Fix Bricked Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Sprint Verizon T-Mobile AT&T USA/Canadian, The Unbrick and Recovery Guide Just for You!

This is how to fix your bricked Samsung Galaxy Note 3 such as Sprint SM-N900P, T-Mobile SM-N900T, AT&T SM-N900A, Verizon SM-N900V, US Cellular SM-N900R4 & Canada’s Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900W8. if you ruined something while installing modified firmware and rooting it with a wrong root kernel. When your device bricked, your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can no longer function as it was and this solution might help you in dealing with your bricked device especially if your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is out of warranty and then spend an eye-puffing cost to the service center just to fix your device.

Now, here’s what we are going to do – if there is a good chance that you can still access your Galaxy Note’s Download Mode screen, then there’s a chance that this method will work on your bricked device, so just have patience and give it a try. A “bricked device” – like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3” is caused by an already corrupted firmware inside your phone’s system. Because of this, your device will not boot normally as it supposed to be. So, we need to install back the original firmware of your device by means of flashing using Odin Downloader tool, that’s why you need to have the phone’s Download Mode access or if not, this unbrick method will not help you in the fixing process of your Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Symptoms of bricked Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Here are the couple of issues that you might be facing by now and wonder how to resolve it.

Soft-bricked Galaxy Note 3 Device

1. Your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 device boots up and shows the Samsung screen in just a split of a second and then it automatically turns off or just stuck somewhere or hangs on following the boot screen ‘Samsung’ logo.

2. Your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 device won’t POWER ON, but it just shows the Odin Download screen with yellow triangle and firmware update warning.

3. Your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 device keeps on restarting uncontrollably (with vibrations) after the Samsung logo appears.

– The full functionality of your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can be recovered if you can still access the device Download Mode screen.

How Reboot Samsung Galaxy Note 3 into Download Mode.
How Reboot Samsung Galaxy Note 3 into Download Mode.

(Press VOLUME down + HOME + POWER button)

Try to press this button combination. If you can still access the Download Mode option, then you’re apparently quite fortunate for there’s a possibility that you can recover the functionality of your device by yourself.

Hard-bricked – it refers to the phone as totally jammed, unresponsive or no visible signs of starting to work as it suppose to be. No display at all. You can’t even access the Download Mode screen. The only resolution for this is by using the method called JTAG flashing, which is you are forcing to install the firmware back to the phone. The process that you are about to experience is not too easy; this includes disassembling the phone, some soldering job required and flashing by means of using a flashing device tool.

– This method means that you cannot save your device at all by yourself anymore. If you considered necessary to have your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 back to life, the best way for you to do is to bring the device back to your dealer. Explain impressive that might persuade them to have your Galaxy Note repair for free of charge or have an exchange for warranty.

How to Fix or Unbrick Your Bricked Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Flashing with Original Firmware or Stock ROM (USA & Canada variants Only)

Download stock firmware file for Samsung Galaxy Note 3.  Just make sure you download the right firmware according to your device country or network provider.

Again, you should only grab the correct stock firmware if your Galaxy Note  3. I want you to remember or think of what the firmware build version of your device before the brick occurred.  If it was on 4.3 (Jelly Bean) then you should only install back the 4.3 first then you can still decide to install the 4.4.2 (KitKat) later on. If  the device already runs on 4.4.2 KitKat, then you should install the correct Android 4.4.2 KitKat stock firmware.

From these step it’s also been crucial if you just grab any firmware package without knowing which one is the correct version to choose. So that is why I want you to know the correct Android version first.  Now, let say  if you have a bricked version of Android 4.3 Jelly bean then you may only restore your device to the official Android 4.3 firmware. Same as it goes if your device was then bricked on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, then you may also only restores back your phone to the official 4.4.2 KitKat.  If you already on 4.4.2, you cannot actually downgrade back to the old software updates like 4.3, marked my word don’t do it. As you know, flashing of the older firmware is not always possible because of the boot secure into bootloader on any software updates as some of the carrier provider has restricted their phone into further modifications like rooting and installing custom firmwares.

You can download one of these original firmware from here:

USA and Canada Galaxy NOTE 3 Stock  Firmware Packages

For Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, US-Cellular 7 Canadian Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Only

These Samsung Galaxy Note 3 version such as Sprint SM-N900P, T-Mobile SM-N900T, Verizon SM-N900V, US Cellular SM-N900R4 & Canada’s Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900W8. We have a different approach on AT&T’s Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900A, just read on below.

Grab Odin flasher Tool and USB driver
Odin flasher – Odin3_v3.07 or Odin3_v3.09
USB Driver –  Download Kies 3 for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or the  USB Driver.

