AT&T Samsung Galaxy S8 now getting Oreo update

T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon have all released the Android Oreo update for the Samsung Galaxy S8 after Samsung itself released it for unlocked models. Now AT&T has done the same.

The Oreo update includes new features like picture-in-picture, username and password autofill, improved notification control, notification dots, and more. Samsung has also updated the UI to Samsung Experience 9.0, which is the same software version as the new Galaxy S9.

While it’s not the latest and greatest Android 8.1, it’s still good to see last year’s flagship being updated rather than ignored. If you own an AT&T model of the S8, head to settings and check for updates!

How to Enable Full Screen Apps on Galaxy S9

How to Enable Full Screen Apps on Galaxy S9 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Have you noticed some apps don’t use the full screen on your Galaxy S9? If so, this guide will explain how to force apps into full screen mode on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. These phones have big and beautiful 5.8 or 6.2-inch curved screens, and you might as well take full advantage of it.

Thanks to the 18.5:9 aspect ratio on the Galaxy S9 the screen is taller and not as wide. This makes certain apps use less than the full screen. As a result, you might see black bars at the top and bottom of apps.

Read: 10 Cool Things the Galaxy S9 Can Do

This is similar to 16:9 widescreen movies and video a few years ago. With new phones like the Galaxy S9, Note 8, Pixel 2 XL and more having this screen type, a lot of users are experiencing problems. Until more app developers adopt this standard, you’ll need to enable or force “full screen apps” yourself in the settings menu. Here’s how.

We saw a similar problem last year with the Galaxy S8, and even more recently with the iPhone X. As a result, most developers quickly updated their apps to work across a wide array of screen sizes, resolution, and aspect ratios. Most Android apps easily and instantly scale up to fill the entire screen. This way they work on a smartwatch, the Galaxy S9, or Android TV.

However, a few might not, and you’ll have to manually force them into the right mode so they use the full 6.2-inch Galaxy S9+ screen you paid for.

How to Enable Full Screen Apps on the Galaxy S9

Most apps and games look great on the bigger screen, but not all of them. Some fit, but they just don’t look right, or content gets cut off. As a result, you might need to force full screen mode on some, and disable it for others.

  • Pull down the notification bar and head to Settings (gear-shaped icon near the top right)
  • Find and select Display
  • Select Full Screen Apps
  • Find an app that isn’t highlighted and switch full screen mode On
  • Force any eligible app into full screen mode

As you can see from our image above, most of the apps work perfectly on the Galaxy S9. That’s where you need to navigate to in settings. Then, simply scroll through the list and enable (or disable) the apps you need to change. We had to force Snapchat into full screen mode, and disable it on one game where the buttons disappeared off the sides of the screen.

It’s also worth mentioning that videos have a similar option that will pop up for users. Letting us expand them to full screen if it isn’t already. Or, if you’re watching YouTube, pinch to zoom will expand it to use the entire display.

Should You Do This?

Whether or not you force apps to use the entire screen is up to you. Personally, everything I switched worked fine, and I’ve experienced zero problems. However, you might, so keep that in mind. If any app starts to look funny just follow the steps again, and toggle it back off. At this point, most app developers have fixed any display problems, but you might run into the occasional issue.

Read: How to Fix Bad Galaxy S9 Battery Life

In closing, some apps may look squished on the edges or certain elements could slide off the edge of your screen. This is because developers need to update their apps. Again, expect almost everything to work perfectly on the Galaxy S9. If our tips don’t fix your problem, you can always reach out to the developer on the Google Play Store. Before you go, take a peek at these 15 common Galaxy S9 problems and how to fix them.

How to Enable Full Screen Apps on Galaxy S9 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Warranty: What You Need to Know

Samsung Galaxy S9 Warranty: What You Need to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Did you know you can buy an extended Galaxy S9 warranty or Galaxy S9+ warranty directly from Samsung? Giving you additional peace of mind in any situation. Premium Care protects against things like water damage, broken screens, and general device failure. In fact, it covers almost any situation.

A few years ago Samsung sold Protection Plus plans that were similar to Apple Care. However, with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 things are much different, and easier. Now it’s Samsung Premium Care, and you have lots of benefits. Either way, owners will work directly with Samsung for fast replacements, troubleshooting, customer support and much more.

Read: 20 Best Galaxy S9 Cases

In fact, Premium Care offers far more than just replacement devices. You’ll get in-person support or help setting up your Galaxy S9, replacement devices hand-delivered, or same-day repairs at hundreds of locations. Yes, this is an additional charge on top of paying for the phone. It’s also an extended warranty that goes beyond the standard 1-year option from Samsung. Here’s what you need to know.

