Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 means you can finally delete the system apps you wanted to get rid of that were causing your battery to go flat a lot quicker than it otherwise would have had they not been there in the first place. Removing some of the system apps that you have no intention of using — especially if it is the apps greater in file size — can also help increase the performance of your hardware because there is less being asked of the hardware.
The blend of people buying a device locked and being able to unlock the device with a rooting guide works perfectly for everyone. It’s a happy medium that keeps everyone safe who ought to be safe and others can choose to take some risks should they think they are up for the challenge. As far as risks go, installing the SuperSU app with the CF-Auto-Root tool doesn’t dish out many in your direction. In essence, it is the SuperSU app that will block everything in its wake, and it is up to you to say yes to everything that you want to have access to your device. That means it is also up to you to say no to everything that needs t be said no to — including your potential malware problems. While that might sound daunting, it’s easy to manage. Any app that you have downloaded and already know is trustworthy is an app to say yes to, while any app asking root access that you do not know or cannot identify as something you downloaded needs to be denied. The hardest part there is to member that your button pushing holds great power in comparison to the secure everyday life we have when using the Android operating system regularly. And that’s an acquired skill that most people do not have because they do not thin of a mobile operating system to present them with the same dangers that we know from life outside our homes. You have to be consciously aware of the potential hazards of accidentally clicking a button and allowing something you did not ultimately want roaming in your device just like you would remember to close the front door on anything that looked like a burglar.
The rooting package in this guide for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite smartphone is based on the JLS36C.N7508VZMUANC1 firmware build number which is part of the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software update that rolled out to some countries around the world. You do not need to be running that same firmware version on your device–the rooting tool should work for all firmware that is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The JLS36C.N7508VZMUANC1 firmware build ID is only to be used as an indicator. As Chainfire likes to put it, some of the older Samsung devices such as the Galaxy Note 3 will not boot 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 version of the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Note 3 Lite on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Galaxy Note 3 Lite smartphone on the Windows computer from here.
There may be some software updates that arrive OTA for your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite smartphone that bring new bootloaders with them. Those new bootloaders can mean the rooting tool in this guide temporarily until the developer updates the file to work with the new bootloader. To get that to work, Chainfire relies on people submitting new recovery image files to the official CF-Auto-Root thread at the XDA-Developers website so Chainfire can see your message and apply the necessary updates so the file starts working again and will root your device. Those updates will be automatically reflected in our guides.
You must have a Windows operating system running on your computer for the Odin flashing tool in this guide to work.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite SM-N7508V running on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software updates
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite smartphone before you connect it to the computer.
- Extract the rooting package to the desktop of the computer and you will see the flashing tool and the rooting exploit.
- Install the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer so your Note 3 Lite device can be detected by the Odin flashing application during the guide or else the rooting will not work.
- Turn off the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite smartphone by pressing the Power button once and then selecting to shut down the device from the menu.
- Reboot the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite device by holding the hardware button combination for the download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Double-click the Odin flashing tool executable on the desktop and the flashing tool will open.
- Do not change any of the default settings coming from the Odin flashing tool user interface.
- Click the AP button from the flashing tool user interface and then browse the desktop location for the updated versions of the CF-Auto-Root application that s going to root the Note 3 Lite device.
- Click Odin’s Start button and then wait for the flashing to complete.
- Look over at the display for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite smartphone for some text that will eventually run down the screen stating that it is installing the SuperSU on your device, cleaning up the cache partition and then flashing the stock recovery on the phone.
In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite SM-N7508V running on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software updates by using the updated version of the CF-Auto-Root package and the Odin flashing tool from a Windows computer.
Checking root access on the Samsung Galaxy Note3 Lite smartphone is easy — just install one of the many root checker apps that are available from any number or app stores out there for Android. The Google Play Store has the basic root checker app that is available for free and a better version of the same app called root checker pro. The pro version gives you some additional feature, but the basic version of the app is all you need to check whether your Note 3 Lite smartphone got rooted with the guide above or not.
There; that should have all of you rooted. Anyone who is not rooted can try a few things to change that. The first thing you want to do is make sure your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite handset is making it into the recovery mode after the flashing. The developer of the CF-Auto-Root tool, Chainfire, states that each device must get into the recovery mode for the rooting to have worked.
Once you have troubleshot the recovery mode and found out that is not the reason as to why your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite smartphone refuses to be rooted, it’s time to start using another version of the Odin flashing tool application. Odin is Samsung’s flashing application, and it comes in many versions. There are no changelogs to find that are associated with each version, but it’s fair to say that Chainfire — along with most other people — assume that the later version of the flashing tool is compatible with the most devices and also comes with the least amount of bugs. It’s with that assumption that Chainfire chooses to pack the latest version of the flashing application with the rooting files and not all versions. However, anyone who does not get rooted should try using one of the earlier versions and see if that helps. There are reports of some people having to try several versions before one of them eventually worked.