You also need to unzip or extract the firmware packaged and other compressed files, it can be extracted using 7zip, winzip, winrar or any unzipping program you have in your computer.

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 stock firmware

Run the Odin3_v3.09 and configure Odin in your computer desktop.

Hover your mouse to these three Odin check-boxes options, by default the ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F. Reset Time’ check-boxes are marked checks. Just ensure the “Re-Partition” remains no check marked.

Odin Repartition

Boot your Galaxy Note 3 into Download Mode

Turn it off, then Press the Volume Down+Home+Power buttons at the same time, then let it go until a warning screen prompted you to choose to continue or cancel.  Press the ‘Volume Up button”  you will then see a download mode screen.

Here is what it looks like when a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rebooted in Odin Download Mode.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Download Mode.

Connect your Galaxy Note 3 to the computer via the USB data cable

Once you connect your Galaxy Note 3  with the USB cable you can see that Odin’s ID:COM triangular bar turned to blueish color and shows you the USB port number of your Galaxy Note 3 connection with the computer. The COM number will depend on which USB port assigned with your phones, it usually connects from 01 to 07. There is also a word that says “Added” in the log-cat box. If you ain’t see any response, try to recheck the USB cable and re-install the USB Driver.
Now hover your mouse to Odin’s button.

Odin and Galaxy note 3 USB data cable connection

Load the Firmware Package in Odin

Click the Odin’s ‘AP button‘ then browse and select the firmware  file. Just make sure you already decompressed or unzipped it so you can browse it to the folder where you put it, it should it end with file description as “tar.md5″ or else the flasher program will not recognized it. Like for example if you have the 4.4.2 KitKat firmware is should look something like this,  “N900TUVUCNB4_N900TMBUCNB4_HOME.tar.md5″
or the 4.3 Jelly Bean is like this,
“N900TUVUBMI7_N900TMBUBMI7_HOME.tar.md5″
Firmware packages comes in different build version numbers and basically shows the device model number such “N900T” which means that this firmware file is for T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900T.

Odin firmware packaged

Then wait a couple of seconds while it reads the MD5 checksum.

Begin to Flash the Original Firmware

Simply hit the “Start Button”  Once both AP and CSC files filled with the right files, simply click that Odin’s “START” button to begin flashing. Wait and watch the progress bar as it will show you the exact time how it completes the flashing and it takes a couple of minutes before the flashing finishes, you have a time to relax  for a while.

flash firmware in Galaxy note 3

Wait until the Unbrick Process completes!

When original firmware installation successfully completed,  you’ll noticed that Odin displays a word “PASS”.  this only indicates that the flashing was successful and your Galaxy Note 3 has now being restored back to the official firmware, and your root was gone for good.

Odin Flashing firmware shows a word Pass

But in other situation, there is also some circumstances that you’ll get a flashing failure, this is due to a bad flashed or any other interruption occurred during the process.

Odin Flashing firmware Failed
If you’d get the “Fail” error, you must then simply repeat the process.  You may also check any other things that might have caused the problem like checking the USB data cable, your computers USB ports and closing any other programs that might have interrupt while running Odin.

Fix bricked Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) Flashing with PIT file for System Table Re-Partition and the Original stock ROM or Firmware

Now, if the phone still doesn’t boot to its normal mode after restoring the original stock ROM, this time we are going to flash its full packaged firmware again, but this time we need to try fixing the phone’s system memory Re-Partition table. So, we need to flash including the “PIT” file as our last attempt.

I want you to create or build your own   “PIT” Re-Partition Table  file using PIT Magic app, please grab it forum.xda-developers.com-thread-1916936 and then Create New PIT Files from scratch as the PIT Magic can control them and we can see the contents.

PIT_File_Analysis

Once you have your own Pit file, then proceed into flashing. Again make sure the battery is fully charge (recharge the battery using external battery charger or borrow from your neighbors Galaxy Note)

1. Boot the Galaxy Note into download mode screen then connect to PC.

2. This time load the N900x.pit Pit file on Odin’s PIT Button

3. Load your original stock firmware on the Odin’s PDA button.

4. Click on “Start” to flash the stock firmware and PIT file then wait.

If the phone reboot normally, it’s then a success story. You may then perform factory reset if necessary, to get rid of boot loop and stuck on welcome screen logo issues.

