If there’s one thing we all hate with our Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo’s it’s that the battery life is never efficient enough. Modern-day technology tells us that it isn’t going to change anytime soon. Tesla’s Elon Musk is a great example of somebody who is worth billions of dollars but still hasn’t given us anything to be excited about regarding a battery that can last. It’s the single most important reason as to why we are not converting over to electric vehicle technology.
With that said, there are ways we can change the battery on our Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo smartphones without physically changing the battery pack at all. We can do that by reducing the stress that is happening with our hardware. The more we work our smartphone hardware, the more the battery has to work to keep up. By removing things like the default stock apps on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo device we are then able to reduce that load and that gives us the better battery life. Better battery life also comes from reducing the work of your software. Everything that is happening on your screen is using up valuable juice too. We can solve those problems with a rooted Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo smartphone by checking out some of the best root apps for Android lists and seeing what you can find for battery life and device performance.
The rooting package found in this guide is based on the JSS15J.N7507ZTUANC5 firmware which is part of an Android 4.3 Jelly Beam update that rolled out to some regions. It does not say that you need to update and run that same JSS15J.N7507ZTUANC5 firmware build ID on your device before you start with the guide. Chainfire tells us that it is just there as a guide for you to see because sometimes a Samsung device will refuse to boot older images. In fact, the guide should work for all Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo devices with the SM-N7507 model number.
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 SM-N7507 from here.
- You are voiding the Samsung warranty of your Galaxy Note 3 Neo smartphone when you follow this guide. You can always unroot by removing the SuperSU or by flashing the stock ROM to get the warranty working again.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo SM-N7507 running the Android 4.3 update
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on your Note 3 Neo smartphone.
- Make sure you log in to your Windows computer with the administrators account or else you will not get the flashing tool to work.
- Install the Samsung USB Drivers on your computer by downloading the file and double-clicking on it from the downloads folder. Click the Next > Next > Finish and you’re done installing the drivers.
- Extract the CF-Auto-Root file to the desktop of the computer.
- Double-click and open the Odin flashing tool executable that is on the desktop after you extract the file above.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo in download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Check that the ID: COM port box lights up from the Odin user interface.
- Click the AP button and then browse the desktop for the CF-Auto-Root file.
- Do not make any changes to the default settings you get from the Odin user interface. (Make sure the Auto Reboot box is checked and the Re-partition box is empty).
- Click the Start button.
- Look over at the display of your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo and it should say that it is installing SuperSU, cleaning up the cache partition and then reflashing the stock recovery.
- In a few seconds, look up at the Odin user interface on the computer and it should give you a pass message inside a green box in the top left corner.
In conclusion, that’s how to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo smartphone with the SM-N7507 model number. You should find the SuperSU available from the Neo’s app drawer when your smartphone reboots.
Chainfire states that any device that does not get into recovery mode during the guide will not be rooted. Anyone not finding the SuperSU available from the app drawer might be suffering from that same fate. For all those times, you can boot the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo into recovery mode manually instead.
Furthermore, anyone who has the Samsung USB drivers working has the device getting into recovery mode and still cannot seem to get the Note 3 Neo rooted can try installing a different version of the Odin flashing tool. Sometimes it can take a few versions before one of them works for your smartphone.