Android 4.4.2 for T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 now available to download

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About five days ago, we received information that Samsung had released the source code for the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3’s KitKat update. Normally that means within a day or so the update should be available to the public. After much waiting, and anticipating, the day has arrived.

Several readers have contacted us, delighted that the update is finally here. Android 4.4.2 for the Galaxy Note 3 has been released. If you do have a Samsung Note 3, you should be notified that it’s available. If not, head on in to settings and check for updates manually.

With Samsung’s heavy skinning on top of Android, there might not be that much new to notice when it comes to user interface. However, performance on the LG G2 is noticeably improved. If you do notice any major differences, be sure to let us know in the comments below.

Full screenshot below. Thanks, Fidel and Phil.
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  • Ricot lominy

    Niceeeee!!

  • Ron burgundy

    When is the update coming to my galaxy s4? Wtf

  • Dr8820

    My Note 3 is acting really funny after the update, the screen keeps going off and it keeps re booting…

    • yeah right

      Update probably didn’t take properly… Recommend a factory reset.

      • Dr8820

        I’m thinking that… I’ve done about 15 battery pulls already and it’s still acting up.

      • Sam1116

        I hear is better to do a factory reset before updating. Is this a true fact?

        • yeah right

          I think after is best. The update can still cause some issues. And when you factory reset – it puts it back to stock 4.4.2 with no changes.

  • Dats

    What about the S4

  • Ucrazy51

    Update came this morning

  • Hound dog

    My note 3 is running beautifully now on kitkat. It has also improved my reception big time. It no longer crashes with my magazine and Knox. Thanks tmobile

  • bruce

    took a hour to down load and update but so far so good and I am getting better signal

  • jeremy vega

    Wooo! Finally got the update. Phone running smooth

  • ccnet005

    Downloading right now, I can’t wait to see what improvements and surprises await!

  • AM Gone

    Downloaded and installed via Kies in less than 30 mins. Phone seems to be a bit quicker. However, do not like the elimination of the colors associated with battery life and the 4g LTE indicators as everything is now black and white. Note 3 install.

    • Trevnerdio

      That’s universal. My mom got the update on her G2 as well and she was disappointed that the colors went away.

  • netplayground

    Got it early this am. Update went without a hitch. Everything is noticeably quicker to respond / load / render. As long as the update maintains the Note 3’s efficient use of battery power I’ll be as happy as a kid looking at his first Internet porn (OK… Maybe not THAT happy)

  • Retsu Unohana

    Its here!

  • Victor Revilla

    Download took forever… on a 100mbps line. Got the ota notification at around 3 a.m. Installing now lets see.

  • Craig HouseMusic Earnest

    My phone is rooted, so it won’t let me update it OTA. I’ll have to wait until I get home from work and update it through Kies. :(

    • besweeet

      My GS4 is rooted, so I’m wondering how that’ll work when the 4.4.2 is out for it. Kies safe for rooters or something? Don’t want to break anything.

      • Craig HouseMusic Earnest

        Yes, Kies is perfectly safe. The update will take away your root status, though, so after the update, you’ll have to root your phone again.

        • besweeet

          Interesting… I think the only thing I did after rooting was remove a few system apps that couldn’t be disabled through Settings. All of the current apps and data should be left alone when updating through Kies? Guess that’s what backing up is for.

        • Craig HouseMusic Earnest

          That’s what I did when I rooted my phone… removed some bloatware, and I also had a root app that allowed me to record my phone’s screen. I would back up your files just in case, but you should be fine. :)

        • besweeet

          That’s good to know. Now all we need is the GS4 update… I imagine it’ll be around within the next week.

        • besweeet

          Hey, me again. Been finally wanting to go for it, but was wondering if you remembered exactly the steps you took. Originally used CF-Auto-Root on the TM GS4 (4.2.2) which I unrooted via SuperSU’s “full unroot” function (software update still says that the software has been modified).

    • Paul

      XDA has working rooted stock of Kitkat.
      Go get ya sum!

