How to Upgrade to Android 4.4.2 Firmware With Root on Verizon Note 3!

Android 4.4.2 KitKat TouchWiz firmware just came out couple days ago.  For those of you unrooted with stock firmware, you probably received it via OTA (Over-The-Air).  Well, that can be a good thing that you got the update, but did you know there’s no known root method on Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Verizon Note 3?

Fortunately, for those of you rooted and/or on custom ROMs, you can keep your root and upgrade to the latest Android 4.4.2 firmware without losing root! (All thanks to XDA user BeansTown106, who also make some excellent custom ROM btw.)

Well, the process is pretty simple and straightforward so here it goes.

Before we begin, I assume you have a rooted Verizon Note 3 with SafeStrap installed.  Also, make a backup ROM and backup your apps using Titanium Backup app as we will be doing a factory reset.

Step 1. Download the rooted Android 4.4.2 ROM, there’s 2 versions.  One is called “Odex” and the other is “DeOdex”.  I recommend the “DeOdex” version as it comes with Wifi Tether unlocked.  Also download the latest version of KitKat SafeStrap.

Download Rooted Android 4.4.2 ROM for Verizon Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900V (DEODEX) <— Get this one!!!

Download Rooted Android 4.4.2 ROM for Verizon Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900V (ODEX)

19 Responses

  1. Ash says:

    Already upgraded to a non rooted 4.4.2 can I use Odin and upgrade it to the rooted version with out any problems Verizon note 3.

  2. Souler says:

    If I follow your guide, can i go back to my 4.3 jellybeans rom if i dont like it? If so how hard is it?

  3. Kevin says:

    I have the Verizon Note 3 in 4.3 JB and it is rooted (verified). I have installed Safestrap from the link and installed the recovery with success. On reboot i get a black screen and then normal rooted custom load screen with no safestrap option. I have tried re-installing safestrap and busybox with the same results. USB Debugging is selected as well as allow mock locations. Any suggestions?

  4. Mike says:

    will this work on the sm-9007??

  5. Sean Biggs says:

    I successfully upgraded to the rooted 4.4.2, Thanks!

    Now a quick question, how can you remove root for returns/warranty? Can you flash the unrooted stock rom over the rooted one?

    Having problems with my microphone not working all the time and wifi keeps disconnecting even when 10 feet from the router. I have only had the phone 2 weeks so not sure it upgrading to 4.4.3 caused the problem or not. First thing I did was root 4.3, and didn’t notice any issues so not sure why 4.4 would cause this.

  6. William P says:

    Hi Max!
    I am having trouble with installing the deoxed zip file in SafeStrap. I get a failed message when I try it. I have tried it several times and even have tried redownloading the file from here and from the XDA forums but I keep getting the same result.

    • William P says:

      EDIT: I guess I just did have a bad download. Sorry about that! But I finally got it. Thank you for all your tutorials.

  7. Alexandre says:

    Would this work in SM-N9005?

  8. mark says:

    hello Ive spent about 10 hours trying to figure out what i did wrong. im currently soft bricked. i was able to get to safestrap again re downloaded deodex and able to install it with safestrap. rebooted into download mode but unable to successfully flash the kitkat firmware. it goes to aboot then fails says aboot,mbn FAIL!(Auth)

    any help would be greatly appreciated

  9. hassan says:

    bootloader spec
    RP SWREV:S1, T1, R1. A4. P1

  10. hassan says:

    hi my note 3 verizon version SM-N900V i root it from kingroot after that i install rom jasmine lolipop from xda firmware N900VVRUEOB6_PartialFirmware.tar.md5 flash it with odin AP after that i install jasmine rom zip N900V_JasmineROM_v5.0 file to my external sd car click it after some time i got an error e footer is wrong e verification failed

  11. hassan says:

    Andriod system recovery


    reboot system now
    apply update from ABD
    apply update from external storage
    apply update from cache
    wipe data/factory reset
    wipe cache partition
    reboot to bootloader
    power down
    view recover logs
    Enable cp logging
    Disable cp logging

  12. Big Nick Wicked says:

    I can’t boot into recovery at all after this. The ROM itself is perfect, and even better since I “stripped it to the studs”, but it goes into a “booting recovery…” (I think that’s the terminology) loop without ever actually going into recovery. Did updating the bootloader do this? Can I roll it back?

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