It’s only been a couple of months since Samsung released the most awaited One UI 5.0 firmware update based on Android 13. Earlier this month, the electronics giant launched the latest flagships – Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra featuring One UI 5.1 firmware with tons of refinements and feature upgrades. Today, Samsung rolled out the first round of OTA updates featuring One UI 5.1 for the previous-gen flagship smartphones including the Galaxy S22 and S21 series.
While One UI 5.1 is the new major upgrade, it is still based on Android 13 but brings a ton of new features, system improvements, and quality-of-life upgrades. For one, it brings major changes to the Samsung camera and the Gallery apps.
The OTA is reportedly live in Europe for the Exynos variants including Norway, the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, and more to follow later today. The OTA will soon roll out in South East Asia including India in the coming days.
One UI 5.1 OTA weighs a whopping 2GB in size and brings new February 2023 security patches with firmware build EWAF. It is is available for all four variants including the Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra, and S21 FE.
The update will soon be rolled out in the United States for Unlocked Snapdragon variants, as well as carrier variants when the respective carriers release it.
One UI 5 Features & Patch Notes
Samsung’s One UI 5.1 stable version brings some quality-of-life upgrades such as quick selfie effects/filter toggle, Expert Raw support, and most importantly, a prompt asking where to save screenshots and screen recordings.
Some of the key highlights of One UI 5.1 include:
- Easily change the color tone of your selfies using the Effects button at the top of the screen.
- Quick access to Expert RAW.
- Search your Gallery for more than one person or subject at the same time.
- Enhanced image remastering makes your pictures look great by removing shadows and reflections.
- Create a shared family album from Gallery
- Easily minimize or switch to full screen
- Improved multitasking in DeX
- Set a different wallpaper based on your current activity or mode.
- Check severe weather alerts, daily weather summaries, and sunrise/sunset times at the top of the Weather app.
- The new Battery widget lets you check the battery level of your devices from the Home screen.
- Choose where to save screenshots and screen recordings
Checkout the full changelog from below.
One UI 5.1 takes your phone to the next level with new Gallery features as well as productivity and personalization enhancements.
Camera and Gallery
Quickly change the color tone for selfies It’s easier to change the color tone of your selfies using the Effects button at the top of the screen.
Discover Expert RAW
Expert RAW lets you take high-quality shots, perfect for those who want to have full control and edit photos later. Expert RAW is now easier to access from the More menu in Camera.
More powerful search
You can now search your Gallery for more than one person or subject at the same time. You can even search for people without tagging their names just by tapping their faces.
Enhanced image remastering Remastering does more to make your pictures look great by removing shadows and reflections. You can also remaster GIFs for better resolution and clarity. Preview has also been improved to make it easier to compare the original picture with the remaster.
Create a shared family album
It’s easier than ever to share pictures with your family. Gallery will recommend pictures to add to your shared family album by recognizing the faces of your family members. You get 5 GB of storage for each family member (up to 6 people).
Revamped info display
When you swipe up while viewing a picture or video in your Gallery, you can see when and where the picture was taken, which device took the picture, where the picture is stored, and more. Now with a simpler layout.
Easily minimize or switch to full screen
You can now minimize or maximize an app window without going to the options menu. Just drag one of the corners.
Access your most used apps in split screen When you start a split-screen view, the apps you use most often will be shown below your recently used apps to help you find the apps you need faster.
Improved multitasking in DeX
In split-screen view, you can now drag the divider in the center of the screen to resize both windows. You can also snap a window to one of the corners to make it fill a quarter of the screen.
Modes and Routines
Change wallpapers based on your mode
Set a different wallpaper based on your current activity. Choose one wallpaper for work, one for exercising, and more.
More actions for routines New actions let you control Quick Share and Touch sensitivity, change your ringtone, and change your font style.
Quick access to useful information
Check severe weather alerts, daily weather summaries, and sunrise/sunset times at the top of the Weather app. The temperature graph now uses colors to show how the temperature changes throughout the day.
Hourly precipitation graph An hourly graph now shows how much precipitation has fallen at different times of the day.
Summary on Weather widget A brief summary of the current weather conditions now appears on the weather widget to let you know if it’s sunny, cloudy, raining, or snowing.
Continue browsing on another device If you’re browsing the web on one Galaxy phone or tablet and later open the Internet app on another Galaxy device signed in to the same Samsung account, a button will appear that lets you open the last webpage you were viewing on the other device.
Your searches now include the names of bookmark folders and tab groups. Improved search logic lets you find what you’re looking for even if something isn’t spelled correctly.
Check the battery level of your devices
The new Battery widget lets you check the battery level of your devices, right from the Home screen. You can see how much battery is left on your phone, Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Watch, S Pen, and other supported devices.
Use up to 3 emojis in AR Emoji Camera
Take fun pictures and videos with your friends in Mask mode. You can assign a different emoji to each person’s face.
Settings suggestions While signed in to your Samsung account, suggestions will appear at the top of the Settings screen to help you share, connect, and enhance your experience across your Galaxy devices.
The Smart suggestions widget now recommends Spotify tracks and playlists based on your current activity. Get the perfect tunes for driving, exercising, and more. To get suggestions, you need to sign in to a Spotify account in the latest version of the Spotify app.
Choose where to save screenshots and screen recordings You can now change the folder where screenshots and screen recordings are saved.
Download One UI 5 full stock firmware directly from Samsung Servers
One UI 5 comes with firmware build number EWAF for the global or Exynos Galaxy S21 series.
The easiest way to download One UI 5.1 for Galaxy S21, S21 Ultra, and S21+ is by visiting settings > system update > download updates manually. You can also download the full stock One UI 3.0 firmware updates using SamFirm tool or the Firja Tool and install via Odin Flashtool.
You can use the SamFirm (Samsung Firmware Downloader) tool and the newly added Frija (also a Samsung Software Downloader) in order to download the full stock firmware directly from Samsung Servers.
- First, download and extract the latest SamFirm tool or the Frija Samsung Firmware Downloader. [Direct Frija download link]
- Go to About Phone under Settings on your S21 device and note the model number (SM-G998B) for Galaxy S21 Ultra. Refer to the table below.
- Find the CSC code for your Galaxy S21 phone from here. Also known as a region or product code. In this case, we are using BTE for the UK and One UI 5.1.
- Input the model number and region code.
- Select or check the Auto box.
- Also, check decrypt automatically box.
- Hit check updates option.
- Once the details are shown, hit the download button.
Here is a list of Galaxy S21 series model numbers:
- Galaxy S21 (SM-G9910)
- Galaxy S21 (SM-G991B)
- Galaxy S21 (SM-G991N)
- Galaxy S21 (SM-G991U)
- Galaxy S21 (SM-G991U1)
- Galaxy S21 (SM-G991W)
- Galaxy S21+ (SM-G9960)
- Galaxy S21+ (SM-G996B)
- Galaxy S21+ (SM-G996N)
- Galaxy S21+ (SM-G996U)
- Galaxy S21+ (SM-G996U1)
- Galaxy S21+ (SM-G996W)
- Galaxy S21 (SCG09)
- Galaxy S21 5G (SC-51B)
- Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (SC-52B)
- Galaxy S21+ (SCG10)
- Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998U1)
- Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998W)
- Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B)
- Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G9980)
- Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998N)
- Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998U)