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Samsung Galaxy A51 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 13

The details

Release date: 07/07/2022
Android™ Security Patch Level: May 2022
Software Version: SP1A.210812.016.A515USQU7DVF1

What's changing:

The current software update provides performance improvements and 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 12

The details

Release date: 04/26/2022
Android Security Patch Level: February 2022
Software Version: SP1A.210812.016.A515USQU7DVD3

What's changing:

The current software update provides performance improvements for your device.

System Update 11

The details

Release date: 03/29/2022
Android Security Patch Level: February 2022
Software Version: SP1A.210812.016.A515USQU7DVC2

What's changing:

This software update brings the latest Android OS 12, One UI 4.0 with new features as well as improved customization and privacy capabilities which give users control over many aspects to create their own, optimized mobile experience.


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

Samsung Galaxy A51 Wallpapers screenshot


Home screen widgets have been redesigned. With the new structure of the widget list, it gives you more information at a glance and lets you personalize and decorate your home screen your way. You will also get widget suggestions which may be useful for you.

  • Weather widget: A dynamic weather widget has been added to the selection. It changes the background color of the widget depending on the weather or time.
Samsung Galaxy A51 Widgets screenshot

Lock screen widgets has also been redesigned to be simpler than ever.

  • A monthly calendar view will be shown if you choose Today’s schedule under widget settings.
Samsung Galaxy A51 Lock Screen screenshot

Quick panel

Manage brightness more comfortably with the larger brightness bar in the quick panel. The name of the “Media” button has been changed to “Media Output”.

Samsung Galaxy A51 Quick Panel screenshot
  • If you select Media Output, it leads you to the Media panel. The Media panel layout has also been redesigned with a simpler view.
Samsung Galaxy A51 Media Output screenshot

Samsung Keyboard

  • Expression toolbar

    With the enhanced expression toolbar, you can get your 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.
    • For example, when starting a new conversation from the Messages App using Samsung keyboard > select the smiley face > select any stickers or GIF to add to your messages, or even create your own emojis by selecting Try it out.
Samsung Galaxy A51 Expression Toolbar screenshot

You can create your own emojis using two different emotions. Select Get more stickers if you want to view more emojis. Follow the steps to finish creating your own emoji, then you can add it to your messages.

Samsung Galaxy A51 Get More Stickers screenshot
Samsung Galaxy A51 Get More Stickers 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:
    • Lens icon displayed with default magnification.
    • Zoom bar and shortcuts shows the current magnification clearly.
Samsung Galaxy A51 Photo Mode screenshot
  • In Pro mode: Lens icon metaphor is updated to the name of the lens.
Sasumng Galaxy A51 Pro Mode screenshot
  • Advanced Quick Take: Hands-free quick take recording is available by long pressing the shutter button then dragging it to the lock icon.
Samsung Galaxy A51 Advanced Quick Take screenshot
  • Single Take: Add time option has been added during shooting to avoid missing important moments.
Samsung Galaxy A51 Single Take screenshot

Photo Editor and Video Editor

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

Samsung Galaxy A51 Photo and Video Editor screenshot

Video collage: With new video collage supported, you can now create images, video and images / video mix collages. In addition, you can also turn on / off the volume of each video in the collages.

Samsung Galaxy A51 Photo Collage screenshot

Video editor: Non-destructive video editing structure is now 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 A51 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. The layout of “create new” in the Gallery has also been redesigned to provide more details about options you can choose.

Samsung Galaxy A51 Gallery screenshot

Digital Wellbeing

Keep your eyes on the road with the new Driving monitor under Digital Wellbeing. Daily and weekly trends are now available for the last 28 days.

SasumgGalaxy A51 Digital Wellbeing screenshot

Device Care

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

Samsung Galaxy A51 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. By going into quick panel, you can easily view the apps accessing camera and microphones.

Samsung Galaxy A51 Privacy screenshot
Samsung Galaxy A51 Privacy screenshot


New visual charging effect will now be available when you start charging.

Samsung Galaxy A51 Charging screenshot

Game Booster

A new option, “Game Booster Labs”, has been added under Game Booster settings. You can turn “Alternate game performance management” on for better gaming performance. When you enable “Alternate game performance management”, “Game optimization” will be disabled.

Alternate game performance management can be found under the Game Booster settings > Labs > Game Booster Labs > Alternate game performance management

Samsung Galaxy A51 Game Booster screenshot Samsung Galaxy A51 Game Booster screenshot Samsung Galaxy A51 Game Booster screenshot

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