These Samsung Galaxy phones just got the free Android 13 update

Good news for owners of slightly older Samsungs: your update is on its way

Samsung Galaxy S21 Android phone being held by a man and a woman in bed
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Last month, Samsung promised to bring its One UI 5.0 and Android 13 update to the best Samsung phones including the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S22 ranges, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Fold 4 and many more. 

The Galaxy S22 range was the first to get the update when it began rolling out a fortnight ago, and now a whole bunch of other Samsungs are getting the update too – including several older models. 

According to multiple reports, the updates are rolling out in different countries for a range of models. Here's the list so far.

What phones just got the free Android 13 update?

According to Sammobile (opens in new tab) the Galaxy A33 5G and Galaxy A53 5G started getting the Android 13 update last week, and today the update is also coming to the Samsung Galaxy A73 5G – although it doesn't bring the November 2022 security update, which is a separate rollout.

Meanwhile Sammyfans (opens in new tab) reports that the Android 13 update is now rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S21 range.

Samsung intends to roll out the update to all eligible devices by March 2023, and it's published a roadmap saying exactly when you should expect the update to arrive. It varies from country to country, but here's the list of devices that should now have the update in Europe:

  • Samsung Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra

And by the end of November all of these Samsung phones and tablets should have been updated, although the timescale may differ from country to country:

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, S8+ and S8 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, S7+
  • Samsung Galaxy Quantum 3
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G

For older devices – the Z Fold 2, The S20 and S21 FE, the Note 10 Lite and various A Series Samsungs – the update is currently scheduled for December, with more updates for A and M series Samsungs in January. The longest wait is for the Galaxy A04, which isn't getting an update until April.

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written thirteen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote another seven books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (havrmusic.com (opens in new tab)).