How To Guide OTA and Non-OTA Firmware for S22 Ultra SM-S908U and S22 Ultra SM-S908U1 Versions

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bassman418

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So not sure who's "officially" on the beta, but will you keep the rest of us in the release loop? I'm assuming we won't get the next beta drop by checking for software update on our phones. (Or will we??)
 

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Nice, I'm on AT&T.

I don't see AVG8 for U on Samfw.
I'm seeing AVG8 for Xfinity and Comcast on Sam snagged a copy with Frija and just flashed it no problems

I don't think it matters which carrier version you flash as long as its the same device hardware region. For instance you can flash any US carrier U if you want to stay U or U1 if you want to stay U1. I've done it before no problems. As long as your flash includes the Home CSC you won't reset or loose or change your carrier data settings it pulls your particular carrier data from your sim and eSIM just don't flash the included data file and if your on a AT&T U and you flash the Xfinity file you will still keep your AT&T data and AT&T bootup screen. So no need to wait till the A&T one drops. If I'm wrong or missing anything that applies directly to AT&T someone please chime in and correct me
 
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I have a Verizon phone that I just converted from Stock carrier U to U1 to then flash the new UI 5 beta. I've done it before on either my Note 20 Ultra ot Note 10+. I always in that instance flash CSC. Going from U to U1 you want to wipe. To avoid issue. But even with the wipe, the way U1 works is once it boots and sees your Sim card, it loads your carrier stuff. So I still have my Verizon Boot animation, wifi calling and HD video and phone calls between Verizon customers. I just don't have all the bloatware that comes with the stock U firmware. Now when updates come out or I'm flashing between firmwares on the same U1 platform, I would use CSC home to avoid wipe because it really isn't needed in that instance. I'll only go CSC when I flash back to Stock U when it becomes fully available on U, warranty issue or if I trade my phone in.
 
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It seems that people on unlocked U1 firmwares do not lose data when sideloading the Beta via ADB, while people on locked U firmwares do lose data when going to Beta.































I guess it's a carrier thing. That sucks. I don't want to flash to U1 and have to do a clean install.















It's because the beta is a U1 firmware. It's is safe to flash without wipe. Locked U is different. Same if the beta going around was for U. Then flashing to a U1 based phone would one require you the be on U, then flash. It's the switching from U to U1 and visa versa that is requiring the wipe. Not actually the update
 

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I was wondering the same thing. Those of us the sideloaded the beta probably will not get an update Ota since we are not registered...but I could be wrong
 

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I think because you went from U to U1 (beta is U1 based) try being on U1 4.1 and put some stuff on, then flash update. I think it should update without wipe.
 
I have a Verizon phone that I just converted from Stock carrier U to U1 to then flash the new UI 5 beta. I've done it before on either my Note 20 Ultra ot Note 10+. I always in that instance flash CSC. Going from U to U1 you want to wipe. To avoid issue. But even with the wipe, the way U1 works is once it boots and sees your Sim card, it loads your carrier stuff. So I still have my Verizon Boot animation, wifi calling and HD video and phone calls between Verizon customers. I just don't have all the bloatware that comes with the stock U firmware. Now when updates come out or I'm flashing between firmwares on the same U1 platform, I would use CSC home to avoid wipe because it really isn't needed in that instance. I'll only go CSC when I flash back to Stock U when it becomes fully available on U, warranty issue or if I trade my phone in.
I went from Verizon locked U to U1, clean install, and I don't have the Verizon boot animation.
 

Justinphxaz

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Verizon is rolling out the August update to the locked S22 variants FWIW.
 

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Well this is annoying lol. Beta is full. Can't get adb to work. And can't find me usb c dongle to do it on the phone lol
 

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    See Post #2 and #3 for the Links to the Firmware

    All of the firmware posted here can be flashed on any U or U1 Device. Each of the firmware's are NOT carrier dependent and only has carrier labels listed in order to have an idea if you might get OTA when you flash it.

    The firmware packages house each of the carrier's information, features, bloat, splash screens etc. (That's why they roll in at over 7Gb). When you flash a firmware the installation package reads your SIM, determines what carrier you're using and then installs the "package" that's designed for your carrier​


    S908USQU1AVA7 (Totally fake Firmware. I just made it up for example purposes)
    S=Galaxy S
    908U or F etc, the model of device
    SQ, FX etc = CPU and model specific
    U,S,E = Update, Security, Engineering, respectively
    1,2,3,4,5 etc = bootloader revision (This is important! You cannot go to a previous revision)
    A, B, C etc = Android version
    U, V = Year (U=2021, V=2022 etc)
    A,B,C etc = month (January A - December L)
    1 - 9 and then A - Z =build compilation. This basically means how many builds there are in a month. They start at 1 and go to Z
    So S908USQU1DVAM would be
    S908-U-SQ-U-1-A-V-A-7
    S908U (S22 Ultra Carrier version), SQ (Snapdragon), U (Update), 1 (Bootloader version), A (Build 12), V (2022), A (January), 7 (7th build)

