How to Update Verizon's Galaxy Note 3 to Android 4.4 KitKat

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Android 4.4 KitKat on Galaxy Note 3

While most Galaxy Note 3 owners received an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat months ago, Verizon Note 3 owners have been left out in the cold...until now. As of today, if you have the Galaxy Note 3 riding on Verizon's network, there's a way to upgrade to the latest version of Android without rooting your phone or downloading a third-party ROM. However, there's a catch; the carrier hasn't started delivering its update over the air to all users yet. Here's how to update your Verizon Galaxy Note 3 to KitKat using software on your PC.

1. Download and install Samsung Kies 3 on your PC if you don't already have it installed. Samsung Kies helps you manage your phone from your computer.

Samsung Kies2. Connect your Galaxy Note 3 to your computer via USB.

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3. Launch Kies. Kies will show a pop-up box that says "A new firmware version is available."


Samsung Kies4. Click Update.


Click update5. Install the Samsung USB Driver if prompted by Kies. The software will ask you to unplug your Galaxy Note 3 while the driver installs and then plug it in again afterwards.

Install USB driver

6. Click Start Upgrade after checking the agree boxes.Start Upgrade

The software will now take several minutes to download the update and install it on  your phone. During this time, you will see a progress bar showing the status on your PC . Do not use or disconnect your phone during the update. When your phone is finished updating, it will reboot.Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update status



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  • Stu Says:

    Tried this with my note3 with the latest kies software but it tells me I already have the latest firmware. which i dont.