Samsung Galaxy Note series is the most popular phablet series. Samsung managed to sell millions of these oversized Android smartphones. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the latest addition to this family. It packs impressive hardware and software features. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features huge 5.7 inch FullHD display which supports the updated S-Pen. The device is powered by latest Qualcomm 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset or 1.9 GHz Exynos 5 Octa 5420 depending upon regions. It is the first smartphone to pack 3 GB RAM. There is an improved 13 MP rear camera and 2 MP front camera. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 runs latest Android 4.3 with TouchWiz enhancements. There is large 3,200 mAh battery powering the device.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 went on sale just a few weeks ago. But hardworking developers have managed to root Samsung Galaxy Note 3 using modified Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root. Almost all variants of Note 3 can be rooted using this process. If you have unlocked bootloader then you are good to go. It is very easy to root Samsung Galaxy Note 3, you just need to flash some files using Odin.
- Make sure that the phone has adequate charge (50% minimum) so that it doesn’t get turned off in between the process.
- Enable USB debugging by going to “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging” and enable it. If you don’t see “Developer options” option then you need to enable it by going to “Settings>About device> Build number” and tap on Build number 7 times until you will see a message “You are now a developer”.
- Download Samsung USB drivers from this link and install on your computer. If you have Samsung Kies installed then skip this step.
- Back up all your important data and files.
- Make sure the phone model is Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9000/SM-N9005/SM-N900T/SM-N900S/SM-N900W8/SM-N9002/SM-N9006/SM-N9008/SM-N9009 by going to “System settings>About device.
- The phone should have unlocked bootloader.
How to root Samsung Galaxy Note 3
- Download Odin from this link and extract on your computer. You will get Odin.exe file along with some other files.
- Download the correct CF-Auto-Root file for your mobile phone and extract them on your computer. Once you get a .tar.md5 file, don’t extract it further. SM-N9000 (International Exynos): CF-Auto-Root-ha3g-ha3gxx-smn900.zip
SM-N9005 (International Qualcomm): CF-Auto-Root-hlte–hltexx-smn9005.zip
SM-N900T (T-Mobile US): CF-Auto-Root-hltetmo–hltetmo-smn900t.zip
SM-N900S (untested): CF-Auto-Root-hlteskt–hlteskt-smn900s.zip
SM-N900W8 (untested): CF-Auto-Root-hltecan–hlteub-smn900w8.zip
SM-N9006 (untested): CF-Auto-Root-hlte-h3gzc-smn9006.zip
SM-N9008 (untested): CF-Auto-Root-hlte-h3gzm-smn9008.zip
SM-N9009 (untested): CF-Auto-Root-hlte-h3gduosctc-smn9009.zip
- Turn off the phone and press Home+ Power + Volume down buttons simultaneously until you get to a warning screen. Release the buttons and press Volume up button to continue. Now the phone will enter Download mode.
- Run Odin.exe on the computer as administrator.
- When the phone is in download mode, connect it to the computer using USB cable. Odin will detect the phone, the ID:COM box will turn yellow and it will show COM port number. If Odin cannot detect the device then you need to reinstall the USB drivers.
- In the Odin window click on PDA button then select the CF-Auto-Root-….tar.md5 file which you got in step 2.
- In the Odin window make sure you have unchecked everything except “Auto Reboot” and “F. Reset Time”. Ensure that “Re-Partition” option is unchecked.
- Click on “Start” button to start the installation process.
- The phone will reboot once the process is complete. You will see a “PASS” message on the Odin window. Now you can disconnect the phone from the computer and reboot it.
This was the process to root Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Open application drawer and you will find “SuperSU” app. To check whether you have successfully rooted the phone or not, you can install “Root Checker” app from Google Play Store.