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Samsung Galaxy S20 Software Update Notifications Won’t Go Away: How to Fix

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The Samsung Galaxy S20, like any other Samsung Galaxy smartphone, checks for software updates periodically. If the device finds a notification, it creates a notification to inform the user that they have an update to be installed.

This update notification won’t go away unlike any other notification. This is a measure the Android OS in the Galaxy smartphones make to keep the device updated.

However, if you want to update your device later or remove this notification, the 03 solutions I have mentioned below will help you.

Note: Solutions in this guide will work on any Samsung Galaxy S20 model (S20, S20 Plus, S20 Fe, and S20 Ultra models.)

Editor’s note: We created these instructions using a Samsung Galaxy S20 running Android 13. Depending on your device’s software version, some steps and menu positions may look slightly different.

First: Make Sure You Have the Latest Software Version

First, you need to make sure you have the latest software version installed on your Samsung Galaxy S20 (or at least the latest major software update). If your phone’s software update is too old, it means you are not getting the best out of your device and missing important security patches as well.

To check this, you can check our software update tracker which includes all the updates has been released so far to the Galaxy S20. If you have an important update, I strongly advise downloading and installing it before moving on.

Fix 01: Configure Settings to Disable Update Notification

You can configure a few options in your Samsung Galaxy S20’s settings and use a third-party app to temporarily disable the software update notification. This trick will work for months. But you must not go to the Software update section in your device’s settings after doing this.

Here are the steps you need to follow to disable software update notifications:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on “Battery and device care”.
  3. Tap on Software update.
  4. Toggle off the “Download update automatically” and “Scheduled software update” features.
Turning off auto download software update in samsung s20
  1. Go to “Developer options”.
Developer options
  1. Scroll down and toggle off “Auto update system”.
Toggle off auto update system
  1. Go back to settings and tap on “Biometrics and security”.
Biometrics and security
  1. Tap on “Other security options”
Other security settings
  1. Tap on “Security policy update” and turn off “Auto-update”.
Turn off security policy update
  1. Download “SetEdit” from Playstore and open it.
  2. In the list of registries look for “SOFTWARE_UPDATE_LAST_CHECKED_DATE” and tap on it.
  3. Select “Edit value”.
  4. Switch the digits to a later date. For example: “2026609000000”.

Note: Remember not to open the Software update section in settings after applying this fix.

If you don’t know, ADB (Android debug bridge) is the PC (Windows, Max, Linux, etc) command tool that is used to communicate with Android devices. According to Android documentation, ADB allows users to run various commands on an Android device.

Using ADB, you can disable certain features on your Samsung Galaxy S20. This means you can disable the update feature until you enable it back later.

I do not recommend this solution because ADB is an advanced tool that you should not tamper with. However, if you strictly follow the instructions below, you will able to disable this feature and enable it later safely.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Go to this link and click on “Download SDK Platform-Tools for Windows” (if your PC is running on a different OS, select the other options).
  2. Once downloaded, extract the zip file to a folder inside your computer.
  3. Now copy the folder path (see the screenshot below) and open CMD on your PC.
Copying adb path
  1. Then paste the code below. Replace the [location] with your location.
cd [location]
Change directory to adb path

To make sure you are on the right path, copy this code and paste it into the terminal. Then hit Enter.

adb devices

Now you should see a message like this:

Getting list of attached devices to adb
  1. Now go to Settings on your Galaxy S20.
  2. Go to “Developer options” (check this guide to know how to enable it if you haven’t already).
  3. Scroll down and enable “USB Debugging”.
Enable usb debugging
  1. Now connect your Samsung Galaxy S20 to the computer. And allow the USB debugging on the prompt you receive on your phone.
Allow usb debugging
  1. Then on the terminal, type “adb devices”. You should see your device listed there with an identification number.
Adb is working and device connected successfully
  1. Then paste these commands below one by one:
adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sec.android.soagent

adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sec.android.systemupdate

adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.wssyncmldm

adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.sdm

adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.sdm.sdmviewer

Once you have executed all the commands above, unplug your Samsung Galaxy S20 and restart it.

Now you have disabled the software update feature of your device. When you want to enable the feature again, all you have to do is connect your phone to the computer, run ADB as instructed above, and run the commands below one by one:

adb shell pm install-existing --user 0 com.sec.android.soagent

adb shell pm install-existing --user 0 com.sec.android.systemupdate

adb shell pm install-existing --user 0 com.wssyncmldm

adb shell pm install-existing --user 0 com.samsung.sdm

adb shell pm install-existing --user 0 com.samsung.sdm.sdmviewer

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