Official Stock Firmware Thread (10th March 2021) - Galaxy S9+ (SM-G965F)

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wire.rat

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Hi, just want to ask why sometimes i see csc mention in groups of 3, such as xsp/xsp/xsp, other times maybe i see 4 together. what does each of them mean? thank you!
 

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Hi, just want to ask why sometimes i see csc mention in groups of 3, such as xsp/xsp/xsp, other times maybe i see 4 together. what does each of them mean? thank you!
If it's in the following format:

XSP/XSP/XSP, it's a single SIM device, where the 1st CSC is the active CSC on the device for which you will receive OTAs. The 2nd CSC is the one from your SIM card region and the 3rd CSC is the hardware CSC, it shows you where the device was purchased.

If it's in this format:

XSP/XSP,XSP/XSP then it's a dual SIM device, where the 1st CSC is still the active CSC and the 4th CSC is the hardware CSC.
The middle two CSCs are because the device has 2 SIM slots, so it shows a CSC for each slot.

Sent from my SM-N960F
 

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Hello, have couple of questions. I have XSP and I'm on BRGA, OTAs take forever for this region so I think I'll start flashing this one. Can I flash straight from BRGA to the lastest version even though I will skip the September update to Oct? And if I flash will I lose anything ? Like secure folder or any other functionality on the phone would notice the difference? I will flash the HOME but like is different in bulid and XSP going to break stuff? Thanks
 

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Hello, have couple of questions. I have XSP and I'm on BRGA, OTAs take forever for this region so I think I'll start flashing this one. Can I flash straight from BRGA to the lastest version even though I will skip the September update to Oct? And if I flash will I lose anything ? Like secure folder or any other functionality on the phone would notice the difference? I will flash the HOME but like is different in bulid and XSP going to break stuff? Thanks

Always remember, when you're flashing builds with Odin, it doesn't matter what build is currently installed, you can even be on ARB3 (first build for S9+) and flash straight to the October build. That's the best part of flashing the entire firmware.

If you flash with HOME_CSC, it will not wipe any data, you'll just boot up with all your apps and data still in tact, however if you have any themes installed, I'd recommend completely removing them, then flashing the update and reinstalling the theme after it has booted.

Secure Folder and other KNOX dependent features will continue working because you're flashing an official Samsung firmware, so the KNOX warranty counter will NOT be tripped.
 
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The October security patch finally hit my S9+, on the 26th. I was checking for updates every day... started to think Samsung will skip right to November :laugh:

I wanted to test Samsung's claims about the front facing camera being improved, so I tested my S9+ against my girlfriend's yesterday (she didn't update to the October patch). If there's a difference, it's very hard to perceive. But let's say my face looked a bit more real on my phone.

Can anyone else say they notice an improvement?

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The latest update sucks in battery department :( this is the second cycle and not even 4 sot which is strange . Usually its 6 to 8 for me before october patch :(

For me its the same as before ..

But i feel my s9plus has started showing its age ..

I see slowdowns and low fps in animations and day to day use

Mine is barely a few weeks old and i do see it slows down a bit. Is this typical of Samsungs? I had an A9 Pro earlier and had similar observations there too.

My battery is as ****ty as ever - getting ~4h SoT. As for the slowing down... I don't think it's slower than before.

Let's hope Samsung will come forward with their slowdown techniques - like Apple did. And perhaps put a stop to it, if there's such a thing...

Yes its samsung and i think the screen and the camera is the only reason to buy a s9plus ..

I am planning to trade in my s9plus for the upcoming oneplus 6t .

The resale of s9plus i am getting is about the same price of new oneplus 6t

I wouldn't have bought the S9+ had my cat not make my OP3 slip off the table and die.

GCam mod on the OP3 took way better (and more color accurate) pictures than the S9+.

The screen was just as good if you ask me... In terms of color reproduction, at least. Readability in sunlight - maybe the S9+ wins there.

But the OP3 had 16:9, so... better :D

(yes, I still miss the OP3)
 

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    The October security patch finally hit my S9+, on the 26th. I was checking for updates every day... started to think Samsung will skip right to November :laugh:

    I wanted to test Samsung's claims about the front facing camera being improved, so I tested my S9+ against my girlfriend's yesterday (she didn't update to the October patch). If there's a difference, it's very hard to perceive. But let's say my face looked a bit more real on my phone.

