Install Odin3 and Root My Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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You might be wondering why do you need to root your Samsung Galaxy Note3. Here are some reasons why:

  • To utilize your mobile phone's capability and its resources better
  • To disable or get rid of any restrictions from the manufacturer or network carrier that they set for SOP (Standard Operating Procedure).
  • To access to some applications that require root
  • To speed up the performance of the phone.
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Whatever your reasons, we're going to show you how you can root your phone with just a few simple clicks. Let's get started!

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Warning: Before You Begin

Rooting your Samsung Galaxy Note3 is not without risks. They include the following:

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    Rooting your phone will void the warranty on your device
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    Unless you are running Android Kitkat 4.4.2, you will not be able to get your warranty back because you can't reset the counter that tells Samsung how many times, if any, you've installed custom ROMs on your device. We offer steps below to help you restore your device back to its factory condition.
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    Root access can "brick" your device, meaning that it will become about as useful as a brick
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    If this happens to you, your only option will be to get a new phone.
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Please use caution when attempting to root your device.

Things You Will Need

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    The model number of your Note3
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    To find it, do the following
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    1. Launch the Settings App from your Home Screen, the App Drawer, or the Notification Shade
    2. Tap on About Device, and on the next screen, you'll see your model number. Note it down.
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    The appropriate CF-Root file with its corresponding ODIN 3+ downloader
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    Go to XDA Developers Forum and scroll down to post number 3. Click on the link corresponding to your Note3's model number. Download that file and extract its contents to your desktop so that you can find it easily.
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    Samsung Kies to back up your phone's data in case something happens
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    Visit Samsung to download this program.
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    Your Note3
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    The version of your Android OS
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    Find it by following these steps:  
    1. Launch the Settings app from your Home Screen, the App Drawer, or the Notification Shade.
    2. Tap General, then swipe up to scroll down to About Device.
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    3. Tap About Device and look under Android version. Mine says 5.0, which means I am running Lollipop; yours may be different. These instructions are for Android versions 4.4.2 (Kitkat) and above.
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    A desktop or laptop computer
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Prepare your Note3 for Rooting

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    Back up your files to your desktop or laptop computer using Samsung Kies if you have anything important stored on your Note3
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    Here's how:
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    1. Launch the Samsung Kies Program
    2. Connect your phone to your computer via its USB cable.
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    3. Click the Backup/Restore tab
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    4. Tick the boxes beside the files you want to back up and click Back up. Depending on how many files you selected, this could take a few minutes.
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    5. Click complete once the process is finished
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    Enable USB debugging on your device
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    You will first need to enable the Developer settings. Follow these steps to do this:  
    1. Launch the Settings app from the Home Screen, App Drawer or the Notification Shade.
    2. Tap General and swipe up to find About Device.
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    3. Tap on About Device and locate the Build Number. Tap on the Build number seven or more times
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    4. Tap back to return to the previous screen and down near the bottom, you'll see a new option entitled Developer options.
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    5. Tap Developer options and then tap on the box on the right-hand side of your screen beside USB Debugging to enable this setting.
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    Make sure that your phone is at least 80 percent charged.
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Instructions (Android Kitkat 4.4.2 or higher)

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    Power off your Samsung Galaxy Note3
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    Hold down the Volume Down, Home, and Power buttons at the same time to put your device into download mode
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    If you did it right, you'll get a screen like this one:
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    Hit the Volume Up button to continue.
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    Connect your Note3 to your PC using your USB cable.
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    Locate the CF-Root file you downloaded and extracted earlier and open its folder
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    Right-click on the ODIN executable and select "Run as Administrator" to run it
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    The ODIN 3 interface will appear.
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    Make sure that only Auto-Reboot and F
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    Reset Time are checked under the Options tab.
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    Click AP or PDA
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    This will vary depending on what version of ODIN you are using. It does the same thing.
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    Navigate to the CF-Root folder and select the tar.MD5 file
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    Click Start and let the program run
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    When you see the first box near the top of the Odin3 window turn green and display the word PASS, you can disconnect your Note3. Congratulations! Your phone is now rooted, and you can install custom ROMs!
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Un-Root your Samsung Galaxy Note3

Let's just say that you do not like having your phone being rooted and wants your warranty back for hardware repair, receive official updates of firmware from Samsung. You can basically Un-Root the phone using the same program (ODIN). Just make sure that you have the correct official stock ROM for you to re-install it on your mobile phone. Check the steps below:

