The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Note 3 Neo smartphones each requires a unique file to root the device. Further than that, Chainfire’s work with the CF-Auto-Root is also available for each unique model number in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo and Note 3 range. Once you understand that, making a mistake is difficult. All you need to do is flash the CF-Auto-Root package using the Odin flashing tool using the guide after the break, and you’re done. The only problem people face is they use the wrong files, or the file isn’t working well for the phone carrier network. If you can unlock your Samsung smartphone before starting the guide, you will have a greater chance of success. Moreover, an unlocked smartphone means you can install firmware for the same model number but from different phone carrier networks.
The CF-Auto-Root package in this guide for the Galaxy Note 3 Neo is based on the LMY47X.N7505POUDOK2 firmware which was part of a wider Android 5.1.1 Lollipop release in some countries around the world. That same LMY47X.N7505POUDOK2 never made its way around to all countries, and it didn’t need to either. You do not need to be running that same firmware build ID on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo device to use this guide.
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 Note 3 Neo SM-N7505 on Android 5.1.1 from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers and install them on your computer before you start with the guide.
- You must have the hlltexx version of the SM-N7505 model number. There are two versions of this same model number. Flashing this file on the hlltezh version will brick the device.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo SM-N7505 running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates
- Log into your Windows account as the administrator or else the flashing tool will not work.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Note 3 Neo SM-N7505 smartphone so it can connect to the computer with the USB cable and use the apps.
- Extract the rooting exploit for the Note 3 Neo smartphone to the desktop of the computer.
- Double-click the Odin executable file so it opens on the desktop of the computer.
- Do not make any changes to the default settings of the Odin user interface.
- Turn off the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo handset and reboot to download mode before connecting to the computer with the USB cable.
- Once connected to the computer, give it a few seconds to detect your drivers. (Those of you who did install the Samsung drivers earlier but still don’t see your device connected will have to log out and back in or try rebooting the computer).
- Click the AP button and browse the desktop location for the rooting file for the Note 3 Neo that is ending in the tar.md5 extension.
- Click the Start button when you are ready for the Note 3 Neo to get rooted.
- Wait until the Note 3 Neo’s display says that it is installing the SuperSU on your device, cleaning up the cache partition and reflashing the stock recovery.
- Wait until the Odin user interface on the computer gives you the pass message in a green box near the ID: COM port.
In conclusion, that’s how to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo SM-N7505 smartphone running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Your smartphone will reboot now, and you can find the SuperSU available from the app drawer.
Head over to the Google Play Store and download the root checker application just to double check that your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone is rooted.
Chainfire tells us that the smartphone must make it to recovery mode during the flashing or else the Note 3 Neo will not be rooted properly. Those of you who installed the root checker app and can see that it says your device is not rooted should try booting the smartphone to recovery mode manually after the flashing completes. Chainfire also states that by booting it to the recovery mode using the hardware button combination, your device should now be rooted.
Anyone still facing problems with trying to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo smartphone should try installing different versions of the Odin flashing tool.