Android 4.3 finally arriving for Galaxy Note 2 users

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A little later than expected, but I guess late is always better than never. Android 4.3 has finally arrived for the Galaxy Note 2, a week or so later than was planned. A handful of readers have emailed/tweeted us to inform us that new software is available to download now. It should be available as an OTA update, but if it’s not showing up automatically, head on over to the settings menu and check manually.

Let us know if you’re seeing the update, and if you’ve managed to install it without any issues.

What the delay was for, we don’t know, but if it was anything like the delay for the other Samsung devices, it’s more than likely a few extra days to iron out a few bugs. Last week, we had heard from one user that they’d managed to get it installed ahead of public release. But, upon trying again, he couldn’t repeat his success.

This time it’s official. So, go download.

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  • Serop Stepanian

    When will 4.3 reach lebanon?

  • Serop Stepanian

    When is 4.3 comming to lebanon??

  • Chris

    Yay! But now I need the Jedi Master rom to be updated to 4.3 :P

    • JB45

      so true!

      • JB45

        Or even Jedi X

        • Chris

          The dev said on XDA that he’s merging the two into one ROM, and he said it will support wifi calling (Master did, X did not, so I asked)

  • GameBoi/KillaBit

    I been waiting so long and now I’m scared to update. lol

  • tech916

    DONT UPGRADE….I have already had to downgrade 2 devices before: samsung sg2, and Tab 2 10.1….So I will be damn if I update my note 2

  • Guest

    Ignore this comment.

  • Nathan S.

    Guess I will give it a try. All else fails, I can always wipe and load the previous update

  • Nathan S.


  • red420

    upgrading now will let ya know in about 20 mins how it goes installing now :)

  • Oliver Jackson

    Checked my Note 2 and it is downloading 4.3 now as I type.

  • red420

    all went smooth everything appears to be working fine :)

  • luis

    I updated my note 2 around 3 am been running smoothly actually I’ve better

  • Mark McCoskey

    It’s there. Downloading now. 614.55 MB. Thanks for the heads up!


    Only issue so far is the calendar widget. I put it on a home screen and every time I scroll to it Touchwiz gets an error and kicks me off the screen. #Lame

    • Nathan S.

      hmmm, I don’t seem to have this error on mine. I am using the full month widget.

  • kev2684

    my note II’s at home. what’s the new features that comes with it?

    • Phillip Bee

      If you have not already got the answer and for those who dont know:

      “The Android 4.3 update brings the following changes and features:
      – GALAXY GEAR Support
      – TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
      – Samsung KNOX
      – Samsung Wallet (Pre-loaded)
      – Better RAM management
      – Core UI elements updated to the ones on the Galaxy S4 (Galaxy S4′s theme all over)
      – New Samsung Keyboard
      – GPU drivers have been updated (Higher GPU benchmark scores)
      – New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
      – New screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
      – Daydream
      – Driving mode
      – Actionable notifications
      – Move-to-SD-card feature
      – New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
      – New Additions in Notification Centre
      – Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface – Exactly like the Galaxy S4)
      – Implementation of Voice controls (Let’s you control various parts of the phone using voice commands – Galaxy S4 feature)
      – New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, Music
      – Full screen Samsung apps
      – New S-Voice (from Galaxy S4)”


  • mjs64

    ANd the Nexus has 4.41

    • AndroidProfit

      That’s so great that you pointed this out. Thanks buddy!

    • dkbnyc

      I have 4.4 on my Nexus 7 and can’t wait to revert back to 4.3. This to me is a case of “just because the version number is higher does not mean its a better build.” Also, for me vanilla android is too boring. I need bells and whistles in my roms. If not I might as well go get an iCrap.

      • Paulo

        The upgrade has caused a significant lag in some apps (wave launcher) and overall experience. Power users that have highly customized their phones will be the hardest hit. TRIM may eventually help and I haven’t tried a factory reset (hate reinstalling everything) to see if that fixes the lag. The upgrade did go smoothly but the lag is very disappointing.

  • ImSoDallasTexas!!!

