As far as installing some of the best root apps for your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone go, there is no use wasting space mentioning the SuperSU app because it is going to be installed and enabled on your handset as soon as you complete the guide. In fact, it is the app that will be granting your smartphone the rooting permissions it needs not only to start installing every other root app out there but also to install custom firmware and custom ROMs on the smartphone too. Samsung smartphone like the Note 3 are always famous for coming with many system apps that many Android geeks want to get rid of so they install some apps that get remove the system like like the System App Remover or the Titanium Backup. However, anyone looking to install an app that is a little different can check out the Disk Digger Photo Recovery app instead.

Most of us have a smartphone with not as much memory space as we wish it had, so when it comes to pictures, sometimes we need to let a few go for the greater good of freeing up some more memory space. Having a lot of pictures and not much memory can lead to a device that is sluggish because the hardware is being worked harder than it wants to be worked. That will undoubtedly result in sometimes when we regret some of the things we have deleted. If you have ever removed a picture that you wish you could get back on your device, you can install the Disk Digger Photo Recovery app and get them back. Some of these apps that promise to bring old pictures back to life can also work without root access, but to get the most out of them and indeed bring back the most pictures possible, you need to give them root access to the internal system. That is what we are doing with the guide below.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The rooting file for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone in this guide is based on the KOT49H.N9009KEU2ENF1 firmware. You do not need to flash the same firmware build number n your Note 3 smartphone. The developer gives that information for you to use as an indicator if you ever need the information. He says that some of the Samsung devices 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 CF-Auto-Root file for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone with the SM-N9009 model number that is running on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update from here.
  • Download the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer from here.

The rooting exploit in this guide is for the Snapdragon 800 MSM8674 processor. There are two processor versions of the smartphone with the SM-N9009 model number so make sure you have the right one with the Snapdragon 800 MSM8674 processor or else you will brick the device.

The CF-Auto-Root tool in this guide for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9009 with the Snapdragon 800 MSM8674 processor will sometimes receive software updates that might bring in new bootloaders with them. The new bootloader presents a temporary problem for Chainfire and his CF-Auto-Root tool in the sense that he can need to apply some changes. The changes include the recovery image file that comes with the new firmware which he relies on people like you submitting to the official CF-Auto-Root tool thread made over at the XDA-Developers web forum. Once he applies the changes, the file will start working again, and those changes will be automatically reflected in our guides. Two of the problems that result in a new bootloader coming include the file not flashing right or the file causing a device not to boot up after flashing. Once he gets the new recovery images, he can update the file, and everything will work well once again.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9009 running on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat software updates

  1. Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone with the SM-N9009 model number so it can connect it the computer with the USB cable later during the guide.
  2. Extract the rooting package to the desktop of the computer so you can see the flashing tool and the rooting exploit available from the desktop.
  3. Installing the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer that will help your Note 3 smartphone get detected by the Odin flashing tool during the guide.
  4. Press the Power button on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and then tap on the Power Off button to turn the device off completely.
  5. Reboot the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone into the download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
  6. Double-click the Odin flashing tool application that is available on the desktop of the computer and then wait for the user interface to open on the computer.
  7. Click the AP button from the Odin user interface and the browse the desktop location on the computer for the rooting exploit for the Note 3 device that is ending in the tar.md5 extension.
  8. Do not change any of the default settings available from your Odin user interface or else it might not work properly.
  9. Click the “Start” button available from the Odin user interface and then the rooting will begin.
  10. Look over at the display for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and wait until you can see some text on the screen say that it is installing the SuperSU application, cleaning up the cache partition on the Note 3 and then reflashing the stock recovery.
  11. Look up at the computer screen again and check that it says a pass message coming from the Odin user interface that will be in a green box.

In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone with the SM-N9009 model number and Snapdragon 800 MSM8674 processor running on the Android 5.0 Lollipop software updates by installing an updated version of the CF-Auto-Root tool by Chainfire and a Windows computer. You can check if the guide worked for you or not by installing the basic root checker app from the Google Play Store application directly from your Note 3 smartphone.

There are a few things that can go wrong during the guide and they can be easily fixed. One of the common problems is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone does not get into the recovery mode during the flashing which causes the rooting not to work. You can fix that problem by getting your device into the recovery mode by pressing the hardware button combination of the recovery mode manually after the flashing completes. Moreover, one of the other problems you can have with the CF-Auto-Rot tool is that it does not flash with a particular version of the Odin flashing application. Chainfire gives us the Odin 3.10 flashing tool version to use in the following guides, but you can install any of the older versions and check if that helps solve your problem of the device not flashing. You can find all of the version of the Odin flashing application available from our Odin flashing tool downloads page.