Galaxy Note 3 T-Mobile SM-N900T Update

How to Root T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900T Without Tripping KNOX Warranty Counter

This is a root method that has worked perfectly on T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900T. One best feature of this root process is that it doesn’t trip the KNOX secure boot binary counter and easing the pain of worrying  about the KNOX warranty void 0x1 red flag. Unfortunately, once you trip the KNOX flag you can’t reset it back to normal again. So the concrete solution on how to root with T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 is by using the Root_de_la_vega, which is designed to bypass and will do no harm the KNOX security suite.

Also Read: Root 4.4.2 KitKat Update on T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 (CF-Root Method)

The Root de la vega has been developed and brought to us  by @designgears (the creator of Root_de_la_Vega) and @Chainfire (the man who brings us the SuperSU and CF-Auto-Root for a very long time now).  As many of us from Android community, including Android developers, advanced users and tinkerers have been aware of the latest Samsung KNOX security apps for it limits us into further personal customization.

The vital component of Root de la Vega on Galaxy Note 3 equipped with KNOX
If you wonder how KNOX actually works, here’s a brief explanation so there wouldn’t too much confusion why we highly recommend this as the best approach to root the T-Mobile  Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900T. The KNOX  apps is a security platform designed by Samsung engineers and can be found on some newer Samsung smartphones and tablets. 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 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 0x1. 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 being tripped-off it will automatically void the smartphone’s warranty and causing the KNOX warranty void 0x1 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 the only solution by this scenario in order for you to root your T-Mo Galaxy Note 3 without harming that KNOX thing, you should only use this Root de la Vega, that is basically compatible and friendly with KNOX suite and most importantly it will not trip the binary counter.

Procedure: Root Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900T (T-Mobile) version on 4.3

Again, this root method is for Galaxy Note 3 with model number SM-N900T only and should not ever going to use with other Galaxy Note 3 models, this root file builds are specifically built for the Galaxy Note SM-N900T, 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-N900T in the information. Below are the list of Galaxy Note 3 model numbers including each respective rooting  guide if available:

  • SM-N900T – U.S. T-Mobie Galaxy Note 3 (this should be your device)
  • SM-N900A – U.S. AT&T Galaxy Note 3
  • SM-N900P – U.S. Sprint Galaxy Note 3
  • SM-N900V – U.S. Verizon Galaxy Note 3
  • SM-N900W8 – Canada Galaxy Note 3
  • 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-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 that are associated with this guide. You may proceed at your own risk!

Your Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900T Root Tools:

Download Root de la Vega Files
Grab the correct root files that corresponds to your Galaxy Note 3 N900T firmware build numbers. There are three different files you need to download (1) firmware build number (2) the CSC file (country/carrier 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 info the current Android 4.3 firmware build.

AP: N900TUVUBMI7
CP: N900TUVUBMI7
CSC: N900TTMBBMI7
Kernel Build Date: Fri Sep 13 14:52:13 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.

This files covers for the UBMI7 firmware:
Firmware build: (N900TUVUBMI7_VEGA.tar.md5)
CSC files: (N900TTMBBMI7_CSC.tar.md5)
Root files: (Root_de_la_Vega.7z)
You must head-over to XDA-developer original-thread to grab any latest root files for any particular OTA update software build number version you might have right now. And you can also connect with the developer for any further questions. Below are just a guide which cover things that may help to any new Android users before engaging into rooting.

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.

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 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 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.
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 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 ‘N900TUVUBMI7_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 ‘N900TTMBBMI7_CSC.tar.md5′

root T-Mobile Galaxy note 3 SM-N900T Odin step 1

Load the AP and CSC file on each designated slot.

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.

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

root T-Mobile Galaxy note 3 SM-N900T Odin step 2

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:

  • root_files
  • root_de_la_vega.sh

These contains the SuperSU and other Root files stuff.

Root de la vega for Galaxy Note 3

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/[Your Phone Name]/Phone/
  • root_de_la_vega.sh
  • 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.

Root Galaxy Note 3 N900T on 4.4.2 Update Without Tripping KNOX Warranty Counter

This method is for those who already have the latest 4.4.2 updates but did not use any other root method and still keeps the KNOX warranty counter on “0x0″. This root method is a simpler approach without knocking KNOX using Geohot’s “TowelRoot”. Now on 4.4.2 updates we cannot directly use “Towelroot” as it was only worked perfectly on 4.4.2 updates not later than June 3rd 2014. To make sure just check your 4.4.2 firmware build numbers by navigating through Settings>>About device>>Software info.

Towelroot can directly root on the following T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 4.4.2 software updates:
N900TUVUCNB4 (February 2014 build)
N900TUVUDNE6 (May 2014 build)

Just download and install towelroot on your Galaxy Note 3 
Use your device stock browser and navigate to towelroot. Just click the main center logo to download the app.

Once you have downloaded the towelroot app, locate it in your files then run it and click “Make it Rain” .  Wait a few seconds and then reboot your phone.

Right after it reboots open up the SuperSU app, if it’ll ask you to update the binary or you’ll see an error message that says something like ” SuperSU has stopped” just grab the latest SuperSU from play store.

