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How to Install Stock Firmware on Galaxy Note 3 (All Models)

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The Galaxy Note 3 is Samsung’s latest flagship in phablet (phone+tablet) category. The device has already been launched in Exynos and Snapdragon variants like the Galaxy S4 and has reached or been reaching most carriers across the world with different model branding.

On hardware side, the Note 3 bears all rings and bells associated with a Galaxy flagship and sports a 5.7-inch Full HD super AMOLED display with 386 ppi and 1080 x 1920 px resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 / Exynos 5 Octa 5420 processor, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 / Quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 / Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU, and a Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery. The device comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box. All Galaxy Note phablet devices are known for the innovative S Pen stylus and, being the most advance device  of the series, Note 3 has some awesome S-Pen features.

Android, being an Open Source platform, offers a lot more freedom that other operating systems. If you own any popular Android device, you have access not only to millions of apps, but also to hundreds of custom ROMs and mods. While many users feel themselves happy without making any custom modification to their device, there are still many who feel Android tasteless without rooting and installing custom ROMs and mods.

They play with ROMs and root apps to get better battery, performance and customization. However, there are times when we feel nostalgic about the stock features of the device and then think of returning to the official firmware firmware. Sometimes our device gets stuck and refuses to boot properly. Flashing the stock firmware often proves to be the only remedy to return our device to normal state.

If you ever need to restore stock firmware on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3, here is a guide that will help you install the original firmware. However, there are a few things you need to know (especially if you’re new) and some preparation must make before proceeding to install a firmware.

About Galaxy Note 3 Firmwares:

 

Know Your Note 3′s Model:

As we mentioned above, Galaxy Note 3 comes in various models based on processor type, network connectivity and carriers. Before installing a firmware, you’ll have to download it and to do so, it’s very important that you grab the correct firmware file first. This is how you can check which model of Note 3 you have: go to Settings> General> About and check Model number. Most firmware files have the model number of the device they are meant for in their very name.galaxy-note-3-model-number

For your reference, I have listed the major variants of the Galaxy Note 3 below:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3  SM-N900 (Exynos Octa Core)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Duos SM-N9002 (China)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9006 (China/WCDMA)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9000Q (Turkey)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE SM-N9005 (Snapdragon Quad Core)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3  SM-N900S (Snapdragon 800 / LTE-A)
  • T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900T
  • Sprint Galaxy Note 3  SM-N900P
  • AT&T Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900A
  • Canadian Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900W8 (Bell, Rogers, Telus, Wind Mobile, Virgin, Koodo, Mobilicity, Sasktel and Latin American countries)
  • Latin American Note 3 SM-N900W8 (Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, etc.)
  • US Cellular Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900R4
  • Verizon Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900V

You might find 2 types of firmwares even within a particular model number. Such firmwares are generally known as Branded and Unbranded ones. If your device is locked to a network provider/carrier, it’s a branded device. Therefore you must install a firmware that is meant for your carrier. Similarly, if you are able to use any SIM card on your phone, it’s unbranded, and so you can install any firmware on it that is for unbranded Note 3.

Know Your Note 3′s CSC:

Samsung is currently the most popular vendor of Android devices in the world. Unlike any other OEM, the Korean manufacturer releases its firmwares based on country, region and network provider. They call it CSC (Consumer Software Customization) which denotes to a specific geographical region or carrier. The CSC code contains the info about software packages specific to a region, language packs and features, carrier branding and also APN (Access Point Name) settings.

All CSC packages have a particular set of language (you’ll find English in all of them) and therefore, if you install a firmware that is not for your region, it’s probable that you might not find your native language in it. In case you do not find the firmware file for the original CSC on your Galaxy Note 3, try to find the firmware for the nearest country.

Also, to get OTA updates via Kies on your Galaxy Note 3, the original CSC of your device and that of the firmware you are going to install must match exactly. If it doesn’t match, you’ll have to download and install the firmwares manually. To know the CSC code of your device, the easiest way is to download Samsung Kies on your computer and connect the device. To know more about CSC codes for Samsung Galaxy devices, do not forget to read out detailed article:

How to Change CSC Code in Samsung Galaxy Devices

Finding the Latest Firmware:

While looking for a firmware, you might see several firmwares listed for the model number and CSC of your Galaxy Note 3. The names of Samsung firmwares often start with the model number of the device followed by sequence of alphabets and numbers. You can find the latest firmware by comparing the alphabetical order between the firmware versions. See the examples given below:

XEO-N9005XXUBMI7

XEO-N9005XXUALQ8

XEO-N9005XXUAKL3

In the above examples of the firmware versions for Galaxy Note 3, we have four types of info. XEO with black shows the CSC code for Poland. Next comes N9005, that shows the model number of the device the firmware is meant for. In this case, it is the LTE (Snapdragon) version of the device. Then comes XX that denotes to region that is Europe. The last 5 characters show the firmware version. In the first (top) firmware, you can see that noticed from left to right, UBMI7 is greater than UALQ8and UAKL3 is less than both. Thus the top firmware is the latest of all.

