How to Root Verizon Galaxy Note 3!

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For those of you who want to root your Verizon Galaxy Note 3 (model number SM-N900V), here’s a root method that will root your phone while keeping KNOX counter at 0x0.

Before we begin, please pull out any microSD cards and also make a backup of everything including your photos, videos, and anything in your internal storage you want to save as this root method will ERASE EVERYTHING ON YOUR VERIZON NOTE 3!!!

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


Step 2. Hit Volume Up button to enter ODIN download mode then connect a micro-USB cable from your Verizon Note 3 to your computer.  I recommend using USB 2.0 (regular) cable for this and ditch the USB 3.0 cable as ODIN sometimes freezes with USB 3.0.howto-root-verizon-galaxynote3-sm-n900v-2

Step 3. Download Root_de_la_Vega-SM-N900V.7z and unzip the file, you should get a bunch of files.  Double-click on Odin3 v3.09.exe to run ODIN.


Step 4. When ODIN program opens, you should see a blue-highlighted box with a random COM number.  If you do not see it, download and install Samsung USB drivers then unplug and re-plug your USB cable, you should see a blue box now.

58 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    Hi Max,

    Upon reboot, screen display an unlocked lock on the initial boot screen.
    Is there a way to get rid of that logo?

  2. justin says:

    any news on your update with instructions for mac?

  3. David Lopez says:


  4. Nick says:

    I keep getting a “Failed” error after adding the file under AP and click start. Any recommendations?

  5. Eric says:

    Awesome! Worked like a charm. I’ve used your videos since the first droid razer came out! You always go step by step and make it easy!

  6. NEIL says:

    failed on step 4. now i get ‘firmware upgrade encountered an issue. please use…’ message. new phone rendered useless. help please

  7. dodgeabel says:

    Just like some others, I’ve encountered the same FAIL! issue. Of course that is not shown in your video. Plus I’ve retried the step 10 times and still receive the same FAIL! WOW Max! Thanks for nothing. Any idea of how to fix the issue or why it seems to work on some phones without a hitch but screws up others???

    • Jeff says:

      @ dodgeabel its not Max’s Responsibility to ensure you dont mess up. He does this for free. You didnt pay for this. Stop being ungrateful

      • M. Abel says:


        Just now saw your comments because I am trying once again to root my phone and receiving the same FAIL issues. That said, I must agree with you regarding my comments back in Nov ’13. My frustrations came out in my email and they shouldn’t have. Thanks for stepping up and calling me out on that.


        My sincerest apologies. By no means do I ever want to come across as ungrateful. You have provided some GREAT information, not to mention entertainment to many. Keep up the great work and sincerely, Thank You for everything you do.

  8. Will says:

    Hey Max! I was wondering if the build number really mattered in order to root your phone and without tripping KNOX using the Root De La Vega method. The reason I am wondering that is because I saw this video:
    and it clearly says that it is for the build MI9 and I currently have MJ7. I know it maybe possible to root but I want to do it keeping the KNOX counter at 0x0.
    Oh and thank you for taking your time posting these tutorials, they have always been very helpful. Keep up the awesome job! Thank you.

  9. VU.LE says:


  10. irving says:

    I need a bit of help . Every time I try to root my Verizon note 3 with Odin, it fails and keeps hard bricking my phone. I can’t get pass the “fail” . I’ve been able to un brick my phone using Odin and adding a pit file. Any additional suggestions ?

  11. Jean-Marc says:

    Hi there,

    Thanks for the tutorial, I have one question:
    I bought from singapore on ebay(I am french)
    a SAMSUNG GT N9000 and the IMEI is not set.
    it says in info panel : IMEI CODE invalid. I can not
    then use my sim card for texts/sms and phone calls.
    I tried to change it with IMEI Changer app
    but should I root te phone first because when using this app
    it doesn’t set the IMEI which is on the back of the phone. (which I enter)
    Any ideas?


    • doodoo says:

      The IMEI has been reported as lost/stolen. You bought a stolen phone, or stole it, and the owner/carrier had it shut down.

  12. David Lopez says:

    I have this build number: JSS15J.N900VVRUBMJE thismethod will work? Please help

  13. Nick says:

    Does anyone know if this method still works after the latest update?

  14. Ray says:

    I also got the failed code when I tried root, forgetting that last week I did the update, how I fixed it was I went into Kies 3 and went to tools and selected Firmware upgrade and initialization and just follow those steps and you should be good to roll.

