Install Android Oreo on Your Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Install Android Oreo on Your Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Over the past month, we've spent significant time covering Samsung's Oreo Beta program, and the detailed list of features in Oreo is extensive for the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Many of you were upset when the Galaxy Note 8 was left out of the official Oreo beta program entirely, but we found a method to install a beta Oreo build right now on the unlocked and US variants if you'd like to give it a try.

Back when the S8 Oreo beta first rolled out, a leaked build appeared on Reddit long before the official program opened in the Samsung Members app. Now, we also have a leaked beta build for the unlocked and US carrier variants of the Note 8. The build comes to us courtesy of mweinbach on Reddit.

In order to install this early test build, there are a few prerequisites, but it's a pretty quick process overall. This method does not require root or an unlocked bootloader, but remember that beta builds will contain bugs and stability issues.
Back Up Your Phone

Before installing this beta software, please make sure you back up all relevant data on your phone. This method will not wipe your phone, but it's best to be safe in case you need to perform a factory reset.

What You'll Need
Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U) with a Snapdragon 835 processor (this does not work for Exynos variants)
microSD card in your Note 8
the Nougat BQK2 firmware file
the Oreo CQL1 firmware file
a good file explorer app (we recommend Solid Explorer)

Step 1Download the Nougat BQK2 Firmware

In order to flash the Oreo beta build, your Note 8 must first be on the BQK2 Nougat firmware. This is a carrier firmware build, so keep in mind it will install a few carrier bloat apps on your device (for your particular carrier, of course).

Select the link in the above section for the BQK2 build and download the ZIP file to your microSD card storage on your Note 8. Navigate to your file explorer, and verify that it is indeed saved to the microSD card with the name ""
Step 2Power Off & Boot into Recovery Mode

After you have verified the BQK2 file is safely on the SD card, power off your phone. With the phone powered down, hold down the Power key, Bixby button, and Volume Up simultaneously. Within a few seconds, you will see a blue screen with the Bugdroid logo. About ten seconds later, the screen will change to show an exclamation point. At this point, you can release the buttons and the phone will soon enter recovery mode.

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