 

Where to Download Firmware for Galaxy Note 3:

To download the firmware for your Galaxy Note 3, click on the device name.

Install Stock Firmware on Galaxy Note 3:

  • Ahmad Magharby

    Hello matevz
    I have a note 3 and upgrade to 4.4.2 .Should stock restore solve the issue of “static sounds “during call recording ? And the disappearing of the option of turning off shutt sound of camera?

  • Ahmad Magharby

    Hello matevz
    Should this process solve the static sounds heard in the calls record apps?

  • Matevz

    Yep i agree Samsung is not making it easy for us to flash things.. But HTC is doing the same thing, not sure for the rest ..
    Anyways, we are lucky, as you already pointed out, to have such an amazing Android dev community.. :)
    Cheers buddy

  • Shahin Ansari

    Thank you so much for the reply. I have not had a chance to come to this site for a while. I guess as long as the image worked, I was happy.
    On a different note, thank you for diligently replying to our comments and issues. I see your point; I did not mean to take anything away from Cyanogenmod. I think these communities are doing a wonderful job with what they have. More power to then. I just had to share my experience so that others may benefit from it. I just happened to see the other files; otherwise I did not know what to do.
    Samsung is in my oppinion one of the more complicated platforms due to their use of KNOX technology and regional versions of the phones, and perhaps other attributes I only wish to learn about some time.
    Good Luck to Everyone of us

  • Khalid Masood

    Hi Matevz, I did do the dalvik cache clear but still during the call screen goes blank (doesn’t effect the call) and once I move away from the ear then it says black and then I have to press home or power button to revive the screen. I had to move back to samsung rom (backed up one) and now I am getting permission problem in samsung rom :) There is no fix permission option when I go into recovery mode. Help will be appreciated.
    I still wish I can use the custom rom coz it was much faster and cleaner, only if screen black issue can be resolved.
    By the way I tried around 5 roms and all had same issue in common. c-rom, resurrection, cm11, akop etc.

  • Matevz

    Nice to hear you like custom rom. I am sorry, I have never experienced a problem like that. You did clear cache/dalvik and factory reset the phone before flashing rom right? Also, did you flash GAPPs (google applications)?

  • Khalid Masood

    Hi Matevz,
    So far custom rom is doing excellent, however, there is one issue which is a show stopper. I have tried two custom roms so far i.e. c-rom and resurrection … in both roms during the call phone screen turns black (which is standard feature), after the call is finished the screen remains black and i have to press home (middle hardware) button to get the screen back, that also take few seconds to respond. I restored back to samsung touchwiz and it seems to be working fine again … have you ever experienced this issue or have any idea which i can try to resolve it .. thanks.

  • Matevz

    Great to hear that! Glad to help. Enjoy the world of custom roms. Feel free to try different ones and see which one suits you best.
    All best, cheers! :)

  • Khalid Masood

    Matevz. Thank you for your patience and great support. You are a super star. I managed to borrow a windows machine and then rooted and flashed my phone. It is a big change in terms of performance. My phone is much faster and battery life seems to be much better as well. It is the second day and so far no glitches. I hope it stays stable. Thanks again for your support.

  • Matevz

    I am sorry i am not an Apple user. I have no clue about iOS. Youll have to google it. Or try VMware virtual machine instead

  • Khalid Masood

    Hi Matevz, Do you have steps using Heimdall as I am using Mac. I tried using Windows virtual machine but it doesn’t pick up the phone when I boot in download mode (samsung usb driver is installed even). Heimdall picks up the phone in Mac when I go into download mode however it looks for PIT file …

  • Matevz

    Ofc there is a difference. As i said before, use HLTE, the latest one (v6.6)

    http://get.c-rom.org/hlte/

  • Matevz

    Hello Khalid and congratulations! :)
    It’s easy, you need HLTE. It’s a code-name for our phone.
    Download file (it will be in ZIP format ) put it on your phone via USB cable and put your phone to recovery mode-turn off and turn back on with: volume up + home + power button. When you’re in recovery cleare cache, dalvik cache and factory reset your phone.
    We call this a clean install. It is important for you to do it after installing new ROMs. When you will be upgrading from the same rom (like from c-rom v5.6 to v5.7 for example) you can do a “dirty” flash, meaning you don’t need to clear cache, dalvik cache and factory reset. But first time, it is mandatory.
    OK, so when your phone is clean and fresh, finally you can flash it by navigating to install a zip or flash a zip file (still in recovery mode…)

    So the steps are:
    1. Reboot to recovery mode,
    2. Clean your phone (clean cache, dalvik cache and factory reset)
    3. Flash C-Rom.

