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What to do after your Samsung Galaxy Phone gets farewell from major OS (One UI & Android) update eligibility list?

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After a time, every device becomes ineligible for regular updates, no matter if they are security patch updates or major OS or UI updates. It becomes pretty insecure and problematic if your device no longer gets any updates, as they are indeed helpful for resolving any issue that appears on the device and also help to make it malware free. Let’s know why it is insecure and problematic and what to do when that happens.

Informatively, in terms of Samsung, they provide three and four years of OS updates according to the device’s category. In specific, the Galaxy S and Galaxy Z foldable series phones get four years of OS updates along with some mid-range Galaxy A devices. Besides, other lower-end and budget phones get least updates than four. These updates bring bug fixes, performance improvements, some novelties, and more with them.

Let us tell you when the Galaxy smartphone stops receiving OS updates; the first disadvantage is its Android version will now be the same forever and can’t be changed in the newer one. Besides, it also becomes eligible for any improvements that Google provides in its Android. However, regular security updates still make their way to those devices, but that too for a limited period. Samsung provides five years of security patch updates.

If you are unaware, security patch updates basically fix vulnerabilities that appear on your device’s Operating System and protect it from malware attacks. Hence, as long as your device is getting security patches, there is nothing to worry about. Besides, Google has also come up with a solution for it- Project Mainline, which helps to update some parts of the OS using the underlying platform, so you don’t need to rely on OTA updates.

What to do if your Galaxy phone will not get update?

Notably, Google can also bring new tools and features to the device without depending on the Operating System. If you are still unsatisfied with those, there are some other options as well, which will help you let your device experience a new life even if it no longer gets any OS updates. These ideas are listed below.

You can install an unofficial ROM: To update the Android version, you can get help from a third-party ROM. Their developers have made those unofficial ROMs compatible with nearly all devices from all brands.

Can use third-party applications: If you are willing to experience the latest Android version’s offerings, you can use a third-party application for that. All you have to do is find the right application.

Nota bene, we suggest you choose a smartphone with the maximum number of OS updates possible, along with five years of regular security patch updates. It is the best way to keep your device safe and updated for a long time.


Aastha is a Author of Samlover.com. With a degree in Engineering with IT, Aastha is deeply immersed in the realm of technology. Specializing in Android and Hardware. She is Passionate about technology at the service of digital entertainment that can be used through any platform. Music, movies and video games have always taken up a good part of his free time, but he doesn't give up outdoor activities, from simple walks to cycling and skiing. He has been producing editorial content for SamLover since 2022 and has run a computer and telephony store for 3 decades.

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  1. Ranjit Bhonsale

    March 20, 2023 at 4:11 am

    Too much of fact and less about the topic. What to do with a totally usable device? Do even these “other” OS support the older hardware?

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Samsung Galaxy A53 grabs One UI 6.1 update

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Samsung is dropping back-to-back the One UI 6.1 update to eligible devices. Earlier, it had already rolled out the update to several Galaxy A series devices, including the Galaxy A54Galaxy A73, and Galaxy A15 5G. Now, a member in the form of the Galaxy A53 is joining the update.

One UI 6.1 for Galaxy A53 is spotted in some Asian countries

As of writing, the Galaxy A53 has been spotted getting the One UI 6.1 update in some Asian countries, including Indonesia and Singapore, and is expected to reach more countries in the next few days. 

The update has arrived in Asian countries with the firmware version number A536EXXU9EXDE. With the latest major update, users will not receive new security patches and will continue to use April 2024.

The One UI 6.1 update has brought several new features that will improve the overall existing features of the Galaxy devices. For instance, the One UI 6.1 update has introduced several new customization options under the different functions, including lock screens, alarms, calendars, reminders, reorder modes, a new routine, and many more. To explore the full changelog, check out this article.

If you are using the Galaxy A53 device in the mentioned countries, then now you can update your Galaxy device to the latest version by going to the system settings, going to the software update menu, and installing the update. But if you don’t receive the update yet, then wait for a few hours, as it may take time to reach every unit of the devices.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 series received the May 2024 security update

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After introducing the May 2024 security patch to the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (2022), Samsung has now rolled out the update for the latest flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab S9 series. The update was spotted in Europe.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 getting a May 2024 security patch in Europe

Users who own the Galaxy Tab S9, Galaxy Tab S9+, and Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra can identify the latest update by the firmware version numbers X716BXXS3BXE3, X816BXXS3BXE3, and X916BXXS3BXE3, respectively. The update is currently spotted in Europe for the cellular variants, and it is expected that Wi-Fi variants will get the same update in the next few days. According to the official changelog, the update doesn’t bring any visual changes, but it will fix some internal issues. 

According to the official documentation, the latest update will provide more than 50 foxes, whereas as usual, Google and Samsung have both actively added patches to improve the overall performance of Galaxy devices against security flaws.

Moreover, recently these devices have grabbed the One UI 6.1 update, so if you are getting any issues after installing the update, then you should update the device to the latest version as it may improve the working of the devices.

If you are using the Galaxy Tab S9 device in Europe, then you can now take advantage of the new software by going to the software update menu from the system settings. 

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Samsung One UI May 2024 security Patch released for these Galaxy devices so far

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Since the start of the month, Samsung has been busy providing the One UI 6.1 update to eligible Galaxy devices, so it has delayed providing the May 2024 security patch to them. However, it still successfully started rolling out the update for the Galaxy S24 series, and then it expanded the update to more devices. 

The May 2024 security patch update for Galaxy devices doesn’t bring any significant changes for the devices, but it will provide some enhancements for the security of the devices. According to the official documentation, the latest patch has brought more than 50 fixes. More specifically, Google has introduced 31 patches that enhance the functioning of the Android system, and along with this, there are 25 extra patches included by Samsung that address the issues found in the last update.

Moreover, the May 2024 update is part of a monthly security patch program run by Google, which only aims to make the device capable against the different types of cyber scams that may steal personal data, so if you are conscious of your data, then you should keep your device up to date with the latest version.

The list of Galaxy devices that received the May 2024 security patch till now


Note: As Samsung is gradually rolling out the update, the listed devices have not received the update in every country, but it is expected to expand the update to all the devices soon.

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