How to Root AT&T Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900A!

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For those of you with AT&T Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900A, now there’s finally a root method available.

This root method will erase everything on your phone so MAKE A BACKUP before proceeding!!!

UPDATE: AT&T has updated software and this root method will not work unless you have N900AUCUBMI9 build number!!! (Settings->About Device->Build Number)

Remove all your microSD cards beforehand!!!

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

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

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Step 3. Download and unzip the Root_de_la_Vega.7z:

Download Root_de_la_Vega.7zMega Mirror

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Step 4. Run N900AUCUBMI1_OneClickBin.exe and click Start.

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If you do not see a yellow-highlighted box, you need to download and install Samsung USB drivers.  Then unplug and re-plug the micro-USB cable, you should now see it.

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Step 5. Your AT&T Note 3 should reboot when it is done and you will see “PASS!”.  If you see “FAIL!” or any other error, you can try re-running the program and try a different USB cable/port.

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Step 6. Reboot into ODIN Download mode like in Steps 1 through 2 and connect a micro-USB cable from your AT&T Galaxy Note 3 to your computer.

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Step 7. Run ODIN program, then put Root_de_la_Vega.tar in AP then hit Start.  DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE!

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When done, your phone will reboot. 

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Step 8. Copy the contents of Root_de_la_Vega.zip to the root of the internal sdcard.  And reboot your phone.

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Step 9. After fully booting delete the files from the internal sdcard that were added previously using My Files app.  Then reboot your AT&T Note 3.

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Step 10. Once rebooted, you should see SuperSU app, run it once and update the binaries.

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Step 11. Download and run a rooted app such as Titanium Backup app and run it.  You should now see a Superuser request window, congrats!  You have fully rooted your AT&T Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900A.

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Q&A

Q: Does this increase my Knox counter?
A: This root method does not increase your Knox counter.  It changes your system status to custom but that can easily be reverted by simply unrooting your Note 3 with a stock firmware.

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84 thoughts on “How to Root AT&T Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900A!

  1. billy griffith

    I’m confused about the instructions to root att galaxy note 3. Do you download odin and su files then the att files and follow the instructions or just download the art files and install please help soon thanks

    Reply
  2. Jasper Butler

    This method DOES NOT WORK.

    when copying the files to SDCARD, there is no instruction on whether to reboot, or anything.

    If you do reboot, they do not automatically install. Avoid needlessly reformatting your phone by avoiding this guide.

    Reply
  3. e313

    HOW DO YOU GET CLOCKWORKMOD ON THE AT&T VERSION, SUPERUSER WORKS AND ALL THE ROOTED APPS BUT THERES NOT CLOCKWORKMOD TO FLASH ROMS I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY NOT.

    Reply
  4. B

    If you go over to the xda site via the link max provided you can read all about these questions you have. This is only root access. The bootloader is still locked however they are currently working on a solution.

    Reply
  5. fERNANDO

    I did that 3 times and put the files on the internal memory then deleted and nothing happen plus my device got a downgrade version

    Reply
    1. B

      Should I worry about downgrading to N900AUCUBMI1?
      No, you probably wouldn’t even notice if I changed the version numbers.

      Pulled straight off the xda forum

      Why N900AUCUBMI1?
      Well, this is all I have access to right now. Once I have N900AUCUBMI9 files, I will update the process.

      When will you get N900AUCUBMI9?
      Unknown, but I would guess very soon.

      What are the differences between N900AUCUBMI1 and N900AUCUBMI9?
      Mostly AT&T updates to their software. Stability, battery, and signal are the same.

      Reply
  6. B

    Honestly I am waiting a few weeks until it’s done on the current software, max has a video and it’s tried and true.

    Reply
  7. Faslane

    Honestly I’d wait people. There will most certainly be an option soon and since you can’t backup and it deletes everything you’ll only have to re-root again when it comes out for the current most recent bootloader etc. I’ve heard many people having issues with this so I’m personally going to just wait. Install a 3rd party launcher and just hang back is my advice.

    Reply
  8. Enceladus 6

    I need to root “using Mac OS” 10.5.8 (using terminal or?) for AT&T Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900A. Please continue developing the rooting for this device. With all due appreciation and respect for de la vega and XDA devel., Chainfire et. al. I really need a simple rooting procedure for the Mac that will not delete or change any data, settings, or apps. on the phone. (like the T-mobile rooting).
    Last years’ ATT Note ”2″ rooting by galaxynote2.com with others was simply brilliant!! Please don’t stop refining and provide help with the Mac OS for ATT Note 3 as soon as you can. I have great admiration for all the folks who create these work throughs. They make life so much more productive and give hope to the masses. Thanks for the fantastic jobs and I hope to see a clean and simple procedure for the N900A with Mac any day now! I’ll keep looking back every day. Much much obliged.

