Users of Galaxy Watch 4 report bricked devices after the latest update

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Here’s what you need to know. Samsung’s latest update has reportedly bricked many Galaxy Watch 4 devices.

A recent update by Samsung has apparently bricked some Galaxy Watch 4 devices and some Classic edition devices. The latest firmware from Samsung has rendered the Galaxy Watch 4 unusable.

According to SamMobile, the latest firmware build R8xxXXU1GVI3 was recently released to the Galaxy Watch 4 as well as the Classic edition models. Many users across Samsung Community forums, especially in South Korea, and Reddit have reported that their Galaxy Watch 4 devices are not turning on after the update. The update was applied without any problems by users, but the device will not turn on again after it turns off or attempts to reboot.

The primary problem appears to be with the Galaxy Watch 4 and Classic models not being able to turn on or reboot after the R8xxXXU1GVI3 upgrade. After applying the update, users should not turn off their Galaxy Watches or restart them until Samsung releases a fix.

Fortunately, that might not be a long wait. Samsung UAE issued a statement regarding the VI3 update issue (via Sammy fans). It stated that the update had been halted and that a quick fix is in the works.

” We are aware that some Galaxy Watch4 series models have stopped turning on after a recent software update (VI3). We have stopped the update and will soon release a new version. “

For Galaxy Watch 4 owners that have installed the latest VI3 firmware update but made their devices unusable, Samsung recommends contacting support or visiting an official Samsung service center for repairs.

For the moment, Galaxy Watch 4 users should reframe their watches from updating to the latest VI3 firmware.

Vishnu is a freelance news writer for Android Central. He has been writing about consumer technology for the past four years. This includes smartphones, laptops and any other gadget connected to the Internet. You can find him on long drives or on the couch binging on crime series while he’s away from the keyboard.