I will be doing a re-blog with more details soon. This is an update to my earlier post – The 23andMe Ancestry Algorithm Gets an Upgrade – 23andMe October 21, 2020. Turns out my v3 chip won’t get an ethnicity update, neither will v2 or v4 chips. One advantage to purchasing the v5 upgrade, which has been delivered to the drop-off point in Arizona, is the upgrade included Ancestry+Health for the same price as purchasing a new Ancestry+Health that was on sale during Amazon Prime. I wasn’t going to spend $125 for the upgrade when I could buy the Ancestry+Health test on Amazon Prime for $99.
There are some other changes that 23andMe didn’t mention, but I will let the re-blog post address those changes as they are fairly detailed. They removed some things that used to be available and I never saw e-mails or notices on 23andMe they were removing them. A big change is it now shows your city, state, and zip code in your public profile. I removed the city, state, zip code and changed it to USA for my location. It took a bit as I had to hunt down how to do it.
Removing the ethnicity updates for earlier chip sets is something no other DNA testing company has done from the research I looked at. The DNA companies tend to include the ethnicity updates even when they change where they order tests from.