Samsung has just released the long awaited Android 5.0 Lollipop dessert treatment for the Galaxy Note series, starting with Exynos 5 octa-core powered Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900). Bearing build number N900XXUEBOA6, the Lollipop update is now live for Note 3 users in Russia, but is expected to be available for all users across the world soon.
The download links for N900XXUEBOA6 build are now available. Using Odin flashing tool, you can manually install this stock Android Lollipop build on your Note 3. But note that you should be having an unlocked version of SM-N900.
For those who have already installed the firmware and are looking for a method to root the Note 3 running N900XXUEBOA6 Android 5.0, head over to our step-by-step guide below.
The tutorial uses Chainfire's CF-Auto-Root file, which is meant to be used in combination with stock Samsung firmwares and considered as one of the easiest ways for rooting. The root package can be used to root the latest N900XXUEBOA6 build as well as any stock Android Lollipop build.
- Ensure that you have installed the necessary USB drivers for Galaxy Note 3.
- Enable USB Debugging Mode on phone to connect it with the computer and use Android SDK with it. [Navigate to Settings>> About phone>> tap Build number seven times. A pop up will appear, that reads, 'You are now a developer.' Go back to the Developer options and check USB debugging and click OK.]
- As the tutorial is likely to wipe out all data of the phone, create a backup using custom recovery.
- Check the battery percentage of the phone, it should be at least 80%.
- Rooting the device will void the manufacturer's warranty.
- The CF-Auto-Root file works with Galaxy Note 3 N900 and flashing this on any incorrect variant might brick the device. Check the model number of the phone by navigating to Settings>> About device>> Model number.
- IBTimes UK will not be held liable for any damage to the device.
CF-Auto-Root [File name: CF-Auto-Root-ha3g-ha3gxx-smn900.zip]
How to root Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 on Android 5.0 Lollipop using CF-Auto-Root
Step-1: Extract the downloaded root package on the computer to get a file with .tar.md5 extension
Note: If you get a recovery.img and cache.img file, then you will have to extract it twice to get the .tar.md5 file.
Step-2: Switch off the Galaxy Note 3 and enter download mode by holding Home, Power and Volume Down buttons together for a few seconds. If it asks you to press a button to continue the process then press the particular button
Step-3: Ensure that Galaxy Note 3 USB drivers are installed on the computer
Step-4: Launch Odin on the computer
Step-5: Connect the Note 3 to the computer using USB cable while it is in Download mode. When the phone is connected successfully, one of the ID: COM boxes will turn blue with the COM port number. This step might take some time
Step-6: In Odin click the AP button and select the .tar.md5 file that was extracted in step-1
Step-7: Check the Auto-reboot and F.Reset Time options are not selected in Odin, but uncheck the Repartition button
Step-8: Double check everything and hit the Start button in Odin
Step-9: The installation process will begin now. It would take a few minutes. When the installation process is completed, the phone will reboot
Step-10: You can safely unplug the phone from the computer, once the home screen shows up
Troubleshoot: Sometimes the phone does not boot into recovery and roots the device. If this happens, redo the entire process. If you find the phone is still not rooted, once again perform the tutorial, but this time check that Auto Reboot option in Odin is not checked.
Then pull out the battery to turn off the phone forcefully. Now press Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together to boot the phone into recovery mode. This will start the install process to root the phone.
Your Galaxy Note 3 N900 should now be rooted on Android 5.0 Lollipop.