There’s already a working CWM recovery which means you may be able to easily root your brand, new Galaxy Note 3 easily.
Here’s an outline of steps you must do to root your Galaxy Note 3. This guide works for all Jelly Bean Android 4.3, KitKat Android 4.4.2, 4.4.4, and Lollipop Android 5.0, 5.0.1, and 5.0.2. For KitKat/Lollipop, make sure you use the updated CWM recovery instead.
For those of you who couldn’t root your AT&T or Verizon Galaxy Note 3 on Android 4.4.2, it was because the latest Android 4.4.2 is unrootable. BUT, XDA user GeoHot has figured out how to root it!
This root method actually works on all Galaxy Note 3 models with Android 4.4.2 and also does not trip KNOX for those of you worried about it. It will work on Android 4.4.2 with build numbers ending in NC2 or NC4.
For those of you who want to install SM-N9005 KitKat custom ROM on your T-Mobile SM-N900T or Canadian Note 3 SM-N900W8, Android 4.3 patch does not work.
For those of you who want to get ahead with Android operating system on your Galaxy Note 3, you need to check out the latest Resurrection Remix ROM with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Based on latest Android 6.0.1, Resurrection Remix ROM brings you the best of CM13 and customization. In fact, this is the BEST Android Marshmallow custom ROM I have tried so far.
For those of you looking for Android 6.0 Marshmallow and root for your Galaxy Note 3, we finally have a beta version of CM13!
Now, this is still WIP (Work in Progress) as almost everything is working except phone calls, the ROM does NOT recognize SIM cards. But if you want to try all of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow features, you can easily make a backup ROM of your current ROM, try out the ROM, then revert back to your working ROM.
Can’t afford a Note 5? Perhaps you don’t like the fact that Note 5 no longer has microSD slot and removable battery?
No worries, you can easily convert your Galaxy Note 3 into a Note 5 using the DarkLord N5 ROM.
Based on latest Android 5.1.1 Note 5 firmware, the DarkLord N5 ROM brings you all the features of Note 5 plus much much more. Inside, you will find everything you can do on the Note 5 including themes, settings, UI, etc…etc… For S-Pen, you will be able to enjoy all of the new Note 5 features along with screen-off memo that works flawless. Essentially, the DarkLord N5 ROM makes your Note 3 better than Note 5 with support for IR blaster, multi-window for any apps, People Edge/App Edge from S6 Edge Plus, and more.
Note 5 was released not too long ago and we are starting to see some of the new Note 5 features rolling into Note 3 custom ROMs. While the Note 5 Air Command still needs some time to port over to Note 3, you can still enjoy many of the new Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus features through the Norma ROM.
For this week’s ROM of the Week, check out Tesla ROM for Galaxy Note 3.
Based on Android 5.1.1 AOSP (What is AOSP?), Tesla ROM by Team Validus brings you years of experience and solid open source development to their latest Tesla ROM. Tesla ROM shares a lot of roots with Slim ROMs and it comes with stuff like Slim launcher (which I really love) along with full floating multi-window support (enable Slim Recents in Settings).
If you want to keep your root and have cool features like unlocked hotspot/call recording, you may want to install the latest Jasmine Lollipop ROM. For those of you coming from KitKat ROM with root, this is the best route so you don’t lose root permanently along with your unlocked WiFi hotspot.
Can’t wait to try out the new features on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge on your Galaxy Note 3? Well, we have good news for you as you can install DarkLord S6 ROM on your Note 3 and essentially get all of the software features of S6 Edge!
Based on S6 Edge firmware, the DarkLord S6 ROM is a TouchWiz-based Android 5.0.2 Lollipop custom ROM that gives you all of the latest S6 features like new TouchWiz theme engine, S6 floating messages, S6 Smart Manager, S6 launcher, S6 dialer/contacts, and much much more. In fact, there’s even menu for People Edge and Edge lighting but they won’t work since the Note 3 does not have an edge screen.
Want Note 4 and Galaxy S6 features on your Galaxy Note 3? Check out the latest Aurora ROM.
Based on Android 5.0.1 TouchWiz Lollipop ROM, the Aurora ROM brings you a hybrid experience of Note 4 and Galaxy S6. For launcher, you will get a Galaxy S6 launcher with Theme Engine just like you would get on a real Galaxy S6 and enjoy stuff like the Avengers theme.
