When will my Samsung Galaxy device get the Android 12 update?


Last updated: October 24th, 2021 at 20:30 UTC+02:00

Samsung fans are excited about getting the Android 12 update. The major OS upgrade will be accompanied by One UI 4.0. It’s going to bring some new features and a lot of cosmetic changes that will refresh the look of Samsung’s Galaxy devices.

A lot of people are already asking us when will my Galaxy device get Android 12? The answer to that involves a bit of guesswork at this stage. That’s because Samsung hasn’t even launched the beta program yet.

Android 12 release for Samsung Galaxy devices possibly starting in December

You might be wondering why the beta isn’t available when Google has opened the Android 12 beta. That’s because Samsung has its own beta program through which it not only tests the latest Android upgrade but also the upcoming iteration of One UI.

Samsung is already working on the Android 12 update for the Galaxy S21 series. The work has actually begun a month earlier than it did for the Galaxy S20 Android 11 update in 2020. So it’s possible that the Android 12 One UI 4.0 beta program will be launched in October 2021.

The Galaxy S21 series will be the first to get Android 12. Samsung has been sticking to the November/December timeframe for the past few years. The Galaxy S9 received Android Pie in late December, Android 10 arrived for the Galaxy S10 in November and the Android 11 update was released for the Galaxy S20 in December 2020.

That’s most likely the timeline that we can expect this year as well. Once the beta program is launched, the public release should take place in a couple of months. Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra owners can expect to get the stable Android 12 One UI 4.0 update in December.

All other devices will be updated once the 2021 flagship Galaxy S series gets Android 12. The Galaxy Note 20 series will most likely be the next in line. Both handsets got the stable Android 11 update last year the very next day after the update was released for the Galaxy S20 models. Since there’s no new Galaxy Note flagship this year, Galaxy Note 20 owners could get Android 12 much sooner.

Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 foldables are expected to be on the priority list as well. The previous-gen foldables including the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Galaxy Z Flip, might also get the update in December. If Samsung maintains the impressive pace it showed last year, older flagships from the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S series may also get done with Android 12 in December.

The vast majority of its mid-range devices, particularly those from the Galaxy A series, probably won’t get Android 12 until the first half of 2022. The flagships are always Samsung’s top priority so owners of these devices will have to wait.

You might not know that your Galaxy device is eligible for Android 12

Remember, Samsung is now providing three Android OS upgrades for dozens of compatible devices. Even handsets from the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 series are eligible. Check out our list of all Samsung devices that are eligible for Android 12.

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