Instead of paying over $100 for some sort of warranty on the Galaxy S9, Samsung Premium Care is a low monthly fee. One that you can cancel whenever you want, although we recommend keeping it for the Galaxy S9 and those curved glass edges.

From what we understand, those old Protection Plus plans are not available for the Galaxy S9. That said, all buyers still get the traditional 1-year warranty against manufacturer defects and device failure. Then, choose something like Premium Care which is far more useful.

What is Samsung Premium Care?

Samsung Premium Care is optional protection for Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ owners. Free for the first 30 days, then $11.99 a month for as long as you need extended coverage. Yes, it’s another monthly payment similar to carrier insurance, but we strongly recommend it over carrier insurance plans. Here’s a full list of frequently asked questions and answers.

It’s advertised as an extended Galaxy S9 warranty, and that’s because it is. On top of the traditional 1-year coverage, this Premium Care plan has a slew of options that millions of customers will enjoy.

What Does the Galaxy S9 Warranty Cover?

Most users will choose Premium Care for the easy screen repairs, but that’s only a small part of what it has to offer. Not only will Samsung replace your Galaxy S9 no matter what happens, under any circumstance, but they’ll hand deliver it to your house. Not to mention have a HelloTech representative guide you through transfer and setup. This person comes to your house, or anywhere you are to answer any other tech-related questions. It’s your own personal delivery guy and tech support.

Furthermore, Samsung recently announced that they’re partnered with UBREAKIFIX, which has over 300 retail stores in the United States. These shops offer same-day repairs on the Galaxy S9, typically in less than 45 minutes. That means you don’t have to go without a phone. Simply go get the screen fixed for $99, as long as you have Premium Care.

Galaxy S9 Warranty Support Info

Customer support is open 7 days a week (9 AM – 9 PM EST) by calling 1-866-553-3239. For just $11.99 a month, you’ll get everything mentioned above as a Galaxy S9 extended warranty. You even get 1 in-home visit a month (if needed) for tech support. And that’s just the added benefits, not the most important part.

The bottom line, however, is that Premium Care covers any and all situations. If your phone is broken, you drop it, water-damaged or has a cracked screen, they’ll fix it. It doesn’t matter, they’ll replace it. Premium Care members can get up to three Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ replacements per year. However, that does come with a standard $99 deductible. Although it’s cheaper than most insurance plans provided by carriers in the US. It doesn’t look like it covers lost or stolen phones though, so keep that in mind.

So if your phone breaks for absolutely any reason, Samsung will replace or repair it 3 times in a year for $99. Additionally, you can run to a nearby UBREAKIFIX store and get it fixed in under an hour.

How to Buy a Galaxy S9 Warranty?

Again, if your S9 has a mechanical failure and you don’t have Premium Care, you’re still covered by the regular 1-year manufacturer warranty. Keep that in mind. This is just extra coverage for life’s daily hazards, and everything else. If you do want to buy that extra coverage for everything mentioned above, you’ll need to pay for Samsung Premium Care.

It’s free for the first 30 days, then you can call Samsung and set up a payment plan for Premium Care. You can pay for as long as you want, and cancel at any time. To get started paying $11.99 a month or to ask questions, call 1-866-371-9501. Or, download the Shop Samsung App, and get it there.

Premium Care is an excellent option for most Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners. It guarantees fast and accurate service right from Samsung themselves. Or, same-day repairs from a certified store with original Samsung parts.  The personal in-home delivery of a new device is a nice touch, too.

However, another option is the SquareTrade Galaxy S9 warranty that is only $89 per year. SquareTrade has three different options to choose from as well. Don’t forget to read the fine print to know exactly what to expect with both Samsung Premium Care or a different service like SquareTrade. Some of the smaller details are in replacements, as mentioned below. There is also mention of a “deductible, if applicable” for repairs, so keep that in mind.

Other Details

Speaking of fine print, we wanted to quote something from Samsung’s Premium Care. Just so potential buyers know what to expect. You can get three repairs per year, with a deductible, and you might get a refurbished phone as your replacement. Which, honestly, is fine with me. Here’s a quote from Samsung’s fine print.

Samsung replacements can come in three different forms: a new, repaired, or refurbished product. Or issue a cash credit equal to the value of the replacement product, and last but not least provide a settlement equal to the value of the replacement product, not to exceed the maximum replacement value of the original product less any applicable deductible.”