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    Again, your ODIN Program must be installed in your computer still.
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    Turn off your mobile phone then, you need to press the Volume Down + Home Button + Power button at the same time
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    Once you see a warning sign, let go of the buttons then press Volume up.
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    After you press the Volume up, connect the phone to your computer and download the official stock firmware which you can find the links below this portion
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    You need to extract the file and move it to the desktop screen where you can easily locate it.
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    Run the ODIN on your computer (Any version) Make sure that you see a yellow box on screen, if you are not seeing the yellow mark that means that the Samsung Drivers were not installed that you need to install on your computer.
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    On the ODIN Interface, click on the PDA button and select the stock ROM
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    The .car file then OK.
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    Click the start after on the interface to let it start flashing your rooted phone and have the official firmware again
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    This is applicable to all Samsung Galaxy Note3, but then again, you must have the correct firmware. If you encounter Failed in the process, try it again.
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Links for Official Stock ROMs

T-Mobile

For Samsung Galaxy Note3 SM-900T 4.4.2 : http://stockroms.net/file/GalaxyNote3/SM-N900T/N900TUVUCNB4_N900TTMBCNB4_TMB.zip

For Samsung Galaxy Note3 SM- 4.3.x : http://stockroms.net/file/GalaxyNote3/SM-N900T/N900TUVUBMI7_N900TTMBBMI7_TMB.zip

Sprint

For Samsung Galaxy Note3 SM-N900P 4.4.2 : http://stockroms.net/file/GalaxyNote3/SM-N900P/N900PVPUCNAB_N900PSPTCNAB_SPR.zip

For Samsung Galaxy Note3 SM-N900P 4.3.x : http://stockroms.net/file/GalaxyNote3/SM-N900P/SPR-N900PVPUBMI3-20131004135946.zip

International version for non-US

You may go to this link: http://samfirmware.com/ to download your phone's firmware per country

Rooting Samsung Galaxy Note3 N900A

Another way of rooting an Android phone (Samsung Galaxy Note3 N900A ) is by using a Kingo. This is a program that you can use on how you can root the phone to use it's full potential as explained in the introduction. This root process is by simply clicking process only and no other downloads that you are going to do, unlike rooting the Galaxy Note3 SM-N9005 that requires you to use "Odin3" and the "CF-Auto-Root Android 4.4.2 Package". This is only applicable for Samsung Galaxy Note3 N900A with 4.3.x and up

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Instructions

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    For precaution purposes, you need to backup your mobile data first on your computer
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    Use your Samsung Kies for doing a backup, you can download the Kies from here: http://www.samsung.com/in/support/usefulsoftware/KIES/JSP or use the installation CD that came in the package to have it backup. If you do not know how to, you can follow the steps:  
    1. Install the Samsung Kies on your from the given link. Download the Samsung Kies 3
    2. Connect your phone via USB that came in the package
    3. Click your phone on the left side then go to the Backup and restore tab
    4. Click the boxes of the files that you want to make a back up and click on backup and complete.
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    You need to enable the USB debugging on your phone for you to proceed to the next steps
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    To enable, just go to your Applications or Apps then open the Settings and tap build number at least 7 times and go back to the previous menu. Look for the developers options then enable the USB debugging. After enabling USB debugging, ensure that you phone has 70% of its battery life.
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    You may now download the Kingo installer coming from this link
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    http://www.kingoapp.com/index.htm and run the file of Android_Rppt.exe to install it on your computer.
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    After the installation of your Kingo, connect your phone to the computer via USB
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    Make sure that the phone is connected properly on the computer and secure.
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    Launch the Kingo program on your computer then click the big button on screen that says "Root" and wait for the process
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    Go check the phone as it will have a warning message, which will ask you to install an app, which is "MtkCamera". This application is designed to gain access to the phone's processor for rooting process and so on. Make sure that you understand the warning message on your phone screen then tap on the install button and let it do its thing. Congratulation as your phone is now being rooted.
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What does Knox for Samsung and how to uninstall?

Knox is basically an added security from the said Hardware Manufacturer (Samsung) to certain handhelds. This is a type of security that will let you separate your professional data and so as the personal data that you have. This is an add on security feature for handheld devices that has been offered to Samsung Galaxy Note3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (The 2014 edition). Remember that the Knox is not a pre-installed security for you mobile phone which will be your option to enable it or not.

