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Samsung Galaxy S9 Android Pie testing programme: how to get it on your phone

Samsung has confirmed that it is to start rolling out a test version of Google’s Android Pie to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.

The move comes three months after Google first released its latest operating system update and forms part of Samsung’s new One UI, which it trailed during its developer conference earlier this month.

Keen to give it a whirl? Here’s how you can get Android Pie...

Not up to speed with Android Pie yet? Here's a look at what it's got to offer.

1 Back up your Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus

First things first: make sure your phone is backed up. The One UI, which is based on Android Pie, is very much in the early phase of testing, meaning problems could easily arise.

To do this, download the Samsung Smart Switch app for your PC or Mac and plug in your phone.

Follow the onscreen instructions and make sure your data is copied onto your computer.

2 Get your apps in order

Samsung Galaxy S9 in-hand homescreen retail mode

In case there are any problems, it pays to ensure that all your apps are up to date.

You can do this by heading into Google Play and updating any old apps to the very latest versions.

3 Download the Samsung Members app

Samsung members app

Samsung is running its One UI testing programme via its Samsung Members app. This is free, so download it right away and, if you don’t have one already, create a Samsung account.

From here, it’s simply case of tapping Registration of One UI Beta Program to get your self up and running. One UI will be available via the software update section of your device’s Settings app.

4 Move fast

The programme kicks off here in the UK on 20th November and places are likely to be limited.

If you want to take part, make sure you’ve completed the first two steps before then, so you’ll be right at the front of the queue come launch day.

5 And remember you can always quit

android oreo hero

If One UI and Android Pie prove to be unstable on the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, you can always go back to Android Oreo.

In the Galaxy Beta Program section of the Settings app, tap deregister and then use Smart Switch to load your phone up with your back-up.

Your device will wipe all One UI settings and go back to how it used to be. A final build of One UI is set to launch for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus in the New Year.

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