T-Mobile Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra receiving Android 11 update


The T-Mobile Galaxy S20’s update to Android 11 may still be on hold, but now two other T-Mo devices are getting their Android upgrade.

T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are now receiving updates to One UI 3 with Android 11 and the December 2020 security patches. These are big upgrades, coming in at around 2.5GB, so you’ll want to find a speedy connection before you start downloading.

The update to One UI 3 with Android 11 is a big one. Samsung says that its refreshed the look of its user interface to include more consistent icons, smoother motion, and improved animations. Performance is better, too, with enhanced dynamic memory allocation to help apps run faster and restricted background activities for improved performance and power usage.

Other improvements packed into this update include new Dynamic Lock Screen wallpapers, improved autofocus and auto exposure for the camera, a simpler Settings app, easier pasting of images and text verification codes for the Samsung Keyboard, and the ability to turn off your screen by double tapping an empty space on the home or lock screens.

Samsung also says that it’s included an Android 11 feature that’ll put your ongoing chats in a special section in your notification panel so it’s easier to keep up with your conversations. There’s a new media panel in the notification panel, too, that’ll give you quick access to playback controls and easily change the playback device.

If you’ve got a T-Mobile Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra, your Android 11 update should arrive over the air in the coming days. If you don’t feel like waiting, and I don’t think anyone would blame you if you don’t, you can check for the update manually by going into Settings > Software update > Download updates manually.

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  • Trevnerdio

    Ah so NOW the unlocked owners get screwed ;)

    • Greg Victor

      The unlocked always get screwed.

      • Trevnerdio

        On the contrary, I got the November security update about 2 weeks before T-Mo locked devices

        • William Thomas

          It seems to flip back and forth between the unlocked and locked phones with T-Mobile. This time, right now, I have to wait for the the T-Mobile locked version. Waiting …

    • Guillermo Eduardo Ortega-ibarr

      You can always flash Tmobile firmware by odin


    On the T-Mobile Note 20 model, if you use the hide the FFC cutout, the option to do so is missing.
    Also,as usual, several GoodLock modules are inop, awaiting UI 3.0 updates.

  • William Thomas

    What about the unlocked Note 20 Ultra purchased at T-Mobile?

    • Gary

      I also have the same question. My unlocked note 20 Ultra still doesn’t connect to 5G network because unlocked Note 20s have not received the update from Samsung. Bummer:(

      • Trevnerdio

        What do you mean, Gary? I’ve been connecting to 5G fine since I got the device back in August. Down here in the Tampa Bay area, I’m seeing a lottt more LTE, but I think that may have something to do with congestion down here. In Colorado, I very rarely see the logo ever, usually only 5G (n71, mainly, but there’s some n41 in Florida where I’m at right now)

  • Omegajb

    I just downloaded the update and it looks nice. The one thing is my app draw first page is all folders and the font is much smaller than before. Without going to 4×5 is there a way to enlarge them?

  • deerhound

    I updated my Note 20 Ultra 5g this morning, and everything seemed OK for about 2 hrs, then my screen went black. The touch part works, but you can’t see anything. Just returned the phone for service and it will be gone for about 2 weeks. Thanks Samsung and T-Mobile.

    • Philly Jim

      Ummmm I don’t think the Update had anything to do with your phones screen going black.
      It’s an Educated Quess

      The Update is what I’ve been waiting for for months.
      I find Zero issues so far
      Reformed XDA Flashaholic……

  • Guillermo Eduardo Ortega-ibarr

    Am on the same boat love unlock better then tmo firmware… That is y I have my s20 ultra on tmo firmware and my note20 ultra on unlock firmware just waiting on Samsung to release official one ui 3.0 to flash back

  • Vlad

    A number of apps including iheart radio was Uninstalled, and can’t be installed back after update.

  • Willie D

    Pretty much the swipe gestures from the navigation bar don’t work, you gotta turn on gesture hints for it to work.
    None of GoodLock works
    YouTube no longer will play background with headphones unless you remove updates and go back to stock app

    This is a real flawed update.

  • lucas

    Navigation gestures are broken, don’t work about 90% of the time like other people have stated. Will turn on gesture hints to see if that helps. Other than that everything else looks great to me so far.

  • dboy rusky

    my battery took a huge hit..