Root & Install CWM on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 [Easy Method for All Versions]

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Samsung’s 3rd generation phablet – the Galaxy Note 3 has hit the shelves now and is getting popular everyday. Galaxy Note 3 offers you a wide list of features, to recap – the Galaxy Note 3 sports a 5.7-inch FHD super AMOLED display with 386 ppi and 1920 x 1080 pixels. You can choose either an Octa Core processor clocked at 1.9 GHz[SM-N900] or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad Core processor clocked at 2.3 GHz [SM-N9005]. The RAM is ranged at 3GB while the it has a 3200 mAh large battery under the hood. The back camera is of 13 MP and front one is ranged at 2.1 MP.

Ok So, that’s all with the specs, Let’s have a look at the features now. The Galaxy Note 3’s S Pen has been improved, has got a new feature named as Air Command that offers you the features like Pen Window, S Finder, Action Memo etc. There is Samsung Knox to give you a new user profile and a lot more.

Getting back to the topic, Galaxy Note 3 seems to be incomplete without having root access. By gaining the  root access you can explore the locked features of the phone, play with the internal system, and make changes beyond the boundaries like changing the clock speed of the processor, improving battery life by installing root apps etc. The ClockworkMod recovery, on the other hand helps you to flash custom roms / mods through the phone using .zip files.

Following the need, we are going to have a look on the easiest method to root galaxy note 3 so far. Although we made a guide on Galaxy Note 3 first of all over the web, but here we will be having the easiest method to help you out.

***Rooting Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will permanently void it’s warranty, it is not possible yet to restore the warranty by using any method/app because of Samsung’s new security system ”Samsung Knox”. Make sure that you do it at your own risk.***

While rooting your phone, please keep it in mind that the Root Process isn’t  official and has nothing to deal with Google Inc and the device manufacturer, which is Samsung in our case. Follow the guide carefully to prevent any damages to the device as the method is completely custom.

Make sure that you have battery charged over 60 % and have backed up all your important ContactsCall Logs & Messages.It is highly recommended in case of any mishap or data loss to backup all your important data.

  1. Download Odin PC and install it. - Get it Here
  2. Download and install Samsung USB Drivers – Get Here

Root Samsung Galaxy Note 3:

Download the CF-AutoRoot Package file for your phone below.

Select your model carefully, find it in Settings > General > About Device > Model Number

Here’s now how you will root your Galaxy Note 3:

  1. Extract the downloaded CF-Auto-Root zip file once.
  2. Open Odin.
  3. Put your phone in download mode. In order to do so turn it off by pressing power key for a few seconds or by pulling out the battery, wait for 30 seconds. Turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home Button + Power Key, as soon as it shows you the warning press Volume Up to  continue. You are in the download mode now.
  4. Open Odin, you installed in the step 1 above.
  5. Connect your Galaxy Note 3 to your PC using the original data cable. The ID:COM box should now turn blue, and Odin shows ”Added” in the log box below.
  6. Hit the PDA tab and select the extracted CF-Auto-Root file, it should be a .tar file.
  7. Make sure that the options selected in your Odin screen are exactly as shown below.
  8. Alright! hit start and let the process begin, as soon as your device restarts, you can check the root access by finding the SuperSu app in the app drawer or by installing the Root Checker app from the Play Store.

Ok now when you have rooted your phone, you may want to install cwm recovery as well. As mentioned above cwm recovery allows you to flash .zip files in order to modify your phone or install custom roms. It also becomes handy to take backup of your rom and do so many other similar tasks.

Download the recovery file for your model. 

  • CWM recovery for Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9006

Here’s how you can install the CWM recovery on your Galaxy Note 3:

  1. Put your phone in download mode. In order to do so turn it off by pressing power key for a few seconds or by pulling out the battery, wait for 30 seconds. Turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home Button + Power Key, as soon as it shows you the warning press Volume Up to  continue. You are in the download mode now.
  2. Open Odin, you installed in the step 1 above.
  3. Connect your Galaxy Note 3 to your PC using the original data cable. The ID:COM box should now turn blue, and Odin shows ”Added” in the log box below.
  4. Hit the PDA tab and select the downloaded CWM Recovery file, it should be a .tar file.
  5. Make sure that the options selected in your Odin are exactly as shown below.
  6. Alright! hit start and let the process begin, as soon as your device restarts, you can check the recovery by booting into it. In order to do so, turn off your device and then turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home Button + Power Keysimultaneously, your phone should now boot into the ClockworkMod recovery.

 

That’s All! In case you face any issues, or need any assistance feel free to leave us a comment, we will try our best to sort it out. Thank You All!

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  • KaChow

    Interesting write up, I’m wondering if the same can be done for the Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900V?

    As of today, we do have a Root Method but there is no Recovery…. An All-In-One as it has been done so far would be an incredible thing.

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_yg33nmzPxZ:disqus Here is the root method if you haven’t found one yet: http://techbeasts.com/2013/10/16/how-to-root-samsung-galaxy-note-3-sm-n900v/

      While i’ll be posting the method to install custom recovery as soon as possible.

      • KaChow

        Thanks, I do have the Root method, which I must note, it does leave a custom “lock” in the lower window of the boot screen on the Verizon version, not sure if this is something displayed on all the other devices, if you have noticed. Still trying to get a Recovery, hoping for CWM, if at all possible, have heard discussions of Safestrap. Please, do let me let me know if you would. Thanks.

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @disqus_yg33nmzPxZ:disqus ok.. I am keeping a watch, and as soon as recovery appears i’ll let you know.

          • KaChow

            Is there a private place to talk?

          • Usama Mujtaba

            Use the contact us tab to leave a private message. Thanks

  • Martin Krischik

    Just noted something interesting: It did not work when the note was connected to via a USB hub. Or connected to a VMware virtual machine. The device need to be connected directly to the real windows PC.