    Can anyone else say they notice an improvement?

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    My battery is as ****ty as ever - getting ~4h SoT. As for the slowing down... I don't think it's slower than before.

    Let's hope Samsung will come forward with their slowdown techniques - like Apple did. And perhaps put a stop to it, if there's such a thing...



    I wouldn't have bought the S9+ had my cat not make my OP3 slip off the table and die.

    GCam mod on the OP3 took way better (and more color accurate) pictures than the S9+.

    The screen was just as good if you ask me... In terms of color reproduction, at least. Readability in sunlight - maybe the S9+ wins there.

    But the OP3 had 16:9, so... better :D

    (yes, I still miss the OP3)
    Oneplus 6T would be revealing tomorrow .

    I think i would trade in my s9plus for the 6T in case it brings something phenomenal.
     

    Mehdi0507

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    Pie for Exynos on the servers?!!!!!!!!!!?

    Here the link to the FOTA server: http://fota-cloud-dn.ospserver.net/firmware/DBT/SM-G965F/version.test.xml
    That's the version I'm talking about: <latest>G965FXXU2CRJ9.DM/G965FOXM2CRJ9/G965FXXU2CRJ9</latest>
    CRJ9 is this Pie???? The current firmware with October Patch has he ending BRJ3. All other firmwares the S9 and S9+ exynos received had BR in the firmware name.
    I know for example that the R stand for 2018. B is for Oreo and C then for Pie. This is Pie now I'm sure!
    Please we kneed to know it is there someone who can pull this firmware and make it flashable????
     

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    Here the link to the FOTA server: http://fota-cloud-dn.ospserver.net/firmware/DBT/SM-G965F/version.test.xml
    That's the version I'm talking about: <latest>G965FXXU2CRJ9.DM/G965FOXM2CRJ9/G965FXXU2CRJ9</latest>
    CRJ9 is this Pie???? The current firmware with October Patch has he ending BRJ3. All other firmwares the S9 and S9+ exynos received had BR in the firmware name.
    I know for example that the R stand for 2018. B is for Oreo and C then for Pie. This is Pie now I'm sure!
    Please we kneed to know it is there someone who can pull this firmware and make it flashable????

    Yes, all CRxx builds are Pie, this is just the server that shows the builds being tested. There is no way yet to access these builds and flash them.

    You're on DBT anyway, the beta program should start soon, allowing you to get access to beta builds.
     

    exocetdj

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    Yes, all CRxx builds are Pie, this is just the server that shows the builds being tested. There is no way yet to access these builds and flash them.

    You're on DBT anyway, the beta program should start soon, allowing you to get access to beta builds.

    Is it DBT We need to be on when the beta hits

    Also I'm rooted at the moment so I will obviously need to be on the correct stock firmware but has anyone run into issues with the beta if they were previously rooted with Knox tripped?

    Or to simplify it, I have heard that tripping Knox screws up ota updates permanently even if you return to stock, is this true? Or a myth lol
     
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    MeltdownSpectre

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    Is it DBT We need to be on when the beta hits

    Also I'm rooted at the moment so I will obviously need to be on the correct stock firmware but has anyone run into issues with the beta if they were previously rooted with Knox tripped?

    Or to simplify it, I have heard that tripping Knox screws up ota updates permanently even if you return to stock, is this true? Or a myth lol

    No, DBT is just one of the CSCs that the beta will be available on.
    XEU (UK), XEF (France) and some others will also be included.

    You have to be on the latest build available for your CSC at the time the beta is released, as for the screwing up OTA thing, it is indeed a myth. I have received OTAs with tripped KNOX, they work just fine as long as you're completely stock.
     

    exocetdj

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    No, DBT is just one of the CSCs that the beta will be available on.
    XEU (UK), XEF (France) and some others will also be included.

    You have to be on the latest build available for your CSC at the time the beta is released, as for the screwing up OTA thing, it is indeed a myth. I have received OTAs with tripped KNOX, they work just fine as long as you're completely stock.

    That's awesome man cheers!
     

