Due to exploding batteries on the Galaxy Note 7 device, T-Mobile is rolling out a mandatory update from Samsung that will change the color of the battery indicator light to green if the phablet has been replaced with one containing an unaffected power plant. Users will also be greeted with a friendly reminder to exchange their phone after installing the update package.
The package started rolling out over the air to Galaxy Note 7 users Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, leaving a software update notice in their notification tray informing them of the mandatory installation:
“Due to battery issues on Note 7 devices, this update checks whether your phone has been exchanged for one with a new battery. If it has been changed, the battery indicator light will turn green; if not, the light will not change. For your safety, if your phone has not been changed, a notification will be displayed when it turns on and after you charge it, encouraging you to exchange your phone.”
For those not quite ready to pull the trigger, the update can be postponed only three times before it automatically installs on the device.
In addition to the aforementioned safety measures, the update notice mentions that a few other functions on the flagship will be updated along with the installation to improve overall stability and performance including:
- User interface adjustment (Messages, Home Screen, Quick Panel,).
- Improved fingerprint recognition process
- Overall device performance has been improved.
If you haven’t seen the update notification come through yet, ping the installation package manually by navigating to your Note 7 Settings > General Management > Software Update. The system update weighs a few hundered MB, so the download could take a while depending on your connection speed. Installing the update itself is completely automated and takes about 10 minutes to complete, but your wait time might be longer depending on how much data is stored on your phone.
Your device will restart after the installation is complete. As always, you won’t be able to make phone calls or use your device at all during the update. Don’t forget to back up your data. If you see a green battery icon after updating, you’re go to go! Otherwise you will be greeted with a Safety Recall Notice from Samsung telling you to power down your device as the battery may overheat posing a fire or burn risk.