The official N900TUVUDNF4 Android 4.4.4 firmware build is now live for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at T-Mobile. Use this tutorial if you want to learn how to successfully update your smartphone manually without waiting for T-Mobile to release the new firmware in your region.
If you want to learn more about this release and what it brings new, then you can check our news article here. There are enough new things added and you should give it a try if you wish to greatly enhance the performance of your phone.
This is a guide that should be used by T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 users who don’t want to wait for the official roll out to arrive in their region. All the info listed below should teach you how to manually flash a new update for their devices, but before starting the update you need to read the preparation info below:
- use this post only with the T-Mobile variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
– your phone should have the SM-N900T model number.
– check the model number under Settings> About Phone.
– if the N900T version isn’t listed, then you shouldn’t use this guide.
– do not try to update any other Android device with the files that you will find in the tutorial.
- download and install the Samsung USB Drivers for your computer.
– the drivers will make your phone visible to your PC and it will allow Odin3 v3.09 to flash the new N900TUVUDNF4 Android 4.4.4 update.
– Odin is the app that we will use to install this new firmware for your device.
- make sure that you have disabled the Samsung KIES and any antivirus application from running on your PC.
- enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
– in case Developer Options isn’t shown under Settings, then you will need to enable it first.
- if your T-Mobile Note 3 is rooted, then by installing a new stock update you will revoke its root access.
– the process will also replace any custom Recovery that you might have installed on your device.
- in case your device has a custom ROM installed on it, then your phone will be wiped clean in the process.
– however, the files stored on the internal and external storage won’t be affected by this process.
– the only part wiped will be the system partition, that’s where the custom ROM is installed and you will lose installed apps and some other similar files.
– if you want to save data from installed apps, SMS text messages or other similar files, then you can use Helium for Android.
– Contacts and People details can be synced with your default Gmail account.
- this is a post for advanced users, do not blame us in case you end up bricking your device.
– make sure that the phone’s battery charge level is over 50%, this will prevent it from switching off during installation.
- read the whole guide and do not skip any steps if you want to complete update at your first attempt.
Continue to the next part of this post when you’re ready to start the updating process of your phone.
How to flash Android 4.4.2 N900TUVUDNF4 Update for T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3:
- Download the N900TUVUDNF4 zip from here.
– note that you will need to create an account with SamMobile in order to download the file from their server.
- Extract the contents of the zip after the download is complete.
– you will obtain the N900TUVUDNF4 tar.md5 file extension, don’t extract any further than that.
- Download Odin3 v3.09 zip from here.
– extract the contents of the zip file and save them on your PC.
- Power off your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 now.
- Next, boot it in Download Mode.
- Launch Odin3 v3.09 executable on your computer.
- Use the USB Cable and connect the TMO Note 3 to your PC.
– wait for Odin to detect the device, then continue to the next step.
– if the phone is not detected you will need to re-install the Samsung USB Drivers.
- Go to Odin’s main menu and click on ‘AP’ option.
- Next, find the N900TUVUDNF4 tar.md5 file. Load it in Odin.
– make sure that the ‘Re-Partition’ option is not enabled.
– don’t edit other default settings.
- When ready for the update to begin you will have to press ‘START’ button.
– note that the installation process will take more than five minutes, do not press any buttons until all files are flashed.
- Odin will alert you when the Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update is successfully installed on your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3.
– unplug the device from PC only when Odin says ‘PASS’.
– note that this first boot process of the new ROM will take a while before it loads all the new files.
- Use your login details in order to take control over your device once again.
That’s it, now your Galaxy Note 3 T-Mobile smartphone should be running the latest build Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Start testing all the new things added by this installation. If the installation was completed without problems you can close this guide.
If you’ve encountered problems or in case your device isn’t running as it should with the new firmware, then you should read the ‘notes’ below, too. You can use the comments field if you have a more complex problem, but make sure to leave a detailed comment, so that we will be able to come up with a viable solution.
In case Odin says ‘FAIL’ the update wasn’t completed and you will have to repeat the whole guide more than once. Check the guidelines above the tutorial, make sure that the T-Mobile Note 3 device meets all requirements and that you know what you’re doing.
If Odin says that the update was passed, but your phone is unable to get past the Samsung boot animation, then you will have to apply a ‘factory reset’. This process will also need to be used in case you’ve installed the new update over a custom ROM.
Here’s what you need to do:
- power off the phone completely.
- boot it in Recovery Mode.
- select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
- confirm process.
- return to the main custom recovery screen and then reboot your device in normal mode.
These were all the steps that you had to take in order to learn how to update your device with a brand new Android firmware.