T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 gets KitKat update

495MB over-the-air update brings T-Mo's Note 3 up to latest Android version

It looks like the Galaxy S4 isn't the only Samsung phone seeing a KitKat OTA today — T-Mobile's Galaxy Note 3 is also arriving at Android 4.4.2 this morning, by way of a 495MB over-the-air update. As we've seen from previous Note 3 KitKat updates, the new firmware shouldn't do much to change the look and feel of Samsung's 5.7-inch handset, with the most noticeable change being the switch to all-white status bar icons.

Note 3 owners on T-Mobile will also benefit from the usual KitKat features, including immersive mode, transparent notification bars in some apps, and built-in cloud printing support.

If you're seeing the OTA on your T-Mobile Note 3 this morning, be sure to hit the comments and make yourself known!

Source: Android Central forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Alex Dobie
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158 Comments
  • Yup downloading now... its slowwwww though
  • I started my download at 3am EST and it took over an hour to complete.
  • SDcard broken in 4.4.2 update.
    Third-party apps can't read/write to ext-sdcard. Only Google and Samsung apps can. Don't upgrade if you use apps that write to the ext-sdcard...! Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!
    (ZeroLemon 7000mA battery and ZeroShock Case)
  • Two types of people will respond to this.. 1. AHHHHH I HAVE KIT KAT FINALLY!! 2. COME ON *INSERT CARRIER HERE* AND SAMSUNG GIVE ME KIT KAT ON MY *INSERT SPECIFIC SAMSUNG PHONE HERE*!!! YOU SUCK!!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • 3. NO ONE CARES ABOUT THE NOTE 3!!! WHERE IS MY UPDATE FOR *SPECIFIC NON NOTE 3 PHONE HERE*!!! I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOREVER AND *INSERT OEM NAME HERE* OWES IT TO ME!!!
  • It's at CyanogenMOD if your phone is supported.
  • You too are a clown Posted via Android Central App
  • Note 2, t-mobile Posted via Android Central App
  • Your a moron go buy a real phone and take yours back to metro pcs.
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • You're a clown Posted via Android Central App
  • Where the hell is my Kit Katt for my AT&T Note 3. . Lololololol
  • So true! LOL. Those types of people should not own smartphones. Posted from Outer Space
  • LMAO.. Yeah and mine is coming in now. probably wont add much but i'm up to date.
  • Downloading as we speak. About time smh.
  • Done Posted via Android Central App
  • Downloaded on note 3 this morning at 6:35 just got done. I like the white notification bar icons. Still looking around to see other changes but happy to finally have it but not sure why I wanted it so bad lol. Posted via T Mobile NOTE 3
  • Bluetooth LE and battery saving location services option are the two that win me over.
  • Wasn't BLE already there? Google released it as part of stock Android back in 4.3 when the New Nexus 7 was released. Posted from my Nexus 5
  • Oh maybe, I wasn't aware of what version the Note 3 was prior. My bad. I just updated my LG G2 last night and I knew I didn't have BLE before.
  • Yeah, the Note 3 has been on 4.3 which was when it was added, but the G2 was on 4.2 which was before then. Posted from my Nexus 5
  • +1 Thanks for dropping some knowledge.
  • For any kind of battery saving settings to have been added in, it doesn't show, at least for me it doesn't. My battery life isn't as long as it used to be. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm right with you. I was so anxious to get the download now I'm like "why did I want this again" What can you say damn consumers are never satisfied. Lol
  • Kit Kat and a battery draining camera bug. Posted via Android Central App
  • I believe the bug you are talking about is only specific to the Nexus 5. Posted via Android Central App
  • It says in the article Qualcomm Kit Kat devices COULD be affected.
    Also you need to be using a app like skype that accesses the camera in the background to possibly encounter this bug.
  • It DOES affect other phones. I have it on the Moto X.
  • You say it as if it will absolutely affect the device. I do not think that is the case. Just because you have it doesn't mean EVERYONE has it. I have a Qualcomm Kit Kat device that "should" be affected but I don't use any app like Skype, so I am not seeing it.
