Following the market roll-out of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, recognised XDA developer, Chainfire, has released CF-Auto-Root for the new Galaxy device. The developer has created a new version of CF-Auto-Root for several variants of the Note 3, including the international 3G and LTE variants.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Galaxy Note 3 can be rooted using CF-Auto-Root file.

The CF-Auto-Root is the easiest and quickest way to achieve root and keeps the rooted device as close to stock as possible. Besides, the root package has SuperSU, APK and stock recovery installed in it.

Flash Counter and Knox Warranty

Samsung has added an enriched privacy and security protection in the Galaxy Note 3 called Samsung Knox. The root method sets current binary and system status to custom. Additionally, it will trigger the Knox warranty void status. The Galaxy Note 3, as the developer notes, stores the traditional flash counter. It is not possible with the Triangle Away app to reset binary counter status. Users will need to flash a stock kernel and stock recovery to reset the binary status.

The Knox warranty status change is permanent. It may also prevent certain Knox features from working. In such case, users should use a root method not based on custom kernels or recoveries, like a modified system partition.

IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to the device. Users are advised to verify that their devices meet following requirements.


1) Install USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to transfer files between the Android device and the computer.

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on phone to connect the Android device with the computer and use Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option then check the USB Debugging Mode.]

3) As the tutorial might wipe out all data of the Galaxy device, create a backup. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as CWM/TWRP installed then backup the data using the recovery. Click here for our guide to install CWM recovery on Galaxy Note 3.

4) The Galaxy Note should have above 80% battery charge.

5) The device should be factory unlocked and not locked to a particular carrier.

6) The phone will lose its manufacturer's warranty once it is rooted but users can reclaim the warranty back by unrooting the device later.

7) The CF-Auto-Root file works only with Samsung Galaxy Note 3. As applying this to any incorrect variant might brick the device, verify the model number of Note 3 by selecting Settings>> About phone>> Model number and install the root package accordingly.

Steps to Root Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with CF-Auto-Root

Step-1: Download CF-Auto-Root file for Samsung Galaxy Note 3, according to model number, to computer

Download links

Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 [3G version]

Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 [LTE version]

Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9006 [China]

Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900T [T-Mobile]

Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900S [SK Telecom]

Step-2: Extract the downloaded root zip file using winrar/7zip/winzip or any other extracting tool to get a .tar.md5 file within it

Step-3: Download Odin3 v3.09. Extract the Odin zip to get Odin3 v3.09.exe with a few other files

Step-4: Turn off the Galaxy Note 3. Wait for about five to six seconds for vibration to confirm complete power off. Then boot the device into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together. Press the Volume Up button to continue to enter into Download Mode

Step-5: Run Odin3 v3.09.exe as Administrator [To do so, right-click on Odin.exe and click Run as Administrator from context menu.]

Step-6: Connect the Galaxy Note to computer using USB cable while it is in Download Mode. Wait until Odin detects the device. When the phone is connected successfully, an Added message will appear under Odin's message box

Note: If the Added message does not appear, then try the USB port at the back of the computer. In case Odin still fails to recognise the device, then re-install USB driver.

Step-7: In Odin, click the PDA button and select the CF-Auto-Root.......tar.md5 file

Step-8: Verify Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes are selected. But uncheck Re-Partition option

Step-9: Click the Start button in Odin. The installation should begin now and would take about few minutes to complete

Step-10: When the installation process is completed, the phone will reboot automatically and soon a PASS message with green background will appear in the extreme left box at the very top of Odin box. Unplug the USB cable from the phone to disconnect it from the computer

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean should now be rooted successfully.

Trouble shooting

Sometimes the device does not boot into recovery mode and root the device. If this happens. then perform the entire procedure again. If this still does not install the root package, then ensure that Auto Reboot option in Odin is not checked. After flashing, pull the battery and boot the device into recovery mode by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together. This will start the installation process and root the device.

Also read: Install XXUEMJ3 Android 4.3 Final Test Build on Galaxy S4 I9505

[Source: XDA]