T-Mobile Galaxy S III Jelly Bean Update Now Pushing Out Over The Air

Waking up to some big news (and a lot of emails in my inbox) as T-Mobile drops a big software update bombshell on us today with the release of Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S III. While a rumor in mid-October had Samsung announce the update for the “coming months,” we guess T-Mobile had other plans and thankfully so. According to T-Mobile’s support page, the over the air update to T999UVLJA update will begin rolling out today, November 14th. Availability through Samsung’s Kies software begins today as well. Installation instructions for manual updates via the desktop are available at the T-Mobile support link below.

If you haven’t received an update notification, you can attempt to push one to your phone by hitting Menu > Settings > About device > Software update and follow the on-screen prompts. Standard Jelly Bean features include Google’s Project Butter for performance enhancements, Google Now and enhanced TouchWiz features.

If my inbox is any indicator, a number of you are already receiving (and downloading) this update so all T-Mobile Galaxy S III owners should be on the lookout starting this morning.


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  • taron19119

    About time

    • Does anybody see the jb lock screen.or a color change it looks the same just with goggle now

  • Perrjett82

    I manually started the download this morning ;)

  • Thomas Stinson

    How exiciting!!!!


  • ski309


  • iknowaeiou

    Hmm. After the update, colors seem a little washed out – especially on the lock screen. And didn’t the notification bar used to be black?

    • secano

      LOL…it’s now grey.

      • Farfromovin

        Just like the Galaxy Note 2.

        • Chris

          Note 2 notification bar is black…

  • Jose Hernandez

    I manually started the update right now!! Thank you T-Mobile!!!!!!!!!!

  • xmiro

    Now how about some jelly beans for the GSII

  • zx6guy

    Thanks David

  • jay007sg3

    Now if we can only get 4.2.. haha.. I’m kidding! I’m stoked!!! Can’t wait for this baby to load!

  • niididdy

    Mine is downloading on my my phone RIGHT NOW via OTA on my GSIII. I also checked Kies and it shows an update. Good stuff…though I am looking forward to my Nexus 4.

  • gpt2010

    Downloading some Jelly Bean love now!! Can’t wait to see what it is like!!

  • Happy Guy

    Woo-hoo!!! Downloading it now! A little slow right now because it looks like everyone else is too

  • Chris

    Need my Note 2 update! Where’s that multiwindow?!

  • elpapipr

    Downloading now!! thnx

  • Broadway71

    just completed download. GSIII is rebooting now. Can’t wait to see the improvements.

  • Erod

    Ive been running 4.1.1 on my gs3 for a couple months now via LI6 aside of some hickups that version ran fine. All I have to say is be excited I noticed a significant speed difference

  • JJCommonSense

    So checkout the mobile network settings. Under network mode, There is mention of LTE/GSM/WCDMA .. I just got a warranty replacement yesterday.. wouldnt it b nice if this were an upgraded, future proof model? Lol.. A guy can dream cant he?

    • Yeah I saw that too, wonder what’s that about?

      • Josue

        im still wondering about that as well

    • CJ

      The mobile network setting of LTE/GSM/WCDMA is not something that just came along with the Jelly Bean update. The setting has been with the GSIII all along. Before with ICS, the mobile network setting was hidden and could be found by either using an app or by dialing *#*#4636#*#*. Then you would have seen all the available network settings including the one you mentioned.

      • Little T

        No it was never hidden. Before the update, it read “GSM/WCDMA (Auto Mode” not “LTE/GSM/WCDMA (Auto Mode). You’ve always had the option of selecting which mode to run in.

        • JJCommonSense

          Im like… “I know im not crazy” but maybe n the versios he has or is using it had it

  • wow impressive.

  • Abe_The_Babe

    When I read the title of this post the Kool Aid guy busted through a wall in my head and said “Oh Yeahhh!”

    • Thru your head what walls are you ok?

    • Abe_The_Babe

      I’ve noticed a huge decrease in my ping with the speed test app, I hope this remains to be the case and the T-Mobile network isn’t just having a good day in LA.

      • zx6guy

        Oh really? Anyone else?

        • Little T


  • droid1234

    Funny part is I rooted my S3 just 5 hours ago and installed CM10 M3. Oh TMobile, you could have given a heads up.

    • Heads up for what? You choose to root at your own expense not to mention you’re not supposed to do it anyway

      • droid1234

        I am saying that an announcement of the update schedule will help.

        Also, I think according to new law passed few weeks back, rooting is legal now for the phones. Isn’t it?

