Rooting Galaxy Note 3 (and Other Galaxy Devices)

After upgrading my Galaxy Note 3 to Lollipop, I ended up losing my root access. That just won’t do, so it’s time to cover rooting the Galaxy Note 3!

What Is Rooting?

Root itself is a user account within Linux that has elevated permissions. It’s similar to an Administrator account when working with Windows. A root account has permissions to read/write/execute any file on the Linux/Android platform and is often required to run any sort of custom rom on the device. The process of gaining access to this account is called “Rooting”

What About My Warranty?

First off, I take zero responsibility about this. If you brick your phone while rooting your device, don’t come blaming me. If you have a Samsung device, even if you don’t brick it, it’s very likely you’ll trip Knox and your warranty will be toast as well (though the device can function normally after Knox is tripped, as long as you aren’t using Knox). Some people have had luck with warranty work after Knox was tripped, but don’t count on this.

Screw Warranty! What’s The Advantage?

There’s lots!

  • Running custom firmware/rom such as CyanogenMod
  • Ability to theme literally anything you can think of
  • Complete control of the kernel and CPU
  • Full application control (eg. removing all the default bloatware)
  • Overclocking/Underclocking
  • And so much more

Alright, I’m In, Lets Do it!

You’ll have to download the latest version of CF-Autoroot from the Chainfire site located here. Notice their disclaimer as well, they will not take responsibility for damage to your device, just like me!

You’ll also want to take care to download the appropriate version for your device. I have the Canadian version of the Note 3 so my model is SM-N900W8. Your Note may be (and very likely is) different. Luckily CF-Autoroot also includes Odin which is the software we will use to flash the files.

extract-cf-autorootNext we need to extract the CF-Autoroot files and Odin. This should leave us a folder with all the files we need to proceed.

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Then its time to put our device into downloading mode. On the Galaxy Note 3, you do this by first powering it off then pressing and holding the Volume Down, Home button, and power all at the same time. You’ll see a warning that this can cause issues. Press the Volume Up key if you want to continue at your own risk (because I can’t say that enough right? :) ).

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You should now see a giant Android with the text “Downloading…” as well as some device status info. This lets you know you’re now in downloading mode. It’s hard to see in the image, but my phone does have Knox tripped, which means no warranty. Plug your device into the computer you previous extracted the files to and let the computer install the drivers for your device.

odin3-pda

Next open up Odin. You should see in the top right corner a Com port listed in blue. This tells us the device has successfully connected. Click the button that says PDA, then select the CF-Autoroot file. Odin should now look just like the image above. Hit Start and let Odin do its thing (your phone will reboot a few times at this point, just let it do its thing).

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If all is good, you should see the message “RESET!” in Odin along with a green box.

supersu-installed

When your device finishes booting up, head into the Apps section and you should now see an app called SuperSU. Congrats! Your Galaxy Note 3 is now rooted!

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