    Reply
  9. Moe

    I rooted the ATT version with these directions. Only thing is I can’t get the wifi tether to work properly. It is installed on my phone but other devices are not picking up wifi signal. Please help.

    Reply
    1. rainskiz

      just ignored the call 611 msg press the home.buttom to ignore it.
      it should work. i tried kt and it works and the network showed.up on the scan.

      Reply
  10. e313

    What’s the point of rooting the phone for at&t if u can use clockworkmod to flash roms or make backups Im rooted for nothing

    Reply
  11. Kenny

    These instructions works well, and I have been rooted ever since these directions became available…. And I have been very happy with my Note 3. (first Android, and love it)

    Sadly, this morning when I woke up.. I got a pop up saying “Network or Sim card error”

    I’ve rebooted my phone, got it in and out of airplane mode a couple of time, nothing…. on an iPhone i’d try to reset my network settings… but as I am new to android; I’m not sure what to do…. Yes i am trying to do my research..
    But if anyone could advice, I would really appreciate it.

    Thank you

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    1. jt

      I too anxiously await a Mac (Heimdall??) update to root the att n900a. I’m not even going to purchase the Note 3 until the moment we can root this thing using Mac OS. Please help us!!

      Reply
  12. Dvoraak

    For those wondering why you should root with no Clockwork recovery available…..
    Why are you here looking for root at all? You already know there’s no recovery and no ROMs available yet. If you can’t see a benefit of root file access….. just move on.

    Reply
  13. danny

    im in download mode and my blue bar is stuck. no error in odin. appears to be frozen. anyone have any thoughts for me?

    Reply
    1. john

      I’m also still anxiously waiting for a Mac rooting for the ATT Note 3. Wonder if Heimdall is also working on this??

      Reply
  14. John Blair

    So we all know that no amount of hounding or complaining is going to convince AT&T to stop the madness and unlock the Note 3. However, I think it behooves us to TELL AT&T what we think of this development (or rather this “Anti-Development” development.

    Could everyone that has a minute or two please sign the petition to tell AT&T we are disgusted, and at least let them know that more than a few people are very unhappy right now, and that they are going to lose more than they ever hoped to gain with this kind of thinking.

    Please don’t tell me I am wasting my time, it’s mine and I like using some to tell AT&T what I think. If you don’t care to tell them or just want to accept this BS then sit tight, cause more and deeper BS is in the pipeline, brought to you buy the company who’s tagline is “Rethink Possible” Right….

    Petition has about 440 signatures at the moment, but hoping for many more. Every signature sends an email to these AT&T Executives:

    Petitioning: Randall Stephenson AT&T CEO
    Ralph de la Vega; President and CEO – AT&T Mobility
    John Donovan; Senior VP, AT&T Technology and Network Operations
    John T. Stankey; Group President and Chief Strategy Officer
    AT&T: Unlock OUR Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Bootloader!

    Please sign this petition to send a message to AT&T: http://chn.ge/16NF0Dp

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  15. Pedro Rodriguez

    Can I still do a software update to the phone if I’m rooted already? It won’t mess any on the phone or anything

    Reply
  16. Daniel Schmidt

    I updated my phone today to the latest OTA AT&T update pushed to my device this morning. Will this root file still work with it? Or does the enhanced security updates in the new OTA update make it so that it can’t be rooted again until more developers figure it out again? Just don’t want to screw up my phone since I know it’s the latest update and the last OTA update had this problem. Thanks!

    Reply
  17. Jeremiah

    So I am new to the whole rooting world and Android world. I rooted AT&T Samsung Note 3 when I first bought it using your method above and it worked great. AT&T pushed the new Android 4.3 update automatically and I lost my root. Is it still possible to re-root the phone?

    Reply
  18. Franklin

    Not working. Been failing too many times on different computers even with the drivers for the phone. Could it be because of the recent security updates? I just had one like a few days ago.

