AT&T Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update: 5 Things to Know

AT&T has announced the start of yet another major Samsung Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop release. In addition to the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update, AT&T’s announced the start of its Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update. With that in mind, we want to take a look at what users need to know about AT&T’s second major Galaxy Android 5.0 release of the day.

For weeks, AT&T customers have been peppering the company’s social media accounts with questions about its Android 5.0 Lollipop roll out. The company answered most of those questions with vague responses though the carrier did confirm a Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop release. Today, the company is finally starting to roll out its Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop update though it’s not the Galaxy S5 that’s making the move from Android 4.4 to Android 5.0. At least not yet.


Earlier today, AT&T announced the start of a Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop release. The update started rolling out out of the blue and it brings a ton of new features, enhancements and fixes to owners of AT&T’s current Galaxy Note flagship. As it turns out, AT&T wasn’t done.

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A short time ago, AT&T announced the arrival of its Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update. The Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update has been rolling out since late January though it remains very limited in the United States. Up until today, T-Mobile was the only carrier offering a Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop upgrade to customers. Today, AT&T has joined it.


As expected, AT&T’s Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release is a substantial upgrade and it brings a ton of changes to the aging former flagship. With the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop roll out now live, we want to take a look at the most important things we think users need to know about the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update and its release. Our goal is to get users as prepared as possible for the Galaxy Note 3’s second major Android update from Samsung and Google.


Prepare Your Galaxy Note 3

If you haven’t do so already, it’s now time to prepare yourself, and your AT&T Galaxy Note 3, for Android 5.0’s arrival.

We’ve outlined a number of steps to take before installing the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update and we’ve also prepared some Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 release date tips that are going to help you with today’s release. You don’t need to follow them all but we suggest taking a look at them before making your move. This is a big update, the biggest ever for the AT&T Galaxy Note 3, and you need to be as prepared as possible.

AT&T Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update Rolling Out Now

If you’ve prepared yourself and your device and you’re ready to roll, note that AT&T’s Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update is rolling out right now. AT&T’s been known to roll its updates out in batches over an extended period of time and we’ve only a seen a few people get the update but we should see the carrier make a major push this week. It’s worth checking your settings to see if the update is available right now, just don’t become obsessed with checking.

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There are a few things you should know about AT&T’s latest Galaxy Note 3 update. First, it’s massive, over 1GB in size. That’s big for an Android update and it means that the installation will take time.

You also have to use Wi-Fi to download the software. The installation time will vary based on connection speed so AT&T Galaxy Note 3 users will want to make sure that the device is connected to a high-speed Wi-Fi network. Otherwise, the process could take quite a bit of time.

Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Features

As we mentioned, this is a big update for the AT&T Galaxy Note 3. Android 5.0 Lollipop brings some massive changes to Samsung’s aging former flagship including Material Design. Those who aren’t familiar with the changes will want to take a look at our Android 4.4 KitKat vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop comparison. It will go over some of the basics that you really should know about before installing. Your OS is going to look at lot different with Android 5.0 on board.

Android 5.0 vs Android 4.4 Walkthrough: What’s New in Lollipop

Android 5.0 vs Android 4.4 - Lockscreen

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Android 5.0 vs Android 4.4 - Lockscreen

 With Android 5.0 Lollipop Google has slightly improved the lockscreen. There's now a shortcut to the dialer by swiping left to right, and notifications are more useful and interactive. Shown right on the lockscreen they can be swiped away, slide down to expand, or double tap to instantly unlock right into that app or notification. Everything is simple and smooth, and we still have full-screen album artwork on the lockscreen while playing music.

The quick shortcuts and improved notifications will come in handy for all users.


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AT&T’s change log doesn’t highlight any changes outside of the Android 5.0 Lollipop software though we do expect there to be some fixes and enhancements under the hood.

Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Problems

Before you install the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update when it prompts, you need to know that there are a number of Android 5.0 Lollipop problems plaguing owners of the Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile and other variants around the world. We’ve put together a list of Galaxy Note 3 problems that we think you AT&T users need to be aware of before installing.

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There’s no guarantee that you’ll run into these problems after installing Android 5.0 Lollipop but you would be smart to familiarize yourself with the struggles of your fellow Galaxy Note 3 users. This way, you won’t panic if you do run into something.

More often than not, it’s better to wait a few days for the smoke to settle before installing a major Android update. That way, you can get a feel for the initial problems plaguing the software and gather feedback from fellow users. AT&T’s community forums are a good place to start though you’ll want to branch out to social media and other forums as the update gains steam.

Get Familiar with Fixes

Now that the update is rolling out, we highly recommend getting familiar with fixes for Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop problems. That way, if you do run into some issues after getting the update on board, you’re going to be ready.

We’ve tracked down some of the more common Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop problems and attached possible fixes to those issues. These fixes aren’t guaranteed to work but they are still worth knowing.

Battery life problems are among the most common Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 issues impacting device owners so in response, we’ve also put together an extensive set of fixes for Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop battery life problems. Those of you looking to make the move to Android 5.0 would be wise to consult those fixes both before and after the upgrade.