Use Pre-Rooted OS and root the Galaxy Note 3 LTE N9005

The Galaxy Note 3 LTE has just been released and a root solution is already available. Even though you might be skeptic about this, you should know that the present root method works without any problems. Anyway, in order to convince you, here is what you need to know: by following this step by step guide you will flash a pre-rooted firmware on your Galaxy Note 2 LTE N9005 thus root access will be granted (actually you will install the stock software which has SuperSU pre-installed).

If you want to give it a try then, you should know that even though root access isn’t an official operation, by completing this guide your Note 3 warranty will not get void. Why? Well because you will flash the stock firmware, so the binary flash counter will not be affected. Also, this root solution does not install an insecure kernel and is not using the Chainfire root package, as the same hasn’t been yet released for your new phablet. So, what do you say, do you want to root your Galaxy Note 3 without losing the warranty? I bet you do.

But why to gain root access so fast? We all know that when you first buy a new device, it will be delivered with a locked system that has security and carrier restrictions installed. Now, if you are an advanced Android user you will probably want to tweak your device for obtaining full power from its system, for upgrading the battery life, for customizing the looks and so on. If so, then root access isn’t an option for you because as you know, on a rooted Galaxy Note 3 you will be able to update a custom ROM firmware, install a custom recovery image, overclock the CPU, install a custom kernel, remove in built programs, add new and extra features and so on.

Usually, when gaining root access the warranty of your Android device gets void. This is happening because the factory restrictions are being removed. You see, your device has a default setting that can tell whether you have gained root access or not; I am talking about the binary flash counter. Well, now, with this guide you can cheat the binary counter as you will flash a stock Android firmware that has SuperSU pre-installed. So, you will root your Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE model number N9005 without losing the warranty.

Since an official software will be added on your phablet, for this guide Odin will be used. Odin can be safely used even by those who aren’t used with these types of operations. The program is developed and offered by Samsung so you have nothing to worry about. What you do have to apply, are the pre requisites from below.

  • Backup the Galaxy Note 3 data because a wipe must be required. In some cases, rare ones, some problems might interfere and for resolving the same you will have to wipe the system of your phablet. Because of that, the backup is more than recommended.
  • A Windows running computer or notebook is required because Odin can be installed only on Windows based devices.
  • Also, your Note 3 and its USB cable must be near you.
  • On your phablet go to “settings -> applications -> development” and check the USB debugging option.
  • Check the battery status of your smartphone: if there is less than 50% power left, before going any further charge the battery of your device; else skip this step.
  • Deactivate the security programs and protection from your computer if there is such – the antivirus and antimalware programs might interfere with the root operation from below.
  • Do note that this tutorial is compatible with both rooted and un-rooted handsets while it is suitable only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE model number N9005. Applying the following steps on a different device will probably brick your smartphone / tablet.

How to Use Pre-Rooted OS for gaining root access on the Galaxy Note 3 LTE N9005

  1. From here download the pre-rooted firmware.
  2. Save the software on your computer.
  3. Unzip the update package.
  4. Then, on your computer install Samsung KIES and apply the Note 3 drivers; skip this step if the drivers are already installed.
  5. Download Odin, save the program on desktop and unzip the same.
  6. Then install and run Odin on your computer.
  7. Turn off your phablet.
  8. Reboot in download mode.
  9. You can boot the Note 3 in download mode by pressing power, volume down and home buttons at the same time.
  10. Now, connect your handset with the computer via USB cable.
  11. Your device must be booted in download mode, while on the computer Odin must be running.
  12. Now, Odin will recognize your device: the “added” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will turn yellow or blue.
  13. If not, you will have to re-try: unplug the USB cord, close Odin, reinstall the drivers on the computer and repeat the steps from above.
  14. Next, from Odin click on the option named “PDA”.
  15. Pick the pre rooted firmware.
  16. Don’t change anything else.
  17. Click on “start”.
  18. Wait while your handset is being rooted.
  19. The process will be completed when the “pass” message will be displayed and when the ID:COM will turn green.
  20. Remove the USB cable and reboot your phablet.

Note: if Odin gets stuck you should close the program, disconnect the handset from the computer, force restart the pahblet, reinstall the drivers on the PC and repeat the root operation from the beginning.
Note 2: if your smartphone gets stuck in a boot loop you need to reboot in recovery and select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”; also, return to main menu of recovery and select “reboot system now”.

Perfect, you are done; your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE has been successfully rooted, so congratulations. Stay close and check our daily posts as we are bringing useful Android related tips, tricks and step by step guides.

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  • theo

    THANKS, it worked well for me.
    I didn’t expect this being so simple. You even keep your settings and apps because there is no need to perform a factory reset.
    Even SELinux status is still “Enforcing” after flashing this image.
    Of course the device knows there was a change:
    – SYSTEM STATUS: changes from “Official” to “Custom”
    – KNOX WARRANTY VOID: changes from “0x0″ to “0x1″
    But “REACTIVATION LOCK” is still “OFF” and “KNOX KERNEL LOCK” is still “0x0″ :)

    • oggy1986

      you do realise that your KNOX WARRANTY VOID: changes from “0x0″ to “0x1″ mean thats your warranty is now void dont you and there is no way to reset the counter so Samsung will know if you send your phone in for repairs thats it has been flashed?

  • http://acousticconfusion.tumblr.com/ Kwackers

    Ugh. If only I didn’t have this stupid Mac

    • Matt Durrant

      Use bootcamp ;) thats how I do it

      • http://acousticconfusion.tumblr.com/ Kwackers

        I never really understood Bootcamp

  • Frank

    Please help, my phone failed at last step and now showing:
    Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies & try again.
    My phone is SM-N9005

    The message in Odin was:
    Added!!
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    SM-N9005XXUBMI7-ROOTED-KNOX_FREE.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:3)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    NON-HLOS.bin
    NAND Write Start!!
    aboot.mbn
    boot.img
    cache.img.ext4
    hidden.img.ext4
    modem.bin
    recovery.img
    rpm.mbn
    sbl1.mbn
    sdi.mbn
    system.img.ext4
    FAIL! (Auth)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    The error message on Phone screen is:

    Secure check fail [FMM] : system

    Please help, I can reboot to the phone, not even the recovery mode.

    Thanks very much for helping