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T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 3 Getting Kit Kat (Android 4.4.2) Update Today (Updated: Changelog Added)

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile, your Android 4.4.2 (Kit Kat) update is ready today. You can pull it over-the-air or via Kies, but understand that the file is roughly 500MB in size. It’s a big one.

The build once finished is N900TUVUCNB4 and Android 4.4.2, so you will be running the newest version of Android available.

Unfortunately, T-Mobile hasn’t listed a changelog other than “user improvements.” Once we have the list from Samsung (which could be here today), we’ll be sure to update this post. Until then, get to updating! 

To grab the update, head into Settings>More>About device>Software update.

UPDATE:  Here is the changelog from Samsung –

  • OS upgrade to Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
    • New Lock Screen Access
      • Media Controls – full-screen album art and media controls when listening to music
      • Camera Shortcut  – access the Camera application right from the lock screen
    • SMS App Chooser – select a default application for sending and receiving SMS text messages
    • Restyled Status and Navigation Bars – status and navigation bars are translucent and can sit on top of apps, along with simplified status bar icons
    • Consolidated Location Settings – location services are integrated and more detailed by new Location menu
    • Expanded Emoji Icons
    • Wireless Printing – supports printing over Wi­-Fi and Bluetooth

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Via:  T-Mobile
Cheers @bmt626, @ThePhillipBee, @xHyDDRo, @ilostchild, Thomas and Laurel!
  • Katfeesh

    The update sucks every since I got I don’t receive all of my text

  • Mark

    Fair warning! Google has reduced the functionality of KITKAT by refusing to grant access to the SD card, so that third party file managers, like ES, or Astro, cannot move, copy, delete, rename etc, any files on your SD card. You are driven back to a computer to manage those files. Fortunately, I bought my Note 3 (great phone) from TMobile just 3 days ago, and confirmed that I can bring it back for a new Note 3, running 4.3. No updating for me until this issue is resolved by Google for those of us without root. If you have root, you can get the three lines of code that fix the issue, along with very detailed instructions on how to insert the code, from a number of sites.

  • Jon

    I love the way the new lock screen works with media controls now. Full screen pictures with button overlays. Beautiful.

  • Twitter:BossLieutenant

    What does expanded emojis mean?

  • Dread1975

    I have the T-mobile note 3

  • Dread1975

    Does anyone know how to get the camera on the lock screen? My phone is 2x faster since I updated.

  • MvP77

    I loaded a international kit kat rom in my tmo Note 3 and tap to pay worked. I don’t buy that excuse about the chip.

  • Tim_J

    After getting my update today 3/6/13 in FL. Numerus bugs that need to be worked out. When screen is off and locked sometimes when pressing the power button to unlock and screen stayed blank but bottom keys lit up and culd hear sounds when slidding finger on screen but no display. To fix I had to press and hold power key for at least five seconds thought it was powered down. Then after a few more tries and the lock screen appeared. Also upon unlocking the new camera on lock icon is right next to lock swipe so when trying to unlock phone numerous times it brings camera up right away.Its either touch wiz or a firmware display issue or software, whatever it is it gets annoying. Other than that it runs much faster ad the new feel is definitely..!!! No write to sdcard B.S.!!!!!!!

  • Dre

    If you can hold out on the update I would suggest it my note 3 has become terrible since the update wish I could go back

    • greatcorntrollio

      wish i had read this before this morning when i did this…can we get back to stock 4.3?

  • SirLancelotTheMisspelled

    C’mon T-Mo GS4!!!

  • jrjohnson

    T mobile need to send out the update for the galaxy s4

  • Sean

    if your rooted just use Kies 3 to update worked for me when settings update said my device had been modified

  • Logan

    The new signal indicator 5 bars max instead of 4 max…seems very inaccurate.

  • Alex Hutchins

    Tap to pay doesn’t support the NFC chip in the note 3 yet. The chip is the pn547. Though I just found this article, http://goo.gl/JsUZJ7, not sure when it will be pushed to phones.

    Unfortunately it may not be until 4.4.3.

  • Zee Masai

    And yet Verizon is slacking.

  • DC_Guy

    Pretty messed up that T-Mo was (or is) blocking the Tap & Pay functionality. I came across this guy’s tweet that he linked to another forum. I couldn’t help but laugh. I shouldn’t laugh because this situation is NOT funny. What happened to all that “Uncarrier” hype? https://twitter.com/EchoplexSE/status/441232252597719040 PS. Go to his actual tweet and read the responses.

    • Alex Hutchins

      I don’t think they are. Read my comment I just posted.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Is that all the changes?

  • Adam Elghor

    I just want to unlock the vzw Note 3 bootloader…

  • Eric Boston

    Verizon….SMH….just shameful.

  • socal_dave

    Dont want it. THe upgrade does very little positive, but according to FoxFi it will kill my free hotspot app!

    • Note Lover

      Is that true that it will kill the free hotspot app??? What other changes are to be expected because I seem to be hearing a lot of negative comments (on other forums as well)? There are people even talking about NOT updating so what is so bad that some won’t be updating?

  • Johnny Steele

    *typical Verizon comment*

  • RaptorOO7

    Come on AT&T, I know you will get it done long before Verizon.

  • Beavis

    Funny. Motorola (Lenovo) doesn’t have this update issue.