  • Even the few times I used snapchat this weekend I didn't see anything weird. -------------------------------------------
    You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you
  • Then you tell us if it affects you. Posted via Android Central App
  • This has to be the slowest OTA update ive ever downloaded, 41% in...208mb downloaded... 1 hr 25 mins remaining! i can download over 6mb a second on my wifi connection
  • Downloading now....awesome sauce haha Posted via Android Central App
  • I got it so far so good
  • Hi, after i update my note 3 n900t i am not satisfied because the display is the same,no changes in the look,
  • The update isnt supposed to change much about the look. The flatter UI and white status bar icons are the only major differences. Posted from my Nexus 5
  • If you don't mind me asking, what were you expecting?
  • It wasn't worth the anxiety of waiting for, said it all along -------------------------------------------
    You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you
  • Depends on what version you are coming from, but in the Note 3's case it isn't much. Unless you are REALLY excited about white status icons.
  • Anything on 4.3, which in most cases was last year's stuff, could wait. If you are on 4.2.x like half of LG, then yeah it is a good upgrade -------------------------------------------
    You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you
  • +1
  • I was expexting the same ui as other samsunh galaxy s4 kitkat 4.4.2, or nexus 5
  • Can anyone confirm if tap and pay is enabled on Google wallet? Posted via Android Central App
  • According to Google, tap and pay is enabled on all 4.4 devices that contain a NFC chip......just as long as they were not purchased internationally (aka US only) Posted from my Nexus 5
  • NO
  • Not true. Currently it's being blocked on lg g2. Posted via Android Central App
  • Well that sucks. I guess Google should update their page that says that then. Quote from Google Support Page: " Tap and pay functionality is available in the US, and requires an NFC-enabled Android device running 4.4 (KitKat) or higher on any carrier network." That makes it sound as if it is available on any 4.4 device with a NFC chip on any US carrier or phone. Posted from my Nexus 5
  • Tap and Pay definitely isn't functioning which is odd considering the T-Mobile variant of the HTC One has it enabled after 4.4.
  • Tap and pay funtions perfectly fine on my tmobile s4 using the international 4.4 kit kat rom. I used it quite frequently at babies r us and shoprite. Posted via Android Central App
  • it's blocked, yelling at them on twitter (of all places). Pretty steamed about it and no one around me will appreciate my vented rage. Uncarrier, my ass https://twitter.com/EchoplexSE/status/441232252597719040
  • I saw your tweet. I believe sprint supports gwallet. It came preinstalled on my moms s3 with tap to pay working Posted via Android Central App
  • Nevermind...
  • I yelled as well
  • Downloaded this morning @5 am I've also noticed you don't have to continue to set your web browser to desktop viewing once you close out of a web session. Seems to run faster as well.
  • The only question anyone wants answered is about the bootloader being locked or not.
  • Was it locked before? -------------------------------------------
    You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you
  • The Note has Loki support yes? Then the bootloader unlock is just bragging rights for the hacker devs. BaAAH
  • downloading now..... sloooowwwwwly :/
  • Downloading at a snail's pace, but downloading... Posted via Android Central App
  • 24 minutes 51%yes very slow... Via wifi Posted via Android Central App
  • Downloading now!! Can't wait to get back on KitKat!! It's going very slow...says 1 hour and 15 min remain!!
  • I'm downloading now!
    It's telling me 1:15:00 left at 10% downloaded, but that 10% has been within 5 minutes....
    I'M FREAKING EXCITED!
  • Cue Richard Yarrell saying "nobody" will "except" this update because Samsung is finally playing ball with Google when it comes to SD card support/coding, despite several people saying they're downloading it right now.
  • Sadly he comes in just to troll richardyarrell and Amir47
  • LMAO yep.
  • Started downloading at home, had to leave for work, update only available over WiFi. Downloading it on Kies 3 now at the office.
  • Wait where the Nobody beat's T-Mobile period guy lol Posted via Android Central App
  • Will this add 64-bit processor? Yes, it is a joke.
  • I was going to add to the joke by asking if the update will add a replaceable battery or an SD card slot, but...it's already got those :D
  • Did you make an app that cares? -------------------------------------------
    You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you
  • All I want to know is will this fix my front camera issues on instagram?
  • How about an update in the UK for the unlocked version, hey Samsung? Unheard of for a carrier phone to get updated before a sim free one :( Posted via Android Central App
  • slowest download evvvvvveeeeerrrrrr. Why don't you all go ahead and cancel your updates so I can get mine... THanX :-0
  • I feel like updates used to be more important when smartphones first started coming out bt now with much faster phones and more ways to get the newest phone its like who cares..... Posted via Android Central App
  • Well I am curious if T-Mobile added any other fixes to this update but it doesn't appear that they haven't updated their Galaxy Note 3 support page as yet.
