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If you are still on bootloader 1 on your note 20 ultra then the N986U1UEU1DUB5 is the last update that you can get without going over to the bootloader 2. I know bootloader 1 you can get root but not on bootloader 2. The "DUB5" update is Android 11 with One UI 3.1. That's what I got on my Note cause I don't wanna loose root access. But at the end I might end up upgrading to bootloader 2 versions just cause I've been thinking a lot about the esim option. I upgraded from Android 10 to Android 11 "DUB5" using the "Home_CSC" option and didn't lose any of my information. Hope that helps out with your question.

Note: bootloader 2 "DUI7" update for N986U1 does not have esim option enable as of this post.
Thanks Link. Very helpful

It seems our rooting days are numbered. eSIM sounds great, and it makes a lot of sense. But, I've had rooted phones since my Note 3 in 2013. I'm hanging onto my Note 4s to the bitter end when they pull the plug on them. Now I'm configuring (rooting) my n986u1 in preparation.

They have made some improvements to android to appease rooters such as sleeping, and deep sleeping apps... one time permissions, ability to delete apps that could not be deleted before. But, it's not nearly as good as root.

This site provides the evolution of n986u1 updates:

content://com.sec.android.app.sbrowser/readinglist/1018202502.mhtml

It appears that DUB5 is the in-between update with 3.1 yet 1 bootloader. I hate to assume that it's safe to update to DUB5 without maintaining the ability to ulock the bootloader. The BL unlock service recommends staying on 3.0. Do you now if going to DUB5 prevents (or relocks) the BL unlock? Should I update to DUB5 before or after BL unlock?
 
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Damn battery life still outstanding, this from the other night 🌙 Over 10 hrs SOT 12% this phone is definitely a beast.
I don't know how in God's name you're getting such amazing SOT. I'm only able to get about 1/2 of what you're getting.
 

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Thanks Link. Very helpful

It seems our rooting days are numbered. eSIM sounds great, and it makes a lot of sense. But, I've had rooted phones since my Note 3 in 2013. I'm hanging onto my Note 4s to the bitter end when they pull the plug on them. Now I'm configuring (rooting) my n986u1 in preparation.

They have made some improvements to android to appease rooters such as sleeping, and deep sleeping apps... one time permissions, ability to delete apps that could not be deleted before. But, it's not nearly as good as root.

This site provides the evolution of n986u1 updates:

content://com.sec.android.app.sbrowser/readinglist/1018202502.mhtml

It appears that DUB5 is the in-between update with 3.1 yet 1 bootloader. I hate to assume that it's safe to update to DUB5 without maintaining the ability to ulock the bootloader. The BL unlock service recommends staying on 3.0. Do you now if going to DUB5 prevents (or relocks) the BL unlock? Should I update to DUB5 before or after BL unlock?
Apologies for the late response. I rooted my note when I was still on Android 10. I then updated my phone as per the steps that Kangi26 gave us. When I update from one UI 3.0 to 3.1 my root status did work but not 100% of the time. Some application couldn't get root access or crash. You can always downgrade back to 3.0 as long as you don't go over to bootloader 2. As you mention before, android has been updated with many features that gives us more control of the apps and can put them into deep sleep or you can always use adb to uninstall apps that you don't want. I hardly use root now but I like having it. ;)
 

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Apologies for the late response. I rooted my note when I was still on Android 10. I then updated my phone as per the steps that Kangi26 gave us. When I update from one UI 3.0 to 3.1 my root status did work but not 100% of the time. Some application couldn't get root access or crash. You can always downgrade back to 3.0 as long as you don't go over to bootloader 2. As you mention before, android has been updated with many features that gives us more control of the apps and can put them into deep sleep or you can always use adb to uninstall apps that you don't want. I hardly use root now but I like having it. ;)
"When I update from one UI 3.0 to 3.1 my root status did work but not 100% of the time. Some application couldn't get root access or crash."

Thanks for that. It ended my frustration of uncertainty about - to 3.1 or not to 3.1-

I will be happy with 3.0
 
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Anyone else itching to upgrade to the Pixel 6 pro after today's announcement?

Now that it's "the morning after" the Pixel launch. Since the 512 P6Pro is totally sold out, I think I'm going to hold off until we start to see some of the reviews (although I suspect it's going to be a GREAT device). I think I need more time to really think more about whether or not I can live without an S-Pen. I really like what I've seen about the 6Pro but no pen........
 

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If I was getting anywhere close to Venom0642's SOT, I would not even consider it at this point. Better battery life and lack of bluetooth codecs is the only thing lacking in our N20 Ultra making it shy of absolute perfection IMHO.

