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. Step 1. Before beginning, make sure you have Android 4.4.2 by going to Settings->About phone on your Galaxy Note 3.
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 and KitKat Android 4.4.2. For KitKat, make sure you use the updated CWM recovery instead. Currently this root guide is for Windows only (or use VMWare for Linux/Mac) but I will have an updated Mac/Linux guide
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. But the good news is that I tweaked the patch to make it work along with any T-Mobile KitKat kernel such as Compulsion or Saber kernel. Before you try this, you must have the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat bootloader. If you’ve never upgraded to the official KitKat ROM for
For this week’s Verizon Galaxy Note 3 ROM of the Week, check out Jasmine ROM by XDA user Hsbadr! Based on Galaxy S5 firmware, this ported Jasmine ROM give you real S5 features (like we saw S5 ROM for AT&T Note 3) including working Download Booster, Ultra Power Saving Mode, and Toolbox. If you want to get Galaxy S5 features on your Verizon Note 3 without buying one, definitely this is the ROM to install on your phone. You w
For this week’s Sprint Galaxy Note 3 ROM of the Week, check out Fre3 hybrid ROM by XDA user Freeza (an excellent developer btw). Based on latest Android 4.4.2 NC5 Sprint firmware, Fre3 Hybrid ROM is a TouchWiz-based ROM with one goal in mind, make it TouchWiz-less without losing core Samsung TouchWiz features like S-Pen, Air View, etc…etc… First, Fre3 ROM has no TouchWiz launcher but Nova launcher installed out of the box (which is my favorite launcher btw). Second, all Sprint bloatware have been removed from the ROM along with other apps that can b
For this week’s Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 ROM of the Week, check out MIUI ROM V5! Based on latest Samsung TouchWiz Android 4.4.2 firmware, MIUI ROM V5 brings you the best of MIUI “UI” layer on top of Samsung TouchWiz firmware. What does this mean?
For this week’s Galaxy Note 3 ROM of the Week (for SM-N9005, T-Mobile SM-N900T, and Canadian SM-N900W8), check out the latest BobCat ROM along with Compulsion kernel. (ROM by XDA user BobCatROM) BobCat ROM has always been one of my favorite custom ROMs of all time (since I tried it with my Galaxy S4) and the latest version has been updated with latest Android 4.4.2 NF4 firmware, which has latest additions like Download Booster (yes works out of box). *Note – This ROM is based on SM-N9005 firmware so for T-Mobile users, you will lose WiFi calling or any prop
For this week’s Verizon Galaxy Note 3 ROM of the Week, check out Biggins ROM by XDA user Deuce_biggins! Based on latest Verizon Android 4.4.2 NC4 firmware, the latest version of Biggins ROM is pretty awesome as I have been using it as my daily driver for the last 2 weeks. What I really like is the solid performance and battery life on the ROM. Your phone will never slow down as Biggins ROM comes with a modded S5 launcher that gives you crazy speeds. S5 launcher also comes with Pull-Up and Pull-Left for setting your favorite shortcuts minus the crappy My Magazine.
For this week’s AT&T Galaxy Note 3 ROM of the Week, check out latest version of Dynamic Kat ROM by XDA user Bri315317. Based on latest AT&T Android 4.4.2 NC2 firmware, Dynamic Kat ROM brings speed and simplicity to your AT&T Note 3. Inside, you will find minimal number of bloatware (actually none), a modded S5 launcher with Pull Up shortcut, Viper4Android, and a few Samsung apps like Action Memo, Scrapbook, and My Magazine. This is probably one of the most minimalistic custom ROMs I’ve seen in awhile.
For this week’s Galaxy Note 3 ROM of the Week, check out the latest version of C-ROM, available for T-Mobile, Sprint, Canadian, and SM-N9005 Note 3 users. (Sorry, not available on AT&T or Verizon Note 3 as the bootloader is still locked! You cannot install any AOSP ROMs (What is AOSP?) on AT&T or Verizon.) Latest version of C-ROM is built off the latest Android 4.4.4, brings goodies like a 100% functional floating multi-window (better than what we saw with previous versions),
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. If you have been experiencing bootloops while installing ROMs, that’s because you need to flash the NC2 kernel before installing ROMs. So, just use ODIN and install NC2 kernel if yo
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. Currently, only Verizon Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900V is supported but AT&T Note 3 SM-N900A should be supported in the upcoming weeks (my guess is around next week) but the instructions should be same for both. THIS IS ONLY FOR VERIZON OR AT&T NOTE 3, DO NOT FOLLOW UNLE
For this week’s AT&T Galaxy Note 3 ROM of the Week, check out the latest Alliance ROM! Based on latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat ND3 AT&T firmware, Alliance ROM brings you speed, great battery life, and a slew of great customization you will not regret installing. Out of the box, you will find 18 different themes to change your TouchWiz launcher to your liking. With Alliance ROM Settings, you will be able to do everything from changing color of your theme, customize status bar/notification panel/toggles, add more shorcuts to Power Menu, enable call recording
For this week’s AOSP ROM of the Week, check out latest CM11 ROM with Android 4.4.4! You can install this on any Qualcomm-based Galaxy Note 3 with unlocked bootloader such as T-Mobile SM-N900T, Sprint SM-N900P, International SM-N9005, and Canadian SM-N900W8. Based on latest Android 4.4.4 sources, CM11 ROM brings you the latest and best of Android OS months before Samsung will release their own version. I have been actually installing this ROM on many of my older Android devices like Galaxy S3/S4 and amazingly Android 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 improves upon the performance
For those of you looking for AOSP (What is AOSP?) experience on your Verizon Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900V, you are probably disappointed that Verizon decided to put a locked bootloader, meaning you cannot install AOSP ROMs like CyanogenMod, AOKP, BeanStalk, etc…etc… Personally, this is really bad news for me since I do currently use my Verizon Note 3 as daily driver, and it kills me that I can’t try out AOSP ROMs! (I will definitely switch to AT&T for my daily driver soon.) BUT, there is the Eclipse KitKat ROM by XDA developer Nitroglycerine33! Based
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. The real surprise here? My AT&T Galaxy S5 still does not have Download Booster working because AT&T decided to disable it but my AT&T Note 3 can use it thanks to this ROM.
