The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is finding a new version of Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out to devices over the air, which updates the OS firmware to build number XXUGBOB6. If you are already running the firmware version as mentioned above and would like to open your smartphone up with root access, follow the steps after the jump.

Rooting is all about adding to the number of applications that can be installed n your mobile devices. And the way you achieve that is by getting access to the account that comes with the full administrative permissions available to it—that’s what root access does for you.


  • You should only apply the following steps on the Note 3 LTE with the model number N9005. Check the model number of your Note by heading to the Settings > About Device menu.
  • You must already have the XXUGBOB6 firmware version running on your device. You can find that information by going to the same About Device menu listed in the step above.


  • The following does void the warranty on your device.
  • Return back and flash the stock firmware again if you want to take away the root access. Furthermore, you can install third-party apps from Google Play to do the same. Now your warranty is working again.
  • Make sure you have enough battery power reserved so that it doesn’t shut down during the guide.
  • Download the Samsung USB drivers for Mobile Phones from our page here.
  • Enable USB Debugging mode > Settings > Developer Options > check USB Debugging box.


1. Download the CF-Auto-Root pack from Chainfire here.

2. Download the version of Odin you need here.

3. Extract both folders to the desktop. (You’ll get a tar.md5 rooting file and an executable Odin file.)

4. Open Odin and have it running. We’ll come back to it in a minute.

5. Boot your Note 3 in Download Mode. (Press the Volume Down + Power + Home buttons. When you see the warning symbol, press the Power button.)

6. Connect the smartphone to the computer with the USB cable.

7. The Odin ID: Com port will change to yellow or blue.

8. You don’t need to touch any of the default Settings.

9. You want to make sure the re-partition is off in case you have used Odin earlier and changed the Settings.

10. Click the AP/PDA button and upload the tar.md5 file from the desktop.

11. Click the start button and wait until it finishes flashing on your device.

The phone will now reboot in Recovery mode. It’s an important finish which will ensure root access. If that doesn’t happen for you, please reboot manually into recovery. You can now start installing the root applications from the Google Play Store and all other sources from around the Web. Most root applications are there for you to grab from the same Play Store that you are already familiar with, but there will be a few good ones that aren’t there because Google has taken them down or because the developers didn’t want them there for whatever reason.

You’ll need to be much more careful when you do download files from outside of the Play Store, though: the apps you get on Google Play really have Google employees monitoring what gets upload, and anything that’s spam, a virus, or malware is always removed. You aren’t going to find other App Stores with anywhere near the same amount of resources assigned to its security out there for Android, and if you’re installing them from a personal website, then there is likely to be no security at all. That’s not to say that all apps you see outside of Google Play are bad; you just need to make sure you’re installing apps that are apps and not tricks: check the comments for comments that seem real from happy customers, check the trackers for how many downloads the file has recived, so forth.