T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 edge updates rolling out with September security patches in tow

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UPDATE: T-Mobile has updated its support pages for both the GS7 and GS7 edge with info on these updates. According to T-Mo, both updates include “security updates, time/date update, various system improvements.”

UPDATE 2: Neville Ray has confirmed that this update enables 4×4 MIMO for faster speeds and that an update to enable 256 QAM is coming soon.

 

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge owners, an update is coming your way.

T-Mobile’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are now receiving updates that include the latest September security patches, bringing the security patch level of both phones to September 1, 2016. The changelog included with the update also mentions new Samsung Cloud features, like sync for photos and videos, backup and restore for apps and home screen, and a cloud management menu.

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T-Mobile previously said that it’d be pushing new, faster networking technologies to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. T-Mo hasn’t published the full changelogs for these updates on its website, so it’s unconfirmed if today’s updates include the new networking features, but some users on Reddit that’ve already updated claim that they’re seeing faster network speeds.

If you’ve got a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge and haven’t yet updated, you can check for your phone’s update by going into Settings > About device > Download updates manually. Once you update, be sure to share your impressions with us!

Thanks, Jesse and David!

Sources: T-Mobile Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge

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  • kgraham182

    Do MetroPCS phones get security patches as well?

  • Jay Holm

    My S7 is pulling down 70-80+mbps at noon where I live near UoH in Houston where I used to get 30mbps, no more than 50mbps, so yes, definitely a speed boost, I work night shift tonight and tomorrow, looking forward to seeing what kind of speeds I get at night!

    • Jess

      Not much change here in Cincinnati, thanks for sharing. It seems like they’ve definitely enabled it.

    • Trevnerdio

      Shoot, I was getting over 100 before the update…I’m giddy to see what it’s going to be now! My town is a 4×4 and CA area!

  • SHAWN ADAMS

    I’m def getting faster speeds. Sitting in same exact spot it was 35mbps before update I’m getting 50-60mbps now. And this spot is an average speed. I’m going to look at the places I’ve got 110 before update see of its any faster there.

    • Jay Holm

      Keep us posted! I’m curious if anyone will exceed 150+mbps!!! I work night shift tonight so I will be checking my part of Houston where I work.

      • SHAWN ADAMS

        Will do sir

      • kgraham182

        someone on reddit got over 300mb/s with an iPhone 7

      • SHAWN ADAMS

        Def faster throughout town hit 120 driving thru town. Never hit that before. I’m going to a place tomorrowwwherei average 100-110 so hopefully it will be much much faster than that now.

        • Jay Holm

          What city do you live in?

        • SHAWN ADAMS

          Panama city FL

        • Jay Holm

          Ahh! Well I look forward to doing speedtests during my night shift tonight, see what kind of speeds I get!

        • SHAWN ADAMS

          Just hit 131 in a place that maxed out at 90 before

        • Trevnerdio

          Hell yeah! Finally, someone that lives here is on this thread!

        • SHAWN ADAMS

          Haha first time user

        • Trevnerdio

          Was this perhaps on 23rd St. near the Publix shopping plaza? I’ve gotten 113 in Noodle House before. Yes, indoors! I was proud of myself and T-Mo.

        • SHAWN ADAMS

          Na I got the 131 by subway on 15th right by 231 turn off. 231 all the way down till right down till star it’s 80-100mbps

        • Trevnerdio

          That’s amazing. Are you reporting these awesome speeds using the Sensorly app? Puts T-Mo in a really good light!

        • SHAWN ADAMS

          I’m using fast and speed test app.

        • Trevnerdio

          Nice. Add Sensorly to that to map coverage and contribute speed tests. They release reports often comparing the top 4.

  • Bradley Karas

    Was just told on twitter by @tmobilehelp that they are modernizing all the towers in the Tampa Bay Area…I already have tri-band CA at my place in Tampa and they are planning on lighting up the rest of the area by next week

    • Jay Holm

      Awesome!!!!!!!!

  • vplaza

    So, I wonder if Samsung gives their phones price cuts to bring back sales in the wake of the Note 7 fiasco, the iPhone 7 release, and the upcoming LG V20 release. Wishful thinking, probably.