In closing, Samsung’s Premium Care plan is a great option to keep your Galaxy S9 safe. It’s basically an extended Galaxy S9 warranty. Perfect for anyone that’s accident-prone, or breaks a lot of phones. It covers the device for as long as you make monthly payments, only costs $12 so it’s pretty affordable, and is the best route considering it comes directly from Samsung. It sounds a lot better than a carrier insurance plan.

Be careful with your new device. And, in the case of an accident, you’ll want to have a backup plan as we’ve detailed above. Before you go consider buying a case for the Galaxy S9+. Then, check out the slideshow below detailing the 9 best screen protectors.

9 Best Galaxy S9+ Screen Protectors

Caseology Tempered Glass (Easy Install Tray)

Caseology Tempered Glass (Easy Install Tray)

First off, we're recommending the Caseology Tempered Glass Screen protector kit for the Galaxy S9+. While they make great cases, the reason this made our list is because of the easy installation tray.

No one likes putting on screen protectors, and half the time we mess up anyways. With Caseology, you'll get a super simple easy installation tray that perfectly aligns the glass protector for you. Pull off the protective film, line it up, and drop it in place. Then use the included squeegee to get rid of any bubbles.

Each Caseology glass works great with cases, which means the edges are just a tiny bit short so your case doesn't pull it up and ruin your screen protector. They're using 9H reinforced glass with anti-fingerprint coatings, rounded edges to prevent chipping, and it's pretty affordable too. Don't forget Samsung sells official accessories as well. 

Buy it Now on Amazon for $15.99

Samsung Galaxy S9 Warranty: What You Need to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Here’s How Long the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Update Takes

Here’s How Long the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Update Takes is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update is a big upgrade, but it should only take you a few minutes to download and install on your phone provided you’ve prepared yourself, and your device, for the transition.

After a bit of a wait, the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update is finally rolling out. The update is currently limited to models in Europe, but it’s expected to expand to North America and other regions by the end of the month. Samsung Canada says it plans to start pushing the update on March 28th.

Like the Galaxy S8 Oreo update, the Galaxy Note 8’s Android Oreo update is a substantial upgrade with a long list of features, enhancements, fixes, and security patches. Given what’s on board, most Galaxy Note 8 users will want to make the move from Nougat to Oreo soon after the update arrives.

When you go to install Android Oreo on your Galaxy Note 8, you’ll want to set aside some free time to monitor the download and installation. Moving from one version of Android to another can cause issues so you’ll want to watch the process like a hawk.

We can’t tell you exactly how much time you’ll need to set aside to complete the process because it varies from person-to-person, device-to-device. We we can do though is help you figure out how much time to set aside when your Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update arrives.

If you’re already prepared for the Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade the installation process could take less than 10 minutes to complete. If you haven’t, it could take a lot longer.

Backup (Optional)1-30 Minutes
Oreo Download3-15 Minutes
Oreo Update5-10 Minutes
Total Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Update Time10 Minutes to 1 Hour

Prepare for Android Oreo

Before you start the installation process, make sure you prepare yourself and your device for Android Oreo. A little prep work goes a long way toward preventing problems and headaches.

If you don’t know where to start, please take a look at our guide to the pre-installation process. It’ll walk you through everything we think you should do before you install Oreo on your Galaxy Note 8.

If you don’t have a whole lot of time to devote to prep work, at the very least you should make sure your data is backed up. Data loss issues are rare, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

These steps might take some of you a few minutes max. However, those of you who haven’t been keeping up or taking care of the device might need 30 minutes or more to prepare.

Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Download Time

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo update is currently limited to users in France and we expect the exact size of the download to differ region-to-region and carrier-to-carrier. Here’s what we know so far.

The Android Oreo update Samsung’s pushing out to Galaxy Note 8 users is a little over 1GB, same as Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Oreo update.

If you connect your Galaxy Note 8 to a fast Wi-Fi connection, the Android Oreo update should download in less than three minutes.

Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Installation Time

If you’re running the latest version of Android for your Galaxy Note 8, it shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes to get Android Oreo and Experience 9.0 up and running on your device.

If you aren’t running the latest version, you might be forced to download the security and bug fix updates you skipped along the way. This will obviously prolong the process.

If you don’t want to deal with this, we highly recommend getting your Galaxy Note 8 up-to-date before your Android Oreo update arrives.


Once the installation is complete, make sure you check your important data (photos, videos, etc). Again, data loss is rare, but you’ll want to make sure everything made it through.

After the installation process finishes up you might need to spend some time logging back into your various accounts and services.

Dig through your applications and services to ensure that you’re still logged in. This could take awhile if you’ve got a ton of apps on your phone.

