How To Download & Install Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie Beta

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Here’s a quick guide that shows you how to get Android Pie (Samsung One UI) on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The below instructions only work with the SM-N960U model and not any other variant of the Note 9.

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How To Install Android 9 Pie Beta With One UI On Your Galaxy Note 9

There are two ways to get Android 9 Pie Beta on a Galaxy Note 9. You can do so via ADB or you can opt to use an SD card to do it. Here’s how both processes work.

ADB

  • The software version ARJ7 must be installed on your Galaxy Note 9. To install ARJ7, do this:
    • Download the ARJ7 update firmware file from the download section above.
    • Install it on your Galaxy Note 9.
    • Once you are Galaxy Note 9 is running software version ARJ7 (check the build no. in Settings > About phone), continue to next step below.
  • Download the Android Pie beta update file for your device from downloads section above.
  • Rename it to something like note-9-pie-beta2.zip so that it is easy to install it when needed.
  • Enable USB debugging.
    → If OEM unlock is missing on your device, then there’s nothing to be done — you may not be able to install Android Pie using this method. You would have to wait for Samsung to officially push Pie to your device.
  • Connect your device to a PC now. Check your phone’s screen, if it requests that you “Allow USB debugging”, accept it by selecting OK/Yes.
  • Open a command window on PC in the folder where you have the downloaded the Pie update file.
    1. For this, go to that folder, and then in the address bar, type cmd and hit the enter key. A command window will open with its address being this very folder with Android Pie update file.
  • Reboot your device into recovery mode. Type this command in the command window and then hit the enter key to run it.adb reboot recovery
  • Move the highlight to ‘Apply update from ADB’ option.
  • Select the option ‘Apply update from ADB’ using the power button.
  • Your Galaxy Note 9 will now enter ADB sideload mode.
  • Install Android 9 Pie beta update by issuing the following command.
adb sideload note-9-pie-beta1.zip
  • Give it time to install. Once done, the device reboots automatically. Do not disconnect before that happens.
  • Once your Note 9 reboots, you should now be running Android 9 with One UI.

SD Card

  • Make sure you have software version ARJ7 installed on your Galaxy Note 9. To install ARJ7, do this:
    • Download the ARJ7 update firmware file from the download section above.
    • Install it on your Galaxy Note 9.
    • Once you are Galaxy Note 9 is running software version ARJ7 (check the build no. in Settings > About phone), continue to next step below.
  • Download the Android Pie beta update file for your device from downloads section above.
  • Rename it to something like note-9-pie-beta2.zip.
  • Transfer it to the SDcard on your Note 9.
  • Now, reboot the device into recovery mode. For this, power off your device, then wait for at least 7 seconds until the screen turns black and then press and hold the Bixby + Volume Up + Power buttons until you see a blue screen.
  • Use the buttons (volume buttons) to highlight ‘Install update from SDcard’ option.
  • Now, select the Install update from SDcard option using the power button.
  • Select the Android 9 Pie update file you transferred to SDcard earlier.
  • Select Yes on the next screen to confirm the installation.
  • The Android 9 Pie OTA will be installed now. You will be back to recovery’s home screen once done.
  • Select ‘reboot system now’ to restart the phone. And you’re done!

Those are the two easy ways to install Android 9 Beta with One UI on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

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