Software update: Samsung Galaxy Note

Understanding the Update

Beginning February 4, the Samsung Galaxy Note will have a software update to Android version 4..0.4 / Baseband version T879UVMA1 via Over The Air (OTA) and Samsung Kies. This update provides security enhancements and improved user experience.


You can update in two ways:

  • Over the air (OTA) update to T879UVMA1: T-Mobile will push the update to your device sometime between February 4 and February 8. We cannot expedite how soon we send the OTA to individuals. See below steps to manually request the OTA update.
  • Manual download to T879UVMA1: If you did not receive the OTA, or don't want to wait for the OTA on your device, you can update via Samsung Kies. Ensure you are on the latest version of Kies prior to attempting the update. See to confirm the version.


Current Baseband VersionUpdate Status


This software version is current. Your device software is up to date.



  • The update is still being sent to customers via OTA until 2/8/2013. You must wait for the update to be delivered to your device. See above for steps to manually pull the update.
  • You can manually update to Android version 4.0.4/ Baseband version T879UVMA1. See above for steps to manually update via Kies.
Other versions

T-Mobile and Samsung will not send you a software update.


Devices with non-T-Mobile software versions are out of warranty and do not receive updates.


Software versions

Check the Software version.


Android version 4.0.4 / Baseband version T879UVMA1 - Current version

  • Version
    • Android version 4.0.4/ Baseband version T879UVMA1
    • Notification via Android Notifications
    • Approved 1/31/2012
    • OTA and Samsung Kies update available 2/4/2013
  • Improvements
    • Security enhancements
  • Prerequisites
    • Android version 4.0.4 / Baseband version T879UVLG3
    • Device software is not rooted
    • Latest version of Kies software downloaded on PC or MAC (If updating using Kies)
    • At least 50% battery life
    • Data connection
    • File size of update is 21 MB

Android version 4.0.4 / Baseband version T879UVLG3

Android version 4.0.4 / Baseband version T879UVLF5


Help & How to

Download update via OTA

Download or check for updates

To check for updates, follow these steps:


  1. From the Home screen, press the Menu key.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Touch About phone.
  4. Touch Software Update.
  5. Note: If the Software has been pushed to your phone, you will received prompts to download. If it has not, you will receive a 'No Firmware' message.

  6. Follow the on-screen prompts.
  7. Wait as your phone restarts and updates to Android version 4.0.4/ Baseband version T879UVMA1.


To download the Over the Air (OTA) software update, follow these steps:

  1. You will receive a notification message when the update is available for you.
  2. From the message Notification Screen, touch Download.
  3. Touch Install Now.
  4. Wait as your phone restarts and updates to Android version 4.0.4/ Baseband version T879UVMA1.


Manually update via Kies

Note: All troubleshooting support for the Kies desktop experience including installation, connectivity between handset and Kies as well as device OS updates should be forwarded to Samsung.


Installing Kies

    1. Download the most recent version of Kies by visiting (Select the SAMSUNG Kies version compatible with the PC)
      Note: Save the file to a desired location - the Desktop is recommended for easy access.
      Ensure you are on the most recent Kies version. If you attempt to check for Kies updates manually through the application, older versions may not recognize that there is a new version available. Compare your version number (found in Help > Kies Info) with that available through Samsung (click the file to download, on the download screen, the file name will include 2.x.x.x.xxxxx_, this is the current version available).
    2. Double click the Kies file. The program will self extract, no action is required

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    1. Select the desired Language and Location, then click Next.

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    1. Read the license agreement, check the box for "I accept..." and click Next.

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  1. Kies will begin the installation. No action is required.
  2. When the process is complete, click Finish.


Prepare the Samsung Galaxy Note

Note: USB Debugging is only needed when using a MAC to Update via Kies.

  1. From the Android home screen, press the Menu key and tap Settings.
  2. Tap Developer options.
  3. Tap Ok.
  4. Tap USB Debugging.
  5. Tap the Home key to exit the settings menu.
  6. Insert the USB data cable into the phone and then into an available port on the computer.
  7. Select Media device(MTP) at the phone prompt. The PC should recognize several devices and begin installation. This is normal and may take a few minutes. Unplug the data cable when completed.


Upgrade to Android version 4.0.4/ Baseband version T879UVMA1

Important: Verify you have backed up all of your data, including the contents of the internal (non-removable) SD card, to prevent unnecessary data loss.

    1. On the PC, open the Kies application.
    2. Connect the device to the computer using the included USB cable.
    3. Once Kies recognizes the device, a popup window will appear.

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    1. Click Update.
    2. Read the Caution statements and select the I have read... check box.
    3. If desired, select Allow saving to back up the device. If not, select Proceed without saving.
    4. Click Start Upgrade.
    5. The software will download to the PC, and then to the device.

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    1. When the update completes, the 'Firmware Upgrade Complete' window will appear.

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  1. Click OK to confirm.


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