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.
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!
- 1 Warning: Before You Begin
- 2 Things You Will Need
- 3 Prepare your Note3 for Rooting
- 4 Instructions (Android Kitkat 4.4.2 or higher)
- 5 Un-Root your Samsung Galaxy Note3
- 6 Links for Official Stock ROMs
- 7 Rooting Samsung Galaxy Note3 N900A
- 8 Instructions
- 9 What does Knox for Samsung and how to uninstall?
- 10 How to reset Knox / Flash Counter
- 11 FAQs
- 12 Questions and Answers
- 12.1 I tried to root my Galaxy Note3 AT&T baseband version N900AUCUBMJ5 using kingo but it is not working any help please?
- 12.2 I want to download ODIN 3.09 where can I find it?
- 12.3 I don't know how to root my phone?
- 12.4 Actually, I want to un-root my SM N9005 to use KNOX again?
- 12.5 I can't find ap button on user-face?
- 12.6 Need to root my Note3 model SM-N900A and I am having problems?
- 12.7 I flashed my Note3 SM-N900 with CF-Auto-Root-ha3g-ha3gxx-smn900, now it won't start?
- 12.8 I did everything and says it passed and checked root checker but said not properly installed. What did do I do to properly install to a note 3?
- 12.9 YES YOU CAN BECAUSE MY NOTE 3 IS IN A CUSTOM MODE AND I DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET IT OFF?
- 12.10 Why am I getting an error when attempting to run the CF file in administrator mode?
- 13 Comments
Warning: Before You Begin
Rooting your Samsung Galaxy Note3 is not without risks. They include the following:
- 1Unless 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.Rooting your phone will void the warranty on your device.Advertisement
- 2If this happens to you, your only option will be to get a new phone.Root access can "brick" your device, meaning that it will become about as useful as a brick.Advertisement
Please use caution when attempting to root your device.
Things You Will Need
- 2Go 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.The appropriate CF-Root file with its corresponding ODIN 3+ downloader.
- 3Visit Samsung to download this program.Samsung Kies to back up your phone's data in case something happens.
- 4Your Note3
- 5Find it by following these steps:The version of your Android OS.
- Launch the Settings app from your Home Screen, the App Drawer, or the Notification Shade.
- Tap General, then swipe up to scroll down to About Device.
- 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.
- 6A desktop or laptop computer
Prepare your Note3 for Rooting
- 1Here's how:Back up your files to your desktop or laptop computer using Samsung Kies if you have anything important stored on your Note3.
- Launch the Samsung Kies Program
- Connect your phone to your computer via its USB cable.
- Click the Backup/Restore tab
- 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.
- Click complete once the process is finished
- Launch the Settings app from the Home Screen, App Drawer or the Notification Shade.
- Tap General and swipe up to find About Device.
- Tap on About Device and locate the Build Number. Tap on the Build number seven or more times
- Tap back to return to the previous screen and down near the bottom, you'll see a new option entitled Developer options.
- Tap Developer options and then tap on the box on the right-hand side of your screen beside USB Debugging to enable this setting.
Instructions (Android Kitkat 4.4.2 or higher)
- 3Hit the Volume Up button to continue.
- 4Connect your Note3 to your PC using your USB cable.
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:
- 1Again, your ODIN Program must be installed in your computer still.
- 2Once you see a warning sign, let go of the buttons then press Volume up.Turn off your mobile phone then, you need to press the Volume Down + Home Button + Power button at the same time.
- 3You need to extract the file and move it to the desktop screen where you can easily locate it.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.
- 4Run 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.
- 5The .car file then OK.On the ODIN Interface, click on the PDA button and select the stock ROM.
- 6This 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.Click the start after on the interface to let it start flashing your rooted phone and have the official firmware again.
Links for Official Stock ROMs
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
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
- 1Use 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:For precaution purposes, you need to backup your mobile data first on your computer.
- Install the Samsung Kies on your from the given link. Download the Samsung Kies 3
- Connect your phone via USB that came in the package
- Click your phone on the left side then go to the Backup and restore tab
- Click the boxes of the files that you want to make a back up and click on backup and complete.
- 2To 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.You need to enable the USB debugging on your phone for you to proceed to the next steps.
- 3http://www.kingoapp.com/index.htm and run the file of Android_Rppt.exe to install it on your computer.You may now download the Kingo installer coming from this link:
- 4Make sure that the phone is connected properly on the computer and secure.After the installation of your Kingo, connect your phone to the computer via USB.
- 5Go 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.Launch the Kingo program on your computer then click the big button on screen that says "Root" and wait for the process.
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.
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.
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:
- 1Go to your applications or if you have it on the favorites tray then launch it.
- 3Again, 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.On the Options, Tap on the About Knox then tap on un-install.
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
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.
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.
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:
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!
Please note that for Android operating systems from 4.4.3 and onward, you cannot reset the Knox counter.
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.
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.
I don't know how to root my phone?
My phone is a Galaxy Note3 N9005
Use a One Click Root program:
- 2This is found in the Security section of your phone Setting menu.Make sure Although Unknown Sources is enabled.
- 3Go into your Apps and launch KingoRoot.
- 4Click One Click Root when the option appears after launch of the app.
- 5You 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.Wait for the process to complete.
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
- 1Hold Volume Down, Home and the Power Buttons.
- 2Release when warning screen appears.
- 3This will enter ODIN download mode.Click Volume Up.
- 4Connect your Note3 to your PC.
- 5Download the stock firmware for the Note3 on the PC.
- 6Unzip the files and look for a file ending in .tar.md5.
- 7You will have to install this on the PC if you do not have it already there.Run ODIN.
- 8Click on the PDA button in the box and search .tar.md5.
- 9Once you have located the file, select START and wait for the process to complete.
- 10Wait for PASS to appear.
- 11This may wipe out any apps or data.
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.
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.
I did everything and says it passed and checked root checker but said not properly installed. What did do I do to properly install to a note 3?
Half way there already and need help having root access
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YES YOU CAN BECAUSE MY NOTE 3 IS IN A CUSTOM MODE AND I DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET IT OFF?
WHEN I TURN IT ON IT JUST STAYS AT THE Samsung Galaxy NOTE 3 WITH A LOCK THING THEN UNDER THE LOCK THING THERE IS A CUSTOM WORD
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Why am I getting an error when attempting to run the CF file in administrator mode?
I can't read what the error is because it's written in Chinese. When attempting to run the ODIN file as admin I receive an error written in Chinese. The step by step instructions don't warn about such an error. I have tried: I tried running it several time with the same error occurring. I tried disconnecting the phone and reconnecting it and still no success. I think it was caused by: I honestly can't think of what the problem may be.
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