T-Mobile and Samsung finally rolled out the official Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Galaxy Note 3 Android phablet. The firmware is dubbed as TUVUCNB4 and can be now easily installed on your device. This tutorial is showing you how to manually install Android 4.4.2 TUVUCNB4 KitKat OS on T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3, therefore apply the steps from below only if you want to use Odin for flashing the official Android update on your smartphone. Don’t worry, the guide can be easily completed even by a newbie, so don’t hesitate and check the guidelines from below.
TUVUCNB4 represents the official Android 4.4 KitKat OS that has been released by T-Mobile for the Galaxy Note 3 users. This operation is also official even though a manual flash procedure will be explained. You will not use complex or risky tools for applying the firmware on your Android smartphone as Odin is developed and offered by Samsung and not by third party devs. Thus, this procedure is similar with the OTA method, in both cases TUVUCNB4 software being installed on the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3.
A manual update operation is recommended for the users who are having troubles in receiving the OTA roll out. Also, the manual installation procedure should be used by those who have rooted the T-Mobile Note 3 or by those who have flashed a custom ROM firmware on their phablets – in that case the OTA release won’t be spotted at all. As you can already tell, if you have a rooted Android device, after applying this step by step guide, the root access will be revoked, as the stock Android 4.4 KitKat OS will be installed. Anyway, the tutorial is compatible with both rooted and locked T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3 so you have nothing to worry about.
TUVUCNB4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware is representing a major OS improvement. The software is coming with the latest features, apps and capabilities that are currently available on the Android platform, all being added on your Galaxy Note 3. Furthermore, the update is featuring important bug fixes and stability improvements which mean that TUVUCNB4 is stable and works without lags on the T-Mobile model of your SGN 3. According to those who have already flashed and tested the ROM, the update smoothly runs on the phablet and there are no reported issues by now.
With TUVUCNB4 Android 4.4 KitKat OS installed, your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 will run faster and better. You will receive more power from your device, the battery life will be improved and the Android system redesigned. So, as you can already see, you have all the reasons for updating your Android smartphone with the official release of KitKat system. In that matter, use the guidelines from below, and don’t apply things without consulting my indications as you can end up in messing things up and in bricking your device.
The first thing to do before heading to the proper steps is to backup the data which is saved on the internal storage memory of your phablet. Of course, by using Odin is unlikely to lose your data, but when talking about personal info, data and accounts you can never be too sure. Therefore, use compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play and save everything that you might need afterwards, including contacts list, call logs, EFS folder, market apps, internet settings and so on. Then, take a look over the list from below, where I have described the general pre requisites.
- Odin will have to be installed on a windows running computer, so ensure that you can use the same.
- Also, a connection between your Android smartphone and computer must be established, so make sure that your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 and its USB cable are near you.
- Due to same reasons, on your Android device enable USB debugging option; do that by going to “menu – settings – developer options”.
- Furthermore, on your computer temporarily disable the antivirus – like protection. Make sure that the security protection is deactivated or else some programs might interfere with the update operation.
- You need to charge your phablet especially if your device has less than 50% power left. If your Note 3 gets turned off in the middle of the flashing operation you will risk in bricking your device.
- TUVUCNB4 Android 4.4 KitKat OS has been officially released by Samsung only for the T-Mobile variant of Galaxy Note 3. Because of that this step by step guide is compatible only with the mentioned Android smartphone, so don’t try the next steps on other conditions as you can end up in bricking your Android device.
How to Install TUVUCNB4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Official Firmware on T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3
- Download Odin and place the file on your computer.
- Unzip the Odin package on desktop.
- Download the TUVUCNB4 update file from here and place the file on desktop.
- Unzip the firmware file on the same folder as Odin.
- On your computer install the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 drivers – use Samsung KIES in that matter.
- Also, on your PC run Odin.
- Turn off your phablet as download mode must be reached.
- For download mode, after turning off your phone, press Volume Down, Home and Power buttons at the same time.
- Then connect your device with the computer by plugging in the USB cable.
- Good, now take a look on Odin where the “added” message should be displayed and where the ID:COM section should turn in yellow or blue.
- If not, it means that the program isn’t recognizing your Android smartphone; so you should unplug the USB cord, close Odin and reinstall the Note 3 drivers. Then reapply the steps from above until it works.
- From Odin click on “PA” and choose the TUVUCNB4 Android 4.4 KitKat update files.
- Don’t make any other changes on Odin, just click on “start”.
- Wait a few moments while the program is installing the update on your smartphone.
- When it’s done, on Odin the “pass” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will turn green.
- You can then unplug the USB cable and reboot your SGN3.
In case after completing the steps from above your phablet gets stuck in a boot loop, try to do the following: reboot in recovery mode; from there select “wipe data factory reset”; also choose “wipe cache partition”; go back to main menu of recovery and select “reboot system now”. Also, in some cases, while using Odin the program might get stuck. If that happens, just close the program and unplug the USB cable; then reflash the drivers on the computer, reboot into download mode and repeat the update procedure from above. Finally, if you are experiencing any other issue, try to resolve the problems by using a dedicated step by step tutorial.
Good; that was all for today. You now know how to safely update the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to official Android 4.4 KitKat TUVUCNB4 firmware by using a suitable step by step guide. Give it a try and test the new software; don’t forget about us and use the comments field from below for sharing your experience with our team and with other T-Mobile users who might want to apply this official update on the Note 3.