Note 4 Won’t Update 

If your Note 4 won’t update and you keep seeing the message “Software update unsuccessful”, it’s possible that the cache partition is at fault. To get the device to update, you should consider wiping the cache partition. Other solutions include making use of Samsung Smart Switch, performing a factory reset, flashing firmware via Odin, etc. Continue reading to be able to update your Samsung phone and get the most out of it. 

Note 4 Not Updating: Solutions

Wipe The Cache Partition 

  • Step 1: Press and hold the Power button then hit Power off to shut down the device.
  • Step 2: Press and hold Power, Volume Up and Home buttons at the same time then let them as soon as the device vibrates. 
  • Step 3: In Recovery Mode, use Volume Up/Down buttons to navigate to wipe cache partition then press the Power button to select. 
  • Step 4: Choose Yes, navigate to Reboot system now and press the Power button. 
  • Step 5: When the screen comes back on, update your phone one more time and see how things turn out. 

Perform A Factory Reset 

  • Step 1: Press and hold the Power button then hit Power off to shut down the device.
  • Step 2: Press and hold Power, Volume Up and Home buttons at the same time then let them as soon as the device vibrates. 
  • Step 3: In Recovery Mode, use Volume Up/Down buttons to navigate to wipe data/factory reset then press the Power button to select. 
  • Step 4: Choose Yes, navigate to Reboot system now and press the Power button. 
  • Step 5: Proceed to update your phone again then determine whether the issue persists.

Note: Before performing a factory reset, you should back up the device. By doing so, you could avoid losing important data. 

Make Use Of Samsung Smart Switch 

  • Step 1: On your phone, open Google Play Store, search for Samsung Smart Switch Mobile and install it. On your computer, launch the web browser, visit Samsung website, search for Samsung Smart Switch and install it. 
  • Step 2: Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable then open Samsung Smart Switch on your computer. 
  • Step 3: If an available update, Smart Switch should recommend you to update/provide you the options to update. Click Update and follow on-screen instructions to download update files.
  • Step 4: After the download finishes, pick OK to initiate the update. 

Note: Your phone might turn on and off a few times during the update but there is no need to worry. Over the course of the update, see to it that the connection between your phone and computer remains secured.  

Flash Firmware Via Odin

  • Step 1: On your computer, launch the web browser, search for the firmware of Samsung Note 4 and download it. Remember to extract the .ZIP file. 
  • Step 2: Search for Samsung USB Driver, download the setup file, right-click it and pick Run as Administrator. Follow on-screen instructions to install Samsung USB Driver.
  • Step 3: Search for the latest version of Odin, download it, extract the .ZIP file and double-click Odin3.exe.
  • Step 4: On your phone, press and hold the Power button then hit Power off to shut down the device. Next, press and hold Power, Volume Down and Home buttons to boot into Download Mode. Press the Volume Up button to continue
  • Step 5: Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable. If the connection is a success, Odin is going to display the message “Added!”. 
  • Step 6: On Odin, click AP, navigate to the location where you save your extracted firmware, pick the file and hit OK. 
  • Step 7: The moment the checkbox next to AP on Odin is checked, hit Start. The only thing left to do is to allow the flashing to run from start to finish. 

FAQs

How do I set the PIN code for my Samsung Note 4? 

  • Step 1: Tap Apps on the Home screen, select Settings and choose Lock Screen.
  • Step 2: Click Screen Lock, pick PIN and enter your PIN. The PIN must be at least 4 digits long.
  • Step 3: Press Continue, re-enter your PIN again and tap OK. 

Is there a way to limit my data usage on Samsung Note 4? 

  • Step 1: Swipe down to reveal Notification Panel, select the gear icon to open Settings and choose Data usage under Wireless and Networks. 
  • Step 2: Press Limit mobile data usage to enable it and tap OK in the Data usage limit popup. 
  • Step 3: Select Alert me about data usage then choose OK in the Data usage alert popup. 
  • Step 4: Drag the black bar around to set the mobile data warning and the orange bar to set the data usage limit. 