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Remember that the Knox can be personalized by your work company to change settings nor restriction. Let's just say that for confidential purposes of pictures, presentation and applications that includes Internet (Default Browser only) and even your Google Play store will be restricted. One good example is when you have a video in Knox and you change back to your personal mode and wants to share that video, basically it will not be visible from your personal gallery. All of the files that are taken using your phone while in Knox mode will be encrypted that your personal mode on phone will not be able to read it.

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Although there are some applications that will work and dedicated for Knox only that can be downloaded from this LINK Whenever you perform rooting on your Samsung Galaxy Note3, basically it will not trigger the Knox. Remember that the knox can be installed for free and can be uninstall as well, if you have a Knox with data already and once you are going to uninstall it, it will ask you to back it up either on your internal storage or SD. When you root the phone, it will not prompt you to back up the Knox as you are in personal mode, here are the steps you can take to uninstall Knox:

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    Go to your applications or if you have it on the favorites tray then launch it.
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    Once you have the Knox home screen, tap the soft Menu Key on the phone that is located on the right side of it and tap the Knox Settings
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    Check this picture:
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    On the Options, Tap on the About Knox then tap on un-install
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    Again, if you are about to uninstall the Knox it will ask you to back up now or just tap on OK, all of the data that you in the Knox will be deleted. If you choose back-up it will automatically back-up during the uninstallation.
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The process could take a couple of minutes as it will remove everything from Knox mode. If you made a back up, you can check it through Applications then go to Samsung and then the My Files tap on All and lastly the Knox. You will see there a Knox Zip folder

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How to reset Knox / Flash Counter

Did you know that the latest version of the Samsung Galaxy Note3 has a Knox counter which helps Samsung to determine on how many times you have rooted/ Installed custom ROMs on the phone? You read it right, this helps Samsung to let you know that your phone warranty has been voided due to the installed ROMs as this is against the terms and conditions you have agreed from them when you first purchase the phone. The latest version of Samsung Galaxy Note3 that is powered by Snapdragon, it has an improved security feature with eFuse technology and with read only bootloader.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note3 Android version of 4.4.2 or known as Kitkat has a slight side effect where you can reset the Knox / Flash counter. You just need to download an application from your Play Store which is called: Triangle Away, this application is not for free as you need to but it for $2.49. The version of the application that you are going to install is version 3.25 that supports Samsung Galaxy S4 the GT-I9505 and the Snapdragon powered Samsung Galaxy Note3, the SM-N9005.

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According to +Chainfire it unclear that this application will support any network carrier branded versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note3. Currently, the Triangle Away application will not reset the Knox Void Warranty status but it only reset the counter to how many times you installed a custom ROMs. Here are the updated change log from 3.25:

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Updated support for the SGS4 Qualcomm family Android 4.4.2

Added support for the Note3 Qualcomm family on Android 4.4.2 (only) --- Note3 QC INTL GT-N9005

--- Note3 QC T-Mobile SM-N900T (Supported as per one of the follower)

--- Note3 QC Sprint SM-N900P (untested)

--- Note3 QC Canada SM-N900W8 (untested)

--- Note3 QC Asia SM-N900S/2/6/8/9 (untested)

This is not the final list and more to come from the software developer. I will be updating this article as soon as more information will come out and support from this app.

Remember: the Knox Reset is only available to the Exynos Versions of the Note3. This version carries the N900 and N9000Q model numbers. If you try to do this on your N9005 device you may brick your device. Do not flash unless you own an Exynos variant of the Note3!

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Exynos Here's a link to the Knox Reset.

Please note that for Android operating systems from 4.4.3 and onward, you cannot reset the Knox counter.

FAQs

How can I tell that I successfully rooted the phone?

You can download an application from Play Store for you to check the phone if you successfully rooted the phone. Download the application called Root Checker, you can go to this link:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joeykrim.rootcheck You may find the picture below as an example if your phone was properly rooted: (Picture)

After re-installing the official stork ROM, I am encountering boot loop

This is only normal since that your phone was being rooted and re-installed the official firmware. To resolve this, just take the battery out of the phone then re-insert it and press and hold the

buttons of Volume Up + Home Button + Power button at the same time and select the Wipe data and Factory Reset then reboot the system after and that should fix the problem.

How can I tell if I re-installed the official firmware?

You can simply go to the Settings then About this phone and Status. On the device status, that should say Official. To counter check, you can simply access the download mode on your phone.

Just turn it off then press and hold Volume Down + Home Button + Power Button then press the Volume up after and on the Currently Binary, that should say "Samsung Official"

Questions and Answers

I tried to root my Galaxy Note3 AT&T baseband version N900AUCUBMJ5 using kingo but it is not working any help please?