For this week’s Verizon Galaxy Note 3 ROM of the Week, check out Biggins ROM by XDA user Deuce_biggins. Based on latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware, Biggins ROM brings you nice speedy custom-themed S5 launcher along with KromeX Blue theme, a nice combination of features and speed. With the custom S5 launcher, you can expect twice faster speeds along with custom PullUp and PullLeft to set your favorite shortcuts. For customization, you can also change to several different Biggins themes including Blue, Green, and Red. OG Battery Mod is included to choose from
For this week’s Note 3 ROM of the Week, check out C-ROM along with Lean Kernel, available for T-Mobile, Sprint, Canadian, and SM-N9005. Based on latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat, C-ROM is an AOSP ROM (What is AOSP?) that brings you a ton of customization, On-The-Go-Mode, and more features than you can expect. Couple the ROM with Lean Kernel for some awesome 2.726Ghz overclocking and excellent battery life. What’s cool about C-ROM?
Wow, if you have a Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 with Exynos CPU, you need to definitely check out the latest version of VN KitKat ROM. Based on latest KitKat Android 4.4.2 firmware, VN ROM brings you all the goodness of custom ROMing all in one package. First, this ROM is blazing-fast and gives you like 14 different themes you can change your TouchWiz launcher to and this is the first custom ROM I’ve seen that’s able to do that. That alone is a good reason to install this ROM but that’s not all! You also get a bunch of Galaxy S5 stuff like S5 Accuweather
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. With HyperDrive
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. With Infamous ROM, you will be able to instantly change the TouchWiz launcher theme by going to Menu->Settings->Set theme. Never get tired of your UI by being able to switch easily between Note 3, S5, S5pro, Sense 5, Wanma, and Minion themes.
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. Sacs ROM ships with a modded TouchWiz launcher and standard Android 4.4.2 KitKat launcher, both which run super-fast with no lag. Although this ROM is fast out of the box, if you really want to boost the per
For this week’s AT&T Galaxy Note 3 ROM of the Week, check out “The S5 Experience” ROM. Based on latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat, The S5 Experience ROM brings you exactly what its name implies, bringing you everything that can be ported to the Note 3 from the S5 including S5 Settings UI, apps, and more. Now, before we begin getting into the S5 features, let me point out that this ROM does have everything else in order, the ROM itself is much quicker than stock KitKat firmware, give you unlocked native Wifi Tether Hotspot out of the box, and comes with
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. Lidroid ROM comes with a custom 5×5 TouchWiz launcher that also comes with its own Theme Manager app, al
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. Based the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat international TouchWiz firmware, X-Note ROM brings you endless number of features and customization. First, X-Note ROM ships with AROMA graphical installer which allows y
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. This is a pretty solid and stable ROM that doesn’t feature every little customization out there but puts features you’d really want. Main features on the Criskelo KitKat ROM include Wanam Xposed app for UI customization/tweaking (Click Here to Read Full Article
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. Although Dynamic Kat Xtreme ROM is built on Samsung TouchWiz firmware, most of the TouchWiz have b
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? Fortunately, for those of you rooted and/or on custom ROMs, you can keep your root and upgrade to the latest Android 4.4.2 firmware without losing root! (All thanks to XDA user BeansT
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. The AROMA installer on BobCat ROM is very detailed, allowing you to select virtually every app installed on your
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. First thing I noticed with HyperDrive ROM is its blazing speed (even with all of my apps loaded as Verizon Note 3 is my daily driver) along with its abundance of endless features it provides
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. The KnoxRaid ROM comes nearly stock-
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. Since this is the first version of Jedi Elite for KitKat, there will be a lot of room for m
For those of you who want to go back to stock AT&T Note 3 NC2 Androdi 4.4.2 firmware but you don’t want to unroot your phone, you can grab the rooted stock ROM, which is exactly same as stock firmware but with root. Also, if you are previous versions of stock firmware, you can install this instead of taking OTA update (install without factory reset) to update your AT&T Note 3 SM-N900A. To install, use SafeStrap recovery! Download:
For those of you on rooted T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 and want to upgrade to latest OTA, you can either re-install stock recovery and take OTA or unroot. OR, a better way is to simply install rooted stock ROM version of the stock firmware, which comes with root, KNOX-free, and Carrier IQ Free. This is the latest T-Mobile firmware N900TUVUDNF1 with Android 4.4.2. Also you can grab this and return back to stock rooted anytime you are not satisfied with custom ROMs, enjoy!