Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone with the SM-N9005 can be done using an updated version of the CF-Auto-Root tool by Chainfire that works perfectly for when the device is running on the Android 5.0 Lollipop update. The rooting guide below will install and enable the SuperSU application on your smartphone so it can act as your gatekeeper to all apps you install that require root permissions to run.
Some of the most dangerous malware out there would love to have root access to your operating system, which is why SuperSU blocking everything in its path is necessary. SuperSU is great at blocking everything but it also relies on you, the end user, to be aware of what is malware and what isn’t because as soon as you choose to grant something root access, the SuperSU app is not going to help you. It will not help you identify potential threats; it will not help you keep your device safe once you choose to install something. That is why rooting the Android operating systems is always reserved for experienced Android users.
The firmware found in this guide is based on LRX21V.N9005XXUGBOA5 firmware that comes as part of a staged rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop for some countries. It did not roll out to every country, and it doesn’t matter either. You do not need to be running that firmware on your device. Chainfire gives us that firmware build ID for our Samsung Galaxy Note 3 so that we can use it as an indicator. He states that some of the older devices like the Note 3 cannot 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 CF-Auto-Root tool for the Note 3 SM-N9005 on Android 5.0 Lollipop from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone on the computer from here.
There may be times when your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone is subject to newer software updates that bring new bootloader with them. A new bootloader usually only comes when the Android operating system is being updated to a new number or a newer version of Android a.k.a jumping from Android 4.4.4 to Android 5.0 Lollipop. If your software update brings a new bootloader and the file in this guide has not been updated, it can cause the flashing not to work or your device to not boot after the flashing. Chainfire, the developer of the CF-Auto-Root tool, relies on people like you reading to submit the new recovery image found in the new firmware file to the official CF-Auto-Root thread over at the XDA-Developers website so he can use that file to update the rooting file on his end. Those changes will be reflected automatically in our guides and the will start working again for your device. Anyhow, that is why we suggest holding off if your device has just been updated because Chainfire might not have updated the files just yet.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 On Android 5.0 Lollipop software updates
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode from the Settings of the Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone.
- Extract the CF-Auto-Root package to the desktop of the computer so you can see the flashing tool and the rooting exploit.
- Install the Samsung USB Drivers on the Windows computer so you can connect the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone to the desktop and have it detected by the flashing tool.
- Double-click the Odin flashing tool application that is on the desktop and then wait for the user interface to open.
- Press the Power button on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and then select the option to switch it off from the menu.
- Reboot your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone in the download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Do not change any of the default settings from the Odin user interface because you need them the same as they are when you first open the flashing tool.
- Click the AP button from the Odin flashing too’s user interface and the browse the desktop location from your operating system for the rooting exploit that you extracted there earlier.
- Click the Start button from the Odin user interface when you want the flashing to begin.
- Look over at the display for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and wait until you get some text on the screen that says that it is installing the SuperSU application, cleaning up the cache partition and then flashing the stock recovery on the device.
- Look up at the computer screen once again and check that you do get to see a green box with the pass message available within the box coming from the Odin user interface.
In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with the SM-N9005 model number running on the Android 5.0 Lollipop software updates by using a newer version of the CF-Auto-Root tool by Chainfire and computer that is running a version of the Windows operating system.
Everyone can head over to the Google Play Store application directly on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone once it reboots back into normal mode and then check out the various root checker applications that are available for you to download and install on your phone. There are versions of the basic root checker app that are available for free, and they are all you need to check whether your smartphone is rooted now or not after completing the guide. There are paid versions which open the doors to more features which might include checking if your device is unrooted, though you should be able to do that from the free version by checking if it is rooted or not and if it says no then you know that it is not rooted any long.
Those of you who are unable to get the guide to work can try installing one of the older versions of the Odin app. The Odin app is the flashing tool, and it comes in at least five traditional versions that people use to flash their devices from a computer. Chainfire, the developer of our rooting tool here, only gives one version bundled with our rooting files. However, we know that some devices will not flash with one version so those people can fix that problem by using one of the other versions instead. You can find all versions that are available from our Odin downloads page.
Moreover, anyone who still cannot get the guide working can try checking that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone is making it into the recovery mode after the flashing. The developer says that each device must get into the recovery mode or else it will not be rooted properly. You can fix that by booting the Note 3 smartphone into the recovery mode manually instead of you must.