Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update: 5 Things to Know

After a bit of a wait, the Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update is finally poised to push out to users across the United States. With a roll out ready to make its move, we want to take a look at what users need to know about the Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update and its release.

In late January, Samsung started rolling out its Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update. The update came as a bit of a surprise given that it beat the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update to the punch. As expected, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release included a number of big time changes including Material Design, changes to the lock screen and more.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release since then has been slow but steady. We’ve seen it land for a number of different carriers including service providers here in the United States. T-Mobile was first to the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update and it was soon followed by a number of other carriers including Sprint and Verizon. Today, we want add another name to the list.

The Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update is confirmed and it’s going to be heading out to Galaxy Note 3 users across the country. With that in mind, here’s what Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop users need to know about the update and the release.

Prepare for the Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update

Right now, ahead of the OTA, is a great time for Verizon Galaxy Note 3 users to prepare for the major changes coming with the carrier’s Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

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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 will help Verizon Galaxy Note 3 users with today’s release.

Verizon Note 3 users don’t need to follow them all but we suggest taking a look at them before making the move from Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 5.0 Lollipop. This is a big update, the biggest ever for the Verizon Galaxy Note 3.

Rolling Out OTA

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update is set to roll out starting today and most users should receive it within the week. Typically, Verizon’s Android updates roll out to users over the course of a few days.

Galaxy Note 3 users interested in making the move from Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 5.0 Lollipop will want to head into the device’s settings to manually check for the software. At some point, a download prompt will appear and the process will begin.

Samsung says that its Android 5.0 upgrades can take upwards of 30 minutes. Galaxy Note 3 users will also need a ton of free space to install Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA.

New Features

This is a big update for the Verizon 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 users should know about before installing. The Galaxy Note 3’s operating system will look a whole 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

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.

Verizon’s change log outlines many of these new features as well and the screenshots within show us what the device will look like with Google’s new operating system attached.

Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Problems

Before installing the Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update when it prompts, users need to know that there are a number of Android 5.0 Lollipop problems plaguing Galaxy Note 3 users in the United States and around the world.

We’ve put together a list of Galaxy Note 3 problems that Verizon Galaxy Note 3 users should know about before installing. There’s always some risk involved when installing a major Android update like Android 5.0 Lollipop and those that familiarize with potential issues and gather feedback from fellow Galaxy Note 3 users will come out of the upgrade process in much better shape.

It’s often better to wait a few days for the smoke to settle before installing a major Android update. Verizon’s community forums are a good place to start though Verizon Galaxy Note 3 users will want to branch out to social media and other forums as the update gains steam.

Fixes for Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Problems

Now that the update is rolling out, we recommend getting familiar with fixes for Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop problems.

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We’ve tracked down some of the more common Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop problems and brought some possible fixes to light. Granted, these fixes aren’t guaranteed solutions 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 Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop upgrade.

14 Comments

  1. David Zwick

    04/22/2015 at 8:01 am

    So far the only problem I have with the new OS is the ugly colors and look of it. Plus the very UNNECESSARY move of buttons to difficult (different) positions.

    Reply

  2. Roseann

    04/22/2015 at 9:49 am

    I can’t find my phone’s settings? It is very different tha64.4.4

    Reply

  3. Alex

    04/22/2015 at 11:04 am

    Just upgraded… AND REGRET IT A LOT! Everything is blinding white now and no way to fix that! Shame on goggle mimicking iphone stupidity.

    Reply

    • Sam AC

      08/08/2015 at 11:58 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment, I stopped software upgrade download since I read your comment.

      Reply

  4. p n

    05/10/2015 at 7:56 pm

    Horrible update, and you can’t go back! Battery life cut by 2/3. Lasts only about 4 hours with light use. GPS location constantly cycling on lock screen, and apps now lock up on a regular basis – something they never did before. DON’T DO IT!

    Reply

    • Sam AC

      08/08/2015 at 11:59 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment, I stopped software upgrade download since I read your comment.

      Reply

  5. Jim

    06/03/2015 at 6:40 am

    I have no problems with mine erything good lot more faster

    Reply

  6. Ivan Chong

    06/21/2015 at 10:47 pm

    very lag..almost everyday i have to do a restart. Not stable, ring tone volume, alarm, connection change automatically

    Reply

  7. Sham

    06/27/2015 at 8:19 am

    I HATE the new theme! Wish I could go back ;.;

    Reply

    • Sam AC

      08/09/2015 at 12:01 am

      Thank you so much for your comment, I stopped software upgrade download since I read your comment.

      Reply

  8. Dennis cook

    07/11/2015 at 8:37 am

    I can’t change wallpaper, camera stops working and now I can’t even get to the cache as the icon for the camera has disappeared in apps manager. Battery doesn’t last very long. I loved this note 3 before update. Ready to do factory reset or get new phone.

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  9. Sybil

    07/14/2015 at 3:46 pm

    The new look is catastrophic! I want to go back. I cannot look at my phone anymore – this is horrible!

    Reply

    • Sam AC

      08/08/2015 at 11:59 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment, I stopped software upgrade download since I read your comment.

      Reply

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