        • TechAce01

          There’s nothing wrong with rooting a phone. The only two negatives are loss of warranty and no technical customer support. I personally think it’s a good tradeoff.

  • mikkej2k

    I’m glad to get this on my GSIII. Will there be one for the GSII and the GNI?

    • ……the note 2 shipped with it…… I won’t even care if we get an update to 4.2 not that big a change all I’m missing is screen record and “multi view” which I probably won’t use I love this device the way it is

      • mikkej2k

        My post asked about the Galaxy Note I – GNI and the Galaxy S II – GSII

  • impasse

    worried about rerooting and clockworkmod with ota and after..anyone able to report back yet?

    • Better asked on the forums not a blog site…..

    • impasse

      hm, going from latest stock ota, rooted with cwm, downloaded over 4g, had to get battery above ~45% charge, rebooted as prompted, cwm (6 touch) came up with a signature verification error, hit okay anyway, waited to finish, went to hit reboot, hit yes when i got prompted if i wanted to override stock recovery flashing and possible root loss, volume reset to max on reboot along with “help” notifications, got the usual “upgrading apps,” waited to finish, annnd got the “upgrade failed” error.

      however, all my data appears intact, the about screen clearly shows 4.1.1 with t999uvdlja baseband and build jro03l, got jb notifications, and the icons on the lock screen being slightly more squished together..none of that “grey notification bar” stuff that some were reporting. looks like play magazines, help, zynga games, mobile hotspot (basically just a shortcut to the menu option), and voice search were the added/updated apps.

      looks like i’m good to go! :D

      • peralta61

        Did u have to unroot to get the ota update cuz mine says it fail I have the cwm but stock rom what can I do

        • impasse

          i didn’t unroot, but i did install the voodoo root keeper and let it do its thing before updating. do note than mine said it failed after the update also, but it appears to have worked fine. hope this helps!

        • peralta61

          I did it it said it fail but it still says android version 4.0.4. So I went back to update and it said up update. So know what

  • Rosario

    I was able to push it to my phone which is surprising because that never works for me. Time to see what Jelly Bean is all about.

  • Josue

    finally…are we getting 4.2 (highly doubt it)

    • I don’t even care the changes are so small it’s still the same device

      • Josue

        I like the photoshpere thing

        • Gimmick at best nice to have, definitely not something worth complaining about. None if it is really, as long as I can make calls receive text and email then I’m ok. The added features are great but not that deep. Have you ever read some of these app permissions, recording sending reading taking, etc all without us knowing that’s crazy we co sign this intrusion. And no I’m not rooting to block certain permissions, in case you weren’t aware this is 2012 & the world is evil, if they want to tap my phone read my data etc…then they will can and are doing it, nothing is private anymore


        • Josue

          I been knowing that since 2010

        • Sandeep

          Then why did you buy S3 if it’s just calls & texts that you need!

        • shhhh…..

  • uhs

    I just did update over wifi – after update it restart and stil show previous version – I didnt face any error during OTA
    anybody encountered this issue?

    • uhs

      I did again and now it is successfull

  • Funny I got the kies update yesterday evening but I don’t even have the device anymore

  • michael

    No more screen shot option with jellybean. That’s upsetting.

    • Josue

      you can still do the volume and power key thing

      • michael

        palm swipe was so easy tho and they advertise palm swipe so its dumb to get rid of it

        • impasse

          it still works for me, and shows up as a gesture/motion control in the settings menu..

        • john

          how is the lockscreen now?

        • impasse

          everything’s still the same except the shortcut icons are a little smaller and closer together (leaving some space on the sides)

        • They are smaller cause if u go into the lock screen options, you can now have 5 shortcut icons on the lock screen.

        • Still works for me too.

        • Brian Fardink

          u can still palm swype… it’s just turned off in the motion settings

        • Jay Alford

          Palm swipe on my S3 stopped working xD

    • pez2404

      I can

  • Has anyone found a way to enable the sending of emojis in the messaging app? My sister was looking forward to this and cannot seem to find it. I don’t have a GSIII to dig into it for her.

  • ru4damond

    Can u please tell us if the galaxy note 2 will get a update soon to handle the multi window and a few other features left off from the International version

  • gnu

    when will the tmo original note get updated?

    • mikkej2k

      I’m glad that my Galaxy S III got an update , but will my Galaxy Note receive some support?

  • Merck

    After updating my browser zooms intermittently using only one finger? Any one has this problem?

