While the September security update already started deploying earlier today, a number of active Samsung devices are still in the process of getting this month’s patch level. The Galaxy A21 is one of those, having just started receiving the August 1st, 2021 update in the United States. The new firmware is targeting the carrier-locked variants of the device and can be identified by release version A215USQS5AUG6.
If you’re eager to get your hands on the new firmware, try forcing a download manually by going to Settings > Software update > Download and install. If that doesn’t work, our firmware archives stand ready at your disposal. Assuming you’re willing and able to flash the software to your Galaxy A21 on your own.
The Galaxy A21 is still waiting for Android 11
Despite releasing over a year ago, the Galaxy A21 is still running One UI 2.0 based on Android 10. Unfortunately, today’s update brings no news on this front. But seeing how the older Galaxy A20 is already receiving the latest Android release as of last week, it stands to reason the newer generation of Samsung’s entry-level devices will soon follow suit.
In the meantime, make sure to verify you’re running the latest security patch level by following the aforementioned installation instructions. And fingers crossed the Galaxy A21 picks up pace as far as major firmware releases are concerned moving forward. Looking at the bigger picture, the device is currently more of an outlier than anything else. Because Samsung’s recent software support efforts have otherwise been near-spotless across every price segment.