Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 Firmware Update

How to Root Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 International (Snapdragon) With Root de la Vega

We have now a  root method that perfectly working with Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 (Snapdragon) international variants. To root with the SM-N9005 Galaxy Note 3 device you should now try or start using the Root de le Vega that has developed and continuously improved by @designgears and @Chainfire, both are highly recognized developer from XDA-developer’s forum. If you never heard about Root de le Vega and wonder what  this name stands for? Well, it is a name derived from AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega, that is according to the developer.  It’s even sounds familiar if you’ve played the old-school street fighter video game or have had watched the movie version, since there was a villain fighter named Vega in there.

A bit trivia about the Root de la Vega and how it worked and gained root access on Galaxy Note 3 SM-I9005 without tripping the KNOX platform
Root de le Vega is a friendly root method developed for Galaxy Note 3 that comes with eFUSE technology for the KNOX security suite. The Samsung KNOX is the new security apps has been recently included on most latest supported Samsung smartphones and tablets devices, of-course including other Samsung Galaxy Note 3 variants.
If you ever wonder how Knox really works, it is basically a security platform that integrates with Android’s framework, which creates a different and secure system environment so-called ‘container’. The Knox security platform also covers locking the bootloader and Linux kernel/SE for Android that trip Knox warranty void red-flag. This happens when unsigned software, custom recovery and custom kernel or root kernel is loaded on the Note 3, the system status so-called ‘binary flash counter’ will increase while also signal KNOX code gets rewritten and this comprises the device hardware components. Once this KNOX security counter switch to custom  it cannot be undone to reset it back to normal by any means for now or maybe not ever. Using Root de la Vega to root the Galaxy Note 3 is the only solution we have seen that will bypass this Knox red-flag counter, meaning you do not need to worry about into voiding the warranty and or damaging your device when you just need to achieved superuser privileged by means of gaining root access on your Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005.

How to: Step-by-step Guide to install Root on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005

The guide below  is the step by step  process that shows the rest of the process on how to gain root on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 international version.

Again, this root method is for Galaxy Note 3 with model number SM-N9005 only and should not ever going to use with other Galaxy Note 3 models, including since the significant root file builds are different from each other. You should check your Galaxy Note 3 model specification details first by simply dial these codes *#1234# or by going to your device Settings>> About Device, then look for the ‘model number’ should be SM-N9005 in the information. Below are the list of Galaxy Note 3 model numbers:

  • SM-N9000 – Exynos Galaxy Note 3
  • SM-N9002 – Galaxy Note 3 Dous
  • SM-N9005 – International Galaxy Note 3 (this should be your device)
  • SM-N9006 – China Galaxy Note 3 WCDMA
  • SM-N9008 – China Galaxy Note 3  TD-SCDMA
  • SM-N9009 – China/CDMA Galaxy Note 3 CDMA
  • SM-N900A – U.S. AT&T Galaxy Note 3
  • SM-N900T – U.S. T-Mobie Galaxy Note 3
  • SM-N900P – U.S. Sprint Galaxy Note 3
  • SM-N900V – U.S. Verizon Galaxy Note 3
  • SM-N900S –  Snapdragon Galaxy Note 3 LTE class-A
  • SM-N900Q – Turkey Galaxy Note 3
  • SM-N900W8 – Canada Galaxy Note 3

Disclaimer: Rooting might or might not 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 and associated with this guide. You may proceed at your own risk!

The Root Tools:

Download Root de la Vega Files
Grab the correct root files that corresponds to your Galaxy Note 3 N9005 firmware build numbers. There are three different files you need to download (1) firmware build number (2) the CSC file (country specification code) represents according to your country of origin and (3) the root files containing the SuperSU and other stuff and Odin3_3.09 flasher tool.

root Galaxy note 3 SM-N9005

To get your Note 3 current firmware build number just dial this code *#1234# then look for the following info that shows like this.

