General Samsung S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra U1 Firmware (Links)

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Dec 3, 2008
I'm on XAA U1 CVF5 on a 998U1 phone using vzw on esim (primary) and fi on the physical sim (disabled atm) for abroad and it wants to OTA me to CVG9 but in the patch notes of the update it gives the csc of vzw. And it shows a different build number of it G998U1UEU5CVG9 vs the 998U vzw phone of G998USQU5CVG9. I see the true XAA seems to only have up to F5 still as Samsung has not released CVGB or CVG9 in XAA yet for the US unlocked phones. What will happen if I take this OTA to CVG9 then probably get pushed CVGB next, will I suddenly have vzw restrictions to my U1 fw?


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Dec 20, 2014
Thanks for your help, I was running the January's patch in my S21 Ultra from AT&T unlocked without the possibility to update via OTA, It's September already and after flashing the rom by odin I got the July's update without losing any data and imei info and then I was able to install the august one successfully, I appreciate this helpful forums, someday I'll have enough to help you strengthen and supporting this free contributions.

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    After looking really hard ahead of launch for the U1 S21 Ultra Firmware using Samfirm and Frija, I couldn't find the US XAA firmware. Well I finally got a hold of it ahead of launch. You can use this firmware to flash any carrier branded S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra to U1 after receiving your device using Odin. Attached are the Google Drive links I've uploaded for your convenience. Links will be updated on a monthly basis for simplicity. Below is a simple guide on to flash this.

    Step 1: Download patched Odin and Firmware for the model that corresponds to your device's model number
    Patched Odin link:
    Download patched Odin and your phones firmware to an area on your computer that will be easy to access.

    If you do not have a program that can open rar files, then Winrar is a great program. Download link here

    Step 2: Download Samsung Smart Switch and make a complete backup of your entire device. Data will be wiped during this process, so make sure you have a complete backup.
    If Samsung Smart Switch says your device has an update, DO NOT UPDATE USING SMART SWITCH!
    Windows Link here:

    Step 3: Once your device is done backing up, Power off your device and put your device in download mode by pressing the Volume down button and power button at the same time. If you have done it correctly, your device should show this screen.

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    Step 4: Connect your device to your computer and open up Odin.

    Step 5: Once Odin is opened, make sure your device is showing as connected, then select AP, and find your firmware file that you had extracted earlier, and select the one that says AP_(Your phones model), and do the same for every other one. So BL for BL, CP for CP, CSC for CSC, and USERDATA for USERDATA. Make sure you select the HOME CSC.

    Step 6: Click start. It will start to flash your U1 Firmware. Take a Tea break or something. Once its finished, it will automatically reboot.

    Step 7: Once device reboots, sign into your Gmail account you used previously, as well as your Samsung account. Once its at the home screen, restore the backup you made using Smart Switch and then once that completes, sign into all your apps. Your done. All OTA's now ill be XAA Samsung OTA's, not carrier branded ones.

    Step 8: Profit>?

    (S21 Firmware) SM-G991U1 Firmware -
    (S21+ 5G Firmware) SM-G996U1 Firmware -
    (S21 Ultra Firmware) SM-G998U1 Firmware -

    Enjoy and Happy Flashing
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    Questions and Answers

    Will this work for the Exynos version of the S21?
    No The provided firmware files are for the Snapdragon version. This might be compatible with the HK Snapdragon version, but I am not sure.

    Help, Odin won't flash, gives me an error.
    Respond in the comments below, and I'm sure we can get this to work.

    Will this unlock my phone from my carrier?

    No. If your device is locked before you flash this, it will be locked after you flash it. This is to remove carrier bloat and ensure all further updates will come from Samsung instead of your carrier. If you flash it before you unlock, you can still unlock your device as normal.

    I have bootloader unlocked my device, will this relock my bootloader?
    Yes. This includes the V2 bootloader for the S21 series, and as a result, if you flash this, you will lose your unlock token.

    Updated for July 2022 Security patches.

    Edit: If you need a build that is not posted in this tread, or need a newer build, please use this link and download Frija to download any Samsung Firmware by following the guide posted.
    are these the QUALCOMM Versions?
    Yes. US U1 firmware
    Been away from android for a bit, can somebody help me flash the U1 firmware.
    will this work with the T-Mobile version?
    This will work with any carrier branded version. It will entirely convert it from the carrier bloated version, to the U1 unlocked, Samsung version.