So long as you are an advanced Android user, you can root the device and gain those administrator rights over your operating system that are so important if you have any interest in extracting the most out of your device. Rooting your Android operating system should always be a free choice because only you know if you want to use a device in that way. Much like with how the interest in free and should be free, you should be free to do what you want with your device. It’s important if your freedom and sticking it to any corporation that tells you otherwise.
Rooting just for the sake of having administrator permissions and sticking it to your OEM doesn’t much makes sense, though. You will want to root the device for a reason. One of the best reasons to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone is to install the latest Android operating system updates. Smartphones like the Note 3 Neo get out of date fast, and Android geeks are not happy about it. Part of what makes the business model work of wanting to get you a new device to buy each year is to put an end to any software updates that might be able for your device. If your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone is no longer receiving any support from your phone carrier network or OEM, then you can install a custom ROM instead. A custom ROM can update the firmware on your device that is a newer version of Android.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo’s rooting package found in this guide is based on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software update that comes with the JLS36C.N7502XXUANC4 build number. Chainfire states that you do not need to be running that same firmware build number on your Galaxy Note 3 Neo device. He just gives us that information so we can use it as an indicator. Some of the older Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo images will not boot.
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 file for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Duos SM-N7502 smartphone running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers from the official Sammy website from here.
- The Samsung warranty is void after you choose to root the Galaxy Note 3 Neo Duos smartphone. Most Samsung devices can easily get the warranty working once again by flashing the stock ROM, which unroots the device. The only thing with stock ROMs is that you need to make sure you are flashing the right one or else it will brick the device. The other issue with stock ROMs is that they are only available from a few sources online, and they are only available for free if you choose the slow download which can take up your day.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Duos SM-N7502 running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software updates
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Note 3 Neo Duos before you start with the guide so it can connect to the computer with the USB cable and use the flashing application.
- Extract the Chainfire CF-Auto-Root exploit for the Note 3 Neo Duos smartphone to the desktop of the computer to find the flashing app and the rooting file revealed.
- Install the Samsung USB Drivers on your computer by downloading the file and double-clicking on it from your default downloads folder. Now click the Next > Next > Finish buttons to complete the driver installation.
- Turn off the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Duos smartphone and reboot to the download mode.
- Connect the Note 3 Duos smartphone to the computer with the USB cable.
- Give it a few seconds and make sure you can see the blue or yellow ID: COM port light up from the Odin user interface. (Note that no light here means your Samsung drivers are not installed correctly. So long as you installed them earlier in the guide when you were advised, you should have them working if you log out and back or reboot the computer. Remember to stay logged in to your administrators account or else the Odin flashing tool will not work either.)
- Click the AP button from the flashing tool’s user interface and choose the rooting file ending in the tar.md5 extension from the desktop.
- Do not change any of the default settings you get from the Odin flashing app.
- Click the Start button.
- Look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo’s display for when it says it is flashing the SuperSU on your device, cleaning up the cache partition and then reflashing the stock recovery.
- Look up at the computer screen and check for when it shows the green box with a pass message available within the box.
In conclusion, that’s how to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Duos smartphone running on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software update. You should find the SuperSU app is available from your device apps drawer once it reboots. You can check that your device is rooted by installing the root checker application from the Google Play Store. The root checker app is also handy for when you unroot the device and want to confirm that your device no longer has root access so you can send it away under warranty — assuming that it does not come with any Knox security.
Furthermore, you should learn that Chainfire tells us that your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Duos must make it to the recovery mode if your device is to be rooted. Therefore, anyone who followed the guide but does not have a rooted device should look at this as being a potential reason as to why that is the case. You can manually boot the smartphone to the recovery mode if the device does not automatically get in recovery mode during the guide.
Moreover, those of you who are still struggling with getting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Duos smartphone rooted should try installing a different version of the Odin flashing application on the computer and see if that helps. It has been reported that using one version of the Odin app might not work while another version will. It just depends on the device as to what version of the Odin flashing application is going to work.