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When will my Galaxy phone get a security update?

Software of any kind can have unintended vulnerabilities and flaws, and Android is no different. As the most widely used mobile operating system, Android is a major target for hackers looking for a way to exploit those vulnerabilities in order to access user data and cause other such inconveniences. To prevent major security exploits, Google fixes newly discovered vulnerabilities in Android by the way of monthly patches that are then released by various smartphone manufacturers for their smartphones through security updates.

Samsung makes the most number of Android smartphones, and it releases security updates for many of them on a monthly basis. In addition to fixing vulnerabilities in the core Android OS, these updates also fix vulnerabilities that affect Samsung’s custom version of Android that runs on all Galaxy smartphones and tablets. But releasing monthly updates to every device in its lineup is a near-impossible tasks, so Samsung releases new security updates for some devices on a quarterly basis (that is, once every three months).

Usually, it’s the flagship devices that receive monthly security updates and the mid-range and budget ones that get quarterly updates, but it’s not always that clear-cut. Some devices may get monthly updates for the first year or two after they hit the market and then be moved to the quarterly schedule, while some may be relegated to quarterly updates from day one. Some devices, especially those that went on sale more than three years ago, only get security updates when a critical vulnerability is discovered or an old vulnerability gets fixed.

When will my Galaxy phone or tablet get a security update?

How do you know how often your Galaxy phone or tablet is supposed to get security updates? Below is a list of all devices that Samsung currently offers monthly and quarterly updates for, and also those that get security updates only when necessary.

Devices on monthly security update schedule

  • Galaxy S7 Active, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8 Active
  • Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e
  • Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 9
  • Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A8 (2018)

Devices on quarterly security update schedule

  • Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S8 Lite, Galaxy Note FE
  • Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy A6, Galaxy A6+, Galaxy A7 (2018)
  • Galaxy A8+ (2018), Galaxy A8 Star, Galaxy A8s, Galaxy A9 (2018)
  • Galaxy A2 Core, Galaxy A10, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A20e, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A40, Galaxy A50, Galaxy A60, Galaxy A70
  • Galaxy J2 (2018), Galaxy J2 Core, Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy J3 Top
  • Galaxy J4, Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J4 Core, Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy J6, Galaxy J6+
  • Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J7 Duo, Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy J7 Neo, Galaxy J7 Top, Galaxy J7 Prime 2, Galaxy J7+, Galaxy J8
  • Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20, Galaxy M30
  • Galaxy Tab A (2017), Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018), Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019), Galaxy Tab A 8 Plus (2019), Galaxy Tab Active 2
  • Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab E 8 Refresh, Galaxy View 2

Devices getting security updates only when necessary

  • Galaxy A3 (2016), Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017)
  • Galaxy J3 Pop, Galaxy J5 (2016), Galaxy J5 Prime, Galaxy J7 (2016), Galaxy J7 Prime, Galaxy J7 Pop
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016), Galaxy Tab S2 L Refresh, Galaxy Tab S2 S Refresh, Galaxy Tab S3

Why doesn’t my Galaxy device always get security updates on schedule?

Unfortunately, even if Samsung says a device is scheduled to get monthly updates, it may not provide a monthly update for that device in every country or region. Samsung can update a device in some regions in, say, the month of April while making owners of the device in other countries wait until the next month (or the one after that) for the latest security update. Sometimes, a device may not get a new security update in any country according to the usual schedule. These delays are often a result of Samsung working on a major update that brings new features or a newer version of the Android OS.

Carriers also affect the schedule for some devices. For example, some carriers may choose to put a device on a quarterly schedule even if Samsung provides a monthly update for unlocked units. And even Samsung doesn’t follow the schedule in every country. In the UK, for example, not even flagships get monthly security updates at times. There are no guarantees, basically, and while Samsung releases security updates with impressive regularity, it’s always possible a Galaxy phone or tablet may miss out on some security patches from time to time.

How do I check if a security update is available?

A security update, like any update, will show up on your device on its own once Samsung releases it in your country. You can also check to see if there’s an update available yourself by opening the Settings app on your device, navigating to Software Update, then tapping the download option (this can be Download updates manually or Download and install depending on your OS version). On older devices, the Software update menu may be inside the About device section of the Settings app.

