Saturday, February 4, 2017

Australia's Galaxy Note5 N920I Update N920IDVS3BQA3, Telstra Rolls out First

The Samsung Galaxy Note5 SM-N920I is also getting a new update to which now bumping to build version N920IDVS3BQA3. This month's Galaxy Note5 Android OS updates which dubbed as "Q" series are all the same thing, bringing not the Nougat goodies yet, but its the January 2017 Android security patches.

Those among with Telstra carrier in Australia will receive it first, while the rest such as Vodafone, Optus, and the factory unlocked version might also follow soon.  While in New Zealand and Singapore users will also get the same update build version.

Here goes the technical details:

What’s new in the update version N920IDVS3BQA3?

  • Android Security Updates - with security patch level Janaury 1, 2017.
  • Other global bug fixes, stability and performance improvements

Technical details :

Android version:

Android security patch level:
1 January  2017

Baseband version:

Kernel version:

Build number:




How to Update the Galaxy Note 5 via Over-The-Air (OTA)

The Over The Air (OTA) update requires you to connect your Galaxy Note 5 to a Wi-Fi network to avoid high data charges. Ensure that your device battery is recharged before performing the software  update. The phone must not have been rooted or otherwise the update may fail or it may cause a fatal error. You must fully unroot your Galaxy Note5 first before performing the software update.
  • From the device Home screen, simply touch Apps.
  • Touch the Settings (gear icon).
  • Touch the System tab.
  • Touch About device.
  • Touch Software update.
  • Touch Check for updates. It will then prompts you to the new software update.
  • Lastly, touch the Install button, then OK.

Update Galaxy Note 5 using a computer via Smart Switch

This method is always handy on some part, especially if you have missed the update and you’re left behind to the update’s scheduled dates that usually only took place and runs in weeks. You can still easily update your Galaxy Note 5 using your PC or Mac. All you need is a USB cable and then the Smart Switch firmware update tool. Smart Switch is similar to the before Kies that have been used to older devices. Also, Smart Switch has the capability to back up and restore your data in just a few clicks away.
  1. Download Smart Switch for PC and MAC computers version and then  install it on your computer.
  2. Connect your Galaxy Note 5 on your computer using the USB cable.
  3. Run Smart Switch, then wait until it recognizes the connection of the device. If the update is available it will automatically prompt you to update your device.
  4. Click on the Update button. Some other steps like on how to backup and restore your data is included in the instructions.

Again do not touch the phone like disconnecting the USB cable if the software update has started. You may need to wait much longer while updating via Smart Switch as your firmware is being served by Samsung itself. The Smart Switch firmware file is a much larger to the ones released via Over The Air but were still the same file.