Maybe Venom0642 can share with us in detail how he's getting such incredible battery life so this way we can keep the $900 in our pocket :)
 
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Looks like they are continuing to add ability to order BUUUT, an unlocked Black 512gb wont ship until mid January (As of this moment)
 

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Looks like they are continuing to add ability to order BUUUT, an unlocked Black 512gb wont ship until mid January (As of this moment)
You are right on that one Kangi26. I was just comparing prices online as well. Look at Amazon but they don't offer the 512GB version as of right now.
 

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    Flashed both betas through ABD and both wiped the device, if it doesn't register me into samsung members to receive coming OTAs I might revert to Android 11, can't be wiping every update :(

    I've found Beta 2 to be very solid, I haven't experienced any issues so far and may stay on this one until the OTA drops (Who am I kidding, I'll flash any new beta that comes if it stays BL2)
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    @kangi26 still unable to add card on Google pay but it seems it should be working, I just updated so will have to check again.
    Esim is here for unlocked ones now.

    Please feel free to download Beta 2 from this OTA link and add the firmware to this thread.
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    hopefully when a new beta gets released, someone will be able to post it for download. Everything seems to be working good, but im having issues with (of all apps) XDA app. i can sign in, but then the next time i click on it to open, it crashes. i have to clear all cache and data ,relaunch and sign in everytime. Also just noticed my NFC isnt working.
    I would uninstall latest XDA and go back one version this one
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    AT&T Note20 Ultra 5G 512GB Snapdragon, November Patch Rolling out live . Firmware N986USQS2DUJA
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    New update released on U1 this morning.
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    N986U - Carrier Versions

    BOOTLOADER 2

    N986USQS2DUJA ATT/CCT/CHA/SPR/TMB/VZW
    N986USQU2DUJ6 ATT/CCT/CHA/SPR/TMB/USC/VZW
    N986USQS2DUIC TMB
    N986USQS2DUIB CCT/CHA/VZW
    N986USQS2DUI4 VZW
    N986USQS2DUH4 TMB/SPR
    N986USQS2DUH3 /USC/CHA/CCT
    N986USQU2DUH2 TMB/SPR
    N986USQU2DUH1 ATT/USC/CCT/VZW/CHA
    N986USQU2DUF2 ATT/CHA
    N986USQS2DUE4 SPR/TMB
    N986USQS2DUE2 VZW/CCT/CHA Thanks @Venom0642
    N986USQS2DUE1 ATT/VZW/TMB/SPR. Thanks for the mirror @Venom0642 Mirror
    N986USQU2DUDC ATT/USC/CCT
    N986USQU2DUC8 TMB
    N986USQU2DUCA CCT/USC/CHA
    N986USQU2DUC5 VZW
    N986USQS2DUC1 CCT
    N986USQS2DUBB AT&T/USC MIRROR thanks @Venom0642

    BOOTLOADER 1
    N986USQU1DUB7 VZW Thanks to @drewiskee for grabbing this N986USQSU2DUBB
    N986USQU1DUB5 ATT/SPR/TMB/CCT/CHA Thanks for the link @Venom0642
    N986USQS1CTLC VZW/CHA/USC January Patch
    N986USQS1CTLB TMB/ATT/SPR. MIRROR Thanks @Venom0642
    N986USQU1CTLA VZW Second December Patch Thanks @Venom0642
    N986USQU1CTL4 VZW Android 11 MIRROR Thanks for the link @denson9874
    N986USQU1CTL2 ATT/TMB/SPR/CCT Android 11. Thanks @dottat. MIRROR thanks @Venom0642
    N986USQU1BTJ3 VZW/USC



    Odin3_v3.13.3b: HERE
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    See Post #2 and #3 for the Links to the Firmware
    ALL of the firmware posted here can be flashed on any N986U/N986U1 Device. The firmware is NOT carrier dependent and is only listed next to some of them in order to have an idea if you might get OTA when you flash it

    Understanding Firmware naming:

    N986USQU1ATGM
    N=Note
    986U or F etc, the model of device
    SQ, FX etc = CPU and model specific
    U,S,E = Update, Security, Engineering, respectively
    1,2,3,4,5 etc = bootloader revision (This is important! You cannot go to a previous revision)
    A,B,C,D = Android version
    T, U = Year (T=2020, U=2021 etc)
    A,B,C etc = month (January A - December L)
    1 - 9 and then A - Z =build compilation. This basically means how many builds there are in a month. They start at 1 and go to Z
    So N986USQU1ATGM would be
    N968-U-SQ-U-1-A-T-G-M
    N968U (Note 20 Ultra Carrier version), SQ (Snapdragon), U (Update), 1 (Bootloader version), A (Build 10), T (2020), G (July), M (22nd build)

    How to enter Download Mode:
    Turn off the device.
    Connect USB cable to your PC (Leave it disconnected from the phone)
    Press and hold down the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons. While they are still pressed, plug in the USB cable into your phone.
    The phone will go into download mode press volume up. In Odin you will see that phone is added.

