Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Note 4 finally updated to Android 5.1.1

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Note 4 finally updated to Android 5.1.1
Verizon customers with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 aren't getting Android 6.0 today, but they are in the process of receiving the update to Android 5.1.1. Yes, it's late and adds to Verizon's reputation as the U.S. carrier that is usually last to push out updates. Sprint had Android 5.1.1 on the device as early as August. In October, AT&T updated the phablet and a month later T-Mobile followed suit.

Last month, Galaxy Note 4 owners in Hungary were the recipients of an OTA update containing Android 6.0, and a video of the handset running Marshmallow was quickly disseminated. The U.S. carrier update could start taking place sometime during the current quarter.

Android 5.1.1 includes certain bug fixes and security updates, and also allows the Note 4 to support Android for Work. The latter allows users to separate their work apps from their personal apps. Work data is secure from malware, allowing the user to bring his own phone to the office. The update also removes the Amazon Appstore and certain pre-loaded Amazon widgets from the phone.

Before you start the process of updating your Verizon branded Galaxy Note 4 to Android 5.1.1, you need to make sure that your battery is charged to at least 50%. And before downloading and installing the files, you should have the device connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Thanks for the tip!

source: Verizon

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Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. maherk

Posts: 6926; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Samsung should be ashamed of themselves, there is no reason why the 2015 flagships shouldn't be running on marshmallow as of now, nor their more than capable 2014 flagships. What's more frustrating is them insisting on not giving the Note 4 and S5 the same software features as their successors.

2. ph00ny

Posts: 2048; Member since: May 26, 2011

Samsung? You can thank verizon for this one.

3. maherk

Posts: 6926; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Well my Sister's Note 4 is still running on 5.0.1, and the last time I checked, we have no Verizon here in Lebanon. Their update policy and system is wrecked and needs some sort of revolution.

5. ph00ny

Posts: 2048; Member since: May 26, 2011

My wife's Note 4 has been running 5.1 for quite some time. It's nothing new for verizon to take their sweet time with updates

6. willard12 unregistered

I'm guessing that in Lebanon they don't pre-load the Amazon apps. With bug fixes and security updates being sent out monthly, are you looking forward to your sister getting support for Android for Work?

9. maherk

Posts: 6926; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What?? Lol

23. willard12 unregistered

What do you want from the update? What are you missing that the update will give you? What problem do you have in which the solution is an update? better?

18. viper7916

Posts: 25; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

My note 4 here in Canada has been running 5.1.1 for awhile now.

11. Shocky unregistered

International devices were already on 5.1.1. (contract and simfree) , if you get the updates later than everybody else then the carrier is the only one to blame.

15. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

The International version of note 4..has been well receiving prompt and non-problematic update, mine eg received an auto update from 4.4.4 to 5.1.1 directly in August .. And also has gotten more mini updates since.. People have a loud outcry on updates which is fair but sometimes force Samsung to send unstable updates that wreck their phones.. Imo I think Sammy should improve on timing but also give stable updates.. Glad my note 4 is as smooth or getting more smooth since I bought some over a year in usage now

17. srgonu

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

What is the model you have?. Does it work on T-mobile 4G ?

4. torr310

Posts: 1667; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It's to blame on all bloatware they tried to add!

7. ph00ny

Posts: 2048; Member since: May 26, 2011

Not to mention occasionally gimping manufacturer added features

8. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014


10. AkoSiKuting

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Finally update to lollipop, in 2016. Beauty of Android :)

13. tedkord

Posts: 17388; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The beauty of Android is that even if you're still on lollipop, you're more advanced than the competition. Beautiful indeed.

19. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Nice reply!!

20. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Lots of kickouts in troll academy nowadays.

12. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Still waiting for 5.1.1 for my S5.........

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I know some of the blame lies on Verizon but shame on you Samsung for not giving the very capable Note 4 some of the features of the Note 5, particularly the ability to pull out the S-Pen and take a note on a black screen. The Note 4 is still a capable device. It shouldn't be left in the dark.

16. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Seems it's getting that feature with marshmallow and I hope the theme engine too...

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

This is why phone makers need to make carriers provide their app to the app store like everyone else. No baked in carriers apps. They can either provide a icon that is a download link, or make it available in the app stores. That way Samsung can directly update the device. Eliminate carriers as the middleman for OS updates.

24. ph00ny

Posts: 2048; Member since: May 26, 2011

Amen to this!!!

22. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

(In Dwayne Johnson's voice) "Finally Android 5.1.1 has come back to Galaxy Note 4!"

25. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Meanwhile my cheap, none premium, Moto G 3rd gen is running And. 6.0. Folks soon will be moving to N.

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