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.
Step 2. Open up your browser on your Note 3 and go to towelroot.com then hit the Lamda icon.
Step 3. That should have downloaded a file ending in .apk, press on it in your notification drawer.
Step 4. Hit “Settings”.
Step 5. Make sure “Unknown Sources” is checked ON.
Step 6. Hit “OK”.
Step 7. Hit “Install”. This will install the Towelroot app.
Step 8. Hit “Accept” if you see a Google warning.
Step 9. Also check on “I understand that this app may be dangerous” and hit “Install”. Don’t worry, this app isn’t dangerous, most root apps such as this are flagged by Google Play Store but there’s no spyware of any kind on this app.
Step 10. Hit “Open” to start the Towelroot app.
Step 11. Hit “make it ra1n” to start the rooting process. This should take around 15 seconds.
Step 12. If your Note 3 does not reboot after 15 seconds, hit “make it ra1n” again.
Step 13. If you get an error, hit “OK” and that should reboot your phone.
Step 14. Once rebooted, download Superuser.apk file then open it with My Files app.
Step 15. Hit “Settings”.
Step 16. Mark “Unknown sources” ON.
Step 17. Hit “OK”.
Step 18. Hit “Install”, this will install SuperSU app.
Step 19. Hit “Open” to start the SuperSU app.
Step 20. Hit “Continue”.
Step 21. Hit “Normal”.
Step 22. You should also see a message to disable/remove KNOX. If you see that, make sure you hit “OK”. KNOX is an unnecessary security feature that will interfere with your root so make sure you get it removed!!!
Step 23. Once that’s all done, try downloading and opening a rooted app such as Titanium Backup app (which can backup all of your favorite apps btw), and you should see Superuser request window!
Congratulations, you’ve successfully rooted your Galaxy Note 3!
If you are AT&T or Verizon Note 3 user, you can install Safestrap recovery to backup/restore/install ROMs, see How to Install SafeStrap Recovery on Galaxy Note 3!
Q: Can I remove root later easily?
A: Yes, you can remove root easily in 1-click using SuperSU app, see this video tutorial.
Q: Is there any way to get CWM/TWRP recovery after this root method?
A: No, because the bootloader is still locked, you need to use SafeStrap recovery instead!
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!