Next we recommend testing your core apps and services to make sure they’re working properly. If you notice something wrong with an app, check the appropriate store for an update.

Samsung’s rolled out Android Oreo support updates for its apps and those should help. If they don’t, get in touch with the developer (be it Samsung or a third-party developer) and report the issue.

Keep an eye out for bugs and performance issues. If you notice something, report it to Samsung and/or your carrier. If you do run into an issue with your new software, take a look at our list of fixes for common Galaxy Note 8 problems.

4 Reasons Not to Install Galaxy Note 8 Oreo & 6 Reasons You Should

Install Oreo to Improve Your Security

Install Oreo to Improve Your Security

If you value your security you should probably install the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update soon after it arrives for your device. 

Samsung continues to release important security patches each month and the Galaxy Note 8's Android 8.0 Oreo update brings the latest patches from Google and Samsung. 

The first batch of Galaxy Note 8 Oreo updates bring Samsung's March security update, but we expect upcoming releases to come with newer security patches.

If you're curious about the current version, you can read more about the security patches over on Samsung's website

If you failed to download an older security update from another month, you'll get those patches when you go to install Oreo on your Galaxy Note 8 for the first time. Each update comes with important patches to protect you and your phone from harm.  

Samsung's version of Android 8.0 also comes with security improvements to Samsung Pay and enhancements to Find My Mobile.

The changes to Find My Mobile include the ability to remotely back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud if you lose your Galaxy Note 8 and a way to lock up Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.

Android Oreo comes with enhancements to the device's Biometrics. Features that use biometrics like your face, fingerprints, and irises are only available when you use a secure screen lock type like a pattern, PIN, or password.

If you decide to switch to a non-secure screen lock type (Swipe or None), a Galaxy Note 8 running Android Oreo will automatically suspend biometric authentication for unlocking and for verification in apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass. 

Here’s How Long the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Update Takes is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Best Car Chargers for the Samsung Galaxy S9

Best Car Chargers for the Samsung Galaxy S9 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Keep your Galaxy S9 charged on the go with one of these fast car chargers. Did you know the Galaxy S9 can recharge just as fast in the car as it does at home? As long as you buy a certified fast car charger. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know and a list of the best car chargers for the Galaxy S9.

Read: 15 Common Galaxy S9 Problems & How to Fix Them

Buying the right charger will make a big difference in terms of how fast your phone recharges. Whether you’re trying to fix bad Galaxy S9 battery life or just want a faster charge, this is one of the easiest methods. Buying any random car charger isn’t going to work. Instead, you’ll want to choose one from a reputable brand. Some on our list are as cheap as $10, while others from Samsung cost a little more but ensure the best and safest experience.

How Quick Charging Works

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 uses a technology called adaptive fast charging. Similar to Qualcomm Quick Charge. With this, instead of taking 3 hours to recharge phones can fill up in around 80-90 minutes. Additionally, it enables the Galaxy S9 to go from 0-50% in just 25 minutes.

When the battery is very low, the charger will deliver more power than usual so it charges very quickly. It does this safely, at the right voltage recommended by Samsung. Then, after 20-30 minutes it goes back to regular speeds to preserve the life of the battery cells. It’s still fast, just not as fast. Otherwise, your battery would degrade over time and no longer hold a full charge. That’s why the first half of the charge cycle is faster than the second half.

However, without an adaptive or quick charge certified charger, your Galaxy S9 will take between 2-3 hours to recharge. See the benefit? This means that old car charger you bought at a gas station or have used for years isn’t going to work. Well, it works, it’s just not going to charge very fast.

In closing, Samsung provides one fast wall charger in the box, and you’ll want those same super-fast speeds in your car or while traveling. With that in mind, we’ve round-up a list of the best fast car chargers for the Galaxy S9 in our slideshow below.

Samsung Adaptive Fast Car Charger ($16)

Samsung Adaptive Fast Car Charger ($16)

Our first recommendation is Samsung's very own "adaptive fast" car charger. 

This has precise power output levels perfect for the Galaxy S9 or S9+ and is nearly identical to the wall plug that came in the box with your phone. Better yet, Samsung's fast car charger has two USB ports, allowing owners to plug in more than one device at a time and get a quick recharge.

This ensures a safe, fast and efficient charging experience while you're traveling. Keep in mind that only one of the two ports is "fast charge capable" although the second one still uses a decent 2.0 amps of output power.

Samsung provides both a USB Type-C and a micro USB cable in the box.

Buy it Now from Samsung for $39.99 or on Amazon for $16

Best Car Chargers for the Samsung Galaxy S9 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.