    It is not the end of the world but good to know.

  • Martin Krischik

    You social media buttons don’t work — that ever so _nifty_ auto scroll prevents me for reaching to the «send» button.

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @martin_krischik:disqus Working fine here, where did you get the problem?

  • mike

    Hi!

    will this work on my n9006 ZCUBM15 build?

    thanks

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_tz1j6Ra8Od:disqus yes this will work :) Good Luck.

      • mike

        So I’m trying to get to download mode on my note 3, but when i press the three buttons factory mode appears and random chinese letters appear as well. i assume this is a fake?

        sorry, I posted this already as a different comment, you can just delete that thank you.

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @disqus_tz1j6Ra8Od:disqus Can you please tell me your phone model? and what seems fake to you? Please elaborate so that I can resolve your issue :) Thanks.

          • mike

            Samsung note 3 n9006

            Build#: JSS15J.n9006ZCUBI5

            Android 4.3

            When booting the device, instead of the samsung logo it is displaying android logo. And also as I stated above its not running the download mode when pressing down + homekey + power. Samsung kies is not also detecting the device(I also tried kies 3).

            Any advice? just tell me if you need more details I’d provide them as soon as I can..

            Thanks again for helping… :)

          • Usama Mujtaba

            @disqus_tz1j6Ra8Od:disqus as your phone is a Chinese model, It’s a little hard to understand what’s the problem actually. Perhaps what you can try is, install adb and fastboot drivers, and turn on USB debugging on your phone then using the command prompt enter this command: Adb reboot download
            and see if it boots into download mode or not.
            I suspect if the Android logo and that chinese language is the download mode for your device because it is a different variant.
            Here’s the guide: http://techbeasts.com/2013/12/18/install-android-adb-fastboot-drivers-quickly-with-minimal-tool-on-windows-pc/
            Here’s another guide that may help you: http://techbeasts.com/2013/12/16/how-to-boot-samsung-galaxy-devices-in-download-recovery-mode/

          • akt

            i also same ploblem , also already try http://techbeasts.com/2013/12/…and http://techbeasts.com/2013/12/… but phone will be restart only .i saw many side people say this ploblem

            Samsung note 3 n9006

            Build#: JSS15J.n9006ZCUBI5

            Android 4.3

            When booting the device, instead of the samsung logo it is displaying
            android logo. And also as I stated above its not running the download
            mode when pressing down + homekey + power. Samsung kies is not also
            detecting the device(I also tried kies 3).

            Any advice? just tell me if you need more details I’d provide them as soon as I can..

            Thanks again for helping… :)

          • Usama Mujtaba

            @disqus_0byq1Ak7S5:disqus your device will boot into the download mode but you won’t be able to to use the normal three button combo. Try other combinations to get into the download mode.

  • Eric Boucq

    Hi. I tried to root my Note 3 (SM-N9005 with v4.3) but even though ODIN said “PASS”, I got the RECOVERY IS NOT SEANDROID ENFORCING… and now I’m stuck :-(
    What should I do ? Thanks !
    Eric

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @ericboucq:disqus what model do you own? Try flashing stock firmware and do the whole process again, that might do the job for you.

      • Eric Boucq

        Hi. I tried different version of this CF-Auto-root file but no success. I finally directly flash CWM-Recovery and next installed SuperSU file and it worked ! Thanks for your reply

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @ericboucq:disqus Glad that your issue has been resolved. We posted that guide as well first of all, but this one was much easy as compared to that.

  • Charmee JD

    the link for cwm is not working anymore… please help :(

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @charmeejd:disqus thank you for letting us know. The download links have been updated now. Try again please.

      • Usama Mujtaba

        @charmeejd:disqus the links have been updated. Please check now, thanks for letting us know.

  • hendry kampjes

    does this also work on a fake Note 3? and then i mean a clone. because my phone does’nt work as it has to be i thought maybe it works if i root it with the Real Samsung software. or do you have any other tips?

  • Alli Charania

    will this work with my phone this is the detals plez chck n tell me

    model number:SM-N900
    android version:4.3
    build number:JSS15J.N900ZCUBMI5

    EVEN WHEN I PRESS VOLUME DOWN+HOMEKEY+POWER IT TAKES ME TO SOME OTHER MENU NOT TO DOWNLOADING PAGE WHAT TO DO?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @allicharania:disqus yes download recovery for N900 and flash it. You’re not pressing the buttons properly, please turn off the device completely first and then turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Down + Power Key + Home. It will take you to download mode.

  • Nepal

    does it work on SM-N9006 kitkat 4.4.2?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @sandeshdahal:disqus yes it does.

      • नेपाल

        it did not work….CF autoroot does not work with kitkat. So I installed CWM via odin and then flashes supersu.zip version 1.91 and that worked fine.

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @sandeshdahal:disqus that’s great and thanks for letting me know. I’ve already posted the CWM one guide on the site, you may check it here: http://techbeasts.com/2014/03/16/install-cwm-6-0-4-7-on-samsung-galaxy-note-3-how-to-guide/
          This method was posted earlier when SGN 3 was released.

          • Satyajit Shinde

            Are there any english roms for n9006 all i can find are chinese roms will they have option to change the language ?

          • Usama Mujtaba

            @satyajit_shinde:disqus not sure about the ROMs, but there should be an option to change the language.. check in your device’s settings.

  • Brahm Prakash

    N9002 not enters Recovery
    Earlier rooted , I upgraded it to N9002ZNUENG4 thru kies
    Now SU says Knox needs to be disabled. But phone doesn’t
    show Knox .
    Not able to enter Recovery
    I need google apps
    Please. HELP!!!!!!!
    Anybody please

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