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Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update: latest news

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 4 months ago

Attention all Galaxy Note 3 owners - Android 5.0 Lollipop is here. After T-Mobile began the US Lollipop rollout earlier this month, AT&T is now pushing out Android 5.0 to its customers. Find out the latest Galaxy Note 3 Android update news below.

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The Android Lollipop update is here for the Galaxy Note 3. / © ANDROIDPIT

​Galaxy Note 3 Android update in the US

AT&T Galaxy Note 3 update

Following T-Mobile's rollout earlier this month, AT&T is now updating its Note 3's (SM-N900A) to Lollipop. It's a big download, over 1 GB, so make sure your phone is charged to over 50 percent and that you are connected to Wi-Fi before beginning the download process. Android Lollipop brings battery improvements, smart-lock functionality, lock-screen notifications, plus the new Material Design look and feel, making this one of the biggest updates to hit the Note 3 in the past couple of years. 

Go to Settings > General tab > About device > Software updates > Check for updates to see if your device is ready for the update yet. Find full instructions at the AT&T support page.

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The Galaxy Note 3 Android update is out for T-Mobile customers. / © ANDROIDPIT

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 update

T-Mobile was the first US carrier out of the gate, updating the Note 3 to version N900TUVUFOB5. Go to the "About Phone" page in your settings menu and tap "software update" to see if you can download the latest version and you can view the T-Mobile-specific changelog on Samsung's cell phone update FAQ.

Verizon Galaxy Note 3 update

The Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update has not been released yet. We will update this article when we learn more. 

Sprint Galaxy Note 3 update

Sprint Note 3 update expected soon according to a leaked internal document. We'll keep you posted.

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Upgrading to Android Lollipop is a sweet deal. © ANDROIDPIT

Galaxy Note 3 Android M update

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android M update is not yet available. Android M is expected to launch globally in Q3, 2015. We will let you know when we learn more.

How to get Lollipop on the Galaxy Note 3

Instead of waiting for the Galaxy Note 3 update to arrive OTA, you can just download and install it yourself right now. We've put together a handy install tutorial for the international model Galaxy Note 3 model (SM-N9005) in our how to get Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Galaxy Note 3 article. Give it a go yourself - it's easier than you might think.

Have you got Android 5.0 Lollipop on your Galaxy Note 3 yet? Are you excited to get it? Let us know in the comments below.

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes most of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. A dedicated Android fan, Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this changing anytime soon.


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  • Afnan Ali 2 days ago Link to comment

    How can i install lollipop version in my n9005 pls tell me easiest way of installing...

  • Holly Anderson 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    Just got my Note3 and am loving it!!!! Hubby's came yesterday and he was playing with it all night getting it set up just right.

  • pasila 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    guyyyz plz i want my previous version back.. this lollipop one is so childish and worst version everrr

  • Patrik 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    where do i get that fox wallpaper? :)

  • Owen Tan 4 weeks ago Link to comment

    I just hate this version! Im regret that i upgrade it. Worst version ever. Please bring back the old version.

  • Steph Swords 1 month ago Link to comment

    AT&T decided I didn't have a choice anymore and forced lollipop on me last night. my phone barely functions, the layout is horrendous, I have a lot of folders and the way they changed them drives me crazy, a good chunk of my old apps aren't supported anymore, my battery which used to last at least 24-36 hours now barely lasts 10, the Bluetooth and WiFi are terrible, my calls barely go thru, and after just getting off the phone with Samsung, there is still no talk of when an update might be released to fix these so called "glitches". glitches is the biggest understatement ever. the phone is horrible now. definitely makes me want to wait to get a new phone until well after lollipop is dead and gone. gonna downgrade back to jelly bean or kit kat tn, hopefully it actually works.

  • Leah Simulis 1 month ago Link to comment

    This update is by far the worst update I've accepted. The layout is terrible from the lock screen to messaging to the application folders. Its hard on the eyes, confusing , and just plain terrible looking. App icons like the one for "images" look like something I drew when I was two.

    The thing that bothers me the most is the fact that ,on the lock screen, the pause, play and next/previous buttons are non existent. This makes listening to music more of a hastle than it should be.

    I have one pro. When I mow the lawn with pants that don't have pockets I can't unintentionally pause my music. Big whoop.

    I will commence the prayers for a reverse update button.

  • Andreas Rausch 1 month ago Link to comment

    Also ich hab das 5er jetzt schon einige Wochen droben und sag einfach nur das kannst in die Tonne treten. Das Ding zeigt an das es auf der Ladestation liegt obwohl es schon eine Stunde nicht mehr droben liegt. Laut BT ist es ständig mit meinen Auto Radio verbunden u. S. W. 3 bis 4x neu starten pro Tag das ist der Alltag bin nur noch sauer auf das Ding.