I tried to root my Galaxy Note3 AT&T baseband version N900AUCUBMJ5 using kingo but it is not working any help please

Are you using Kingo with MJ5? You will need to do this because AT&T phones have a locked bootloader. MJ5 sometimes works yet also does not. This means it will trip KNOX and brick your phone. Personally I would not install custom OS on an AT&T phone because too many disasters have occurred with the end result of replacing your phone with a voided warranty.

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I want to download ODIN 3.09 where can I find it?

I can not find it

You can find ODIN 3.09 by following this link, to download ODIN. The site will provide you with a direct link to the download app. Just follow the instructions to complete the download, and then follow the steps in this guide, and you should have no problems at all.

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Please I have installed the ODIN in my laptop I am unable to install?

Yes please I have installed the ODIN in my laptop I am unable to install

Are you unable to install ODIN on the PC or your Samsung device? For the PC, if it will not install properly find a different download and begin again. For the phone, if ODIN is refusing to install then you missed a step. Go through the process mapped out in the VisiHow article on this page. If your device is from AT&T or some other carriers with bootloader blocks, it will not install unless you use Kingo with MJ5. Also, you will have to unlock your Samsung device and if you did not do this properly then the install will be blocked. The last thing is to make sure that you have USB debugging enabled from within your phone settings then Developer Options.

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I don't know how to root my phone?

My phone is a Galaxy Note3 N9005

Use a One Click Root program:

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    Download Kingo Root App onto your Note3 N9005.
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    Make sure Although Unknown Sources is enabled
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    This is found in the Security section of your phone Setting menu.
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    Go into your Apps and launch KingoRoot.
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    Click One Click Root when the option appears after launch of the app.
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    Wait for the process to complete
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    You may have to make a few attempts. If it completely fails then download to the PC the Kingo software and use your USB cable to connect the phone to the PC.
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Actually, I want to un-root my SM N9005 to use KNOX again?

Actually, I want to un-root my SM N9005 to use KNOX again. How can I? thank you

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    Hold Volume Down, Home and the Power Buttons
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    Release when warning screen appears.
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    Click Volume Up
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    This will enter ODIN download mode.
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    Connect your Note3 to your PC.
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    Download the stock firmware for the Note3 on the PC.
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    Unzip the files and look for a file ending in .tar.md5.
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    Run ODIN
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    You will have to install this on the PC if you do not have it already there.
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    Click on the PDA button in the box and search .tar.md5.
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    Once you have located the file, select START and wait for the process to complete.
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    Wait for PASS to appear.
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    This may wipe out any apps or data.
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I can't find ap button on user-face?

Where do I find the ap button?

In the ODIN interface box under Files [Download]. You can see how to access it in this Youtube Tutorial.

The progress bar says reset, not PASS.. and my phone asks to reset?

Yes, I tried all these steps, but once it starts downloading, the progress bar reaches up to reset instead of PASS. How do I fix this and actually make it pass onto the reboot screen

Try again. This time hard reset your phone before you attempt the process. It does not always work the first time or even the third time.

Need to root my Note3 model SM-N900A and I am having problems?

Need to root my Note3 model SM-N900A and I am having problems

Are you using Kingo? And is your phone from AT&T? Other things to check for are if you have USB debugging enabled and Allow from Unknown Sources checked. Both are in your phone Settings menu.

I flashed my Note3 SM-N900 with CF-Auto-Root-ha3g-ha3gxx-smn900, now it won't start?

Its not even charging and restarting

You may have bricked your phone. Unfortunately this voids warranty and you will possibly have to get a new phone. You will not even be able to flash new firmware. One thing you could try is to remove the battery and plug in the phone overnight. It does not always work though and is dependent on what caused your phone to brick in the first place.

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Firmware Upgrade Encountered an issue?

Samsung N7100 mobile is saying firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies & try again. I have tried: Installing Kies. I think it was caused by: Memory full

Put your phone into Recovery Mode and Wipe Cache Partition and then Dalvik Cache. Install Kies and transfer over data that you do not want to lose. Back up your Contacts and photos with Google then clear off the photos. This can be done easily with the Google Photos app. Just go to the app settings and choose to delete photos and videos that have been backed up. Free Up Android Phone's Internal Storage is a VisiHow article with great information for storage caps.

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Some of the screenshots used in this article were taken from C4ETech's video and Samsung Support USA's video

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please post in the comments section below.

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