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Back in April, owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active were treated to the ultimate tease when an update to Android 4.4 KitKat began rolling out, only to be put on hold a few days later. The only explanation was a claim that AT&T and Samsung were "looking into potential improvements." It looks like the time has come -again- for the S4 Active to make the jump to KitKat.


What's changing?

  • Android 4.4 OS upgrade (http://www.android.com/versions/kit-kat-4-4/)
  • Copy and paste improvements
  • Easier to insert pictures and videos in email or messages
  • Camera app accessibility from the lock screen
  • Call reliability improvements

The changelog is a bit lighter than the one posted on the previous attempt. Still, the baseband and build numbers are different, so it's safe to assume something has changed. It's possible this was in response to some recently exposed security issues, including the Heartbleed bug, which was only discovered shortly before the rollout began.

This update will eventually auto-install on its own, but if you're eager to get it right now, just hit About device > Software update > Check for updates. If you already installed the previous update to 4.4.2, the update should come in at about 67 MB. Otherwise, the download may be as large as 841 MB. Regardless of size, you'll have to be connected to a Wi-Fi network to start the download.

  • Baseband version: I537UCUCNN3
  • Build number: KOT49H.I537UCUCNE3

Source: AT&T

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • STASupport

    Actually it's:

    "The update file size varies between 447MB - 877MB depending on your OS version.
    The update is available over Wi-Fi only."

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      That's for the first attempt to update to 4.4. The new one reads "67MB - 841MB"

  • Danny

    Is it possible for it to be in a Odin file?

  • izan

    I removed root using superuser hoping let's me update. Don't have Windows to run Odin only Mac. any help be appreciated. Thanx guys

  • ash

    Still so sign of the update on my phone any comments my phone is running 4.3

    • ash

      Odin mirror and its not rooted

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      The support page makes it sound like update is available if you check for updates, but maybe it is a regulated rollout. You might not see anything for a few days.

  • Arron Hall

    Well, I was waiting this update for my AT&T carrier based Galaxy S4. Once I fully
    charged my phone on power bank, I will consider updating my device to explore more features of this latest version.

  • Brooke

    Update went smoothly on my Galaxy S4, but the update reset my predictive text and it is awful!! I can't type anything without typos. When I manually insert the apostrophe myself into words such as don't won't couldn't.. it does this don'don't wasn'wasn't. So yeah I hate that, everything else seems to work ok.

  • Simplicity

    I updated and my GPS finally works, again! I never installed the first update, but this update was 447mb and everything is running smoothly. The update took about 1.5 - 2 hours. One of the best parts is that AppOps still works! I still have control over permissions.

  • crawler350

    Im scared to update my at&t s4 active after the 4.3 update completely messed my phone up twice..so does anyone hqve an galaxy s4 active updated to the 4.4.2 kitkat released on (6/6/14)...and is there any serious problems like saying there is no sim card when there is one in it? Or Anything please let me know

    • Cliff Shillingburg

      Just finished and everything seems to be working fine

  • Mait

    This update completely jacked up my phone and I can't get a new one for another year.
    Thanks Android. I can't connect to internet no matter what i'm connected to, the battery drains REALLY fast (down to 30% in 6 hours) snapchat won't work, or facebook, texting on keyboard lags and it won't let me log into my email.
    This update is HORRIBLE. DON'T UPDATE. I hope they get a new a one soon because I don't want to waste money getting yet another phone....

  • ash

    Everytime I search for the update it say search interrupted, is it suppose to do that if the update is not abilable for my phone yet

  • crawler350

    I tried to update 3 times and every time I try for some stupid reason it downloads all 841 mb in 1.5 hours every time then says it has to restarts and then goes to the at&t download screen but only goes to 20% and says download interrupted every time so what the hells the deal? And why do I have to redownload all 841mbs ? Stupidest shit ive seen dam get your shit together at&t

    • jonigga

      i have the same problem, but in my device the updating is stop after the downloading 901Mb in 28%. The messege is: The updating is failed.

  • Renu Bisht
  • ash

    My phone is running 4.3 odin mirror, will I get the update OTA, it's not rooted

  • crawler350

    I ran an app to get rid of my active root and now does not say custom on start up and in settings phone status now back to official status. . But still phone downloads all 841mb of the update restarts goes to install screen goes to about 28% and says update failed still and then wont let me try again for 24hours which is the stupidest thing ever...Please is there any way to update to the official OTA 4.4.2.. and of course kies doesn't work because the s4 active is mf3 why the hell cant kies update MF3 phones that also stupid as shit... I see why people go to custom roms samsung and at&t you suck ...

  • crawler350

    My s4 active i9295 refurbished replacement for my original s4 active from at&t still will not update it downloads then restarts and says update failed please fix this problem almost everyone is having especially people's i9295 s that you replaced with a refurbished s4 active i9295.
    which is messed up I payed for a new phone when it breaks because of your halfassd update you wont replace a brand new phone with a another new phone only refurbished phone's thats wrong .. a new i9295 goes for over $500 a refurbished i9295 goes for less than $200..

  • crawler350

    ive tried contacting at&t and samsung in every way possible and nothing back what so ever. I hate at&t and Samsung they are crooks / robbers and takeing advantage of people if I did what they do I would be arrested and locked up... not in the least bit fair all becuse they give the nsa all and any of are information .anything you do on your phone or over their Internet they have access to. . they can do anything they want without any regulations that the laws are sapose to regulate. .something needs to be done about all these big companies or something terrible will happen to them

  • ivanpalol

    This was one more HORRIBLE upgrade with the center button working intermittently, battery drains faster, predictive text does not work , even simple phone calls don't go through at times. After couple of factory reset, just asked AT&T to change my phone. The new phone still has some problems and now am waiting for 9.9. Hopefully will move either to Apple or HTC M8. Would never touch another Samsung phone. Had already exchanged my Galaxy S3 3 times with Verizon.

  • jonigga

    i have the same problem, but in my device the updating is stop after the downloading 901Mb and when is installing its stop in 28%. The messege is: Install interrupted. the software update could not be instaled. The updating is failed.