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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 updates: April security patch arrives (Apr. 5)

Update: April 5, 2021 (7;45 AM ET): The latest update for the Galaxy Note 20 series is now available. Per SamMobile, the update bears firmware version N986BXXS1DUD1 and includes the April 2021 security patch.

If you have a Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra, you can try checking for the update.  Head to Settings > Software update > Download and install. You should sit tight and wait a while if you don’t have it yet. According to the report, it’s already available in Germany and should roll out to other corners of the globe in due course.


Original article: August 7, 2020 (2:42 AM ET): Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 update hub! Here you’ll find all the latest information about software updates for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. We’ll list the current software version for each phone and also regularly update this hub when new updates roll out.

Samsung usually does an excellent job of rolling out important updates simultaneously for all versions of its flagships. However, keep in mind that different versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 might receive updates at different times. So you might see a discrepancy in updates for unlocked and carrier-branded versions of the phones.

Are you looking to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 or Galaxy Note 20 Ultra? Check out the deals below. Head further down the page for the information on each Galaxy Note 20 update.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 A “cheaper” Note

The standard Galaxy Note 20 has some trade-offs to hit a lower price point, but it should still satisfy many Note users.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Bigger, better, and pricier

Samsung’s Galaxy Note line has always been for the power users, and this year’s models are no different — especially the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. This new ultra-premium phone is Samsung’s most refined device yet.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Ultra updates

  • Current stable version: Android 11
  • When will Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Ultra get Android 11?: Rollouts in progress
  • How many updates will Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Ultra receive?: Three major software updates

Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra on August 5. Pre-orders for the two 2020 Note flagships went live on August 6. Both phones will be available via carriers and retailers starting August 21. The Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra both feature Android 10-based One UI 2.5 out of the box.

Samsung has already opened the beta program for One UI 3.0 based on Android 11, so you can expect the Galaxy Note 20 duo to get the new software by the end of 2020. The company has also promised three major Android versions for the phones, so you’re all set till Android 13.

Also read: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra: What you need to know

The Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are now receiving their first software update even before they hit store shelves. So anyone who buys the new Notes will have this first update waiting for them.

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As spotted by SamMobile, the first software update for the Galaxy Note 20 series brings stability and performance improvements. It also squashes some bugs and adds new features, but Samsung hasn’t gone into the details in the changelog. The update is almost 500MB in size and also carries the August security patches for the phones.

On September 7, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra received their second software update. The OTA update added the September Android security patches to the phones.

The next update for the Galaxy Note 20 series arrived in early October. It carried the October security patches and also added some improvements for battery life, camera stability, and dark mode features.

On October 27, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra started receiving the One UI 3.0 beta update in the US and multiple other markets including India and Germany. The update reportedly brought a bunch of new Android 11 features to the phones, including a dedicated chat section in the notifications shade as well as visual improvements to Samsung’s web browser, volume slider, home and lock screens, and contacts. The company noted in its update thread that if you rely on banking apps, you might want to wait for the stable One UI 3.0 update.

On November 2, Samsung pushed the November Android security patch to the Note 20 series. However, the update didn’t bring much else with it.

In late December, unlocked Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra models in the US received the long-awaited stable One UI 3.0 update atop Android 11. It also delivered the December 2020 security patch.

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Early February saw the arrival of firmware N986U1UES1CUA1. It brought the February 2021 security patch to the unlocked Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in the US. The month ended with the rollout of One UI 3.1 to Verizon users. Updates N986USQU1DUB57 for the Note 20 Ultra and N981USQU1DUB7 for the Note 20 5G brought a number of UI buffs, improved camera features, and the February 2021 security patch.

Mid-March saw the rollout of firmware N98xxXXU1DUC8 to the Note 20 series. The update brought numerous camera buffs carried over from the Galaxy S21 series, including Portrait mode’s functionality in low light, additional portrait effects, and Night mode with the ultrawide camera.

Here are the current stable versions of all Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra models.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Ultra Android 10 Android 11
AT&T Yes Yes
Verizon Yes Yes
T-Mobile Yes Yes
US Cellular Yes Yes
International unlocked Yes Yes

Let us know which Samsung Galaxy Note 20 update you are rocking when you get your phone. Tip us if you’ve spotted an OTA that we haven’t.

Are you looking for more device updates? Check out our Android 10 update tracker.