    • Adrynalyne

      Not even remotely funny considering Lenovo hasn’t taken the reins yet for you to know if that is true or not.

  • jimbob

    I wonder if tap and pay works with……..ahh just kidding. Only been posted like 20 times below. I think 87.3% of the posts so far on this thread are in reference to this issue.

  • phil

    Hello at&t??? Cmon man

    • Caleb Shahamat

      Debating if I should flash knoxraid or just wait for the official update…

  • Defenestratus


    No tap and pay option in settings. T-mobile ripped it out of native 4.4. Google you need to get some balls on this.

  • GJV

    Does it *really* take that long to update VZW Tones and Navigator?

  • KG

    So XDA feedback is that Tmo is blocking Tap&Pay in this update. Amazing.. what is their excuse now? And why block it on N3 and allow it on S4? Verizon better not pull this crap on the N3 or I’ll be pissed

    • RaptorOO7

      WTF, so the KitKat update to support Google Wallet got hosed, so much for being the “UnCarrier”!

      • Note Lover

        From what people are saying, it’s not TMO’s fault, it’s the NFC chip in the Note 3!

    • Alex Hutchins

      They didn’t block it. Tap to pay simply doesn’t support the pn547 NFC chip in the note 3 yet. That’s why it works on the S4, HTC one, etc.

      Might have to wait until 4.4.3.

  • REM4606

    “Expanded emoji icons”? More like Samsung infiltrated the Google Hangouts app to bake in their own emojis which look exactly like the iPhone styles… I want the Android emoji look back!

    • Montrale Hammonds

      I rather enjoy normal looking emojis. Google doesn’t need to superimpose Android in something as vain as emojis. We already know what OS we’re using

      • REM4606

        I’m fine with the emoji look if that is what Google is heading to, but what I absolutely hate about this is that the Hangouts app emoji tray is still Google’s blob look, but once typed into the hangouts app they switch to the standard iPhone look… if Samsung is going to change the look then at least keep everything synched, this type of oversight just makes the update look unpolished. The better choice would be to let users pick what style they want, hell they let you change the entire font style of the phone, but not emojis.

    • SamBoy

      That crash crap somebody at Google did it stupid and a waste of resources I like regular emoji no need to change them to that strips crap and if samsung made it so real emojis show in the hangouts app then all the more reason I can’t wait to update

  • crazed_z06

    Can Google Wallet Tap and Pay be used on these new Samsungs w/ Kit Kat? From what i understand, Kit Kat provides a method to get around the whole “secure element” issue. Has anyone done it?

    • Daistaar

      I want to say yes. On XDA, plenty of people have been running leaks and using Tap and Pay without issues or workarounds. It’s baked in now. You just have to install Wallet.

      Edit: Didn’t see Zep’s post below. I wonder if there’s something different between the Note 3 and the S4 one since the S4 leaks have had it working.

      • Defenestratus

        No bueno. Its not in the official update I just installed..

        • Daistaar

          Damn. Sorry. That really sucks. I wonder if that means it won’t be there for the S4?

  • zepfloyd

    According to XDA on the TMO version there is no tap to pay, and no ART. …. so really there’s no reason to by dying for the update from 4.3 anyway.

    • tyguy829

      woah really? i thought there was some rule saying you can’t take core features out of android if you want google apps

    • Mike H.

      Yup same with all the g2 updates as well. I ed super excited got the update for the vs980 but now i really could care less.

      I mean unless verizon does something completely COMPLETELY different and allows at least tap and pay

  • jbdan

    What about the gs4….wife wants it on hers I thought it was already put out

  • Tyler Stewart

    I just need google wallets tap and pay feature to work now..

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  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    After I updated, my touchscreen doesn’t work. I can’t get past the lockscreen or shut the phone off.

    • Denvertoad

      Pull the battery. Works every time.

    • Note Lover

      This is one of the reasons I’m hesitant of updating, that and a few other comments! How can these things happen when updates are supposed to be better????? We shouldn’t have to do a battery pull every time!

  • viewthis66

    Knock Knock…. who’s there? Everyone but Verizon :/

    • Nex__

      LOL literally had people looking at work, turn and look as me for randomly laughing.

  • Hamforce

    Off topic… sorry, does anyone still use Lookout or any other security app? Thx

    • huskerhog

      I’ve been using the Verizon app that came with my Note 3.

  • Defenestratus

    FYI if you’re rooted it wont pull via the software update menu.

    • Daistaar

      Yup. It’s a Kies update for you. The nice thing is it keeps all of your settings and data (Minus root and recovery of course)

  • JustTrollin69

    Cum on Verizon.

    • Thomas O’Brien

      I see what you did there…

  • Thomas

    Come on Verizon!!!

    • EvanTheGamer

      Yes, please. But begging won’t do anyone any good. They’ll probably just delay Kit Kat even longer, just to show everyone’s who’s boss. Bastards.

    • The Narrator

      Always somebody be talking bout dat Verizon.

    • Bionicman

      Umm i’m not updating anything until i can confirm from other VZW note 3 users who did update didn’t F’ up there phone. I’ve heard mixed things from people who have updated so I’m going to wait. hopefully they’ll be a way to temporarily turn off the update message.

      • Alexis Fabela

        Mine worked perfect

      • jay_ind

        Any Call Recorder not working after kitkat update…!!!

    • James Mcleroy

      Verizon sucks