    • theforevermachine

      They are probably going to be announcing the S8 & other variants soon, the S7 & S7E came out in february. Once those phones are out, plus all this note7 drama will probably be good for consumers looking for price cuts, but I’m just speculating

  • Deveal2014

    Will the Note 7 also receive this update?

  • Kevin R

    I live near Milwaukee, WI and didn’t get faster speeds after the update. Maybe I’m too far from the towers or something.
    I think this is update 1/2 though, because the T-Mobile newsroom post mentioned an update at the end of September and one in October.

    • Bradley Karas

      Milwaukee is tough because they don’t have the bandwidth only 5mhz slice in SE WI…but the second update should bring more…no extended range LTE either

  • JJ

    Update enables 4×4 MIMO……enjoy greater speeds.

    • SHAWN ADAMS

      This update doesn’t actually include that, they are pushing that and other update for speed by end of Oct. This was just security patch and minor phone adds to cloud data, no software for speeds yet. But it def helped tho.

      • JJ

        TMO doesnt want to say it but sure SW is for 4×4 MIMO as you can see the speed bump most people see post update.

      • Update

        Neville Ray on Twitter said the 4×4 MIMO update is live now, on GS7/GS7e.

  • Joe

    No faster speeds here. Still 30 meg down, 3 meg up. Columbus ohio area.

    • Joe

      something might be happening with the network right now as my phone suddenly went to wifi calling mode.

  • Giro

    Before update was getting 40 to 50 meg in brooklyn now getting 116 to 120

  • samsung freud

    What tools are you using to test your ul/dl speeds?

    • Matthew T Wagner

      I usually use OpenSignal or Sensorly

    • Fabian

      Acdc1a and Fabian C. they know about this stuff.

  • Fabian

    Enjoy your 480p videos at twice the speed.

    • Axekick

      Or, turn Binge On Off.

  • Matthew T Wagner

    Their sweet brother. You should get one or even check out the big brother S7 Edge. Plan on buying one for my dad come Christmas time.

  • livewire1981

    Speeds seem faster. More so though my battery and device seem more stable. Not sure if it’s related but either way, I love it.

  • Dean Smith

    I might cancel the 7 plus order that seems to be taking forever to ship and keep my 6s plus or buy the galaxy s7. I have lost all the interest on the new iphone cos it has been weeks now since it was released without shipment and wait until the iphone 7s plus to just months from being announced? No! Tmobile screwed here big time, apple did too but tmo more, the other carriers are shipping the 7 plus phones much faster then TMO.

    • theforevermachine

      maybe it’s a sign from the universe to try something new.

      I had a 6S earlier this year, and the antennas must be bad because things would buffer all the time, take forever to browse, etc etc. I called tech support and they said nothing was wrong with my connection.

      Switched it out with a Galaxy S7, and have no issues. Band 12 enabled, and runs like a beast, but I might not have made the switch if I hadn’t come across a roadblock with my last phone/problem with tmo service.

  • Trevnerdio

    Gotta have the patience of a damn saint to wait for OTAs in my area, for whatever reason…SamMobile, you’re looking prettier every day…

  • phillyundead

    I’d rather not fix what is the broken on my girlfriends phone. The update on the note 7 wrecked both of the replacement phones they gave me. I don’t trust Samsung anymore. Everything’s update kills their phones. I remember the KitKat update on the note 3 ruined the camera. Every flagship Samsung I’ve had since eventually got an update screwing it up. 3 note 7 phones and not one worked right.

    • theforevermachine

      Damn you must have some serious bad luck to keep keeping shafted by the replacement phones. Honestly, no matter what phone you get eventually the hardware can’t keep up with the software, even iPhones, but even still, that’s ridiculous. I would have trust issues after that too.

  • moparmadman

    I just checked my s7 edge for a update and its says its up to date. Did this get pulled?

    • theforevermachine

      apparently they release it by your phone IMEI number, and I’m still waiting as well, but we will get it eventually!

  • vinnyjr

    Also just checked & it says “up to date”. Will keep checking every day. My Samsung Galaxy S7 has never worked better! IMO it’s the best Android Device to date.