    To state the obvious, doing a factory reset, you will loose all your data. Please backup all your important data. You can use some backup tools like nandroid backup if you’d like. Me personally, I just backup my smss. All applications are automatically installed from play store (if you have google synced ) and SD card should be left intact ( meaning pictures, videos and documents should stay there, but you can do a backup just for in any case).
    When ROM is flashed you will have to flash GAPPS (google applications). First reboot after flashing a rom takes a while longer, so give him a breath…
    Let me know how it went, good luck :)

  • Khalid Masood

    Firstly, my question was not for you Rakesh, it was for Matevz. Secondly, you did not even open the web page to see what I am talking about. First check which folders are listed on the website which I have mentioned. Lastly, words you choose to describe people only reflect on your etiquettes.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Pick your model too. Please do not behave like dumb. If you are so much ignorant, do not involve in such things to avoid further problems.

  • Khalid Masood

    so there is no difference between vs980, toroplus, tilapia etc etc I can just pick the latest i.e. vs980 and then in the folder pick the latest again?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Every file has a date in its name, just pick the latest one.

  • Matevz

    After the above you can install any ROM you like… This is the foundation for ROMing… It is a one time procedure. Once you do this a bit time-consuming procedure (root and install custom recovery), you can flash any ROM you like and as many times as you want.

    1. Root,
    2. Flash custom recovery,
    n. Flash any ROM you like…

  • Khalid Masood

    Thanks. After the above one should install c-rom?

  • Matevz

    Custom recovery is a tool for installing (flashing) new ROMs to your phone. It is a must have tool if you want to play around with ROMs.

    Here is the procedure: How to install Custom Recovery

    Note, you first need to be rooted to perform this task (look for the link with detailed instruction in comments before)

    Once you have successfully rooted your Note, head to Play Store and install GooManager app.
    LINK: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.s0up.goomanager

    It requires root permissions. Once your app is installed, go ahead and open it up and press menu button. Inside menu, select:
    “Install OpenRecovery Script”
    A warning message will appear saying: “Are you sure you want to install?” click yes and than yes again to confirm that it is for the correct device (yours should be HLTE). Click yes again. You will be redirected to download site, wait for 10 seconds and TWRP will be downloaded.
    A “toast message” will be printed to your screen saying it was installed successfully…

    Than just reboot your phone into recovery by taping “Reboot recovery” or doing manually by turning of your phone and turn it back on by pressing: Power button + volume up + home button.

    And that is it, you have a custom recovery on your phone, ready to flash new ROMs.

    Just to revise: Download GooManager, download Recovery via GooManager and that is it! :)

    Reboot to Recovery mode: Turn off phone and turn on by pressing: Home + power + vol up

  • Matevz

    http://www.droidviews.com/root-galaxy-note-3-without-tripping-knox-warranty-with-root-de-la-vega/
    I can give you step by step guide for installing custom recovery tomorrow (in 24h time frame).
    First use this one to root it and tomorrow i’ll help you put a custom recovery on it and then you are ready to flash.
    Don’t worry, it looks scary if you are a first time rooter, but it is not a big deal and it is a one time event. Once you are rooted you won’t have to do it again…
    Also, if you are not comfortable with this root method, there is easier way called CF-Auto root (search for it on net or yt).. it is a shorter/easier root procedure…

  • Khalid Masood

    Hi Matevz, where do I get step by step procedure for installing c-rom?

  • Khalid Masood

    Steps are for nexus….. It sounds too complicated …. I wish there were simpler steps to install bloat free android software.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Use the steps given here: http://www.droidviews.com/how-to-install-custom-rom-on-nexus-5/

    Note: You must have a rooted device with a custom recovery before installing custom ROMs.

  • Matevz

    I am sorry for such a dellay. I haven’t been active lately.

    I am sorry but your problem seems weird to me. There are thousands of people who have flshed CM nighlies onto Note 3.

    After all, people who are developing those nighlies must have a Note 3 themselves. If it didn’t work they wouldn’t put it out there for us to download. They are buggy, that is for sure, but bootloop is not acceptable.

    I say there is a little flaw in a procedure of yours. An outdated bootloader, or recovery maybe?

    Try this GAPPS: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2397942

    This recovery: http://d-h.st/users/xiaolu/?fld_id=31963 (please be aware to download the correct version)

    And this ROM version: http://download.cyanogenmod.org/?device=hlte

    See if that works and report back.
    Cheers

  • Khalid Masood

    Thanks. Do you have step by step guide for c-rom

  • Matevz

    Hey my friend. As Rakesh said, those are pretty much “Google” ROMs.

    Google has it’s own ROM which we call “Vanilla” Android. Vanilla Android is the one that is put on Nexus devices.

    CyanogenMod is the most famous team which makes AOSP (Android open source project) ROMs. AOSP ROMs are also referred as Vanilla (means basically the same thing…).

    I would recommend using some other ROM instead. As CM (CyanogenMod) is the most famous one, i find it a little buggy until final release is out and this usually takes quite some time.

