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UPDATE: There are currently other methods for rooting like vroot. I simply don't have time right now to overhaul this Guide. I respectfully request my fellow staff to feel free to revise and edit as necessary to keep this Guide current. Thanks!

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Keep in mind that only ONE person is responsible for anything that happens to your device, and that's YOU. You assume all risks, and I absolve myself of any responsibility for anything that goes wrong on your phone. This Guide worked for me, it has worked for others... but that's no guarantee.

That said, the Guide has pretty much everything you need in one place, with links to files and programs and what to do with them. If you have any questions, we're here to help.

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The Chief’s Quick Guide to Rooting & ROMming the Verizon Galaxy Note 3


So you’ve decided to be a crack-flashin’ rooter and ROMmer! Good for you! You, of course, accept the risks and understand that YOU are responsible for your phone. Well, this humble little tutorial will help you. Understanding this process - and DOING it - you will hopefully be up and running on your new ROM within two hours.

WARNING: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FLASH THESE FILES ON ANYTHING BUT A VERIZON GALAXY NOTE 3! YOU COULD END UP WITH A VERY EXPENSIVE PAPERWEIGHT!

This step-by-step tutorial was written for the locked and unrooted Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but the basic concepts will not change for most modern Samsung devices that are Knox-enabled with a locked bootloader. However: if you have a different device, check your device’s forum at www.androidforums.com for more specific ROMming instructions for YOU.

Read this entire tutorial - a couple of times, in fact - BEFORE plunging in! You will want to know what you’re about to do next, instead of trying to read as you go. That eats up precious time and battery. Okay, first things first:

ROOTING WILL NOT WIPE THE PHONE! RELAX!

You need to understand that you can’t unlock the bootloader or root without the good possibility of tripping the Knox Counter (0x1) and voiding your warranty! So this is an all-in, no-going-back effort because there is no way to reset that Counter if it trips. I recommend that you hold on to your new Note 3 for at least a few weeks before doing this to make sure there are no glaring manufacturer defects that will need warranty repair.

ANOTHER NOTE (no pun intended): Make SURE you have at least 80% battery charge before starting this! There is nothing worse than trying to root & ROM a phone, something goes wrong, and your battery dies in the middle of sorting things out. You want plenty of battery power to spare, believe you me… an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure here.

Okay, that said: if you’re still all in like me, then let’s do this.

WARNING! If you don’t understand Kies and Odin, STOP NOW. Go read up on them. They are your ticket out of trouble! You have GOT to have, at the very minimum, an understanding of Odin AND the .tar file of the latest Note 3 stock firmware. DO NOT TRY TO REPLACE A NEWER FIRMWARE WITH AN OLDER FIRMWARE! IT COULD SOFTBRICK YOUR DEVICE!
The latest firmware for the SM-900V Verizon Galaxy Note 3 is the N900VVRUBMJE firmware. Download it from a reputable place and have it on hand in case things go south.

Ready to root?

The root method is Kingo. You will need the latest Kingo root exploit for the Note 3. Go here:

http://www.kingoapp.com/android-root/devices.htm

Select Galaxy Note 3 and download that to the PC.


WARNING! The Kingo app is a root exploit app from China. Right now there is serious deliberation going on about identifiable information (such as the phone's IMEI) being reported BACK to the developers and China, for possibly nefarious purposes. Possibly. We are not sure why this information MAY be reported back, and KingoSoft is being very secretive. Do NOT proceed unless you are okay with this possibility!

Still here? Okay...

DON’T RUN KINGO YET! You’re gonna need some more stuff!

Go here and get Safestrap:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2517610

Safestrap is a bootloader work-around. Basically: rather than trying to unlock the bootloader and ROM the phone, we’ll just let it do its merry thing and create another ROM partition where we can play with our ROM. Or a third. Or fourth! That way if everything on the phone messes up, you can just reboot into the phone’s stock OS and rock on until you can get things sorted out. You NEED to watch this tutorial on Safestrap right NOW. Get yourself a cold beverage, sit back and enjoy.


