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Update Korean Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to Android Lollipop

The official Android 5.0 Lollipop update has been released for all the Korean Samsung Galaxy Note 3 devices. If you don’t want to wait for the official firmware to arrive in your region over-the-air, then you can check the guidelines below and learn how to manually complete the update.

The new official Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware is being released in stages for all Korean Note 3 users on SK Telekom network. The update comes with Material Design UI, a more stable Android OS, and tons of extra small changes that should improve the overall performance of your phone.

Before starting the updating process you should check the guidelines below. You have to setup the Note 3 device for the updating process and to make sure that you will manage to complete the update at your first attempt.

Preparation Steps:

Use this tutorial only with the Korean Samsung Galaxy Note 3 devices.
Your phone’s model number has to be SM – N900S. Check your phone’s version under Settings> About Phone.
Do not attempt to update any other devices with the files that you will find in this post.

Download the Samsung USB Drivers from here.
The USB drivers will allow you to connect your phone to your PC via Odin app.

Odin is a small program designed for advanced Samsung users who are looking to complete the Android 5.0 update manually.
For the Odin app to launch on your phone you will have to install the usb drivers above and to make sure that the Samsung KIES is not opened on your PC. So, if you have KIES installed on your PC, then you have to make sure that it is disabled, as it will attempt to block ODIN from opening.

If your phone is rooted, then you need to know that root access will be revoked completed. Also, any custom Recovery is going to be replaced with a stock Recovery image.

You can flash the new Android 5.0 update over a custom ROM, too. If you install the update over a custom ROM, then you have to know that a ‘factory reset’ process has to be applied after that. The factory reset steps are listed at the end of this tutorial and you shouldn’t skip them if you want for your phone to boot in normal mode.

Factory resetting the phone is going to remove the old custom ROM. No files will be deleted from the phone’s internal storage.

The ‘factory reset’ has to be applied only if you install the update over a custom ROM. If your device is sporting a 100% stock Android firmware, then you can continue straight to the next part of this post.

Use the tutorial steps only in case you are an advanced user, as we cannot be blamed in case you brick your phone nor in case you lose any data in the process.

Check the battery charge level of your phone and make sure that it is over 50%, as it will prevent your phone from switching off during the first boot process of Android 5.0 OS.

Read the whole tutorial and do not skip any steps. Since you’ve read all of the above you can continue to the next part of this post and learn how to successfully complete the update.

How to install Android 5.0 N900SKSU0GPB4 Lollipop Update for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Korean model:

  1. Download the N900SKSU0GPB4 Android 5.0 firmware from here.
  2. Extract the contents in the zip archive and save the files on your PC.
    – you should get the N900SKSU0GPB4 tar.md5 firmware updating file, don’t extract it any further.
  3. Download Odin3 v3.10.6 from here.
    – extract the Odin files and save them on your PC.
  4. Switch off your device.
  5. Boot it in Download Mode.
  6. Launch the Odin exe on your PC.
  7. Connect the phone to computer via usb cable and wait for the device to be added by Odin.
    – if no device is detected you need to reinstall the Samsung usb drivers.
  8. Go back to Odin and click on the AP button.
    – this will require you to browse your computer for the updating file.
  9. Locate the N900SKSU0GPB4 tar.md5 firmware update file and load it in ODIN.
  10. Confirm the updating process by hitting the START button.
    – don’t press any buttons until the installation is done.
  11. After the update is completed by ODIN you will see the PASS alert. The phone should reboot in normal mode, too.
    – note that the first boot process of this new ROM will take a while before it loads all the new files.
  12. Use your default Google account in order to regain complete control over your device.

These were the steps you had to take in order to complete the updating process of this new Android 5.0 ROM on your Galaxy Note 3 Korean edition.

If you are unable to update you phone, then you might find some solutions by reading the extra notes below.


In case the Odin app shows the FAIL message or any other error, then the updating process wasn’t completed. You have to try and repeat the whole tutorial more than once and to make sure that your device meets all requirements listed above.

Also, make sure that your phone is properly detected by the PC, try to reinstall the usb drivers or to use a different usb cable. Use the comments field in case you need any extra help preparing your Note 3 device for the updating process.

Don’t try to update an International Note 3 model with the Korean Note 3 Android 5.0 firmware update files above.


In case ODIN shows the PASS alert, but your Note 3 device is unable to go past the boot animation screen and it gets stuck or it enters in a boot loop, then you have to ‘factory reset’ the device. The factory reset will wipe the system partition and it will allow your phone to complete the first Android 5.0 boot process.

If you have installed the update over a custom ROM, then you will also be forced to ‘factory reset’ the phone in order for it to be able to boot successfully.

Here’s how to factory reset your device:

  • power off the phone.
  • boot it in Recovery Mode.
  • select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
  • confirm.
  • reboot the device in normal mode and you are done with this post.

If you need more help tell us in comments.

Main Android 5.0 Lollipop Features:

Material Design overhaul for the entire Android US. Material looks colorful, it is faster, smoother and much more responsive than the old KitKat interface.

Notifications improvements that will allow you to interact with alerts right from the lockscreen. Also, when a call is coming in, then you will see that the app you’re using won’t be interrupted any more and you will be able to answer or continue doing what you’re doing. Intelligent ranking of notifications has also been added, so that you will get the important ones before others.

The battery saving mode has been added too in Android 5.0 for the first time. After activating the Battery Saving Mode you will the battery life extended up to 90 minutes. Also, Android 5.0 comes with Device Sharing capabilities allowing you to setup a Guest User account or multiple users with the same admin privileges. Quick Settings toggles menu that you can open up by swiping down twice, improved toggles, manual brightness adjust support and others more.

Android ART Runtime is a new improved computing technology that will launch apps faster and offer you a better Android OS performance. Besides all these changes you will get support for more than 70 new languages, print preview, improved battery life screen, bluetooth, mobile data usage, etc.

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