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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 S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8 Active
  • Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G
  • Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
  • Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A8 (2018)

Devices on quarterly security update schedule

  • Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S7 Active, 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 A10e, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A20e, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A40, Galaxy A50, Galaxy A60, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A80
  • Galaxy J2 (2018), Galaxy J2 Core, Galaxy J3 Top
  • Galaxy J4, Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J4 Core, Galaxy J6, Galaxy J6+
  • Galaxy J7 Duo, Galaxy J7 Top, Galaxy J7 Prime 2, Galaxy J7+, Galaxy J8
  • Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20, Galaxy M30, Galaxy M40
  • 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
  • Galaxy Xcover 4s

Devices getting security updates only when necessary

  • Galaxy A3 (2016), Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017)
  • Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy J3 Pop, Galaxy J5 (2016), Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy J5 Prime, Galaxy J7 (2016), Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J7 Prime, Galaxy J7 Pop, Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy J7 Neo
  • 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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anoruo
anoruo

My Galaxy S8 Camera refused to start up.
It says “Warning: Camera failed”

Please, help!

jamal basha
jamal basha

iam using j415f mobile.how to downgrade pie to oreo?
my country code is india.

Saysarun
Saysarun

samsung note5

Alain682
Alain682

Cuales son los riesgos de actualizar por aquí

acharyakrishna159
acharyakrishna159

dear guise i cannot success to download official rom for my galaxy grand prime ( smg531hds) phone i have tried 5/6 day but cannot success, I have already sammobile account please help

wichimc08
wichimc08

cual es el riesgo que mi samsung s9 quede de forma root o quedara normal? ya que mi s9 no recibe la actualización de andorid 9 y fui a los samsung de mi país y no hay la actualización por el hecho de que el mobil es traído de otro país y acabo de encontrar la actualizacion en esta pagina pero no quiero que quede rooteado necesito info porfa

Basterretche
Basterretche

Si te referís a flashear tu equipo con los archivos de actualización de firmware correctos, no corrés en absoluto el riesgo de quedar root ya que no es el mismo procedimiento.

Basterretche
Basterretche

Apenas recibí mi s9 lo actualicé con el firmware de sammobile a Android 9 y con el parche de seguridad del mes de Julio. Ningún problema para Argentina.

MAA DURGA
MAA DURGA

j700f ka naugat 7.0 update kab aaega

YOUSAFGILLANI
YOUSAFGILLANI

opij

oriolbis
oriolbis

hola actualise mi samsung j2 prime g532m con odin desde la pagina oficial de sammobile, y ahora mi movil queda en solo llamadas de emergencia y cuando marco *#0011# me aparece certifi: fail, a que se debe este error

wichimc08
wichimc08

entonces se te cambio el imei?
hay riesgos entonces?
ayuda por que si es asi no me arriesgo

Mardiana Ridzwan
Mardiana Ridzwan

Handphone samsung s8 saya blm dapet pembaruan android PIE, minta tolong bantuannya?
Terimakasih

Hugo Galicia Garcia
Hugo Galicia Garcia

Descargando el parche de seguridad de JUNIO de telcel!🤬

tnm32773
tnm32773

The July 2019 security patch locked my phone…thanks Samsung.

Tecnicell1
Tecnicell1

holsa quiero el de j3

thanhwed1995
thanhwed1995

samsung j7 pro xxv vietnam android 9 ngay ?

jason097
jason097

you know today i update my j7 neo and SURPRISE the touch isn’t response so i’m out off phone ja…ja…ja, samsung, samsung huuug :v

nidalzino
nidalzino

i need help. my samsung a520f is unknown imei and baseband … i flash a lot of firmware without result, message after flashing : check fail bootloader

siavashes
siavashes

hey
i have this problem too

send pm on telegram to me @siavash_es

linkin par
linkin par

Que posibilidades hay q el samsung A520F 2017 se actualize a android 9 para mi es un buen dispositivo y se merece q se lo carguen

jason097
jason097

al j7 neo se lo dieron y me quede sin touche :v

Thayna Yanca
Thayna Yanca

Meu celular Samsung j5 prime atualizou é ficou uma merda a câmera poderia corrigir o flash da câmera frontal

chrisjord
chrisjord

Hello Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) still have apps appear on top problem. As the glitch was came from January 2019 update. So the issue still didn’t fixed.. of floating buttons,chat heads
Don’t appear on screen but they’re running behind on notification panel.

Krijal12
Krijal12

How I get Security patch on samsung galaxy on 7pro 2019?

shahzadkhan9
shahzadkhan9

how i get s8 plus 30 may 2019 security patch plz help me

jaurescfa
jaurescfa

svp plait y a t’il la mise a jour de GALAXY S6 EDGE (SM G-925T)

jaurescfa
jaurescfa

AH OK J’AI EU

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

73Landau
73Landau

You can look for a non carrier firmware and install that. There should be something for your region more up to date available.

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