The official Samsung firmware for the Galaxy Note 3 has been pushed out OTA across the US, bringing Android 5.0 Lollipop to the device. But you can install Android 5.0 on your Note 3 manually if you need to, by following our tutorial below.
How to update Galaxy Note 3 to Android 5.0 with Kies
The easiest way to install the update is by using Samsung Kies. Download the latest version of Samsung Kies on your computer and connect your Galaxy Note 3 with a USB cable. Kies should notify you that there is an update available. Then you simply follow the steps to install it.
How to install Android 5.0 Lollipop on Galaxy Note 3 with Odin
If Kies doesn't let you update the Android 5.0 firmware, you can flash it manually using Odin. Here's how to do that.
Note: the Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware, build number N900XXUEBOA5, is official Samsung firmware for the Galaxy Note 3 LTE, SM-N9005. While the firmware is Polish, it will also work on any international Note 3. Attempting to flash this firmware on carrier-branded Note 3's may cause problems, so we don't advise it.
As always, manually tinkering with your device has risks involved. Please be aware of them before proceeding.
1. Unzip the downloaded firmware zip file on your computer.
2. Launch Odin.
3. Reboot your Galaxy Note 3 in download mode (Volume Down + Power + Home).
4. Connect your Galaxy Note 3 via USB cable to your computer and wait for Odin to recognize it (a blue box should appear next to ID:COM).
5. Make sure only Auto-Reboot and F.Reset Time are checked in Odin.
6. Make sure Re-Partitionis not checked.
6.5 If you're experiencing an ext4 error message, you need to download the correct PIT file for your device (Google your model number and "PIT file" to find one). Then check Re-Partition, click on the Pit tab and then the PIT button and locate the file. Then continue.
7. Click the AP button and locate the tar.md5 file in the unzipped firmware file and hit Start.
8. Wait patiently until the procedure ends and do not disconnect your Note 3. It may take a while.
9. You should see a green PASS message when successful.
10. Once your Galaxy Note 3 restarts, you should be running Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Now you can restore any backed up data. If you get stuck in a bootloop or encounter some buggy behavior, reboot your Note 3 in Fastboot (press and hold Volume up + Power + Home) and use the volume keys to navigate and the power button to access recovery mode. Clear the cache partition and then reboot.