    I, for that matter, am using C-ROM at the moment on my Note 3. I must say I am super satisfied with it. I found no bugs for now, runs smooth and fast. And do not worry about bloatware you find in TouchWiz (Samsung ROMs), Sense(HTC ROMs), Timescape UI (Sony) or Optimus UI (LG ROMs). Those are OEM (Original manufacturer) based ROMs with tons of bloatware.

    If you download a Touchwiz ROM it will easily reach 1GB size.
    A C-ROM, however, which I am using atm and it is Vanilla or AOSP (stock Android) is only 190 MB large file.

    I can assure you there is no so called “bloatware”. You will get additional functionality, which, lets face it, is always welcome.

    I would recommend you trying that one out, but it is up to you in the end.. :)

    Here is the source link if you decide to give it a try: http://www.c-rom.org/thread-c-rom-v6-5-842.html

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask! :)

  • Khalid Masood

    thanks !

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    CM 11 or Carbon.

  • Khalid Masood

    thnx. any experience which rom is the closest to original one in terms of functionality and looks – don’t want to remove touchwiz and then end up with another funky looking rom.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    No.

  • Khalid Masood

    is there no way to get the standard google rom which they use for nexus and install it on note 3?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    No, but they are based on the original. Standard Google ROMS come with Nexus devices.

  • Khalid Masood

    thnx rakesh, are these standard google roms? original android rom?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Install an CM or AOSP based custom ROM. Browse our best ROMs posts for Note 3 here: http://www.droidviews.com/tag/samsung-galaxy-note-3/

  • Khalid Masood

    From where can I get authentic google rom. I don’t want to install custom rom. I want plain basic google rom with not bloat ware on it.

  • Matevz

    You will have to flash custom recovery first. Than you will have to download custom ROM (in a zip file format). Choose one that suits you best… Copy that zip file to your phones internal storage, boot your device into recovery mode (volume up+power button), wipe facile cache, cache and factory reset your phone and finally flash that ROM zip file. You do all that through recovery…

  • Khalid Masood

    How can one install basic google version of android 4.4 on note 3 – i want to get rid off annoying samsung apps + get sleek interface of google android.

  • Shahin Ansari

    I found my issue. All least for me, all the nightly releases put the phone in the loop. There are various categories of the Cyanogenmod roms. For my device, the snapshot, worked. The other categories such as stable and milestone are empty as of now. Just out of curiosity, if anyone does succeed in flashing a Note 3 with the nightly releases of Cyanogenmod 11, please let me know. There is a comment on the Cyanogenmod wiki about loops, but there are not details. It took me a while to figure this out since most boot loop issues this community knows about is associated with the boot files, recovery, etc. And I have used the nightly releases in the past so I did not suspect them to be the issue. I have tried to let Cyanogenmod know about this, but my Yahoo Openid account does not let me log in the wiki site.

  • Matevz

    You might try updating twrp…

  • Shahin Ansari

    Greetings-
    I have tried the procedure you have above for fixing the boot loop. I get this when I want to flash my phone with a Cyanogenmod 11 zip file using twrp. Currently have a N900PVPUCNC5 Samsung N900P. I have run out of ideas. Can you think of something I can do to flash my phone? I also keep seeing a message when I try to wipe or flash the phone stating: “E: unable to mount /usbstorage”. I looked on the xda-develpers site, and there was a script for a similar problem, but it did not fix my issue. Some xda folks told me it is not a big deal. Even though I am on the latest firmware would flashing the same file again help me?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Boot the phone in download mode and install this firmware: http://samsung-updates.com/details/24975/Galaxy_Note_3_Exynos/SM-N900/INU/N900XXUDNB2.html

  • Manoj

    hii admin, I am also having same issue. My note 3 SM-N900 is stucked on recovery mode which is not detectable by Kies also.
    Please help

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Give more details!

  • nastiat

    i have the same problem how can i fix it?

  • Naz K

    Hello Rakesh and all, I am having issues reverting from polish 4.4 xeo back to UK btu 4.4 on my smn9005 lte unbranded UK note 3, thanks

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  • Amjad Alhosaini

    I’m from Syria, I searched the web for the compatible firmware for my region but didn’t find any thing ,so I have downloaded similar one ( Saudi Arabia version ) which is near to my country.

  • Amjad Alhosaini

    the (Build number) is N900XXUCMK2
    and the version of the firmware I’ve installed is the same.
    yesterday I also tried to do hard reset before installing the stock, but still having the same result, the updates still exist.
    Is there any way to format the system and then reinstalling the stock ?
    I really appreciate your help..

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Software update depend on what version of firmware you have on the device and what version you installed.

  • Amjad Alhosaini

    Hi..at first I want to thank you for this useful article.
    I followed you step by step, and everything went ok. but after rebooting the phone there were no changes.
    I still have the same apps, settings even some photos in my gallery, I thought it might be deleted.
    ( I did factory reset before installing the stock firmware )
    Actually I’m installing this stock rom for my note 3 cuz I want to remove the updates I’ve downloaded, but after doing that I checked the software update and it shows that I still have the last system update..so I will be very grateful if you clear the picture for me.