If it’s down, try this one:


Here’s our plan of attack:

Root the phone.
Install SuperSU
Install Safestrap Recovery
BACKUP the stock ROM!!! <- This is very important!
Create ROM Partition 1
Flash the ROM in Partition 1
Set it up and enjoy

ROM: You can choose any ROM that is specifically written for the Verizon Galaxy Note 3. I am personally attached to the Note 3 Hyperdrive ROM. It has all the best of the Note 3 without the bad stuff like Knox and bloatware! YAYYY! You can get the latest version here:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2520550

Once flashed, it even does OTA updates of the ROM! How convenient is that?

Okay, you now have Kingo’s Android Root program on the PC. You also have the Safestrap Recovery .apk and your ROM of choice… mine being Hyperdrive.

Now you need to take some time and copy everything you want out of the phone’s internal memory to a backup folder on the PC. While rooting (or re-rooting) will not wipe the phone, I like to be cautious. The external SD card is safe enough… but we will remove it BEFORE doing this JUST IN CASE.

However, cards DO fail… you’re always well-advised to back it up regularly too.

We need a superuser root app manager. SuperSU is the most popular. We’ll install it after we root.

You also need the stock firmware image. remember that Odin .tar file I told you about? Get it here:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2528707


After you’ve copied your vital stuff, time to inventory your tools:

Kingo program (Androidroot.exe)
Safestrap.apk
ROM of choice
Latest stock Odin firmware

NOTE: This is a great time to remind you to check the MD5 checksums of your downloads. Most of these downloads will have an MD5 listed on the download page. Get WinMD5 for Windows and make SURE that your downloads are good. There are few things worse than going all out, only to be stopped cold by a bad download. If you’re not sure what an MD5 file is or how to check it (it’s easy), then stop here again and look it up.

Ready?

Okay, check your pulse and let’s do the deed.


Root:

Okay. Take a deep breath, bid your darling stock phone farewell and turn it off. I HIGHLY SUGGEST that once it’s off that you remove the battery cover and take out the SD card until you’re rooted. It’s insurance to make sure it’s okay throughout this process.

Power the phone up and start Kingo’s AndroidRoot.exe. Install the software and run it on a PC, following the instructions. Once connected, hit the ROOT button and wait. Connect to your PC and log in, connecting as a media device as necessary.

Once it roots, it will reboot the phone. Log back in and connect AGAIN. It will check for root status. This can take some time! When it says ROOTED! You can proceed. Don’t go forward UNTIL you get that! If it fails, try rooting on another PC. I had to use TWO PCs to successfully root... laptops are particularly vulnerable to root failure, for some reason. Try a desktop if you simply can't root using a laptop.

Boot up normally.


SuperSU:

Great - you’re rooted! Halfway there! Now we need to put a superuser root app manager application on the phone. There are several to choose from, but the hands-down most popular is SuperSU by Chainfire.

Reboot the phone normally and go to Play. It’s available in Play here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.chainfire.supersu

Install SuperSU and let’s move on to Safestrap… which is about the last tricky part in the whole process.


Safestrap:

Congratulations! You’re rooted with SuperSU in place! Let’s move on to isolate the bootloader and stock ROM and play a bit! Re-insert the SD card and power up the phone. Copy the following to the root of the SD card:

Safestrap.apk
(ROM).zip

Use Root Explorer (or other file manager) to install Safestrap (make sure Unknown Sources is checked in Settings). Open the app and install Recovery. Reboot to Recovery. You can do this by turning off the phone and powering it back up. If Safestrap installed correctly, there will be two options at the bottom: Recovery and Continue to the phone. Select Recovery.


Backup:

The FIRST thing you want to do is make a BACKUP of the stock partition! Back up everything, making sure the date is correct. This is the STOCK OPERATING SYSTEM and you need a fallback in case something goes wrong! When backup is complete, then we can get to the ROM. You’ll be having fun soon enough… but this is IMPORTANT!


ROM:

NOTE: At no time should you ever, EVER replace the Stock ROM slot with a custom ROM! That will almost guaranteed blow your Knox Counter and you’ll have no stock fallback if something goes wrong! You have plenty of partitions here, just put your ROM in Slot 1 and play there.