Looking for a good AOSP custom ROM with latest Android 5.1.1 and root? Then check out Dirty Unicorns ROM, which comes with a load of customization along with the latest Android 5.1.1. Now, this isn’t for everyone, this is for those of you who want to run AOSP ROMs (What is AOSP?) on your Note 3 and run the latest and great Android OS. Of course, you can always use the backup and restore feature of CWM or TWRP recovery to try out the ROM and restore to your current ROM.
Overclocking has always been one of the biggest reasons to root Android devices including the Note 3. It can give you full control over the CPU, allowing you to get more juice out of it. And a lot of people are worried that their CPU will burn up into thin air but on the contrary, mobile CPU processors are different from regular computer processors in that they have been designed to not burn up in case things get hot.What if I blow up my CPU?
Looking to turn your Note 3 into a Note 4? Look nowhere further than Note 4 Port Evolution ROM by XDA user Kbythwood!
Based on Android 4.4.4 TouchWiz, Note 4 Port Evolution ROM brings you Note 4 system UI and features to your Note 3, it will work on the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900A, T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900T, Canadian SM-N900W8, and (should work, although not tested) international SM-N9005.
For this week’s ROM of the Week, check out AICP ROM, available for SM-N9005, T-Mobile SM-N900T, Sprint SM-N900P, and Canadian SM-N900W8. (Sorry, DOES NOT WORK WITH SAFESTRAP!)
Based on latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, AICP brings you the latest and best of pure Google to your Galaxy Note 3. This is an AOSP ROM (What is AOSP?) so you will lose all of your Samsung TouchWiz features.
For this week’s Verizon Galaxy Note 3 ROM of the week, check out the latest Jasmine ROM by XDA user Hsbadr. The last time we checked it out it was a really cool ROM but I did encounter some battery problems as it was draining battery much faster than normal.
For this week’s Verizon Galaxy Note 3 ROM of the Week, check out the latest Biggins ROM v8.3 by XDA user Deuce_biggins!
Based on latest Android 4.4.2 Verizon Firmware, the latest Biggins ROM is better than ever and this is my daily driver ROM. Inside you will find a revamped Biggins theme, everything tricked out from your drop down screen, multi-window bar, icons, etc…etc…
For this week’s AT&T Galaxy Note 3 ROM of the Week, we’ve got a nice surprise for you Safestrap users, the S5 ROM by XDA user Skizzy034!
This is a “real” S5 ROM, ported from a Galaxy S5 to the AT&T Note 3, with pretty much every feature of the S5 working (except ones that require S5 sensor) including Download Booster.
For those of you looking to experience OnePlus One on your Note 3, did you know you can install CM11 ROM plus HighOnAndroid OnePlus One Conversion Kit?
To do this, you can use the latest CM11 ROM Snapshot M8 (which is the latest stable release available) along with the Conversion Kit. With it, you will get goodies like OnePlus One camera, Hexo theme, Screencast (records screen along with your voice), AudioFX app (sorta like Viper4Android), and some more. The only thing not working is screen-off gestures, which isn’t too big of a deal.
For those of you looking to turn your Sprint Galaxy Note 3 into a Galaxy S5, look nowhere but at the ported MOAR S5 ROM. This is S5 ROM ported to the Sprint Note 3, which will essentially give you every feature on the S5 (except camera) on your Sprint Note 3.
For MOAR ROM on S5, see here.
For this week’s T-Mobile, Canadian, and SM-N9005 Note 3 ROM of the Week, check out the Canadian S5 ROM!
Ported straight from Canadian Galaxy S5, the Canadian S5 ROM brings you almost all S5 features onto your Note 3 such as Ultra Power Saving Mode, Download Booster, and even S5 camera.
Just a quick update for those of you having trouble installing custom ROMs on Verizon Note 3 with Android 4.4.2 NC4 firmwware (check the last 3 letters under Settings->About Phone in Build Number).
First, you must use the latest version of Safestrap Recovery.
For those of you who want to install custom ROM on your Galaxy Note 3 with a locked bootloader, now you can use SafeStrap recovery by XDA user HashCode to do so.
This is a custom recovery that works around the locked bootloader so you can install custom ROMs, very similar to TWRP but slightly different.