    Reply
  19. Franklin

    Not working. Been failing too many times on different computers even with the drivers for the phone and by trying other ports of course. Could it be because of the recent security updates? I just had one like a few days ago. My baseband is MJ5. seems like the root was for MI9?
    Thanks for instructions on how to root though. Please help me out with this one

    Reply
  20. robert

    same here i root the phone i update the anoing att update and i lost su. i dont konw what to do. should i re root or what please somebody advise.thnanks.

    Reply
  21. robert

    HEY EVERYBODY I ROOT MY NOTE 3 ATT AND THE PHONE UPDATE AND LOST ROOT. NOT KNOWING WHAT TO DO I TRY TO ROOT AGAIN AND I SOFT BRICK MY PHONE. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
    HELP HELP HELP.I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO. I TRY TO RECORE WITH KIES AND NO JOY. I M SUPER STUCK .
    PLEASE ANYBODY CAN HELP.

    i have a SW REV CHECK FAIL : [sbl]Fused 2 > Binary 1 and there is a phone and a computer with a yellow triagle in the middle and under it is saing firmware upgrade encountered an issue please select recovery mode in kies & thy again.

    please help please help please help please help please help please help please help please help please help please help please help please help please help please help please help please help please help please help please help please help

    Reply
    1. Ethan

      The new boot loader does not allow for a downgrade of firmware. So just download the stock firmware that is equal to or grater than the version you have now and unzip the file. you will have 5 files.
      AP = Android Platform
      BL = Bootloader
      CP = Modem (radio)
      CSC = Region & Network operator
      PIT = Partition table

      Boot your Note 3 into Download Mode. You can do so by turning off the device and then pressing the Volume Down + Power buttons together for 2-3 seconds. When you see the warning screen, press Volume Up to enter Download Mode.
      Connect your phone to computer via USB cable.
      Go to Odin folder and launch the program. Wait till your device is detected by Odin and the ID:COM port turns blue and you see “Added!!” message on it.
      Now click on BL/Bootloader button and select the file in firmware that begins with BL. Leave this field blank if the firmware build version you are going to install is lesser than the one present of your AT&T Note 3.
      Click AP/PDA button and select the file with AP in its name.
      Then click the CP/Phone button and select the file beginning with CP.
      Click CSC and select the file with CSC in its name.
      Then click PIT and select the .pit extension.
      Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time options are checked by default in Odin. Make sure that they are selected.
      Since we are using the PIT file here, you’ll have to select Re-Partition option too.
      Finally, click the start button and wait till the firmware is installed on your device.
      Unbrick-ATT-Galaxy-Note-3-Odin
      You will see RESET/PASS ! message and you phone will reboot automatically.

      Wait till your Note 3 boots up. Done!

      Reply
  22. Christian

    Hi. Am also looking forward to a tutorial for root procedure on a mac! I rooted my Note 2 last year with your mac tutorial and it worked great!

    thanks and merryxmas!
    C

    Reply
  23. CMYK

    You fuckin open-mouthed ‘tards, even though you don’t have CWM there are still plenty of uses for rooting it.

    Mainly for me, I wanted to get all the bullshit from AT&T off of the phone using titanium backup, so this was definitely pretty damn useful.

    Reply
  24. thewiz

    Max. You should look into kingo root method for android. Very easy and it works. I have at&t note 3 and I rooted my phone with your method , but somehow at&t push there update on my phone . Took away my root and put me on the latest update. Found kingo root and it work and I install safe strap and it also work and I’m now running a custom rom on at&t note 3 name Knoxraid 1.1 v… rom.

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    1. Jorge

      can you help me i’m from mexico but i can´t find anything about kingo root, i hope for some help thanks and the knoxraid how is it? the spen work on it?

      Reply
  25. nick

    kingo root doesnot list SM-n900A :(
    pls share some link for Knoxraid

    also users should not upgrade after rooting as it undoes all the work and puts u in trouble till a solution for the updated firmware is available

    Reply
  26. thewiz

    Kingo root doesn’t list sm-n900a for at&t but it still works . If you are in the new update or the old one. It doesn’t matter just download kingo root and plug in your phone with a micro usb. ( the old one not the one that comes with the note 3.) It’s going to download new drivers .might take 5 minutes. After it recognized your phone it will say press the button root. Let it do its thing. Once it’s finish install safestrap . Now you have a recovery. Then go to xda website and download the new custom rom for at&t note 3. X-note which I’m on now love it comes with everything . The file is like 1.7 gb. I don’t know why max doesn’t do a video on it. I guess he’s busy making bit coin. Lol……

