The LTE variant of Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) recently got updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat with build number N9005XXUENB4 as part of the regular maintenance and bug-fix update from Samsung.
Those who have already updated their Galaxy Note 3 (LTE) to the latest KitKat firmware Over-The-Air (OTA) or manually using our step-by-step guide (posted here) can proceed to root the same via CF-Auto-Root.
NOTE: CF-Auto-Root brings the easiest way to root access and it works on future versions of Android as well. Rooting is essential to install third-party root apps, latest custom ROMs and system tweaks for improved performance of your handset.
Users should note that rooting any device may void the hardware of its warranty. However, the device warranty can be reclaimed by just re-installing the latest official firmware.
IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held responsible for any device damage during or after root installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.
1. Install necessary USB Drivers for Galaxy Note 3 LTE (SM-N9005) on the computer.
2. USB Debugging Mode should be enabled on the phone by navigating to Settings >> Developer Options.
3. Back up your important data to avoid potential data loss during firmware installation.
4. Ensure the phone is factory unlocked (not locked to any specific carrier) and running the latest Android 4.4.2 N9005XXUENB4 official firmware.
5. Verify Galaxy Note 3 LTE has at least 80 percent battery charge.
6. The CF-Auto-Root tool is compatible with Galaxy Note 3 (LTE) only. Do not attempt installing it on incorrect variants as it may brick the device. Verify the model number of the Galaxy Note 3 by navigating to Settings >> About Phone.
Steps to Root Galaxy Note 3 (LTE) Running on Official Android 4.4.2 N9005XXUENB4 Firmware
Step 1: Extract CF-Auto-Root and Odin 3.09 files using WinRAR, 7-Zip or WinZip.
Step 2: Power off the Galaxy Note 3 LTE and boot it into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together until a construction Android robot icon with a warning triangle appears on screen. Then keep tapping Power button to enter Download Mode.
Step 3: Launch Odin on the computer as Administrator.
Step 4: Connect the Galaxy Note 3 LTE to computer with USB cable in Download Mode. Wait until Odin recognises the device and the ID: COM box will turn yellow with the COM port number. Furthermore, when the device is connected successfully, a message saying "Added!" appears on screen.
Step 5: In Odin, tap AP button and select the CF-Auto-Root-hlte-hltexx-smn9005.zipfile.
Step 6: Ensure Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are selected in Odin. But, the Re-Partition option must be unchecked.
Step 7: Verify the step 5 and step 6, before clicking Start button in Odin. When you hit Start, the root installation process will begin.
Step 8: After the root installation process completes, your phone will reboot and soon a PASS message with green background appears in the left-most box at the very top of Odin. It is now safe to disconnect the USB cable and remove the phone from computer.
- If the device fails to reboot into recovery mode or root the device, then repeat the entire tutorial once again.
- If the issue still persists, perform the tutorial once again; but disable or uncheck "Auto Reboot" option in Odin.
- Remove the battery to completely shut-down the device.
- Now boot the phone once again into Recovery mode manually (press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power buttons). This will restart the root installation process on your phone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (LTE) is now rooted on official Android 4.4.2 N9005XXUENB4 official firmware. It is now possible to install any app that requires root permission.
Alternately, download and install Root Checker app from Google Play Store to confirm the root status of the device.
[Source: Team Android]