That said... can you actually put a ROM in the Stock Slot? Yep. All day long. Do I recommend it? NO! Especially if you're an Android novice with little experience modifying the Android system. Only highly experienced, expert Android modders should play around with the Stock Slot. Trust me.

Okay, here’s what happens:

This is where a really big microSD card helps. I personally have a 64 GB Class 10 card, so I have room to maneuver. It’s highly recommended.

Power down the phone and boot back up, selecting Recovery, and select Boot Options. Go to Slot 1 and create the slot. You want lots of room to play here: this is not where you want to skimp on memory. I have mine set to 3 GB system, 3 GB data, and 500 MB cache. But you can set it any way you want. Let it set up and create the slot.

NOTE: About a week after setting up the Slot, I started getting Insufficient System Memory warnings. Apparently my Miscellaneous files were eating up all the 3GB! So if you have the space available, I'm inclined to recommend 5 GB system, 5 GB data and 750 MB cache. If I had to start all over again (and I really hope I don't have to!), I'd use these higher settings.

Okay, on to the rest of the Guide:

This Slot is where you will flash your ROM. Once you select Slot 1 as the boot partition,
install the ROM and reboot, making sure to wipe cache, data, and Dalvik. Remember that the first boot will take a LONG time! Don’t panic! Once it boots up to the Language screen, then you can set it up the same as you would a new ROM or a new phone right out of the box.

CONGRATULATIONS! You have successfully isolated the Bootloader and the Stock ROM in their happy little box, and you are free to play with your ROM!

Last step: set up your ROM and live at peace with all!

What if something goes wrong?

Remember the Android Forums link I wrote about in the beginning? THAT’S your resource for getting things back on track. DO NOT CONTACT ME! Go to:

http://androidforums.com/verizon-galaxy-note-3-all-things-root/

See if someone else already posted the issue and the solution. If not, feel free to join us and post your problem there. Other experienced Note 3 rooters are there to help you.

The reason I ask that you don't contact me individually isn't because I can't help you: it's because I'm a very busy Chief and it may take some time to get to you and your issue. Meanwhile, Android Forums is comprised a large group of Android enthusiasts; it is never closed or asleep, and you can very likely get help there a lot faster. Fast os good when you have a problem.

Good Luck and Happy Flashing!


One more little bit…


Acknowledgements:


Special shout-out of thanks to RyanCMatchett, William T Riker and MrClean who helped proof and develop this Guide into the smooth, flowing way you’re reading it. Thanks, fellas!


Legal stuff:

Since this Guide is updated from time to time here, it would be unwise to publish this or otherwise post it elsewhere on the Internet because that version may become obsolete very quickly. I’ve already found such re-distribution of my Guides, and do NOT approve of it. Therefore:

This Guide is ©2013 The_Chief. All Rights Reserved. Do not publish or re-distribute without explicit permission of the author. That would be ME

Linking to this Guide is permissible... however, posting it is not.

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Quick question...

When I go to the Kingo page and select the Note 3, it only shows the Chinese version. (SM-N9006 not SM-N900V) Otherwise your guide is freaking awesome! I really want to root this device, not necessarily for installing roms, just to freeze bloatware. Maybe I'll wait till the Root de la Vega method gets updated for the MJ7 build.
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To my knowledge the Note 3 is the Note 3 as far as rooting goes. The suffixes separate out the various carriers in the US (V for Verizon, S for Sprint, etc.). I used that specific Kingo method and had no issue with it. Thanks for the compliment, too


EDIT: I also just wanted to freeze bloatware, but 2 things drove me to plunge in and ROM the phone...

#1 - Rooting gets more and more difficult and exploits are closed. I foresee a day when rooting in the USA without a Developer Edition device will be downright impossible. The last OTA broke root, and Android 4.4 will likely close the Kingo method. So the clock is ticking on opportunity.

#2 - I simply went ROM shopping and happened upon Hyperdrive, which is a mostly stock ROM with lots of options, nothing Verizon on it and NO BLOATWARE! It even OTAs ROM updates! It was a dream ROM with the best of the Note 3 and nothing bad about it.

