While all the Galaxy Note series smartphones are enjoying root-access, how can we forget to root the Galaxy Note 3 Leo? Rooting your device will not only help you install root-only apps, but it’ll let you do many things you haven’t even thought of before. Here’s the procedure that teaches how you can gain root-access on your device and get started with flashing custom developments and so on.
Rooting is the process of gaining administrative rights on your Android device. Once we root our Android device, we can then make changes to it to customize it well beyond what it normally can do.
Once you have root access on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, you’ll be able to:
- Remove apps that were preinstalled by your carrier/manufacturer from your device.
- Free up storage space (because of the above benefit).
- Increase battery life (apps that might have been running constantly can be removed).
- Increase performance (after removing apps that are always running, the device will be less bogged down and run smoother).
- Update to a new version of Android (by flashing a custom recovery/ROM, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
- Tons of other customizations when you use your new found administrative rights to flash a custom ROM (again, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
Interested? Here’s how to root your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo:
I. Before You Begin
1. This will void the warranty of your device. However, you can reinstate the warranty by unrooting your device if there’s any unrooting procedure available.
2. This only works for the SM-N750 variant of the device. To find out what variant you have, head to Menu > Settings > About phone and your model number should be listed there.
3. This procedure should only work on Windows based PCs.
4. You should have appropriate drivers installed on your PC. If you haven’t, download and install the latest drivers from the Samsung website to your PC.
II. Downloading Required Files
1. Download Odin and save it to your desktop.
2. Download CF-Root and save it to your desktop.
3. Download TWRP Recovery and save it to your desktop.
TWRP Recovery (Download the Odin version of the recovery, it should end with .tar extension)
III. Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
1. Extract files from Odin as well as CF-Root archives over to your desktop.
2. Double-click on Odin executable and it’ll launch.
3. Click on PDA and choose the CF-Root file you just extracted to your desktop.
4. Make sure Repartition is unchecked in the Odin.
5. Checkmark the boxes that say Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time.
6. Turn OFF your device.
7. Turn it back on by holding down Volume DOWN, Home, and Power buttons together.
8. Press Volume UP and you should be in Download mode.
9. Plug in your device to your PC using the USB cable.
10. One of the boxes in Odin should turn yellow indicating your device’s been recognized by your PC.
11. Hit Start in the Odin and it’ll start flashing the CF-Root on your device.
12. Once it’s been flashed, your device should automatically reboot.
13. You’re now rooted!
Your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo is now rooted. You can now flash a recovery on it by following the following steps:
IV. Flashing a Custom Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
1. Double-click on Odin executable and it’ll open.
2. Click on PDA and choose the TWRP Recovery (.tar) file available on your desktop.
3. Make sure Repartition is unchecked in the Odin.
4. Put a checkmark in the boxes that say Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time.
5. Turn OFF your device.
6. Reboot your device into Download mode. To do so, simply hold down Volume DOWN, Home, and Power buttons together.
7. Press Volume UP and you should be in Download mode.
8. Plug in your device to your PC via USB cable.
9. One of the boxes in Odin should turn yellow, which indicates your device’s been recognized by your PC.
10. Hit Start in the Odin and it’ll start flashing the recovery on your device.
11. When the recovery’s been flashed, your device should automatically reboot.
12. And you’re all set!
Wonderful! Your Galaxy Note 3 Neo is now rooted and has a custom recovery loaded on it. Your journey to customizing your device begins from here!