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.

Cheap Xbox One Games for Kids: 7 Ways to Save

Cheap Xbox One Games for Kids: 7 Ways to Save is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Ways to get cheap Xbox One games for kids are all around you. If there’s a child in your family who loves Xbox One games, save your money and still get them the games they want with these tips.

Finding cheap Xbox One games is important because the cost of games is slowly rising. New Xbox games only work on the Xbox One, Xbox One S or Xbox One X. Those consoles cost between $250 to $499, and you don’t always get a free Xbox game with them.

Also, an Xbox One game varies a lot in price. Small titles sell in the Microsoft Store for as little as $9.99, but your child might burn through them in a few days. Full Xbox One titles offer more things for them to do and cost $59.99 at launch. That’s a lot of money when you have other spending priorities.

Read: Best Xbox One S Deals

Use these ways to find cheap Xbox One games and make your budget stretch. Instead of paying $59.99 for a single game, you can unlock an entire library for your child with a 6-month Xbox Game Pass. Subscribe to Xbox Live Gold and you get new discounts on games for your child every Tuesday. Your child also gets access to four games a month, without you spending any more money.

There are more ways to find cheap Xbox One games where those methods came from. Here’s everything that you need to know about using them to slash your family’s entertainment budget.

How to Know Which Games Are Safe for Kids

Before you buy any cheap Xbox One games, learn how to find games that are safe for your child. You don’t want to spend money on a game and have to take it away because it is inappropriate. Also, it’s difficult to get a refund for games. Stores don’t let you return a game disc once it’s opened. Digital game stores don’t always allow refunds.

Xbox One games in the United States have a rating from the Electronic Safety Ratings Board on the front of their case or on their game page in the Microsoft Store. The ESRB rates games based on their subject and gameplay, just like the Motion Picture Association rates movies. You should use these tags to quickly decide if a game is right for your child.

If a game’s rating includes an E, it’s family friendly. EC stands for Early Childhood. E for Everyone is a game that’s fine for the entire family to play. E10 is the rating for a game that’s recommended for players older than 10 because of gameplay or its subject.

As you’re looking for cheap Xbox One games, keep the next three ESRB ratings in mind. T for Teen games have some violence and are not suitable for young kids. M is for Mature audiences. Finally, AO is for Adults Only. You won’t see many games with an AO rating, but the T for Teen rating is very common.

The ESRB website has a database of games it’s already rated. Use that database to quickly find kid-safe games if you don’t have any specific titles in mind.

Use Gotta Be Mobile’s How to Set Up Xbox One Parental Controls guide to block your child from seeing anything inappropriate on Xbox Live, including trailers for T and M games.

Xbox Game Pass – $9.99 a Month

Xbox Game Pass is the latest, best way to get cheap Xbox One games for your kids.

If you’re familiar with Netflix, Xbox Game Pass won’t surprise you. The service lets your child play any of its more than 100 games for $9.99 a month or $60 a year. These games range from classics released for the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s last gaming console, to newer titles.

Read: Is Xbox Game Pass Worth Buying?

Buy Xbox Game Pass and know that your child can play the latest Halo, Gears of War and other Microsoft exclusives when their friends are playing them. Xbox Game Pass unlocks new Microsoft-made games on the day they’re released.

Games stay in the Xbox Game Pass library for months, but are eventually replaced with other titles. Before a game leaves the service, use the 20% discount that Game Pass includes to add a game your child loves to their personal library permanently.

Your child loses access to Xbox Game Pass games when their subscription expires.

Subscribe to Xbox Game Pass

Used Xbox One Games

Used game stores are an excellent way to get cheap Xbox One games for your kids.

These stores give gamers cash and store credit for their games, then sell the games to you for less than they would cost brand new. You can get some of your money back when your child finishes the game. Just sell the used game back to the store for credit or cash. You must do this on their behalf because sellers must be 18 or older and have a photo ID.

There’s almost always a store near you that sells used games. Best Buy and Game Stop sell used titles in store and online. Wal-Mart and Amazon have used games on their site, just count on shipping charges.

When it’s time to sell your child’s games, all four stores will give you store credit for them. Game Stop is the only store that will buy your child’s games for cash.

How Much is a Pre-owned Xbox One Game?

The money you save by buying your child cheap Xbox One games from a used gaming store varies. The newer the game, the more that game is. For example, a game just released a few weeks ago usually costs $54.99 used at Game Stop. That’s just a savings of $5.

For the most savings, look for games that are months or years old. Quantum Break, for example, costs just $17.99 at Game Stop. It launched in 2016.

Also, keep an eye on buy 2-get-1 free deals and promotions that earn you more store credit for games your child doesn’t play anymore.

Xbox Live Gold – $9.99 a month

Xbox Live Gold is another gaming subscription from Microsoft, but it’s separate from Xbox Game Pass. Xbox Live Gold includes steep discounts on games and multiplayer access to play with other people.

Read: Is Xbox Live Gold Worth Buying?

