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[HOW TO] Disable OTA Update (G-Note 3) Notifications!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The user lordazoroth originally posted this method here in the T-Mobile SGSIII forum. However, I have confirmed that it works with the Note 3 (at least with the Verizon variant) with one small difference. Feel free to give us both a "THANKS" if this helped you out.

You can disable the OTA Update notification by following the steps below. Just be aware that there is a small change in STEP #3.

Solution:
Step 1. Delete the update located in /cache/fota/ (may be /data/fota) and then click the update notification prompt to install it, it will instantly fail and the notification will disappear. (My phone rebooted and tried to install the update - this is the point where my Note 3 gave the update failed notification. I just rebooted the phone and went to STEP #2.)
Step 2. Disable otacerts.zip located in /etc/security by renaming it to otacerts.zip.bak
Step 3. Disable FotaClient.apk and FWUpgrade.apk by renaming with .bak extensions located in /system/app/
Step 4. Reboot

(NOTE: The difference in STEP #3 for the Galaxy Note 3 is that the [FotaClient.apk] is named [LocalFotaClient.apk] instead of just [FotaClient.apk]. All of the other steps are the same.

Continue running JB 4.3 and enjoy your Note 3 without that nagging update notification!
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16th May 2014, 08:00 PM |#2  
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But the kitkat update is awesome... so you might want to reconsider doing this

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16th May 2014, 08:29 PM |#3  
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Wouldn't just freezing the "SDM" app do the trick? And possibly "FWUpgrade", although i heard that just SDM works
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Wouldn't just freezing the "SDM" app do the trick? And possibly "FWUpgrade", although i heard that just SDM works

You're right. Freezing just sdm would do the trick lol

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21st May 2014, 06:40 PM |#5  
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You're right. Freezing just sdm would do the trick lol

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Say I'm not using TiBu. Can I use root explore to change something with sdm or should I just do what was originally posted?

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Say I'm not using TiBu. Can I use root explore to change something with sdm or should I just do what was originally posted?

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I personally use ROM Toolbox to do it
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I got the annoying OTA update today... I DON'T WANT TO UPDATE!!! Why can't they give us an option instead of forcing it down our throats?

Is there any way to disable the update WITHOUT ROOTING? I read everywhere you need ROOT ACCESS to delete the SDM.apk FILE and such. I can't delete it without root.

How can I get rid of the annoying update WITHOUT ROOTING or what is the easiest way to gain root without wiping out everything and starting over?
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As of this morning...Verizon seems to be trying to "ram the update" onto your note 3

I was rooted and safestrapped on MJE and when I unplugged my phone from the charger this morning...I had a notice that the update failed to install.

I had previously downloaded, but removed the download.

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I got the annoying OTA update today... I DON'T WANT TO UPDATE!!! Why can't they give us an option instead of forcing it down our throats?

Is there any way to disable the update WITHOUT ROOTING? I read everywhere you need ROOT ACCESS to delete the SDM.apk FILE and such. I can't delete it without root.

How can I get rid of the annoying update WITHOUT ROOTING or what is the easiest way to gain root without wiping out everything and starting over?

rooting (with jb roms, for us vzw n3 owners) does not wipe anything at all. Kingo is easy. There's how-to threads and vids.


Edit: This is what I recommend. ..

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2543386

Edit 2: no way to disable the ota update notification w/o root.
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rooting (with jb roms, for us vzw n3 owners) does not wipe anything at all. Kingo is easy. There's how-to threads and vids.


Edit: This is what I recommend. ..

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2543386

Edit 2: no way to disable the ota update notification w/o root.

OMG!! I was able too root easily, but the stupid OTA update popped up and I accidentally hit the UPDATE button. Now it rebooted on its own and went into this RECOVERY MODE and it's trying to update... I removed the battery out right away... HOW CAN I CANCEL IT?! OMG! Somone help me please. It was going so well and I can't believe the stupid popup got me...

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Am I doomed??? OMG I hate you Verizon
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OMG!! I was able too root easily, but the stupid OTA update popped up and I accidentally hit the UPDATE button. Now it rebooted on its own and went into this RECOVERY MODE and it's trying to update... I removed the battery out right away... HOW CAN I CANCEL IT?! OMG! Somone help me please. It was going so well and I can't believe the stupid popup got me...

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Am I doomed??? OMG I hate you Verizon

No way of knowing how far it got. If it was able to get the bootloader nailed in...yes. Screwed. Welcome to kk. If not, whatever you do will wipe at this point.

Safest bet to try and see if you can retain jb is with odin...if it lets you. If it does, great. If it doesn't, you still need odin because you just interrupted a firmware update and probably just soft bricked your phone. So you'll need odin to put kk on your phone.

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If niether of these things look good, they aren't. So try this first. Try booting to recovery. If you can, it's possible you just saved yourself from learning to use odin. Do a factory reset and reboot. See if it boots to jb. If it does, root asap. If not (it just hangs forever or loops), you're bricked. Try to odin jb. If it keeps failing, you're stuck with kk and you need to odin kk.

If you can't get to recovery and just hangs or loops, odin jb or kk. Whichever it lets you.

If it doesn't let you boot to recovery because it continues to upgrade, at this point let it. This is the ONLY possible scenario that you will keep anything.

Mind you, everything I just covered will never touch any files on external sd memory.

This is a lot to process. So take your time. Good luck!

Odin tutorials are in the general section.

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