how to root Samsung Galaxy Note 3

How To Root Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for Stunning ROMs

The Galaxy Note 3 is a pretty cool device right out of the box, but what’s the point of getting an Android phone if you don’t customize it? Leave the cookie-cutter stylings to Apple, and take advantage of the Android OS.

One of the best ways to do this is by rooting your phone. With rooting you can improve battery life, change the layout, unlock hidden features, automate your life and more.

Using this guide, we’ll show you several ways that you can use in order to learn how to root Samsung Galaxy Note 3. After that you’ll be able to install your favorite custom ROMs and mods.

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Rooting is one of the first things that most Android users want to do after buying a device. It is a risky process and it will void your manufacturer warranty. That being said, the methods mentioned below are quite popular and have been heavily tested, meaning they should work fine on most Note 3 devices and firmware versions. Before proceeding with any of the rooting methods, make sure that you create a full backup of all your important files, just in case anything goes wrong. Also, make sure your device is charged at least 70%.

Method 1: CF Auto Root

CF Auto Root is one of the most popular and successful rooting methods available for several Samsung devices. You can root your Note 3 in just a couple of minutes using this particular method. It uses the ODIN software to flash the CF Auto Root package which then roots your device. ODIN is widely used as a rooting tool for several Android smartphones , including the Galaxy S3 and S4. You’ll need a Windows PC in order to use the ODIN software. The method has been tested on several different Note 3 models and firmware versions, meaning it should work with most devices.

Step 1

Go to this link and download your specific CF Auto Root package from the third post. Various model numbers and carriers are available. If you don’t know your model number, open the Settings app, go to About phone, select Phone identity and tap on Model number.

Step 2

Open the Settings app, go to Developer options and make sure that the USB Debugging option is checked. If you don’t see a Developer options menu, go to About device and keep tapping on Build number until you see a Developer mode has been enabled popup message. The Developer options menu should now be available in your Settings app.

USB Debugging

Step 3

Extract the CF Auto Root package that you downloaded earlier on your PC. In most CF Auto Root packages, the ODIN app file should come in the zip file package. If you don’t see it in the package, download the ODIN package separately and extract it on your PC.

Step 4

Download the USB Drivers for the Note 3 on your PC if you don’t already have them installed. You can get the drivers here. Once downloaded, install the exe file like any other PC app.

Step 5

Make sure your Note 3 is not connected to your PC, and launch the ODIN app.

Step 6

Turn off your Note 3 and hold the Volume Down, Power and Home buttons simultaneously until you see a menu on your device. Press the Volume Up button to boot your device in Download mode.

Step 7

While in Download mode, connect your Note 3 to your PC using a micro USB cable. Make sure that you connect the USB cable  to your PC first and then to your Note 3. If the box below ID:COM turns Blue or Yellow, it means that the device has been successfully connected.


Step 8

Click on the PDA button and select the CF Auto Root file that you extracted earlier. Make sure that you select the file with the .tar.md5 extension.


Step 9

Make sure that the F. Reset Time and Auto Reboot options are checked and the Re-Partition option is not checked.

Step 10

Click on the Start button to begin the rooting process. Once the rooting process is complete, you’ll get a PASS message on ODIN and your Note 3 will reboot automatically. That’s it! You have successfully rooted your device.

ODIN Start ODIN Pass

Method 2: Kingo Root

Kingo Root is another method that can be used to root the Galaxy Note 3. Unlike method 1, Kingo Root is a universal rooting method that can root almost any Android device. Downloaded by millions of users, Kingo Root is one of the safest rooting methods available for all Android devices. If Method 1 doesn’t work with your device, then this is possibly the next best option. With a high success rate, Kingo Root was one of the first One Click rooting methods and you don’t need to go through any complex steps in order to root your device. You’ll need a Windows PC in order to use this method.

Step 1

Download and install the Kingo Root app on your PC. You can get the app from Kingo Root’s official website.

Step 2

Enable USB Debugging on your Note 3 by following Step 2 from Method 1 and make sure  that the Unknown sources option is enabled under Security in the Settings app.

Unknown Sources

Step 3

Open the Kingo Root app on your PC, and connect your Note 3 to your PC using a micro USB cable. If the Samsung drivers are not installed on your PC, the app will automatically download and install them.

Kingo Root Drivers

Step 4

Once your device is connected, click on the ROOT button and wait for the rooting process to complete. Once completed, you’ll receive a Root Succeeded! message. Click on the Finish button. That’s it! Your Note 3 should now be rooted.

Kingo Root

Kingo Root Finish

Method 3: Towelroot

Towelroot is one of the latest and hottest rooting methods currently available for Android devices. Coming from XDA developer Geohot, this method has become quite popular in just several days and it can root various different Android devices, including the Galaxy Note 3. While the app has been specifically designed for the Galaxy S4, the S4 Active and the Nexus 5, it has been tested successfully on several other Android devices. Towelroot is basically an Android app that roots your device directly, without using your PC.

Step 1

Go to the Settings app, tap on Security and make sure that the Unknown sources option is checked.

Unknown Sources

Step 2

Download the Towelroot app on your PC. You can get the apk file from Towelroot’s official website. Click on the Orange icon to download the apk file.

Step 3

Connect your Note 3 to your PC using a micro USB cable and click on Open folder to view files in the AutoPlay popup.

Autoplay Android

Step 4

Transfer the Towelroot apk file to your device’s root directory, and unplug the device from your PC.

Step 5

Open any file manager, navigate to the directory where you transferred the apk file and install it.

Step 6

Open the Towelroot app and tap on the Make it ra1n button. Wait for the process to complete and reboot your device.


Step 7

Download and install the SuperSU app on your Galaxy Note 3. You can get the app using the Google Play button below.

Download on Google Play

That’s it!


Note 3 is one of the most popular Android phablets available in the market and while the device has some brilliant features, some users might want a bit more. Rooting is used by millions of Android users to overcome the security restrictions from Google after which they can access system directories, flash mods and ROMs and install root enabled apps from the Google Play store. While the Note 3 already offers much more than a premium Android smartphone, rooting your device will take your experience to the next level, opening up various additional possibilities.

Whether you want to flash custom ROMs or you want to install root enabled apps from the Google Play Store, you can easily root your Galaxy Note 3 using any of the methods mentioned above in just several minutes. Method 1 is possibly the best and most reliable option as it has been extensively tested on various Samsung devices. If it didn’t work with your device, then Kingo Root is the next best alternative. If you’re looking for an app that can root your device directly without having to install anything on your PC, then Method 3 is the ideal option. Whichever method you choose, make sure that you follow all the instructions properly on how to root Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and feel free to shoot any questions below!

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