Samsung has been steadily rolling out new security patch updates over the past few months for various models in its Galaxy S and Note smartphone lineups. Here is an overview of the recent security patches for these flagship Samsung devices.
How to Check If You Have the Latest Update
To check if your Samsung Galaxy phone has the latest security update, go to Settings > System updates > Check for system updates. If an update is available, tap Download now to install it.
It is important to keep your phone up to date with the latest security updates to protect your device from malware and other security threats. You can also help to keep your device secure by using a strong password, enabling two-factor authentication, and being careful about what apps you install.
Galaxy S23, S22 Get September 2023 Update
The latest Galaxy S23 and S22 series phones have already started receiving the September 2023 security update. The patch is now hitting devices in the US and other regions. It contains fixes for over 60 vulnerabilities.
Samsung is keeping its newest flagship phones updated with the most recent security patches on a monthly schedule.
Older S21 and S20 Models Also Get Updates
Despite the S21 series being almost 2 years old now, Samsung is still providing regular security updates. The Galaxy S21 phones received the July 2023 security patch a few months ago. This update fixed over 90 security vulnerabilities.
The Galaxy S20 series, which launched in early 2020, is also still getting security patches. These phones got the July 2023 update as well.
Galaxy S10 Quarterly Updates, S9 Series Support Ended
The Galaxy S10 series has reached its end-of-life for security updates. Samsung released the March 2023 security patch as the last update for the Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e. The Galaxy S10 5G and S10 Lite will continue to receive quarterly security updates until the end of 2023
The Galaxy S9 series from 2018 saw its last security patch in March 2022 and lost software support in April 2022. Nearly 4 years of updates is quite good for Android phones.
Note 20 Getting Updates, Note 10 Support Ending Soon
The Galaxy Note 20 series got the July 2023 security patch a couple of months ago and remains on a monthly schedule for now.
Meanwhile, the Note 10 is nearing the end of its 3 year update lifespan. It is expected to get quarterly patches starting October 2023.
Longer Support for Newer Models
Samsung has a 4-year security update policy for its smartphones. This means that devices launched in 2019 or later will be supported with firmware security updates for a minimum of 4 years following their global launch.
In general, newer Galaxy S and Note models like the S22 and S21 can expect 3-4 years of monthly security updates from Samsung before moving to a quarterly schedule. This is significantly better than the industry standard of 2-3 years.
Regular security updates are important for keeping Samsung devices safe from emerging threats. Users should promptly install the latest patches when available.