For those who might owns a Galaxy Note 3 TD-LTE (SM-N9007) and wants to have it with root access, there is now a new CF-Auto root build that basically worked on Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9007. The TD-LTE version of Galaxy Note 3 are identical to the ordinary LTE (SM-N9005 version. The TD-LTE means Time-Division Long-Term Evolution and was developed in China and are only few devices supports this band including the Galaxy Note 3 TD-LTE (SM-N9007) which only seen released in Hong Kong and in Australia under Optus carrier. This type of Galaxy Note 3 can connect to both 4G band of frequencies – (FDD-LTE (850/900/1800/2100/2600MHz and TD-LTE (2300/2600MHz).
So anyway, let’s back on how to get root the Galaxy Note 3 TD-LTE (SM-N9007) device which particularly something new and rare among all other Galaxy Note 3’s. Below, are the step-by-step procedure to gain root but before you may proceed and think of rooting your phone, please read some important things that I have summed-up so your phone will stay out into future issues. Since there are some risks and downside into rooting your phone so please be careful of what you are doing.
The only reasons we badly needs root is to gain a full superuser access to our phone. Once our phone rooted, we have a full control to our device, we can do whatever we want, from installing a wide-variety of apps that basically requires root access before we can install it. And any further customization like installing custom ROMs also requires root. Rooting is indeed fun, but there are limitations and boundaries we need to follow so our device stay safe as possible.
Things you may need to know first before thinking to root your Galaxy Note 3 TD-LTE (SM-N9007)
When you root there is a circumstances that you cannot received any future software updates, but this can be reversed and you need to unroot your Galaxy Note 3 first before you can take official software updates again.
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 all Galaxy Note 3 variants, 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 “0×1″ 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.
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 TD-LTE SM-N9007 Root Tools:
We need a CF-Auto-Root for Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9007 – Download
You can read the full details about this root method from the developer himself known as “Chainfire“, and his official support page can be found at XDA-Developers.
The Odin flasher – 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 all the downloaded file, you can use winzip or 7zip tool for extracting the compressed file.
The CF-Auto-Root file should be from “CF-Auto-Root-htdlte-htdltedi-smn9007.zip” to “CF-Auto-Root-htdlte-htdltedi-smn9007.tar.md5” once decompressed.
Run the “Samsung_Mobile_Phones_USB_Driver_18.104.22.168.exe” program to install the USB Driver. Without the USB driver your computer will not recognize your Galaxy Note 3 device.
Getting Started to Root the Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9007:
- First thing first , fully recharge your Note 3 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.
Your Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 should run on Android 4.3 or 4.4.2 OS, like the following build numbers:
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.
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-htdlte-htdltedi-smn9007.tar.md5′. Then wait a couple of seconds for it reads the MD5 checksum for a while.
Hit the Start Button
Once the AP slot filled with the ‘CF-Auto-Root-htdlte-htdltedi-smn9007.tar.md5′ file, simply click 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. You also find that SuperSU apps in your Apps drawer if you want to confirm that the root file was successfully installed.
Have any word about this root method? Did it worked or not? Just let us know working or not and so your fellow Galaxy Note TD-LTE 3 SM-N9007 users will know about it.