Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro gets February 2023 OTA update

Samsung’s flagship wearable devices, the Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro, are receiving a new February 2023 OTA update improving stability and reliability. While that’s all the changelog says, the OTA also fixes a critical bug for the raise-to-wake feature not working correctly which was introduced in the previous update.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 devices are receiving new OTA updates from February 2023. However, it does not feature the latest Android security patches from Google. The Watch 5 series will receive February 2023 security patch later this month.

The latest OTA brings a new firmware build number R910XXU1AWB1. It is a minor update weighing just 100MB in size.

As for the changelog, the OTA features only stability improvements. One thing that has been bugging most Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 users is the raise to wake feature not working properly. This has been fixed now.

While the previous AWA3 update brought a new Camera Controller app update with pinch-to-zoom capabilities, it also broke the raise to wake feature. It wouldn’t wake up the screen when you raise your wrist to look at the time or notifications.

Galaxy Watch 5 February 2023 OTA update
Galaxy Watch 5 February 2023 OTA update

As per the changelog, the AWB1 feature:

  • Stability and reliability

Previous AWA3 build features the following:

  • New Camera Controller feature added
    • Change zoom on your phone camera remotely through pinching in or out on the screen, or through rotating the bezel.
    • This feature is only supported on flagship models released after Samsung Galaxy S20 or Z Flip running at least One UI 5.1.
  • Samsung Members
    • A new “Connected device diagnostics” option has been added to check the proper performance of the Galaxy Watch’s battery status, touch screen function, etc. on the connected phone.
    • Please update Samsung Members and Galaxy Wearable app to the latest versions for using the ‘Connected device diagnostics’ feature.
  • Stability and reliability
    • The stability has been improved.

How to update your Samsung Galaxy Watch?

The latest firmware for Samsung smartwatches is Wear OS 3.5 based on Android 11. The Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 5 devices run on Samsung’s custom One UI Watch 4.5 firmware.

Here is how to download the latest update on Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 5. OTA can be downloaded in regions including China, Europe, India, and the United States.

  • Make sure you have connected to a WiFi network on your Galaxy Watch.
  • 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.

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