Kernel Build: Sat Oct 12 03:13:44 KST 2013

Then download the correct build number for the AP and CSC version. If your current firmware build was not included in the list, you may ask for it through [designgears], the developer himself.
Examples of Firmware build numbers:
SM-N9005 – N9005XXUBMJ1
SM-N9005 – N9005XXUBMI7
SM-N9005 – N9005ZHUBMI7
SM-N9005 – N9005XXUBMJ3

Examples of CSC files:
N9005DTMBMI1_CSC.tar.md5 (Germany)
N9005DBTBMJ1_CSC.tar.md5 (Germany)
N9005VFGBMI1_CSC.tar.md5 (Vodafone)
N9005OXABMJ1_CSC.tar.md5 (United Kingdom)
N9005ITVBMI1_CSC.tar.md5 (Italy)
N9005LUXBMI3_CSC.tar.md5 (Luxembourg)
N9005XSABMI1_CSC.tar.md5 (Australia)
N9005OXXBMI4_CSC.tar.md5 (Multi CSC Europe)
N9005OPSBMI1_CSC.tar.md5 (Optus)
N9005OXXBMJ1_CSC.tar.md5 (Multi CSC Europe)
N9005PHNBMI2_CSC.tar.md5 (Netherlands)
N9005NEEBMI2_CSC.tar.md5 (Nordic Countries)
N9005ETLBMJ2_CSC.tar.md5 (Czech Republic)
N9005ZZHBMI7_CSC.tar.md5 (China/Taiwan)
N9005OLBBMI3_CSC.tar.md5 (Southeast Asia)
N9005OJVBMI2_CSC.tar.md5 (Middle East)

Head-over to XDA-developer original-thread to grab the root files.

Download Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 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 recognized your Galaxy Note 3 device.

The Preparation of Important Things before Rooting:

  • 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 will delete all of your files that are stored from your device. So copy all of it and save it i a safe place in your computer. When we say all files, this includes contacts, messages, call logs, photos, videos and even apps.
  • Prepare a Windows base OS computer or laptop, Odin flasher tool will not run on Mac and other OSX.
  • Use the supplied USB cable, a bad USB cable 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 to avoid conflict and error during the flashing process.

The Odin Flashing Process

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.
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 “SM-N9005.tar.md5”. Then wait a couple of seconds for it reads the MD5 checksum for a while.
Click the CSC button the load the default CSC file you downloaded i.e ” I used Germany CSC file on this guide so I got the N9005DBTBMJ1_CSC.tar.md5.
If it happens that you cannot click the CSC button, do this: Look for the ‘Odin.3ini’ file then right-click to it. Now scroll down and find this text [ButtonOption] then change that from CSC=0 to CSC=1 to enable the CSC button clickable.

Enable Odin CSC button option

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 flashing and it takes a couple of minutes before the flashing finishes, you have a time to relax.

Odin finishes to root Galaxy note 3 SM-N9005

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

Copy the Root_file to the Root directory of internal storage

When you already unzip or extract the file. You will then see these two files below:

  • root_files

These contains the SuperSU and other Root files stuff.
Root de la vega Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005Right click “My Computer” then locate your phone in the list of hardware drives. Now copy these two files (root_files h and to the root directory of your Galaxy Note 3 data storage.

  • – /My Computer/[My Phone Name]/Phone/
  • root_files (folder)

Very Important! Reboot your Galaxy Note 3
Once your Galaxy Note 3 completely restarted, locate those two files again ( and root_files)  then this time delete the two files. Once deleted Restart your Galaxy Note 3 again, then disconnect it from the computer connection.

That’s it you should now have a successfully rooted Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005. Just share to us if this root method perfectly worked on your Note 3 device.

11 thoughts on “How to Root Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 International (Snapdragon) With Root de la Vega”

    1. That’s Hong Kong’s version, but yes. Grab the Universal Root De la vega and follow the instructions from their to build your own file.

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