Microsoft adds cheap Xbox One games for Xbox Live Gold subscribers to purchase every Tuesday. The savings and selection vary from week to week, but there are usually some solid deals you can take advantage of. For example, Dragon Age Inquisition costs $39.99 normally, but sold for $10 in a recent Xbox Live Gold sale.

Xbox Live Gold also includes access to three games at no extra charge. Microsoft calls this promotion Games With Gold. The company switches at least one game into the Games with Gold library every 15 days.

Xbox Live Gold costs $9.99 a month or $59.99 a year. You child loses access to any games they downloaded through this program if their subscription expires.

Subscribe to Xbox Live Gold

Amazon Prime – $10.99 a Month

Halo Wars 2 is cheaper with Amazon Prime

Amazon’s popular shipping discount service is also a great way to buy cheap Xbox One games for kids. Every Amazon Prime subscriber can buy a new a disc copy of a game before launch and receive a 20% discount. This brings the price of an Xbox One game down to $47.99 from $59.99.

Amazon Prime costs $10.99 a month or $99.99 a year.

Subscribe to Amazon Prime

EA Access – $4.99 a Month

Subscribe to EA Access if your child is really into sports games, like Madden.

This service works a lot like Xbox Game Pass. Pay the service charge to let your child play any game from the EA Access library. A subscription also comes with a 10% discount on game purchases and access to new EA games days before they arrive for other people.

Read: Is EA Access on Xbox One Worth Buying?

Cost and game selection are where EA Access shines. A year of the service costs $29.99. That’s half of what a new game does. For that money, your child can download sports classics, like Madden 17, NHL 17, FIFA 17 and NBA Live 18. These are games EA releases new copies of every year with updated rosters for $59.99. EA publishes some of the biggest franchises in gaming, like Star Wars Battlefront, Mass Effect, Titanfall and Battlefield. 

If there’s one drawback to EA Access, it’s that the latest games don’t arrive on the service until months or years after their launch. That could leave your child playing old editions of Battlefield and Star Wars Battlefront while their friends are enjoying the latest titles.

Subscribe to EA Access

Gamers Club Unlocked – $30 a Year

Best Buy’s video game discount program, Gamers Club Unlocked, is an excellent way to get cheap Xbox One Games. It’s not a subscription service, but it still offers plenty of savings.

Just $30 gets you 20% off your child’s video game purchases for two years. With that discount, a new game goes from costing you $59.99 to just $47.99.

Additionally, you get 10% extra credit when you trade in the games your child has finished and a 10% discount on used games, which are already heavily discounted. Every time you buy your child a game with a Gamers Club Unlocked subscription you get points added to your Best Buy Rewards account for future purchases.

Read: Is Gamers Club Unlocked Worth Buying?

Additionally, My Best Buy gives shoppers that buy new games before release a $10 rewards credit for use on other stuff. This credit doesn’t require Gamers Club Unlocked at all, so definitely use the program to buy yourself something nice or pay for even more games.

Subscribe to Gamers Club Unlocked

Free Xbox Games

For maximum savings, pair some free Xbox One games with one of these other ways to get cheap Xbox One games for kids.

Xbox One has free games, just like your smartphone or tablet. In-game purchases let your child add new weapons and gear with money if you approve of it. World of Tanks, Roblox and Star Trek Online are just a few of the Xbox One’s free games. Our Best Free Xbox Games breakdown includes details about these titles and other great Xbox games that don’t cost anything.

If you choose to let your child download free Xbox Games, create a child account on Xbox Live. You can grant them a small gaming allowance without giving them your credit card details for future purchases.

8 Best New Xbox One Games Coming in 2018

Sea of Thieves – March 20th

Sea of Thieves – March 20th

If you’ve ever thought a pirate’s life seemed exciting, Sea of Thieves is a must-buy in 2018.

Developed by Rare, Sea of Thieves is an online role-playing game. You create your own pirate and act as captain or crew of a pirate ship. You’re free to explore islands and uncover lost treasures when you aren’t firing on or under fire from enemy ships. If you and your crew prefer structure, Sea of Thieves offers that too. Completing quests helps you improve your pirate and ship.

Read: Sea of Thieves Release Date, Details & Features

Sea of Thieves launches on Xbox One on March 20th. Because it’s an Xbox Play Anywhere game, buying a digital copy unlocks a copy on Xbox for Windows.

Pre-order Sea of Thieves from Amazon for $59.99

Cheap Xbox One Games for Kids: 7 Ways to Save is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

PUBG Mobile: 7 Things to Know

PUBG Mobile: 7 Things to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The official PUBG Mobile app is here, allowing you to get your Player Unknown’s BattleGrounds fun on iPhone and Android. The PUBG app joins Fortnite Mobile, Rules of Survival and a whole host of other PUBG Alternatives on mobile.

This is what gamers and parents need to know about the official PUBG Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. This guide walks you through what you need to know about playing PUBG on Android or iPhone, what you need to know about in app purchases and PUBG tips to help you get a Chicken Dinner.