    Dirty Flash:
    I would only do this if you are having to manually update to the newer firmware and would not do it if you are coming/going to U/U1 or from beta firmware or if you are on an old firmware. I'd also highly recommend doing a back up prior to the doing this
    Load these into Odin
    BL
    AP
    CP
    HOME_CSC
    Do NOT flash CSC or USERDATA, either of these WILL wipe your device
    This is a "dirty flash" and these can sometimes cause issues. Keep in mind if things start going sideways and stuff starts not working right, your first step to a solution will be to wipe the device.


    Tips on flashing U1 Firmware:
    You will have to wipe, can NOT dirty Flash going between U and U1 firmware
    Use the patched ODIN linked in post #2 or #3, Odin3_v3.13.3b (They are exactly the same)
    Have an active US Carrier SIM installed to get carrier features


    If you get your CSC Stuck on XAA/XAA/(Insert your carrier here), and can not get Carrier options back.
    Go to the tutorial that @borijess put together HERE
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    N986U1 - Unlocked Versions

    BOOTLOADER 2

    N986U1UES2DUJ7
    N986U1UES2DUI7
    N986U1UES2DUH3
    N986U1UEU2DUH1
    N986U1UES2DUG1
    N986U1UE2DUF2
    N986U1UES2DUE1
    N986U1UEU2DUDD
    N986U1UES2DUD5
    N986U1UEU2DUCB For those with old eyes like mine, that is DUCB (Letter B, not an Eight)
    N986U1UES2DUC8
    N986U1UES2DUC1

    BOOTLOADER 1

    N986U1UEU1DUB5
    N986U1UES1CUA1
    N986U1UEU1CTLB
    N986U1UES1CTL7
    N986U1UEU1CTL4



    Odin3_v3.13.3b: HERE


    Android 12 BETA For U1 ONLY
    BETA 1
    N986U1UE2ZUK7 ***IMPORTANT*** You need to be on U1 firmware N986U1UES2DUJ7 to flash the Beta 1 file.
    BETA 2
    N986U1UE2ZUKA ***IMPORTANT*** You need to be on Beta 1 to flash the Beta 2 file.

    This CAN NOT be flashed in Odin and it will wipe your device.
    • To install, extract the downloaded files. In each folder there will be a file named "Update.zip" and "Update2.zip". Do NOT extract these files, leave them zipped.
    • Copy both the "Update.zip" and "Update2.zip" files to the main root of your Ext SD card, they MUST go there (They cannot go to the devices internal memory)
    • Power the device off and boot into Recovery.
    • Navigate to "Apply update from SD card" and select "Update.zip".
    • Navigate to the "Update.zip" file and select it.
    • The system will take 10-15 min to update then will reboot and bring you to the set up. Don't set up the device, just power off.
    • Boot into Recovery.
    • Navigate to "Apply update from SD card" and select "Update2.zip".
    • Navigate to the "Update2.zip" file and select it.
    If you do not have a Ext SD card you can use the instructions to load via ADB from @warriorvibhu HERE

    Things to know:
    • Gpay seems to be having problems, Samsung Pay seems ok (MIGHT be fixed with Beta 2)
    • eSIM option is available on Beta 2, not on Beta 1
    • It does seem to register you in the Beta Program in Samsung Members, so you'll receive updates
    • Both Beta 1 and 2 are both BL 2, so reverting back shouldn't be a problem at this time. If the Beta program moves to a firmware that is BL 3 you will be stuck on it until the Carrier/Unlocked versions move to it. You have been warned :)
    • If you want to go back to stock Carrier/U1 you will need to wipe the device. This will also include when 12 is officially released to this device too.
    • Again, these are Beta firmware, there will be issues with them here and there so if you rely on your device to be 100% reliable don't flash them. and of course, if you decide to flash, you do it at your own risk :)
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    Big Update AT&T Note20 Ultra live .
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    Uploading U1 CTL4 now. I'll have a OP link shortly

    Edit***
    Took all the time to upload it, and it failed at the last min.......:mad:
    Uploading....... AGAIN