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How to update latest software for your Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet?

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Samsung smartphones and tablets use One UI software skin based on Android, a mobile operating system designed by Google. Android regularly publishes monthly security updates and a major update once a year, bringing new features and improvements to all compatible devices.

These updates are then followed by Samsung to rollout for Galaxy devices. Therefore, it’s always better to update your device to the latest software version possible to make sure that your phone or tablet has the latest patches and stability improvements as well as new features.

Samsung recommends that you keep your device software up to date and back up any important data before updating the software.

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Depending on when your device was made, it may not be able to update to the latest possible version of Android, but this will depend on a specific device. Also, if you are facing any issue with your Galaxy device, you should keep checking for updates because Samsung also rolls out fixes.

Follow the steps below to find out how to check which version of Android your device is using.

How to update your Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet?

Check for update

Follow the instructions below to find out if a new software version is available to download on your device.

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Please note: The location of the operating system updates will differ depending on the device you are using and the version of Android that is currently running on your device.

Android 11, 10, and Pie: Settings > Software update > Download and install.
Nougat and Oreo: Settings > Software update > Download updates manually.

  • Swipe up to access your apps, then tap Settings.
  • Tap Software update.
  • Tap Download and install.

Your device will check for available updates. If an update is available to download.

  • Tap Download, then select Install now to update or your software or Schedule install to choose a convenient time to update your device.

If you would like to see the software version on your device right now, open Settings, press About Phone or About Tablet, and tap Software Information.

Please note: Updates may take some time to install and can be large to download. It’s recommended to download the update via a Wi-Fi connection to avoid using your mobile data allowance.

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Activate automatic update

To make sure that your device is always up-to-date it’s recommended to activate automatic software updates.

Android 10 and Pie: Settings > Software update > Auto download over Wi-Fi.
Nougat and Oreo: Settings > Software update > Download updates automatically.

  • Swipe up to access your apps, then tap Settings.
  • Tap Software update.
  • Tap the switch to activate Auto download over Wi-Fi.

Benefits of software upgrade

To keep your mobile up-to-date, safely and quickly Upgrade to the latest software available for your phone, and enjoy enhancements like new features, extra speed, improved functionality, OS upgrade and fixed for any bug.

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Release the up-to-date software version continuously for :

  • Improvements in performance and stability.
  • Resolve the potential problems by fixing bugs and errors.
  • OS upgrade and new features experience.

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How to resolve these common Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 problems

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the 3rd generation best Samsung (or anyone else) has ever produced. It improves the durability of the Z Fold 2, which provides water resistance with IPX8, Gorilla Glass Victus, and “sweeper” bristles inside the hinge to retain dust and extend the duration of the phone.

It is also an excellent all-around tool, boasting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and a three-lens rear camera system. On top of this, it goes fold out, making it great for you to do multitasking work and make a product, watch TV and media, and entertain your friends.

Regarding, a state-of-the-art condition like the Z Fold 3, it may not be completely free of problems with lubricants and technical equipment. Fortunately, we have compiled a list of common Samsung Samsung Z Fold 3 problems and how to fix them.

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This gives you details on everything from battery discharge issues to issues with Samsung Pay, helping you make the most of your new phone and not letting small snags ruin your enjoyment.

As with our troubleshooting pieces, this article will be updated as we encounter new common issues, so please come back again if the issue you are facing isn’t covered yet.

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Camera app not displaying Dual Screen button for selfies – Issue

A number of users on Samsung’s Community forum have noted that, when trying to take a selfie in the Camera app, they don’t see the Dual Screen button.

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Solution

  • Fortunately, there’s a very quick fix for this. As other Samsung Community users have noted, opening the Camera app from the cover screen (rather than the main screen) will ensure that the Dual Screen button appears where it should.

Screen protector problems

Some users of the Z Fold 3 have encountered a variety of issues with the phone’s pre-installed screen protectors. These problems aren’t always exactly the same, with some reporting bubbles and others reporting inconsistencies in the protector’s adherence to the screen.

Since such issues can be frustrating, you are strongly advised not to remove the pre-installed screen protector, especially when talking about a large folding screen. Instead, you should contact Samsung as soon as possible to arrange a repair or replacement.

On the other hand, at least one user asked if it was safe to remove the outer film that came wrapped in wire outside the box.

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Unable to acquire GPS location in apps – Issue

Even though the Z Fold 3 has only just been released, some users have already complained that apps they use are unable to receive their GPS location data from the phone.

Possible solutions

This is an issue that has affected other Samsung devices in recent years, so you may simply have to wait for a software update for a fix. You can check if one is available by doing the following:

  1. Open the Settings app on your device.
  2. Scroll down to Software Update.
  3. Select Download and Install.
  4. If a new update is available, your device will obtain it.

Can’t activate unlocked Z Fold 3 on Sprint – Issue

This is one of the more complicated and difficult problems encountered so far with the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Quite a large number of United States-based users have reported that they can’t activate their phones on Sprint. This seems to be an issue arising from T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint and from how Samsung has optimized the phone (or not) for using a T-Mobile or Sprint SIM card.

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As of writing, the only fix appears to be contacting T-Mobile and/or Sprint and trying a different SIM card (i.e., a T-Mobile rather than Sprint SIM). That said, some users have reported that the issue was resolved after several days, with a few noting that they were eventually able to activate their phones via either the T-Mobile or Sprint websites.