What is PUBG Mobile?

PUBG Mobile is a third person shooter where you loot weapons and gear and fight to be the last person alive.
PUBG Mobile is a third person shooter where you loot weapons and gear and fight to be the last person alive.

PUBG Mobile is the official Player Unknown’s BattleGrounds app for iPhone, iPad and Android. It is a battle royale style game where you drop from a plane to an island and pick up weapons and gear so you can fight to be the last person alive. PUBG gained popularity on PC, came to Xbox One late last year and is now on mobile. This is a third person shooter game on mobile, but we could see a first person mode arrive.

Games last as long as you survive. This could be 5 minutes, or it could take half an hour to finish a game. The first few games you will play against bots, which take it easy on you, so you can expect them to take a lot longer than later matches against other players.

Is PUBG Mobile Safe For Kids?

PUBG Mobile is rates 17+ and it’s rated that for good reason. The purpose of the game is to find other players and kill them. The violence is not super graphic, and blood shows up as a blue-ish green mist instead of red, but the purpose of the game is still to kill other players. Apple rates it 17+ for “Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence” and Google Play rates PUBG Mobile Teen for Violence and Blood.

PUBG Mobile In App Purchases

There are no PUBG Mobile in app purchases yet, but you can expect something to appear down the road.
There are no PUBG Mobile in app purchases yet, but you can expect something to appear down the road.

PUBG Mobile is free to download and free to play. There are no PUBG in app purchases yet. There is a good chance that the game will get in-app purchases at some point in the near future to allow you to buy crates that unlock cosmetic items. It would make sense to see this added as the player base grows. Since there are no ads, the game will need to make money through in-app purchases at some point.

PUBG Mobile Controls

Enable gyroscope for an edge.
Enable gyroscope for an edge.

The PUBG Mobile controls are all on screen, but you can turn on a gyroscope control in the settings to add some motion control as you play or only when you are using a scope.

The on screen controls work well, and your player will loot health items, ammo for weapons you are carrying and accessories automatically. This simplifies the game dramatically. You play against bots for the first game or so, which will help you learn the controls.

PUBG Mobile Controller Support

There is no official PUBG Mobile controller support for iPhone or Android. That’s frustrating for many players. There is a workaround on Android, but you are out of luck on the iPhone.

To use a controller on Android with PUBG Mobile you need to jump through a lot of hoops. This will allow you to play PUBG Mobile with a PS3 or PS4 controller. You need an OTG cable, and the Sixaxis app. This also only works on a Rooted Android device, further limiting the number of devices it will work with.

PUBG Mobile Missions & Events

You earn BattlePoints as you play, but you can also earn them by completing missions and taking part in events. You can access these on the lobby screen, which allows you to see what you need to try to do in each of the games.

Simply logging in each day will unlock new gear and help you earn BP that you can spend on crates to unlock new gear.

PUBG Mobile Tips & Tricks

Use these PUBG Mobile tips and tricks to win.
Use these PUBG Mobile tips and tricks to win.

The first few games are against bots who will shoot so you can get an idea where they are and then stop so you can find them and shoot them. Use these matches to learn the controls, the maps and learn how weapons work.

  • Use Auto Sprint – When you are running forward you can move your finger up to turn on Auto mode. Do this when you are in a fight so you can keep moving while you aim.
  • Use the Gyroscope – You can use the phone’s gyroscope for looking at all times or just when using the scope. Experiment and pick the option that works best for you.
  • Customize Controls – Go into the setting and pick a new controller setting if you have trouble with the default.
  • Change Sensitivity – One of the best ways to improve your game is to change the sensitivity of scopes and general aiming.
  • Mind the Circle – When possible go to the shortest edge of the circle, so that fewer players will be coming up behind you.
  • Learn the PUBG Map – Use to see the PUBG Map and where loot spawns so you can learn more about the game.

You can also check out our PUBG tips and tricks, which you can apply to how you loot, how you fight and where you go in the game.

18 Best iPhone X Cases

x-doria Defense Lux iPhone X Case

x-doria Defense Lux iPhone X Case

The x-doria Defense Lux iPhone X case is amazing. This case looks great, feels awesome and offers military grade drop protection without adding much bulk. 

We love the look of this case in Ballistic Nylon and Black Carbon on the iPhone X. These cases not only offer a cool look, but the back is actually textured like the material listed. The Ballistic Nylon case has a soft, but grippy feel to the back just like you'd expect from looking at it. The Black Carbon feels like textured carbon fiber and looks awesome. 

We didn't mean to, but we did drop our iPhone X in this case and our doorbell camera caught it on video. The case iPhone survived without any problems. 

x-doria designed this case to protect your phone from drops up to 10 feet on concrete and there is . sound channel to direct the speaker towards you instead of straight out the bottom. The raised edge keeps the screen safe when setting the pone face down on a table. 

$34.99 at x-doria

PUBG Mobile: 7 Things to Know is a post by Josh Smith 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.