Android 8.1 Oreo on Galaxy Note 4! [Install Guide/HOWTO]

While Samsung has stopped updating the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 since Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, you can still manually install your Note 4 to the latest Android 8.1 Oreo by installing a custom ROM if you have one of the models supported.

NOTE: This is an AOSP ROM! (What is AOSP?)

Supported models:

  • SM-N910F, SM-N910G, Sprint SM-N910P, SM-N910R4, T-Mobile SM-N910T, SM-N910T3, Verizon SM-N910V, Canadian SM-N910W8
  • Chinese Dual SIM models: SM-N9100ZC, SM-N9100ZH, SM-N91006W, SM-N91009W

Now, Lineage OS ROM 15.1 is based on Android 8.1 Oreo which will give you all the latest Android updates and features but this is still a “beta” version, meaning there may be bugs.  In my testings, I found everything to work well including calls, 4G LTE, bluetooth, all except broken front camera and video recording plus root.  For camera, you will be stuck with still photos on the back camera and please do not flash Magisk or SuperSU on this ROM as rooting will break your phone calls(it is a bug).  But these should be fixed in the near future and when they are, you should be able to update your ROM easily without starting over.

UPDATE: Camera works fine actually on the latest version and also root too!

For step-by-step installation, please refer to the video tutorial above.

Download:

Download Lineage OS ROM for SM-N910F, SM-N910G, Sprint SM-N910P, SM-N910R4, T-Mobile SM-N910T, SM-N910T3, Verizon SM-N910V, Canadian SM-N910W8 – Link

Download Lineage OS ROM for Chinese Dual SIM models: SM-N9100ZC, SM-N9100ZH, SM-N91006W, SM-N91009W – Link

Download TWRP for SM-N910F, SM-N910G, Sprint SM-N910P, SM-N910R4, T-Mobile SM-N910T, SM-N910T3, Verizon SM-N910V, Canadian SM-N910W8 – Link

Download TWRP for Chinese Dual SIM models: SM-N9100ZC, SM-N9100ZH, SM-N91006W, SM-N91009W – Link

Download BeansGapps (Android 8.1 Oreo)Link

Download ODIN – Link

Download Samsung USB Drivers – Link

Download Magisk – Link

Also check out these mods I’ve installed along with the ROM:

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UPDATE: PLEASE DO NOT USE MAGISK OR SUPERSU as it break CALLS.

Credits – XDA <— Please donate to the developers here if you enjoyed this ROM, thx!

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37 Responses

  1. Clyde Tilburn says:

    Hi
    When will the oreo 8.1 come for the N910C note 4…
    Thanks

  2. Marc says:

    Hello.

    I have a Canadian version from Rogers operator (SM-N910w8). This model had a lock bootloader. Few years ago, I installed the 3.10.94-Emotion-TW-nightly-r23 kernel to unlock the bootloader and be able to install a custom room. Your tutorial help me alot at this time with that.

    Because I have a 5.1.1 version of Android right now, I think i have to change the Kernel and the bootloader to be able to install this Oreo 8.1 Room. So my question is : Do you think i can update the phone with Samsung Switch and after that, follow your tutorial to install Oreo or do I have to unlock the bootloader again to avoid a bootloop?

    What do you think is the best way for me do that?

    Thank you very much for your help.

  3. ANAND SINGH says:

    How come Magisk link when not to Install it?

  4. ANAND SINGH says:

    Please let me know if s pen working in this.

  5. Redeye Dog says:

    So I got it to finish installing but the 4 corners trick wouldn’t work until I just started hitting the corners clockwise repeatedly. At some point, it finished.

    What’s the verdict? Install MAGISK OR SUPERSU or wait? A bit confusing upstairs..

  6. Redeye Dog says:

    Hmmm. Not sure anyone cares, but I wanted to update with some information to share.

    The ROM wouldn’t even run in recovery, because my bl was not one of the bl’s on it’s compatible list. The error message listed: TRLTE, TRLTEDT, TRLTECAN, TRLTESPR, TRLTETMO, TRLTEUSC, TRLTEVZW, TRLTEXX as prerequisite to running setup.

