The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 recently saw the stock rollout of official XXUFNF4 firmware OTA to selected smartphones in specific regions. Nonetheless, if you don’t want to wait any longer, don’t receive over the air signals because you are on a root running a custom ROM or simply because you are not in the right country, you can install the file manually using the quick steps below instead and have it running on your OS that way.
The Note 3 starts with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean after coming out on the 25th of September 2013. From there we witnessed 4.4 Kitkat rollout and now we are using the newer version of 4.4.2 KitKat. This is the best number within the chocolate flavored series because it comes with lots of new features including immersive mode, transparent status and navigation bars, wireless cloud printing, new landscape keyboard, color Emoji support, white icons in the status bar including WiFi, signal strength battery reaming and more. In addition, we also see new multi-window support for new applications, closed captioning support, the camera app located on the lock screen so users can operate it without unlocking the passcode and more yet.
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.
- Rooting voids the warranty even when using applications such as Triangle Away available from the same developer ChainFire.
- If you already have root access take an NANDroid backup as it is the preferred method of saving the personal data and settings. Most of you will not because you installed the stock firmware; therefore, taking away any previous unchained OS that was there. If you need another way to backup use the device internal storage space or the external MicroSD card options available. Google Drive offers extra space if you need to store additional documents and data because you run out and can’t afford another SD card, try and store the contacts, call logs, videos, SMS texts, music files, MMS messages and everything else you wouldn’t normally want to risk losing.
- We do not predict data loss, but if it does happen then we are not held responsible for your loss. We gave the instructions to assist with backups and there’s no reason why you can’t follow them. You also run the risk of soft-bricking or hard-bricking the device. Although extremely rare, occasionally these cases to rise. We are not liable for any damages caused by following the guide. In most cases bricking was solved already, thanks to some clever work done by developers that post their work on the XDA forum.
- We did not develop this root tool nor did we come up with the guide. We are just redistributing it for you to see. If you want to give a donation to the original developer you can do so by following the link we give to the file.
- Enable USB Debugging Mode. Enabling the mode is done by visiting the Settings followed by Developer Options.
- Make sure the correct USB Drivers by Samsung are up to date and pre-installed on the computer for when we make the connection. Those using Samsung Kies can install the drivers that way instead. However, make sure you disable Kies before continuing on with the steps because it can interfere with proceedings.
- We use an app called Odin during the guide. The app is made by Samsung developers so people can use it to perform tasks such as gain root or flashing firmware files. Unfortunately for some people, they only make it for Windows-based operating systems at this point in time. That means if you use Mac OS X or Linux you will need to borrow a friend’s computer or use a different method of unlocking the boot loader and unchaining the OS like we are doing here today.
- You can use Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8. Soon Windows 9 will be made compatible to when it arrives.
- Furthermore, users will make a connection to the PC for the most part of the guide; therefore, the USB charging feature will take full effect and begin charging the battery once plugged into the computer system unit. That means there’s no point wasting time charging the battery up before you start unless you know the USB charging feature is not working. Have at least 505 battery power if it isn’t working for you.
- After you plug the handset in wait and watch if the battery icon in the status bar starts charging up, That is how to tell if USB charging is working.
- Temporarily disable the security programs such as spyware protection, malware protection and virus protection programs and app. That also applies for the Android-based OS smartphone.
How To Root The Galaxy Note 3 LTE On Android 4.4.2 XXUFNF4 Official Stock Firmware
1. Start with the smartphone turned off.
2. Download the CF-root package here.
– use the desktop for the quickest experience.
– use the C:Drive if you want to keep the file for longer than a day.
3. Extract the contents of the folder and place the files on the desktop.
4. Turn the Note 3 on in Download Mode.
– press Volume Down + Power + Home keys at the same time.
5. Let go after you see the Android logo on the screen.
6 Download Odin and run it so it is working on the desktop.
7. Find the USB cable for the phone.
– try looking at the wire the connects the phone charger if it is lost.
8. Connect the handset to the computer system unit.
– watch as the device is recognized by Windows.
– watch as Odin says “added.”
– watch as the ID: COM port changes color.
9. Click the PA/AP button and upload the CF-root file.
10. Leave the rest of the settings as default
– it will say Auto reboot and F reset Time options are on.
– leave all the other options off.
11. Click the start button when you are ready.
12. Wait until it finishes.
13. It will say ‘pass’ and the ID: COM port will change to a favored color when successful.
14. Close down the Odin app.
15. Visit the system tray and right-click the “safely remove hardware” icon and stop the USB Mass Storage device.