After updating to leaked or stock Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N900 will be installed with default apps, programs and also with factory restrictions. Moreover, your phone’s system will be locked, so if you have previously gained root access, now root will be revoked. So, bottom line, you will have to regain root for the new Android 5.0 Lollipop built. In that matter, I will help you out. During the following guidelines I will show you how to use Odin in order to easily and safely root your Galaxy Note 3, after updating to Lollipop firmware.
But this tutorial is not just for those who have lost root access after updating to Android 5.0 OS. This guide can also be safely used for those who are on their first root attempt. The guidelines from below can be easily completing and ensuring root will be safe and secured. As pointed out already, the unlock procedure will imply in using Odin, an official program developed by Samsung, thus you will not have to install and use risky and third party tools.
The root access refers to an unlock process, as this will be the first step to apply when considering in removing in built programs, features and restrictions from your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and from the new Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware. Bottom line, gaining root access ensures a clean Android system that isn’t embraced by default restrictions. Thus, in this way you can start to customize, optimize and power up the performances of your Note 3 by completing other custom operations.
In a few words, once root access is enabled, you will be able to update your Galaxy Note 3 with a custom ROM firmware, such as CM12, AOKP or Paranoid Android. Moreover you will be able to overclock your Android device for improving the speeds and for upgrading battery life. At the same time you will be able to optimize general performances by flashing custom kernels and complex apps that requires root access. Finally, you can complete the optimization process by removing bloatware, adding new features that cannot be found on the default Android market, make Nandroid backups and so on.
Of course, unlocking the Lollipop system that runs on your Galaxy Note 3 can’t be an official process. Thus, this step by step guide shouldn’t be associated with Samsung or with Google. The root exploits from below are developed by third party devs and even though Odin is used, ensuring root is still an unofficial operation. Because of that, by completing this guide you will lose your phone’s warranty. Due to same reasons, if you will somehow brick or damage your device, you will have to fix it by yourself, by using manual troubleshoot solutions – taking your handset to service will imply in paying for the technical assistance.
Good; now you can decide whether to root your Galaxy Note 3 or to skip this process. On a final note, you should complete this tutorial only if you are thinking in tweaking your Android device and if you are an advanced Android user. Else, if you mess things up, you can end up in bricking your smartphone.
Now, before heading towards the root process, first you need to prepare your device for the unlock process that will follow. In that matter, you should start with a backup process. In this way you can be sure that your personal data, info and accounts are in safe hands. It is unlikely to lose something while using Odin, but when talking about important data, you can never be too sure. So, don’t hesitate and use compatible backup and restore apps. Use these tools and other similar software (such as cloud storage platforms) and save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, EFS, internet settings and other data you might use afterwards.
You need to ensure that CWM recovery is installed on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N900. Do so, as the root process also requires CWM recovery, or any other Lollipop compatible custom recovery image.
After saving your personal data, you need to focus on more general things. You need to prepare a computer, your Note 3 and your phone’s USB cable. The first thing to do is to deactivate security protection from your smartphone because antivirus and antimalware might interfere with Odin. Then, on your phablet you must enable USB debugging option if you want to properly use your SGN3 with your computer. USB debugging can be enabled through “menu – settings – developer options”.
Next, you must know that the root process is battery consuming. So, if there is not enough battery power left, your phone might get turned off and bricked while you are flashing the root exploit. Basically, now you should check the battery status and if you noticed that there is less than 50% power left, you should plug in the charger before doing anything else.
This root tutorial is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N900 that runs on stock or leaked Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware. Don’t use the guidelines from below in other scenarios as you can end up in damaging your Android based device.
How to Root Galaxy Note 3 N900 on Android 5.0 Lollipop using Odin
- Odin must be installed on your PC. Download the program, unzip it on desktop and install the tool by following on screen prompts.
- Then, download Samsung KIES and use this software for flashing Galaxy Note 3 USB drivers on your computer.
- Also, download SuperSU from here and CF-Auto-Root from here. Unzip CF-Auto-Root package on your desktop.
- Turn off your phablet as you need to reach download mode: after powering off, press and hold power, volume down and home buttons at the same time, for a few seconds.
- Run Odin on your computer and connect your phone with your PC via USB cable.
- When the connection is established, on the program the “added” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will be turned yellow or blue.
- What you need to do is to select the “PA” option. Then pick the CF-Auto-Root exploit and flash it by clicking on “start”.
- Wait while the unlock process is completed; when done, on Odin the “pass” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will turn green.
- Unplug the USB cable and reboot your phone.
- Put your Android device in recovery mode.
- From recovery mode select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick SuperSU from desktop and flash the root file on your Galaxy Note 3.
- When done, go to main menu of recovery mode and from there select “reboot system now”.
If during the root process, a boot loop is being issued, you will have to access recovery mode. From the recovery mode environment, you will have to select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. Then, from main menu from recovery pick “reboot system now” and that’s it. Also, during the steps from above, Odin might get stuck. You can troubleshoot that problem by closing the program and unplugging the USB cord. You also have to force restart your phone and reinstall its USB drivers on your computer. Then, all you have to do is to repeat the root process from step 1.
There you have it; that’s how you can ensure root access on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N900 after updating to Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. Share your thoughts and your results with us and stay close as further step by step tutorials will be soon developed.