    I had my old bl backed up and after putting in, setup started and installed as usual. Aside from setup crashing at the end (use 4 corner trick), I found a few concerns with the rom itself.

    Not complaints because Oreo is AWESOME!!

    Probably the biggest issue is it seems that this beta version does not recognize Samsung’s Fast Chargers, so it takes forever to charge! Couple that with no battery optimization included in this version, you’ll have a difficult time if you are a heavy user.

    I wish split screen worked correctly. I used Dr. Ketan’s rom before this one with the same apps. They split screen fine. I get the message that “this app does not support split screen,” but we know better.

    Caller voice quality could definitely be improved, too. This is a beta so I’m hoping that all this stuff gets resolved in future releases. Thanks Maxx and big thanks to the developers!

    That’s all I can think of at the moment.

  7. Kevin says:

    Thank you Redeye Dog. I’ve been waiting to hear better reviews, but can’t justify it as a daily. I am hoping for fixed bugs and more support for this ROM.

  8. Redeye Dog says:

    OK. So it turns out my earlier complaint was not accurate. I had purchased a new battery a few day before making the transition to Oreo. I just didn’t notice hat it wasn’t working correctly. After replacing it again, fast charging works great and drain isn’t bad at all.

    So everything works except, camera is a bit screwy at times, I miss incoming calls at times (but not sure if that has to do with my cheap service or not), but the most annoying thing has to be that I cannot use my pen for anything!

    I was hoping I could at least take simple notes but ever since I installed this ROM, the pen has that little circle when I hover over (ANYTHING) and it seems to be stuck on inputting so the screen drags whn I want it to be still, characters get selected when I didn’t want and nothing I want to input, inputs. The pen worked great with Dr. Ketan’s ROM.

    I realize I will never have TW functionality with this ROM but I was hoping I could at least use it for simple notes. None of the the on Play Store have helped with this issue. I really don’t want to smack it on the table as I don’t think there is anything wrong with the actual pen

    Anyone know of an app that will stop my pen from being turned on all the time?

  9. Pierre Augereau-Goyaux says:

    Hello, I can not use the security of the fingerprint sensor from the settings (I think there is a bug). I have one more question: my smartphone was root before doing the manipulation, it is still but I believe that SUPER SU does not work. Thank you.

    • Redeye Dog says:

      I had trouble with root at first. Super SU wasn’t working right. After installing Magisk, superSU and root work fine.

  10. Cutti Nguyen says:

    Just complete upgrade my Note 4 yesterday. Works great … Mine has been continuously shut down, turn off, reboot, disconnect, frozen for the past 4-5 months since the release of 6.0.1. BTW, it’s the t-Mobile version SM-N910T. Here are a few small issues: 1/ Video recording does not work. 2/ Can’t use SmartSwitch to restore my old data (I got some back from my google backup) 3/ Bank of America app does not work 4/ Nextflix does not work … That’s all I got so far. Thanks for the video. I wish there is a way to get update from this site somehow (email list?) Thanks.

  11. Kevin says:

    Thanks for the update Cutti! I believe you can get the newer release from the XDA thread. Any more updates and bug reviews would be welcomed. Please post here.

  12. Mika says:

    So I’ve been using this rom for a couple days now and I gotta say that for the most part I love it. However, there’s a few issues.

    1. Major latency issues with some apps, especially SnapChat.
    2. Software issues with Google accounts not synching across various apps requiring an install of Google’s official ones from the play store. Double apps look weird
    3. BLUETOOTH!!! Omfg, this one is a major issue for me. I ride a motorcycle and rely on my phone to navigate me with my wireless earphones but the phone cannot make a stable connection ever.
    4. Fingerprint sensor doesn’t work, same with the rear sensors for taking your pulse and so forth
    5. S-Pen doesn’t work (I think I might need the Samsung apps for that though)
    6. Setup Wizard constantly crashed, it was rather difficult to bypass it

    I haven’t tested a ton on this release quite yet but there are definitely driver problems that need to be resolved. DO NOT USE THIS UPDATE UNLESS YOU CAN HANDLE LOSING HAVE YOUR PHONE FEATURES OR MORE!!!

