Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900), the Exynos 5 octa-core variant has just been updated to Android 4.4.2 XXUDNA6 KitKat official firmware via Over-The-Air (OTA) update as well as through Samsung KIES. Though the firmware is currently available only in Russia, it is expected to roll out later to other countries in phases.
Those who missed the OTA update notification and those who cannot access the firmware over Samsung KIES for some reason, may follow our step-by-step guide given below to install the same manually.
Read about the latest features ported into the new N900XXUDNA6 Android 4.4.2 official firmware here.
1. Install necessary USB Drivers for Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 on the computer.
2. USB Debugging Mode should be enabled on the phone by navigating to Settings >> Developer Options.
3. Backup your important data before you proceed to avoid potential data loss during firmware installation.
4. Ensure the phone is factory unlocked (not locked to any specific carrier).
5. Ensure the phone's battery charge exceeds 80 percent.
6. The N900XXUDNA6 Android 4.4.2 firmware is compatible with Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 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.
Step 1: Extract Firmware zip file via WinRAR/7-Zip or WinZip to obtain a .tar.md5 file and some other optional files.
Step 2: Next Odin zip file should be extracted to get Odin3 v3.07.exe along with few other files.
Step 3: Power off the Galaxy Note 3 and boot the device into Download Mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Down and Power buttons together until a construction Android robot icon with a warning triangle appears on screen. Then keep tapping Volume Up button to progress into Download Mode.
Step 5: Launch Odin on computer as an Administrator.
Step 6: Connect Galaxy Note 3 to computer via USB cable while it is still in Download Mode. When Odin detects the device and a pop-up message implying successful connection appears on screen, the ID: COM box will turn light blue with the COM port number.
Note: If the Added message fails to appear, then try re-installing USB drivers or changing the port on computer.
Step 7: Select the following files in Odin from extracted N900XXUDNA6 firmware folder:
- Tap PDA button and choose the .tar.md5 file.
- Hit Phone button and select the file named MODEM.
- Tap CSC button and choose the file named CSC.
- Click PIT button and choose the .pit file.
NOTE: Ignore the last three files (MODEM, CSC and .pit) if they are not found.
Step 8: In Odin, enable Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options. But, the Re-Partition option must be selected only if a .pit file was chosen in the previous step.
Step 9: After ensuring that Step 7 and Step 8 are done correctly, hit the Start button to begin installing the firmware.
Step 10: After the firmware is installed, the phone will reboot and soon a PASS message with green background appears in the left-most box at the top of Odin. It is now safe to disconnect the USB cable and remove the phone from computer.
Galaxy Note 3 is now running N900XXUDNA6 Android 4.4.2 KitKat official firmware. Head over to Settings >> About Phone to verify the firmware installed on the device.
Note: If Galaxy Note 3 N900 stuck at boot animation after Step 10 then go to recovery mode (press and hold the Volume Up and Power buttons together) and perform Wipe data/Factory Reset and Wipe Cache Partition task before choosing Reboot System Now option. In recovery mode use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select the option. Please note that performing wiping task will erase your device's internal memory and not external SD card data.
[Source: Honai of Android]