Android 12 is rapidly approaching its rumored release date (all evidence points to the software dropping on Oct. 4), and Android smartphone manufacturers are preparing their devices for the new update. Samsung is no exception: The company has just released the first beta of One UI 4, which you can download and install right now if you have a Galaxy S21 device.
Samsung’s Android “skin” is essentially the company’s take on the Android operating system, bringing Google’s features and system to Galaxy phones while also adding Samsung-specific options and a look and feel. Samsung’s Android 12 skin, then, is One UI 4. Before it can be released to the general public, the company must test it through a beta program to iron out any bugs or issues.
What’s new with One UI 4?
One UI 4 includes many of Android 12’s newest features. Samsung emphasizes the increased customization control you’ll have over your device, including themes, home screens, icons, widgets, and more. You’ll see indicators to warn you about apps that use your camera and microphone, and you’ll be able to view permission history from the previous seven days (up from the current 24-hour default).
Which Galaxy phones are compatible with the One UI 4 beta?
Your first concern with any new beta software is probably whether it is compatible with your smartphone. Unfortunately, this beta is quite limited at the moment—only Galaxy S21 devices are eligible. These are some of them:
- Galaxy S21
- Galaxy S21+
- Galaxy S21 Ultra
The company hasn’t said whether or not more Galaxy devices will be included in the One UI 4 beta.
How do I install the One UI 4 beta on my Galaxy S21?
Samsung makes hopping on the One UI 4 beta a breeze. To start, open the Samsung Members app on your Galaxy S21. (If you don’t have the app on your device yet, download it from the Galaxy Store or the Google Play Store.) Log into the app with your Samsung Account, then choose “Registration for One UI Beta Program” when it appears in the home banner or notices page.
It’s simple to join the One UI 4 beta from Samsung. Open the Samsung Members app on your Galaxy S21 to get started. (If you don’t already have the app, get it from the Galaxy Store or the Google Play Store.) When the “Registration for One UI Beta Program” option appears in the home banner or notices page, log in with your Samsung Account.
Now, exit the Samsung Members app, and head to Settings > Software update > Download and install to finish installing the beta on your device.