  • Gary A. James

    Danny I’m not sure what your issue is. You said you only rooted the phone with Kingo & now you wanna go back cause you uninstalled apps without backing them up? You are technically still stock but rooted. Flashing stock rom would only lose root for you. It won’t help you get any apps back. I’m not sure why you uninstalled any apps using titanium.

    So again why do you want to go back to complete stock unrooted?

    Rakesh you keep trying to get him to go Kitkat. He doesn’t have to do that. If you wanna go completely stock 4.3 you only need to goto the Samsung site and find the downloads for your phone for 4.3.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Yes, you can install and use it till you find the latest official firmware.

  • Danny Herro

    my main concern really is my wifi not working. It wont turn on. It basically stays stuck like if it is trying to turn on but never does. Like how when it is gray its off and when it is green it is on. Well its a very faded green like when you first click it on it looks like that till it turns on.

  • Danny Herro

    I tried that as well but when I click software update it doesnt do anything. Even though the Knox counter says 0×0 it still shows custom on boot up with a locking showing unlocked. Should I try the leaked version thru odin?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Well I googled for a while and found a leaked version of the KitKat firmware: http://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23321874045862491

    Why don’t you try to uninstall SuperUser and request official OTA from Settings> General> About> Software update?

  • Danny Herro

    I am not currently on 4.4.2 I am on 4.3. Any ideas why it would do that then.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Seems you are trying to install a lesser version of firmware. Note that Android 4.4.2 has a secure bootloader that does not let itself overwritten by a lesser version of bootloader. Find the same or greater version of firmware than present on your device.

  • Danny Herro

    Hi I rooted my phone with a software called kingo. It didn’t trip my Knox but I want to install stock back on there because I used titanium back up to uninstall certain applications and I didn’t back them up first. I downloaded the stockfirmware for my ATT Note 3 and I downloaded Odin 3.09. Every time I try to use it Odin fails right away. I tried different computers, cables, and USB ports. I even tried different sites for the firmware. I also tried different variants of Odin. This is the log I get in Odin.

    Added!!

    Enter CS for MD5..

    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..

    Please wait..

    N900AUCUBMI9_N900AATTBMI9_N900AUCUBMI9_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.

    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..

    Leave CS..

    Odin v.3 engine (ID:19)..

    File analysis..

    SetupConnection..

    Initialzation..

    Get PIT for mapping..

    Firmware update start..

    SingleDownload.

    sbl1.mbn

    NAND Write Start!!

    FAIL! (Auth)

    Complete(Write) operation failed.

    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

  • Luis Alberto Vargas Miranda

    How can I Fix This Problem?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    That’s why you get the failure message.

  • Luis Alberto Vargas Miranda

    I Think Not. Almost Sure.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    I am unable to figure what might be deterring the installation. Was USB Debugging enabled on your device?

  • Luis Alberto Vargas Miranda

    Dear Rakesh.

    The same thing:

    Added!!
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    N9005XXUENB4_N9005OXXENB1_N9005XXUENB1_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:12)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    Any suggestion?

  • Luis Alberto Vargas Miranda

    Download the Firmwre and follow the same steps, right?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Download and try this firmware: http://terafile.co/8290942fa049

    It will fix the issue hopefully.

  • Luis Alberto Vargas Miranda

    I’m from Perú. The phone where unlock, but, originally have Orange (France) Firmware, i think. Thanks!

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Where are you from and is your device carrier branded?

  • Luis Alberto Vargas Miranda

    Honestly, I’m an beginner. In first place, i just want to root the phone, but then, after the “firmware issue”. I don’t know waht to do.

    Thanks!!!

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Are you trying to install a lesser version of firmware?

  • Luis Alberto Vargas Miranda

    Dear Rakesh

    I have an SM-N9005 N9005XXUDMJ7. I was trying to root he phone, when suddenly stock. After that, the Phone show me the message: “Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in kies & try again”.

    I follow your guide steps trying to repair the phone, but Odin show me this:

    Added!!
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    N9005XXUDMJ7_N9005OXXDMK2_N9005XXUDMJ7_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:12)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    Please, Help Me.

    Thanks a Lot!!!

  • Krishna

    thank you

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    You can’t revert to JB from KitKat because it has an upgraded version of bootloader. However, you can do that without touching the bootloader. See here: http://www.droidviews.com/how-to-unbrick-att-galaxy-note-3-sm-n900a/

  • Krishna

    another question, in the future, will I be able to update my device if att released another firmware more up to date then I currently have by simply going through settings on the phone?

  • Krishna

    I currently have the leaked kitkat on my galaxy note 3, will this process help me revert to jellybean stock?

  • Abdellah ANTRA

    yea mate.. that’s exactly what i’ve been thinking of at least I won’t be tied to the carrier anymore :) Thanks for ur time anyway.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Root device, install a custom recovery and then flash stock 4.4.2 based ROM. What is the problem?

