Update: April 15, 2021 (1 AM ET): If you own a Galaxy Note 10 on Verizon, you can look forward to a new update coming your way. The latest update (h/t XDA-Developers) brings a host of camera improvements to the devices. This includes the availability of Pro mode when using the ultrawide lens, Auto-Night Mode, more Portrait backdrop effects, and more. The April 2021 Android security patch is also included.
To check if the update is available for your device, head to Settings > Software update > Download and install.
Original article: Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus update hub. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about the latest Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus updates. That includes their current versions and when future updates are likely to arrive. Keep in mind that the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus generally receive their updates at the same time.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus update
- Current stable version: Android 11
- Will the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus get Android 12? Yes (assumed)
The Galaxy Note 10 line launched in August 2019 with the then-latest version of Android, Android 9 Pie. Like most Android flagships, these are expected to receive at least two major updates in their lifetimes.
The first confirmed major update is Android 10, which publicly launched toward the beginning of September. Soon after, Samsung began a beta program for its flagships, including the Note 10 line. This beta program lasted for a few months before Samsung started rolling out Android 10 in a stable form.
At this point, nearly every device in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 family, including the Star Wars model and the Sprint version, should have the Android 10 update. Any stragglers should get it by the end of January 2020. That update will include One UI 2.0, based on Android 10.
Samsung also beat Google to the punch with the January 2020 security patch, rolling it out to the Note 10 before Google rolled it out to the Pixel 4. Samsung’s update game has been on point lately, and the Note 10 is its sixth device to get the latest security patch.
According to a few Reddit posts, Canadian Galaxy Note 10 devices began receiving the latest Android 10-powered One UI 2.0 update January 6. Devices on carriers Telus, Bell, Rogers, and Sasktel received the update first, and other carrier devices followed suit shortly.
Two days later, a tipster over at Android Police let the world know Samsung began pushing out the latest stable Android 10 update to unlocked Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G devices in the UK. That same day, we also saw the update roll out to Indonesian variants of the Note 10 series thanks to a post on Reddit.
The March 2020 security update officially rolled out to Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus devices in the first week of March. It landed on devices in the Netherlands, the UK, Spain, and Hungary. The update didn’t introduce anything particularly exciting, but improved security is always welcome.
On April 21, Samsung made Galaxy S20 camera features available on Canadian Note 10 devices. The features included: Single Take Mode, Night Hyperlapse, custom filters, Pro Video Mode, and more. The update also introduced new Quick Share and Music share functionality to the phones. Quick Share lets Galaxy Note 10 users easily share photos, videos, and other large files with contacts nearby, while Music share lets others play their music on Bluetooth devices connected to your Galaxy Note 10. You can read more details about the new camera features here.
On June 5, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phones started receiving the June 2020 security patches (via SamMobile). The patch rollout started a few days before with Qualcomm-based devices here in the United States, but it then started rolling out globally, including to Exynos-based models. This new update didn’t just feature the June 2020 security patch but also a new feature: a “Call and text on other devices” quick toggle. Paired with another Samsung device (such as a tablet), this feature will allow you to easily take calls/texts on the secondary device.
In July, Samsung rolled out the July 2020 security update for Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus devices (as reported by SamMobile). The over-the-air upgrades for the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus featured build numbers N970FXXS5CTFA and N975FXXS5CTFA respectively. These updates only bumped the security of the devices up to July 1, and they didn’t come with any other features.
Samsung rolled out the One UI 2.5 update to the Note 10 family (including the Lite and 5G models) in September 2020, SamMobile reported. This version of Samsung’s custom Android skin brought a slew of new features, including Wireless DeX support, new Pro video camera features, added options in Samsung keyboard, and much more. You can view the full list of all major One UI 2.5 features here.
In November, Samsung started pushing out the One UI 3.0 beta update to the Galaxy Note 10 series. The phones received two One UI 3.0 updates in the month.
The third One UI 3.0 beta update made its debut on the Note 10 series in mid-December. The update brought with it fixes to the camera app, home screen launcher, and fingerprint unlocking issues.
Stable versions of One UI 3.0 finally rolled out to users on Verizon in January. This was US users’ first taste of Android 11 on their Galaxy Note 10 series devices.
Following One UI 3.0’s rollout, Samsung brought the February 2021 Android security update to the phones. Spotted by SamMobile, the update brings firmware version N97xFXXS6EUB2 to the device and patches some security flaws on the device.
Samsung rolled out One UI 3.1 to the Note 10 series in late February, according to SamMobile. The update included firmware version N97xFXXU6FUBD and added several privacy-focused features, such as Private Share and the ability to strip location data from shared images. The update also improved camera performance.