The LTE variant of the Sammy Note 3 comes with extra speed so you can have the unprecedented 4G communication over the air waves for your device. While the 4G is an amazing feature, it’s still not nearly what you could be doing with root access. if you want to unchain the internal system and break away from the locks the OEM has in place, follow the guide below.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
- Follow the guide only if you have the 4G LTE variant with model number N9005. You can check that number by unlocking the passcode and tapping Settings . About Device.
- This method works for Android 4.4.4 KitKat. We cannot be sure it will work for those reading this running future software updates from Android, including the Android 5.0 Lollipop.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- Install the Samsung Galaxy USB Drivers on your Windows computer. Now restart the computer to get those same drivers you just installed to work properly.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Note 3 by navigating to Settings > Developer Options > checking the box for USB Debugging Mode.
- Understand that following the guide does void the warranty.
- Do not try installing Odin on Mac or Linux machines.
HOW TO ROOT THE SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 3 N9005 RUNNING ANDROID 4.4.4 KITKAT
- Download the CF-Auto-Root tool from here.
- Download the Odin here.
- Download both zipped files to the Windows PC desktop and extract (unzip) them to the desktop.
- Click the executable Odin file from inside that package and it will run on your computer. Leave it open for now.
- Turn off the Note 3 completely. Boot it up in Download Mode ( Home + Power + Volume Down buttons).
- Connect the Note with the PC via the USB cable (you probably use for charging).
- Click the PDA button inside the Odin application and upload the tar.md5 rooting file from the other extracted file on the desktop.
- Do not make any changes to the default Settings.
- Check the re-partition box is empty.
- Click the start button and wait until it gives you a pass or fail message.
That’s it! Your device will reboot automatically when it’s passed and you are now free to head over to the Google Play Store and install apps that require a rooted internal system.