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Install Android 4.3 Jelly Bean XXUBMJ3 OTA Update for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005 LTE

Samsung pushed out the official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OTA Update version XXUBMJ3 for the Galaxy Note 3 LTE. Use this tutorial and learn how to successfully update your device using the files posted below.

This is a guide that teaches you how to update your device manually and it is destined to be used by Note 3 LTE owners who didn’t get the official XXUBMJ3 notification. If you don’t know how to use Odin to flash tar.md5 firmware files, then it would be best for it to stay away from this tutorial.

The update brings several tweaks and bug fixes that should offer a better and more stable Jelly Bean experience. The previous build was XXUBMJ1 and this new XXUBMJ3 shouldn’t bring that many changes. It was released for devices in Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, France, Belgium, Austria and Hungary. So, it would be best to use the firmware update files only for devices based in these countries.

Before starting the manual update process of Galaxy Note 3 LTE to Android 4.3 XXUBMJ3 firmware, read the guidelines below:

  • This tutorial works only for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE model number N9005.
  • Don’t attempt to update any other smartphones using the files that I’ve listed in this post.
  • It shouldn’t trip KNOX flags, but don’t take my word for it.
  • Download and install SAMSUNG USB Drivers for your computer from here.
    – you’re devices won’t be recognized by your computer and Odin update tool in case you decide not to install the USB drivers.
  • Disable all antivirus / security apps from running on your PC, so that no applications will interfere with the update process.
  • Disable the SAMSUNG KIES software too.
  • Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
  • Backup data from installed apps using Helium tool from Google Play Store.
    – if the device doesn’t boot in normal mode after you flash the new firmware version, then you will be forced to apply a factory reset.
  • Sync your Contacts info with your Gmail account.
  • This update should be applied by advanced users.
  • Don’t blame us in case you brick your device or lose any data files in the process.
  • Make sure that your Galaxy Note 3 LTE battery has enough power left before it powers off completely. 50% should be enough in order to prevent it.
  • In case you cannot complete the update then you can ask for more help in comments. Make sure to leave a detailed comment, so that we’ll be able to come up with a viable solution for any problems that you might encounter.

Now that you’ve read all of the above, continue to the next part of this and learn how to manually flash a new Jelly Bean OTA Update for your phablet.┬áThis is an official OTA Update by Samsung, but we cannot be sure that it will trip the KNOX flags. Install this update at your own risk.

How to flash Android 4.3 JB XXUBMJ3 OTA Update for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE N9005:

  1. Download the N9005XXUBMJ3 firmware zip from here.
  2. Extract the contents from the zip file and save the contents on your computer’s desktop.
  3. Download Odin3 v3.07 from here.
    – extract the zip contents and save them to a single folder.
  4. Power off your device completely now.
  5. Boot the phone in Download Mode.
    – press and hold Volume Down, Home and Power buttons at the same time, then release the buttons when the Warning! screen appears and press Volume Up to confirm Download Mode boot.
  6. Launch Odi3 v3.07 executable on your computer.
  7. Use the USB cable and connect your Galaxy Note 3 LTE with your computer.
    – Odin will ‘add’ the device and you can continue to the next step.
    – if the device isn’t recognized by Odin, then you should plug it into a different USB port or re-install the Samsung USB Drivers. You can find the download link in the preparation guide above.
  8. Now, go to Odin’s window and click the PDA button. Find the N9005XXUBMJ3 tar.md5 file and load it into Odin.
    – don’t change any other default settings.
  9. Next, press the START button and wait for the installation process to complete.
    – don’t press any buttons and wait until Odin displays the ‘PASS’ message to confirm that all files were flashed successfully.
  10. When the installation is complete your Galaxy Note 3 LTE will reboot in normal mode and, you can unplug it from PC when the home screen of your device appears.
  11. Test the new firmware and then tell us in comments if you find any major changes from the previous firmware version.

In case ODIN freezes or it displays the FAIL alert, then you should close ODIN, unplug the device from PC and then repeat the entire tutorial once again. Also, after your close ODIN you should remove the phone’s battery for five seconds. Boot again in Download Mode and repeat all the steps listed above.

If ODIN says the the installation was completed and it displays the PASS alert, but the phone is unable to go past the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE boot animation screen, then you will be forced to apply a factory reset. This will force your device to boot in normal mode but it will delete all contents stored on your phone’s system partition.

Here’s how to apply a Factory Reset for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE using stock Recovery Mode:

  • Power off the phone and make sure that is not connected with your computer.
  • Boot it in Recovery Mode by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons at the same time.
    – release the buttons only when the stock Recovery Mode screen appears.
  • Select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option. Confirm the process.
  • Return to the main recovery screen when the factory reset is complete.
  • Select ‘reboot system now’.
  • Wait a couple of minutes for the first boot process of XXUBMJ3 Android 4.3 stock ROM to finish loading all the required files.
  • Enter your Google Account info when the home screen appears and that should be it.

These were all the steps that you had to read in order to complete the installation of Android 4.3 XXUBMJ3 Jelly Bean OTA Update firmware for your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE model number N9005.

If you cannot complete the installation, then you should ask for help in comments. Remember that this is a guide for advanced users and you might not be able to complete the update, which is why it is best for you to look for extra info.