The international versions of GSM and LTE variants of the Galaxy Note 3 have been out for about a week now. While many US and Canadian carriers have not yet started selling it, T-Mobile is one of the first to make it available for its users. If you have got your Note 3 and want to root it, you can refer to our easy and detailed rooting tutorial for the device. Having an Android device with root access has a lot of advantages as it helps a lot in enhancing the performance of device, getting better battery and open new vistas of customization. There are thousands of useful apps in the Google Play Store that require root and can make your mobile life more useful and enjoyable. By installing a custom recovery like CWM or TWRP on your Note 3, you would also be able to get more out of it by installing custom ROMs, Kernels and mods.
Rooting is, no doubt, beneficial in many ways but it also demand a little for you. By rooting your phone, you void its warranty. Moreover, getting involved in such activities might put your device in risk. If you decide to root your Note 3, do not proceed unless you are ready to face the consequences, good or bad. In case of any mishap, do not blame us or the developers of the method. We do not come with any tutorial unless it has been tested successfully, yet we do not guarantee that it will be a pleasant experience for you too.
Things to Do Before Proceeding:
- Download Odin tool and unzip the file on your computer: Odin3_v1.85.zip
- Download the latest TWRP recovery (with .tar extension) for T-Mobile Note 3: openrecovery-twrp-2.6.xx-hltetmo.img.tar
- Download the CF-Root package and extract the zip: CF-Auto-Root-hltetmo-hltetmo-smn900t.zip
- Make sure you have either Samsung USB Drivers or Kies installed on your computer. In case you have Kies on your PC, do not forget to close it while you follow the procedure.
- Enable USB Debugging on your device from Settings> General> Developer options. If you do not find developer options under Settings, read this guide.
- Charge your phone to at least 50% level.
Rooting Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900T:
Rooting a Samsung Galaxy device was a lot easier about an year ago. There used to be just one CF-Root file to be installed using Odin and it pushed SuperSU and CWM recovery both in a single shot. But now, you have to install both files separately. In the present case, we’ll install the rooting package first and then the unofficial CWM recovery— both using Odin. Take a moment to make sure that you have done all things directed unser preparations and then proceed with the following steps:
- Turn off your Note 3 and boot it into Download/Odin Mode. You can using by long pressing the following key combination: Volume Down+Home+Power buttons together. Release the keys just as you see a warning screen, asking you to press Volume Up key to enter Download Mode.
- Go to Odin folder and launch Odin as administrator.
- Connect your phone to computer using USB cable.
- Wait till the ID:COM port at Odin turns Blue and you see “Added!!” in the message box below.
- Ensure that only the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time are selected on Odin.
- Now click the PDA button and select CF-Auto-Root-hltetmo-hltetmo-smn900t.tar.md5.
- Then click the Start button.
- Wait till you get PASS!! message with Green signal followed by automatic device reboot.
- You can now disconnect the USB cable.
Your Galaxy Note 3 will boot now normally. Open the app drawer of your phone and look for an app called SuperSU there. To verify root, you can download the Root Checker app from the market and run it. If the root is confirmed, pat you back, smile a little and start enjoying the new power vested on your Note 3.
Installing CWM on T-Mobile Note 3:
If you also wish to install custom ROMs and mods after rooting your Note 3, you’ll have to install CWM recovery too. The steps to install Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root and TWRP recovery using Odin are the same. The only difference is that you have to select “openrecovery-twrp-2.6.xx-hltetmo.img.tar“ file after clicking on the PDA button on Odin. To access recovery mode on your Note 3, turn off the device and press Volume Up+Home+Power buttons at the same time for about 4-6 seconds. When the screen lights up and you see the Samsung logo, release the Power button but keep Volume Up+Home keys pressed until you see the recovery menu screen like shown below.
Thus, now you have a rooted T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900T with TWRP recovery installed on it.If you have any question or doubts, feel free to share with us. Cheers!