This is the step by step guide dealing how to obtain root with the Canadian Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005W8 variants. Since we now have a working root method for almost all Galaxy Note 3 variants, including international and United States Note 3’s. This approach still same as how to root with other Note 3 using Root de la Vega that has been created and brought to us by @designgears (the developer of Root_de_la_Vega) and @Chainfire (the guy mostly well-known for his SuperSU and CF-Root).
Nowadays, in order to obtain a safest root for the latest Samsung Android smart phones and tablets and other devices especially the Galaxy Note 3, it needs to be a well-crafted approach in order to run it flawlessly into the device without compromising its warranty and or results to any further damage. This rooting technique is extremely formulated or designed to adapt the evolving Android platform that is basically has now gone into an even more complicated when it comes to personal customization.
KNOX on Galaxy Note 3 and Root Dela Vega compatibility
Those who might have not yet knew about the KNOX security apps that has been included on latest Samsung slates, including the Galaxy Note 3 the Galaxy Tab 3, Galaxy S4 and among others. This is basically an application that has been designed by Samsung to protect the devices from any 3rd party applications with bad intention to owners secured data from the phone and among other usage. Now, this KNOX security platform also protects the device from any unsigned software, custom recovery and custom kernel including a root kernel. Once these unofficial system image loaded to the device it triggers this so-called security platform alarming the phone’s system that has been modified.
This security platform can be actually seen within the device screen that says ‘binary flash counter’ and also the device will 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 security void red-flag. The problem is, it is not reversible by any means by now, or not even ever. So the only solution by these in order for you to root your Galaxy Note 3, you should only use this Root de la Vega, that is basically compatible and friendly with KNOX and it will not trip the binary flash counter. So if you want to root your Galaxy Note 3 now, just make sure to carefully read our detailed guide below.
Guide: Root Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900W8 (Canadian Versions) Step-by-step Procedure
All of the Canadian Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is coded with model number SM-N900W8, including Bell Mobile, Rogers, Telus, Virgin, Globalive Wind Mobile, Videotron, Sasktel, Mobilicity, Fido, Koodo, and Eastlink. So make sure to check your Note 3 model number first before attempting into rooting process.
Again, this root method is for Galaxy Note 3 with model number SM-N900W8 only and should not ever going to use with other Galaxy Note 3 models, this root file builds are specifically built for the SM-N900W8 only, using this files to a different model number will result into soft-bricks. Meaning you can messed-up your handset in no time if you’ll just play around. 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-N900W8 in the information. Below are the list of Galaxy Note 3 model numbers including each respective rooting guide:
- SM-N900W8 – Canada Galaxy Note 3 (this should be your device)
- SM-N900 – Exynos Galaxy Note 3
- SM-N9002 – Galaxy Note 3 Dous
- SM-N9005 – International Galaxy Note 3
- 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
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 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.
To get your Note 3 current firmware build number just dial this code *#1234# then look for the following info that shows below. This one shows the firmware build N900W8VLUBMI5 Android 4.3.
Kernel Build Date: Wed Sep 11 09:47:05 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.
Firmware build numbers:
SM-N900W8 – N900W8VLUBMI5 latest!
Latest CSC files:
Head-over at XDA-developer original-thread to grab those necessary root files, read all other updated instructions, since new firmware update keeps on changing.
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_188.8.131.52.exe” program to install the USB Driver. Without the USB driver your computer will not recognized your Galaxy Note 3 device.
- 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 in a very 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.
Working with Odin Flashing Tool
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 “N900W8VLUBMI5_VEGA.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 “N900W8OYABMI5_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 make the CSC button clickable. (Skip this if you have a full featured Odin3_v3.09))
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 restarts.
Copy the Root file to the Root-directory of the internal storage
When you already unzip or extract the Root_de_la_vaga.zip file. You will then see these two files below:
These contains the SuperSU and other Root files stuff.
Right click “My Computer” then locate your phone in the list of hardware drives. Now copy these two files (root_files h and root_de_la_vega.sh) 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 (root_de_la_vega.sh 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 your Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900W8, which is a Canada version. Just share to us if this root method has perfectly worked on your Note 3 device.