This guide will help you to set back your phone to its original firm ware, if you want to unroot your Sprint Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900P. If you have had root on your Sprint Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900P it’s been easy for you to install a party app that requires an access to the user. The thing in common if you have rooted in on your phone, is that, you can’t access any over-the-air software updates again. You will only receive a message informing you that your device has already modified.
If you to have the latest software update that includes some additional bug-fixes, system improvements and other enhancements. SO if you’ve experienced some issues on your device, the only way to resolve it are for you to set back your phone the way it was before running to its original firmware.
If you want to unroot and return back your Sprint Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900P to the official stock firmware this guide will show you the rest of the process to completely removed root, any custom recovery and or unofficial system images from your phone and restore it back to the official firmware or a clean factory settings.
This has been also useful if you want your phone to be repaired, returning it back to your dealer, or sell it to someone else that might like to see it in its original settings and configuration. Actually, to unroot your Sprint Galaxy Note 3, you may just only need the official firmware, since the official firmware is the only thing that can fully restores the originality of your phone and wipes-out every customization you have been made.
Just follow the complete procedure and guidelines below on how to unroot Sprint Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900P.
Important things you need know to unroot your Sprint Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900P
Check and confirm your Galaxy Note 3 model number
To check and confirm your Galaxy Note 3 model number, you must have the exact Sprint Galaxy Note 3 or otherwise you are going to mess up your phone in no time.
You may confirm it first, your phone might have just been unlocked which technically worked with your current network provider’s SIM-card. This has tricked some users who bought their Galaxy Note 3 from 3rd-party stores. To check your Galaxy Note 3 model number, just simply tap on your phone’s Settings>>About Device>>Then look for the Model number. Again, this guide covers only for Sprint Galaxy Note 3 with model number SM-N900P, the LTE with Snapdragon processor version. This cannot be used or should not be applied to any other U.S. and International Galaxy Note 3 models, that’s simply because other model versions also use different firmware builds and may result into undesired outcomes.
If you have the other Galaxy Note 3 model version. Please refer to each specific unrooting guides:
Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 (Exynos)
Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 (Snapdragon)
Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900A (AT&T)
Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900P (T-Mobile)
Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900V (Verizon)
Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900W8 (Canada)
Getting Started To Unroot Your Sprint Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900P)
Fully Recharge Your Galaxy Note 3
First things first, fully recharge your Galaxy Note 3 battery before engaging into flashing process. Power interruption or failure during the flashing process might ruin your device in no time.
Back-up all Important Files.
During the unroot process, it deletes all of your files that are stored from your phone’s internal memory. So make sure to make a back-up copy from all of it and save it in a very safe place.
Follow this guide: How to Back-up and Restore Files on Galaxy Note 3
Enable USB debugging mode.
If you are having issues connecting your device to the computer try to enable the option. In your Sprint 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 (e.g. on 4.3 it’s JSS15J.N900PVPUBMJ4 and for the 4.4.2 KitKat it’s KOT49H.N900PVPUBNAB and KOT49H.N900PVPUCNC5 and any future update build numbers) until a message pops up that says “congratulations you are now a developer”.
TURN OFF the Security Reactivation Lock
– This is only necessary if you already turned on this security option from your phone’s settings. If you’ve turned it ON before, then you must turn it off for we cannot reconfigure the system if it was turned on even Samsung personnel requires this if you want your device to be repaired under warranty. Just 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.
- Prepare a Windows base OS computer or laptop, Odin flasher tool will not run on Mac and other OSX.
- Use the supplied USB data cable. A bad USB data cable may cause flashing errors. Believe me, I’ve faced it several times. If you get errors in Odin, then you did not read this.
- Remove the external micro SD card, if you have one, to avoid any failure and errors during the flashing process. (Recommended for beginners, some rouge 3rd-party apps stored on SD card may also cause some problem.
- Close any other running programs in your computer. This includes the Kies 3 which basically blocks you from using Odin.
- Download the necessary tools. Flasher program for Sprint Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900P Odin3_v3.09 or Odin3_v3.07 – Download
- A USB Driver – This is only needed if you haven’t yet installed the Kies 3 apps in your computer. Older USB drivers will not work on the Galaxy Note 3 because it now runs on the latest Android OS such as 4.3 and 4.4.2. Grab it here – Grab it here – Download Kies 3 for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or the USB Driver. Just run the program to install it in your computer.
Check your Sprint Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900P Android version
On this step, which I also require especially for beginners, check the running Android version of your Sprint Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900P. Basically, the Galaxy Note 3 runs on different Android versions, OTA software update which also comes from Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) to Android 4.4.2 (KitKat). Without knowing this is very crucial on some part, because in later software updates, Samsung has added some security measures which are hidden inside your phone’s ecosystem. One of these is the “KNOX” security platform, that once being triggered it will automatically set your device into custom, and/or voids your phone’s warranty. But if you have gone this far, and you have already rooted or modified your device, you might have already tripped the “KNOX” security counter. But this method will not work to reset for the KNOX counter. This will only restore your device from rooted or custom to official state.
Checking your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 software build version is very easy. You can simply navigate from your phone’s home screen then simply tap Menu>>Settings>>About Device. Then look for the text field that says “Android version”. It might have the 4.3 or 4.4.2 OS.
