The Samsung Galaxy S20 Android 11 update went through a lengthy beta, but bugs and performance issues have slipped into the official release.
The Galaxy S20 Android 11 roll out is underway and the software is pushing out to Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, and Galaxy S20 FE users around the world.
The new operating system brings a number of changes to the company’s flagship phones including UI tweaks, extended customization, and new features. It’s a significant upgrade and one that most Galaxy S20 users should install.
We’ve been monitoring feedback about the Galaxy S20 Android 11 update’s performance. We’re seeing a lot of good news, but we’re also hearing about a variety of issues. Some of these problems are brand new, others have carried over from the Android 11 beta and Android 10.
The roll out is going so we expect the list of Galaxy S20 Android 11 problems to grow as the new operating system reaches users around the world.
With that in mind, we want to take you through the current state of Galaxy S20 Android 11 problems. We’ll take you through the best way to prepare for the move to Android 11, provide you with some resources that could help you fix issues, and give you a look at what to expect from Samsung and its partners down the road.
Prepare for Android 11
You can’t predict exactly how Samsung’s Android 11/One UI 3.0 update will impact your Galaxy S20’s performance and that’s why it’s important to prepare for the move.
If you’re still waiting for Android 11 to arrive, use this time to prepare yourself, and your device, for the move from Android 10 to Android 11.
If your update is available, spend 30 minutes or so preparing for the installation. A little preparation ahead of time will help you avoid major headaches.
We’ve released a walkthrough that will help you prepare for the move. These are the steps we typically take before we install new Android software on our devices.
If you don’t have a ton of time to devote to the pre-installation process, you’ll want to make sure all of your important data is backed up.
Galaxy S20 Android 11 Problems
As we push away from the Android 11 release we’re starting to hear about the initial bugs and performance issues plaguing the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, and Galaxy S20 FE.
Galaxy S20 users are reporting abnormal battery drain, installation issues, notification issues, problems with first and third-party apps, UI lag, charging issues, data issues, gesture issues, Wi-Fi problems, volume problems, and more.
Again, we expect this list to grow as more people make the move to Samsung’s new software.
Where to Find Feedback
If you haven’t moved your phone to Android 11 yet, make sure you keep an eye on feedback from Galaxy 20 users that have. This feedback will keep you informed about Android 11-related issues.
How to Fix Galaxy S20 Android 11 Problems
If you run into a problem after moving to Android 11, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to fix whatever is ailing your phone.
If you don’t find what you’re looking for in our guides, you should check out the XDA’s Galaxy S20 forum, carrier support forums (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, for example), and the Galaxy S20 Reddit for potential fixes.
You can also get in touch with Samsung or your provider on social media sites like Twitter. Samsung’s also got a customer support line that might come in handy.
Samsung pushes monthly security patches to the Galaxy S20 series and the company often includes bug fixes in these updates.
If your carrier offers an Android update schedule, keep an eye on it for details. Carriers like Rogers, Fido, and Telus in Canada and Vodafone in Australia like to keep their customers informed about upcoming software updates.
If your carrier has a similar schedule available you might want to bookmark it and keep an eye out for details regarding incoming software updates.
Wait Because the Galaxy S21 Launch is Close
A report from SamMobile claims the Galaxy S21 series will launch in early January with a release in late January or February.
These reports have been backed by a different report out of Korea. This one claims that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S21 series in January with a release coming later in the month.
Leaker Jon Prosser, who has leaked accurate information about unreleased products in the past, says the Galaxy S21 is slated to launch on January 14th.
Prosser also says pre-orders will start on January 14th followed by a release a few weeks later on January 29th.
A report from Reuters throws its weight behind the early release. The publication says Samsung "may launch its flagship Galaxy S smartphones more than a month earlier than expected in a bid to grab market share from Huawei and fend off competition from Apple."
An unnamed Samsung official says because "the market environment is changing rapidly, it is true that it is not possible to guarantee whether the usual unpacking schedule will continue as it is."
Samsung India has also confirmed the Galaxy S21 launch for January 14th. And in a bit of surprise, the company says it's now taking pre-orders for the unannounced devices.
Everything is pointing to an arrival in January. So if you're interested in a new Galaxy S device, you might want to put your credit card away and wait.
One additional note: It looks like the Galaxy S21 series will debut by itself. Korean media believes Samsung's new flagship foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip 2, will arrive later in Q1.
This is notable because the original Galaxy Z Flip debuted alongside the Galaxy S20 series.
So if you're interested in a new Galaxy flagship, and you want to compare the Galaxy S21 to Samsung's new foldable, you might have to wait even longer.