SuperSU: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.chainfire.supersu&hl=en

Note 3 SUperSU

Now, on any newer 4.4.2 updates using ‘Towelroot’ is still a convenient root method but we need a few extra workaround to achieve root.  As mentioned above that towelroot will only perfectly worked on older 4.4.2 updates so all we need is an older 4.4.2 “kernel version”  such as the ‘NE6 kernel’ as the root image only penetrates the kernel side and not on the entire Android system images.

This root has  worked on  any newer 4.4.2 updates but we need to revert back the phone to an older kernel version such as the following:  

N900TUVUDNF9 (August 22nd 2014 build)
N900TUVUDNF4 (July 19th 2014 build)
N900TUVUDNF1 (June 17th 2014 build)

First grab the towelroot but don’t run it yet as we are going to install back the older kernel version and the newer kernel.

N900TUVUDNE6 4.4.2 Kernel (link)

Then download the default kernel version that corresponds to your current firmware build number so the root will stick.
N900TUVUDNF9 4.4.2 Kernel (link)
N900TUVUDNF4 4.4.2 Kernel (link)
N900TUVUDNF1 4.4.2 Kernel (link)

All Kernel builds has been extracted from the full stock firmware by XDA-developer’s senior member “toastido” at http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=54786551&postcount=1

Step 1: Reverting back to  N900TUVUDNE6 Kernel

Power off the phone, then press and hold down the Volume Down, Home and Power button at the same time. Then let go of the power button when you see the message that ask you to press Volume Up to continue.

Connect your Galaxy Note 3 to the computer via USB cable. See 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.

Next,  hover your mouse to Odin’s AP button then click it and locate the N900TUVUDNE6_KERNEL.tar.md5 and then load it.

Root t-mobile Galaxy Note 3 N900TUVUDNE6 with towelroot

Once the NE6 kernel is loaded simply click Odin’s start button and wait until it finishes and the phone restarts.

Step 2: Install Towelroot

Once your phone boots up, run  the towelroot app and then click that “make it ra1n” button.

Root_N9005XXUGNG1_Galaxy_Note_3_SM_N9005_005

Wait a few seconds until it install and then do reboot your phone so the new installation can be saved perfectly.

Step 3: Restore back the latest Kernel version

Doing this step is mostly important part to get rid of undesired issues as the kernel should be restored to its corresponding firmware build numbers. Let’s say if you have the 4.4.2  N900TUVUDNF9 then you only need to install back the N900TUVUDNF9 Kernel . Same goes on if you are still have N900TUVUDNF4 or N900TUVUDNF1 and any newer updates.

All you need is repeat the process from step 1. Power off the phone, then press and hold down the Volume Down, Home and Power button at the same time. Then let go of the power button when you see the message that ask you to press Volume Up to continue.

Connect your Galaxy Note 3 to the computer via USB cable. See 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.

This time load the N900TUVUDNF9_KERNEL.tar.md5 on Odin’s AP button or any other kernel build that match your current 4.4.2 OS.

Root t-mobile Galaxy Note 3 N900TUVUDNF9 with towelroot

Once loaded simply click Odin’s start button and wait until it finishes and the phone restarts.

Lastly, run SuperSU so you can see if it installs correctly, you might  see errors here all you need is grab the latest SuperSU from Play Store

(if it’s not in your app drawer, download it from the play store) and if it asks to update the binary, choose the normal method. (if it says installation failed, just try again or try again after you flash back to NF9, it’s normal and it’ll be updated)

Now once boots up run SuperSU app on your App drawer so you can update its binary.

That’s all!  You should now have a successfully rooted your Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900T, which is a T-Mobile version. Just share to us if this root method has perfectly worked on your Note 3 device.

Updated: Added Root Kernel on TowelRoot Method

13 thoughts on “How to Root T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900T Without Tripping KNOX Warranty Counter”

  1. Yeah, this rooted my SM-N900T alright, but rendered it nearly unusable due to constant warnings that “S-Pen Input Has Stopped”. Fortunately, I was able to return to stock by downloading the stock rom somewhere and using Odin to reinstall that (no CSC file required). I’ll be taking a different route to root, but thanks for wasting my time…

  2. Rooted easy on my first try, although I have rooted a few other phones and have experience with Odin. I double checked and the Knox counter was not tripped but the Device Status does show custom. installed TWRP via goo manager.

    1. I’ve now noticed a boot loop issue. Every time I reboot my phone it boot loops but if I pull the battery it works fine.

  3. When I go to settings, security, I don’t see Reactivation Lock. I never gave Knox Admin rights and I have never used the Knox app. Could that be the reason I don’t see the Reactivation Lock under settings/security??? Do I have to activate Knox??? I have the exact model number mentioned above in your instructions. Can anyone help me???

  4. I take a different approach and just kill and remove Knox entirely first from the loaded rom, then from the kernel. Doesn’t really matter tripping the knox 0x1 flag because by the time I am done, the flag no longer exists in the phone and everything is very nicely standard normal non-custom or so it thinks anyway. It is a good idea to rip out the protected container spaces as well. Honestly not really all that difficult to do either. I hate Knox, typically the very first thing I go after.

    1. That sounds easy if you know what you are doing. And also sounds like the best choice since they can’t void your warranty for something that doesn’t exist. Make a procedure for it and either publish it or give it to someone. It would get a lot of traffic and appreciation. Let me know if you would like for me to distribute it for you.

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