The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo is one of the most reliable smartphones in the world. You can use this device and expect it to keep running for far longer than the amount of time that your phone carrier networks or your manufacturers continue to support it with software updates. The word software always comes up in conversation with Samsung smartphones though because they always give us a TouchWiz user interface that is heavy and when it’s coupled with the abundance of system apps, for many it’s too much to bear.
The great news is that you can still use your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo smartphone which you love and lose the skin you hate. Rooting the Samsung device will mean you do have the chance to ditch the skin, plus the system apps.
The CF-Auto-Root package in this post is based on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update and JLS36C.N7506VZNUAND2 firmware. You do not need to flash the JLS36C.N7506VZNUAND2 firmware on your smartphone before you follow this guide. The developer of the rooting method, Chainfire, just gives that build number for you to use as an indicator. On occasion, older Samsung devices can sometimes refuse to boot the older images.
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.
Files You Need
- Download the new CF-Auto-Root package for the SM-N7506V on Android 4.3 from here.
- You are voiding the warranty when you choose to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo smartphone. Unrooting Samsung devices are usually done by flashing the stock ROM, and it will restore all warranties unless your device has Samsung Kies firmware.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo SM-N7506V running Android 4.3 updates
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Note 3 Neo smartphone so it can connect with the computer and be detected by the flashing tool.
- Log into your computer with an administrators account so you can use your flashing tool correctly.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers directly to your computer; double-click on the driver file from the downloads folder and follow the prompts to complete the installation. (All you need to do is click the Next > Next > Finish buttons).
- Extract the CF-Auto-Root package to the desktop of the Windows computer.
- You should see the Odin flashing app and the rooting executable on the desktop; double-click the Odin flashing application, so the user interface opens on the desktop.
- Connect the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo to the computer with the USB cable.
- Wait for the ID: COM port to light up from the Odin user interface; no light means you need to install the USB drivers properly or reboot the computer and see if that allows the drivers to be installed properly.
- Click the AP button and browse the desktop of the computer for the rooting file for the Note 3 Neo smartphone.
- Do not adjust any of the default settings from the Odin user interface.
- Click the Start button when you are ready for the rooting to start.
- Look at the display of the Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo device and wait until you can see it says that it is installing SuperSU, cleaning up the cache partition and then reflashing the stock recovery.
- Now look at the computer screen and the Odin user interface should give you a green box with a pass message inside it in a few seconds.
In conclusion, that’s how to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo SM-N7506V smartphone running the Android 4.3 software update. The smartphone will automatically reboot now, and you will see the SuperSU from the app drawer.
Not seeing the SuperSU there on your Note 3 Neo device? It could be that your smartphone did not reach recovery mode at the end of the guide. You can fix that problem by booting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo into recovery mode after the flashing completes.
Moreover, anyone else who is still having problems rooting the Note 3 Neo can install a new version of the Odin flashing application and see if that fixes the problem. It’s been reported by a few people that one version of Odin didn’t work for them while another version of the flashing application did work.