    Downloading/Updating as I type!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • migz

    Just installed. Runs nice, butno emoji keyboard… using GS3-LTE.

  • Yoda

    good for all tmo’ers still rocking the note 2! i sold my gs3 and note2 few weeks back, just tired of the outdated touchwiz interface and the unbearable LAG! (happily rocking a no-lag Nexus 5 with 4.4.1 now)…

    • LowIQ_Human

      Mine doesn’t lag!!!… a few of my friends with SGN2 also had lag problems?, I wonder why?, it must be something different of the apps that is causing this, I will get the worst one of the bunch to do a hard reset and install the same apps and see if the Lag persist. I have 41 apps from Google Play Store and 13 from Amazon app Store, I am curious if some of these apps cause problems with Touchwiz UI?, I will post later in the week of my results, as I’m going to update to 4.3 on Wednesday, so I will do a hard reset and clear everything for best results on any upgrade on OS.

      • Yoda

        for me, it was mostly the touchwiz features, all those gestures and other gimmicky features were hogging all the system memories…and background services like Samsung push services (what does it do besides pushing more ads to users?)

  • cbs73

    My Galaxy S3 is downloading 4.3 right now! I swear!

    • GameBoi/KillaBit

      Umm yea, it been out for a week.

  • Dats

    It’s about time.. my T-Mobile S4 got it and it’s running smoothly two weeks ago

  • Dats

    If you take a close look, the color reproduction is slightly better too.. the new browser is great!!

  • You Had One Job

    After waiting so long, all I really wanted from this update was the new weather widget, and Samsung couldn’t even meet my lowest expectation. Disappointing.

  • LowIQ_Human

    This article is about the Galaxy Note 2 OTA update to 4.3, but people are posting about other devices??….interesting…very interesting….LOL!

  • Martin

    It was about time T-Mobile I was getting sick of your freaking delays !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My Last Samsung Phone EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

    • kalel33

      Who are you going to go with? HTC didn’t update a single US phone from last year to 4.3 and the same goes for Sony and LG.

    • Phillip Bee

      lool .. If this was Samsung of 3 yrs ago id be with u but its not. They have actually had the fastest updates outside of a stock Google device this yr. Especially on Tmo !!

      It was a longer wait but I appreciate them skipping 4.2 for 4.3. Made more sense.

      Good luck w/ LG, Sony, Moto or HTC. Better enjoy the rom/root life *Salute*

      • Yoda

        i think moto x was just updated to 4.4 kitkat a week after Google released it.

        • Phillip Bee

          Facts .. However mx is pretty stock so easy to update. Also wasn’t really sold by Tmo directly

    • Oliver Jackson

      Hey ,better late than never.There no bugs in it and it a lot more responsive,no lags,and it brings new life in the Note 2. 2014 I set it off with the Note 3,in black like all my toys.

  • nerdlust

    My note2 runs great with 4.3 smoother a little quicker not that it was slow before by any means. My flash player in Stock browser is crashing. I will try to update flash player or try another browser. Everything else has been nice like a new phone.

    • nerdlust

      Flash player on firefox works! Everything is great! !!

  • Oliver Jackson

    No issues so far and it’s faster than before.

  • Derrick49

    My short cuts are gone from my lock screen, & why can’t I add widgets to my lock screen ? Any one else having this problem ?

    • Oliver Jackson

      Widgets can be added to the lockscreen

      • J05H


        • kev2684

          on lock screen – pull down time widget, then swipe left to add other widgets.

  • Mark McCoskey

    Now that we have that taken care of, when does 4.4.2 arrive? ;-)

  • Reda

    S note crashing problem after update…

  • just a guest

    Its out for the S3 LTE. Still downloading it…

  • davey

    When will it be available worldwide?

  • GameBoi/KillaBit

    No issues. Only thing I don’t like is you can’t use the flash in HDR mode.

    • weezy34

      In the past, I was never able to use flash with HDR.

      • GameBoi/KillaBit

        Yes, I can’t remember the mode I had. It was set that it took two modes of pics, one was more vibrant. I can’t remember or find it in this one. But I’m good now.