Samsung S4 Miscellaneous Files 

In discussions about storage space on Samsung S4, it’s not uncommon to see people mentioning Samsung S4 miscellaneous files as well as the amount of space they occupy. You want to free up space on your Samsung S4 by deleting miscellaneous files but don’t know how? In that case, you should find this article helpful. Deon below is everything you must keep in mind once it comes to getting rid of miscellaneous files on Samsung S4.

Deleting Miscellaneous Files On Samsung S4: Guidelines

  • Step 1: Swipe down from the top to the bottom of the screen to open the Notification panel, select the gear icon at the top-right screen and choose Storage. 
  • Step 2: Proceed to tap Miscellaneous Files/Misc. 
  • Step 3: Pick the Files you want to delete by clicking the checkboxes next to the files. Keep in mind that you may delete all files at once: all you have to do is tap Select All then press Delete. 

FAQs 

What exactly are miscellaneous files? 

For your information, miscellaneous files are files that do not belong to app, media, cache and so on. Furthermore, miscellaneous files don’t play a key role in system operations so there is no harm in deleting them in most of the cases. 

How do I move files and folders from Samsung S4 to an SD card?

  • Step 1: Go to the Apps menu, launch My Files and tap Home icon on the top right. 
  • Step 2: Click All Files then pick Device Storage. Next, pick the files you want to move to your SD card by clicking the checkboxes next to the files. 
  • Step 3: After you finish, select the three-line icon, choose Move and hit the SD memory card. Depending on your preferences, you may either designate a folder to move your files in or create a new folder. 
  • Step 4: Tap Move on the top right screen to transfer your files. 

What must be done to perform a factory reset on Samsung S4? 

Via Phone Buttons

  • Step 1: Press and hold the Power button then hit Power off to turn off the device.
  • Step 2: Press and hold the Volume Up, Power, and Home buttons altogether. As soon the Samsung logo shows up, release the Power button while holding others till the Android System Recovery appears. 
  • Step 3: Use your Volume Up and Down buttons to navigate to the Wipe data/factory reset then press the Power button. Proceed to select Delete all user data then choose Reboot system now. 

Via Settings 

  • Step 1: Go to the Apps menu, open Settings and go to Accounts tab.
  • Step 2: Scroll to the bottom, select Backup and reset then choose Factory data reset. 
  • Step 3: Press Reset Device to confirm the reset and hit Erase everything. 

Via Factory Format Code

You should be able to perform a factory reset if you know how to use the format code. Open dial pad, enter *2767*3855# and press the Call button.

What must be done to back up the files on Samsung S4?

  • Step 1: Go to the Apps menu, open Settings and go to Accounts tab.
  • Step 2: Scroll down to the bottom, hit Backup and Reset then check the checkbox next to Back up my data. 
  • Step 3: Hit Backup account, select your backup account and choose the Return button.
  • Step 4: In the Accounts tab, tap Google and press your Google account under the Accounts section. 
  • Step 5: Check all the available boxes, tap the Menu button and press Sync now.

How do I clear the cache of an app on Samsung S4? 

  • Step 1: Click the Menu button on the phone, pick Settings and hit More tab at the top. 
  • Step 2: Select Application manager under the Device manager then choose the app whose cache you want to clear.
  • Step 3: Tap the Clear cache button under the Cache section. 

Should I use Adapt Display? 

Adapt Display in essence adjusts the display brightness, contrast, and saturation based on the displaying content as well as the ambient lighting conditions. The idea behind Adapt Display is to ease strain and protect eyesight. Samsung S4 features seven automatic and four manual modes for you to choose from. If you want to activate/deactivate the Adapt Display feature of your Galaxy S4, you can navigate to Settings, select Display, choose Screen Mode and hit Adapt Display. 

How come videos keep stopping by themselves on my Samsung S4?

You need to check whether you have enabled Smart Pause which is a feature that detects your head movements. For example, when you turn your head against the video, it will automatically pause. To disable Smart Pause, go to Settings, click My Device, pick Smart Screen, and uncheck the box next to Smart Pause.