For this week’s Verizon Galaxy Note 3 ROM of the Week, check out the latest HyperDrive KitKat ROM by XDA user Sbreen94.
Based on latest Verizon Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware, HyperDrive ROM is back better than ever, faster than ever with some great customization you are used to. Personally, I have been using the stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat for last week or so and have found it very laggy and sometimes my WiFi being super slow. I have been regretting for upgrading to KitKat and finally my phone is running better after installing HyperDrive ROM.
For this week’s Galaxy Note 3 ROM of the week, check out the Infamous ROM by XDA user Jamison904, available for T-Mobile, Canadian, and SM-N9005 variants.
Based on latest T-Mobile Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware, Infamous ROM brings you the latest and best KitKat along with performance boost/super-long battery life.
For this week’s Sprint Galaxy Note 3 ROM of the Week, check out latest version of Sacs ROM V4.
Based on latest Sprint Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware, Sacs ROM brings you the best of latest TouchWiz mods/features/customization plus BeastMode kernel with overclocking up to 2.726Ghz, which will allow you to easily have better performance than the new Galaxy S5.
For this week’s Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 ROM of the Week, check out Lidroid ROM by XDA user Lidroid.
Based on latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware, Lidroid ROM is another great ROM by a well-known ROM developer. I have been following XDA user Lidroid’s work for couple years now and although he has not gotten deeply into custom ROM development, his recent works with the Note 3 show that he is indeed doing more these days, which is just plain awesome.
For this week’s SM-N9005 Galaxy Note 3 ROM of the week, check out the latest X-Note ROM by XDA user Soloilmeglio. (You can also install this on T-Mobile or Canadian Galaxy Note 3!) Soloilmeglio has been making the X-Note ROM for many different Samsung phones like Note 2, Galaxy S4, and even Galaxy S5, you can trust his development work is solid and stable.
For this week’s Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 ROM of the Week, check out latest Criskelo ROM.
Based on latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware, Criskelo ROM is one of my “go to” custom ROMs that feature mostly stock TouchWiz but with added performance and great battery life along with goodies you will probably appreciate.
For this week’s AT&T Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900A, check out Dynamic Kat Xtreme ROM.
Based on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat leaked Samsung firmware, Dyanmic Kat Xtreme ROM wants to give AT&T Note 3 users AOSP experience. (What is AOSP?) While AOSP custom ROMs currently cannot be installed on the AT&T Note 3 due to locked bootloader, Dynamic Kat Xtreme ROM may just fill your hunger for running AOSP.
Android 4.4.2 KitKat TouchWiz firmware just came out couple days ago. For those of you unrooted with stock firmware, you probably received it via OTA (Over-The-Air). Well, that can be a good thing that you got the update, but did you know there’s no known root method on Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Verizon Note 3?
For this week’s Galaxy Note 3 ROM of the week, check out the latest BobCat KitKat ROM, available for the international SM-N9005, T-mobile Note 3 SM-N900T, and Canadian SM-N900W8.
Based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat SM-N9005 firmware, BobCat ROM brings you a ton of customization through its AROMA graphical installer and BobCat ROM Control Settings. BobCat ROMs comes optimized for maximum performance, no KNOX, and much better battery life over stock firmwares.
It’s been quite awhile since the last time we looked at HyperDrive ROM. I didn’t expect much to change since then but wow, HyperDrive ROM has to be the best TouchWiz custom ROM “right now” for the Verizon Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900V.
For those of you who are still waiting for Samsung/AT&T’s update on Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware for the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900A, your long wait is over as there is a “ported” version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM you can install right now.
KnoxRaid, developed by XDA user Drakeymcmb, is such a custom ROM that brings you all the goodness of KitKat to AT&T Galaxy Note 3 owners (probably many months earlier). Besides having a full KitKat ROM, you will also benefit from having ZERO AT&T bloatware.
For this week’s T-Mobile Note 3 ROM of the week, check out Jedi Elite KK ROM!
Based on latest T-Mobile Android 4.4.2 firmware, Jedi Elite KK ROM is probably the best way to enhance your stock firmware with an AROMA graphical installer (that lets YOU choose which apps to install), enhance your overall speed/performance/battery life of the phone, and plethora of options including Viper4Android, LMT Pie, Floating Notifications, Wanam Xposed, Pen Window Manager, and lots more.