Galaxy S8 Tip: Prepare your phone for the Android 8.0 Oreo update

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It’s only a matter of time before Samsung starts rolling out the official Android 8.0 Oreo update to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, with the beta program having ended in every country where it was made available. Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners will be scrambling to download the update once it goes live, but have you prepared your phone well enough for its first major Android OS upgrade?

We’ve put together a couple of tips that Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners should follow to ensure they jump over to the new version of Android without any issues. Check them out below!

Backup your data

Running into data loss with official updates is a rarity these days, but it’s a risk one should avoid taking with major updates, so backing up your data is important. Even if the Oreo beta installs fine, you can rest assured you have a backup to fall back on for apps and data if things start to go wrong after the update is installed and, heaven forbid, you have to do a factory reset to bring things back to normal.

The quickest way to backup all important data is by using Samsung’s Smart Switch software on a PC, which backs up SMS, phone and home screen settings, call logs, apps, images and other media, documents, and more. You can also use the Smart Switch app on your S8 or S8+ and backup everything to an external USB drive using an OTG connector (instructions for this can be found in our Smart Switch guide).

Samsung Cloud is the option to use for backing up to Samsung’s cloud servers, although the 15GB of free storage is limited and hence unsuitable for backing up things like images and videos. But it’s perfectly fine for phone settings, call logs, messages, apps (but not app data, which will be disabled for third-party apps in February), your home screen setup, alarms, documents, and voice recordings. Samsung Cloud can be found in the Settings » Cloud and Accounts menu; you’ll need a Samsung account to use it, and you can create one from the phone itself if you don’t already have one.

There are also a ton of apps on the Play Store that let you backup data like SMS, call logs, calendar entries and more. Super Backup is one such excellent app that’s free of cost (with ads). Some of these apps can upload those backups to different cloud services (like Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive) so you can retrieve them at a later time. Most, if not all, apps can also save backups on the external storage if you have a microSD card in the phone.

Speaking of the microSD card, there’s no need to take a backup of external storage contents since external storage isn’t touched during an update. If you’re still concerned, you can simply remove the microSD card before installing the update instead of wasting time backing up its data.

Have enough free space on the internal storage

If you happen to be running low on internal storage and usually just ignore the related notifications the phone throws at you, it might be an issue when Oreo comes knocking. Major updates are usually at least a 1GB over-the-air download, and you also need some space for the update to install. A good rule of thumb here is to keep at least 3GB of storage free on the internal storage. If you have a microSD card, you can move some apps and image and other media files from the internal storage. If not, then uninstalling a few big apps that you can always install later can get the job done.

Tip: If you’re planning on uninstalling a few games, make sure that game supports backup of your progress on Google Play Games or another service, or you’ll have to play everything again. Gameloft titles usually let you restore progress from your Google Play Games account after you’ve gone through the introduction levels. Candy Crush, meanwhile, can sync your progress with your Facebook account.

You can also let the phone manage things and clear data using the Device Maintenance menu in the phone’s settings. Just go into the device maintenance section, tap the Storage option, then select the Clean Now option to free up space used by app caches and other minor data.

Keep your phone charged to at least 50 percent

Regular software updates usually require 20 percent of battery charge to install, but it can be higher for major updates. Depending on your internet speed, the Oreo update can also take a few minutes to download. So it’s a good idea to make sure your phone stays at least 50 percent charged in the next couple of days, so that you can immediately start downloading and installing Oreo once it becomes available.

This step isn’t a necessity, but it’s a suggestion you should follow unless you want to be waiting around for the phone to charge after Oreo hits. If you can keep your phone connected to the charger while the update is installing, there’s nothing like it and reduces the risk of losing power at the wrong time.

Keep your apps updated

This is something you can do after you’ve upgraded to Oreo, but if you want to waste no time getting back to business once the software update completes, it’s a good idea to update all your apps from the Play Store before installing Oreo. This is important if you haven’t updated apps for a long time and/or have automatic updates disabled in the Play Store, as many apps might have been updated for Oreo support in recent days and will work as intended after your S8 or S8+ makes the jump to the newest version of Android.

Schedule the update

What if the Oreo update arrives for your device in the dead of night, when you’re fast asleep and dreaming about its imminent arrival? What if you’re so busy you have no time for checking the phone for the update? Well, you can schedule to install software updates at a particular time. To set a schedule for software updates, open the phone’s settings, tap Software update, then use the scheduler option.

It’s recommended to select a time that falls somewhere in your sleeping hours; you don’t want the phone restarting while you’re using it, do you?. Having your phone sufficiently charged Having your phone connected to a charger is also recommended if you schedule updates, and so is the part about backing up all your data and having enough free internal storage.


That’s our list of things that you should take care of before upgrading to Android 8.0 Oreo on your Galaxy S8 or S8+. None of it is necessary, but it’s good practice if you want to leave the older version of Android behind with complete peace of mind. Let us know if you think there’s something else that should be on this list, and hope that we don’t have to wait too long for the official Oreo update!

Also Read: What’s New With Android 8.0 Oreo

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Hasan129363
16 days 13 hours ago
Hasan129363

I wait oreo update for j7 prime

Celso09
16 days 10 hours ago
Celso09

It can’t get.

sotudah320
16 days 14 hours ago
sotudah320

It’s ridiculous. How long should we wait for Note 8

kamrolhasan
18 days 5 hours ago
kamrolhasan

when we will get the update

ionac080892
18 days 7 hours ago
ionac080892

S8 plus için oreo beta sürümünü nerden yüklerim

61530041
18 days 15 hours ago
61530041

few years ago Google was releasing new Android versions in October and Samsung was releasing them before Xmas, hence two months later. Nougat was released in late August and Samsung released it in late January, so five months later. This time with Oreo Samsung is breaking another new record of slowness. All this despite Android getting every time easier to update faster. Samsung Experience overlay is a nonsense that benefits none other than Samsung in order to lock customers to the brand

BorrowedTime
18 days 9 hours ago
BorrowedTime

Why are you people so obsessed with the update? Yeah I can agree about security updates. But 90% of Android new features in every release, Samsung already had it. Take for example split screen. Android started at 7 (I think) but I had it in my S3.