    BL- Boot Loader
    AP - Application Processor (also termed PDA), this is the system partitions, recovery etc,
    CP - This is the Modem
    CSC - Consumer Software Customization. This is all of the stuff that contains the different carrier features, wi-fi calling, APN stuff like that. You'll notice that this file is getting as big(If not bigger) than the AP file with the system information.
    HOME_CSC - This is still the "Same" as the CSC, except it retains the CSC information that is flashed on the device. It wont wipe your device like the normal CSC will. This is part of the package in the OTA that doesn't wipe your phone
    USERDATA - Carrier files, this "Brands" the device to your carrier

    How to enter Download Mode:

    Turn off the device.​
    Connect USB cable to your PC (Leave it disconnected from the phone)​
    Press and hold down the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons. While they are still pressed, plug in the USB cable into your phone.​
    The phone will go into download mode press volume up. In Odin you will see that phone is added.​

    A decent writeup on how to use Odin:

    ***You MUST use one of the Patched versions of Odin in post #2 or #3 when flashing***


    Dirty Flash:

    I would only do this if you are having to manually update to the newer firmware and would not do it if you are coming/going to U/U1 or from beta firmware or if you are on an old firmware. I'd also highly recommend doing a back up prior to the doing this​
    Load these into Odin​
    BL​
    AP​
    CP​
    HOME_CSC​

    Do NOT flash CSC or USERDATA (If it's in the download package), either of these WILL wipe your device.​
    This is a "dirty flash" and these can sometimes cause issues. Keep in mind if things start going sideways and stuff starts not working right, your first step to a solution will be to wipe the device.​
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    S908U1 - Unlocked Versions

    Bootloader 2 - If you are on a Bootloader 2 firmware you can NOT go back to a Bootloader 1 firmware, there is NO workaround. See Post 1 to determine which bootloader you're on
    13/OneUI 5.0 BETA -​
    BETA1 S908U1UEU2ZVH4 (AFH) and a MIRROR (Faster) Thanks @lexcyn
    You MUST be on S908U1UEU2AVF7 in order to update to this beta.​
    This is BL 2 so you can go back to stock, but if you do it's HIGHLY recommended to not dirty flash (It might not let you so be prepared to wipe)​
    BETA1>BETA2 - S908U1UEU2ZVHK Thanks for the file @Venom0642
    You MUST be on S908U1UEU2ZVH4 in order to update to Beta 2 (ZVHK)​
    Bootloader 1
    S908U1UEU1AVA6 - Thanks to 66880]@southern87 for the MIRROR
    Odin3_v3.13.3b Patched: HERE
    Odin3_v3.14.4 Patched: HERE
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    S908U - Carrier Versions
    Bootloader 2 - If you are on a Bootloader 2 firmware you can NOT go back to a Bootloader 1 firmware, there is NO workaround. See Post 1 to determine which bootloader you're on
    S908USQU2AVE4 - ATT/CHA/CCT/TMB/VZW thanks to @Venom0642 for the link​
    S908USQS2AVDC - ATT/TMB thanks for the link @hyelton
    Bootloader 1
    S908USQU1AVCJ - ATT/CCT/CHA/VZW​
    S908USQU1AVC8 - ATT/CCT/CHA/TMB/VZW​
    S908USQU1AVA6 - ATT/CCT/CHA/TMB/USC/VZW - Thanks to @hyelton for the Mirror
    Odin3_v3.13.3b Patched: HERE
    Odin3_v3.14.4 Patched: HERE
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    How do i know which firmware to download? Im a complete beginner... i have an att locked (making payments) 22 ultra sm-s908U. I was told to get the u1 firmware because its unlocked and i can use rcs thru jibe not att, but i also was told i need to get the firmware that matches the model number which is U. I may be overthinking, but it's confusing. And all the U options are labeled by carrier, there doesn't seem to be an unlocked firmware for my U phone. And if i were to get an U1 firmware, there are a few options with no explanation on the differences and which to get. Don't get me started on the advice to look for XAA firmware, because i don't see that anywhere lol. Apologies if this seems ridiculous, i just don't want to brick my phone
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    That being said, If you have a S908U or S908U1 device you can flash ANY of the firmware on this post. The firmware is not Carrier agnostic, the only reason there are carrier tags next to the posted firmware is to let people if they flash a specific one whether or not that is the current stock one and will get OTA in future releases.
    Most of that info is in the OP (I think.......), and if you're not too familiar with the process, I highly advise taking the time to read thru the pages, almost everything you'll need to know has been posted.
    If you can't find something ask, most everyone is super helpful