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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE receives the June 2023 security patch

The June 2023 patch only applies security fixes. No changes or improvements.

Published onJune 13, 2023

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE front panel on rocks
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Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE updates hub. Here you’ll find the latest information on updates to Samsung’s latest “fan edition” phone. We’ll detail the current software versions for the device and alert you if there’s a new update rolling out. Samsung usually pushes out One UI updates regularly, but availability may be affected by variant, carrier, and region.

The Galaxy S21 FE launched with Android 12 and Samsung’s One UI 4 skin on top. Samsung will offer four major Android OS updates to the device. The company also guarantees five years of security updates for this phone.

  • Current stable version: Android 13
  • When will the Galaxy S21 FE get Android 14? December 2023 (Estimated)

Latest Samsung Galaxy S21 FE updates

June 13, 2023: The June security patch is headed for the Galaxy S21 FE, according to SamMobile. With firmware version G990U1UES7EWE3, the update fixes 53 security flaws and vulnerabilities. Unlike the patch for the Galaxy S21, the Fan Edition’s patch provides nothing else than these fixes.

To check if an update is available, head to Settings > Software updates on your device.

Previous updates

  • March 21, 2023: Samsung’s March security update has finally arrived to the Galaxy S21 FE, but it’s only available in India at the moment. According to SamMobile, the patch comes with firmware version G990EXXS4EWC2 and offers a variety of fixes, including a fix for the series bug Google’s Project Zero found recently. However, the S21 FE, fortunately, wasn’t effected by the bug, so you don’t have to worry.
  • February 14, 2023: The latest version of Samsung’s Android skin has found its way to the Galaxy S21 FE and the 5G variant (via XDA Developers). The One UI 5.1 update is available for the SM-G990B and SM-G990B2 variants of the S21 FE across Europe. For the 5G model, however, the update is available in several Asian and European markets. SM-G990B and SM-G990B2 will get firmware versions G990BXXU2EWAJ and G990B2XXU1EWAJ, respectively. The 5G model will receive firmware version G781BXXU4HWB1. Along with the incremental update, the phones get February’s security patch.
  • January 18, 2023: As Samsung prepares to debut One UI 5.1 on the upcoming Galaxy S23, the company has released its January security patch. According to SamMobile, the international version of the phone is getting firmware version G990EXXS3DWA6. The update is currently available in Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico.
  • December 23, 2022: About a week before the month comes to an end, Samsung has started rolling out December’s security patch to the Galaxy S21 FE (via SamMobile). The latest security update comes with firmware version G990BXXS2DVL1, hitting Europe first.
  • November 21, 2022: Initially said to be arriving before the end of November, One UI 5 is finally making its way to the Galaxy S21 FE. According to SamMobile, the firmware version G990BXXU2DVK3 is available for the international Galaxy S21 FE with the model number SM-G990B. The update brings multitasking gestures, a new way to check background app activity, a new lock screen, and more.
  • August 16, 2022: Amid the Android 13 update hype, Samsung has dropped the latest security patch for the Galaxy S21 FE (via SamMobile). August 2022’s patch includes firmware version G990USQU3CVG1 and is rolling out to users in the US on T-Mobile’s network. The update should roll out to other variants and carriers in the coming weeks. There aren’t any major advancements to note, but there are plenty of security fixes to the likes of Dex and Samsung Knox.
  • June 15, 2022: Samsung introduced the June 2022 Android security patch to the Galaxy S21 FE (via SamMobile). The update was initially made available in Thailand and rolled out to other markets in the following days. The firmware is version G990EXXU2CVF1 and included some stability fixes along with security enhancements.
  • April 13, 2022: Samsung started rolling out the April 2022 Android security patch to the “Fan Edition” model of the Galaxy S21 series (per Droid-Life). The update appears to be mostly centered on the patch, though, with no other new features known at the moment. This makes sense considering March’s update brought One UI 4.1, so this one is a bit leaner.
  • March 22, 2022: Samsung has started rolling out the One UI 4.1 update to the Galaxy S21 FE in Asia, Europe, and the US. The latest update also brings the March 2022 security patch to the phone. According to SamMobile, the Snapdragon version of the Galaxy S21 FE in Europe is getting the new update with firmware version G990BXXU1CVC3. In Asia, the Exynos 2100 variant of the phone has started getting the update with firmware version G990EXXU1CVC5.
  • March 2, 2022: Samsung started rolling out the February security patch to the Galaxy S21 FE. According to SamMobile, the software carried firmware version G990BXXS1BVB3 and fixed over 60 privacy and security-related vulnerabilities.
  • January 17, 2022: Samsung rolled out the first official update to the Galaxy S21 FE in the US (h/t SamMobile). The firmware version, numbered G990U1UEU2BUL8, included the January 2022 security package and fixes for more than 60 pressing issues.

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