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 KitKat SafeStrap (Get the latest version with KK in the filename)
Step 2. Reboot into SafeStrap then choose “Boot Options”.
Step 3. Make sure “Stock ROM” is highlighted.
Step 4. Next choose “Wipe” from main menu and do a factory reset.
Step 5. Next, choose “Install” then find the stock ROM you downloaded earlier.
Step 6. Install the ROM zip file.
Step 7. When the rooted stock ROM installation is complete, choose “Reboot” from main menu.
Step 8. Choose “Download”, this will reboot you into ODIN download mode.
Step 9. Next connect a micro-USB 2.0 cable from your phone to your computer.
Step 10. Download ODIN and the Android 4.4.2 KitKat bootloader then unzip, you should get a folder called Odin3v185 and file ending in “tar.md5”.
Step 11. Run ODIN, DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE but hit the “PDA” button and choose the Android 4.4.2 bootloader “tar.md5” file you unzipped in Step 10. Then hit the “Start” button. This will flash KitKat bootloader and latest modem. Your Verizon Note 3 should reboot when successfully done.
Step 12. Give it couple minutes for your Verizon Note 3 to boot.
Step 13. Once booted, you should find Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware installed on your Verizon Note 3 with root. You should see SuperSU app in app drawer.
Step 14. You can also install the latest SafeStrap (so you can make backup ROMs and install custom ROMs), open the SafeStrap APK file you downloaded earlier in this tutorial and install it.
Step 15. Use SafeStrap to install recovery. You may have to uninstall recovery first then install the new recovery.
Once that’s done, you should be good to go. You can use Titanium Backup app to restore your apps.