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Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G 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.

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The details

Release date: 05/25/2022
Android™ Security Patch Level: May 2022
Software Version: SP1A.210812.016.G986USQS2FVE6

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.

User-Initiated Software Update

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

  1. From a Home screen, touch and swipe up or down to display all apps, tap Settings > System updates > Check for system updates.
    Note These instructions apply to Standard mode only.
  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.

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.

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.

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The details:

Release date: 04/07/2022
Android Security Patch Level: April 2022
Software Version: SP1A.210812.016.G986USQU2FVCC

What's changing:

The current software update enables Brand Chat on Advanced Messaging, which allows you to text your favorite companies' chatbots from your messaging app. Conversations are saved in your messages so you can read them any time.

This update also provides performance improvements and the most up to date Android security patch on your device.

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The details:

Release date: 03/22/2022
Android Security Patch Level: March 2022
Software Version: SP1A.210812.016.G986USQU2FVC5

What's changing:

This software update introduces One UI 4.1, with new features including Live Sharing in Google Duo, RAM Plus, App Cast in Smart View, Game Booster Labs, and Camera and Gallery enhancements. The latest Android security patch is also included in this update.

Google Duo

Live Sharing – With the Google Duo Live sharing feature, you can share your screen with friends to view photos in the Gallery together and relive your cherished memories, even when you’re far apart. You can also share your browser screen and collaborate on Samsung Notes while you’re on a video call – great for planning a trip with your friends or for taking productive notes during that important meeting.

Current shareable apps during Google Duo video calls are Google Arts & Culture, Google Maps, Jamboard, Samsung Notes, Samsung Gallery, and YouTube.

RAM Plus

Select how much internal storage to use as virtual memory to improve app performance.

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G RAM Plus screenshot

Camera

Portrait Relighting – A relighting circle option has been added for additional light direction and intensity to adjust images taken using Portrait mode.

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G Camera screenshot

Gallery

Object Eraser – Tap or draw around objects you want to erase from your photos.

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G Gallery Erase screenshot

Suggestions enhancement – Suggestions now provides better recommendations using AI to help you create more engaging content.

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G Suggestions screenshot

Smartview

App Cast – You can now open another app on your phone and keep your shared content on the other screen by selecting “App cast” under Smart View options. If the Smart View option is minimized, you can also open it by selecting the floating icon to go back to the Smart View options.

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G Smartview 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 S20+ 5G Game Booster screenshot Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G Game Booster screenshot Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G Game Booster screenshot

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