– Turn off the phone and set it into recovery mode

– Press volume “volume up, home and power buttons”

– Once in recovery mode, perform full wipe

– Select ‘wipe data/factory reset’

On AT&T Galaxy Note 3 N900A STOCK Firmware Flashing

This guide is for AT&T Galaxy Note 3 N900A users that might already in deep trouble restoring back the stock firmware. Though this method covers how to return back the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 N900A stock firmware but this also a huge help to those who wants to fix a bricked devices. Just look for the full stock firmware for SM-N900A and you need to simply flashed the individual parts of stock firmware such as the following:

  • AP = Android Platform
  • BL = Bootloader
  • CP = Modem (radio)
  • CSC = Region & mobile operator
  • PIT = Partition table (rarely used)

unbrick AT&T Galaxy Note 3

A set of examples of flashing AT&T stock firmware can be found here.

If the problem of your device still exists, then there is nothing we can do about it so far but just to suggest that you have to contact or visit your nearest service center to get it fix. Parenthetically, I can guide you about JTAG, but it requires a heck of tearing down the phone completely, a JTAG flashing tool kit and soldering skills. So, I guess it’s not applicable to share it to everybody. It’s a technician job by now.

So congratulations to those who successfully fixed their bricked Samsung Galaxy Note 3 using this method, and I feel so sorry to those unlikely out of luck today. Next time, you have to be careful while modifying your prized Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Nobody can stop you from doing it, but extra preventative measure is much better safe than sorry.

16 thoughts on “Fix Bricked Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Sprint Verizon T-Mobile AT&T USA/Canadian, The Unbrick and Recovery Guide Just for You!”

  1. I thought I my phone was hard bricked, because I followed your directions to the letter, and my Note 3 (N900P) still kept trying to boot into recovery and failing. Here’s how I was able to get my phone out of the bootloop:

    1 First I pulled my battery, sd card and discharged power from the phone & left it off 30 minutes.
    2 After 30 minutes, I put the phone in Download Mode (Vol down + Home + Power) and put the battery in (without sd card).
    3 After booting into Download Mode, then I hit Vol down again to reboot the phone.
    4 After fully booting into the system, I turned off my phone, and installed my sd card nd rebooted.
    5 After full boot, in flashed TWRP via ODIN.
    6 After the reboot all is good; TWRP works so I immediately made a Nandroid backup and deleted the old Nandroid that was on my phone.

    My problem was earlier today a rom manager told me to download a newer version of TWRP that was the incorrect version for my phone.

    I hope this helps someone.

  2. Want to say thanks, this article helped me unbrick my hard bricked Note3. I bricked while trying to root it and was very depressed after doing that.

    Thank you so much!

  3. I have tried to use this guide to unbrick my SM-N900W8 (on Rogers), and it’s just not working.

    I downloaded the N900W8_RWC_N900W8VLU2DOC4_N900W8OYADOC4_Original (5.0/Bell) firmware using the link provided, and the attempt to update via Odin always fails at the same point:

    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    N900W8VLU2DOC4_N900W8OYADOC4_N900W8VLU2DOC4_HOME.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..
    SingleDownload.
    aboot.mbn
    NAND Write Start!!
    sbl1.mbn
    rpm.mbn
    tz.mbn
    sdi.mbn
    NON-HLOS.bin
    boot.img
    recovery.img
    system.img.ext4
    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    I’ve attempted this many times on different machines, making sure that the phone is the only thing plugged in, and I just cannot get past this point. I have NO idea what to do now.

    1. You can fix it though.. it looks like there is something clogging within the system. 1) Just perform full wipe / factory reset in recovery mode, 2) Try to restore back the previous 4.4.2 KK first, 3) Flash the 5.0 LP. 4) Congratulate yourself.

  4. can I flash us cellular note 3 (SM-N900R4) android 4.4.2 (NG5) that has been sim unlocked (by us cellular) to another carrier and have the gsm radio working?

    1. No, US carriers have had used different system images unlike those Canadian carriers. It has a different ‘Bootloader’ system image by which doing so will result into bricks..

  5. Now i dont use this phone but the repair methodes are all the same to mines eccept that my Phone is hardbricked but with the pitfile i should revive it(SM-A300FU). I got all Files needed. What i dont have is a second Phone to set up the SD Card… i tried to use a Micro sdcard reader, but i dont know how to FLash the needed files just using a cardreader instead of a second phone and Odin. A friend was here for a few min with a samsung so i tried your methode flashing the Pitfile with his Phone Samsung S3 mini. But it says SD Card write protected. i tried 2 different cards but having same results…
    So 1 how do i remove the Write protection that the download mode detects and how can i flash the files to the microsd card just using the cardreader?

  6. I have a verizon note 3, SM-N900V. it was on Android 5. I tried to root it but no luck it stopped on “write fail”.. I ” think” it’s because the boot loader is locked. Is this true you think? If so, is there anything I can do? I’m in Canada so I doubt Verizon would help.. Thoughts anyone?

    Much appreciated.. Dave

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