Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Install Stock OTA 4.4.2 KitKat N900TUVUCNB4 Galaxy Note 3 N900T (T-Mobile) Update Firmware

Samsung and T-Mobile's has juts rolled out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900T.  Official firmware 4.4.2 KitKat update comes in build number N900TUVUCNB4, an update from previous version - 4.3 N900TUVUBMI7.  The stock OTA firmware and Odin flashable file N900TUVUCNB4 is now also available for download for those who have had been rooted their Galaxy Note 3 and now might be facing issues updating to the official 4.4.2 KitKat via OTA.

Firmware build details of the 4.4.2 KitKat N900TUVUCNB4:

Device Name: Samsung Galaxy Note3
Model number: SM-N900T
Country: U.S.A.
Carrier: T-Mobile
Android Version: 4.4.2 (KitKat)
Baseband Version: N900TUVUCNB4
Kernel Version: 3.4.0-660648
Build Number: KOT49H.N900TUVUCNB4
Build Date – 12, February 2014
Release Date – 06, March 2014


  • OS uprade -(Kit OS 4.4.2)

  • Music Album art will be displayed on the lockscreen while palying music

  • The new launcher settings menu has been added. (Home screen, SMS)

  • Camera shortcut is added on the lock screen.

  • Improved the User Interface and Stability

  • Some changes may vary depending on country or network operator.

Despite of the addressed changes, the Art is nowhere to be found but the camera shortcut in the lock screen is in there, from which you can now also set the lockscreen shortcut to custom. The status bar icons has now change into just a solid white-grey and the stock keyboard is replaced by new Samsung keyboard which also equipped with "Emoji". In Addition, speed and smoothness for browsing and running the default apps are also improved.

The stock firmware below is only for those who did not get this update through ‘OTA’ over-the-air or even Kies and had faced issues like “Software Update Failed” or “This device is not supported with kies” and any similar errors. So again, if you want to have the 4.4.2 KitKat update installed on your Galaxy Note 3 just simply grab the 4.4.2 N900TUVUCNB4 stock firmware from the sources below, for this is your other last resort. One more thing, the 4.4.2 update now equipped with a secured bootloader which similarly found on 4.3 updates, some circumstances is that you cannot revert back to the older software update version, for this breaks the bootloader image once gets re-written. So make sure to be aware with that if you are planning to install any ROMs that still based on 4.3 , or 4.2.2. If you are also rooted then you’ll lose root once the 4.4.2 installation has made, that’s because official firmwares wipes-out any modification you have made or installed in your device.

Upgrade T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900T to Official Android 4.4.2 KitKat N900TUVUCNB4 (OTA Update Firmware via Stock Recovery and Odin Flashing method)

Disclaimer: This method are used by Android developers and advanced users only. If ever this is your first time heard about this procedure, please make a careful research first before proceeding. We shall not be held any responsibility if anything happens to your device from using this guide. Proceed at your own risk!

Warning: This stock ROM is only compatible for Galaxy Note 3 N900T  with SM-N900T (T-Mobile)  specific model only. Do not ever try to use this firmware on other Samsung Galaxy Note 3 variants.

Q: Will I lose root once installed the N900TUVUCNB4 update?
A: Yes, this will restore your device into official firmware.
Q: Can I install root again once upgraded to N900TUVUCNB4  4.4.2 KitKat version?
A: Yes, this firmware build can be rooted, but be aware about the new KNOX security platform hidden inside the system that  completely voids the warranty of your device once gets tripped by means of rooting or installing any custom recovery. This sets “KNOX warranty Void: 0×1 from 0×0″ (You can see this when you set your device in download mode). This cannot be reset by any hacking method except by Samsung service personnel using a special reset tool of-course.

Download  the original N900TUVUCNB4 Stock Firmware:

Stock Odin Firmware N900TUVUCNB4:
Download - N900TUVUCNB4 4.4.2 Stock Firmware


Before you proceed prepare these necessary things as follows so you’ll not screwed-up your phone:
- If your phone is currently rooted or runs with custom ROM, including custom recovery and modified kernel and any other unsigned system images. You must have reverted back your Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900T to the official 4.3 N900TUVUBMI7 firmware,  unless or otherwise you’ll only get “Authentication” error or failure upon installation.
- Create a back-up all your personal data, like: Contacts, Messages, Applications, Pictures and Videos, so that you will not lost it just in-case something might went wrong after the update.
- Make sure that your Galaxy Note 3 battery is fully charged to ensure stability and to get rid pf power failure issues while updating.
- Close all softwares, such as KIES suite, Antivirus, firewalls, to prevent the possible conflict.
- Prepare a personal computer or laptop with Windows OS.

Stock Firmware 4.4.2  N900TUVUCNB4 Odin Flashing Procedures:

Odin downloader -  Odin3_v3.09 
USB Driver - Drivers are here

1) Extract the downloaded N900TUVUCNB4 firmware or stock ROM. Use winzip, 7zip,winrar or any decompressing program you have in your computer.
2) Run Odin3_v3.09 flasher program.
3) Just click on the PDA button then select and load the the N900TUVUCNB4 firmware.
‘N900TUVUCNB4 _N900TTMBCNB4_N900TUVUCNB4 _Home.tar.md5′
DO NOT check ‘Re-Partition’ option.
leave these checked: Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time check-boxes.
4) Reboot the Galaxy Note 3  into Download Mode: Turn it Off first. Now Press and hold the Volume Down, HOME and Power ON button at the same time). You will then presented into a “Warning Message” screen, just press the Volume Up to continue. Once the Android robot and a “Downloading” message appears.
5) Connect USB data cable to Phone. The ID:COM box will highlight and turn to a bluish color when the phone is properly connected and already recognized with Odin.
6) Tick the ‘START’ button when all is set and ready to begin flashing.
7) DO NOT Interrupt, touch nor do anything when the phone is already in flashing progress mode. You’ll messed up the phone if you accidentally interfere the installation. Wait until a word “PASS” appears on the left side of the Odin screen, it is an indication that the installation successfully completes. (If you get failed errors, check the USB connection condition, repeat the whole process)
8.Wait until the phone completely reboots, then unplug it from PC.
Do factory reset again after flashing.
This is only optional just in-case you’ll experience bootloops and lag issues after flashing.
Press and hold Volume Up+ Home+Power button, then select the Wipe Data/Factory Reset, to gain a fresh firmware installed.


  1. There is no "PDA" option in Odin 3.09.

  2. I don't understand why you can't do the OTA update if you have root. What if you are rooted by are running stock flash? It still won't work?

    The only reason I rooted was for Xposed modules.

  3. OTA update comes with smart security authentication, it scans your device first for any modification before it let's you update. US carriers had always been acknowledged this "Your device must NOT ROOTED" to perform an update.

  4. Thank you helping my phone get back to work.
    my phone was restarting over and over again because i tried to rom my phone into HongKong version.
    I could not find anything about EFS backup for N900T.
    so I downloaded a efs app from Google Play and it is the first one of the list. The app was almost destroying my device.
    Nevertheless, your article save my phone.
    I really appreciate you worte this.
    Thank you!

  5. I have a N900T with factory FW 4.3, i have rooted and unlocked with APP by ChainFire. If i update to 4.3 stock and flash 4.4.2 stock rom, i lose the unlock?

    When a i put in download mode say anything as: A1, C1, D1... what is this? this code change if i flash KK?