Android Lollipop was out in the streets for a while and tens of the non-Nexus devices already got their share of Lollipop updates either in the form of official updates or leaks. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is one of the devices that is expected to get the Lollipop update in the near future but the ETA is unclear. But looking at the leaked Lollipop firmware, it won’t be too long before Samsung provides the official update to the Note 3 users. The leaked Lollipop firmware comes with the build N9005XXUGBNL8 and brings the device to the Android 5.0 Lollipop rather than the anticipated Android 5.0.1 Lollipop.

Weighing at 1.1 GB, the bulky update brings the Note 3 to Android 5.0 along with the revamped Touchwiz interface to match with the new material design language. The new ART runtime brings an improved performance compared with the legendary Dalvik runtime. The battery life is also expected to be improved with the Android Lollipop, thanks to Google’s keen interest in making the devices last longer. The update is compatible with both the 16GB and 32GB variants of Note 3 SM-N9005. However, the 32GB variant holders need to go around few more steps than the 16 GB variants as the 32GB variant needs to be re-partitioned according to the new update but it’s not that scary as it sounds.

So if you’ve set your course to update your Note 3 SM-N9005, grab the firmware from the download link below and follow the instructions carefully.

Screenshots

galaxy-note-3-lollipop galaxy-note-3-lollipop-2

Warning

This Guide is intended only for the Galaxy Note 3 devices with the model number SM-N9005, not for any other device of Samsung. Be extra cautious when you choose the firmware builds as flashing wrong firmwares might result in a bricked device. You alone are responsible for any consequences that might occur during the process, we shall not be held responsible for any damage to your device.

Prepare Your Device

  • Charge your Galaxy Note 3 above 60% battery level to avoid shutdowns during the process.
  • Enable USB Debugging: Link
  • Install Required USB Drivers: Link
  • Backup your device storage, Contacts, SMS etc. using Google Sync service or any third-party app.

UPDATE: Official Lollipop Firmware Available Now!

Install Android 5.0 Lollipop on Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 (Snapdragon)

Downloads

Lollipop Firmware [N9005XXUGBNL8 5.0.7z] → Click Here

Odin 3.09 → Click Here

Installation Instructions

  1. Download and extract the firmware file on your computer. It’s a multi-file firmware, so you’ll get a bunch of files in the package.
  2. Download and extract the Odin file in the same location where you have extracted the firmware package.
  3. Double-click on Odin3 v3.09.exe to start the flashing tool.
  4. For 16 GB variants of the Note 3, make sure Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time are checked and everything else is unchecked. Then load the files in their respective fields as shown below.
    note-3-lollipop-16gb
  5. For 32 GB version, follow the below steps carefully.
    • Backup the PIT file of the device before flashing the firmware just to be in the safe side. For this, execute the following adb commands one by one:
      adb shell su -c "dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk0 of=/sdcard/My-N9005.pit bs=1 skip=17408 count=4244"
      adb pull /sdcard/My-N9005.pit
    • Make sure Auto Reboot, Re-Partition and F. Reset Time are checked and everything else is unchecked.
    • Now load the PIT file in the PIT field to re-partition your device. Then load the firmware files in their respective fields as shown:
      note-3-lollipop-32gb
  6. Boot your device into download mode:
    • Power off your phone.
    • Now press the Volume Down, Home and Power buttons altogether until you see the warning screen, use the power button to confirm and enter Download Mode.
  7. Connect the device to the PC using an USB cable.
  8. As soon as you connect, the Odin window will display the acquired ID:COM port on the top-left and message box shall display Added!! message.
  9. Click on Start and the process will begin.
  10. It will take a few minutes to complete the flashing process and upon completion will display a PASS!! message. 
  11. Your Galaxy Note 3 will reboot automatically after the process is finished.

That’s it. The initial boot will take a tad longer than usual, so grab a coffee while the device boots you to the Lollipop setup.

Leave your valuable comments below for any queries regarding the tutorial.