Even though it is available in limited markets only, the Android 4.4.2 XXUFNF4 stock KitKat OTA firmware can be anytime installed on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE model number N9005. Well, if you have manually or OTA updated your Note 3 to latest Android OS you might already know that root access has been revoked and now you are using a locked phablet. If you want to change all that and more important if you want to root your Note 3 LTE that is on stock Android 4.4.2 XXUFNF4 KitKat OS, don’t hesitate and use the guidelines from below.
Gaining root access or ensuring root access on your Galaxy Note 3 LTE is important, especially if you are used with custom operations, or if you want to use your Android device on full power all the time. Using a rooted smartphone comes with other advantages as you can install a custom recovery image, flash a custom ROM firmware (such as CM11, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid), remove bloatware, install custom apps, add new features, make Nandroid backups and so on.
Basically, by gaining root access you will be able to remove the factory and default restrictions from your Galaxy Note 3 LTE thus your phablet will be unlocked and you will be able to access and modify its Android XXUFNF4 KitKat 4.4.2 official firmware. Of course, gaining root access is just another unofficial operation developed and offered by third party devs – as you will see we will be using the CF-Auto Root method, which is provided by those of xda-developers (we should thanks them for this step by step guide).
So, the first thing to conclude is related to the warranty: it will be void once you start to root your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat CF-Auto Root software. Also you should consider this tutorial risky and complex (even though Odin will be used for applying the root exploit) and you should stick to the guidelines explained below – don’t perform things by yourselves as you can mess things up (or worst you can end up in soft bricking your Android device).
This root operation will be similar with an update procedure as Odin will be used. As you might know Odin is an official program compatible with Samsung branded devices and used mainly on update type of operations. Anyway, since you are dealing with an unofficial procedure, before gaining root access consider in backing up your data – else you might lose everything that’s saved on the internal storage memory of your phone. I recommend you to save your contacts, text messages, internet settings, EFS folder, personal data, info and accounts and your current ROM by making a Nandroid backup – if something bad happens, you will be able to restore the same without any other troubles.
A computer is being required as you are dealing with a manual operation; on the same computer you have to disable the antivirus protection and you have to install Odin (get the program from here) and your Galaxy Note 3 USB drivers (you can use Samsung KIES in that matter). Then, on your phablet you need to enable the USB debugging option by going to “menu – settings – developer options”. The battery status should indicate more than 60% power left or else you should plug in the charger before heading to the root process (your Note 3 might get bricked if it gets turned off in the middle of the root operation).
The steps from below should be applied only by those who own the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE on official Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXUFNF4 firmware – the root operation is compatible only with the same device.
How to Root Galaxy Note 3 LTE on Android 4.4.2 XXUFNF4 stock KitKat Firmware
- As mentioned on your computer you need to install Odin and the Galaxy Note 3 USB drivers.
- Also, you need to download the root file from here.
- Place the root package on desktop and unzip the same.
- Finally, run Odin on your computer and turn off your Note 3 LTE.
- Enter your device in download mode by following: press and hold volume down, home and power buttons at the same time, for a few seconds.
- With Odin running on the computer and with your smartphone booted into download mode establish a connection between your devices via USB cord.
- Once the connection is established, on Odin the “added” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will be turned yellow or blue.
- If different it means that the program hasn’t recognized your handset so you will have to try it again (also try to reinstall the drivers first).
- From Odin you then have to select “PA” and to pick the root file from your desktop.
- Click on “start” – don’t make any other changes on the program, just wait while your phablet is being automatically rooted.
- The “pass” message will be displayed on the end and the ID:COM section will be green.
- Unplug the USB cable and reboot your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE.
In rare situations, after using Odin for gaining root access your Note 3 might be experiencing a boot loop issue. You can address this problem by entering recovery mode on your Android device and by selecting the following: “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. Go to main menu of recovery and from there choose “reboot system now”. Also, Odin might cause some problems, as it might get stuck during the root process; if that happens, just close the program and remove the USB cable. Then force restart your smartphone, reinstall its drivers on your computer and repeat the root operation from the beginning.
So, there you have it; now you know how to root your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE that runs on latest Android 4.4.2 XXUFNF4 stock KitKat Firmware.