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. Currently this root guide is for Windows only (or use VMWare
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.
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
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. This ROM can be installed on many Note 3 models including the SM-N9005, SM-N9006, SM-N9008, Japanese/Korean Note 3, Sprint SM-N900P, and T-Mobile SM-N900T/Canadian SM-N900W8. Note NFC is broke for T-Mobile and Canadian but otherwise everything else works fine. Based on lates
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). As far as customization, you will be able to customize y
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. I’ve been guilty of running KitKat on my Verizon Note 3 for a few too many months and finally upgraded with the Jasmine ROM. Performance seems much better than KitKat (you should get around 20-25% boost) along with pretty good battery life. Other than that, you also g
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 lightin
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. The ROM comes with many S6 features like S6 weather widget, dialer with call recording, music player, voice recorder, S Health, calendar, and more. You get the idea, you will be able to cosmetically turn your N
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. Wheth
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? That said, if you are worried about burning out your CPU from too much overclocking, I don’t believe that is physically possible, yo
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. Out of the box, the Note 4 Port Evolution ROM
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. This ROM literally turns your Note 3 into a Note 4 as the speed and performance is ridiculously fast!
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. Well, that issue has been fixed in the latest build and this is probably the best ROM to flash if you want to get S5 features like Download Booster and Ultra Power Saving mode. Of course, Verizon should be updating to Lollipo
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… UPDATE: I’ve tested Biggins ROM working 100% flawless on AT&T Galaxy Note 3 using Safestrap. Just Click Here to Read Full Article
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 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 ges
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. Inside MOAR S5 ROM you will find goodies like a Download Booster, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Wifi Calling, unlocked Hotspot, Festival ef
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. The S5 camera works near flawless so you can get all the features on the Galaxy S5 with your Note 3 including Panorama, Virtual Tour, S5 camera menu, and more. The only thing I found was that Selective Focus feature doesn’t work (it will hang your camera) and you get a mino
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 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 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
Looking for a super-fast and stable Android 5.1.1 AOSP ROM with root? (What is AOSP?) Then check out latest Temasek CM12.1 ROM. Based on latest CM12.1 Android 5.1.1 sources, the Temasek CM12.1 ROM aims to bring you speed, performance, and optimization to your Note 3. Believe me, if you want to convert your Galaxy Note 3 into a super Nexus device, this is the ROM to be on “right now”. With this ROM, you will be able to enjoy all of latest Lollipop CyanogenMod features like