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    1. venuhm

      Is there a way you can elaborate on this because once I downloaded the kingoroot app it didn’t succeed and closed out the program and now I’m stuck in a softbrick. I tried using this method used aboe in the video but when trying to flash the rom it still comes up as failed on odin. Please help I can’t even reflash the drive to stock fireware as there is no available firmware for at&t note 3′s

      Reply
  27. joe

    Hi, when i download all i get is a notepad type icon
    nothing to unzip
    note 3 att 4.3
    IM using Windows 7 64bit
    N900AUCUBMI9_VEGA

    Reply
  28. nick

    Hi joe

    Step 3. Download and unzip the Root_de_la_Vega.7z: is a approx 2 gig file

    once fully downloaded should work smooth to root; then run the region unlock and the sim should get a network in few seconds; it worked for me
    however consult an expert for help to do this right the 1st time as i had to do it twice due to my mistake

    hi venuhm
    try unroot process; not sure if there is a file available – you may have to search or consult a local expert to revert back
    samsung phones as i know are very robust when it comes to issues- i have seen note 2 being recovered from soft and hard bricks so shouldn’t be a serious matter to worry

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  29. chris perry

    Hi There…

    I been trying to root my phone but getting the following errors

    Added!!
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:5)..
    One Click Downloader Mode

    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Set PIT file..
    DO NOT TURN OFF TARGET!!
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    SingleDownload.
    sbl1.mbn
    NAND Write Start!!

    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
    Removed!!

    with “SW REV Check Fail [sb[1] fused 2 > binary 1″ shwoing on my screen.

    I been trying this and various different ways for two days!

    the phone is a Note 3 SMn900a

    Any ideas will be great

    Many thanks

    Chris

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  30. Bryan

    Someone pls HELP! I had a working SafeStrap with 2 custom and 1 stock ROM slots working fine for a few weeks. For some reason i decided to boot into my stock rom slot and everything was good until the phone just updated by itself from build #mi9 to build #ucubnb4. It works fine but i lost root and SafeStrap. What should i do to at least get root back….and hopefully SafeStrap.

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  32. nick

    for Kitkat – i guess we should wait a bit for our genius to release a version of odin
    as i am also interested in upgrading my unlocked phone to kitkat and still stay unlocked

    Reply
  33. lilpat

    my phone has Build number
    JSS15J.N900AUCUBNB4 ….any way to root my phone? please help, thanks in advance. (max,keep up the good work!)

    Reply
  34. Tae

    this root method doesnt allow me to get past the first step. Everytime i run the one click program it comes up as fail and idky. Help me out…

    Reply
  35. Ben

    I was also forced upon the AT&T OTA update. I refused to update twice at work but as soon as I got home and my Note 3 connected to my WIFI, it updated itself without asking and that’s crap because I had planned to root it but now I’m stuck on 4.4.2 KitKat crap! The OTA update made my Note 3 slower , it freezes for a couple of seconds a lot, it installed more crap bloatware like beats music and isis wallet and mobile tv. The only good change I can see from the update which seems to be what AT&T is proud about is the transparent notification bar up top with all white icons now. Great job AT&T slower phone and unresponsive controls, but new transparent bar, months of working on this software it should be called kitcrap. Or could it be done on purpose to push us to buying the new galaxy S5 ????????? Id say yes. I for one will be waiting for a root for sm-900a 4.4.2 build N900AUCUCNC2 and will be installing Dynamic kat extreme rom or s5 expierience rom and will be waiting for the note 4.

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  36. wale

    any hope of rooting this built sm-900a 4.4.2 build N900AUCUCNC2 yet? its frustrating been stuck and limited.

    Reply
  37. john

    Come on Max I know you cant be to busy to let us know or give us some feedback for your fans on letting us know when you will be coming out with a root file for the N900AUCUCNC2 att version. Please some feedback! And remember stay high on android!!!!!!

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  38. Gerald

    Hey max, or anyone able to confirm.

    This method still a go? I know my variant. My build is KOT49H.N900AUCUCNC2, 4.4.2 of course.

    Just wanted to confirm that this is still a working method. Questioned only due to no recent comments of 2014.
    A quick confirm would be awesome. I’ll instantly get to rooting this badboy.

    Much thanks in advance.

    Reply
  39. john

    Max do I have to have cwm for this root? I dont care for installing custom roms I just want pretty much for video games and adjusting the sound settings. Do I need ti install cwm first?

    Reply

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