AT&T Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Update: 5 Things to Know

While it looked like the AT&T Galaxy S5 Lollipop update would become the carrier’s first Galaxy Android 5.0 upgrade, that honor actually goes to its Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update. Today, the AT&T Galaxy Note 4 update started to roll out and with that in mind, we want to take a look at what users need to know about AT&T’s first major Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop release.

In December, Samsung started pushing out its Galaxy S5 Lollipop update. In the weeks that followed, several US carriers pushed out their versions of the Galaxy S5 Lollipop release. Several weeks ago, AT&T confirmed the arrival of its Galaxy S5 Lollipop update and many believed that it would be first in line, just like it was on Verizon, Sprint and others. As it turns out, AT&T had different plans.


In a bit of a surprise, AT&T’s become the second US carrier to push out a Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update joining Sprint as the only two carriers to have one available. The update comes as a bit of a surprise given that AT&T’s Galaxy S5 Lollipop update is still unreleased and given that the carrier didn’t confirm a release or any pertinent details in the buildup up to the roll out.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update started pushing out in February and since then, it has delivered new features, enhancements and fixes to Samsung’s current flagship. AT&T’s update is no different and it’s going to bring major changes to a device that was released just back in October ahead of the holidays.


With the AT&T Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop roll out now live, we want to take a look at the most important things we think AT&T Galaxy Note 4 users need to know about the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update and its release. Our goal is to get users as prepared as possible for the Galaxy Note 4’s first major Android update from Samsung and Google.


Prepare Your Galaxy Note 4 Now

If you haven’t already, it’s now time to prepare yourself, and your AT&T Galaxy Note 4, for Lollipop’s arrival. We’ve outlined a number of steps to take before installing the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update and we’ve also prepared some Galaxy Note 4 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 and you need to be as prepared as possible.

AT&T Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Update Rolling Out Now

If you’ve prepared and you’re ready to roll, note that AT&T’s Galaxy Note 4 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 hit pay dirt today so we could see another slow roll out. Slow roll out or not, it’s worth checking your device’s settings to see if the update is available.


There are a few things you should know about the update. First, it’s massive, over 1GB in size. That’s massive for an Android update. 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 4 users will want to make sure that the device is connected to a high-speed Wi-Fi network. Otherwise, it could take awhile.


Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Features

This is a big update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Android 5.0 Lollipop brings some massive changes to the Galaxy Note 4 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 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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The AT&T Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release also comes with a few other notable features. AT&T’s update brings Find My Mobile, reactivation lock, and some improvements that are aimed at stabilizing the software. AT&T’s Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update change log doesn’t outline those enhancements in detail so users will just have to trust that they do their job.


Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Problems

Before you install the AT&T Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update right when it pops up, note that there are a number of Android 5.0 Lollipop problems plaguing owners of the Galaxy Note 4 on Sprint and other variants around the world. We’ve put together a list of Galaxy Note 4 problems that we think AT&T users need to be aware of before installing the software.


While we can’t force your hand, often times 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 as the roll out pushes ahead.

Get Familiar with Fixes

We also recommend getting familiar with fixes for Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop problems. That way, if you do run into some issues after getting the update on board, you’re going to be prepared to handle them.


We’ve tracked down some of the more common Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop problems and attached possible fixes to those issues. These fixes aren’t guaranteed to work but they are still worth knowing and in the case of an emergency, worth trying.

Battery life problems are among the most common Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 issues impacting device owners so in response, we’ve also put together an extensive set of fixes for Galaxy Note 4 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.