Samsung has earned a reputation as one of the best Android device makers in terms of releasing updates in a timely manner. The latest September 2022 Android security update has started rolling out to Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets.
Samsung September 2022 Security Update – What’s New
Contrary to the usual pattern of releasing updates before the start of the new month, Samsung didn’t start rolling out the September 2022 security patch on Galaxy devices until the day after Google updated its Pixel phones. As always, Samsung has released its separate Security Update Bulletin, which outlines the fixes and improvements included in this month’s patch.
In addition to the 24 security issues included in Google’s Android Security Bulletin, Samsung has patched at least 21 exploits that were exclusive to Galaxy devices. One of the vulnerabilities, marked as “high”, abused the Samsung Knox feature to “cause a permanent local denial of service”.
Other than typical security improvements, the September 2022 update does not appear to include any changes to the functionality of the devices on which it was released yet.
Devices with the Samsung September 2022 security update
Recently, Samsung has a file relaxed The tendency to roll out updates for its phones from newer to older, with slightly more priority given to high-end devices like Galaxy S and Galaxy Z foldables. Over the coming weeks, the September update will definitely arrive for more devices in the broader Galaxy lineup.
This list will include a note on where the update first appeared and if it’s also available in the US. As usual, the latest additions will be highlighted in bold.
Galaxy S series
Between their premium pricing and mainstream popularity, the Galaxy S series of phones are often among the first to get security updates every month. This focus has also improved since Samsung previously brought exclusive features to the Galaxy S line in recent years.
Samsung kicked off the month by releasing the new update for last year’s flagship phones, the Galaxy S21 series, starting on September 7. The LTE version of the S20 FE got the same patch a few days later.
There has been quite a bit of interest back and forth for Galaxy S22 series owners this month. Samsung initially rolled out the latest update in Europe on September 8, before pausing it on the Galaxy S22 and S22+ the next day. Finally, Samsung globally released a different version of the update to Galaxy S22 series owners on September 13, about a week later.
The next batch of patched Galaxy S phones included the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy S21 FE, on September 13, while the last Exynos model of the phone was a day late.
- Galaxy S22 / S22 + / S22 Ultra – S90xEXXS2AVHD (Global Released)
- we: Available on locked and unlocked devices
- Galaxy S21 / S21 + / S21 Ultra – G99xBXXS5CVHI (First introduced in Germany)
- we: Available on carrier locked devices
- Galaxy S21 FE – G990BXXU2CVH7 (first introduced in Europe)
- Galaxy S20 FE 5G – G781BXXU4FVI1 (First introduced in Europe)
- Galaxy S20 FE LTE – G780GXXU3CVI1 (first introduced in Asia)
- Galaxy S10 Lite – G770FXXU6GVH6 (first introduced in Spain)
Galaxy Z series foldable
Recently, Samsung has been leading the charge of Android foldable devices, turning them from a futuristic concept into an affordable reality. Due to the company’s focus on foldable devices and the initial retail cost of those phones, the Galaxy Z Flips and Z Folds are often given the same level of consistent updates as the Galaxy S phones.
However, that wasn’t really proven for September, as this month’s update didn’t hit any of the Galaxy Z phones until around the middle of the month. Starting on September 13, both Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3 owners started receiving the latest version from Verizon. The Galaxy Z Flip and Z Flip 5G were both patched around the same time on September 14th.
- Galaxy Z Fold 3 – F926USQS2DVHE
- Galaxy Z Flip 3 – F711USQS3DVHD
- Galaxy Z Flip 5G – F707BXXU7HVH9 (First introduced in Europe)
- Galaxy Z Flip – F700FXXUAHVH9 (first introduced in Italy)
Galaxy Note series
The Galaxy Note line is actually discontinued as of 2021, with the Note 20 generation being the final release of the series. However, many of these devices are still actively supported by Samsung, and receive consistent updates. Notably, this month marks the end of the Galaxy Note 9 updates.
Not surprisingly, the first Galaxy Note to be updated for September was the latest, the Galaxy Note 20, which got the patch on September 7.
- Galaxy Note 20 / Note 20 Ultra – N98xFXXS5FVH7 (First introduced in Europe)
Galaxy A / M / F . series
In addition to the high-end offerings, Samsung also has a wealth of affordable Android phones. Between the mid- to mid-range Galaxy A series and the lower-end options of the Galaxy M and Galaxy F series, Samsung offers surprisingly regular updates even for its less expensive phones.
To this point, on the same day as the Galaxy S21 update, Samsung released an update for the Galaxy A52s 5G. Next was the Galaxy A53 5G which picked up the update on September 13th, followed the next day by the Galaxy A33 and A52.
- Galaxy A53 5G – A536USQU3AVH1 (first released in the US)
- US: Available on locked and unlocked devices
- Galaxy A52s 5G – A528BZTU1CVH6 (First introduced in Taiwan)
- Galaxy A52 – A525FXXS4BVI2 (first introduced in Russia)
- Galaxy A33 5G – A336EDXU4AVH9 (first introduced in Indonesia)
How to check for the latest OTA on your Galaxy device
If your device has already been updated, but the patch did not reach you in person, you can try to update manually. Simply open the Settings app, tap Software Update, and choose Download and Install.
This article was first published on September 7 and was most recently updated on September 14.
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