How to Unroot Galaxy Note 3!

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For those of you who want to return your rooted Galaxy Note 3 back to stock factory status, you can by unrooting your Note 3 with ODIN and stock official firmware.

This will allow you to fully unroot your Galaxy Note 3 and make it just like the day you got the phone.  Also for international models like SM-N900 or SM-N9005, you can use this method to change the country firmware.  E.g. You bought your phone in India and you want to use it in France but your phone doesn’t support French, you can install French firmware on your Indian Note 3.

And for those of you who want to just run stock, I don’t recommend this method (only for warranty/returns) but instead find a rooted stock ROM in ZIP format you can flash using CWM or TWRP recovery, that way you can keep your CWM/TWRP recovery and run stock ROM.

This unroot method may ERASE EVERYTHING ON YOUR PHONE, so please MAKE A BACKUP before proceeding!!!

Step 1. Turn your Note 3 power off.  Then hold down Volume Down, Center Home, and Power buttons together for about 5 seconds until you see a warning screen.

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Step 2. Hit Volume Up to enter ODIN Download mode and connect a micro-USB cable from your Note 3 to your computer.

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Step 3. Go to Galaxy Note 3 stock Firmware page to find your stock firmware for the Note 3 you are using.  Make sure to download the correct firmware!

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Step 4. Once downloaded, unzip the stock firmware and you should find a file ending in .tar.md5.

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Step 5. Run ODIN.  If you don’t have ODIN program, download ODIN here and run it.

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Step 6. When ODIN program runs, you should see a yellow-highlighted box.  If you don’t see it, try downloading Samsung USB drivers and install it.  Then re-plug your micro-USB cable.

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Step 7. DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE but clock on “PDA” button and browse your computer to find the stock firmware you downloaded earlier that ends with “tar.md5″.

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Step 8. Hit “Start” button and let ODIN program install 100% stock official firmware on your Note 3.  This should take around 10-20 minutes.

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Step 9. Once done, your phone will reboot and you should see “PASS!” in ODIN program.  If you see this, you did it successfully.  If for some reason you get “FAIL!” and/or you see “firmware encountered error” message on your Note 3, don’t worry and just try running the ODIN program again and re-flash stock firmware until it succeeds.  You may have to try another USB cable or port to make it work right.  If you still have trouble, try using another computer.

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Step 10. In this particular case, my phone rebooted and stock firmware was installed but none of my apps/settings/photos/videos were deleted.  In most cases, stock firmwares do erase everything.  Now, if you goal was to just run stock firmware you can stop here.  If you want to totally reset your phone and wipe everything on your phone to return your phone for warranty, keep going.

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Step 11. Turn your phone off then hold down Volume Up, Center Home, and Power buttons together for about 3 seconds until you see “recovery booting” message at top left.

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Step 12. Once in stock recovery, choose “wipe data/factory reset”.  THIS WILL ERASE EVERYTHING ON YOUR PHONE!!!

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Step 13. Choose “Yes”.

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Step 14. Once rebooted, you should see the same welcome message you saw when you bought your Note 3.

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Q&A

Q: I am getting failed message!
A: First, make sure you are using the same version of newer firmware (e.g. You cannot install 4.3 firmware once you’ve upgraded to 4.4.2 at least once) and also don’t use a USB hub, use a USB 2.0 cable.  Also try a different USB cable/port.

Q: How can I thank you for your tutorial?
A: I don’t take donations but if you could PLEASE subscribe to my Zedomax YouTube channel, that would help me greatly and thank you!

 

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52 thoughts on “How to Unroot Galaxy Note 3!

  1. Kevin

    Thank you so much Max!!!! You always come through on everything :) I needed to do stock reset, in order to get the software update and then I will root my phone back.

    Reply
  2. David

    What if I don’t want to mess up all my data
    I just keep my data in my phoen, but i want to root it, what should I do?

    Reply
  3. sush

    I first rooted my sm-n9005 wondering if i could mod the dock apps, after realising even after rooting it there are no mods out there to do so, so, I unrooted it to the stock firmware. Now, when i check the software update, The phone still says the device has been modified and update service is unavailable. I had made sure each and every step I took to root and unroot were correct and followed accordingly with the correct stock firmware.
    Is there anything that i didn’t do right or haven’t done it yet to get it back to the original state.
    Any help will be appreciated.
    Thanks

    Reply
  4. wallyhern

    I just purchased a T-Mobile Samsung Note 3 and I’ve been trying to add certain applications that I use on a daily basis to the multi window tray but the phone does not allow me. Is that possible? Are there places were you can take your phone to get this rooting process done?

    Reply
  5. Robert Ramirez

    Hey Max, I have loaded the updated recovery , but was still not able to do a restore with it going into bootloop. I have even tried unrooting using odin but it still in bootloop. Sigh. i have tried three different computers and different but sill nothing. I’m at my roots end , could use some advance

    Reply
  6. Bjorn

    Just to let you people know, the international model (SM9005) DOES have a knox counter. So if you flashed a custom recovery you’re knox counter warrenty void will show 0×1, so Samsung DOES know that you phone was rooted and you have NO warrenty

    Reply
  7. rigo

    When I rooted my phone, the air command tools are gone. Can no longer use clicker on spen. Is there a way to fix that? N900P back on stock rom n firmware but not working. Wtf…lol anyone know how to fix it please!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
    1. neezZZ

      see!! no need to worry dude! just go in settings, in the search bar type air command and you will find the option. Just you have to turn it on and the clicker will work!!! :)

      Reply
  8. Tonny

    Been doing some research and it seems that KNOX can NOT be resetted and thus I mother F’ed my warranty. Should have done my research more thoroughly before rooting. Well if anyone can figure it out please please please provide all of us with the information that you might have. THANK YOU

    Reply
  9. Richard

    THIS ARTICLE DOESN’T SHOW HOW YOU CAN UNROOT YOUR PHONE. At the moment it looks like it won’t be possible with the Note 3.

