How to Install Custom ROM using Safestrap on Galaxy Note 3!

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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 UNLESS YOU HAVE A NOTE 3 WITH LOCKED BOOTLOADER!!!

Before we begin, download a custom ROM you want to install on your Note 3.  For this example, I have downloaded JellyBeans ROM (which I highly recommend btw) to install on my Verizon Note 3.

Your Note 3 MUST BE ROOTED!!!  See How to Root Galaxy Note 3 if you haven’t rooted your Note 3 yet.

Step 1. Download the latest version of SafeStrap apk file for your model of Note 3 from here:

Download SafeStrap APK file for Verizon Note 3 SM-N900V

Download SafeStrap APK file for AT&T Note 3 SM-N900A

Download SafeStrap 3.75 here

Use a file explorer app such as My Files app to browse to your Download directory and open the SafeStrap app and install it.

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You might have to check “Unknown Sources” ON.

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Step 2. Once installed, open the SafeStrap app and make sure you hit “Grant” when Superuser request window pops-up.

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Step 3. Choose “Install Recovery” and this will install SafeStrap recovery on your Note 3.

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Step 4. Reboot your Note 3.  During boot, you will see a SafeStrap screen which gives you an option to “RECOVERY” or “CONTINUE”.  Chose “RECOVERY” to boot into SafeStrap recovery.

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Step 5. Once in SafeStrap recovery, you will see the following main menu with option for “Boot options”, “install”, “Backup”, “Restore”, and more very similar to TWRP recovery.

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Step 6. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND making at least one backup ROM, so choose “Backup” from main menu and backup your stock ROM.  Once done, you can copy this backup ROM to somewhere on your computer if you don’t want it to take up space.  (The backups should be stored in /TWRP/backup directory)

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Step 7. To install a custom ROM, first you will need to make a ROM slot.  These are “virtual” ROM slows that SafeStrap creates.  You can also install it on “Stock ROM” slot but I don’t recommend it much.

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Step 8. Once you choose a ROM slot, you will have the option to adjust the partition sizes for system, data, and cache.  I would leave everything along except data partition.  Data partition is your internal storage space for your ROM.  So if you set it to 2.5GB, you will only have 2.5GB of internal storage for that ROM.  If you want bigger, just set it bigger.

Once done setting your partitions, select “Create ROM Slot”.

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Step 9. Once done creating your first ROM Slot, it will be highlighted in green as shown below.  This means your phone will now boot ROM Slot 1, not Stock ROM slot.

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Step 10. Don’t reboot yet, since we don’t have a ROM on the ROM Slot 1, you need to install a new custom ROM.  Choose “Wipe” from main menu to do a data wipe/factory reset.

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Step 11. Next, go ahead and choose “Install” from main menu and find the custom ROM zip file you want to install and install it!

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Step 12. Once done installing custom ROM, reboot!

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Step 13. Once you see the welcome sign, your custom ROM has been successfully installed!

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If for some reason your custom ROM doesn’t boot, you can always boot back into SafeStrap recovery then switch your ROM slot back to Stock ROM slot and boot into stock ROM.

Also, you can erase ROM slots easily in SafeStrap if you need to clear space or want to delete an old custom ROM.

And yes, you can also install your custom ROM on the Stock ROM slot.  I would only advise for advanced users (who know what they are doing) to do this.

Credits – XDA <— Please donate to the developer or hit Thanks button on XDA if you like it, thx!

Q&A

Q: I have Android 4.4.2 NC4, I installed Safestrap but getting bootloops when I install ROMs!
A: You need to flash NC2 kernel using ODIN!

Q: I have installed JB ROM on my AT&T Note 3 and my phone says I have no system or get mount errors!
A: This happens when you install Jelly Bean ROMs on AT&T Note 3 with KitKat bootloader, you can fix the issue by first downgrading your bootloader to Jelly Bean, then re-upgrading bootloader back to KitKat.

 

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