  • Have to say the Note 3 was never slow but with 4.4.2 its super fast, i hold a lot hope for the note 2014 now ive seen this, no lag, no stutter or hesitation, i am very very impressed. People looking for some kind of radical visual change its not happening, Kitkat has never looked much different to Jellybean, even in stock form. its all under the hood with kitkat mainly, and it really is super smooth
  • If the download is slow stop it turn off wife wait 30 seconds turn it back on and try the update again.. at first I had to wait 1 he 25 minutes. After doing the Wi Fi reset it took 25 minutes total time for download install and reset. first thing I noticed. phone immediately started downloading updates from store.. and fast...opening apps is faster. did a speed test and finally Wi Fi is showing true speed I have a 100 Mbps connection (grandfather plan) on my pc it shows at 80 to 95 mbps connection. but under 4.3 the phone was doing 1 to 4mbps if i was lucky most times it was about 5Mbs.. now under 4.4 it says 20 to 45Mbsp
  • Downloading now, I hope it fixes the issues with Camera locking
  • Downloading now here in Cedar Park, Texas. Ian B
  • A. Little over an hour from start to finish... In the 757 Posted via Android Central App
  • Hit KIES3 if you want a fast update!
  • Didn't the Note 3 already kind of have an "immersive mode" to begin with?
  • Sort of, the notification bar didn't stick around for videos , or many of the things you tried to view fullscreen, but for the most part not really, im not seeing the immersive mode yet, it may be for downloaded books cause i'm seein everything on google newsstand.
  • sort of, i mean the notification bar didn't stick around for anything you were viewing full screen, but i have yet to see this immersive function, it may only be for book apps, or downloaded books.
  • great.so far so good Posted via Android Central App
  • Says I need wifi to download.. ugh, Lol Gilbert (Phoenix AZ) Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm downloading it right now thanks to this article!
  • Yes I got mine like around 30 mins past midnight Posted via Android Central App
  • Got it! Love it! Posted via Android Central App
  • Downloading it now. Gonna be a while...
  • Uh...anyone else notice they removed options from the lock screen? There's no longer a way to change the application shortcuts that I can see, unless it was moved somewhere else.
  • Menu> settings> lockscreen> shortcuts (camera)>custom Posted via Android Central App
  • Yeah, that isn't there after the latest update. Just have Screen Lock, clock widget options, Personal Message, Owner Information, Lock Automatically, Lock instantly with power key, and Action memo on lock screen.
  • Hmmmm that's weird cuz I have it... Posted via Android Central App
  • Very weird...What is the Model number and the Android version showing for you?
  • SM-N900T
    4.4.2 Posted via Android Central App
  • The problem with Kitkat is lack of proper SD support. Can't backup data using TB pro
  • Getting it now as I type this. I'm a Type 1 :)
  • If you dont want to wait for theOTA you can go to sansung-updates.com and download the RUU, it's 1.4GB so it takes awhile. Right now it's listed on the front page sm900T 4.4.2. I had to download it, because I tried installing a custom recovery and it soft bricked my phone.
  • Where in the f@#k is the Android 4.4 KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy S4? All other Phone Companies have it. Posted via Android Central App
  • Can someone confirm that they actually made the UI flatter? I'm at work and can't download it yet Posted via Android Central App
  • I started the download but paused it to take care of some other things first.
  • Yaay!! I'll download it, when I get out of class. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • I've also noticed they changed the way the notification shade works, which is actually a bit annoying. They took away the different sections, so now persistant apps don't have their own separated area of the notification shade. The persistent and dismissable icons just show up in the same area all mixed together
  • WORST UPDATE EVER... I can't write to my SD card anymore. All my emulators can no longer save. I don't have enough internal storage space for this crap, that's WHY I got a phone with an SD slot in the first place! And from a bit of googling, it's a "feature" of Kit Kat? I'll be going to XDA and finding out how to revert, **** this crap.
