Carrier-locked Galaxy Z Flip 5G finally gets December update in US


Samsung recently released the January 2023 Android security patch for the Galaxy Z Flip 5G in some markets. But not everyone is lucky enough to get the latest security update so quickly. Ask users with a carrier-locked unit in the US. They have been waiting for December’s SMR (Security Maintenance Release) for a while. The update is finally available to them.

Last month’s carrier-locked Galaxy Z Flip 5G security update in the US ships with firmware version F707USQS3GVL1, SamMobile reports. The company is confirming the rollout on Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks, which are pretty much the only carriers to offer the 5G version of the original clamshell foldable stateside.

All eligible users should pick up this release within a few days. The unlocked units of this phone have already received the update in the US. This also applies to both carrier-locked and unlocked units of the Galaxy Z Flip LTE.

Unsurprisingly, this update doesn’t add any new features or improvements to the aging foldable tablet. Samsung recently updated it to Android 13, the third and final major Android OS upgrade. It brought with it a host of goodies, including a revamped user interface.

The latest release is all about fixing vulnerabilities. The December SMR contains about 80 patches for Galaxy devices, including some critical ones. Make sure to update your Galaxy Z Flip 5G as soon as possible.

The Galaxy Z Flip 5G is already receiving the January update in some markets

As mentioned earlier, Samsung has already released the January SMR for the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, as well as the Galaxy Z Flip LTE. The rollout began in Europe last week. The update should reach other markets soon, including the US.

Samsung should also release the latest security patch to other eligible Galaxy devices soon. The likes of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 are still waiting for the new SMR.

Meanwhile, if you’re using a Galaxy Z Flip 5G with carrier lock in the US, last month’s security patch is now available for your phone. Go to Settings > Software update and tap Download and install to update your phone manually.

If no update is available for you, please wait a few days and check again. You may receive a notification once the OTA (over-the-air) release reaches your device. Keep an eye out for the January update. We’ll let you know when the rollout begins for the US versions of the original clamshell foldable.