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How to root Samsung Galaxy Note 3 the easy way

How to root Samsung Galaxy Note 3 the easy way
We won't be extolling the virtues of rooted Androids here, like being able to use Google Now in more languages, since if you have decided to root, you are probably already aware of the pros and cons. 

Cutting to the chase - Chainfire's CF-Auto-Root has been modded to include an easy root for the just outed Samsung Galaxy Note 3, tested  with the SM-N900 (Exynos), SM-N9005 (International Qualcomm), and SM-N900T (T-Mobile US) versions of the handset so far, as well as a few files for the rest of the US carrier versions that are still in testing.

Download the latest version of the ODIN flashing software for Samsung handsets and the latest USB drivers if your phone doesn't get recognized by your computer, or visit Daerragh's ODIN thread from the source link below.

Get the appropriate file for your Note 3 model, which can be checked from Settings>About phone>Phone identity>Model number, then follow Chainfire's instructions below closely, or visit the respective thread we've sourced at the end:

- Download and unzip the respective CF-Auto-Root-....zip file for your device
- If you end up with a recovery.img and cache.img file, you've extracted twice. You need to end up with a .tar.md5 file - don't extract that one
- (USB) Disconnect your phone from your computer
- Start Odin3-vX.X.exe
- Click the PDA button, and select CF-Auto-Root-....tar.md5
- Put your phone in download mode (turn off phone, then hold VolDown+Home+Power to boot - if it asks you to press a button to continue, press the listed button, or run adb reboot downloadcommand)
- (USB) Connect the phone to your computer
- Make sure Repartition is NOT checked
- Click the Start button
- Wait for Android to boot

source: Chainfire, Daerragh  (XDA-Devs)

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posted on 04 Oct 2013, 09:43 3

1. md227a (Posts: 171; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

Unless your have AT&T or VZW, Asshole corporations locking bootloaders and not even giving option to unlock if phone is bought at full retail $700+

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 09:50

2. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Is there an option to buy direct from Samsung? I just wish an Android OEM would step up and officially support rooted Android phone.

I will buy it regardless of brand.... hear that HTC!!

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 10:47

5. hellonerds (Posts: 334; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

Negri electronic sells it unlocked.. not sure if it still has that region lock

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 21:32

21. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

There is no region lock, only region activation requirement. U.S set need U.S base sim card to activate the phone after that any region sim card could be used.

The reason is simple. US set is much more cheaper compare to Asia sets. Some dealer make use of this to parallel import US set to asia to make a bigger profit.

I still think Samsung should not do this because of the negative publicity costing them more.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 10:46 1

3. hellonerds (Posts: 334; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

Agree.. im on att and im getting a t mo note 3 to run on att.. I need my root/roms.... might go back to t mo

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 11:32 1

10. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

They always find a way to root phones on BOTH Verizon & AT&T. Just have patience. You WILL be rewarded.

I ALWAYS rock a rooted phone on Verizon's AWESOME 4G LTE network. It's like pimping a Ferrari & then speeding down the Autobahn. lol

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 12:40

11. hellonerds (Posts: 334; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

Ture.. but a unlocked boot will have more roms/support. Im on att so I can run t mo phones lol..

As for Ferrari. . More like make it lighter and add more power ... im talking about carrier bloatware and some samsung crap ware that I wont be using on note 3.. those crap software need to go lol..

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 15:11

15. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

That is why you root, to remove the bloat. That is also why I said pimping my Ferrari..... lol

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 13:09

13. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

Lol man i know. Root methods are coming out way faster these days.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 13:08

12. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

They always find a way to unlock bootloaders for galaxy devices on att/verizon. Idk what you are talking about. This isn't android in 2010...

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 14:34

14. md227a (Posts: 171; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

May gain root but you will not have a recovery to flash Roms. The Galaxy S4 on VZW and AT&T since the most recent update can only use a safe strab recovery .

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 16:35

17. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

They thought they wouldn't find a way to unlock. BOTH bootloaders on the recent kindle fire......now they have fully functional working roms. You really think as popular as Samsung is that the dev community won't find a unlock method for a device that has just one?

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 18:14

18. nasznjoka (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

This is the one device you need not need to root and install a custom rom cuz doing so you gonna loose all the spen's and touchwiz features that makes most of users buy the #NOTE3 rooting it makes it just another #BIG_PHONE stop craming guys

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 18:24

19. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

Hope you realize some people buy the note for the hardware and not the spen. Believe it or not it's people who use the note without the spen a lot.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 15:50 1

22. DrewLoker (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)

Sorry for the newb ?, if anybody has a link as to the downside of Rooting, it would be most appreciated for the redirect. I am new to Android...bought a Nook a couple of weeks ago and successfully rooted it. Very nice. I just switched yesterday from iPhone 4s (jailbroken) to a GN3 because I didn't want to wait for JB every time Apple upgrades. So, hasta luesta Apple. So, found this site with steps to root GN3. Only thing I am really interested in is Hotspot on Sprint. Reading Nasznjoka sounds like I am going to loose some features. Can you elbaborate. And I guess the better question is, is their a way to get hotspot on the Note 3 with out a full Root? Thanks!!

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:08

26. prestige27 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)

Did you ever figure out a way to unlock the hotspot feature on the Sprint Note 3 without root? If not, did you end up rooting your phone and getting the Hotspot to work? Can you tell me what you did to get it to work if you did it without rooting, or, can you tell me what root method you used and how you got the hotspot to work? Thank you

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 10:46

4. spectre1006 (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)

no att method?

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 10:49

6. hellonerds (Posts: 334; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

Yes there is lol.. buy a t mobile and run it on att lol.. no point of getting a att note 3 if you want root..

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 10:55

7. goojman (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

is it as simple as that? Or do you have to do sumthing to the phone once you purchase it from Tmobile?? I'll be damned if I buy my Note 3 from At&t locked!! WTF!!??

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 11:17

9. hellonerds (Posts: 334; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

If you buy from t moblie full price you will have to wait at least 30 days for sim unlock.. but if you buy from negrie electronic its already unlocked sim no need to wait.. just slap your att sim and set the apn to lte and your set and can root it .. im sure att will get root later but this new knox and lock boot seems to bug hackers a bit and wont get as much support. . Note 3 on t mobile already has a rom

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 10:59 1

8. twens (Posts: 1061; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

Nice but i don't think i need root for now. I can pretty much do everything i want without root out of the box

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 15:35

16. lekeola (banned) (Posts: 43; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)

why stress yourself when a single apk app can be use to root and Unroot. "framaroot" make rooting and Unrooting easier.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 18:27

20. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

Because that has damaged some people's phones. You honestly think a single apk is capable of flawlessly rooting 100s of android devices? Root method are different for a lot of phones. Samsung once had a phone that had over 30 steps to rooting it. And even when you were done sometimes you would have a incomplete root.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 13:14

23. dave007 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

pls would like to know can u still root after ur device(sm-n900) is updated

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 02:31

24. mshome (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

try it on N9008,

the phone doesn't reboot.

how to go from here?

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 02:10

25. cruz956 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Mar 2014)

is there one that will work if you have 4.4.2 running?

posted on 23 Jun 2014, 11:42

27. thunder4 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Jun 2014)

the download has got stuck on cache.img.ext4
what to do?

posted on 25 Sep 2014, 17:42

28. Rootbot (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Sep 2014)

Reflash stock ROM and reflash CF

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 19:01

29. mohdfahad47 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Apr 2015)

For rooting a 32 gb variant we have to click the re partition box right? And how do i back up the pit file? Please share some knowledge with me.☺

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