So, I installed /e/ via Easy Installer on Galaxy S9+ but now it's on Android 8.1?


First of all, I’m a novice when it comes to flashing devices. I wanted to free myself from Google and therefore decided to use /e/.

I installed the /e/ OS on my Samsung Galaxy S9+ today, which was running on Android 10, using the Easy installer (snap version) on opensuse Linux.
After the seemingly successful installation, I now have /e/ OS running but this appears to be a “downgrade” to Android 8.1 as a base - this wasn’t clear during the installation at all. There was no information about which version was installed. If I look into the Snap folder and then ‘Sources’ it also only mentions “e-latest-star2lte”.
How do I now get the latest version?
Can I use this Guide to upgrade from 8.1 to 10 (Q) without being on (stock?) Android 10 first?

No !
as this page is written for orthers devices that use fastboot commands.

I am not sure you have to reinstall stock-samsung-android-10 as you already were on this version previously. (easier using windows Odin than Linux Heimdall)

Then compare the steps of this page
(Just don’t care about the vendor patch that was for android-8)
To the detailed steps of this illustrated guide
/[HOWTO] install /e/ on a Samsung device from a GNU/Linux PC successfully

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Qu’affichent les infos sur la version de bande de base (modem) dans les paramètres a propos de l’appareil ?

I am not sure that I understand you correctly.
The Easy Installer has TWRP installed, so you could possibly do something with it?
These fastboot commands, aren’t they part of “android-tools”? They are available for opensuse in the OBS repos (see openSUSE Software).

Qu’affichent les infos sur la version de bande de base (modem) dans les paramètres a propos de l’appareil ?
Translation: What does the baseband (modem) version info show in the About Settings?


Le easy-installer a probablement flashé le fichier modifié "vendor.img” évoqué dans la documentation (permettait d’installer /e/oreo par dessus un Android 8, 9, 10)
Il posera problème pour un fonctionnement avec /e/Q

Peut-être peux-tu extraire du firmware Samsung Android 10, le nouveau vendor.img et le flasher avec TWRP ( ou Heimdall ) vers la partition prévue (VENDOR), avant d’installer /e/.

Sinon tu devra réinstaller le firmware Samsung complet, ce qui paraît plus sûr ( plus clair en tout cas, mais fastidieux si tu n’as pas accès a windows )
Avant d’installer TWRP, le patch de decryption et /e/ pour finir

Translation: Maybe you can extract from the Samsung Android 10 firmware, the new vendor.img and flash it with TWRP ( or Heimdall ) to the intended partition (VENDOR),
Otherwise you’ll have to reinstall the complete Samsung firmware, which seems safer ( clearer anyway )

OK then I would rather choose the safe variant and reinstall the entire Samsung firmware…
Then once I’m on (stock) Android 10, I can try the detailed guide you posted instead of using the Easy Installer.
How do I get the Samsung firmware back on the phone?

I have Windows available, on a second Hard drive so that shouldn’t be the issue.

using Odin

do you know your CSC code ?

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Hi @Xenthos welcome,

Oreo is quite a good OS, and you have the stable /e/ version.

Are there some Android 10 features you really need?

It is a complicated position. I recommend you stick with Oreo for a week, while you get your bearings. :slight_smile:

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Ok via Odin on Windows I suppose.

No I don’t know my CSC code… Something out of Germany I think.
It’s not carrier locked, so I can use DBT?

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You can choose DBT, it is lighter as it is free of carrier’s adds

You can find your CSC code there
IMEI CHECK - Free IMEI Checker Online |

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ok I tried odin but in download mode I get a red error message and it doesn’t seem to do anything after that.

I don’t know what I’m doing wrong …
I’m using Odin3_v3.14.4; Samsung-USB-Driver-v1_7_23_0 && this firmware (DBT) SM-G965F_2_20201012211233_hme8eekytx_fac

the Bootloader file you tried to flash is older than the one in your device

it is G965F XXU C
you need minimum G965F XXU F or later

Should I skip the BL file in Odin then?

OK that explains it then but… unfortunately I can not find a firmware with a suitable version on the site

you can’t !

but try this under linux :

open the AP_folder.tar.md5
extract the vendor.img,
Boot the device in TWRP mode and plug it to the PC.
copy/paste the vendor.img into your device storage
using TWRP, install the right vendor.img
then using TWRP install /e/.zip

if that don’t work, i am thinking about reinitialising your Bootloader level with a “combination”

in TWRP: Install → Install Image → vendor.img → Select target partition?
Now I get to choose:
System image
vendor image
carrier configs

Don’t know which one, best guess would be vendor (???)

In your guide on " /[HOWTO] install /e/ on a Samsung device from a GNU/Linux PC successfully" you mentioned that

twrp version 3.4.0-0 is designed for android 10/Q don’t choose it

currently it’s running 3.2.3-0, can I even install the /e/ Q with that?

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3.2.x-x was designed for devices shipped with android 8

try and see

All right, it worked!

I chose vendor image for the first flash, then moved the .zip file of the Q version (dev branch /e/ image ROM download ) on the internal storage of the phone and installed that.
Reboot. Now it’s on Android 10

However, everything is sooooo smaaaaaaalll

BUT ok, that will have to wait for a fix later…

BTW will I need to update TWRP in the future? Will that work with future updates?

Thanks a lot for your help!

something’s missing ? What is sooo smaaall ? is it abnormal ? or you are just surprised ?

any idea ? it is not a "G965FXXUFFUE1_vendor-file" !

do you want an cleaner install ?

Please modify tittle…