  • Juan Ruiz

    The phone is faster but the only thing I don’t like the fact that they change the keyboard to black again !!!!!! And it took about 20 minutes to download

    • dave

      you internet is slow and i love the black keyboard

      • Juan Ruiz

        Okay !! If you say so!!!!!!!!

    • ProudPapa

      I use Swiftkey. If you install the Beta, it has the number row, making it much better than stock Samsung, imo. The download speed is definitely on their end, I had the same problem.

      • Juan Ruiz

        Well yeah that’s true thanks and enjoy your Kitkat :-)

  • Luiebinions

    In miami downloading now. Taking forever though.

  • gpt2010

    My phone is running even faster too. I think I got some phone memory back too. Now that 4.4.2 is out the way, give me Android 5.0! LOL.

    • Flyincloud

      Never going to happen unless you have a Nexus.

      • g2a5b0e

        What do you mean? The almost 2-year old S3 is going to receive 4.4. If 5.0 debuts any time in the next 18 months, you can rest assured that the GN3 will get it at some point.

      • gpt2010

        My statement was a joke. I actually quit anticipating updates to Android since my HTC Sensation days. I used to gripe and moan for the latest greatest version of Android. No more. Unfortunately carriers in the US don’t help the cause either. Now when I buy a phone, I expect to have the same version of Android until I get a new phone. As long as the phone does everything I want it to do, I will be happy with it. Now if an update to the OS does happen. It is a bonus. Luckily for me, I can get a new phone once a year with the latest and greatest version on Android. I am just a phone junky like that.

  • Jose Gonzalez

    Downloading now! Very slow on a 75Mbps wi-fi network. I think it’s them.

    • Trevnerdio

      It probably is. The guy with 50mbps internet had the same problem. I’ll probably just use LTE because unlimited data… ;)

      • Josué Deseo

        Received notification when attempting to update via LTE, could only update via wifi not LTE (mobile network). I have unl data as well.

        • Trevnerdio

          Aw, that sucks :(

  • Renz Carl B. Supnet

    To all those who have updated, are you having issues with your external sd cards? I want to know if my 64gb card will be rendered useless if I update. Thanks.

    • jeremy vega

      So far I’m having no issues with my card.

      • Renz Carl B. Supnet

        Thanks I will update later after I charge my phone.

        • watkins

          There is an issue with SD cards. You can read files fine but can no longer write/copy/edit files on SD. This is a huge inconvenience and pretty disgusting.

    • mayorpayer

      no issue with SD card

      • superg05

        can you use third party video players and ect still

  • tap and pay has been disabled on the tmo build just as it was with att very disappointing thankfully im in my 14 day return period

  • ProudPapa

    I love the camera access on the lock screen. A very subtle, but welcome change.

  • jeremy vega

    The update went fast . It’s smooth so far

  • ccnet005

    Wow, big upload and download speed increase, and my 64 gb SD card is still recognized.
    It’s like having a brand new girlfriend!

    • superg05

      can you use it correctly through third party apps maybe samsung changed its mind about following googles best practices ?

      • ccnet005

        Yes, still looks good to my reader and music player where my stuff is on external SD.
        You mean “changed its mind” like a real girlfriend?

  • Sebastian S.

    Just got it in Chicago!

  • SEBA

    The download takes exactly 1 hour over wifi with 50mb speed. What’s interesting is I know this that my lte signal became stronger by 2, 3 bars. Did anyone noticed this?

    • ccnet005

      Yes, my signal is stronger and UL/DL speeds have also significantly increased.

    • hound dog

      Yes other members have commented about the increased LTE reception…. I’ve noticed big time

      • gpt2010

        I have noticed the same thing. My bars in my office used to be between 1-2 on LTE. Now it is on 4-5. Love it! I am not a super techie, but how does and OS update improve on coverage? I thought that would be an update from Samsung. Does anyone know the answer?

    • ND

      went from 2 to 4 bars at the same exact spot in my office. DL speeds went from 12 or so to 25.

