A new software over the air update is finishing up for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The new build number is DTU1ANK3 and it issues the smartphone with a new version of Android 4.4.4 KitKat. It marks one of the last stages of software we’ll ever find for the KitKat name. Next up is the Android 5.0 Lollipop that everybody is talking about. Many of the Samsung Galaxy S5 handsets are finding that OTA arriving to the notification panels as we speak.

For now it’s all about the attention on the Note 4 and it’s chocolate goodness. If you don’t want to update OTA because you have root access, or you simply wish to install the file manually because you enjoy it, here’s the guide for you.

Note 4

Before we get into the steps, we should run through some of the essentials. The essentials are what we are calling a list of things to check over so you know what you are getting into, how to avoid trouble, how to get out of trouble if you do happen to find it, what you need to complete the guide and more.

  • Our first tip is backing up the data. We don’t automatically wipe the data by following an official firmware update. However, if something goes wrong you might need a factory reset. Factory resets are always going to wipe the ROM clean of any data that isn’t saved to the internal storage or external storage if your device permits that space.
  • Correspondingly, those with root access must apply a factory reset during the installation process. Unlike those running official stock Android before starting, you guys with root access will wipe the data during the reset. That means you must backup the device or else you will lose all of your pictures, videos and phone contacts.
  • Backup any Samsung device using Samsung Kies. Alternatively, you can sync the phone contacts, backup SMS texts and market apps by using Helium. Helium is exclusive to Android and you’ll find it available to download from the Google Play Store.
  • Moreover, you want to back up the EFS folder. Sometimes the International Mobile Equipment Identity number is wiped accidentally during the official OTA update. Solve that problem by installing the Samsung EFS backup app.
  • Saving the EFS folder does not assure you won’t have IMEI problems in the future. However, it does mean you have access to solve any problem to do with the IMEI.
  • Download Samsung Kies for installing the latest USB drivers if you don’t have them. There are alternate methods for finding the USB drivers. Search the official Sammy website or install them from a third-party link.
  • Disable the Kies utility before starting the steps because it can interfere with Odin.
  • The official Samsung developmental team make Odin for Windows PC. It does work for notebooks and laptop also. Check your machine has a USB slot mounted in the side for connecting the phone. If so, it’s going to work.
  • Check you are running a suitable version of Windows such as Windows XP through to Windows 8.
  • If you are running Windows 10 and having trouble completing the flashing from the Odin application, try installing the latest version of Odin.
  • Allow permissions for the USB Debugging mode. You find the check box available from the Settings menu. Turn on the device to find the Settings menu.
  • You don’t need to be an advanced Android user to flash official firmware files so long as you read over the guidance carefully.
  • Those of you using a laptop or notebook ought to plug the power cable into the wall outlet so the battery isn’t draining. You can’t want the computer shutting down during the flashing process.
  • Likewise, you don’t want the Note shutting down either. Check you have enough battery power on the phone. Those with USB charging can reply on that for most of the guide as the phone is plugging into the computer while flashing.

How to update the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with DTU1ANK3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat

  1. Turn on the computer and log in to your user account.
  2. Download N910GDTU1ANK3  firmware zip from here.
  3. Download Odin 3.09 here.
  4. Run administrator permissions from the app and leave it open on the desktop.
  5. Boot the phone in download mode.
    – Volume down + Power + Home keys.
  6. Connect the phone to the computer with the USB wire.
  7. Wait for the app to change the ID: COM port color.
  8. Wait for the messages displaying “added.”
  9. Click the AP button and upload the N910GDTU1ANK3 tar file.
  10. Leave the Auto reboot box.
  11. Leave the F Reset Time box.
  12. Don’t turn on the re-partition.
  13. Click start for the flashing.
  14. Wait for the ID: COM ports changing color once more.
  15. You will find a “pass” or “fail” message on the screen.
  16. Fails should start over with new USB drivers.
  17. Passes can begin shutting down.
  18. Disconnect safely by stopping the USB mass Storage device from the system tray.

If you are experiencing any problems while running the new firmware you can flash another firmware version of enter the recovery mode. The stock recovery mode that comes with each Android device is where you apply the factory resets. Resetting is your way out of trouble if you cannot find other solutions.