So I plunged in and I'll never look back - I'd rather have a 4.4 ROM than a 4.4 OTA any day of the week
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Nice Guide Chief! Very organized and informative.
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Chief if I decide on getting the note 3 I'll probably hit you up about this Guide

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Thank you DC! The Note 3 is a rockin' device, I think you'll love it
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Well I've tried 4 times to root via Kingo using my laptop. (I don't have a Windows Desktop to use) and it has failed every time with a NotSupport error. What now? I'm going for #5 if it fails I guess I'll have to leave it stock for now.

Tried one more time.... sucess!
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What is the lock symbol beside the clock on the Hyperdrive Rom?
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Beats all heck out of me, Bassjo... but from what I've read, it locks your phone by simply touching the lock icon. Whatever...

PROBLEM!

I am suddenly getting Insufficient Memory warnings! I set up Slot 1 with 3GB system memory... hard to believe that it's full already! I might have to revise the Guide to set System memory to 5 GB.

I don't have that many SMS messages, having wiped so recently. Any suggestions on what to clean out?
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Beats all heck out of me, Bassjo... but from what I've read, it locks your phone by simply touching the lock icon. Whatever...

PROBLEM!

I am suddenly getting Insufficient Memory warnings! I set up Slot 1 with 3GB system memory... hard to believe that it's full already! I might have to revise the Guide to set System memory to 5 GB.

I don't have that many SMS messages, having wiped so recently. Any suggestions on what to clean out?
I set mine up according to your guide, I use a call log/sms back and restored my call logs after wiping, etc... and my sms (over 8k), I also have my all the programs installed as before and am not having a problem. (SO FAR) Let me know what you find though.

If push comes to shove what do you do, go into recovery and delete that slot? Run from the back saved stock rom slot?

Okay, if I go to setting > storage > It shows my internal storage as 32GB, after the breakdown it shows available space as 607MB! WTF?
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Two different memory allocations.

One is the internal user memory, or the 32GB of storage. The other is what's left of the 3GB of RAM or system memory.

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Not getting a warning and I set my slot 1 up with just the pre set settings...
Although if I add many more apps I may be in trouble. I have also removed as many apps as possible and moved some to the SD card...
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What I ended up doing was going back with my stock ROM for now. I'll back up everything with Titanium then play around with HyerDrive again later.
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Is the Kingo method supposed to take longer than 20 minutes??
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No more than about 5-10 minutes. You may want to try another computer.
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MJE odin tar for the newest update has been posted up:

[Firmware][Collection] Modems, kernels, Stock Tars [Current:MJE] - xda-developers

REMEMBER IF YOU NEED TO ODIN, ONLY USE THE TAR FOR YOUR UPDATE OR NEWER, USING AN OLDER FILE IE USING MI9 WHILE ON MJ7 WILL CAUSE YOU TO SOFTBRICK- REQUIRING A PIT FLASH.
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I can only assign 3gb of system of 4 to data? Why is this
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It's really all you need. The ROM is only 1.5 GB or less. Even with Dalvik, you'll likely never approach 3 GB. I have mine set to 3 / 3 / 1. Works great.
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Ok. I've been reading here for a few days as I wait for my new Note 3 to arrive. It should get here Friday or Monday, depending on how much the holiday slows down UPS. I currently have a rooted Bionic, so I am "experienced" at least a little bit. This doesn't seem like a big deal, and the guide looks like it pretty much covers everything. I am just concerned because of the ramped-up anti-rooting efforts by VZ and this whole Knox security business. I use the phone for work and don't want to end up a with a brick at some point.

I am thinking it's best to try and root it as soon as i get it set up and confirm that it works - if I decide to do actually do it.
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SFWB, we were all very concerned that MJE firmware and new Knox "enhancements" would seal our root exploits, and I am personally worried that the coming KitKat update will lock us out of root altogether. VZW and Samsung seem bound and determined that no rooting and ROMming happens on "their" Note 3.

'Scuse me, but I paid full retail for MY Note 3 and if I want to root & ROM it, then LET ME DO IT!

Ranting aside, the MJE firmware still permits some root exploits. But if you're going to do it, I would certainly suggest rooting and ROMming before the KitKat OTA comes out. I'd rather have a KitKat custom ROM over a Sammy/Verizon KitKat OTA anyday.