    • superg05

      updates usually have a new (improved)radio image(software)

    • mayorpayer

      mine DEFINATELY jumped wayyyyy up 3-4 bars at work. Cant wait to see at home where I get a weaker signal.

      • Paul

        yes, I’m getting 3 when I usually get 1 at my desk.

  • Tone

    So Galaxy S4 users are on another waiting list?

  • Paul

    Already rooted on XDA, I’m DLing it now.

    • James Burkett

      where can I download this

      • Paul

        Go to the XDA forums for the t-mobile Note 3
        Go into development section
        I grabbed the one(s) from “[STOCK] N900TUVUCNB4 – Rooted, Odexed, DeOdexed, Factory Image – Updated: 03/05/14”

        You’ll need Odin, and chainfire root for the 9005-found in there as well.

        • James Burkett

          This is the 4.4 update? heck yeah. I’m rooted and am well versed with Odin lol

  • zombie

    How about note2? Also can anyone comfirm if 4.4 allows google wallet to work now with google wallet?

    • Chimphappyhour

      Still no tap to pay allowed on the TMo version with 4.4.

      • superg05

        its blocked they want you to use a service they have yet to roll out nationwide just one city called isis

        • schweddyballs

          Its available anywhere you see the tap and pay nfc icon, just call tmobile ask for an isis sim card, download app, get free amex serve card through app, add your personal bank or card to that and start tapping and paying, provided you have a nfc enabled phone.

  • kev2684

    is google wallet finally working with kitkat update? i heard it’s supposed to enable GW to all 4.4 handsets.

    • Paul

      So far the reports are that it’s not working. Bet they’ll release an update for it.
      Rumor is there’s one due in May.

      • turtle6988

        T-Mobile told me they are blocking the Tap to pay functionality of GW. Sucks I was looking forward to it

  • DBuck

    maybe I’m missing something here but I don’t see the camera shortcut on the lock screen. If I remove pin security I see it with the other standard shortcuts. Is it supposed to be on the lockscreen with security or only w/o?

    • Dats

      Me neither

    • Chimphappyhour

      Only without security.

      • Dats

        Yes that’s what I thought

      • DBuck

        If that’s the case it was there before the update like the rest of the shortcuts

    • SEBA

      Try to go to settings> device> lock screen>shortcuts

    • Juan Ruiz

      In order to see the icon camera on the lock screen you actually have to go to settings and go to lock screen

  • Ali

    Battery life is really bad since the update.

    • Peter Smith

      I actually have better battery life. You might want to check all of your settings because some things were changed around during the update which might cause your battery drainage.

    • Paul

      You have to give it a day or two to settle before you see batter life. Usually the first drain goes fast and then gets better after that.
      It’s a rule of thumb from rooted users.

    • superg05

      a wipe would help but it could be a pain in the ass unless you use your computer to backup applications and files its worth it

    • Juan Ruiz

      My battery life is great I unplugged my phone like 9 hours ago and I still have 75%

  • superg05

    has anyone lost full sd capability like certain apps no longer working can’t create directories or move files using third party software ect..

    • Paul

      That’s apart of Kitkat and will likely be fixed with an update.
      Otherwise, I can access the SD Card.

      • so Kit Kat takes away the ability to move to SD? after they enabled it ? they take it right back? wth

        • Paul

          I’m a little confused since I don’t use this feature, but some were saying it wasn’t working. Then again, if you did a straight update-OTA-then it probably won’t be an issue. The same person that said 4.4 was dropping today also said there was an update coming in May. That’s hearsay and I don’t take what I read on the internet too seriously.

          Jump over to XDA and see what they’re saying. I think I saw a “fix” as a flashable ZIP. Just go check out the forums to be sure.

        • schweddyballs

          Lol “my files” works just fine as a file manager, and has always been able to write to the sd card, and still is. what is everyone whining about?

        • watkins

          The only work around I’ve found is to use Samsung’s my files app in your phone. All third party file manager apps do not work. Any app that you had on your phone that used SD must be set to use internal memory to work properly. Use my files to move data to your SD card for now. This does suck.

