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Samsung Galaxy A12 Software Update

Verizon is pleased to announce a software update for your device. This software update has been tested to optimize device performance, resolve known issues and apply the latest security patches.

Before you download:

  • Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network, or make sure it has a strong Verizon wireless network connection.
  • Ensure your battery is fully charged before starting the software update.

System Update 12

The details:

Release date: 12/27/2022
Android™ Security Patch Level: November 2022
Software Version: SP1A.210812.016.A125USQS5CVL7

What's changing:

The current software update provides the most up to date Android security patches on your device.

System Update Instructions

To help you with the software update for your Samsung device, this page contains the following information:

  • Wi-Fi Only Over The Air (OTA) Programming
  • Server-Initiated Software Update Instructions
  • User-Initiated Software Update Instructions
  • Software Update while Roaming

Note: Estimated software download time is 6-10 minutes. Estimated software update time is 6-10 minutes.

Wi-Fi Only OTA Programming - Wi-Fi Exclusive Update

If Wi-Fi is enabled and your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network, your device will be able to receive and download new software updates.

  1. The download will take place when the device is in Wi-Fi coverage, but coverage does not need to be consistent. You can use multiple Wi-Fi networks and disconnect from/reconnect to Wi-Fi, and the update will continue to download from where it left off until complete.
  2. When the download is complete, you'll receive a notification that there's a new software update available for installation. Tap Install Now to continue with installation. The device will power off and back on and the installation process will begin.

You've successfully updated your software.

Server-Initiated Software Update

You'll be notified on your device that a software update is available.

  1. Select Install now and your device will power off and back on and the installation process will begin. Tap OK to begin the installation.

    Note: If you choose Defer, this will delay installation and you'll be taken back to the Home screen. The software update message will appear periodically until you install the update.
  2. After you've received first notification of the software update, you can manually initiate by going to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > Software updates. Under System updates, tap Restart & install to install the update. Your device will power off and back on and the installation process will begin.
  3. Once the installation is complete, the device will power off and then back on again.

You've successfully updated your software.

User-Initiated Software Update

This process allows a user to navigate through the device options to seek updates.

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Menu Key > Settings > About phone > Software updates > Check for Updates.
  2. If your device finds a new software update, tap Download now. When complete, a screen will appear advising you that the new version of software is ready to be installed. Tap Install update.
  3. The device will power down and power back on. A screen will appear stating that the installation has been completed. Tap OK.

You've successfully updated your software.

System Update while Roaming

If you're roaming, you won't receive a software update notice. To update, you'll need to either enable Wi-Fi and wait for the update notice to appear or manually update by going to Home > Application > Settings > About device > Software updates.

To enable Wi-Fi:

  1. Go to Settings > Wireless & networks.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. To connect to an available Wi-Fi network, select Wi-Fi settings and select an available Wi-Fi network or manually add a Wi-Fi network.

If the software update fails to install, you'll get an error screen. However, this only means the software didn't install properly. The device will power back on with original software and will prompt you again to install the software update.

If you don't have a strong connection to Wi-Fi or the Verizon Wireless network, you may not be able to perform a software update over the air. Instead, you can connect your device to a computer with Internet access. Connect your device to your computer using your USB cable, then download the Software Upgrade Assistant tool to your computer, which will check for software updates and initiate the software update process.

System Update 11

The details:

Release date: 10/25/2022
Android Security Patch Level: September 2022
Software Version: SP1A.210812.016.A125USQS4CVJ3

What's changing:

The current software update provides the most up to date Android security patches on your device.

System Update 10

The details:

Release date: 09/22/2022
Android Security Patch Level: July 2022
Software Version: SP1A.210812.016.A125USQU3CVH1

What's changing:

This software update brings the latest Android OS 12, One UI 4.1 with new features and improved customization and privacy capabilities which give you control over many aspects to create your own, optimized mobile experience. It also includes the latest security patch and other improvements.


