The Android 4.4.2 OTA update for your galaxy Note 3 can be easily applied as the firmware can be automatically installed like on any Android device (you just have to use a WiFi connection and to go to your phone’s “menu – settings – about phone – software updates – check for updates” and from there the software will be automatically flashed). Well, in some cases this method can’t be used, which mean that you will have to manually perform the update operation. In that case, you can choose to use this step by step guide, as during the following lines I will teach you how to easily update your Galaxy Note 3 N9005 LTE to official DXUENF3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS manually.
As you might know, Samsung just released a new minor OTA KitKat 4.4.2 update for the LTE model of the Galaxy Note 3. The firmware is of course rolled out gradually and can be OTA installed only by the users who are using their devices on stock Android system. So, if your Note 3 is rooted and installed with a custom ROM firmware, you won’t be able to receive the DXUENF3 Android 4.4.2 notification. Well, as you can already tell, in that case you will have to manually flash the software.
This tutorial is also recommended by those who are trying to revoke root access, to restore the Note 3 to stock Android OS or to fix a soft bricked Android device. Therefore, the best will be to bookmark this guide as who knows when you will need the same. Anyway, before heading to the installation procedure, read all the guidelines which are being detailed here.
First of all, it should be clear for you that this is an official update operation; the firmware provided below is the same with the OTA DXUENF3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS, so you will not be using a custom ROM software. Due to same reasons, you can safely apply this installation guide as the warranty of your Galaxy Note 3 will not get void (that’s happening only when updating with unofficial platforms). Moreover, this tutorial is compatible with rooted and locked handsets, though by flashing the official or stock Android OS, the root access will get revoked (if your Note 3 is currently rooted, after completing this guide the root access will be lost – you will have to regain root afterwards by using a compatible root solution for the new DXUENF3 Android 4.4.2 system).
DXUENF3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS represents only a minor update released by Samsung for the LTE Galaxy Note 3. Don’t expect to receive new features, apps or capabilities as the ROM only brings some bug fixes and stability improvements – thus you will run on a smoother Android OS that will be stable and which will run without lags, bugs, force close errors, or other things that aren’t working properly.
Since this a manual update procedure and since we are talking about a Samsung branded device, on the installation process, Odin will be used. Odin is an official program developed by Samsung and used especially on update type of operations. Of course, Odin is compatible only with Samsung branded devices – as you can notice you won’t be using complex programs or tools and you will not have to complete complex and risky operations (this guide can be anytime performed even by a newbie who is on his first update experience).
But before doing anything else, you should backup your data because in rare situations, while using Odin, your data might get corrupted or even erased. So, for avoiding unpleasant situations and for keeping your personal info in safe hands, complete a full backup by using compatible apps from Google Play. In that matter you can save everything you want, including EFS folder, internet settings, market apps, personal data, info and accounts, text messages, contacts list, or even the call logs.
This tutorial can be completed only if you are using a Windows powered computer. On the same PC you have to temporarily deactivate the security protection because programs like antivirus or antimalware might interfere with our work. Then, on your Note 3 from “menu – settings – developer options” you need to check the USB debugging option. Also, you should charge your device if the battery status displays less than 50% power left (your phablet might get bricked if it gets turned off in the middle of the flashing process). You must apply the steps from below only if you own the LTE N9005 model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – because DXUENF3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS has been officially released by Samsung only for the mentioned device.
How to Update Galaxy Note 3 N9005 LTE with DXUENF3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS
- On your computer download Odin, Samsung KIES and the firmware file (from here); save the files on desktop if possible.
- Now, unzip Odin and install the program by following the on-screen prompts. Also, install Samsung KIES and by using the same flash the galaxy Note 3 USB drivers on your computer.
- Unzip the firmware file.
- Run Odin on your PC and enter your phablet in download mode: first turn off your phone (press power button and select “power off” or press and hold the power key for about 15 seconds) and then press power, volume down and home buttons at the same time for a few seconds.
- Connect your Note 3 with your computer via USB cable.
- Now, on Odin the “added” message will be displayed while the ID:COM section will turn yellow or blue – if not, you will have to remove the USB cord and to close Odin; reflash the drivers on your computer and then repeat the steps from above.
- From Odin you just have to click on the “PA” option for selecting the firmware file from your computer.
- Then, click on “start” without making any other changes on the program and wait while your Note 3 is automatically updated.
- In the end, when the “pass” message is being displayed and when the ID:COM section turns green, unplug the USB cable and reboot your smartphone.
If after the first reboot your handset will get stuck in a boot loop, enter recovery mode on your Android device. From recovery mode select “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition” and in the end from main menu of recovery select “reboot system now”. On the other hand, if Odin gets stuck during the update operation, just close the program and unplug the USB cord. Then force restart your device and reinstall the USB drivers on your computer. Of course then reapply all the steps from the guide.
That’s it; you have successfully completed our step by step guide which means that you know how to manually update the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N9005 LTE to official Android 4.4.2 KitKat DXUENF3 firmware.