GALAXY NOTE 3 ROOT GUIDE
Well, it didn’t take much long, now you can Root a Samsung Galaxy Note III as easy as A-B-C, all thanks to awesome CF Auto Root tool by Chainfire. We must admit we’re quite a fan of Chainfire eve since the good old days of his root for legendary Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000.
To root your Galaxy Note 3, model no. SM-N900 is the model no. we’re talking about here, you just need to download the root tool, and flash it on phone using the Odin PC software using the Download Mode of the Galaxy Note 3, SM-N900.
Now, if you haven’t done this before, you surely will need some assistance.
Well, we just have a perfect guide for you below, which will get you through required downloads, drivers installation and complete instructions on how to install the Root on Galaxy Note 3 using Odin PC software.
Warranty may be void of your device after rooting!
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CHECK DEVICE MODEL NO.
You must check your device’s model no. in ‘About device’ option under Settings. OR, you can also check the model no. on the packaging box of your device.
This page is meant only for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, model no. SM-N900. Do NOT follow the procedures provided on this page for any other device than SM-N900, as this could damage that device.
You must do this pre-installation stuff before attempting to root your Galaxy Note 3 in order to avoid any complications later, and have a smooth and successful process.
BACK UP YOUR DEVICE
Back up important data and stuff before you start playing around here as there are chances you might lose your apps and app-data (app settings, game progress, etc.), and in rare case, files on sd card, too.
For help on Backup and Restore, check out our exclusive page on that linked right below.
INSTALL GALAXY NOTE 3 DRIVER
You must have proper and working driver installed on your windows computer to be able to successfully root your Samsung Galaxy Note 3. In case you’re not sure, follow the link below for a definitive guide for installing driver for your Galaxy Note 3 on your computer.
CHARGE YOUR DEVICES
If either phone or your PC powers off due to lack of battery, it could damage the phone. So, make sure both your android device and PC are charged, 50% is what we would recommend.
OTHER THINGS TO TAKE CARE OF
└ Use original USB cable to connect your phone to PC.
└ Do not use the procedures given below on Mac (using VMWare) as it works best on proper Windows PC only.
Watch the video below to get familiar with Odin PC software and check out the procedure before trying it yourself.
The video features installation of CF Auto Root kernel on Galaxy S3. Yes, it’s not the Note 3, but because the procedure is exactly same, this video will prove very helpful to you.
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 3 ROOT GUIDE
Download the file given below and save them in a separate folder on your computer (just to keep things tidy!).
- CF Auto Root file with Odin: DOWNLOAD LINK
File name: CF-Auto-Root-ha3g-ha3gxx-smn900.zip
File size: 15.7 MB
Once you’ve finished downloading the files given in downloads section above, follow the instructions below to root your Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
PART 1: Extract downloaded file and open Odin
- Extract CF-Auto-Root file, CF-Auto-Root-ha3g-ha3gxx-smn900.zip, that you downloaded above, to get these files:
└ Note: If you get other files (recovery.img and cache.img maybe!) than this, then you have extracted it wrong, maybe more than one time/level. You must get file in .tar.md5 format. (Extract again, perhaps using 7-zip free PC software.)
- Disconnect the Galaxy Note 3 from PC if it is connected.
- Double click on Odin3-v1.85.exe to run Odin
PART 2: Boot Galaxy Note 3 into Download Mode and connect to PC
- Now, boot your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 into Download Mode:
- Power Off your Galaxy Note 3. Wait for 6-7 seconds after display is off.
- Now, press these 3 keys together until you see warning screen: Volume DOWN + Power + Home.
- Press Volume Up to continue to Download Mode.
- Connect Galaxy S3 to PC. Odin window will show an Added!! message in bottom left box.
Odin’s screen would look like this:
If you don’t get the Added! message, here are some troubleshooting tips:
- Make sure you have installed driver for Note 3 as said above in ‘Prepare Yourself’ section.
- If you have already installed driver, try uninstalling it and then reinstalling it.
- Try a different USB cable. The original cable that came with your phone should work best, if not, try any other cable that’s new and of good quality.
- Connect using a different USB port on your PC.
- Reboot phone and PC and then try again.
PART 3: Flash CF Auto Root
- Load the CF Auto Root file. For this, click the PDA tab in ‘Files [Download]’ section on Odin, and select this file → CF-Auto-Root-ha3g-ha3gxx-smn900.tar.md5
Your Odin’s screen would now look like this:
- Click the ‘Start‘ button on Odin to start flashing the CF-Auto-Root file on your Galaxy Note 3, and wait until you see ‘PASS!’ message on Odin’s top left box.
- When you get PASS! message, your phone will restart automatically. You can then disconnect your phone from PC.
└ If you see FAIL instead of PASS in Odin’s top left box, disconnect Galaxy Note 3 from PC, close Odin, remove phone’s battery and put it back in 3-4 seconds, open Odin and then repeat PART 2 and PART 3 of this guide again.
Confirm Root Access
You must have a new app installed now: SuperSU. Check it in app drawer. Also, to check whether you got root access or not, use this simple made-for-this-purpose app, Root Checker.
It was easy, right? Let us know what you plan to do now, with root access gained.
Suggestions are most welcomed!
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