When it comes to carrier branded smartphones, one of the biggest hurdles is to get across the boundaries and obtain root access on these device and get a custom recovery working on these devices. The only reason is, these devices come with a locked bootloader and the carriers do not allow getting across the bootloaders easily. Verizon and At&t happen to be the toughest carriers in this regard, this can be easily presumed from what we saw with the Galaxy S5, it took months for developers to get root access on the device, there was a great bounty as well for the milestone. The same root application rooted Verizon Galaxy Note 3 as well.
That’s a matter of past now, since we got the root access, this paved way for great developments and Safestrap Recovery by XDA recognized developer Hashcode is a result of that. Custom recoveries usually need a device with an unlocked bootloader, but Safestrap doesn’t require touching the bootloader of your Verizon Galaxy Note 3. Basically, Safestrap recovery is the modified form of TWRP 2.7 recovery and has a touch interface. It doesn’t touch the primary system of your device and it flashes the Safestrap on the series of virtual ROM slots located on the internal emmc area/sdcard of your device, you may read all about Safestrap recovery on the developer’s thread. For now, our goal is to get this Safestrap recovery running on our beloved Verizon Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900V. Just in case you’ve been looking for a method that will lead you to the successful installation of Safestrap recovery on your Verizon SGN 3, you may follow this guide carefully and get it done.
Here are the early preparations
Here are the early preparations
1. This guide is only for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-V900!
Make sure that your device is exactly as mentioned above. To check out what device you have, go to Settings > More/General > About Device or Settings > About Device and match the model number. Be careful about the device model number, flashing a file on a device not listed here might result in bricking it up.
2. Your device must be rooted & have Busybox installed
Make sure that your Verizon Galaxy Note 3 SM-V900 is rooted, you can root your device using this guide. Also make sure that it has Busybox installed on it. Just in case you don’t have Busybox installed, you can grab it from the Google Play Store and install it.
3. Battery should be charged at least 60%!
Your device’s battery shouldn’t be weak. In case your device goes dead during the flashing process, your device may get soft bricked and you might be in need of flashing stock firmware and that will ultimately result in wiping up your data as well. So, make sure that you charge your device before you start the flashing process.
4. Backup everything!
Just to be on the safe side, you may consider backing up each and everything from your Android device. This is highly recommended so that in case anything goes wrong, you still have the access to all of your data and you can restore it immediately. You may backup everything as listed below.
- Backup Media – Copy your files manually to your PC or Laptop.
- Titanium Backup – If already rooted, use Titanium Backup to backup all of your apps, system data and other important content.
How To Install Safestrap Recovery On Verizon Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900
- Download Safestrap APK.
- Download the APK directly to your phone or copy it to your phone from your PC.
- Now on your phone, go to Settings > General > Security > Allow Unknown Sources.
- Once allowed, locate the Safestrap APK and tap it to install it.
- Proceed and finish the installation.
- Now open the Safestrap application from the app drawer.
- Now tap the “Install Recovery” button and let it do the job.
- Once installed, it will display the message “installed”.
- Now reboot your device using this application, as soon as your device boots up, you will see a splash on the screen. While this happens, press the Menu key on your phone in order to enter Safestrap recovery.