DesignGears and Chainfire, XDA members and developers, have worked on releasing the Root de la Vega utility for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. This will allow you to apply root for your device without tripping the KNOX flags.
Note that this tutorial only roots your T-MO Galaxy Note 3 smartphone while the bootloader will stay locked. This means that you won’t be able to flash any new custom ROMs, Recovery Images, Kernels or any other type of customization file. Also, it would be best for you not to update to any new Android OTA Update in the future as that potential new firmware version might not support any new root methods.
Note that for the root to be applied successfully the system partition and internal storage will be completely deleted. Make sure to remove the external microSD card before starting the root, as otherwise it will be wiped completely too. More info can be found in the preparation guide below. Make sure to read all the info that I’ve listed in this post and don’t skip any steps listed in the tutorial.
This is a very long tutorial and you should carefully go over all instructions before deciding whether to apply root or not for your Galaxy Note 3 phablet.
Here’s what you need to know before continuing to the firmware rooting part of this post:
- Use this guide only for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone with model number set to SM-N900T.
- Don’t attempt to flash the files you find here on any other Samsung Galaxy Note 3 variants, as you will end up bricking that device.
- Verizon Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900V can be rooted with the same Root de la Vega method using this guide here.
- AT&T Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900A Root de la Vega tutorial is here.
- Root de la Vega tool will install a custom and pre-rooted Note 3 AT&T firmware ROM that is based on Android 4.3.
- Bootloader will not be unlocked. This means that you won’t be able to flash any custom things such as new ROMs, kernels or recovery images. These can be flashed only on devices with bootloader unlocked.
- The warranty of your device will not be voided by this guide.
- KNOX Flags will not be tripped in the process and their value will remain at 0×0.
- Root de la Vega will wipe out every single file stored on your phone’s system and internal storage.
- IMPORTANT: Make sure to take out the external microSD card if there is one installed on your device.
- if you don’t remove it from your device, then its contents will be deleted. In the tutorial you’ll find a step that reminds you to do that.
- If you wish to backup data from installed applications then you can use the Helium tool from Google Play Store here.
- Download and install Samsung USB Drivers on your computer – link here.
- if you skip the installation of these drivers then your smartphone will not be recognized by ODIN, the tool that we’ll use to flash the root files.
- Disable or uninstall the Samsung KIES software, if it is present on your PC. This app will interfere with the installation process and you might not be able to complete root.
- Disable all antivirus apps from running on your PC.
- Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options.
- Use this tutorial only if you’re an advanced Android user and don’t blame us in case you lose data or you brick the smartphone in the process.
- Backup important files from your phone before starting the root.
- Make sure that your phone’s battery has enough power left before it completely switches off.
- In case you cannot complete the root or you don’t know how to apply some of the steps listed below, then you should ask for more help in comments.
- also, you can visit the Note 3 T-Mobile XDA thread here for more info about Root de la Vega.
Since you’ve gone past all the guidelines above, then you can continue to the next part of this post.
How to Root T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE SM-N900T with Root de la Vega tool:
Make sure to take out the external microSD card before starting the root process.
- Download the N900TUVUBMI7_VEGA.tar.md5 image file from here.
- Download the N900TTMBBMI7_CSC.tar.md5 image file from here.
- Download Root_de_la_Vega.7z archive file from here.
- after the download of Root de la Vega 7z file is complete, make sure to extract its contents and save the folder on your desktop.
- the contents of this 7z archive are as following: root_de_la_vega.zip, Odin3 v3.09 executable and Odin3.ini (this one might not show up if you have ‘hidden folders’ enabled).
- Power off your device now completely.
- Boot it now in Download Mode:
- it can be done by pressing and holding at the same time Volume Down, Home and Power buttons.
- release the buttons when the Warning! screen appears, then press Volume Up to confirm Download Mode.
- Launch Odin3 v3.09 executable on your computer.
- this app can be found in the folder created in step 3.
- Connect your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 with your computer via USB data cable.
- wait for Odin to detect your device by showing the ‘added!!’ message and then get to the next step.
- if Odin doesn’t recognize the phone, then you should re-install the Samsung USB Drivers. (download link is listed in the preparation guide)
- Go to Odin window and click the AP button, then load the N900TUVUBMI7_VEGA.tar.md5 file.
- Next, click the CSC button and load the N900TTMBBMI7_CSC.tar.md5 file.
- make sure that the Re-Partition option is not enabled and that the Auto Reboot and F Reset Time options are enabled.
- don’t change any other default settings.
- Hit the START button when you’re ready for the flash process to begin.
- wait until are files are installed and Odin says that the process was completed along with the green PASS box showing up.
- When the phone is rooted it will reboot in normal mode automatically and you should leave it connected to your computer.
- Now, go to folder created in step 3 and extract the contents stored on the Root_de_la_vega.zip file.
- you will obtain the following: ‘root files’ folder and root_de_la_vega.sh file.
- Make sure that your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 is connected to your computer and then move both ‘root files’ and ‘root_de_la_vega.sh’ on your phone’s root partition.
- don’t create a new folder on your phone’s internal root partition, just drag and drop the files.
- After the files are copied, restart the phone.
- Wait until the reboot process is complete and then go back to the root partition of your folder. Delete the ‘root files’ folder and ‘root_de_la_vega.sh’ file.
- Now that you’ve deleted those files, restart your smartphone once again.
- this will apply root successfully.
- After the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 boots in normal mode, disconnect it from your computer.
- Go to Google Play Store and install the Root Checker Basic app.
- Launch the Root Checker tool on your device and use the Verify button to confirm that the root was applied.
- That’s it, now you only need to power off the device and insert the external microSD card in case you had one. The root process is now complete.
I hope that you found this guide useful and that you’ve managed to apply Root de la Vega method for your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900T smartphone.
For any other questions or help, use the comments section below.