  • Woofdah

    Has anyone enabled ART yet? If so, any problems??

    • Woofdah

      Whoops, looks like Samsung is leaving out ART

      • tommy

        What is ART? Sorry for being dumb lol

  • watkins

    WARNING: if you value the ability to write to SD or move files to sd. Do not update your phone.

    This update has actually taken functionality away from my device. If Google doesn’t fix this I will be leaving android when something better or more open comes out. I’m very disgusted at the moment.

    • Paul

      – I saw a fix on XDA in one of the forums under development
      – It’s said that there is another update due in May, per the person that said the 4.4 was dropping today.

      • watkins

        I hope so. Regardless this sucks to even have happened in the first place. Something needs to happen before may.

        • Paul

          I agree completely, this along with the soft bricking I’m seeing…Magenta tech support will likely be on the phone with a lot of people.

  • maximus1901

    Victory is ours!
    “As Bloomberg reports, Timotheus Hoettges told the German firm’s board that he will take a long-term approach to growing in the U.S.”

    Suck it sonny boy!

    • superg05

      thats great to hear suck it sprint

  • mnaz105

    I just did the update and I was able to move apps to the sd card.

  • turtle6988

    T-Mobile is still blocking Tap and Pay for Google Wallet even though Google said we could use it on all carriers with the Kit Kat update

    • Larry Griffin

      Tmo and a lot of other companies use isis… you can get an isis SAM card at your local store

      • turtle6988

        Isis doesn’t allow for debit cards. And I’m not going to use American express serve

  • mingkee

    You can use CF auto root for N9005 to root the phone (note: it may trigger Knox 0x1) after 4.4 update.

  • FamousAmazin

    FOR THOSE OF U WORRIED ABOUT THE CAMERA SHORTCUT THAT COME WITH THE UPDATE HERE IS WHAT U DO
    GO TO LOCK SCREEN > CLICK SHORTCUTS> THEN CLICK CAMERA!!!! ITS THAT SIMPLE!!!!

    • Larry Griffin

      You can only get the camera shortcut you use the swipe to unlock… If you add a password you can forget about it … yet another annoying feature of Samsung

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    No ART?

  • chevy

    My 4g lte is working at full bars, when before I only had 2 bars of 4g..im happy..p.s. im in the middle of my house

    • hondaking

      My note 3 doing the same full signal strength when I’m in my housebefore I was getting one Are two

  • zombie

    Www twitter com/EchoplexSE this editir from android and ne is spamming john about wallet and has niw have others as well I asj everyone else to do the same. Also send xomplaints into the ftc abd fcc

  • tajmahal88

    For those of you saying that your unable to move files to and from SD card, im still able to.

    1) I selected the file I wanted to move
    2) pressed the menu key and clicked move, it showed external sd or phone storage as destinations.

    Glad im still able to move files lol was about to sweat

  • mingkee

    After updating with Kies 3, I re-rooted my Note 3 with CF Auto Root for N9005 (only this one supports 4.4 while the one for N900t only supports 4.3 at this time).
    Everything works as it’s supposed to be, but battery icon and wifi transaction look awful and pale; moreover, Google keyboard looks different.
    Since I use Root Explorer, I don’t encounter the file transfer problem like others stated.

  • jw

    No google wallet support still…

  • TA

    After update it looks like signal bars changed. I can’t see individual bars I only see a white shadow as if it were full. Anybody see the same?

    • Irfan

      its a same dbm signal nothing improved , but will help to keep on lte where its switched to hspa+ on one bar …this way its good …but its not real signal bars…

    • ccnet005

      Yes! I’m starting to drop to my pre-kitkat speeds and bars!
      My jellybean speeds (speedtest) were around 5ul/2dl after my kitkat install
      that jumped up to 12ul/5dl and today its down to 7ul/3dl.
      My bars are showing full then the bars are greyed out, then back up again.
      I’ll reboot and try again

  • TMOguy

    I’m having the strong urge to eat a KitKat candy bar after upgrading… I don’t know why.