  • I just moved a few applications over to my SD card and no problems. Maybe you should format your SD card
  • Exactly....This is what I WARNED PEOPLE ABOUT and made various posts on Google Plus. 4.4.2 Kitkat update has changed the permissions on sdcards where third party applications can't write to the sdcard any longer. ONLY manufacturer applications/Carrier applications/and all Google applications have access to the sdcard. Third party applications can't access any aspect of the sdcard. This means if you're on the internet and want to download something you can't . You can only use the my files Samsung application to trasfer/Delete/or modify files. NO other file mangers can be used. 4.4.2 Kitkat isn't that important to me where I have to lose the overall functionality of my sdcard which has worked perfectly on my Note 3 since October just for the purpose of Kitkat. At the end of the day i value my third party applications, and full functionality of my sdcard to much for any silly restricted update . My Note 3 stays at 4.3 period after 5 months of ownership it's working perfectly fine anyway. I will be buying the Galaxy Note 4 in October so I will be just fine till then. Plus I have that 128gb sdxc class 10 SanDisk Ultra on the way. Posted from my Galaxy Note 3 on Tmobile via Android Central App
  • What will you do then? Even with your 128GB microSD card? You'll still be stuck on KitKat with no write access! I needed the update simply for the wifi calling bug fixes. My note 3 wifi calling was bugged so bad it was useless!
  • My NOTE 3 WILL REMAIN on 4.3 period. So I will always have a device that works like the current Note 3 on 4.3. By the time the Note 4 gets released this issue will be rectified WITHOUT ROOT. Don't appreciate my friend that's the beauty of android even GOOGLE can't make users update. Posted from my Galaxy Note 3 on Tmobile via Android Central App
  • Thanks for the info, Richard!! Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • You're welcome. GOOGLE CAN GO TO HELL. They don't even have RESPECT FOR CARRIER POLICIES TELLING USERS TO ROOT their devices. Google forgot where they came from and why they are where they are today. The manufacturers who make handsets and the users who buy handsets. NO MANUFACTURER MEANS NO ANDROID. NO CUSTOMERS MEAN NO ANDROID. AND NO CARRIERS MEANS NO ANDROID. Posted from my Galaxy Note 3 on Tmobile via Android Central App
  • And just like that, you go back to making absolutely no sense again.
    1. Considering you spent *2 whole months* claiming to be "looking into" rooting your Galaxy Nexus, you have no clue about root. Throw in the fact that, a year before, you were claiming rooting was for "2plus year old devices" despite owning an Evo 4G at the time, which had a huge root community.
    2. If it weren't for *Google* buying out the company that initially developed Android, and then made Android available to anyone for *free*, there'd be no Android at all. No Android for the manufacturers (like the almighty Samsung) to tinker with. No Android for carriers to feel the need to "approve" on their networks. What an idiot
    3. If Google can "go to hell", then why don't you get a Tizen phone or an iPhone? Oh right, according to you, Apple "sucks monkey balls", and Tizen isn't available yet. Deal with it or shut up you big baby.
  • That gets me thinking......not sure I ever needed to download something from a third party app. Can you give any examples of needing to do this? Most of my downloads are from chrome, drive, box etc. No issues. I still have 4.3 on my note 3 as well. Works very well. I have kitkat on my note pro, and havent had any issues yet with downloading. Being that its rooted, I use ES to move downloads to the SDcard. If thats where I want to keep them.
  • If you have a music app downloader, screenshot or wallpaper downloader, etc
  • Hell just froze over... First post where he didn't say Plain and Simple! Nexus 5...enough said
  • They can keep 4.4.2 Kitkat don't need it. Posted from my Galaxy Note 3 on Tmobile via Android Central App
  • To follow up on this, I wound up rooting my phone to fix this "feature". Phone works again, but I wasn't really enthusiastic about being forced to root to retain my primary function uses of the phone.
  • The main reason this update is important IMO is to stop the My Magazine (flipbook) from locking up and freezing this device. Samsung's got flipbook/my magazine so deeply integrated into Touchwiz that you can't uninstall or turn My Magazine off. My GN3 is constantly freezing ruining what is otherwise a great device....I was a huge Samsung/Note fan, but this last round has me wondering.....with the frequency of these episodes, I'm looking hard at other devices...unless Sammy fixes this I'm no longer focused on the Note line. Lastly, just like South Koreas edict that bloatware has to be removable, US/North America needs to somehow convince Sammy we don't need all the bloat....load it up, that's fine, just make sure it's un