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Marshmallow update now available for unlocked Alcatel Idol 3 phones

If you have been patiently waiting for your Idol 3 to get its Marshmallow update, you'll be thrilled to learn the wait is over. That's right, if you've got an unlocked version of the phone you can download the update right now. With the update, you'll gain Doze, enhanced permission controls and much more.

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Don't worry if you haven't been notified to grab the update yet. All you have to do is head into your Settings, then About phone and check manually for the update. You'll want to make sure your phone has a full charge and you are on a strong Wi-Fi signal before starting the update.

Once you get it updated, be sure to let us know how it works out for you.

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32 Comments
  • It's about damn time! I've already moved on to the Nexus 6P but I still had my Idol 3 laying around and I'm downloading the update now.. Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 6P
  • I'm sad I sold mine ...lol. was a great device though. Good speakers. But no promise of an update made me sell mine. Posted via my Huawei G8 yet to be on MM.
  • Mine is currently up for sale. Lol Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 6P
  • How much are you asking for it? Posted via the Android Central App
  • $150 Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 6P
  • Btw links to anything in AC won't open in the AC app. It automatically crashes. I hope you guys take note. Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 6P
  • Yup, same here Posted from outer space on my Moto X Style
  • Links work for me. What device and OS are you on? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nexus 6P stock Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 6P
  • Weird issue indeed. Maybe reinstall the app? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Perhaps you should try on the Idol 3 LoL
  • Same happens for me. Cm 13 on Galaxy Note 3 Posted via the Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Amazing it got it. Good on ya Alcatel Posted via the Android Central App
  • Better late than never, my pappy always told me.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Also moved on (X pure) but really happy about this...bodes well for the hopefully soon to be released idol 4. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Anyone find any bugs on it? I'm glad they finally did an update. I didn't think they ever would. They need to do better with announcing that there will be an update if they plan on doing them. Im hoping as long as it took, that it'll be a smooth update. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They were BS'ing for so long I didn't wanna risk never getting MM and the Nexus was on sale so I took the plunge. Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 6P
  • It feels to be good to be one of the 10% running Marshmallow, on the cutting edge....LOL, with a cheap Alcatel. Seems OK, time will tell (mainly, battery life), because it doesn't have many new features to deal with.
  • Finally. It should've come LAST YEAR though. #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • True. Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 6P
  • Is this for the alcatel idol 3 4.7 inch also or is it only for the 5.5 inch version?
  • All versions! Just be patient and keep an eye on reddit.com/r/idol3
  • It's been a month and my friend's Alcatel idol 3 4.7 inch smartphone still hasent got the Marshmallow OTA update. We live in Europe. Anyone else got it yet?
    Cheers
  • Just updated mine!! Been hanging on to my Idol3 since im prepaid and dont wanna pay full price for a new phone yet...lets see if this helps out my phone
  • any luck for Cricket users?
  • I got my update .i luv it, no problems, works great
  • BEWARE-If you have AT&T, once you do the update you will lose DATA connectivity through AT&T. You can make calls, and utilize WIFI connections, just no DATA through AT&T. These idiots know there's a problem, they admitted that on my phone call, but their only possible solution is to do a complete factory reset on your phone. This should be called the Alcatel Idiot 3.
  • can easily be fixed by updating the APN settings
  • Now my phone is usable that last update messed my phone up Posted via the Android Central App
  • The update seems to have killed my SD card. I keep getting a " your SD card is corrupted" message and it prompts to format, but does nothing. This phone has been nothing but a PITA. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I upgraded to Marshmallow and my bluetooth doesn't work in my car. Callers sound fine, but they can't hear me. It's pretty frustrating since I can't seem to figure out why it's happening, but it's definitely after updating. On the brightside, WiFi works much better, most everything works better, except for bluetooth.
  • Still no update in the uk