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Update Galaxy S9 Plus to Android 9 Pie firmware

Update Galaxy S9 Plus to Android 9 Pie firmware
Written by Hassan Abbas

Install Android Pie firmware on Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. Download Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus SM-G965F latest official Android 9.0 Pie G965FXXU2CRLO OTA firmware. This guide will assist you to manually flash Android Pie Stock ROM update using Odin3-v3.13 tool. This is the latest Indian (INS) January 2019 Security Patch update from Samsung. If you’ve not received this update through OTA then manually install it using the easy s tutorial mentioned below.

After a much longer time, Samsung has finally started rolling out Android 9.0 Pie updates for Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones. Along with India, the update is out in various regions, and it won’t take a long time before the rollout completes for most countries. Those users who have not received this January update need to wait till the last week of February. It is expected that both the carrier-locked and unlocked devices will see the update till next month.

To manually check whether Android Pie is available for your device or not, go to settings and click on Software update. Then select the Download updates manually. And if you have not yet received the update, just go through this guide and manually flash it with easy s. Note that this is not a third party custom ROM but an official Stock firmware rolled out by Samsung. Without further ado, let’s proceed to our guide on how to update Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus to Android 9.0 Pie official firmware.

Firmware Info:

Model: SM-G965F
Model name: GALAXY S9 PLUS
Country: India (INS)
Version: Android 9.0 Pie
Build date: January 08, 19


Proceed at your own risk. We will not responsible for any damage caused to your S9 Plus after following this article. Further, the firmware files used are the property of their respective owners.


Installing this update on any other device or variant might brick your device. To confirm your phone model number before moving further.

  • Charge your phone at least 60% to avoid any interruption.
  • It is recommended to backup important data from your phone. So backup your contacts, apps, messages, call logs, notes, etc. This is necessary as everything will be deleted in this process.
  • Install the latest Samsung USB drivers on the computer to detect your device when connected through USB cable.

Download the latest Samsung USB Drivers.

  • (Optional) Temporary disable all the security tools as well as antivirus that are installed on your computer.
 Required Files:

Procedure to install Android Pie on Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus:

1: Download and extract both the files on your computer. After extracting the firmware package (.zip file), you’ll see these files in it:

2: Power off your Galaxy S9 Plus and boot it into download mode.

3: For that, press and hold the Volume Down key + Bixby button + Power button simultaneously until you see a warning message. Leave all the keys as soon as you see the warning message window. Then press Volume up key to continue. This will directly land your Galaxy S9 Plus into download mode.

5: Keeping the phone in download mode, connect it to the computer through standard USB cable.

6: On PC, launch the downloaded Odin Multi Downloader3-v3.13.1′ tool.

Once you launch it, the ID: COM section located at the top left corner will turn light blue. Also, an Added message will appear in the message box window. This will confirm that your device is successfully connected to the PC.

Note: If such a thing doesn’t happen then re-install Samsung USB drivers from the links are given in the Pre-Requisites section. If the problem persists, change USB cable/PC.

How to Fix ‘USB Device Not Recognized’ error on Samsung phones.

7: Click on the Options tab and tick the Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time options.

Note: Do not tick the Re-partition option. Don’t use the PIT tab either.

8: Click on the BL button present on the Odin window and select the BL_G965FXXU2CRLO_CL15076275_QB21321074_REV01_user_low_ship.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.

9: Similarly click on the CP button and select the CP_G965FXXU2CRLI_CP11470010_CL15044066_QB21165914_REV01_user_low_ship.tar.md5 file.

10: Then click on the CSC button and select the HOME_CSC_OMC_OXM_G965FOX

Note: Normal CSC contains an instruction that allows Odin to delete complete data while HOME_CSC contains an instruction to only allow wipe of the cache. But when a downgrade is done (example: from Pie back to Oreo) a factory reset is a must. So use normal CSC at that time.

11: Finally click on the AP button and select the AP_G965FXXU2CRLO_CL15076275_QB21321074_REV01_user_low_ship_meta_OS9.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.

M2CRLO_CL15076275_QB21321074_REV01_user_low_ship.tar.md5 file.

Note: The AP file will take little time to load. So be patient and wait.

12: Let’s begin the installation of official Android 9.0 Pie now. For doing so, hit the Start button present on the Odin window.

Note: Your phone will automatically boot itself. Do not disconnect your device from the PC as it will cause interruption.

13: The flashing will complete within few minutes. When it completes successfully, the ID: COM section will turn green with a message Pass on it. This will confirm that Android 9.0 Pie G965FXXU2CRLO official firmware is successfully installed on your Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus smartphone. Now you can safely remove the USB cable and disconnect your device from PC.

Note: If this flashing process fails or if Odin gets stuck or in case your phone gets stuck into the boot loop, then close the Odin window, go into downloading mode and repeat the complete procedure.


Awesome! Your Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus SM-G965F is successfully upgraded to the latest official Android 9.0 Pie G965FXXU2CRLO firmware. To confirm the same, go to Menu » Settings » About Phone. If you’ve any questions regarding this article, then do comment below.

Till then Keep Smiling and Peace out! 😎✌

Also Read: How To Install Odin On Windows 7/8/10

About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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