If an update is not available over the air right from your device, you can check for an update using Samsung’s Smart Switch software for Windows and Mac PCs. Another alternative is to download the most recent firmware for your device and country from our firmware database and upgrade manually using a Windows PC.

How long can I expect security updates for my Galaxy device?

As already mentioned earlier, it’s usually flagship devices that get monthly security updates while mid-range and budget offerings get them every three months. But how long will your Galaxy phone or tablet continue to get security updates? Well, you can expect your device to be on the same schedule for the first two years after it hits the market. In the third year, a device in the monthly schedule is downgraded to quarterly updates and those on a quarterly schedule start getting security updates only when necessary. Samsung has increased the support period for security updates for some devices to the fourth year, but whether this is something that will happen with more devices remains to be seen.


You don’t have to search for your phone’s (or tablet’s) release date to see just how often it will get security updates, though. You can bookmark this page instead and keep checking back to see what security update schedule your Galaxy device falls under. Also keep reading SamMobile for news on when a Galaxy device gets a new software update (security updates, feature updates, and major OS updates). And if you don’t mind getting a bit technical, you can visit Samsung’s dedicated website for Android security updates for details on the major vulnerabilities that are fixed in each month’s security update.

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sumbhu
sumbhu

Will Babgladeshi get softwere mounthly?

Ajasazees
Ajasazees

J200g camar callback error

kingston1984
kingston1984

I have a Note 9, I bought it 1 month ago and I’m still stuck on January security patch. When I try to hit software update it says it is up to date. The software is OXM ROM

marthaargentina
marthaargentina

i don´t like android 8 in mi Galaxi J7

pajkaa5
pajkaa5

A7 2018 A750GN stil on january sec.patch and oreo 8.0 why???

adoniiss1
adoniiss1

Galaxy A8 ja recebeu a atualizaçao do mes de maio e ate agora do galaxy S10 plus nda !

Mahesh sesetti
Mahesh sesetti

J5 prime 2017 not getting security update every 3 months why? Your web site shows quarterly but no updates.

Huzaifa1133
Huzaifa1133

Is it possible that j5 prime got one UI update

cds1648
cds1648

Wonder when we in Australia going to get April update for Galaxy note 9

Kaique Rabelo
Kaique Rabelo

Still waiting for June update for J7 prime (2016) they in Brazil.

warlockba
warlockba

Depending on what phone you have, and where you live, I would answer from monthly to never …

cds1648
cds1648

still waiting for April update for note9 her in Australia

zonny20
zonny20

Same here for New Zealand

everhq
everhq

cuando llegara la actualizacion de android 9 en un galaxy
j8 a peru

Kaique Rabelo
Kaique Rabelo

Android Pie on the Galaxy J7 Prime (2016) Please !!! #Brazil

arrykam
arrykam

Why Latest A30(2019) listed in quarterly update?.

aramisss
aramisss

It is midranger or even entry level phone, so when their premium TAB’s is on that update schedule, it was unfair if it wasn’t

Vipauer
Vipauer

Android Pie on Galaxy S7 please!!!

locarno
locarno

“for details on what vulnerabilities are fixed in each month’s security update.”

They are not disclosed.

locarno
locarno

“Devices getting security updates only when necessary”

Source of this list ?

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

My Tab S4 is still on Dec! Lol what a joke. Hardly any of these get monthly updates. I’m grateful that I’ve had the last couple of months. But I certainly didn’t get February’s, it’s usually been every other month in my experience

cardicek
cardicek

They don’t catch up totally … and they all just know how to write fairy tales 🙂

aramisss
aramisss

Next tab update will be Android Pie

Kaique Rabelo
Kaique Rabelo

Parabéns!!! Você Atualização Android Pie para meu Galaxy j7 prime (2016)

cardicek
cardicek

Yeah sure 🙂 So why do I only have security on my S8 + ETL March? Rather, I think that the S8 only thrown into the four-star security … it looks more like this: X