  • Abdellah ANTRA

    lol.. was just an idea mate.. still learning :) surely there must be way to get around it really. To be honest all carriers take ages to roll out updates n what irritates me the most if that they sell u a phone but in a way it still belongs to em which is really sucks.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Ha ha… No, it wont help.

  • Abdellah ANTRA

    Just thought if I find a way of removing the bootloader of the carrier would then make it easier to get around it by flashing kitkat. No?!

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    What do you mean by removing the bootloader?

  • Abdellah ANTRA

    Any idea of a website showing how to remove the bootloader?! Cheers.

  • Abdellah ANTRA

    Could do but still this Google Gel Launcher Is Only A theme tho I’ve checked it out lately..n so it’s not official kitkat firmware but only a teaser lol

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  • Abdellah ANTRA

    Sooner or later I will ring em to unlock my phone anyway so I’d be able to use it abroad ..but just thought if it’d still be possible to accomplish the need or not.

  • Abdellah ANTRA

    I take it it wouldn’t really make any difference if I ask for my phone to be unlocked?! It was really good when I last had the original galaxy note from them.. it was unlocked n managed to get it rooted flashed few ROMs on it n stuff but this one I just feel like I’m a bit unsure what to do about it :(

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    It’s not so great an update to spend money for. I would suggest waiting for some time.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Hmm, so the CSC is H3G and the 4.4.2 firmware is not yet available for your Note 3. Just wait a week or so, it’ll be out hopefully.

    http://www.droidviews.com/android-4-4-2-kitkat-firmware-for-samsung-galaxy-note-3-sm-n9005/

  • Abdellah ANTRA

    AP: N9005XXUDMJ6
    CP: N9005XXUDMJ4
    CSC: N9005H3GDMJ2
    YEA I assume so just posted software version! Thanks a lot for your time mate :)

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Can you tell me the CSC? Is it H3G?

  • Abdellah ANTRA

    It’s three network. How about if ring em n ask em to unlock my phone.. I know I’d get charged for doing this but would it still make any difference or not really worth it.. n should just wait till they roll out the update?! Cheers.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Do not install any other firmware on network branded devices. Which carrier you device is locked to?

  • Abdellah ANTRA

    Hi ya, I got note 3 N9005 locked to my network in the UK and I would like to update it to kitkat 4.4.2. Could anyone tell me if I go ahead and flash the latest firmware via Odin would it trip my knox or void my warranty??
    Cheers

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    From and to which version of firmware you are trying to switch?

  • Ivan Nestorov

    Hello!
    I have got Note3 N9005 and I got fail on hidden.img.ext4.
    Please help me

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Do you mean SM-N9006? If yes, download and install this firmware: http://samsung-updates.com/details/22707/Galaxy_Note_3_China/WCDMA/SM-N9006/CHN/N9006ZCUDNA1.html

  • Robert Babikian

    HI!
    Thank you for all your big job done! Can you please advise me what can i do or from where to start. It seemed that I’ve deleted or blocked cach memory. Mobile is Samsung Note 3 MT N9006. When pressing start button Samsung welcome screen appears and freezing. I took off battery, put back again, pressing Vol.+ and Power button it comes black screen with options : Recovery, Fast Boot, Normal. Cursor moving throw this menu points but not reacting on any selection (Vol.- for selecting). Connecting mobile with cable to computer – (as in some instruction mannuals found on the web) MT65xx preloader doesn’t appear in Device Manager, it appears only for a second after removing USB cable. Thank you in advance for an advice.

  • ♜Donzzy™

    Okay keep us posted. TIA! :)

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Why not write here?

  • Matevz

    I enjoy 4.4.2 very much. Experience is snappier. I don’t see why would you stay on 4.3..

  • Matevz

    Go to xda developers and search for root de la vega note 3.. RDLV.. Or let me get home and i’ll post a link right here…

  • ♜Donzzy™

    Why would you want to go back to 4.3? I’m having second thoughts already of upgrading to 4.4.2. Any ideas, @matevz:disqus?

  • ♜Donzzy™

    Thanks. Which is the safest way to root it without tripping Knox? Sorry if I have to ask you instead of searching it on Google. :D

  • Matevz

    I got the OTA, am from Slovenia. I think it should be on every international sm-n9005 model any time now…
    If you are on 4.3 you still have a chance to Root it without tripping Knox (voiding warranty) and then upgrade to 4.4.2. But, if you upgrade first, there is no way (for now at least) of Rooting without tripping knox counter. But if you do not care about warranty, it makes no difference.

  • ♜Donzzy™

    Hi! I have the N9005 model and I want to upgrade it to KitKat. It’s currently under carrier contract. Should I root it first or better wait for the OTA soon?

  • Moataz Eljaky

    I Have the same problem, dud you get any solution ?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Installing a different firmware will help you at all. There are various sites out there which sell unlock keys. You can buy from them.

