Here’s how to safely root N9005XXUGNG1 – the recent Android 4.4.2 update on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 without knocking down KNOX counter and keep it at its default state ‘0x0’ as possible. As you may know, tripping KNOX counter to ‘0x1′ from 0x0’ will permanently void your Galaxy Note 3 service warranty. You can actually see that when you reboot your Galaxy Note 3 into download mode by pressing the volume down, home, and power key at the same time.
Here is a photo of the Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 showing that KNOX have been compromised due to an installation root.
This root method will safely bypass into tripping that KNOX counter warranty flag, so it’s quite safe and keep your device warranty intact after you root. Below is a rooted Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 picture that runs on recent Android 4.4.2 update with firmware build number N9005XXUGNG1 but it shows the untouched KNOX and stayed at ‘0x0’.
It’s really sounds great, right? So read on for the step-by-step guide.
The root method still uses the recent root exploit called ‘Towelroot’ but unfortunately the root app will not directly supports the recent 4.4.2 update build N9005XXUGNG1. This is due to the towelroot’s limitation that will only supports Android devices with firmware updates build not exceeding on June 3rd 2014. But thank’s to our fellow members at XDA-Developers for sorting out how to make it work as possible with just a simple workaround.
So the simple solution is that all we need is downgrade our Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 to previous kernel version which basically how towelroot has been tested to worked. So here are the procedures.
How to Root N9005XXUGNG1 Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 without Tripping KNOX counter at 0×0
Step 1) You should have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 running on 4.4.2 update N9005XXUGNG1 .
Step 2) Enable the security settings to unknown sources under Settings>>Security, then simply tick that box that says Allow Apps from Unknown sources.
Step 3) On your Samsung Galaxy Note 3, run the stock browser then head-over to towelroot.com. On the website, tap the picture in the center of the page, it will then prompts you to download an ‘APK’ file like the Apps you’ve found at Play Store. As soon as you downloaded the root file, just keep it first as you’ll going to install it later.
Update: All other kernels builds such as the following:
- And any newer updates
Just find it at this page https://www.androidfilehost.com/?w=files&flid=18033 uploaded by [XDA-dev alexndr]
Step 5) First thing first , your Galaxy Note 3 must have at-least 50% 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 not delete all of your files that are stored from your device but if anything might went wrong your important data is already in safe place. So copy all of it and save it in your computer. When we say all files, this includes contacts, messages, call logs, photos, videos and even apps. If something might went wrong and then 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 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. This is only needed if you already turned-it-ON, from which you cannot modify the system when it’s turned-ON.
Step 6) 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.
Step 7) Reboot 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.
Step 8) Now hover your mouse to Odin’s button.
– Click the AP button then browse and select this file *KERNEL_N9005XXUEND3.tar.md5.
Then wait a couple of seconds for it reads the MD5 checksum for a while.
Step 9) 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, then disconnect it from the computer.
Step 10) Now locate the ‘towelroot apk’ file you downloaded and install it. You need to click the ‘Make it Rain’ button’and wait for about 15 seconds until your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 reboot.
Step 11) Wait until the device reboots then proceed to Odin download mode again, then Do Step 6 to Step 7. Then continue to step 12 below.
Step 12) Click the AP button then browse and select this file e.g. *KERNEL_N9005XXUGNG1.tar.md5.
Then click on the ‘Start’ button to begin flashing the N9005XXUGNG1 kernel. If you missed this step you may ended into bootloops so this part is important.
As soon as you completely restored back the N9005XXUGNG1 kernel and then your Galaxy Note 3 reboots but you sees something like SuperSU has stop error, don’t panic. Just grab the latest SuperSU then manually install it.
(Optional) You can also verify that you attained root using Root Checker (from PlayStore).
That’s it! Just let me know if this root method have work out or might not on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005 that already runs on Android 4.4.2 update N9005XXUGNG1.
[All thank’s and credits goes to @Geohot for the towelroot, @Chainfire for the SuperSU, and @_alexndr for the individual kernel files. You may head-over at XDA-Developers for the details]