Galaxy S21 finally gets July security update… where you wouldn’t expect

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Last updated: July 9th, 2021 at 10:40 UTC+02:00

The July 2021 security update has at last started deploying to the Galaxy S21 series, which is still the poster line for Samsung’s mobile tech, if only for a little while longer. But nevermind that – guess which country was given the honor of trialing this month’s security release? That’s right, it’s the U, S, of a… wait, what?

Apparently so and yes, we’re certain. Certain that this might be another sign of the apocalypse, after COVID ruined last year. Namely, the July 1st 2021 security update, identified by release version G99xUSQS4AUFD, is now steadily making its way to some Galaxy S21 units as of a few minutes ago. Expect the rest of the series to follow momentarily, if that hasn’t already happened.

Has Samsung put a foot on U.S. carriers?

We have waited for a while though, regardless. The July 2021 security patch has been deploying worldwide for over a week by now. Over that period, Samsung kicked off 36 other deployments across 21 countries, present company not included. Oh, and this particular release at hand only ships fixes for the latest Android vulnerabilities Samsung detailed just yesterday. I.e., no other additions or changes are part of the release.

If the July 2021 security update still hasn’t hit your Galaxy S21-series flagship, there are a couple of options for you to consider. You can, of course, wait for the update to reach you naturally. Alternatively, you can try triggering the installation manually by going to Settings > Software update > Download and install. Finally, you can download the full system images containing the new update from our firmware archives, then flash those to your device on your own.

And as for those who decide to go the manual flashing route: don’t let data backup slip your mind, this might be the only time ever you’re experiencing the wonder of being first to a security release. Or maybe the last that you aren’t. It’s getting difficult to say, given how much Samsung‘s been ramping up momentum on the update-churning front.

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