S Pen to Text not working properly – Issue

couple of users have reported that the Convert Handwriting to Text feature on their Z Fold 3 phones doesn’t work properly. Normally, this lets users of the Samsung Notes app handwrite a phrase or sentence and then convert it into normal text. Unfortunately, the affected users note that the process of conversion malfunctions, with random words appearing where they shouldn’t.

Possible fixes

  • As of writing, there isn’t a definitive solution for this. You may simply have to wait for a software update from Samsung and then install it, which you can do by going to Settings > Software Update > Download and Install.
  • Given the Samsung Notes app is responsible for converting handwriting, you may also want to try updating it. This can be done by going to the Google Play Store, searching for Samsung Notes, and then tapping Update.

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How to improve battery life of your Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphone

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 series actually sports amazing excellent battery life. In Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra, it is that found that it was really impressive. Especially for the S21 Ultra as it worked with QHD+ configuration and 120Hz refresh rate. But there are always ways to improve battery life on your smartphone.

In this article, we will give you a few different tips that you can use to improve the battery life of your Galaxy S21 smartphone. And make it last longer, if needed.

Adjust screen resolution & refresh rate

The display will always be the most demanding part of your phone when it comes to battery life. Especially if you have a Galaxy S21 Ultra, which has that 6.8-inch display. So one of the easiest ways to improve battery life is to adjust the screen adjustment and refresh.

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Now, Samsung is doing an Adaptive update rate, so it doesn’t always work at 120Hz. But if you are using a Galaxy S21 or S21+, the only option you have is to lower it to 60Hz. Since none of this allows for a lower resolution. It stuck to FHD + at all times.

On Galaxy S21 Ultra, you can choose to release screen adjustment to FHD+ from QHD+. However, if you have not adjusted that setting out of the box, you may still be using FHD+. And in that case, you may want to lower it to 60Hz. These changes can actually make a huge difference.

Switch to dark mode

For many, this is a common concept, but for others, this needs to be said. Switch to dark mode. It is easy on the eyes, and will also save your battery life. This is because all Samsung smartphones use OLED displays. These displays illuminate individual pixels. So when more pixels are dark, the extra pixels are off and not working.

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Google actually did some testing on this and found that a black background can use much less energy than a white background. It uses less than 63% of power, which can make a huge difference in the battery life of your smartphone.

Another tip here would be to use a very dark background wallpaper. Even if you rarely see the background image on your home screen. This can make a big difference too.

Check your battery statistics

An excellent way to improve your battery life is to simply check your battery statistics. The reason for this is that you can see which apps are hungry for energy. And which ones have gone wrong.

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For example, Google Play Services tends to misbehave every once in a while. And you can force stop the app to help your battery drain. Sometimes other apps like Facebook and Twitter use more power than they should.

Additionally, you can adjust whether some apps are running in the background. Which may also use a very small battery.

Use Wifi instead of 5G

This is a long-term battery life tip, and it still hasn’t changed. But use WiFi instead of 5G. Unfortunately, Samsung does not allow you to turn off 5G, like other smartphones. But if you’re at home – most of us still – be sure to keep WiFi turned on.

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This is good for your battery, but it is also good for your own taste. Since your WiFi is probably faster than 4G LTE or 5G in your area. So Twitter, and other apps will instantly upload to WiFi.

Turn on power saver mode

Lastly, if it is very bad, it is a good idea to turn on Turn on power saver mode. That can really extend battery life to your Galaxy S21. You can get to the save mode in the quick, easy settings, and battery settings panel.

Power Saver mode usually slows down the processor, as well as blurs the display. It will also stop certain notifications. So this is not something you can leave all day. But if you are under 20%, it might be a good idea to turn it on and get some extra juice on your phone. At least until you can charge your phone.

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One UI 4.0 Tip: How to enable Dark mode on Samsung devices?

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Samsung’s One UI user interface brings a unified mobile experience to Galaxy smartphones through simple and smooth interaction and clean and elegant design. This November, the company introduced the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 software system for Galaxy devices.

The brand new One UI 4.0 comes with enhanced privacy and protection functions that make it easier for users to understand exactly how their data are being used to customize their settings and deliver a more personalized mobile experience.

In the Android 12 update, Samsung has made great improvements to the behavior of Dark Mode. Wallpapers, icons, and images are now automatically dimmed to provide a more consistent look and more comfortable eyes in One UI 4.0.

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How to enable Dark mode in One UI 4?

Dark mode allows you to switch to a darker theme to keep your eyes more comfortable at night, darkening white or bright screens and notifications.

Alternative 1:

  1. Go to your phone’s Settings
  2. Tap Display for the following options:
  • Light: Apply a light color theme to your device (default).
  • Dark: Apply a dark color theme to your device.
  • Dark mode settings: Customize when and where Dark mode is applied.
    Turn on as scheduled: Configure Dark mode for either Sunset to sunrise or
    Custom schedule

Alternative 2:

  • First, swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers to open the quick settings panel.
  • Then, swipe to and tap the Dark mode or Night mode icon. When this mode is enabled, the icon will glow.
  • To close the mode, click the icon again.

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