  • joevisual

    Group play does video on s4 4.3, does it do it now with the update on note2 4.3? Just curious.

  • mwolverine

    Anyone else not digging the screen and colors after the upgrade, or is it just me? Is there a setting I need to play with the get my screen colors / contrast / gamma back to what it was before the update?

  • C.C.

    Still reading mixed results…still waiting to upgrade my Note II until I read more positive postings after the update….keep posting and thanks….

  • Trace

    Great upgrade for me. No complaints.

  • frank

    loving my update my phone got faster brighter and more powerful love the 4.3 update on my note 2

  • weezy34

    Auto correction(or should I say changes correct word to something totally incorrect) during texting is annoying. I have to learn new steps to ensure I insert correct words, after actually typing them correctly.

    • TylerCameron

      Try using Google Keyboard.

  • Ken Nicholson

    Sprint Note 2, SF Bay Area: just received 4.3 update on 12/9/13.

  • Mick Shabba Rooksby

    Im on EE and I have not even had the update through yet wjy is it taking ages

  • Bryan

    I’m on 4.3 It seems snappier with the update. I like the look of it much better too. Settings menu is better organized.

  • Travis Carrington

    G Note 2.. Update received. Downloading now..

  • C.C.

    Just updated my note II to 4.3 and its much brighter, faster, and more organized…like it!…only thing I see is …I have Go Launcher installed with themes and when I transition from one page to another…the widgets slack only a bit to catch on but besides that…its working great! Thank you….

  • crystal

    I haven’t received the 4.3 update for my Note 2 did anyone from Verizon receive the update for their Note 2 hope we’re not going to miss out if so hopefully we’ll be the first ones to receive the newest updates after 4.3 since we got missed….

    • BeachInsights

      Um…. This is a T-Mobile board, not Verizon…… You might try them for an answer….

      • crystal

        Oh oppss I wasn’t paying attention what I was reading about the updates for Samsung galaxy note 2 on what web site this was for I get into reading and not realizing what web site I’m on I think of all what I have in mind and have what I need to say and not seeing which web site I’m on I had Verizon’s web site up along with other web sites and went and replied on the wrong one sorry for the mix up but it is funny tho…

  • Don Turner

    Installed the 4.3 update on my TMo Note 2. Definitely different and I’m loving it. The only issue I have is that TouchWiz keeps force closing as I swipe from screen to screen. Any Suggestions TMo Family???

    • Herbert Portillo

      Try clearing the data.

      Go to Settings > More > Application Manager.
      Swipe all the way to the right under “All”.
      Tap on “TouchWiz home”.
      Tap “Clear Data”.
      It’ll reset your homescreens, but maybe it’ll fix your problem.

  • BigMama

    On a Note2, any of you ever tried a video call while not on WiFi?

    What app do you use to make video calls (while not on WiFi)?

    Does the app allow rear camera operation during the video call?

    • TylerCameron

      I use Google Hangouts for video calls. Works just fine e on and off WiFi.

    • chb

      Believe it or not facebook. . I use it all the time

  • TylerCameron

    Just in time for 4.4 for every other phone!

  • kalvcivs

    does someone knows when comes android 4.3 for croatian t-mobile galaxy note 2 user

  • note2fan

    After the 4.3 update, anyone else miss the Driving Mode?

    With 4.3 you get the new Hands Free mode that does NOT read out text messages, but still reads the senders name of the incoming text.

    I used the Driving Mode when doing chores, working, etc, so I could leave my phone in my pocket and just listen to new texts and reply to them if important.

    So now the Hands Free mode makes me use my hands to read the incoming text, so its not so hands free after all.

    Any locate a app that actually works to read the incoming text automatically?

  • UncleSpellbinder

    I got an update notification and hit the wrong button and it closed without updating. Anyone know hoy to get the update now? I don’t see it in settings>system update>Update Samsung Software.

  • tony

    how do i uninstall update makes my phone not work right

    • tech916

      hahahahah told you not to upgrade