Samsung is pushing its first software update for Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ that carries various changes and improvements. Launched just a week or so back, the phone is already receiving a new official firmware that is said to enhance overall performance, reliability and more. Generally, brands such as Samsung do release a software update right after announcement to address any problems that might have risen during wider user testing. For Galaxy Note 10 / Galaxy Note 10+ users, we have listed a complete step-by-step article on how to install this official initial update using Odin.
A complete backup of your Galaxy Note 10 phone is a must before you begin with the steps. Generally, software updates don’t erase your data but even if this one does, backup will ensure that you still have access to all crucial data. Once you have made sure of backing up everything, you can proceed with the steps ahead. Rather than waiting for OTA(over-the-air) update to arrive, this guide is an immediate tutorial to skip that wait. Further, being an official firmware, following this guide wont break your warranty neither will it trip any Knox security. Ahead, we have also listed exact models numbers for which this guide works so do make sure your variant is supported. You can also use this guide to unroot / restore factory settings on Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus!
Disclaimer: Please use this guide at your own risk. We, at TeamAndroid, would not be held responsible if you brick or generally mess up with your device. Further, the firmwares, system files or apps used are property of their respective owners.
First Firmware Update (XXU1ASH5) – Details:
This update is all about improving existing functionality of the phone and also fixing any initial bugs that might have come up. You should noticed improved fingerprint scanning, better camera quality and responsiveness of touch-screen after you install this update. For a complete change-log, please read our dedicated post.
This firmware tutorial applies to various Galaxy Note 10 varaints. The specific model numbers supported through this guide are mentioned ahead.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 N970F
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus N975F
To make sure you own the correct Samsung Galaxy Note 10 model / variant, go to Settings > About phone > Model number.
You might find these following Galaxy Note 10 related articles interesting:
- Install Android Pie: How to Install Android Q on Computer.
- Galaxy Note 10 USB Drivers: How to Download Galaxy Note 10 USB Drivers
- Enter Download Mode: How to Enter Download Mode on Galaxy Note 10
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Samsung Galaxy Note 10 custom ROMs, click here!
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Galaxy Note 10, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy Note 10 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update Galaxy Note 10 to Android Pie official firmware update.
How to Install Stock Firmware Update on Galaxy Note 10 / Note 10 Plus
Ahead, we have a detailed step-by-step procedure through which you can update Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to Android Pie build. The firmware is an official one signed by Samsung and we will utilize latest ODIN to flash it onto Galaxy Note 10.
Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing on your device.
- This tutorial is only for Samsung Galaxy Note 10. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the phone.
- Firmwares used in this post are official releases by Samsung for the Galaxy Note 10.
- Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.
Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:
Step 1 – Download Android Pie update from the following links for your specific Galaxy Note 10 model to your computer and extract the zip file.
Step 2 – Download Odin which will help you to install Android Pie update on Samsung Galaxy Note 10.
Step 3 – Switch OFF your phone. Now go to Download Mode. How? Press and hold the Volume Down + Bixby buttons together, and then press the Power button till you see the construction Android robot and a triangle. Press Power again to confirm to enter into Download Mode.
Step 4 – Make sure you have your Galaxy Note 10 USB drivers installed on your computer.
Step 5 – Open ODIN on your computer. Connect your phone to your computer while your phone is in the Download Mode.
Step 6 – If your phone is connected successfully, one of the ID:COM boxes will turn yellow with the COM port number. This step might take some time.
Step 7 – Now select the files that you have to flash/install on your phone. These files are to be found from the extracted files in Step 1.
- Click on ‘AP’ and select file with ‘AP’ in its name.
- Click on ‘CP’ and select file with ‘MODEM’ in its name. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
- Click on ‘CSC’ and select file with ‘CSC’ in its name. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
- Click on ‘PIT’ and select the .pit file. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
- Click on ‘BL’ and select file with ‘BL’ in it’s name. Ignore if there is no such file.
If you are using an older version of ODIN or flashing a firmware which doesn’t have the above mentioned file name format then look below for the abbreviations to the old name format. Do note that only file name changes, the functionality and back end process remains the same so don’t worry.
- AP = PDA
- BL = Boot Loader
- CP = Modem
Step 8 – In ODIN, check the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options. As for the Re-Partition option, check it ONLY if you selected a .PIT file in the above step.
Step 9 – Now click on the Start button in ODIN. Installation process will start and would take a few minutes to complete.
Step 10 – After the installation is completed, your phone will restart. After you see the home screen, unplug your phone from the computer.
That’s it. Your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has now been updated to Android Pie firmware update. Go to Settings > About phone to verify.
Backup and Other Important Tips
Please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps.
Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.
Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung Smart Switch to your computer. Smart Switch helps to move data across different Android devices i.e moving Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge backup data to Samsung Galaxy Note 10.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo.
2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.
If you run into any problems, feel free to drop us a comment below and we will reply you back ASAP with the fix or the solution to your problem.