How to Root Bell, Rogers, Telus Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900W8 4.4.2 KitKat Update

For those who might want to get their root back on Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900W8 (Canadian variants) after been updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat update.  This root method has been tested and it worked perfectly on your Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900W8.  As there are some downside to gain root on latest KitKat update, so make sure to read the whole rooting procedure below as I stated some important matters before you proceed. This root method will work and covers all Canadian carrier Galaxy Note 3 variants such as Bell, Rogers, Telus, Wind, Virgin-mobile, Fido, Koodo, Sasktel, Videotron, Mobilicity, Eastlink and among others I may not known as long as the model number is SM-N900W8.

Things you may need to know first before Attempting to root your device.

Rooting  Samsung phones lately that already runs on latest Android OS such as Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and the new Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) will now triggers KNOX warranty void flag counter from “0x0” to “0x1”, of-course there are no exemption to this new policies from Samsung and this also include all Canadian  Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900W8 running on 4.3 and the latest 4.4.2 KitKat update.

If you are an advance users who already knows about this and already tripped your warranty void counter to “0x1”,  then maybe you should skip this simple reminder.  This is only for beginners who did not knew the risks and the other downsides from rooting their phone.

What is KNOX and how it gets tripped?
This is all explained in the KNOX white paper available on the Samsung website but this one is just a small detail about why if we install root it triggers this KNOX platform. KNOX has its own  isolated and secure environment within the mobile device,  so-called container. One of these containers also  includes  a secured bootloader. The bootloader is the place in the Android system (Qualcomm SecureBoot)  where tinkerers should avoid from messing it up. Once the bootloader detects any unsigned ROMs, kernels, modem, including root kernels it trips the KNOX WARRANTY VOID flag is set to 0×1. In short, it will switched the device into CUSTOM when you try to put something else in there that it doesn’t approve by the KNOX security system. KNOX has its own isolated memory causing red-flag once it gets re-written by any unsecure boot (kernel), recovery and other system images that are not officially designed by Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 KNOX Warranty Void 0×1.

This is an example of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 System Status switched to Custom and shows the KNOX Warranty Void: 0×1.

This security platform can be actually seen when you reboot your Galaxy Note 3 into Odin download  mode screen, and it   tells you that device is switched to CUSTOM from Official status. When this binary counter has been triggered  it will automatically void the smartphone’s warranty and causing the KNOX warranty void 0×1 red-flag. The problem is, it is not reversible by any means by now,  you can’t turn it back to normal status again.

So again, if you are aware with that new Samsung and your network providers policy, then you must think first before rooting your device.

Disclaimer: Rooting voids the warranty of your Galaxy Note 3.  This article only shows the rooting guide for educational purposes only and we are not forcefully encourage you to do so. We and in-behalf of the developer of this root method shall not take any responsibility when anything happens to your device.  We encourage you to do a careful research first before attempting to use of these files that are associated with this guide. You may proceed at your own risk!

Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900W8 Root Tools:

We need a CF-Auto-Root for SM-N9005 – Download (20.2MB)
This file has been updated and it worked on international Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) and has been tested by the members at XDA- developers and it also perfectly worked on  Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900W8 first 4.4.2 KitKat update build N900W8VLUCNB7.

The default CF-auto root for Canadian Note 3 SM-N900W8  will not work at this time, if you’ll try to use the file it only results into bootloops, so until there is no update yet to fix this issue, we now temporarily use the SM-N9005 CF-Auto root.

The Odin flasher program – Odin3_v3.09

A USB Driver –  Samsung Android USB Driver
Download Galaxy Note 3 USB driver which is now on Kies 3 for Android 4.3, this is only needed if you have not yet installed Kies 3 in your computer. download here

Just unzip the file, you can use winzip or 7zip tool for extracting the compressed file, then run the “Samsung_Mobile_Phones_USB_Driver_1.5.27.0.exe” program to install the USB Driver. Without the USB driver your computer will not recognize or detect your Galaxy Note 3 device.

Getting Started Into Your Note 3 Root Thing:

  • First thing first , fully recharge your Note 3 battery before engaging into flashing process. Power interruption or failure during flashing process might ruin your device in no time.
  • Back-up all important files, this root method may delete all of your files that are stored from your device. So copy all of it and save it in a very safe place in your computer. When we say all files, this includes contacts, messages, call logs, photos, videos and even apps. If something might went wrong andthen it force you to perform a full factory reset then it’s all gone bye-bye.  So don’t be lazy, you can back up your files as simple as this – Back-up files on Galaxy Note 3.
  • Prepare a Windows base OS computer or laptop, Odin flasher tool will not run on MAC and other OS.
  • Use the supplied USB cable, a bad USB cable will be causing flashing errors.
  • Unzip or extract the files,  compressed file can be extracted using 7zip, winzip, winrar or any unzipping program in your computer.
  • Enable USB debugging mode if you are having issues connecting your device to the computer try to enable the this option. In your Samsung Galaxy Note 3, go to Settings>> About device>> then look for the firmware build number and then tap that build number for around 7-times until a message pop-ups that says something “congratulations you are now a developer”.
  • Remove the external  micro SD card if you have one, to avoid any failures and error during the flashing process.
  • TURN OFF the Reactivation Lock – juts tap on Settings>>Security>>Reactivation Lock and then uncheck the Turn Reactivation lock on. This is only needed if you already turned-it-ON, from which you cannot modify the system when it’s turned-ON.

