Breaking: One UI 5.1.1 rolls out for Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3

Not too long ago, we saw the introduction of new software from the big Korean tech company, Samsung. They call it One UI 5.1.1. They unveiled it while showing off their new folding phones, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Galaxy Z Fold 5, along with some big tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9, Galaxy Tab S9+, and Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra. With this new software, which is based on Android 13, Samsung wants to make the experience of using these folding devices with big screens much better.

Once they announced their plan to bring One UI 5.1.1 to a bunch of Galaxy devices, Samsung is usually good at keeping their promises, especially when it comes to updates. In fact, they’ve already started rolling out this new software for the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, and Galaxy Tab S8 tablets.

One UI 5.1.1 update for Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3

Now the South Korean giant has started rolling out the One UI 5.1.1 update for Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 smartphone users. The update is currently available in Europe and the United States. The respective firmware versions are F926BXXU5FWH5 and F711BXXU6FWH3 for European units. On the other hand, the carrier-locked Galaxy Z Flip 3 is receiving the One UI 5.1.1 update on the US Cellular network with firmware version F711USQU5GWH3. At the same time, the devices benefit, thanks to the update in question, from the latest security fixes thanks to the August 2023 patches, with which Samsung takes care to solve 2 critical level, 50 high-grade, and 1 moderate-grade (CVE) vulnerabilities, as well as 19 EVS (Samsung Vulnerabilities and Exposures) specific to Galaxy devices.

Samsung phones that will grab Android 14 (One UI 6) as their first major OS update

The update for the new One UI version brings a bunch of cool stuff for devices with big screens. You can now easily drag and drop files using two hands, hide pop-up windows on one side, and quickly switch between pop-up view and multi-window mode for certain apps. They’ve also made the taskbar better, so you can see up to four recently used apps on the right side.

When you’re sharing stuff, there are new features too. You can now set a time limit for how long someone can see a file when you share it privately. And you can use Quick Share to send files to people even if they’re not on the same Wi-Fi network.

Even the photo editor that comes with Samsung phones has some new tricks. They replaced the sliders with dials that are easier to use. And if you like to customize your phone’s look, now you can change modes right from the lock screen and use more characters for the clock widget on the lock screen.

If you are the owner of a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3, you should receive the notification soon regarding the availability of the One UI 5.1.1 update, but if you do not want to wait, you can manually download and install the update by following the path Settings -> Software Update -> Download and Install.

One UI 5.1.1 Update Changelog:


Better app previews on the Recents screen
The Recents screen now shows apps as they will appear after you open them. You can easily see if an app is opened in split screen, full screen, or as a pop-up.

Easily switch from pop-up view to split screen
Press and hold the handle at the top of the pop-up window, then drag the app to the side of the screen where you want it to be shown.

Restore pop-ups snapped to the edge of the screen
Drag an app in pop-up view to the edge of the screen to snap it to the edge and keep it out of the way. When you need it again, tap anywhere on the pop-up to bring it back to its previous location.

Check minimized apps with the S Pen – [Only Z Fold]
Hover your S Pen above a floating app icon to see a preview of how the app will appear when you open it.

Taskbar[Only Z Fold]

More recent apps
You can now choose how many recently used apps to show on the taskbar (up to 4).

Easier navigation
When fewer than 8 icons are shown on the taskbar, the navigation area will automatically resize to give you more space for the navigation buttons.

Flex mode

Use the Flex mode panel with more apps
More apps can now be used with the Flex mode panel. When the Flex mode panel is turned on, just fold your phone upright and tap the button that appears on the navigation bar.

Improved media controls
Buttons for skipping forward and backward 10 seconds are now available on the Flex mode panel. When you touch the time bar, the time you’ll move to will be shown to help you find the right moment.

Customize the toolbar
Create your own personal layout to quickly access features like split screen view, screen capture, and more. Touch and hold an icon on the Flex mode panel toolbar to reorder the icons or move icons into or out of the toolbar.

Quick Share

Share with contacts
You can now send files to your contacts anytime, even if they’re not near you.

Share files privately
Protect private content when you share it. You can set expiration dates for the files you send, cancel sharing at any time, and prevent recipients from saving or resharing.

Samsung Health

Improved sleep coaching
New coaching content and layouts make it easier to check your progress and build better sleeping habits. (Requires Galaxy Watch4 or newer)

More meaningful sleep data
Screen layout and explanations have been enhanced to make it easier to check and understand each sleep factor. (Requires Galaxy Watch4 or newer)

Measure your skin temperature during sleep
See how your skin temperature changes throughout the night to help you create a more comfortable sleep environment. (Requires Galaxy Watch5 or newer)

Better workout summaries
New workout summaries help you focus on meaningful information from your exercise.

Stay on track to meet your goals
Rewards, badges, and personal best records have been enhanced to keep you motivated and help you meet your health goals.

Camera and Gallery

More date and time styles for watermarks
Customize the date and time separately with more style options to get the perfect look for your watermark.

Enhanced Flex Mode layout for Pro modes – [Only Z Fold]
When your phone is folded upright, manual settings for Pro and Pro video modes will appear on the bottom of the screen so you can easily control ISO, shutter speed, and other settings.

Select multiple pictures in Capture view – [Only Z Fold]
While using Capture view on the main screen, you can now press and hold to select multiple pictures. After selecting, you can share or delete them all at once.

Enhanced remaster previews
Thumbnail images are now shown below the image you’re remastering. Tap a thumbnail to compare the remastered image to the original with a larger view.

Apply effects more easily
Filter and tone effects in Gallery now use a dial instead of a slider making it easier to make precise adjustments with just one hand. 

Copy and paste effects
You can now copy and paste filters and tones from one picture you’ve edited to another.

Additional changes

Drag and drop with two hands
Start dragging files, app icons, or other items with one hand, then use your other hand to navigate to the folder or location where you want to drop them. Supported in My Files and the Home screen.

Continue using your phone while charging another device – [Only Z Fold]
Open your phone with the main screen facing down. You can charge your Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Watch, or another device using wireless power sharing on one side. At the same time, you can continue using your phone with the cover screen on the other side.

Listen to Auracast broadcasts
Use your phone to find and listen to nearby Auracast broadcasts with your Galaxy Buds2 Pro or other devices that support Bluetooth LE Audio.

Keep storage space available
When you’re running low on space in your internal storage, app cache information will be shown when you analyze storage in My Files. Clearing app caches can help you free up space without deleting files or apps.

Enhanced memory management in Device care
More information is provided about apps using memory on your phone, giving you the option to put apps to sleep if too much memory is being used.

Change your mode from the Lock screen
Change between Sleep mode, Driving mode, and other modes directly from the Lock screen.

Customize your layout in Samsung Internet
When you choose to show the address bar at the bottom of the screen, the tab bar and bookmark bar will also be shown at the bottom.

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