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Install Android 5.0 Lollipop Security Update for International Galaxy Note 3

Samsung has issued a brand new official Android 5.0 update that patches your phone’s security up to the latest 2016 needs. Check the guidelines in this post in order to learn how to flash the new official firmware on your phone.

This tutorial can also be used to restore your Galaxy Note 3 N9005 to stock Android in case you were previously running a custom ROM on your device.

You should always keep your Galaxy Note 3 updated with the latest official/ non-official Lollipop builds, as your device will be more safe and secure against any type of malware.

Before starting the installation of this new official firmware you should be checking the guidelines below:

  • use this post only for the Samsung Galaxy Note N9005.
    – check the model of your phone under Settings> About Phone.
  • do not attempt to update any other different Galaxy Note 3 device with the files that you will find in this post.
  • download the Samsung USB Drivers from here.
    – the usb drivers will allow your PC to detect the phone when you will be connecting them.
  • enable USB Debugging from Developer Options.
    – the Developer Options menu might be hidden, which is why you have to enable it first: go to Settings> About Phone and tap 7 times on the Build Number section.
    – return to the Settings menu, open Developer Options, find USB Debugging and enable it, too.
  • ODIN is the tool that you will have to use in order to install the new Android 5.0 firmware on your device.
    – for ODIN to work you need to install the usb drivers above and to enable USB Debugging.
    – ODIN is a small tool designed for Samsung users who are looking to upgrade their phones manually.
  • if you install the official update over rooted firmware, then you will lose root access.
    – also, any custom Recovery you might have installed is going to be replaced with a stock Recovery image.
  • you can flash the new update over custom ROMs, too, but you will have to factory reset the device’s system partition.
    – the Factory Reset steps are listed at the end of this post.
    – Factory Resetting the phone will remove all the data from system partition.
    – the Factory Reset won’t remove any files from internal storage of your device.
    – apply the Factory Reset steps only if you install the official Lollipop 5.0 firmware over custom ROMs.
  • if your Galaxy Note 3 is running 100% stock Android, then you can continue to the next part of this post right away.
  • this is a guide for advanced users, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any important data files.
  • read the whole post and do not skip any steps.
  • check battery charge level of your device and make sure that there is at least 50% charge left before the phone powers off completely.

Now that you know all of the above you can continue to the next part of this post.

If you are unsure about installing the update manually, then you can always choose to wait until Samsung pushes the new update over-the-air in your region.

How to flash Android 5.0 Lollipop 2016 Security Patch for International LTE Galaxy Note 3:

  1. Download Android 6.0.1 N9005XXUGBPD3 firmware archive from here.
  2. When the download is done you need to extract the archived contents.
    – save the files on your PC.
    – do not unzip the N9005XXUGBPD3 tar.md5 firmware update file, as that is the one you have to load in Odin app.
  3. Download Odin 3.10.7 zip from here.
    – extract the archived contents and save them on your PC.
  4. Power off the phone.
  5. Boot it in Download Mode.
  6. Launch the Odin exe on your PC.
  7. Connect the phone with the computer using a USB cable.
    – wait for the device to be detected by the PC.
    – if the phone is not detected you need to reinstall the Samsung usb drivers once more.
  8. Return to Odin, open Options, then disable the Re-Partition option.
    – if Re-Partition is disabled already you can continue to the next step.
  9. Click the AP button in Odin now.
  10. Find the N9005XXUGBPD3 tar.md5 firmware file and load it in Odin.
  11. Hit the START button to confirm installation of Android 6.0.1 2016 Security Update.
    – don’t press any buttons until all the new files are done installing.
  12. When the Android 6.0.1 is flashed you can see the PASS alert and your phone will restart in normal mode.
    – do not press anything until the first boot process is done.
  13. When the “optimizing apps” screen of your Note 3 loads you can unplug the phone from computer.
    – now wait for the first reboot process of Android 6.0.1 to complete.
  14. Use your default login info in order to regain control over your phone again.

The first reboot boot of Android 6.0.1 will take at least five minutes to complete. If the first boot takes longer to complete you should check the info listed in this post.


In case you see the FAIL alert or in case any other error blocks you from installing the update, then you will need to try and repeat the installation once more.

If you decide to repeat installation you need to make sure that your phone meets all requirements listed above and not to skip any steps.


If the PASS alert is displayed by Odin, but your phone enters in a boot loop, or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen of your device, then you will need to ‘factory reset’ the phone’s system partition.

If your phone was running a custom ROM until now, and you’ve installed the official Android 6.0.1 update over your device, then you will have to ‘factory reset’ it, too.

Here’s how to factory reset your phone:

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

If you need any extra help completing the tutorial, then you can tell us in comments and we will try to come up with solutions for your problems.

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