That is not a solution! Here we go again with another distraction from what ought to be the focus. The solution is not for me to transfer my contacts to any external medium, it is for "samsung" to not force me to give them access to information that is private and has no semblance to what needs to be done for an update. Really, why does "samsung" need access to my contacts in order to update my wallpaper? This is just a despicable behaviour and greed. Phones are already overpriced but yet monetizing customers is still a priority of the capitalist greed.
In my contacts is stored certain sensitive information that I absolutely cannot release to Samsung. I imagine that means I must use the phone without Galaxy Store or any of the Samsung apps. That is mostly fine, but I'm concerned about security updates. Are security updates delivered through the Galaxy Store? Or are there other ways to obtain them?
I really wanted to buy the S20 or S21 but this fact probably is going to kill the entire purchase.
Developer1 did a great service to everybody here since he knows the technical details to see if it's really "needed" and instead, the thread is marked "solved" by a Samsung representative who says no more than "we need your contacts and there's nothing you can do at the time". Wow, just wow.
I wish LG had some comparable phones because I would jump right over to LG