The only stuff we get are mostly aesthetic. And yes, while good to have updates I see an obsession

muhittinduru
18 days 15 hours ago
muhittinduru

S8+ İçin Oreo güncellemesi ne zaman gelecek. neden samsung yazılım konusunda hep geride kalıyor?

Biransahin
18 days 15 hours ago
Biransahin

Very good article. I’ll just add two pieces of advice from previous experience. 1.) If you use a package disabler app, re-enable EVERYTHING before starting the update or else there may be inherent bugs causing the need to factory reset as the sw update searches for apps to update, and 2.) If you have any apps installed on the SD card move them back temporarily to device storage while updating, as remnants left over on the SD card can cause buggy behaviour.

18 days 17 hours ago
Ayaz Sultanov

When the Galaxy Note8 will get the Android Oreo?

Adnan F.
18 days 17 hours ago
Adnan F.

A couple of months maybe, only after it’s out for the Galaxy S8.

djera2
18 days 22 hours ago
djera2

WOOOOW NICE I’M FROM SRI LANKA IS IT AVAILABLE FOR US TOOOO?

manecki
19 days 8 hours ago
manecki

No rush guys. Update is coming about middle or end of march. S9 needs to sell well first.

Bobbingalong
19 days 8 hours ago
Bobbingalong

Not sure, I recalled my s7 was upgraded to 7.01 even before the s8 was released. Though I maybe mistaken.

locarno
19 days 6 hours ago
locarno

True

Lef-T
19 days 9 hours ago
Lef-T
It still amazes me that part time devs at places like XDA manage to keep ontop of updates and have the latest security patches come out on the same day as Pixel or Nexus devices, but my S8+ (carrier locked) just received November’s security patch halfway through January. I know that it is the carriers faults that the patches are running two months behind, but the unlocked firmware (XEU and BTU) for January for the S8+is still on the December security update which means major problems such as the Spectre exploit – which effects ARM devices – still haven’t been… Read more »
Dwarfer66
18 days 20 hours ago
Dwarfer66

My S7 edge is still on the October update.

neflictus
19 days 11 hours ago
neflictus

Same thing every year. We’re all masochists. We’re buying Samsung’s latest, hoping for new features with the updates, hoping the updates come fast and surprise.
Updates are very late, and new features are missing.

I’m hoping I find the strength to buy a phone from another manufacturer this year.

stondec
19 days 9 hours ago
stondec

I buy Samsung Note phones because they are objectively superior to other phones based on my needs.

Regarding software updates, I don’t see what the fuss is all about. The “outdated” software on Samsung phones is still in many ways superior to the latest Android software from Google. Google’s always playing catchup to Samsung and just introducing features that have existed on Samsung phones for years.

o0MHJ0o
19 days 11 hours ago
o0MHJ0o

Samsung will always have more features than stock android, that is why it will always take forever for updates to arrive, lots of stuff Google have been implementing have been on Samsung devices for years. including the most recent PiP mode. Can you imagine having to update multi window to a new OS with it being so integrated into the system… but it NOT being part of the base OS.
It should be faster, I agree. but I will never expect Samsung to be one of the First to officially move to the next OS update.

neflictus
19 days 7 hours ago
neflictus

Cause they’re stupid sometimes. I’m willing to bet Samsung is still using its own framework mutliwindow core code instead of using the Android OS API.

Folks were arguing that touchwiz,sorry super experience UI interface or whatever it’s called nowadays is fast now. It’s lagging man. It still lags. In 2018, on a flagship, perhaps one of the best in the world right now.

They can’t build a decent launcher in the year of the lord gebus 2018, yet teams of two or perhaps even one developer manages to build gems like Nova or Action Launcher.

o0MHJ0o
18 days 17 hours ago
o0MHJ0o
The only thing that lags in my Samsung Experience, is the Bixby Home, that has always lagged. Back when using Nougat, I had no issues that I can remember, and the last beta release for Oreo is again, smooth and quick with theme support and gesture support – I don’t understand why people still want to use things like other Home launchers, I was really into them before, mainly for themes, but Samsung has their own themes now. I used to use Next Launcher 3D with its very cool and futuristic looking set up – but its pointless, and unnecessary… Read more »
Blur45
19 days 11 hours ago
Blur45

When they gonna release it. ??

bumblebee1978
19 days 7 hours ago
bumblebee1978

Tomorrow :D………

o0MHJ0o
19 days 12 hours ago
o0MHJ0o

You may be able to download the update, but they will not install without at least 85% battery or the phone is on charge. so its best to be both to prevent any installation errors occurring.

PJaya
19 days 11 hours ago
PJaya

My samsung phone install os upgrade at around 65% battery without issue

androidloverbe
19 days 12 hours ago
androidloverbe

Rubbisch my galaxy S8 is still on November 2017 security patch i wonder why Samsung is so slow in updates….

bgpuccia2987
19 days 11 hours ago
bgpuccia2987

How is that possible? Are you riding your operator’s rom or stock? I’m using chilean stock rom for the S8+ and I’m on December’s sec patch.

androidloverbe
19 days 10 hours ago
androidloverbe

Stock but the phone is in a region Samsung does not like so it seems they have there “lover regions” like The Netherlands.

superf
19 days 12 hours ago
superf

Because we keep buying their phones even though they are slow.

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