  • Edgardo A. Soto Rodriguez

    No update for me yet…still in July one .. whats really going on??

    • theforevermachine

      I keep refreshing hoping “this will be the minute that it comes through”

      bleghhh

      • Erik Weldon

        Just download Smart Switch for your PC and do it through there. It took me about 35-40 minutes to do it.

        • theforevermachine

          That’s exactly what I did over the weekend! And that’s exactly how I will do it from now on.

          I had a scary moment for a second there when it booted up and the Good Lock system UI didn’t kick in and just disappeared from my apps…. I had read that some people got thrown into a boot loop from Good Lock + the update. Thankfully it got sorted.

    • John McMasters

      they do the software update deployment in batches just to make sure the software updates go smoothly. You should have it within the next week or so.

      • theforevermachine

        regionally?

        • John McMasters

          it’s not regionally but they do it by phones IMEI

        • theforevermachine

          well i just checked my phones IMEI number…and it looks like i’ll be waiting for a long time. lol

  • Cheston Hiner

    I think the update was pulled. I tried updating a couple days ago. The day the update came out.. Kept getting an error on the update, so it wouldn’t finish. Tried a few times, wouldn’t work. The next day, I think yesterday.. It would say phone was up to date, but I still have the July 1 security patch. I have the Galaxy S7 Edge.

  • Jason Saez

    I did mine using the computer method and it worked like a charm. Just google… Software updates: Samsung Galaxy S7 | T-Mobile Support …find that in the returned google results (should be about the 4th one down) and click on it. Then scroll down to “Update from a computer”. The instructions are all there. Must use a Samsung USB cable connected from your computer to your phone. Took about an hour for the update to complete

    • Cheston Hiner

      Thanks! About finished with the upgrade now.

    • Cheston Hiner

      No problems with the update on my Galaxy S7 Edge. Battery life seems better on my phone, no problems as reported by other users commenting above this post.

  • Nateso

    Don’t do it! The update cause the phone to contantly use 78% RAM and kill the battery life. Stay hot all the time and tons of lag. It really sucks. I hope they fix this.

    • Erik Weldon

      What’s the point of having RAM if you aren’t going to use it? Free RAM is wasted RAM….

  • Douglas Tortolero

    Unfortunately I already installed. But it certainly has many problems with battery and ram. Even the problem is updating September. Because my wife’s S6 Edge + it has the same problem

  • Jason Saez

    That’s odd. I have the S7 with the update installed but am not having battery/ram issues. I’m wondering if you might have an app running in the backgroung that’s not playing nice with with update.

  • Douglas Tortolero

    I ready in another site that we only need to deactivate the oculus VR apps while they fix it… i gonna try.

  • Nateso

    I wish I hadn’t update my S7E. Prior to the update, everything worked great and the battery last well over 11hrs of regular usage without charging. After the latest update I can barely get 5hrs without charging. The phone is so hot, it feels like its gonna catch on fire! Tons of lag on all apps, especially internet. Although the spped test improved the download time, its not worth updating. I highly suggest waiting til they push out Android N updates.
    I did not install any new apps after the updates, so something is jacked up. Looking at the background apps, they were the same apps running prior to the update.
    Just giving yall a heads up cause the latest update is not worth it! Thanks TMo for fking up my phone!

  • MadJoe

    Neither my wife’s S7, nor my S7E is showing this update being available. I keep checking, and nothing. I’m starting to get tired of seeing “This device is up to date”. Grr.

    • Jason Saez

      I did mine using the computer method and it worked like a charm. Just google… Software updates: Samsung Galaxy S7 | T-Mobile Support …find that in the returned google results (should be about the 4th one down) and click on it. Then scroll down to “Update from a computer”. The instructions are all there. Must use a Samsung USB cable connected from your computer to your phone. Took about an hour for the update to complete

  • Phil

    I updated using PC all good.
    I then disabled VR Gear & bloat using Samsung Package Disabler Pro.
    Data speeds doubled , Battery life improved , device runs cooler & smoother.

  • vinnyjr

    Checking for update daily, nothing yet. Come on T-Mobile, send me my update.