    Don’t think that if you root your phone that this technique will give you your warranty back.

    To the owner of this site, change this page because it makes people think that it is safe to root the phone and not lose the warranty.

    Reply
    1. Tonny

      hey Richard,

      Well the article that you just posted your comment on clearly states how to UNROOT the note 3 by running odin and install the stock firmware. I dont know what you mean by rooting my phone that i will get my warranty back. I already know that once you root, knox counter changes and that is where you lose the warranty.

      And it is safe to root the phone but you DO lose warranty. It was my own fault for not researching what the knox counter was even though it was stated on this site in another category. I just went ahead and rooted it anyway. THEN i noticed the knox counter change. thats when i did my research.

      Reply
  10. Suraj

    Please help me. Because I download the file but there is 3 files.
    PDA: N900XXUCMJ7
    CSC: N900ODDCMJ2
    MODEM: N900DDUCMJ1

    What I do because my system is Modified.

    Reply
  11. Betillo

    Hi Max,

    I’m really hoping you or someone can help me out here.. I’m rooted and was running the stock rom.. decided tonight that I would download and flash the new Jellybomb ROM for my GN3. After doing a titanium backup and downloading the rom file.. I opened my CWM, made a nandroid backup, wiped cache, dalvic and did a facory/data reset.. Just after doing that, I went to flash the rom but for some reason, I didn’t see it on my extSD card.. So I restored my backup and went to go hunt through the phone to find it’s location..

    Well, after restoring and rebooting, It’s stuck in a bootloop.. I pulled the battery and tried re-restoring.. same problem.. then I just cleared everything and factory/data wipe… still in a bootloop… going nuts!

    I really hope someone can help me out, here!

    Thanks in advance!

    I think I’m gonna try and completely Unroot.. I can’t think of anything else to do..

    Reply
      1. Betillo

        Was still stuck.. so I ended up fully unrooting and then just using Odin to reinstall CWM and SU… Thanks for all the help, Max! I’d be soo lost if it weren’t for all your helpful videos and such..

        Reply
      1. Betillo

        Yeah, everything worked alright after unrooting and reinstalling cwm.. at some point I may install twrp just in case..

        Reply
  12. Richard

    MAX – COME ON, CHANGE THE TITLE!

    If people are rooting their phone, thinking they can easily unroot it afterwards AND STILL BE IN WARRANTY, they are wrong.

    You understand the difference between unrooting a phone and resetting the Knox counter. One is possible, the other impossible (at the moment). Neither of them will get your warranty back on a Note 3.

    Someone replied to my earlier msg saying they lost their warranty because they thought the procedure was reversible.

    So please…. make it clear that unrooting does not get your warranty back. (Even if it’s for a defect totally unrelated to rooting… Grrrr…)

    Reply
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  15. Michael

    Hi,

    I have a rooted SM-N9005. Problem is that I can’t find the right stock firmware on sammobile as all the stuff they’ve got on there are tied to some carrier. I’m only trying to unroot it because I intend to purchase a sim unlock code since the region lockaway app didn’t work. do I have to unroot before using the sim unlock code though? if I do then which firmware should I use. SM-N9005 is supposed to be European International Unlocked right?

    Reply
  16. Piper

    HI MAx
    Well, after restoring and rebooting, It’s stuck in a bootloop.. I pulled the battery and tried re-restoring.. same problem.. then I just cleared everything and factory/data wipe… still in a bootloop… going nuts!

    I really hope someone can help me out, here!

    Reply
    1. Jose

      I have the same exact problem even after flashing stock rom via Odin. I currently have a t-mobile note 3 version and based on the xda threads, it is caused by wifi scanning, but my phone bootloops before it even loads the OS. Please let me know if anyone has found a way to fix this!

      Thank you!

      Reply
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  19. Ram

    Hi,
    I’m kinda new in this process. I bought my SM-N9005 from an online store. The box has some European language and and at the back of it, it says “www.samsung.com/fr so I’m guessing that this device came from France. I’m from the Philippines and I want to know if I can use this method to update my firmware from jellybean to kitkat using a kitkat firmware in my region. Thanks in advance!

    Reply
  20. Taylor

    Just used the Android 4.4.2 NAB Firmware for Sprint Note 3 SM-N900P and everything worked perfectly. It even let me OTA update. Thanks for everything.

    Reply
  21. Nils Invincible

    Hey Max…my note 3 version is sm-n900w8.but your download page doesnt say anything about that model…so i should i just go ahead and download any version of firmware?
    Your help is always appreciated…
    Thank you

    Reply
  22. slasher1986

    hay max i have just unrooted and flashed stock firmware on my n9005. for some reason it is not letting me surch for a sfware update. it is telling me that i can not because my system is modified. is there any way of getting around this issue?

    Reply
  23. Nishant

    Hi would like to know tht if i unroot my device nd put the stock fiemware and all.would i be able to update my phone to the latest firmware which samsung rolls out.i knw its a silly qurstion but please help with the same.

    Reply
    1. grv

      hii…. i am using samsung note 1 N-7000. my phone is working on 4.1.2 . whenever i tried to update my phone to a newer version of android and i checked for new software update version of android , the phone shows the window “the latest updates have been intalled” please help me to get out of this ..and how can i install the newer version of android in my phone

      Reply
      1. Max Lee Post author

        4.1.2 is the latest version, if you want the latest Android 4.4.4, you can root and install custom ROMs, also goto RootGalaxyNote.com, this is for Note 3 only!

        Reply

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