How to turn-off the Activation lock on Samsung galaxy Note 3.

How to turn-off the Activation lock on Samsung galaxy Note 3.

Working with Galaxy Note 3 Download Mode and Odin Flashing

Run the Odin3_v3.09.exe in your computer desktop.
Head on Odin chekcboxes options, make sure the “Re-Partition is unchecked. Both Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time check-boxes leave it as checked.
Boot your Galaxy Note 3 into Download Mode: Turn it off, then Press the Volume Down+Home+Power keys simultaneously, until a warning screen prompts you that let you choose to continue or cancel.  To continue juts hit the Volume Up key then you will see a download mode screen.

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

Grab the USB cable then hook-up your Galaxy Note 3 to the computer. Look for Odin’s ID:COM bar, it should turn to blue color and shows you the USB port number of your Galaxy Note 3 connection with the computer. 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.
– Click the AP button then browse and select this file ‘CF-Auto-Root-hlte-hltexx-smn9005.tar.md5′.  Then wait a couple of seconds for it reads the MD5 checksum for a while.

Root on Canada Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900W8 with 4.4.2 KitKat update

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.

A huge word “PASS” will then prompts you once it has successfully finished. Wait a couple of seconds again until your Galaxy Note 3 restarts.

Update to the  latest SuperSU to gain Root

In some circumstances when you firstly installed the CF-AUTO Root on newly firmware update the process will just let you through but you will might be annoyed  that the root wasn’t installed at all.  This happens when the new updates came around and the CF-AUTO-root wasn’t technically being updated too, as it will takes time for Chaininfire to make some changes or patches to the cf-auto root build. If you are confused, and you may also see an error message that says something like  “Unfortunately SuperSU has stopped”.  The only way you can resolve such issues is by updating the SuperSU to the latest release as this is the main features inside the CF-Auto-root.

So all you need to do is uninstall then re-install or update the SuperSU from time to time.
Here you go:
From Chainfirehttp://download.chainfire.eu/447/SuperSU/UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.99r4.zip
From Play Storehttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.chainfire.supersu

From here your Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900W8 should be rooted. If you want to take your tweaking go beyond deep further and you just needs root so you can install any ROM’s based on AOSP or from official firmware, then you may also need to install a custom recovery.

Install A Custom Recovery

There are two custom recovery that has already proven and it worked on Canadian Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900W8 ‘s Android 4.4.2 KitKat update, the TWRP recovery  and Philz-Touch recovery.  You can directly download these custom recovery at XDA-Developers.
Philz-Touch Recovery can be found here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=48426200&postcount=1
While TWRP recovery is also here:  http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=46204385&postcount=1

Installing the custom recovery is similar to the above procedures using Odin.  So, you’ll just the guide above if you want a custom recovery running on your Galaxy Note 3.

Fix External SD Card Once it’s Rooted

You might also need the ‘External SD Card Fix’ since this useful for  some apps like Root Explorer, Titanium Back-up and among other stuff to be able to make it write to the external SD card. As you may know that on 4.4.2 KitKat there is some difficulties of writing files into your external SD card, so this apps has been also very useful for advanced Android users. Just simply grab it here http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2617921, then install or flashed it via  custom recovery.

Have something to say about this root method? Did it worked or not? Just let us know and so your fellow Canadian Galaxy Note 3 users will know about.

Bonus: How to get unroot and or removed any custom recovery whenever I want to? 

If you have installed root and installed custom recovery  then you can also easily revert it back to its original state  by flashing its original or official firmware builds. Just make sure you will grab the latest firmware build version according to your rooted firmware – like you have a rooted 4.4.2 n900w8vlucnb7 then you must also install back the unrooted  or stock 4.4.2 n900w8vlucnb7. See the updated firmware builds here

4 thoughts on “How to Root Bell, Rogers, Telus Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900W8 4.4.2 KitKat Update”

  1. I tried the instructions you provided to root a Canadian Note 3 to KitKat, I used the links in your page to download that N9005 image, enabled USB debugging, installed Odin 3.9, rebooted my phone into download mode and ensured that re-partition was not checked whereas the other two were. I pointed AP to the location of the N9005 file downloaded earlier, I did not put anything in the CSC box as I could not find any instructions as to what to put there. You referenced that something should be in there, but didn’t state what that was, and in the picture the checkbox for CSC is checked, but the data box is empty. I did try using the N9005 file, but that resulted in the same results as all my other attempts … that being the phone boots back up nicely, but I do not have any root access and everything in About device looks as if it is still a N900W8. Any thoughts?

    1. No, you can’t see that in About Device to confirms root, instead locate the SuperSU apps in your apps drawer if it’s in there. There’s a link above that points you to XDA-developers, you should try to visit that page as there you find many Canadian folks confirming that this root method worked on their devices.

      The CSC file does not concerns at all, you can personalized the Odin3.ini file which is always accompanied by Odin3, whereas some other hidden options can be disabled and enabled manually.

  2. Worked great. This was the first post that mentioned the default Canadian root file didn’t work. That was the key. The other procedures just went into boot loops. This one was flawless. Great guide, thanks!

    Interestingly enough, it did not lose any of my setups, I assumed it would wipe my phone (pleasant surprise). Shows as custom when in ODIN mode, but DOES NOT trigger KNOX. (Used ODIN 3.09 – seems to be better than 1.85 or 3.07 other guides mention). Be sure you follow the setup guides for reactivation lock off, and developer mode. If you don’t RTFM well … YMMV.

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