Root Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 no KNOX trip

Safety Root N9005XXUGNG1 Galaxy Note 3 Without Knocking KNOX counter 0x0

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.

A Galaxy Note 3 System Status switched to Custom and shows the KNOX Warranty Void 0×1.
A Galaxy Note 3 System Status switched to Custom and shows the KNOX Warranty Void 0×1.

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’.

Root Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 no KNOX trip

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 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.


Step 4) Download the following necessary files:
N9005XXUEND3 Kernel – (link)
N9005XXUGNG1 Kernel – (link)
Odin3_v3.09 – (link)
USB driver – install Kies 3 or (link)

Update: All other kernels builds such as the following:

  •  N9005XXUENE2
  • N9005XXUENE3
  • N9005XXUENG1
  • N9005XXUFNG2
  • N9005XXUGNH1
  • N9005XXUGNI4
  • N9005XXUGNJ2
  • And any newer updates

Just find it at this page  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.

How to turn-off the Activation lock on Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Download Mode.How to 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.

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]

65 thoughts on “Safety Root N9005XXUGNG1 Galaxy Note 3 Without Knocking KNOX counter 0x0”

  1. Many thanks for this very good description on how to root a note 3. It worked for me, but had one problem. After booting KERNEL_N9005XXUEND3.tar.md5, the phone did not allow me to enable WLAN, which is required to get towelroot to work (needs internet connection). I got the message an authorisized SW ist running and for that, WLAN will be disabled.
    To solve this, I used bluetooth tethering to an other android phone.

    1. Worked , thank you so much! Anyone who wants to try this method. I’ve tried it myself and it works. But first I had to manually flash the N9005XXUGNG1 firmware before I went ahead with the tutorial here.

      One small thing –
      In step 10 of the process, when I tap ‘Make it rain’ it requires an internet connection. But I couldnt turn on my wifi whatsoever, so I enabled mobile data to provide the connection towelroot required.

      When I completed the whole process, after installing the GNG1 kernel the wifi and everything worked fine as before and now I have root.

      THANK YOU !!

  2. Hey Neil,

    So first I have to manually flash N9005XXUGNG1 (if it is not my current firmware version), then proceed with the steps given. Am I right?

    Also the two links attached are only kernels and not the complete firmware yeah?

  3. Hello, you dont telling about a few details. When you restart the phone with the older kernel (xxund3) ,the wifi doesn’t work, it’s normal, the wifi come back when you reflash your kernel (XXUGNG1). You can’t use wifi temporary and you also have to use mobile data for do the “make it rain” with the coolest app’s TOWELROOT.
    This method is very safe.I just say that to the user’s who don’t use mobile data.

  4. Anyone who wants to try this method. I’ve tried it myself and it works. But first I had to manually flash the N9005XXUGNG1 firmware before I went ahead with the tutorial here.

    One small thing –
    In step 10 of the process, when I tap ‘Make it rain’ it requires an internet connection. But I couldnt turn on my wifi whatsoever, so I enabled mobile data to provide the connection towelroot required.

    When I completed the whole process, after installing the GNG1 kernel the wifi and everything worked fine as before and now I have root.

    THANK YOU !!

  5. This works for me! I was so nervous when trying to root my SM-9005 for the first time, but now, I HAVE ROOT ACCESS! Thank you so much!

  6. Hi,
    Thank you for this tuto!
    But before do it, I have a question. My CFC is from Netherland : PHN
    The roms (N9005XXUEND3 & N9005XXUGNG1 Kernels ) in download links in this tuto are they working for my CFC=PHN ?
    If not, could you indicate where i can find right roms for Netherland ?
    Thank you for your help

    1. After checking this tuto’s kernels, it looks they were fully compatible with PHN CFC.
      So i could make the procedure and it worked !
      Thank you

  7. GUYS , the method is successful. however it shows a message to disable knox to enhance the root abilities when i install super su binary. what should i do

  8. H,
    Im keen to try this rooting method on my Note 3, but im concerned about some of the comments on here saying WiFi wont work on step 10 “make it rain” even though an internet connection is needed. I don’t use or have the possibility to use mobile data, so my question: how can I get around this problem and complete step 10 if wifi doesn’t work?

    Thanks for any feedback!

  9. Big thanks!
    Updated version of Towelroot (tr.apk) did not reboot phone but it was successful on rooting. And after flashing back original kernel there was no error about SuperSU.

  10. Hi

    Thanks for the guide. I’m getting stuck at Step 9. As soon as I hit start on ODIN, within 5 sec, I get the message ‘Removed’ and a big blue ‘RESET’ at the top and the phone restarts. I’m using the original cable and have tried all USB ports on my PC. Wht am I doing wrong?

    Thanks for your help!

  11. Never mind, it finally worked! But I get the feeling that overall it has become a bit sluggish in responding than before rooting. Why would this be? Is there any way to fix it?


  12. @Tim, as mentioned in the very first post, you can use bluetooth tethering to an other phone, which has WLAN or mobil data connection to establish a internet connection.
    The second phone will then share its internet connection with yours.
    To do so, activate bluetooth on both phones, search the other phone and pair them. Then activate bluetooth tethering on second and establish a network connection from bluetooth profile menu in note 3 to second one. Now you can procede with towelroot.

  13. I’m currently using latest malaysia firmware (GNH1). Can i flash END3 and GNG1 kernel? Sorry for this silly question.

    1. You need to flash the END3 kernel as it is the only kernel build towelroot works. Now if you run on NH1, you also need to re-flash the GNH1 kernel version.