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Thanks for the reply. I guess I won't be rooting. Given this aggressive anti-rooting stance by VZ and Samsung as you noted, for me there is just too much risk. I work in IT and get my trouble tickets via my cellphone. It just has to work, as I am on-call 24/7 at times. My company pays the monthly bill but it's my phone and it's on me if something happens (meaning I have to replace the phone, get it fixed, or otherwise resolve the problem no matter what).

I have no use for custom ROMs or any of that stuff. I only want root to remove bloatware, use TiBU, etc. I can live without, I guess.
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To each his own.
My experience, and I'm all in with rooting and romming, if you educate yourself enough you simply cannot brick this thing. Also the roms available are ALL rock solid. No "beta" BS.
Great phone either way.
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I can't get Safestrap to install. I put it on my SD card and go into the zip file to the install.zip files but when I click on it I get "Operation Failed". What am I doing wrong?

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Safestrap is app that functions like an program apk... So make sure that Unknown Sources are allowed in your settings, then try to select it again using a file Explorer to install. It is not a flashable file such as used in recovery, just an apk.
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Safestrap is app that functions like an program apk... So make sure that Unknown Sources are allowed in your settings, then try to select it again using a file Explorer to install. It is not a flashable file such as used in recovery, just an apk.
Good luck and let us know how it goes.
I understand how it is supposed to work but it wasn't working. Anyway I got it from another site and it says it is installed and I have installed recovery and it will not boot into recovery. It just boots up like regular. Not sure why? Any suggestions?

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Update: It finally worked. I am making a back up now. I will keep you informed.

Update: Rooted and Rom'd (Hyperdrive) Working great so far with awesome battery life! Thanks Chief!
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Ah, the hell with it. You only live once...

UPS delivered my phone about 6PM. I activated it about 6:30 PM. It's now 7:55 PM and Kingo is running on my laptop. Rooting is now in process.
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Just rerooted after unrooting a week or so ago for the stupid update. Not using any special rom. I did use your guide again Chief, as always it makes the process smooth as silk. I also downloaded latest version of Kingo, my phone rooted on the first try in like 5 minutes or less. I also noticed that when I went to the app store to re-download SuperSU by Chainfire, it was already installed. (The first time a different version of SuperSU was installed and I never gave it permissions and installed the proper one).
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WARNING! If you donít understand Kies and Odin, STOP NOW. Go read up on them. They are your ticket out of trouble! You have GOT to have, at the very minimum, an understanding of Odin AND the .tar file of the latest Note 3 stock firmware. DO NOT TRY TO REPLACE A NEWER FIRMWARE WITH AN OLDER FIRMWARE! IT COULD SOFTBRICK YOUR DEVICE!
This keis and odin are only needed if something goes wrong with the kingo method right?

I'm on my 2nd reading of this. downloaded kingo (Kingo_Android_Root_118.exe) I hope.

I saw the link to download the stock rom. There are odin flashable listed and RETAIL ONLY odin flashable. Which do I want?

Next question. once superuser installed. then safestrap is installed. in the video they talked about installed the stock rom image in one of the custom slots. I want root primarily to freeze vzw bloat, and for TBpro. What happens if running stock rom in a different slot. can you accept and OTA? where is that installed? on the custom slot? How does hyperdrive accept OTA?

I'll save my hyperdrive questions for another post.
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This keis and odin are only needed if something goes wrong with the kingo method right?

I'm on my 2nd reading of this. downloaded kingo (Kingo_Android_Root_118.exe) I hope.
Yes. There shouldn't be any trouble... but if there is, you want the knowledge to flash the stock firmware back on the phone in the stock slot and rock on.

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They should be identical. Check the MD5s. The difference would be in the retail and developers editions.

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After wracking my brain, I cannot see any point in running a second idle stock slot... UNLESS you don't plan to install a custom ROM. But even if you freeze all the bloatware, it's still stock and will, in fact, look for OTAs. ANd I don't think you want that: I accepted an OTA in the middle of the night, not realizing what I was doing. Broke root and I had to Odin back and start all over!

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The active slot will still receive OTAs... so if you're in a slot with a stock OS, it'll prompt you to update if an OTA comes in. Hyperdrive sends a push notification to you that an update is available, but it's up to you whether or not to install it.