    • freydnot

      This is a new “feature”.

      • Josue

        its cool tho

  • caedus

    I got the 4.2 update on my galaxy nexus last night

  • setzer715

    Good, now everyone can quit whining that they don’t have JB.

  • George

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :))))))))

  • cnote


  • Jay J. Blanco

    I checked for a OTA for Jelly Bean on my GSIII and it was there i downloaded it through wifi at my school around 10am EST and now im enjoying JELLY BEAN !!! :) yayy me !!

  • shack180

    Updated 1hr ago . Haven’t been able to look at all the changes.

  • RL

    I thought GMail in JB had pinch and zoom. Does anyone know if it does, and if so, how to make it work?

    • phil


      • RL

        Got it. Thanks for the clarification.


    Wow! After getting the Jelly Bean update, I noticed that my galaxy have full bars on Wi-Fi now. Last update (4.0.4) was shitty. I had to take the battery out once because my cell froze completely and I had only 2 bars from the same distance my room and my router is . Jelly bean is running smoothly and there are many new features too.

    • Little T

      Same here. Cell reception seems to be improved as well? Maybe not (my reception has been getting much better lately [even indoors] for some reason).

      • PONCHO

        My router is approximately 8 feet away from my room which is located in the study room. From that distance, I had only 2 bars or in most cases, none. I had to use 4G data.. However, with this new JB update, my S3’s Wi-Fi has regained its full strength and has improved in some features.

  • Josue

    has anyone noticed it says LTE/WCDMA/GSMin network mode? you dont think…

    • It would be nice if this update unlocked LTE that we didn’t know it had, kinda like the Note2

      • Josue

        agreed…who knows

  • ***IMPORTANT*** The haptic feedback on the soft-keys are not working, anybody having this problem?

    UPDATE: I got the haptic working I had to turn the Power saving mode off.

    • Brian Fardink

      No problem here

      • Maybe I have a setting off or something. Update- Figured it out you have to turn off power saving mode.

  • impasse

    been running some benchmarks and uninstalled setcpu because it looks like this kernel has a good built-in ondemand governor (whereas on 4.0.4 it would just error on startup)..and still getting freezes soon followed by reboots..anyone else experiencing this?

    edit: looks like it was from installing the swype beta (via the installer app) for some reason..disables the stock “swype beta” keyboard, which is the same version. the feature that’s supposed to keep custom dictionaries synced between installations also has not restored it to the “swype beta 1.3” keyboard, unfortunately. otherwise, everything’s running smoothly!

  • BLACKNINJA5042012

    Had it since the OTA leaks 2 months back. But this is hella stable

  • AndTheWorldMayNeverKnow

    Messing with it now, it’s cool but some stuff I wish they would have left the same. mostly improved though. Google now requires location to be on to use it……sorry I won’t be using it much then

  • With this update we still can’t save apps to SD card and the haptic feedback does’t work for the soft-keys.

    UPDATE: I got the haptic working I had to turn the Power saving mode off.

  • kingkobe214

    IM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO IN LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #GalaxyS3 #JellyBean

  • badbob001

    I’m not seeing Google Now anywhere. Double-clicking the home button brings up S Voice.

    • Kyle Russell

      Hold the home key and press the google G logo. You can also get to it by pressing the menu key and pressing search.

    • badbob001

      I found it: it’s simply an app called Google. But how do I map it to the home button and replace S Voice?

      • shack180

        just hold the menu key and it starts Google Now . doubletap home key to start s-voice

      • badbob001

        Got the double-tap home to bring up Google Now. Run S-voice, go to settings, and disable launching from the home button. Then install “home2 shortcut” from the Play store to allow double-tap of home to launch Google Now.

  • Jacob

    HELP! earlier today I went to see if i had the software update and it said yes and automatically started to download. When I saw that it was near 25 minutes left i canceled the download because I did not have the time at the current moment to wait for the download. now when I click software update it says that “the device is up to date”, when i’m still running 4.0.4. any suggestions would be helpful. I’ve restarted and turned the phone off multiple times

    • Jose Hernandez

      You will either have to use Kies to update, or wait for a while before you can download OTA. It seems the servers want to give other users priority over your download since you had been given the option to get it already. If you want to get it now, just use Kies.

  • islandboi

    I tried to update but it it said that my device is up to date ?…but when i go and
    check its still 4.0.4 what am i doing wrong..using ota

    • enoch861

      Just wait. You’ll get it. Or plug in your phone and use the Samsung syncing software to get it.