Now, once you know the correct Android version from your phone, this will save us time and get rid of any unwanted errors. As I have already mentioned, the latest Android version is already equipped with high security configurations. Advanced users and developers also call this as “locked boot loader”, meaning to say, you cannot just simply install any official or unofficial firmware builds to an Android system that has a locked boot loader, or else you are just going into trouble and mess-up your phone in no time.
Select the Correct Firmware Package version
From this step, it’s crucial if you just grab any firmware package without knowing which one is the correct version to choose. So that is why I want you to know the correct Android version first. Now, if you have a rooted version of Android 4.3 Jelly bean, then you may only restore your device to the official Android 4.3 firmware. Same as it goes if you also have a rooted Android 4.4.2 KitKat, you may only restore back your phone to the official 4.4.2 KitKat. If you already on 4.4.2, you cannot downgrade back to the old software updates like 4.3. Marked my word, don’t do it.
Download Sprint Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900P Original Firmware here:
Again, grab the 4.3 stock firmware if your Galaxy Note 3 runs on rooted 4.3, but you can also update that to the official 4.4.2 KitKat firmware later on, if you want to, as long as you are already running on pure 4.3 firmware. And for those with rooted 4.4.2 KitKat, you can only grab the official 4.4.2 KitKat firmware and please DO NOT ever Odin-back the 4.3 firmware. If you wouldn’t like to send your device to your service center, you may send it to me as I can fix it with my JTAG repair tool.
You must then select one of the Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900A firmware package that will match with your phones OS version, If you have the rooted Android 4.4.2, then download the original 4.4.2 firmware file. Same also if you are still on 4.3, then grab the 4.3 stock firmware.
You also need to unzip or extract the firmware file. Compressed files can be extracted using 7zip, winzip, winrar or any unzipping program you have had in your computer.
Galaxy Note 3 N900P (Sprint) Download Mode and Odin Flasher Tool
Step 1: Run the Odin3_v3.09 and configure Odin in your computer desktop
Step 2: Boot your Sprint Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900P into Download Mode
Turn it off, then Press the Volume Down+Home+Power buttons at the same time, then let it go until a warning screen prompted you to choose to continue or cancel. Press the “Volume Up button” then you will then see a download mode screen.
Here is what it looks like when a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rebooted in Odin Download Mode.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in Download Mode Screen
Step 3: Connect your Galaxy Note 3 to the computer via the USB data cable
Once you connect your Galaxy Note 3 with the USB cable, you can see that Odin’s ID: COM triangular bar turned to bluish color and it shows you the USB port number of your Galaxy Note 3 connection with the computer. The COM number will depend on which USB port is assigned with your phones. It usually connects from 01 to 07. There is also a word that says “Added” in the log-cat box. If you didn’t see any response, try to recheck the USB cable and re-install the USB Driver.
Now however your mouse to Odin’s button.
Step 4: Load the Firmware Package in Odin
Click the Odin’s “AP button” then browse and select the firmware file. Just make sure you have already decompressed or unzipped it so you can browse it to the folder where you put it, it should end with file description as “tar.md5″, or else the flasher program will not recognize it. For example, if you have the 4.4.2 KitKat firmware, It should look something like this, “N900PVPUCNC5_N900PSPRUCNC5_HOME.tar.md5″
or the 4.3 Jelly Bean is like this,
Firmware packages come in different build version numbers and basically show the device model number such as “N900P” which means that this firmware file is for Sprint Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900P.
Then wait for a couple of seconds while it reads the MD5 checksum.
Step 5: Install Back the Original Firmware
Simply hit the “Start Button” once both AP and CSC files filled are with the right files; 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. It takes a couple of minutes before the flashing finishes, so you have time to relax.
Step 6: Wait until the Restoration Process is complete!
When the original firmware installation is successfully completed, you’ll notice that Odin displays a word “PASS”. This only indicates that the flashing was successful and your Galaxy Note 3 is now being restored back to the official firmware, and your root was gone for good.
There are also some circumstances that you’ll get a flashing failure, which is due to a bad flash or any other interruption that has occurred during the process.
If you get the “Fail” error, you must then simply repeat the process. You may also check any other things that might have caused the problem like checking the USB data cable, your computer’s USB ports and closing any other programs that might have been interrupted while running Odin.
Recheck and Confirm if you’ve successfully unroot your Sprint Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900P.
Once you’ve already Odin’ed-back the official firmware, it automatically mean that your phone now fully runs with the official firmware and then it can receive any official (OTA) firmware again.
Errors and Its Solutions While
Restoring Sprint Galaxy Note 3 to Official Firmware
Set-up connection Failed.
This problem is often caused by a bad USB data cable. Check or try to use a different USB data cable.
Odin stuck in the middle of nowhere after hitting the START button.
Check for possible programs that might interrupt the process, like disabling the anti-virus and closing any running programs. Or try to use another computer or laptop.
Bootloops or the phone just stuck on Welcome Screen Logo.
This happens when you did not clean the memory cache of your phone before you had root. You can fix it via recovery mode option,
Boot in recovery mode
1. Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button.
2. Use volume keys to select, Up and Down and Power or Home key to select the option
3. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the Home button.
4. Select the Wipe Cache Partition
5. Select Reboot System Now to reboot your Galaxy Note 3 in Normal mode
That’s it! From here you can easily update your device to the latest software release. You can re-root anytime as you want and you can use this method on your Sprint Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900P when time comes that you need to unroot.