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Hey guys,

I've tried nearly 50 times with 2 computers. I still keep getting Root Failed "not support".

I've seen some messages suggesting that I uninstall all the drivers and let kingo install them again.

I've tried uninstalling the drivers from the device manager but they are just reinstalled by windows. I realize I must not be uninstalling property. Could someone write a short guide or make a video showing how to do the kingo method with uninstalling of the drivers?


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I think I've been able to uninstall the drivers but lingo is not reinstalling.
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Are you still able to factory reset your device because you might just want to try and start absolutely fresh.
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I did a factory reset and still no luck. I was able to manage to get kingo to install its own drivers by uninstalling the old driver (software uninstall), instead of simply deleting the phone from the device manager.

I can't help but think the problem is not with me, but with the Kingo app/system. My root stops at the point when it says "Downloading requisite dependency files"
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I've stayed on the 2nd update till I caved in on went to mje on the 1st. Yea, can't root. 2 comps, Windows 7 and xp. 3.0 cord and 2.0 cord... Nothing. Anyone know anything about vroot?
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Hi eclipsed and germ... You are welcome PM me... We can set up a Google chat to discuss or even a phone call. I have used kingo on my VZW note 3 about 6 different times, and eventually it works. That said, the important pieces I found were: using a usb2 plug on a desktop with ADB installed including the drivers, and making sure the phone connects with the correct Android driver in the device manager before starting to run kingo. Also, make sure that you are using a clean stock OS slot, factory reset, with the latest baseband installed, no SuperSU, and No safestrap. Everything stock.

It may sound like you could lose everything, but I used my SD card to save my rom files, Odin files, SuperSU and my TIBU files... So I don't lose anything. Then run kingo on a desktop with ADB installed and functioning. Also give kingo a chance and try it a few times once you check all of the above.
Good luck, if you have the retail note it does work eventually, if you have the developer or international version there is a different process.
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Hi eclipsed and germ... You are welcome PM me... We can set up a Google chat to discuss or even a phone call. I have used kingo on my VZW note 3 about 6 different times, and eventually it works. That said, the important pieces I found were: using a usb2 plug on a desktop with ADB installed including the drivers, and making sure the phone connects with the correct Android driver in the device manager before starting to run kingo. Also, make sure that you are using a clean stock OS slot, factory reset, with the latest baseband installed, no SuperSU, and No safestrap. Everything stock.

It may sound like you could lose everything, but I used my SD card to save my rom files, Odin files, SuperSU and my TIBU files... So I don't lose anything. Then run kingo on a desktop with ADB installed and functioning. Also give kingo a chance and try it a few times once you check all of the above.
Good luck, if you have the retail note it does work eventually, if you have the developer or international version there is a different process.

Of course for those of us still running stock and about to try Kingo for the first time. Doing factory reset could help it sounds, but there is no way to perform a full backup to preserve data. TiBu no helpful until the root it done. So for us first timers (and I haven't tried yet, but I've got my fingers crossed that it will work). Just keep trying and retrying?

from the forum sticky page there was another page for kingo method, but it went through a process to remove kingo root/SU and install a real root/SU. whats that about? is it needed? this FAQ write by Chief seems to be the more visited page.
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I kept getting root fail. I'll try a few more times. Specifically notsupport
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Are you using a laptop? When I had to re-root, it took three times on a desktop, as Kingo simply refused to do it on my laptop.

Go figure

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First time I rooted it was on a net book. That failed so I dug out a desktop. Failed numerous times on both. Looked on xda and another site, I guess it's "been down" since 1-30-14.
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Installed kingo. conected Note 3. it was installing some drivers and asked me to disconnect device. I did. then kingo was "installing driver..." for 10+ minutes. Not sure what it was doing. Its been doing that for 10+ minutes. is that typical? Should I keep waiting?


UPDATE after close to 15minutes:
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I believe it installed or did what it wanted to. I got the "ROOT" botton.

I hit it. I then see any number of things. Occur.
Sometimes, it jumps directly back to the "Root" button screen.
sometimes, it scrolls through that "stuff" its doing, but I never
see if get beyond the "Downloading requisite dependency files.."
sometimes it stops on the fetching files.