    • Jose Hernandez

      Are you rooted? is yes, the you need to unroot and try again. If you are
      not rooted, you have to be patient. There a millions of GS3 trying to
      update. The servers can only allow some many to get the update at a
      time. You can probably get it right away if you use Kies.

  • Lanze Monares

    there’s a weird “Add an image” icon on the backround of my SMS’ is there a way to get rid of that or change it or something?

    • djclove007

      yes go to messages then select settings and select image background then you select the back ground u like then select save

      • Lanze Monares

        got it! thanks!

        • Jay Alford


  • od312

    I missed this. Good ninja work, David

  • Saw this and my heart jumped, only to learn I have uvlj4, sadness

    • Jose Hernandez

      uvlj4 is not the jelly bean update. it is just the software you should be on already in order to get the update. once you have done this, then your software should be updated to UVDLJA (there is an extra D)

  • AndTheWorldMayNeverKnow

    slowed my phone down, decreased RAM and internal memory. I know why and I could deal with it if the new features were more useful but they basically moved a few things around, added a few options and did some background things that don’t seem to do much performance wise. I’ll test gaming tonight and I’ll give it more time but the Samsung keyboard keeps glitching on me (swiftkey, swype and slide it still all work fine from what I can see). Animations are a little different…..this is more for developer tools than us imo

    Still messing with it but I was expecting more

    • tim

      Mines to. I hope they send out an update to fix it.

      • AndTheWorldMayNeverKnow

        they probably won’t but they should have optimized it more instead of just making it prettier. I guess even with 2gb (really 1.5gb) of RAM this phone can’t handle the load properly. Doesn’t make sense to me (shrug)

        • Fray26

          Here let me explain why… Cuz Its ANDROID… DUUH!

        • AndTheWorldMayNeverKnow

          hahaha true, even iPhones do it. ask anybody who updated their 4 or 4S it’s optimized for newer hardware and they don’t do enough to optimize it right. kinda sucks but it’s working better now. I uninstalled a few apps and made some extra memory space. I’m good

    • Little T

      Odd. Mine is superfast. I’m happy they fixed the bug in the Mail app causing lag when scrolling or deleting messages. Very happy with this update so far.

      • AndTheWorldMayNeverKnow

        everyone uses their phone differently but it definitely ate up resources and slowed mine down. glad yours is faster than it was before the update but mine isn’t

        • JJCommonSense

          Have u updated all ur apps? Some might require u to download versions that are optimized for jb

        • AndTheWorldMayNeverKnow

          absolutely. I’m up on game and I check my app updates at least 4 times a day to stay current. My battery even drains faster now in standby mode. I’m growing to like the improvements but my phone was faster and lasted longer on standby before. we didn’t get the dual app support in JB like the Note 2 got either

    • zx6guy

      Reported RAM is the same for me.

      • AndTheWorldMayNeverKnow

        you didn’t pay attention before then. the RAM was 1.65gb before now it’s 1.56 and the internal memory dropped from 12.05gb to 11.95gb. I know why and it happens when you update all phones, but I’m saying that this plus the additions slowed my phone down. it’s still fast as a mofo but it was faster before. I guess I wasn’t really complaining more just pointing out the differences but my phone is still fast just not as fast. haven’t seen a noticeable uptick in gaming performance either but I only tried a few games so far. I’ve been mainly testing app and system performance.

      • AndTheWorldMayNeverKnow

        and the available and usable are different for the memory, one still says 12.05gb but if you look at the storage setting it will show you 11.95gb accessible

  • Dan Pancamo


    Updated to JB this morning, and my phone has been flaky all day. One random reboot already. Initially by phone was way too hot, rebooted several times and finally this evening its better.

    The screen seems slower. Transitions from the task bar lag now.

    Google Voice STILL shows the relay number in the phone log!!!!

    Why even push out a update unless there is a significant benefit to the owner???

    Maybe someone can list some feature that I missed in JB.

    So far: disappointing.

  • FILA

    now it’ll take another 6 months for 4.2, haha

  • sapphiraa

    so how about us gs2 owners that are locked in for another year or just cant afford a gs3? :(

  • islandboi

    I tried to update again..n said my device is up to date….but its still 4.0.4…pls help…what am i doing wrong….

    • Jose Hernandez

      Are you rooted? is yes, the you need to unroot and try again. If you are not rooted, you have to be patient. There a millions of GS3 trying to update. The servers can only allow some many to get the update at a time. You can probably get it right away if you use Kies.

