The Galaxy Note 3 is here so now you can receive all the custom operations that are suitable with your handset. Don’t worry, as even though the phablet had just been released, those of xda-developers had already made available various guides for your new Note 3. Therefore, in order to help you out, during the present step by step guide, I will show you how to easily root your T-Mobile version of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 via CF-Root package. The tutorial is safe and is working on the GN3 N900T without issues as many users have tested the present root solution and stated the same.
First of all, it should be clear for you that this root solution is suitable only for the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 which has the model number as N900T. Don’t apply the next guidelines if you own a similar device as you can end up in bricking your phanblet – for rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE N9005 use our dedicated step by step guide (click on the link from above).
Since we are using the usual CF-Root app, for this guide Odin will be required. Therefore, you have nothing to worry about because you won’t have to use and apply custom and risky procedures. Odin is an official software developed by Samsung and usually used on update operations. Anyway, even though Odin is an official app, the root access isn’t. So, that’s why, after completing this step by step guide, your Galaxy Note 3 warranty will get void. This is happening because the binary flash counter will be increased, since the factory restrictions and default settings will be removed.
As you know, gaining root access refers to gaining access to the internal system of your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3. That’s why on rooted devices you can install a custom recovery image, flash custom ROMs and kernels, overclock the CPU and so on. Due to same considerations, the flash counter is being increased and the kernel modified. So, the warranty of your Note 3 will get lost. Don’t panic though because you can restore the lost warranty by downgrading your T-Mobile Note 3 to stock Android Jelly Bean OS, or by updating with an OTA release of the same.
If you root your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 then you should know that your phablet will no longer receive further notifications; furthermore, on rooted devices you cannot apply OTA updates. If you will want to update your handset with an official Android OS, then you will have to do it manually and by using Odin.
Now, if you want to safely root your smartphone, before applying the proper steps from below, backup its data. At least the data which is saved on the internal storage memory; I am referring to contacts list, call logs, text messages, market apps, personal info and accounts and so on. In some rare cases, after gaining root access, the Note 3 N900T is getting stuck in a boot loop and for resolving the issues you need to wipe the system. So if that will be required, the best will be to previously backup your data and everything else that’s important to you.
Then, you also have to ensure that you can use a Windows running computer. On the same Odin will be installed and the root package downloaded. So, your phablet and its USB cable should be there too. On the computer you need to remove the security protection; just deactivate the antivirus and antimalware tools while you are rooting your handset. From your device (actually from “settings -> applications -> development”) enable the USB debugging option; furthermore check the battery status because if there is less than 50% power left, you need to plug the charger in.
Good; now you are prepared for the root procedure. Read all the steps from below and don’t apply things without consulting my indications. If you somehow manage to mess things up, you can end up in bricking your smartphone.
How to Easily Root T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 N900T
- Start the root operation by downloading the required files on your computer.
- So, get the root package from here; unzip the same on desktop.
- Then, download Samsung KIES and install the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 drivers on your computer – do that only if the drivers aren’t there already.
- Download Odin; unzip it on desktop and then install the program.
- Finally, launch Odin on your computer.
- Take your handset and turn it off.
- Wait a few seconds and then press the power, volume down and home buttons at the same time until download mode is being displayed.
- With the phone in download mode, connect your Note 3 with the computer; where Odin should be running.
- Odin will recognize your device: ID:COM section will turn yellow or blue while the “added” message will be displayed.
- If Odin isn’t recognizing your phablet, you need to close the program and unzip the USB cable; also you have to re-install the drivers and then you can repeat the steps from above until everything is working as explained.
- Good; from Odin select the option dubbed as “PDA”.
- You will be able to pick the root package from desktop; do so.
- Then, click on “start”.
- Now your device will be rooted.
- The process will end when on Odin the ID:COM section will turn green and when on the same tool the “pass” message will be displayed.
- Only then you should remove the USB cable and reboot your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
First, Odin might get stuck in the middle of the root operation. If that happens, you need to follow:
- Close Odin on your computer.
- Disconnect Galaxy Note 3 from the PC by unplugging the USB cable.
- Force restart your phablet.
- Reinstall the proper drivers on the computer.
- Repeat the steps from the root guide.
Then, another problem might refer to a boot loop; after completing the tutorial, when rebooting your handset, it might get stuck; in that case you need to follow:
- Boot your Note 3 in recovery mode.
- Use the recovery mode menu and select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
- Return to main menu of recovery.
- Select “reboot system now”.
- Done; if the first boot takes longer than usual, don’t panic because there is nothing wrong with your device.
Congratulations, you have rooted your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N900T. Stay close as further tutorials will be developed for your phablet from which you will be able to learn how to install CWM recovery or how to update with custom ROMs.