  • B Ash 2 months ago Link to comment

    Verizon just pushed it out today. Could not decline it. It hosed my phone. If anyone can figure out a way around this do it. This update is dangerous.

    • B Ash 2 months ago Link to comment

      Okay - finally got it working. This weird "update" made the phone more clunky. Used to be you could clear all notifications with one press of the screen. Now you have to touch each individual notification. And for some of them, touching the notification clears the notification but then opens the app associated with it. It's not your choice to simply be notified that you have an email or text, now you WILL read it. Don't you dare think you should be able to run your own life.

      • B Ash 2 months ago Link to comment

        New one. It replaced my step counter that I downloaded as an add on with something called S Health, a Samsung app. It actually removed my old app (not Samsung) and put this new one in it's place. And it created an annoying icon on my screen that I am not allowed to get rid of. Also, it now has a "use the phone" swipe icon that you can't get rid of. Use the phone? What is this, 1952? The least useful thing about this device is the thing they choose to put front and center right in your face? This update is obviously not for the user. It must have some utility for Samsung and Verizon, probably more spyware, but it's made MY phone, the phone that I pay Verizon for and pay Verizon to use, harder to use.

  • willakata 2 months ago Link to comment

    Tell now there is no update for middle east !!!

  • Catherine Casper 2 months ago Link to comment

    Such pros and cons with this update to lollipop. I'm STILL having problems. I am on the Sprint network and woke up to the update roughly 2 weeks ago. Between how much space it used and all the changes, it was like a brand new phone. This update came through on the day of my son's birthday party and I had zero time to learn were everything was moved to. The color scheme is really upsetting. I on accident deactivated my Facebook account since the color of the link now blends in with the background coloring that can't be changed. It links up to my car radio yet I can't navigate thru my music library via my truck radio. I have to use my phone screen now. Big deal. I've lost music and pictures. I have also lost apps. It's difficult to use the Facebook Messenger app. I at first was not receiving those messages in real time. I did however shut the phone down and restarted it days later and that seemed to help. The pros. Seems the battery life is a bit better depending on how much I use it. It finally downloaded my phone list into my truck radio along with my received and missed calls. I like the changes to the camera. I am still adjusting to it and hope in time I learn to fully appreciate all the update has to offer.

  • Stephanie Warren 3 months ago Link to comment

    I just received my update for my note 3 to lollipop. what I have noticed is my phone is becoming hot, battery life is used up quickly, the new colors are pastel and childish looking, the screen is more sensitive so while holding the phone to your face it opens other stuff, while on the phone and another call came in I put that person on hold and clicked over to the new caller and realized we were on a 3 way call...didn't even know I could do that. a lot of things are in different places or have been removed. or brains remember things by look and color and to have everything change and the colors too really made it difficult to use my phone quickly. So much has changed I feel like I got a new phone, and not in a good way. I would have liked a choice to have kept the colors the same as before. I use my phone for work and to wake up in the morning to find all these changes made for a difficult day of work. it's one thing to change a few things, but to change so much and make everything in new colors was to much. I'm 5 days in to this update and I'm not happy with it at all.

    • angel zambrano 1 month ago Link to comment

      I agree. I've had my note3 almost 3 years & never updated it. My husband recommended I update it & it changed everything about the way my phone looked. I called Samsung thinking they could advise me on how to change it back- you can't & I'm not happy At. ALL.

  • kevin 3 months ago Link to comment

    Can I jump from jelly bean to lollipop at once?

  • Nick Flynn 3 months ago Link to comment

    Galaxy Note 3 android update is so glitchy and things randomly close and open or as your texting will just send texts without even finish what you wanted to say in the text. I have 2 of the same phones but they will not replace it because its not a phone defect in the phone but its the update. i do not want to pay retail for a new phone. (verizon 2 yr contract) Their are no new updates to fix all of the glitches yet? so what to do and when are they going to fix this??

    Please help.

  • Angela Erdman 3 months ago Link to comment

    Just installed the new update this morning. For some reason, my phone did not complete the update and is now malfunctioning because of it. I had to call Verizon and they are sending me a new phone. Apps close while using them, and just seems very glitchy. Not really impressed.

  • Sara Marti 3 months ago Link to comment

    Got the lillipop update and I like it mostly. But it took away a lot of customization. Features. for instance the colors of main apps. The yellow for the text message app is so ugly and it won't let me change it. Also my calendar has to be this bright ugly green.
    And I don't like the boxy folders for my apps. I liked the circles. Would be nice to get to choose for appearances. This primary color scheme looks ugly. But functionality is nice. Also why no purple action memo anymore. All the other colors no purple? Just my luck.

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