  • ej

    I’ve noticed a few people having bugs. I had to unroot and my phone is working flawlessly. Its super smooth. Try reseting

  • Jay Alford

    Ooooooo, pretty & smooth like butta! Lol. I love how I can add my own image as a background in SMS (that should’ve been standard), wish there were more bubble color options though. Performance overall is very smooth. Still trying to figure out how to add apps to my SD card, or is just not possible….lol.

  • trek

    I updated my GSIII yesterday to 4.1 but I have had problems ever since. I constantly get “Unfortunately, the process android.process.media has stopped”. Anyone else having this problem?

  • lutfi

    I dont have software update option on my setting.. some1 help me :(

  • TroiCake

    I upgraded a stock T-Mobile SG3 with no problems but just realized that
    USB storage mounting isn’t working. Charging works fine but the phone nor laptop
    sees that something is plugged in. Is this happening to anyone else?

    • philyew

      Just checked here and both internal and external storage are visible as expected through the laptop Explorer interface. Try a soft reset and then if that doesn’t work, you may need to do a factory reset.

  • JBLmobileG1

    I really like the update… Google Now is Amazing and probably my favorite improvement. One thing though, has anyoneeelse noticed a hit in battery life? It sseems to drain quicker.

    • Triplemanus

      I noticed the battery drains quicker than before the update. It is also running hot which it never did before. On the plus side, my WiFi is now comparable to other (HTC) phones. Before the update it was awful.

  • Alex

    I hope somebody can help me, I have a Verizon Galaxy s3 flashed to boost mobile running a sprint s3 kernel, I tried to root the phone and messed up the flash and then tried flashing a sprint kernel which didn’t help. Now everything is inverted during landscape mode I think this has to do with the incorrect kernel. Also is there a way to install these updates on a boost flashed phone

  • Alex

    I wound up having to pay to have the phone re flashed. But I still have the Sprint kernel and the landscape inversion problem. Of course I would still like to install the updates as well. I’ve done some searching in the xD a site but doesn’t seem like I have gotten much help from there would be great if somebody could shed some light or walk me through some of these issues please :-)

  • He’ll yes Drippler. You rock!

  • JJBLmobileG1

    One last gripe from me. Since when did Tmobile use your data allowance to upgrade the O/S? I thought it wouldn’t but it did. In fact, one of my friends who upgraded said it took most of his data to download… well what he had remaining. If this is the case than Tmobile needs to let people upgrade to the latest o/s available, if it’s available from the phone manufacturer. It’s like we are being required to use our data for upgrades unless you use Wifi. What happens if their is an urgent security patch and you used up your data so your throttled? A big enough update could take quite some time to download not to mention eat up battery life.

    • Clips4

      T-mobile recommended the upgrade be done over wi-fi.

  • Just_Wondering_Guy

    In the pic it says the most current version is T999UVLJ4, but in the screenshot, it says it gets updated to T999UVDLJA is this a mistake or something?

    • Clips4

      The JB update is the T999UVDLJA version. If you can’t do it OTA via the software update, then do it through Kies.

  • Next week Galaxy S 2 update! And please no Kies, OTA is faster!

  • jen

    My sglll says its up to date but still runnin on 4.0
    Why havent i gotten anything about updating my phone?

  • Saw it and couldn’t believe it. That is the way to do it, not say a word and just drop it. My phone has never been faster and smoother, did I say smoother, yes I did. Lot’s of small changes, find new ones as I use it. I have to say I have just about every phone out there right now, The SGS3 with Jelly Bean has to be my favorite phone. The Note 2 is very close by the size just makes it perfect. Thank You T-Mobile and Samsung.
    As far as I am concerned Samsung makes the best devices in the world. Plenty of battery power, lot’s of int storage and added expandable storage, this along with the most innovative software in the mobile business makes them far and away the leaders in smart phones. They know what today’s customers want and ask for. Thank You again T-Mobile for bringing it and Samsung for making it. Love it.

  • Eric Eason

    Is there a reason why I wouldnt have recieved the update yet? Please respond. Thanks

  • AhrenB

    Anybody figure out how to get Google Now on this. I can’t find it in the play store.

  • Chad Thornburgh

    So in the screenshot above for update status, it has baseband versions T999UVLJ4 or T999UVLJA as the current software versions. Why two diferent baseband versions? Anyone know if there is any difference between the two? My current setup is 4.0.4 – T999UVLH2. Just got this phone last week, so I’m still pretty much a noob at understanding all this.