  • Randall Lind

    why does the Note 3 get it before S4?

    • SEBA

      I don’t think there is a logical explanation. Note 3 is newer device?

      • Randall Lind

        That’s what I was thinking s4 should have got it first.

    • D

      S4 update is out now

      • Randall Lind

        Cool thanks for the information :)

    • jefski2003

      Note 3 is a better and more powerful phone.

  • Fr0stTr0n

    Just switched to T-Mobile last night from AT&T in Seattle and got myself a sexa black Note 3. I was starting to freak out cause my wireless strength was pretty poor an no LTE. Finally managed to get the Kitkat update which was VERY SLOW.

    So far, I’m loving the phone, but T-Mobiles LTE coverage/speed in Seattle is subpar compared to AT&T

  • BatteryLife

    Can people make a running tally on how their battery life is after the update? Thanks.

    • David

      My battery drains much faster now especially while I sleep, hoping this will change

  • Dats

    S4 kit kat anyone?

  • Mykael Cover

    Got mine, finally.

  • mike

    Since I updated to KitKat at the bar I go to after work previously I was getting edge if I were lucky now I get regular 4G and in the LTE area’s I get full bars majority of the time now.

  • Irfan

    after update to kitkat i notice that battery dies 20% quicker then before on jellybeans

    • mike

      I running a deodexed version of KitKat on my Note 3 and the battery is much better then stock .

      • Irfan

        yeah i found the problem was in new Skype notification which was draining buttery, but did u note the speaker sound is not that loud any more ?

  • Zombiexm

    Tmobile is not blocking tap and pay.
    The drivers for the NFC chip are not in the framework for HCE and it has to be updated to support the chipsets.

  • New-Brik Mcq

    I’ve noticed a bit of a drain on the battery, but I’ll give that time to see if that will improve, also I did notice my pics on my SD card were acting a bit flaky as far as moving and sorting out my files on my SD. This new version better not disappoint. I’m also curious about Kit Kat supposedly having all these emojis available!

  • New-Brik Mcq

    Update:I did notice that my “power saving” button was NOT clicked on after update, just turned it back on, will check back in to see if this will resolve the quick battery loss. Power saving does work when, ON!

  • JBLmobileG1

    Maybe it’s me, but I’ve noticed a few force closes with some apps (files) as well as GPS issues. It seems the GPS has a harder time locking onto a signal. Also the copying and the moving of so files is a pain. Hopefully Samsung will fix these issues.

  • jefski2003

    Is anybody having problems with wifi speed? I bought N3 1st day it came out.went through 3 of them in 2 weeks. I returned it and went back to N2. 2 weeks ago I bought N3 again and updated to kitkat, same problem.i even went the distance and replaced all my hardware ie: modem and router.same issue.even my lte is slow.my N2 was getting 27mb dl.N3 is getting 11 at best.same area and what not. Tmobile is giving me a N2 again that I asked for.i love the new specs on N3 but if I cant use the internet or apps I might as well have a flip pjone

  • Really. …500mb upgrade!! Ugh

  • Krystal Jones

    I absolutely hate this update. Ever since this update my phone shuts off by it self. 99.9% of my apps don’t work. My battery takes 10 times longer to charge and then also dies 10 times faster. Also the wifi speed suck. I can’t use the blue tooth anymore and I am ALWAYS dropping calls. I loved my Note 3 before this update, now…. I don’t even want my phone anymore. So in my opinion this is the worst update EVER.

    • Angry user – Samsung S4 ..

      Gaalxy S4, updated 3 days ago to newly released 4.4.2 (kit Kat) , the issues that I am facing … Droping calls( dialing or receiving)……. also GPS takes forever to accurately show in map….
      Wifi – showing less signal… ( to be verified in few more days)
      battery is fine, but takes longer to charge.

      Anyone find a solution yet…..
      this is so anoying!!!
      KIT KAT 4.4.2 ,

  • mjsmith64 sucksDick

    Maybe the Note 2 will be soon.