Updated Monday, November 14, 2022 (UTC): Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 GVK4 firmware update addressing the brick issue now rolling out in Europe. The changelog says improved system stability and reliability. It also features a power operation-related stabilization code that fixes the brick issue. Comes with November 2022 security patch level.
Don’t worry if your device reboots multiple times after the update. Keep your Watch 4 fully charged!
Original: Yesterday, we reported about the most awaited November 2022 firmware upgrade for the Galaxy Watch 4 (LTE) (Classic) featuring hotfix for the brick issue. While that was for the Korean variants, the update has now rolled out globally. It is highly recommended that you update your Watch 4 to the November 2022 software update with build VK4 right away.
If you don’t already know, the previous GVI3 October 2022 firmware update for the Galaxy Watch 4 bricked devices when the watch is powered off or runs out of battery. It won’t turn back on and won’t charge ever!
Users who updated to the latest October 2022 software version soon realized that their devices were getting bricked after restarting, powering off, or after the battery runs out of juice.
Some users also reported the same happening after a reboot or power off. Most speculate that the watch only bricks when the battery reaches zero and dies.
Starting today, Samsung released a Hotfix update with firmware build VK4 that addresses the exact same issue. The OTA weighs 104 MB in size which is quite significant for a watch.
The changelog says power operations-related stabilization code has been applied.
You can read more about the watch 4 brick phenomenon from the Samsung Community (Korea) post here.
We have a curated list of threads where the Galaxy Watch 4 bricked:
- GW4 Classic No Longer Turning On… Help! : GalaxyWatch (reddit.com)
- Galaxy watch 4 not turning on : GalaxyWatch (reddit.com)
- My Watch 4 Died: GalaxyWatch (reddit.com)
- Watch 4 won’t turn on : GalaxyWatch (reddit.com)
- Galaxy Watch 4 bricked out of nowhere? : GalaxyWatch (reddit.com)
- Rip Galaxy watch 4: galaxywatch4 (reddit.com)
How to update your Samsung Galaxy Watch?
One UI Watch 4.5 update is available for download on the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. OTA can be downloaded in regions including China, Europe, India, and the United States starting today.
- Make sure you have connected to a WiFi network on your Galaxy Watch 4.
- Go to Settings.
- Scroll down and select “Software Update.”
- Download OTA updates manually.
You can also download OTA updates for Galaxy Watch by visiting the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone.