mode and hit the Power button to select it.
  6. You will see an Android robot on the screen.
  7. You should be in the recovery mode.
  8. Once you entered the recovery mode, select ‘Apply update from SD card.’
    Apply update from SD card
  9. Choose the OTA package (CRK1-to-DRL7 OTA package first) that you had downloaded earlier in the step #1.
  10. Finally, hit the power button to confirm and install DRL7 firmware on your phone.
  11. Your DRL7 installation should start now!
  12. Once the installation is completed, select “reboot system now” option from the recovery menu.

Wait a while, and your phone may take up to 10 minutes to boot for the first time.

While the device boots, it shall run the latest One UI Android 9.0 Pie firmware. Now, simply browse around and check out all the new Pie-specific features.

In case you want to root your Galaxy Note on Android Pie, you can go through this guideHow to install Magisk to root Android devices – Universal Systemless Interface.

So you are done with this tutorial! You had successfully installed One UI Android 9.0 Pie on your Galaxy Note 8 using our guide. If you faced any problem with performing this tutorial, please let us know by dropping a comment below. Our team will reply you back as soon as possible.

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Saeed Ashif Ahmed
Saeed Ashif Ahmed is a Blogger who has a keen interest in how emerging technology can help the world become a more just, equitable, and kind place. He enjoys interviewing CEOs of tech startups asking them what they are doing to bring greater opportunity and equity to our society.
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