The Galaxy Note 3 is maybe the most powerful Android based handset out there. Well, even though the phablet has just been released, many users are already playing with this new gadget and probably looking for tweaking methods. Of course when owning such a device, it is really hard not to play with the performances, so because of that during the present step by step guide I will show you how to easily install CWM recovery on your LTE Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which is model number N9005.
But first do note that CWM recovery can be installed only on a rooted Galaxy Note 3. If you don’t know how to gain root access, don’t panic as we have a suitable tutorial for you; just use and follow this: “install pre-rooted firmware on Galaxy Note 3 LTE and root your phablet”. Good, so after unchaining the system of your smartphone, return here and learn how to replace the stock recovery with a custom one: CWM recovery.
As you know, when looking forward in tweaking an Android based device, you should first gain root access. By making this you are removing the factory restrictions that are installed on your phone’s internal system. After that you will be able to access the OS and also you will be able to apply other complex operations. Well, the second thing to do, after rooting, is installing a custom recovery image.
But why to replace the stock recovery that comes pre-installed on all the Android based devices? Well, that’s easy: because the stock recovery can’t be used for performing complex operations. For example, the stock recovery isn’t suitable with custom ROMs, or custom kernels. Furthermore, a custom recovery can be used for performing operations like: maintenance, optimization, customization, wiping, restoring, backup and lot more. As you can see, flashing CWM recovery on the Galaxy Note 3 isn’t an option for you, especially if you are an advanced Android user.
Also, why to choose CWM recovery and not any other custom recovery instead? CWM recovery is the most used custom recovery by the Android uses. The app is available for almost all the Android based handsets out there whether we are talking about low range, mid-range or high end gadgets. Also, CWM recovery comes with a user friendly interface and with great options and features. Therefore, CWM recovery will smoothly run on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 while you will be able to use the same for applying different custom operations.
Before starting the present step by step guide remember that you need to have a rooted phablet. Unfortunately, usually by rooting the warranty will get void; anyway, by using the root solution mentioned above, you can root your Note 3 without voiding the warranty (the flash counter will not be increased). Anyhow, if you have rooted your device by using a different tutorial, you should know that the warranty can be restored; all you have to do is to downgrade your GN 3 to stock Android Jelly Bean OS, or to update with an official Android firmware – only manually because the OTA releases can’t be received by rooted devices.
Good; now, ensure that you can use a Windows running computer because Odin must be used on the same. CWM recovery will be installed on your Galaxy Note 3 LTE via Odin. Also, since this operation is not official, for avoiding the unpleasant situations, on your computer deactivate the security protection (the antivirus programs might interrupt the download process). On the other hand, on your GN3 the USB Debugging option must be checked (from path “settings – applications – development”) and your phablet must be fully charged (at least plug the charger in if the power is less than 50%).
Due to same considerations (this is an unofficial operation) before going any further consider in backing up the data which is saved on the internal storage memory of your Note 3 LTE N9005. Since your handset is rooted, you can use apps from Google Play for saving almost everything you need, including markets apps and EFS folder.
It’s important to apply this tutorial only if you own the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 model number I9005; use the next steps for installing CWM recovery only on the mentioned smartphone because this procedure is suitable only with the same. Else you can mess things up and you can also brick your Android based device.
How to Install CWM Recovery on Galaxy Note 3 LTE N9005
- Download Odin on your computer and install the same.
- Download CWM recovery from here and unzip the file on desktop.
- Download Samsung KIES and install the Galaxy Note 3 drivers if the drivers are not already installed on your computer.
- Turn off your phablet as you need to enter download mode.
- For download mode press the power, home and volume down buttons together for a few seconds.
- On the computer run Odin.
- Take your handset and its USB cable and by using both connect the Note 3 with the PC.
- Odin will communicate with your phablet – the ID:COM section will turn yellow or blue while the “added” message will be displayed.
- If not, you will have to reflash the drivers and repeat the steps from above.
- Now, on Odin click on “PDA”; then pick the CWM recovery file from desktop.
- Next, click on “start”.
- Don’t make any other changes on Odin: re-partition and f.reset time options shouldn’t be checked.
- Wait while CWM recovery is being installed on your Note 3 LTE.
- The process will be over when the ID:COM section will turn green and when the “pass” message will be displayed on your phone.
Congratulations, you have successfully completed our step by step guide. Now you know how to install CWM recovery on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE I9005. So, now you can update your phablet with a custom ROM, you can flash a custom kernel, overclock the CPU, remove the bloatware and so on. Stay close, as suitable guides will be developed for you.