How to update the Galaxy Note 4

To get the most from your android phone it is a wise move to make sure it always runs the latest available version of the Android Os. By default most phones checks for available updates automatically but that might just be a bit too slow for your taste. Keep reading to learn how to manually check for the latest Android Version.

When the Galaxy Note 4 hit consumers across the globe in the late part of 2014 it shipped with Android Version 4.4.4. Since then we have already received a number of relatively small updates. These days Android 5.0 lollipop is seeding to  Note 4 and Note 3 users in Europe.

I know that you are eager to get started but before you do, please take a moment to backup a few important things from your phone. If you are not sure how to, be my guest and check out our : How to backup Android contacts, and How to backup Android photos tutorials.


How to update the Galaxy Note 4

How to check for latest Android version on the Galaxy Note 4

  • Pull down the notification area on your note by swiping down from the top of the phones screen.
  • Press the gear symbol in the top right corner of the notification area.
  • Scroll down to the very bottom of the next screen and press “About device”.
  • Now press “Software updates” which will take you to the next screen.
  • Depending if you are on a data plan which includes lots of mobile data traffic I suggest you hit “Wi-Fi only” before proceeding as some of these updates can be more than 1GB in size.
  • Make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi and press “Update now”.
  • Press ok on the next screen, and your Galaxy Note 4 will connect to Samsung servers to check for available updates.
Note 4 latest available version already installed

If you get this pop up it means you already have the latest available software version.

Do not panic if you got the pop up as seen in the image above. It simply means that your device can’t get it just yet. You might have heard that the Note 4 already started receiving the lollipop update. Unfortunately this does not mean everyone gets it at the same time.

Most times these updates rolls out a few countries at a time, and as if that was not enough sometimes your cell phone carrier needs to customize Android before releasing it to its customers.

If you are having any problems at all getting your phone updated be sure to drop us a line in the comments section below.

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I am the owner and main contributor to this website. Throughout the years I've owned an embarrassing number of Android phones. Too many to mention in fact. Lets just say it started with the HTC legend and I'm now on the Galaxy Note 4.

21 thoughts on “How to update the Galaxy Note 4

  1. Please, I wa to know if there’s recent update for my Note4 in Nigeria. I’m still running on 5.0.

  2. I have updated my apps. But I keep getting emails welling me my apps are not running the latest version. Did a factory reset now some of the apps gone. Help

  3. Good day. I recently received a Samsung galaxy note 4 from my friend. However whenever I try to do software update it keeps telling me that this service is not available.

    It used to be on the Tmobile network but it is an open phone hence why I am able to use it in Jamaica on our Digicel network.

    Can you please assist me?

    With thanks

  4. Hi I live in Australia and on the Samsung note 4 setting update now the message last checked on 1/12/2016 is present now when I go to update the message unable to download comes up then a network or server error occurred. try again latter always appears the phone gas android version 5.1.1 I believe that the current version is 7.something any thoughts on how I can correct this problem?

  5. my note4 was giving me a notification for update when I pressed update now, it started the update then suddenly turned off. I didn’t touch the phone for few days. after that I tried to switch it on, it starts and shows samsung logo then the screen turns black… what to do now???

  6. Conner hall says:

    I having trouble with my note 4,it’s over heating and and if I don’t keep it plug in.It will shut off and flashes samsung,until I plug it back in.

  7. Sofrware update option is missing in my note 4 there is only “System update” option. What to do please help.

  8. my phones keeps saying that i have the latest version installed in my pc tho its just lolliipop. I want it to be marsh mallow

  9. I have an unlocked Note 4 from BH Photo . It came with KiTKAT. I tried to update but it says phone already up to date with latest. Samsung Keys says the same thing. Model is SM-910T2
    Build # – 910T2UVU2AOG1
    Please help. Thanks

  10. My phone is unlocked from T-Mobile to a T-Mobile prepaid account so I’m pretty sure I have to do all updates manually but when I try I always get this message:
    “Unable to update the software. A network or server error occurred. Try again”
    Any ideas or tips??

  11. I recently read that Android has rolled out a new version of its software but when I tried to update….The note 4 model SM 910F won’t update or show anything like new software version available.

  12. I’ve been trying to update the software of my Note 4, although it only gives me a message saying “the software of this phone has been altered. Please try to update via Samsung Kies”, and even with Kies, it doesn’t install and update. Any ideas?

  13. Should I download the Spirit update or will it just cause another phone to crash?

  14. The last time I tried to download a Sprint update on my Note 4 it crashed and i had to get a replacement. . I am now being prompted to update yet again. Wondering does anyone know if I will end up with the same headaches?

  15. try to update my note 4 but it takes forever to update ,started updating today at 8am and its now 12.30 its still at 3%,wat shld l do??????

  16. I had to do a factory reset because I was having a lot of problems I just had the game tap titans installed and was playing it so I know my note 4 can be updated but when I try it says that it is up to date which I know is not true please help

  17. I tried out many times to upgrade my note 4 to android marshmallow but it is showing server down every time

  18. I the update but after waiting about an hour my phone said that the update was interrupted. I have tried to update my phone about 3 times and nothing is happing. What should I do?

  19. Hi, I can’t upgrade my handset to lollipop from kit kat. I can download the upgrade but when I install it, it says error and that’s it. No more information is given. Any idea what’s up?

  20. Hi,
    My Samsung Galaxy note 4 is currently on version 5.0.1.
    I had previously had update notifications to update it further. But I had not updates and had turned off automatic updates.
    Now my phone has an unfixable issue of getting no phone service. I can still connect to the wifi, and so was hoping to install the software update through the “Software updates” settings page over wifi. I thought this update may fix my “no service” issue. I had got my service provider (Telstra) to replace my SIM card, but that didn’t fix the issue
    But the software update is not working; when i press on “Update now”, it pops-up with “Checking for software updates”, but finds nothing.

    How do I force the software update?

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