  15. KaiyndaKrazy says:

    I have a Note 3 on Verizon with this build number JSS15J.N900VVRUBMJE

  16. KaiyndaKrazy says:

    I want to use my phone as a WiFi hotspot without having to pay Verizon twice for data.
    I’ve tried the Hotspot toggle widget – it does not work for me which seems to be the consensus as of late.
    I’m ready and willing to take the plunge on rooting my phone but want to be certain that I will not run into problems in the rooting process.

    Can anyone tell me if this (or any other) rooting method will work for my specific Note3?

    I have a Note 3 on Verizon with the following credentials:
    * model – SM-N900V
    * build number JSS15J.N900VVRUBMJE
    * Kernel Version 3.4.0
    * Android Version 4.3
    * Hardware Version N900V.07

  17. Ben L says:

    Odin failed for me. I got a “FAIL” in bright red where your picture says “RESET” in green. No real explanation. On the plus side my note 3 reboots just fine to it’s glorious, stock rom.

    I’m not real sure how to make my comments less “spammy”, I get this when trying to submit a comment:
    “Hmmm, your comment seems a bit spammy. We’re not real big on spam around here.

    Please go back and try again.”

    What’s up with your comment submission code? That’s some ridiculous stuff right there.

  18. EvoPlug says:

    Well I get a fail in odin. Bought my phone outright and unlocked so there is no bringing it to verizon to fix. What do i do? Its stuck on the Firmware upgrade encountered an issue screen. when i restart it comes back up.

  19. Alexander says:

    To the guys getting the “Firmware upgrade encountered an issue” error,
    Verizon note 3 stock rom to be flashed

  20. jake says:

    If I use this method with MJE will I still be able to access Aws band 4 for faster speeds when it is in my area? Thanks

  21. master ohms says:

    waste of time dont work if the rooted stock firmware is no good

  22. steve says:

    I’ve rooted many phones so i’m not new to this however, the file I download on step 3 Download Root_de_la_Vega-SM-N900V.7z is no good. I have winzip, .7z… in my download folder it doesn’t show as a zipped folder, just a while file that winows cant open. is there another link I can dowload this from. I don’t have the option to extract or anything….never been stuck at the very beginning like this. Someone please help.

  23. Kelvin says:

    So, am I correct in understanding that once you have build MJE on your device, the Root de la Vega method no longer works due to firmware updates from Verizon? I soft bricked my device, and had to ODIN back to stock. So, if you want to avoid triggering the KNOX counter, you have to use Kingo or Vroot (both of which have security concerns). Am I on track or am I doing something wrong?

  24. Marc says:

    I do not see a file for the SM-N900V here: How to Root Galaxy Note 3! |
    Or here: ClockworkMod/TWRP Recoveries |
    I’ve got a SM-N900V on MJE and Android 4.3
    I’ve tried a couple different process out there and have bricked twice and had to do a full recovery. The last one required Keis because it would not go into recovery mode. Odin, Kingo… nothing has worked, and I even used De la Vega : Root_de_la_Vega-SM-N900V.7z
    Running Windows 7 with anti-virus turned off and a USB 2.0 cable.
    Odin fails, and Kingo just never downloads the files.
    I eventually have to unplug and restart the phone, which puts it into a “Firmware upgrade encountered an issue” condition.
    If I could confirm anyone successfully rooting with my configuration I’d be happy to hear about it. Or, is my config included in the successful roots above, but just not mentioning SM-N900V specifically?

    I just tried this method:…galaxy-note-3/
    using n900-cwm-recovery- and my screen shows:
    Product Name: SM-N900V
    Current Binary: Samsung Official
    System Status: Official
    Knox Kernel Lock: 0x0
    Knox Warranty Void: 0x0
    Qualcomm Secureboot: Enable (CSB)
    AP SWREV: S1, T1, R1, A2, P1
    Write Protection: Enable
    SYS REV CHECK FAIL: No Version
    I was able to power off the phone and bring it back up without a brick

    I’m about ready to give up on this thing.

  25. CMDPrompt says:

    This method WILL NOT work for builds ending in MJE. Neither will KINGO. I did not try Vroot: if I can’t read the instructions then no thanks. Attempting the above method will soft-brick the phone. Even worse, KIES3 WILL NOT work for ROM recovery either for builds ending in MJE. You must ODIN\flash the stock ROM for you particular build to recover from soft-brick. KINGO just fails. It does not brick your phone.

  26. John Luciano says:

    Is there a Workintg method to root N900V running 4.3 built RUBMJE. I tried bunch of different methods no success.

