It might still be Winter, but the Salesforce Spring release is right around the corner. The three Salesforce releases per year are when us Admins, Developers and Consultants get a bunch more features and tools to play around with and to delight our customers and users. If you’re new to Salesforce, you’re in for a treat!
There are many agenda items you need to prepare for with each release, but at this stage, there are only a couple of things you need to know: how to prepare your sandbox, and when your instance gets upgraded.
Salesforce Spring ’21 Release Date
The first thing you should be aware of is when your production instance will be upgraded to the Spring ’21 release. It’s important that you test all your main use cases in Salesforce before this date to ensure that everything continues to work. Although there is rarely any chance of this, it’s important that these checks are carried out anyway.
The Release Date for Spring ’21 will depend on your instance of Salesforce, but the main dates are on Jan 16th, Feb 6th, 12th & 13th. If you already know the instance your production Org is located on, you can head over to Salesforce Trust and click on your instance name and hit “Maintenances”, this will show you the date of the Salesforce Spring ’21 release hitting your Org.
If you don’t know your instance, the quickest way is to head to company information within Setup in your Salesforce Org (Or look at the URL link of Salesforce in your browser if you are not using Lightning or MyDomains). If you’re new to Salesforce Trust and would like to learn more, check out Ines Garcia’s post regarding signing up for notifications on Trust.Salesforce.com.
Spring ’21 Sandbox Preview Information
The second thing you should be aware of is how and when your Sandbox is going to be upgraded. This is extremely important as this is the first opportunity you will get to test your system on the new release. You can sign up for a pre-release Org (Will be released 10th Dec), but these, of course, will not have any of your configurations.
Salesforce has two release windows for Sandboxes, which depends on whether your sandbox is a “Preview” instance or “Non-Preview Instance”. Stay tuned for more information on Sandbox Preview, but the first upgrade will happen on Jan 8th 2021.
Spring ’21 Release Notes
Although the dates mentioned are some of the most important of the Salesforce release cycle, the most anticipated date is for the Salesforce Release Notes. This is the first glimpse of the features and upgrades that are being applied across the Salesforce suite of products. Release Notes are scheduled to be released on the 21st December, and have a new home over at Salesforce Help.