If you own a folding phone and live in the United States, good news: Samsung is starting to roll out Android 13 (a.k.a. One UI 5) to the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4. It comes after the Galaxy S22 series received the update last month.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 get Android 13
Starting this week, users began spotting the update through a notification on their Galaxy Z devices.
However, there’s one important qualification to receive the Android 13 update at this stage: you need to have been part of the One UI 5.0 beta program.
In addition to the Z series, Samsung is also rolling out Android 13 to the Galaxy A73 5G in Malaysia.
One UI 5 was initially brought to the United States through a beta program, which has now concluded. However, in order to get the stable version of Android 13 on your Z Fold 4 or Flip 4, you will have had to be a part of that program. This also means your device will need to be unlocked. It’s unclear when the update will roll out to more unlocked Z Folds and Flips or when carrier versions of the devices will be upgraded, but it’s likely that that time will come sooner than later.
Samsung didn’t introduce a total makeover of its One UI skin with Android 13, but it does offer a solid list of improvements like new theming options, redesigned widgets, better multitasking tools, slicker animations, lock screen customization, and camera app upgrades. I’ve had the beta on my Z Fold 4 for a little while, and it’s a nice upgrade. It also feels a tad bit faster, but that might be all in my head.