T-Mobile updating Galaxy J7 Star to Android Pie


Another Android phone is getting its serving of Pie from T-Mobile this week.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Star is now being updated to Android 9 Pie. The update is version J737TUVU5BSG2 and is a whopping 1107.99MB, so be prepared for a big download when you decide to update your Galaxy J7 Star to Pie. It’s now rolling out over the air, so be on the lookout for it.


Along with a bump to Android 9.0, this update brings Samsung’s new One UI that includes new features like a Night Mode to make using your phone easier on your eyes when the sun goes down. Samsung has also moved interactive elements toward the bottom of the screen to make them easier to reach.

The update also allows you to reply to messages directly from your notification panel, improves the Samsung Keyboard with Unicode 11.0 emojies and an adaptive theme that changes the look of the keyboard based on the app you’re in, and a reorganized Settings menu to make settings easier to find. There’s a new and improved Bixby included, too, along with support for HEIF images and the addition of Photo Editor Pro’s editing tools to the Gallery, letting you make your edits without leaving that app.

Also of note is that this update bumps the Galaxy J7 Star to the July 1, 2019 Android security patch level.

You can find the full list of improvements included with this update below. Once you’ve updated your Galaxy J7 Star to Android Pie, let us know what you think of the upgrade and Samsung’s One UI!

One UI

  • Content, settings, and other information have been reorganized to keep you focused on the task at hand.
  • Interactive elements have been moved to the bottom of the screen so they’re always within reach.
  • New designs and features such as Night mode help keep your eyes comfortable.


  • You can reply to messages directly in the notification panel.
  • Image thumbnails are included in message notifications.
  • In an app’s notification settings, tap the switch once to turn on or off all the notifications in a category.

Samsung Keyboard

  • New Unicode 11.0 emojis are available.
  • New adaptive theme changes your keyboard look based on the colors of the surrounding app.
  • Floating keyboard is available in all apps and has new size and transparency settings.
  • You can set a custom touch and hold delay.

Device care (formerly Device maintenance)

  • Performance modes are streamlined and integrated into power saving modes.


  • Menus have been reorganized to make settings easier to find.


  • Bixby is all new, with a range of improvements and new features.
  • Swipe left from the main Bixby screen to explore the latest features and supported apps.


  • You can now sort your call history by incoming and outgoing calls.
  • Your call history can include up to 2000 entries (increased from 500 entries).


  • The new drawer menu makes it easier to manage contacts from various accounts.


  • Photo Editor Pro’s editing tools have been added to Gallery, so you can make all your edits and touchups without leaving the app.

My Files

  • The new storage analysis tool has been added to help you monitor your storage usage and save space.
  • You can now show or hide items on the My Files Home screen.

Other improvements and changes

  • Call stickers has been discontinued.
  • HEIF images are now supported.

Thanks, Mike!

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  • Bklynman

    Wow,midrange phone get Pie,but nothing for former flagship phone that had every phone review site giving great praise!! The Lg V30. I got one from ebay for less than $100 for a bk up. The prices for former Lg flagship phones are very low cost. U can get Lg v6,v20,V30,less than $100. brand new ones for anywhere from $120-$200.U can even get Lg V7 brand new on ebay for $250-$260. That $140-150 off what tmo sell it for!

    • Jason Caprio

      If you want the latest Android, go with a Google Pixel phone. My nearly 2 year old Pixel 2 XL is running Android 10 (Q) and works amazing. The official Android 10 will be released next week. It’s laughable that some phones just now are getting Pie and I got my Pie update last summer lol

      • Bklynman

        Wow!! My main phone is The Note 9,wow,didn’t realize Pixel 2 still getting update,I just might sell my Note 9 and get one.Not sure those. Thanks for the tip!

      • Alize Jen Alfonso Martinez

        Yes, but Google updates tends to roll out tons of updates that need patches and sometimes ciritical issues arise and you have to wait until next update for fix. Felt like a beta phone or as some put it guinea pig.

    • Trevnerdio

      Great praise huh? That phone was the worst phone I’ve ever owned. Had 2 back-to-back that had awful screen issues. Other than that, the camera was about the same as the S8+ I upgraded from. Not quite as great, but the V30 was a flop for me. Loved the V10 and V20 though

      • Bklynman

        Yes,sorry you had problems with it,I didn’t get one 1st came out,when it about to be release,and was release,almost phone review site gave very hign ratings.

        • marque2

          I doubt that – I did the same – buy the phone late and the phone still has the same problems they whined about. Bluish screen – especially when tilted and the autolight feature is set too low. Camera mediocre, but better than mid range.

        • Bklynman

          Yes they did,they rave about everything from the camera,to the sound. Not defending Lg in anyway shape or form by the way.

        • Trevnerdio

          I wish mine was just the blue issue. The black levels were absolutely horrendous, especially when the brightness was turned down (like when watching in a dark room). It would drop off the black level to 0 way, way too early and cause dark scenes to be completely indistinguishable. It’s like their QA process was totally void of any real tests.

        • marque2

          I had a G6 with lots of problems. Noone could hear me unless I was on speakerphone. I was waiting until a project ended before trading it in under warantee bit then the screen literally spontaneously shattered. Had to eat it. I had 3 Nexus 5xs with bootloop problems as well.

        • Trevnerdio

          Geez, that’s a bummer. I really want LG to succeed, but they just keep shooting themselves in the foot…

        • Bklynman

          Now I understand why Lg is so much cheaper on the used phone market. The only thing we can do is (Tmo customers) is either buy over price midrange phone by Moto or overprice Iphone,or one plus (not calling one plus over price) or a unlocked phone. Great choices Tmo!!

    • marque2

      The reason you and I got the v30 so cheep was because the reviews were mediocre to awful with strong complaints about the screen. I found them to be overwrought but still.

      At the same time – what is in Android 9 that will make your life that much more wonderful? I appreciate security updates but for the rest – what has really changed in 5 years? In fact some things have gotten worse – try clicking on and editing a URL in Chrome for instance – impossible to do now.

      Yeah it is nice to get updates – but I am OK with my v30 regardless and considering I paid $200 for it – no complaints.

      • Bklynman

        I didn’t realize Google did that with chrome,I just try it,ur right,but you can with Foxfire.Since u have v30 like I do,u know last security update was march of this yr. I am only using v30 for my 2nd line I have on the 55+plus plan,so I can use it for a hotspot. My main phone is the Note 9. Not only v30 that is cheap, it all Lg phones compare to Samsung on the use phone market.

        • marque2

          Dolphin is also a good browser to try.

  • M H

    WoW this midrange phone getting 9 while LG flagship phones are still stuck at8 like my V30 as well in which I’m soon ditching it for a pixel 3xl soon to be sold to my by a friend good bye LG

    • marque2

      G8 is a most excellent phone and made in South Korea. But if you prefer a phone where you get spied on twice …