    Mehdi0507

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    Yes, all CRxx builds are Pie, this is just the server that shows the builds being tested. There is no way yet to access these builds and flash them.

    You're on DBT anyway, the beta program should start soon, allowing you to get access to beta builds.
    Okay these are great news!!! Laat year DBT was included in the beta program in the second phase so I hope that DBT will be in the beta program from the beginning :D
     

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    I heard not all CSC get the beta, XSP which is mine has the build in it's server so I'm getting it? maybe?
    Beta builds (ZRxx) are showing for all OXM multi-CSCs on the FOTA server, at the start, only BTU will get it, followed by DBT and perhaps XEF and INS to follow.

    Other CSCs are usually not part of the program, so it's unlikely that XSP will get it.
     

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      Latest stable firmware:

      G965FXXSFFUB3 / G965FOXMFFUB3 / G965FXXSFFUB3

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      How to flash the stock Odin flashable firmware:

      1) Download Odin v3.13.1 - Link

      2) Extract the firmware file you just downloaded. You should get 5 files:
      • AP (System & Recovery)
      • BL (Bootloader)
      • CP (Modem / Radio)
      • CSC_OXM (OXM CSC file, will wipe your phone)
      • HOME_CSC_OXM (OXM CSC file, will NOT wipe your phone)

      3) Add each file to it's respective field in Odin v3.13.1. Use CSC_OXM if you want to do a clean flash and HOME_CSC OXM if you want to keep your apps and data.

      4) Reboot your phone in Download / Odin mode with the following button combo:
      POWER + VOLUME DOWN + BIXBY

      5) Once in download mode, connect your phone to the PC, preferably using the original USB cable you got with your phone. Odin should detect your device and a blue box will show up with the COM port number.

      6) Do NOT tick any extra boxes. The only options to be ticked are F.Reset Time and Auto-Reboot.

      7) Click the start button, wait for Odin to say 'PASS'. Once the flash is complete, your phone will reboot.

      Firmware screenshots, changelog, and download links will be in 2nd post of this thread.

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      CSC change tutorial - Post #2011

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      Firmware release history:

      G965FXXU1ARC5 - 17th March 2018

      G965FXXU1ARCC - 28th March 2018

      G965FXXS1ARD1 - 24th April 2018

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      FAQs:

      1) Will this trip KNOX, and will I lose my warranty?
      Answer: Short answer would be no, your KNOX counter will remain at 0x0 and warranty stays valid as well.
      However, some service centers might note regional differences between builds based on the latest build available for your CSC, indicating that the phone has been flashed, so if you're sending your device in for a service/repair/replacement, then I'd suggest flashing to the latest build available for your home country's CSC. Usually not required though, so not a big deal.

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      2) What if the firmware build number mentioned above is not available for my CSC, can I still flash it?
      Answer: Yes, if your current CSC is part of the OXM multi-CSC. You can check that using the Google Doc I made here:
      https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IQglKMUCJXfs5UIeSehd1d6s5a6Rh_fC1WuPdycxotY

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      3) I flashed 'XXXX' build, but now I can't get OTAs for a newer build that's available on my CSC?
      Answer: Now, I'll be using fake build numbers in this example, but you should still understand how I'm explaining this.

      Suppose your current build is very old, XXU1ARA1, and the latest available multi-CSC OXM build is XXU1BRA1, so you flash it on your device.
      Now, BRA1 is not released for your specific CSC, so you won't get OTAs for it to any further builds because no subsequent OTA file exists on the Samsung server for your CSC.
      Samsung will then release a new build for your CSC called XXU1BRA2, so the only OTA file existing on the server for your CSC is XXU1ARA1 > XXU1BRA2, so an OTA from XXU1BRA1 > XXU1BRA2 will not be possible, and the only way to regain the ability to get OTAs, is by flashing BRA2 and then accepting further OTAs from there on.
      This may seem cumbersome to some people, but if you're impatient and always want the latest build, then just continue flashing as you normally would.

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      4) Can I flash the ROM in the main post without flashing the builds that came before it?
      Answer: Yes you can. When flashing ROMs with Odin, you don't need to be on a specific build to flash them. They don't need to be flashed in order.