In addition to the capability to select from featured and downloaded wallpapers, you can now choose different color themes based on colors from your wallpaper. You can make the color selection from My wallpapers > Color palette > select your favorite color palette > select Apply.

Samsung Galaxy A12 Wallpaper screenshot


Home screen widgets have been redesigned. With the new structure of the widget list, you receive more information at a glance and allows you to personalize and decorate your home screen in your way. You will also receive useful widget suggestions.

  • Weather widget: a dynamic weather widget has been added.
  • Lock screen widgets have also been redesigned to be simpler than ever.
Samsung Galaxy A12 Widgets screenshot
  • A monthly calendar view will be shown if you choose “Today’s schedule” under widget settings.
Samsung Galaxy A12 Lockscreen screenshot

Samsung Keyboard

  • Expression toolbar

With enhanced expression toolbar, you can get emojis, GIFs, stickers and more directly from the keyboard. Self-expression is just a tap away. Select the smiley face from the top of your keyboard to access more expressions. When starting a new conversation from the Messages App using Samsung keyboard > select the smiley face > select any sticker.

Samsung Galaxy A12 Expression screenshot
  • If you want to add more sticker styles such as GIF, Bitmoji or even create your own emojis, simply select the settings button on your keyboard and enable the sticker styles you want on the pop up menu.
Samsung Galaxy A12 Expression screenshot
  • Once enabled, your selected sticker style will be listed on your keyboard, such as GIF, Bitmoji, etc.
Samsung Galaxy A12 Expression screenshot
  • You can create your own emojis using two different emotions. Select the Bitmoji icon (two smiley faces) and follow the steps to finish creating your own emoji, then you can add it in your messages.
Samsung Galaxy A12 Expression screenshot
Samsung Galaxy A12 Expression screenshot
  • Select “+” from the expression tool bar to access additional stickers. You can also select “Get more stickers” to download new animated stickers from the Galaxy Store.


Enjoy a simpler, clearer layout in the preview which shows only the information you need.

  • In Photo Mode, the Lens icon is displayed with default magnification.
Samsung Galaxy A12 Camera screenshot
  • In Pro mode, the lens icon metaphor is updated to the name of the lens.
Samsung Galaxy A12 Camera Pro Mode screenshot
  • Advanced Quick Take - Hands-free quick take recording is available by long pressing the shutter button and dragging it to the lock icon.
Samsung Galaxy A12 Camera Advanced Quick Take screenshot

Photo Editor and Video Editor

Photo Editor - Enjoy a simpler, clearer layout which provides an immersive editing experience.

Samsung Galaxy A12 Photo Editor screenshot

Video editor - non-destructive video editing structure is supported just like a photo editor. After editing the video, you have the option to revert back to the original version or save a copy of the edited video.

Samsung Galaxy A12 Video Editor screenshot


More options are available for sorting albums. Select More to see these options. You can now edit date and time and location of the selected images and videos.

Samsung Galaxy A12 Gallery screenshot

Device Care

The main screen shows battery and security issues. Tap Optimize now to optimize the usage and easily solve problems.

Samsung Galaxy A12 Device Care screenshot


Easily check which apps are accessing sensitive permissions such as location, camera, microphone, etc., in permission usage history. You can easily turn off the permissions. A green dot will appear in the upper right corner of the screen if the app is accessing camera and/or microphone permission.

Samsung Galaxy A12 Privacy screenshot
Samsung Galaxy A12 Privacy screenshot


The new visual charging effect will be provided when you start charging.

Samsung Galaxy A12 Charging screenshot


Google is upgrading the Duo experience to include all Google Meet features. Google Duo will be replaced by the new Google Meet app, also available for download from the Google Play™ Store. After updating to Google Meet, Duo icons will be replaced with Meet icons.

Visit Google Workspace for more information.

Samsung Galaxy A12  Google Meet Icon screenshot

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