  27. Scott says:

    John, I’m in the same boat as you. Same build mje 4.3. Verizon. If you find a way to do it, could you please let me know? Anyone else out there with any luck on this? Thanks.

  28. Todd says:

    So yesterday my phone got the kit kat update and just now I tried this method for rooting my Note 3 from Verizon. It keeps failing and will not do the root. So I unplugged everything and now when I try to start it it reads “Firmware Upgrade Encountered An Issue. Please use software repair assistant & try again.” So I guess it’s bricked. How do I correct this? Thanks.

    • Todd says:

      This is the content from the message window from Odin. This is what it always gives me. I’ve tried restarting the computer, pulling the battery from my phone, unplugging and replugging the cable, ensuring it was a usb 2 cable and usb 2 port, and still the same results. Here is the log from the message window

      ” Added!!
      Enter CS for MD5..
      Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
      Please wait..
      Root_de_la_Vega.tar.md5 is valid.
      Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
      Leave CS..
      Odin v.3 engine (ID:6)..
      File analysis..
      All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
      Odin v.3 engine (ID:6)..
      File analysis..
      Get PIT for mapping..
      Firmware update start..
      NAND Write Start!!
      FAIL! (Auth)

      Complete(Write) operation failed.
      All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

  29. Bill Grove says:

    You have to return to stock to unbrick it. You need to download N900VVRUBMJE from sammobile site and Odin it back to the phone. It’s the only Odin that WILL actually work! I just did it last night. Same boat. Have tried every exploit out there and eventually just had to return to stock with that file from If any DOES successfully root this phone, please let me know!


    • Todd says:

      Mr. Grove,
      Thank you for that information and for that suggestion. Unfortunately that did not work for me as you probably intended it to. I downloaded the MJE file from SamMobile like you suggested, but it would never flash through Odin like it was supposed to. It kept error-ing out. So I was stuck with a soft bricked phone all day, but I kept at it and didn’t give up. Through my perseverance and researching I found out that most likely something got messed up with the partitioning and that flashing a PIT file I had run across is what finally did the trick and got my phone unbricked and back up and running. Unfortunately it’s still not rooted, but at least I didn’t lose anything, I still have Kit Kat, and most of all, I have a working phone. Just in case anyone else runs across this, the links I used are below.

  30. Todd says:

    Any updates on a root for Verizon Kit Kat on the Note 3?

  31. Wilburn says:

    I am having a lot of difficulty getting past the rooting stage. I have rooted my phone with towel root but I haven’t been able to get passed the reboot recovery. I have used cwm recovery to reboot and Flashify a get the same result. I get to the download android page and then the prompt tells me that dangerous software has been detected on my phone and that I should go to the nearest Verizon Wireless store. I’m able to get out of this stage and but I’m still back to square one. I have also backed up my apps and data on Titanium Pro and I also used SuperSU. The kernel now reads 0x1. I’m not sure if that means anything to you. Please help me. Thanks!

  32. Steve Hayes says:

    I have a Verizon Note 3 running 4.4.4….bone stock. I was wondering if there was a proven root floating around somewhere. This would be the first phone I have ever tried to root…so I am kind of new to this. Any if would be helpful. Thank you.

  33. RolandoMataM says:

    any news about Verizon 4.4.4 note 3 root ??
    or a way to downgrade to 4.4.2 ???

  34. Woodrow says:

    I keep getting fail right after NAND write start, Auth fail. Verizion note 3 , running lollipop. followed instructions. keeps hanging up and fail. I need phone now
    NAND Write Start!!
    FAIL! (Auth)

    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)


  35. Justo Torres says:

    any news about Verizon 4.4.4 note 3 root ??
    or a way to downgrade to 4.4.2 ???

  36. Joe says:

    I just got a sm n900v , 4.4.4 N900VVRUDNJ6 Kernel 3.4.0 . Is there any way to root this phone???
    Please help. Thank you.

  37. Mr Betwel. says:

    I have a lollipo 5.0 rooted Sm900v, now it can’t show/accept any sim card, its useless, how do i remove its uselessness?

  38. NoLo says:

    I have a Note 3 SM-N900V running Android 5.0. Can I use this method to root? Or do I HAVE to be on 4.4.2? Please help!!!

  39. Michel says:

    How can i root Note 3 SM-N900V running 5.0, anybody have a link or something so i can proceed with this??? Thanks

  40. Maung says:

    Hi guy pls.
    I need SM- N 900K for rooting
    Mine is samsung note 3

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