  • aaron lacey

    I have a sprint n900p phone. I know it is a cdma phone but it can do gsm it has a sim card slot. I am trying to hook the phone to straight talk at&t version. I can not get sprint to unlock the phone so can I install different firmware to unlock the phone

  • Tchetche Nh

    Hi Rakesh. Have you forgotten me? I’m desperate!

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  • Shahul

    is there a way to root the chinese variant of the note 3, I need the phone rooted to run some apps and the of the bloatwares, also need to move some installed apps to external sd card. thanks.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    To the best of my knowledge, we do not have a rooting tutorial for the Chinese variant of Note 3

  • Shahul

    Check using CPU-Z . Samsung Exynos Octa 5410 2.26GHz, ARM Cortex-A15+Arm Cortex_A7 GPU Renderer Adreno(tm)330, Model=SM-N9006 (h3gzc), kermel: 3.4.5(N9006ZCUBM15). I wonder is this phone a clone??. BTW my kies also does not reconize. Please help to get some answer.Tq.

  • Shahul

    Need help. Using your tutorial try to root my Note3 China model N9006ZCUBM15. pressing Volume Down + Home + Power, the phone screen displays chinese chars. the only reconizable word is mmc. what should i do. tq

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  • Matevz

    You can not downgrade to 4.3 anyomre. Once on KitKat… You are stuck here. KitKat comes with new Bootloader and you can downgrade. I am sorry.

  • Fidu Didu

    okay … pretty much what i need but i have sm-n9005 upgraded to n9005xxuena6 rom of kitkat and i want it downgraded to stock 4.3 jellybean .. i tried it but it give aboot error (sw rev check fail fused 3 binary 2 ) .. can you figure out a way to help get back to it ???
    tons of thanks

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  • Jorge Rodriguez

    ok i’ll take you advice… i`m from mexico and buy a att note 3 at usa and it work very well but when i come to mexico the 4g have a lot of problems and i really want to try a custom rom to fix my problem but i really scare about if it really works well, if not i want to have a stock rom to restore my device o what really do you recommend me

  • Tchetche Nh

    Hi Rakesh, please i need your help. Thank you!!

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Hi Jorge, first be sure about the firmware version your phone has. Keep in ind that because of the boot secure into bootloader, you will not be able to downgrade your AT&T Note 3 SM-N900A. If you try that, you might end up with a bricked device. Why are you looking for firmware?

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  • Jorge Rodriguez

    where can i download the firmware because here in the section
    Where to Download Firmware for Galaxy Note 3: if i clic note n900a take anothe page but nothing of the firmware help please

  • Joohi

    I’m having a bit of trouble with this. I have downloaded the correct stock ROM for my Note 2. Ran it on Odin 3.09 and it said it completed. The phone however is stuck in a boot loop, and I cannot access the android system recovery. I can get it into download mode, but reattempting to install the stock ROM fails. Not sure what I should do at this point. Any help would be much appreciated!

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Just wait for some time for a workaround. I’ll be back.

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  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Which version of Odin are you using?
    Try 2 things:
    Remove the .md5 extension.
    Try Odin 1.85

  • Waffles

    Something I’m not clear on is that if my phone is already stock can I apply this firmware without wiping all the data off? I’ve heard mixed responses to this but would love a definitive answer.

  • Cody Smith

    ok i need help i need to install the stock bell firmware on to my note 3 i have the right firmware installed on my laptop but when i do the process and stick it into odin and put it md5 file into pda odin says

    Added!!

    Enter CS for MD5..

    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..

    Please wait..

    then it doesnt do anything but fail how do i fix this???

  • Tchetche Nh

    The languages available are english and chinese. I put attachment files down

    Thank you for your help!

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Now it’s my turn to say thanks. :-)

  • Matevz

    Very detailed, informative helpful blog/instructions. Thank you for that!! Will sure share this web site! :)

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Did you try this: go to Settings> Controls> Language and input> Language, tap on it and select French. My Note 3 shows French as available language.

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  • Tchetche Nh

    I already tried this application (language enabler many time)). Some application like CHATON,
    SAMSUNG
    HUB, SAMSUNG APPS, INTERNET, STORY ALBUM, SHEALTH, GROUP PLAY, SAMSUNG
    LINK, WATCHON, S TRANLATOR, SKETCHBOOK, EVERNOTE, SUPERSU, PHOTOS,
    GMAIL, GOOGLE+,
    ACTUALITE ET METEO, RECHERCHE VOCALE, TITANIUM BACKUP are now in french.
    But the setting, the menu and the other application are still in
    english. It’s semmed that all the new applications i installed come in
    french but not the menu.
    Is it possible to change the CSC by other CSC witch support french?

  • Tchetche Nh

    N9002

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Do you have N9005 model of Note 3?

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  • Zulhairie

    Is it possible to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9002 (the dual SIM variant that is only officially available in China) to get rid of the Chinese boot screen and bloatware and install the Google Play Store?
    As the rooting will void the warranty, is it possible to ‘get back’ the warranty by resetting the flash counter, removing all root only apps and then flashing the official firmware?

