Samsung has announced its new design language called One UI. One UI Beta is available for select devices; here how to install it.
One UI is an Android-based custom mobile operating system designed by Samsung for its Galaxy devices. It was introduced in late 2018 on a beta build based on Android 9.0 Pie for the Galaxy S9 Series and, succeeding Samsung Experience. It is quite different from its successor by bringing focus on things like one-handed usage and night-time reading by bringing features like a system-wide dark mode, a new UI, and design language focused on ease of use and reachability and a lot more things. The official One UI beta is reported to be live in South Korea, United States, and Germany with the stable build aimed to be released in early 2019.
Good news for those living in places outside South Korea, United States, and Germany that you can run the One UI beta firmware on your Samsung Galaxy phones running on both Exynos and Snapdragon chipsets courtesy of XDA senior member SoLdieR9312 and suyash1629. At the moment, it can be installed only on Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+.
If you wish to install the One UI beta on your flagship Galaxy, here is how you can do it: Officially and Unofficially.
Note that the One UI firmware is still in the very first stage of beta as of writing the article and you may encounter bugs, errors, and performance drops.
Steps to Install One UI Beta Officially:
- Head over to the Galaxy Apps Store and download the Samsung Members app.
- Once the installation is over, open the app and log in to it.
- In the app, go to the Notices section and tap on the tap on “One UI Beta Program Registration”.
- Once you are done with the registration process for One UI Beta, open the Settings app and check for Software Updates. By now, you might have received the OTA update for One UI beta firmware; if not, wait for sometime.
This is how Samsung wants you to install One UI Beta but this is limited to a few people. If you do not get the One UI beta update you can head over to our next method where I guide you to install One UI beta unofficially.
Steps to Install One UI Beta Unofficially:
Note: This can be a complex process and may not always produce the desired results. Know what you are doing and always have a backup before proceeding. The author or ThemeFoxx cannot be held responsible in case anything unexpected happens to your device. Remember, you are warned.
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You need to download these files before heading into the installation procedure. Make sure you download the appropriate files according to your phone’s model.
- Galaxy S9 (Exynos variant): G960F [Link removed.]
- Galaxy S9+ (Exynos variant): G965F [Link removed.]
- Galaxy S9 (Snapdragon variant): G960U1 [Link removed.]
- Galaxy S9+ (Snapdragon variant): G965U1 [Link removed.]
Once you are downloading the required file for installing One UI beta on your phone, follow these steps:
- Connect your phone to your PC.
- Copy the firmware file which you downloaded to your phone’s external storage.
- Now, disconnect your phone from your PC, power it off and boot into the recovery mode by holding the Volume Up, Bixby, and Power button together.
- Once your screen flashes, release the buttons. In the recovery menu, navigate using the volume up and down keys to select Apply update from SD card option. Once that is highlighted, press the power button to confirm.
- Now, navigate the external storage to select the One UI firmware package which you stored in the 2nd step.
- At last select Yes to confirm installation of install One UI Beta.
- Once the installation is finished, select Reboot system now.
Your phone must boot up into One UI beta firmware based on Android 9 Pie.
Congratulations! You just successfully installed the One UI Beta on your device.
These are the easiest way to install One UI beta on your device. I hope this article works the way it is intended to be. Let us know about your experience trying out the methods mentioned in this article in the comments section down below. In case I missed mentioning anything or if there is some topic which you want me to cover, please let me know in the comments section down below.