T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 Update to N900TUVSFPL1

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900T has gotten a new update to version N900TUVSFPL1. It is said that the update brings another Android security patches and some system improvements. Though update will bumped the phone from build version N900TUVSFPH3 to N900TUVSFPL1, but  the latter OS will stay in Android 5.0 Lollipop.  For the record, this is now the 4th Android Lollipop update hitting on T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 alone.

Here are the details of the said update version N900TUVSFPL1:

  • Device Name: Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Model number: SM-N900T
  • Android version: 5.0
  • Android Security patch level: December 1, 2016
  • Baseband version: N900TUVSFPL1
  • Kernel version: 3.4.0–6005498
  • Build number: LRX21V.N900TUVSFPL1
  • AP: N900TUVSFPL1
  • CP: N900TUVSFPL1

Previous version:

  • Device Name: Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Model number: SM-N900T
  • Android version: 5.0
  • Android Security patch level: September 1, 2016
  • Baseband version: N900TUVSFPH3
  • Kernel version: 3.4.0–6005498
  • Build number: LRX21V.N900TUVSFPH3
  • AP: N900TUVSFPH3
  • CP: N900TUVSFPH3
  • CSC: N900TMBFPH3

Important Note Before Performing Software Update

According to Samsung you should prepare the following things before performing the software update. I will also add some useful insights why you should follow this procedures.

  • You should make sure your battery is fully charged before performing the software update. Do not also remove the battery during the software update is in progress. A power failures may cause damaged to your device that might results as we so-called   “soft-bricks”.  If this happens your device may just stuck on Samsung logo or welcome screen and can’t reboot normally.
  • You should back-up your important files, including contacts, emails, messages, photos, videos, apps and other stuff. Like I said while during software update process is interrupted there is a possibility that your data stored from your device internal SD card may lose or deleted when a sudden unexpected failure happens and it forces you to perform a factory.
  • Your device should not be modified or rooted, there is a certain circumstances that a modified and rooted Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may not accept any official software update anymore or it can accept an update but it might harm your device once the update has made.  Learn about the new Samsung KNOX security suite. Most known error that says ‘firmware upgrade encountered an issue, please select recovery mode in kies and try again‘ you should try to avoid that from happening.

Update to 5.0 Lollipop via Over-The-Air (OTA)

There are two types you can update your Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the first method is Firmware Update through over the air or called as OTA update, which usually a notification message will directly sent to you and saying that there is a new update available for download. You can also tap on your Galaxy Note 3 Settings > General tab, scroll to and tap System Update. It will automatically tells you that a new update is available or your software is up to date when there is none yet. You can simply tap the “Start” button when you want to perform an update or  “Postpone” if you want to install later.

Update to 5.0 Lollipop via Kies

The second method is a firmware update through Samsung Kies. You may head-over to your  local Samsung support page from where you can download Samsung Kies from there, and install it in your Windows or Mac computer.

Choose the new Kies 3 which supports the Galaxy Note 3 and other Samsung devices running with 4.4.2 and 5.0 Lollipop updates .  Once you installed Kies 3, all you need is connect your Galaxy Note 3 to the computer using the USB cable, then simply run and follow the on-screen Kies software update instructions.