(Last Updated On: March 28, 2017)

As far as installing some of the best root apps for your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone go, there is no use wasting space mentioning the SuperSU app because it is going to be installed and enabled on your handset as soon as you complete the guide. In fact, it is the app that will be granting your smartphone the rooting permissions it needs not only to start installing every other root app out there but also to install custom firmware and custom ROMs on the smartphone too. Samsung smartphone like the Note 3 are always famous for coming with many system apps that many Android geeks want to get rid of so they install some apps that get remove the system like like the System App Remover or the Titanium Backup. However, anyone looking to install an app that is a little different can check out the Disk Digger Photo Recovery app instead.

Most of us have a smartphone with not as much memory space as we wish it had, so when it comes to pictures, sometimes we need to let a few go for the greater good of freeing up some more memory space. Having a lot of pictures and not much memory can lead to a device that is sluggish because the hardware is being worked harder than it wants to be worked. That will undoubtedly result in sometimes when we regret some of the things we have deleted. If you have ever removed a picture that you wish you could get back on your device, you can install the Disk Digger Photo Recovery app and get them back. Some of these apps that promise to bring old pictures back to life can also work without root access, but to get the most out of them and indeed bring back the most pictures possible, you need to give them root access to the internal system. That is what we are doing with the guide below.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The rooting file for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone in this guide is based on the KOT49H.N9009KEU2ENF1 firmware. You do not need to flash the same firmware build number n your Note 3 smartphone. The developer gives that information for you to use as an indicator if you ever need the information. He says that some of the Samsung devices will not boot older images.

Files You Need

  • Download the new CF-Auto-Root file for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone with the SM-N9009 model number that is running on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update from here.
  • Download the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer from here.

The rooting exploit in this guide is for the Snapdragon 800 MSM8674 processor. There are two processor versions of the smartphone with the SM-N9009 model number so make sure you have the right one with the Snapdragon 800 MSM8674 processor or else you will brick the device.

The CF-Auto-Root h3gduosctc-smn9009.zip tool in this guide for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9009 with the Snapdragon 800 MSM8674 processor will sometimes receive software updates that might bring in new bootloaders with them. The new bootloader presents a temporary problem for Chainfire and his CF-Auto-Root tool in the sense that he can need to apply some changes. The changes include the recovery image file that comes with the new firmware which he relies on people like you submitting to the official CF-Auto-Root tool thread made over at the XDA-Developers web forum. Once he applies the changes, the file will start working again, and those changes will be automatically reflected in our guides. Two of the problems that result in a new bootloader coming include the file not flashing right or the file causing a device not to boot up after flashing. Once he gets the new recovery images, he can update the file, and everything will work well once again.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9009 running on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat software updates

  1. Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone with the SM-N9009 model number so it can connect it the computer with the USB cable later during the guide.
  2. Extract the rooting package to the desktop of the computer so you can see the flashing tool and the rooting exploit available from the desktop.
  3. Installing the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer that will help your Note 3 smartphone get detected by the Odin flashing tool during the guide.
  4. Press the Power button on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and then tap on the Power Off button to turn the device off completely.
  5. Reboot the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone into the download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
  6. Double-click the Odin flashing tool application that is available on the desktop of the computer and then wait for the user interface to open on the computer.
  7. Click the AP button from the Odin user interface and the browse the desktop location on the computer for the rooting exploit for the Note 3 device that is ending in the tar.md5 extension.
  8. Do not change any of the default settings available from your Odin user interface or else it might not work properly.
  9. Click the “Start” button available from the Odin user interface and then the rooting will begin.
  10. Look over at the display for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and wait until you can see some text on the screen say that it is installing the SuperSU application, cleaning up the cache partition on the Note 3 and then reflashing the stock recovery.
  11. Look up at the computer screen again and check that it says a pass message coming from the Odin user interface that will be in a green box.

In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone with the SM-N9009 model number and Snapdragon 800 MSM8674 processor running on the Android 5.0 Lollipop software updates by installing an updated version of the CF-Auto-Root tool by Chainfire and a Windows computer. You can check if the guide worked for you or not by installing the basic root checker app from the Google Play Store application directly from your Note 3 smartphone.

There are a few things that can go wrong during the guide and they can be easily fixed. One of the common problems is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone does not get into the recovery mode during the flashing which causes the rooting not to work. You can fix that problem by getting your device into the recovery mode by pressing the hardware button combination of the recovery mode manually after the flashing completes. Moreover, one of the other problems you can have with the CF-Auto-Rot tool is that it does not flash with a particular version of the Odin flashing application. Chainfire gives us the Odin 3.10 flashing tool version to use in the following guides, but you can install any of the older versions and check if that helps solve your problem of the device not flashing. You can find all of the version of the Odin flashing application available from our Odin flashing tool downloads page.