    • rom the beginning Gary Yun says:

      My N4 SM-N910G after Oreo, S Pen & Bluetooth are working fine! I seldom use the fingerprint sensor or may try later. I got no crash at all. I did also encounter failures during the tedious installation processes! However, I did try several attempts from UNROOT flashing with stock firmware then TWRP installation. After TWRP re-installed successfully, the rest were rather straight forwards!

    • Cedric says:

      I been having the same issues. Can you recommend another ROM to use?

  13. Gary Yun says:

    Hi Max, 10Q! I followed your instruction to UNROOT my N4 SM-N910G back to stock firmware from customized ROM Dr. Ketan M12 successfully then re-install TWRP with several attempts. Finally, I installed Android 8.1.0 Oreo onto my N4 & running smoothly. I understand that the conversion is tedious & have to start from the beginning again if any step failed in between! Now I’m monitoring the Oreo performance so far so good! Once again Thank You Very Much!

    • rom the beginning Gary Yun says:

      After flashing Magisk-v16.1.zip, my N4 becomes fully rooted again!

      • Gary Yun says:

        Installed SuperSU.apk from Google Play Store after Magisk Mgr installed from TWRP, but System said SuperSU Binary is occupied & seemed not function properly. Uninstalled the SuperSU then re-installed Magisk-v16.1.zip from TWRP again. Inside Magisk Mgr, followed the instruction to install Magisk Mgr again. Using “RootCheck” to confirm, now the ROOT is solid & stable! Tried fingerprint sensor, it seemed not working! May do further study later!

        • Gary Yun says:

          After monitoring for few days, Fingerprint sensor not working. GPS not working! BT response no good! Will go back to stock firmware better since this is a 2nd phone to me.

          • Gary Yun says:

            Might be all issues after Magisk ROOT! Now back to stock firmware already. Will try this Oreo with no root when got time.

          • Gary Yun says:

            Retried to install Oreo without root, BT is still no good! Give up & wait for better ROM version.

  14. Aravindh says:

    Hi,
    Any idea for below model?

    SM-N910U
    Thanks,
    Aravindh.k

  15. Mubashir says:

    Can you please tell me the rom is not for note 4 n916s

  16. antonio rodrigues says:

    hi. i install the 8.1 android and everthing is ok. thanks for help. btu now i can not copy files form my windows 10 pc to my phone. yes usb debug is on. can you help? the model is note 4 SM-N910F

  17. Andy says:

    I installed this on my N910P, but oddly I can’t sign into my google account- when I add it under users, I just get gmail on the phone, not my google settings- and none of the google apps are in my drawer- not play store, youtube, the google app, nothing. How can I associate this ROM with my google account and get the play store?

  18. Junaid Nawaz says:

    Is there any update to fix bugs?

  19. Ray Sibanda says:

    Hi I have installed the new os but I’m stuck on the setup screen coz It keeps on saying setup up not responding please can you walk me through how to bypass the setup wizard thank you

  20. JGM says:

    Hi all,
    Curious if this will work for N916L (LGU+ South Korean telecom version). Anybody know?

  21. bayfers says:

    THANKS MAN, WILL SURELY DONATE!
    Only thing which isnt working is the fingerprint sensor, will there be a fix for it?

  22. Silver Sagely says:

    Thanks a Bazillion!!!!! I am thrilled!

  23. kingjez says:

    any new Update??

  24. Fred Bayens says:

    Great, I have now 8.1.0 on my SM-910F, delivered a couple of years ago by Vodafone in the Netherlands.
    When I wanted to use GMail it told me it could not work on 8.1. I installed Outlook and all kind of mail accounts are working now. I have one issue left and that is Bluetooth not working with my smartwatch (AlpinerX). Any idea how to solve this one?

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