Galaxy Note 3 Root

How to Root International Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 Runs on 4.4.2 KitKat

If you have a Galaxy Note 3 LTE (SM-N9005) and  already been upgraded or now runs with the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS, this root method is for you.  This has been easier, a quicker and bet me even your son, husband  or wife can use  this root method.  When you root your phone, it gives you the full access to control or manipulate your device system. Once you have root you can then install a wide-variety of apps that basically requires you to have a rooted device first before you can actually install such application. Rooting is useful, for you have a full privileged into customizing your phone whatever you want.

To have a full access to your phone is fun indeed.  But there are some other downside once your device is rooted.  So, if this is your first time heard about rooting and wants to learn about it, just do please read this article thoroughly,  as I added  some important facts and other risks involves when you root your phone.

Things you may need to know first before thinking 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 “0×0″ to “0×1″, of-course there are no exemption to this new security policy and it includes the international Galaxy Note 3 devices, either it’s unlocked or  locked to a carrier provider.

If you are an advanced users who already knows about this, then maybe you need to skip this simple reminder.  This is only for beginners who did not knew the risk and downsides from rooting their phone.

What is KNOX Warranty Counter and how it get trip?
This is all well-explained in the KNOX white paper available at Samsung’s website,  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  like you and me should avoid from messing it up. Once the bootloader detects any unsigned system images, including root image, ROMs, kernels, modem and etc. it trips the KNOX WARRANTY VOID flag and sets it to 0×1. The untouched or the default system status is set to ‘Official’ while the Warranty counter is set to “0×0” that simply means that your phone is still a virgin.  But once you install root it will switch the device into CUSTOM and then followed by the KNOX Warranty Void Counter as “0x1” when you try to put something in the system which the KNOX security system can’t approve. 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 being tripped-off 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 cannot 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 void 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-N9005 Root Tools:

We need a CF-Auto-Root for SM-N9005 – Download
The root file has been updated and it worked on international Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) KitKat updates. You can read the full details about this root file from the developers himself known as “Chainfire“, and his official support page can be found at XDA-Developers.

The Odin flasher program – Odin3_v3.09

A USB Driver –  The USB driver is included in Kies 3, so if you already had Kies in your computer then this is not needed anymore. 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 is very easy
    Read: How to 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 connectingyour 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.

Your Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 should now run on Android 4.4.2 OS like the following:
* N9005XXUENC2 KitKat Update
* N9005XXUENB7 KitKat Update
* N9005XXUENB5 KitKat Update
* N9005XXUENB4 KitKat Update
* N9005XXUENA7 KitKat Update
* N9005XXUENA6 KitKat Update

Working with Galaxy Note 3 Download Mode and Odin Flashing

Run the Odin3_v3.09.exe in your computer desktop.
Head on Odin check-boxes 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 T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005T with 4.4.2 KitKat

Hit the Start Button
Once both AP  filled with the right files, simply click at 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 restarts.

From here your Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 should be rooted. If you want to take any tweaking deep further and 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.

Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 Custom Recoveries

There are two custom recovery that has already proven and it worked on International Galaxy Note 3 Android KitKat update, the TWRP recovery  and Philz-Touch recovery.  You can directly download these custom recovery at XDA-Developers.
Philz Recovery can be found here:
While TWRP recovery is also here:

Installing the custom recovery is similar to the above procedures using Odin tool and or by can be flash via recovery mode.  So, you’ll just use the guide above if you want a custom recovery running on your Galaxy Note 3.

Have something to say about this root method? Did it worked or not? Just let us know and so your fellow Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 users knows about.

61 thoughts on “How to Root International Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 Runs on 4.4.2 KitKat”

    1. No it will not be able to update through samsung. Just download new versions stock firmware and install them with odin.

    2. no, when you try to do a system update in the settings it will show a message along the lines of “your device has been modified you can no longer receive updates”.

  1. i have read many articles at the same time and i didn’t notice that this article already informs that my knox will be altered. haha, it’s my bad, anyway. thanks.

  2. I own a international samsung galaxy note 3
    SM 9005.
    I have rooted my phone and my phone got the status custom from official.
    What is the procedure to get the status official for my handset.

  3. I’ve rooted my note 3 international version as you said. and it was successfully completed.

    but after that when i go to install “” by pressing power button, home button, volume up button in same time,
    There have only

    instead of INSTALL ZIP FROM SD CARD.

    link for screen print

    so please tell me how to installe that

    1. Hello Kasun, for installing 3rd-party system images you need a custom recovery to that and you can also find the “INSTALL ZIP FROM SD CARD”.

  4. After rooting the Note3, is there any approach to fix the VPN issue? (i.e. VPN is connected but actually the data does not come in/out from the connected VPN)

    1. This issue also occurs even if the device wan’t rooted at all. Try to use some apps from Play Store that can change the VPN Settings and switch the APN portal to Ipv4/Ipv6.

  5. Can i downgrade my note 3 from android 4.4.2 to 4.3 as it is creating a lot of problem it restarts whenever i am trying to open galary or play video from sdcard..

    1. Don’t ever do it or you’ll face enormous problem. Doing so breaks the protected bootloader and will results into soft-bricks.

  6. what went wrong?

    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    CF-Auto-Root-hlte-hltexx-smn9005.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:8)..
    File analysis..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    NAND Write Start!!
    FAIL! (Auth)

    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)

  7. Yes it should be ok, i have the same version. And if your phone won’t boot up after rooting unplug/put back the battery and try again.

  8. Hi Sir/Mam i have samsung galaxy Note 3 Version Kitkat 4.4.2 Baseband Version N9005XXUGNG1.
    I want to root my mobile phone so please suggest me which file is suitable for my mobile phone???
    And I have another question if i root my mobile phone after rooting may i officially update my mobile IOS 4.4.2 to 5.0 or 5.01 Lolly pop??????
    I am really confused and waiting for satisfaction answer….


  9. Hi,
    I made the mistake of rooting my note 3. I understand that it is currently irreversible when knox is tripped. Can the knox be fixed if some part of the phone like the motherboard is changed? And can I update to lollipop with an app or a custom rom? I have the N9005XXNBUE1 Version 4.4.2.

    1. You can still update to Lollipop even if you have knocked down the KNOX and installed custom ROM; just flash a stock firmware (Lollipop) when its available.

  10. Guys i tried rooting my sm n9005 using towelroot framaroot kingroot etc. But failed, does this mean that my bootloader is locked or something.?????

  11. hello guys.. anyone knows how to disable the secure download in odin mode of my note 3 sm n9005 ?

    at first.. i tried to install a custom rom but sadly its not work and my note 3 got bootloop.. then i try to fix it by reflashing a original firmware. actually ive tried 4 firmwares. 2 lollipop firmwares and 2 kitkat firmwares but the result is always FAIL ..

    please help me how to fix my note 3 🙁

    1. Perform full wipe data cache if your device came from a custom ROM before flashing a stock. Tun OFF the reactivation if it was enabled.

    1. You may only lose it and you cannot just install it back. There is no effect at all if you do not necessarily needed it on your daily basis.

  12. After successful boot, I cannot run any app. Even the playstore app doesn’t work. I can’t add an account. Can you help me know how to fix this?


  13. I am using SM-N9005 Build Number N9005XXUGBOK6 currently on Lollipop 5.0, my phone is rooted too and now I want to downgrade my phone to 4.4.2 or 4.3. My question is, is it possible to downgrade my phone? if yes, how?

  14. Wow great tutorial!
    Worked like a charm after i tried every damn possible method for root my note 3!
    Now i will install my marshmallow thx bro!

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