[Updated] Still waiting for Android 13 (One UI 5.0) update on unlocked Samsung Galaxy S22 from Google Fi or Verizon? Try this workaround

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on November 9, 2022) follows:

Google entertains users of its popular smartphone OS with a renewed Android version every year.

Likewise, Android 13 came out this year with a lot of enhanced capabilities like extending app color theming to various apps, advanced language settings, and improved privacy controls.

That said, the One UI 5.0 update based on Android 13 slowly started to roll out and Samsung recently pushed the said update to its Galaxy S22 series in the US.

Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update

But it seems that some Samsung Galaxy S22 users have been waiting for the latest Android update on their devices for quite some time now.

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S22+ Unlocked Android 13 Update is already out for a while now. As of today I have still not received an Android 13 Update. Has anyone received the update on S22+ unlocked Google
Fi.
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Alright, the lack of an Android 13 update for us unlocked phone customers is getting pretty ridiculous…
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Some S22 owners are getting impatient because those locked to AT&T and T-Mobile carriers have already bagged the update.

But Google Fi and Verizon users haven’t received the One UI 5.0 update on their unlocked Samsung Galaxy S22 units.

A Samsung community moderator did clarify a few months ago that the firmware varies from carrier to carrier to ensure compatibility.

However, Google Fi support is asking users to contact Samsung support for the same which is quite contradictory.

Potential workaround

Luckily, we have come across a workaround that should help Verizon and Google Fi users get the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update on their Galaxy S22 units.

It simply involves swapping the ineligible SIM card for the one that is already eligible for the update. So, Google Fi can do the following:

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Those with Verizon Sim card can try and do the following:

I have an unlocked S22+ on US Mobile on Verizon network and I wasn’t getting the update. I did have an old T-Mobile sim card laying around and popped it in and got the update. Everything is all good for me after update.
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We hope that the dust around the Android 13 update for Google Fi and Verizon settles soon.

We’ll keep tabs on the latest developments and update this space to reflect noteworthy information.

Update 1 (November 11, 2022)

01:00 pm (IST): Here’s a video guide that can help you install the One UI 5.0 update on unlocked Samsung Galaxy S22 series devices.

Update 2 (November 14, 2022)

07:29 pm (IST): According to multiple user reports (1, 2, 3), Verizon has finally pushed the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update for unlocked Galaxy S22 in the US.

Note: You can also check out our Samsung One UI 5.0 update and bugs/issues tracker.

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