Want the latest and greatest Android 8.1 Oreo with root on your Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus without the TouchWiz additives from Sammy? Well, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are the best supported devices for AOSP ROMs(What is AOSP?) like LineageOS or Resurrection Remix ROM. I was skeptical myself, as I have been flashing AOSP ROMs for Galaxy devices for over 7 years and most of the time, these custom ROMs are full of bugs in the first few months. Well, I was wrong, EVERYTHING is nearly flawless out of the box with the Resurrection Remix ROM(thanks to flawless LineageOS ROM base). If you don’t like TouchWiz, this is probably the best way to convert your Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus into a full-fledged pure Android device like Pixel phones.
Performance is out of the world with the Resurrection Remix ROM along with extended battery life. If you didn’t care about anything else but you wanted the fastest software running on your S9 or S9 Plus with better battery life than stock, the Resurrection Remix ROM will satisfy your thirst. Based on latest Android 8.1 Oreo, Resurrection Remix ROM strips everything Samsung out of your S9/S9 Plus and replaces with fast pure Android counterparts. Of course, you will lose any Samsung dependent apps or any Samsung apps that require TouchWiz firmware. So, before you install this custom ROM, know that this is going to totally change your S9/S9 Plus (for the better). Also, once you install custom ROM, you will lose Samsung Pay forever but you can still use Google Pay using Magisk Root. This ROM does not support official Magisk versions out of the box but you can use the modified version of Magisk, which works 100% flawless and you will be able to hide root normally.
Resurrection Remix ROM also offers you a slew of customizations you can apply to your phone such as customizing your status bar, clock position, add weather widget to lockscreen, navigation bar, and much much more. Since you have no more Edge panels, you can go with its gesture customization that includes Edge gestures, Gesture Anywhere(my favorite), App Circle Bar, or PIE controls. There are also dozens of great PIE controls you can use instead of Edge panels.
Installation is pretty straight-forward if you already have TWRP recovery installed. You will also need to have at least BRE5 vendor installed, if your firmware ends in “BRE5” or later(alphabetically), you should be good to go. I was on the latest firmware when I installed it on mine and worked out of the box.
Supported models of Galaxy S9 & S9 Plus:
- Galaxy S9 – SM-G960F, SM-G960F/DS, Korean SM-G960N
- Galaxy S9 Plus – SM-G965F, SM-G965F/DS, Korean SM-G965N
Download Resurrection Remix ROM for Galaxy S9 – Link
Download Resurrection Remix ROM for Galaxy S9 Plus – Link
Download Android 8.1 Gapps – Direct Link
Download Modified Magisk for Resurrection Remix – Link
Step 1. You will have to have TWRP recovery installed. If you have not rooted your S9/S9 Plus yet or never installed a custom ROM, please follow How to Install Custom ROM using TWRP on Any Android!
Step 2. When installing the ROM in TWRP, do a factory reset, simply install the ROM zip file, followed by the Android 8.1 Gapps and modified Magisk then reboot.
Step 3. If you want to get Google HDR+ camera, grab this Google HDR+ Camera for Galaxy S9. HDR+ mode works better than stock Samsung S9 camera so you should see better photos with this camera. Portrait mode camera is not working yet but I should have an update when it does.
Credits – XDA
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