  14. I ve followed all the steps here but did not work for me, can not intall supersu binary and device was not rooted when I used the root checker.

  15. finally after few min it did work, but had to enable kinguser, after apply genius root on top of this process. thanks.

  16. Hi guys. Thanks a lot Neil for this great tutorial. I did your tutorial following step by step 4 months ago and the process were sucessfull. The current android version on my Note 3 SM-N9005 is 4.4.2. But since a couple of days, when I try to search Software Updates in section “About device”, I get this error “Your device has been modified. Software updates are not available”. I restart in Download mode and Knox counter is 0, I don know what is the meaning of this error and why I cann’t searching sotware updates since About device as before. I want to mention, that after root procedure with Towelroot, I could search software updates with no problem. Thanks in advance. Cheers.

    1. Hi Steven, did you flash back the firmware’s original kernel version? This might a little bit way different as it before that we can directly run towelroot. Try to removed internal SDcard if you have any… Also check the device info in download mode if the status already set into “custom”. You may try to use Chainfire’s Triangle away apps to reset the status from “custom” to “official”.

  17. Hi Kim. I flashed back firmware’s original kernel version (N9005XXUGNG1) as showed above and all went well until a few days ago. I will try to remove sd_card and check status if custom is showed. I will keep you informed. Thanks.

  18. I’m very confused. After I posted the last comment to you Kim, I turned off my Note 3 and turned on in downloading mode to verify the system status. I check the status is set to CUSTOM, Current binary to Samsung official, Reactivation lock (KK) to Off, Knox kernel lock to 0x0, Knox warranty void to 0x0. Then I turned off and restart it again. Following I’ve checked Software Updates in About Device and “voila”, Android announce me that system is up to date and seems that no error about the device is modified. I’ve checked once and another time with same result, the system is updated correctly. I don’t know if I must be happy or deeply worried.

  19. I forgot to mention that I hadn’t removed sd-card to proceed in downloading mode neither restarting normal procedure.

  20. Sorry for my last comment, I wanted to say that I hadn’t removed sd-card to proceed in downloading mode, only I restarted normally. Thanks! I’ll take a look closely to this case and I will comment here if there’s any news. Cheers!! 🙂

  21. Well, after a few days probing, I realised that this error appears randomly, sometimes appears “your device is up to date” and others “the device has been modified….”. Knox counter keeps 0x0. I have read in this web, people has the same problem like me. I hope we can solve this problem. Cheers!

  22. Hi Kim,

    I just wanted to clarify. Since I am running NH1 as Newbie (October 18th). So instead of using the NG1 Kernel, I should replace it with NH1?

    Please forgive my ignorance for I am still a newb at this. Thanks for you time : )

  23. Guys…please help me … i have done all the steps and when superuser asked me if i wanted to disable knox i said no … after restarting i had security notification saying so anuthorized action … and asked me to restart to solve it …after restarting i have message telling that downloading failed … and knox dont work anymore ..the maps app here stopped … knox value is 0×0 …i made unroot via superuser …in vain …i made factory reset …in vain ..i want to restore knov eorking and gid rid of those mesgs… even i tried kies to restore the original firmware but it said intializing for note3 is not supported …waiting ur advices plssdd

    1. This post did not mention disabling KNOX it says Without Knocking KNOX. Disabling KNOX as we knew it will result into issues.

  24. I can’t install towel root on my device.
    what do I do now?
    when I was installed the app it says app not install.
    Please help me.

  25. Does this work on N9005XXUGNI4? I didn’t think things through and updated to XXUGNI4 and lost my root. (Knox is 0x0 still and I’d prefer it that way in the future, too)

  26. Hi Kim, Just want to know if this will work on N9005XXUGNL1? just updated my phone a few days ago
    Thanks for your help

  27. I have this:

    Model: SM-N9005
    Model name: GALAXY Note 3 LTE
    Country: United Arab Emirates
    Version: Android 4.4.2
    Changelist: 1955971
    Build date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:20:40 +0000
    Product Code: XSI
    PDA: N9005XXUGNJ2
    CSC: N9005OJVGNH2

    Can i safetly used the tutorial?

  28. Some of the steps were confusing like the part with Updates. Does that mean that those builds will work?

    Will this work for mine?
    AP: N9005XXUGNI4
    CP: N9005XXUGNL1
    CSC: N9005OLBGNL1

  29. Towelroot did work for my phone N9005 with 4.4.2 9005XXUGNH4 PDA H3G UK . However I feel supersu warning should have been well explained. Some people have disabled Knox through it and now even if SUPERSU removes root and towel uninstalled, the Knox does not work any more and a security warning pops up in notification every now and then despite ROM shown as official and Knox at 0x0. I tried the lollipop update available via OTA and everything went well with download and started flashing it and then crashed at 25 percent and robooted fortunately to 4.4.2 minus wifi. With lot of system factory resets and heartbreaks finally wifi started functioning. I wonder if ODIN way of flashing the original stock rom update from Samsung will raise Knox flat to 0x1 or not. Some say flashing original stock rom, same or higher through ODIN 3.07 or 3.09, will not harm knox but my experience shows that there is some hard coding of Knox involved and therefore the upgrade through OTA of lollipop did not complete smoothly as it recognized some thing fishy has been done by Towelroot and SUPERSU though ROM and Knox flag were kept intact.
    Any advice is welcome.

  30. hi man
    i have 2 question
    1- how to unroot the note after root with this method ?
    2- if i get lolipop update and update the phone what will happen to knox (tripped or not )
    thanks for root

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