  • DroidViews

    tchetchenh Hi, I am afraid you’ll not be able to install French firmware on your phone.

  • tchetchenh

    Hi DroidViews. I recently get the note 3 duos N9002 Baseband version N9002ZNUBMI7 / Build number JSS15J.N9002ZNUBMJ3. I’m looking for a french rom for this phone. Thank you for your help!

  • DroidViews

    RobertDr  You said yourself- “so I had it rooted and installed new software on it”, and you say you are not sure? I need to get a fair idea before I can suggest anything. By the way, China variants do not support Google services.

  • RobertDr

    im not really sure what is installed on it.if there is a way to check it let me know

  • DroidViews

    RobertDr What do you mean by “new software”?

  • RobertDr

    hi my name is robert from Egypt, I bought N9002 dual sim note 3 from China and found that it has no google play store, so I had it rooted and installed new software on it, now I can use google stuff but the system is not stable and too much problems , like sign out of google account, when answer the speaker is always on ,,,,,etc
    so I wonder if there is a good version out there stable enough to use with no problems
    pls help me as I’m really tired of this problems though I like the phone so much but i hate to deal with all this issues

  • Pedro Umanzor

    i have the N900A note 3 and its stuck in a boot loop i cant find the stock firmware anywhere…when will it be available and also i tried the bootlop fix but it didnt work

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    I don’t think there is any band issue. You should just try to find the correct APN for Telcel. You can edit APn from Settings> Mobile Data> Access Points

  • Marcos

    Hello, I bougth N9005 Note 3 the international version, now it looks like it has the XX firmware version -
    N9005XXUBMJ1- I live in Mexico and I would like to take advantage of LTE 4G Telcel´s network, but even the phone has the capability it doesnt connect to it. I was trying to find a Firmware -Stock ROM- for this device for Latin America, for example Argentina, that looks they use the same frequencis, but I cant find any LA room for this device. Is there any way to get connected to 4G?

    I talked with Telcel´s people and they said that even all is ok and the cellphone has the capability, it looks like there was a lack of the APN (Access Point Name) settings. Anybody could help me please?
    Thanks in advance.

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Hi, if it were an international model bought from China, it would have been possible. Since N9006 is a Chinese variant, I do not think you can do it as it is not possible.

  • Shozab Abbas

    hello , i purchased note 3 N9006 in china , is there any way i can change firmware to another region ?

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  • Sazi Suber

    N9005 purchased in the middle east, saudiarabia.

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    What’s your phone model?

  • Sazi Suber

    Hello,
    I purchased my note 3 in saudi and it is region locked to use in India. Is there a way I could root the phone without voiding warranty?
    Hope to hear from you at the earliest.
    Regards.

  • thexfile

    If the person you’re talking to doesn’t have HD voice then HD voice shouldn’t work.

  • Titi

    Do you know how to enable HD Voice on a Galaxy Note 3 dual SIM (N9002)? I bought it from China, but I’m using it in Europe so it’s rooted with UBMI7 ROM. The HD Voice codec seems to be disabled by default and I have no idea how can I enable it. Thank you!

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    LOL, both procedures are risky but not as much as propagated. There is always a workaround if anything goes wrong and if you are careful nothing wrong will be done.

    Both are easy both are risky! If I were at your place, I would have chosen the second option, that is rooting.

  • pablo Soto

    i read that you coul fry the phone if done wrong, is any of the 2 options less riscky or easier?
    thank you

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Either you install the firmware with PHE CSC for Spanish language.

    or

    Root your current firmware and install the Language Enable app to get Spanish.

    Do what suits you.

  • pablo Soto

    also, i m downloading now the firmaware for phe wich is Spain, should i do the first option that is hotfile or odin flashable?
    thanks

  • pablo Soto

    Hi and thank you for the super quick response, wich option would be easier and less ricky for a rookie like me in this matters?

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Did you check for Spanish under Settings> My Device> Language and input> Language ?

    If you do not find Spanish there, you will have two options:

    1. Install the firmware for Spain using the guide above: http://hotfile.com/dl/251123715/9d29bec/PHE-N9005XXUBMJ3-20131018180340.zip.html

    2. Root your device: http://www.droidviews.com/root-samsung-galaxy-note-3-lte-sm-n9005-using-pre-rooted-firmware/

    Then try this app: http://www.droidviews.com/how-to-enable-hidden-languages-on-samsung-htc-and-sony-android-devices/

  • pablo Soto

    hi, i m in argentina and bought samsung note 3 version sm-n9005 , i m new to all these and kind of afraid of messing up but need to change to spanish language, any suggestions please!!!!!
    thank you

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Not in even dreams! :)

  • Astron

    Hello is it possible to replace Verizon Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900V with Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9000Q (Turkey) ? Do you think that after making Turkey firmware, any problems are happenned for my phone?

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Thanks for liking it. :)

  • John

    Awesome, great info