      You can be on the oldest possible build and flash directly to the latest one.


      Important:
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      The files linked in this thread are ONLY compatible with the following devices:
      SM-G965F (International Single SIM)
      SM-G965F/DS (International Dual-SIM)

      There are no Dual SIM specific ROMs, any ROMs for the G965F will work on the Dual SIM models and you will retain Dual SIM functionality and both your IMEIs.
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      Latest OXM ROM for S9+

      This ROM was released on 10th March 2021 and can be used for all OXM Multi-CSCs, you can check the list below to see if your CSC is part of OXM:
      Google Docs

      IMPORTANT: After flashing this, you can NOT downgrade to

      BL v1 firmwares (XXU1xxxx / XXS1xxxx builds)
      BL v2 firmwares (XXU2xxxx / XXS2xxxx builds)
      BL v3 firmwares (XXU3xxxx / XXS3xxxx builds)
      BL v4 firmwares (XXU4xxxx / XXS4xxxx builds)
      BL v5 firmwares (XXU5xxxx / XXS5xxxx builds)
      BL v6 firmwares (XXU6xxxx / XXS6xxxx builds)
      BL v7 firmwares (XXU7xxxx / XXS7xxxx builds)
      BL v8 firmwares (XXU8xxxx / XXS8xxxx builds)
      BL v9 firmwares (XXU9xxxx / XXS9xxxx builds)
      BL v10 firmwares (XXUAxxxx / XXSAxxxx builds)
      BL v11 firmwares (XXUBxxxx / XXSBxxxx builds)
      BL v12 firmwares (XXUCxxxx / XXSCxxxx builds)
      BL v13 firmwares (XXUDxxxx /XXSDxxxx builds)
      BL v14 firmwares (XXUExxxx / XXSExxxx builds)



      You can download this using SamFirm or Frija

      Model: SM-G965F (GALAXY S9+)
      Country: Germany (DBT)
      Version: Android 10 (OneUI 2.5)
      Kernel: 19869059
      Build Date: Monday - 15 February 2021
      Security Patch: 1 March 2021
      AP: G965FXXSFFUB3
      CSC: G965FOXMFFUB3
      CP: G965FXXSFFUB3
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      UPDATE:

      Stable Pie (XXU2CRLI) is now available via OTA and SamFirm for G960 and G965F users.
      I will be uploading to AFH and MEGA, but for those who can't wait, go and attack Samsung servers and get it through SamFirm.

      Sadly, I won't be able to experience it for a few days since I'm giving my S9+ in for a battery replacement today, but should get it back later this week.

      Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone! Don't forget to thank Samsung for getting this update out to us early :)

      Download link:

      https://mega.nz/#!kaBDCCSS!-n8C-3TrtKfNAeuiq-yCw9yJcJdHiRLhu_ncFrlbLPE

      https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=11410963190603881419
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      August update - G965FXXU6CSGD

      Comes with new kernel, new baseband version and August security patch.
      Official changelog also mentions improved camera performance which could be regarding the issues with Night Mode crashing that were introduced in the CSF2 update.

      For those wondering why the update still has CSGx build number, it's because the build/compilation date was still July and not August like some other devices.
      Like all other OEMs, Samsung gets access to security patch details well before they're released to the public so the build dates don't always have to be in the same month that the patch is intended for.
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      For the few S9+ users still around:

      I regret to inform you that I will no longer be able to provide download mirror links for the S9+.

      It is too time consuming a task to do for a device that I don't own, plus after a recent change in ISPs, I don't have the same download/upload speed that I used to have.

      It's been a good run, and while I might delete the MEGA folder eventually, the AFH folder for S9+ firmwares will always stay up. It will get outdated since BL v5 is already released but if anyone for any reason wants older firmwares, they are free to download them from there.

      For now, all I can recommend is using Frija. It's a nice user friendly replacement for SamFirm, and the UI has a dark mode as well :p
      You can get it here:
      https://forum.xda-developers.com/s10-plus/how-to/tool-frija-samsung-firmware-downloader-t3910594

      I will still continue to update this thread for as long as I can with firmware update notes and as a platform for discussion for S9+ users.

      Cheers :)
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