OTA and Non-OTA Firmware for N986U and N986U1

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dj24

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Question: If one is travelling outside the U.S and is currently on the other side of the world (S. Africa in my case) Should one expect carrier updates (T-mobile in my case once again) via OTA updates?

I'm on a carrier branded and unlocked t-mobile U device currently on DUC8 with active e-sim that has my regular t-mobile service and a local S. African prepaid service on Sim 1 and switch back and forth regularly between the two.

The thing is my regular t-mobile e-sim service is always roaming on S. African Vodafone service whenever I'm not on wifi which makes sense since there's no t-mobile service out here in S. Africa. Hence my question- will I still get my regular State Side OTA updates when slow mo T-mobile decides to push them out ?
 

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Question: If one is travelling outside the U.S and is currently on the other side of the world (S. Africa in my case) Should one expect carrier updates (T-mobile in my case once again) via OTA updates?

I'm on a carrier branded and unlocked t-mobile U device currently on DUC8 with active e-sim that has my regular t-mobile service and a local S. African prepaid service on Sim 1 and switch back and forth regularly between the two.

The thing is my regular t-mobile e-sim service is always roaming on S. African Vodafone service whenever I'm not on wifi which makes sense since there's no t-mobile service out here in S. Africa. Hence my question- will I still get my regular State Side OTA updates when slow mo T-mobile decides to push them out ?

That's a question I haven't run across before. I image you might, since you have an active TMO Sim. You obviously would have to get onto wifi for it to download. But I can't say for sure.

I'd keep an eye on this thread when you get the chance, someone will eventually post that a TMB update has dropped, you can check for an update and know 100%.

Sorry that's the best I personally have for your question
 
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Question: If one is travelling outside the U.S and is currently on the other side of the world (S. Africa in my case) Should one expect carrier updates (T-mobile in my case once again) via OTA updates?

I'm on a carrier branded and unlocked t-mobile U device currently on DUC8 with active e-sim that has my regular t-mobile service and a local S. African prepaid service on Sim 1 and switch back and forth regularly between the two.

The thing is my regular t-mobile e-sim service is always roaming on S. African Vodafone service whenever I'm not on wifi which makes sense since there's no t-mobile service out here in S. Africa. Hence my question- will I still get my regular State Side OTA updates when slow mo T-mobile decides to push them out ?
The answer is Yes. I have received carrier updates while in other countries and while using their local Sims. I didnt even have T-Mobile sim in my phone. They use the CSC to provide updates like for ex TMB/TMB/TMB in your case. Feel free to correct me if anyone has any other info.
 
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AT&T Note20 Ultra 5G Live OTA May Patch Firmware N986USQU2DUDC Is Out.
 

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Also Hex plugin works as normal on the Note20 Ultra 5G 512GB on May Patch, so S21 lines are the ones that got effective with Hex not working on those lines, but Hex did do and update, you have to use adb tool that comes with Hex for the S21 lines, just giving heads-up.
 
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Where can I pull this update? I tried Frija using CSC ATT, XAA, and USC. Those did not pull it.

You wont find it on Frija, AT&T doesnt give us any options for their firmware. We "get lucky" when someone can get their hands on it or if their build aligns with the other carriers.

The best options at this exact moment would be to be on the last stock AT&T firmware, then you would get OTA
 
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You wont find it on Frija, AT&T doesnt give us any options for their firmware. We "get lucky" when someone can get their hands on it or if their build aligns with the other carriers.

The best options at this exact moment would be to be on the last stock AT&T firmware, then you would get OTA
So that would be N986USQS2DUBB?
 

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    N986U - Carrier Versions

    BOOTLOADER 2

    N986USQS2DUE4 SPR/TMB
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    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
    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
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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

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