Is this the step in which you guys say just to "keep" trying? it doesn't fail at the same spot.
does the phone display going into "lock" confuse Kingo? I'll keep trying. I'm am approaching about 10 attempts.

Waiting for device...
Checking USB Connection...
Fetching Scripts...
waiting for device...
downloading requisite files...
Checking ROOT status...
Waiting for Device...
downloading requisite files... (failure) this is as far as I get. sometimes it stops earlier
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That's odd. You're on a desktop machine, not a laptop?
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That's odd. You're on a desktop machine, not a laptop?

Yes desktop. And older one running XP. I've read that many needed multiple attempts. Multiple attempts st which stage?

Also reasdjust above that maybe servers have been down since 1/30/14. Perhaps downloading the requisite files...is getting stuff from a foreign server that is out of commission?

Sorta bummed. I decided to bite the bullet, and now I am a bit stuck.

Suggestions? Perhaps I will try this at work. For a Windows 7 desktop there. I know many have issue with laptop. What stage does it fail with a laptop? I have a windows 7 netbook here.
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I have a Win7 laptop and root failed every time... I don't recall WHERE in the process it failed, but the phone would never root. The Win7 desktop I think took 3 tries, and even then I wasn't sure if it was rooted. Had to verify with Root Checker, which confirmed root access. Then I put it BACK on Kingo and the option appeared to unroot... so it DID finally root.

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I have a Win7 laptop and root failed every time... I don't recall WHERE in the process it failed, but the phone would never root. The Win7 desktop I think took 3 tries, and even then I wasn't sure if it was rooted. Had to verify with Root Checker, which confirmed root access. Then I put it BACK on Kingo and the option appeared to unroot... so it DID finally root.

Good luck!

Do you trust Kingo? the reports were that during the transfers they were taking data, IMEI, etc etc. Kingo support is asking that I send them a log file. while text, the log file is encrypted or something, as it looks just like a bunch of random characters. If I were to factory reset my phone, I wouldnt think twice about sending that file. but I dont know know what in it. Not sure if I should send it or now.

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something new. prior to running kingo. I power off/on the phone. and just before hitting root, I used the Note 3 task manager and cleared all ram. I got further. Bu its asking me to install MtkCamera. something from an unknown source. Did you get this option? did you accept it? On the kingo Facebook page I saw this...

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his apk is a necessary part of the root exploit, after rooted your phone, it will be uninstalled. And the whole progress using mtkcamera will not last more than 30s. Regards


lastly which root checker did you use? Joeykrim.com Root checker?
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I used this method and had a seamless root. It does take about 30 minutes from start to finish. I like the fact that it has step by step photos AND a video. Didn't trip Knox, even after running Hyperdrive and Beans (both obviously TW ROMs). This method is also idiot-proof. Ask me how I know <chuckle>.

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Ok. Got root using kingo. Have not yet put on safe strap. Plan to do that later today or this weekend. Probabky will try hyperdrive once I find the link and read up on it.

N3 "rooted" noob question.

What is the recommened way to create a full backup of my rooted phone now. Probably nandroid backup but never did one. How do I do it, know if I have enough space on SD card to hold it. Is there some progam that can just do it and save locally on a PC if N3 is connected?

One safestrap is on I presume with whatever rom, its a virgin slot and I need to config mail apps and redownload apps etc. Is there a way to share data between slots. If apps save data to SD that data is available to both slots right? Photos. Music. Books. App save data?
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You need Safestrap FIRST. It's essentially the modified version of TWRP that's designed to work around Knox and the bootloader.

Do your Safestrap bit, make sure that the Stock Slot is your active slot and make a backup of your stock configuration. At that point, it'll be easy to set up Slot 1 and flash Hyperdrive to it at your convenience
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You need Safestrap FIRST. It's essentially the modified version of TWRP that's designed to work around Knox and the bootloader.

Do your Safestrap bit, make sure that the Stock Slot is your active slot and make a backup of your stock configuration. At that point, it'll be easy to set up Slot 1 and flash Hyperdrive to it at your convenience

Done (safestrap) and Done (backup). I have hyperdrive downloaded, now just need to scour around on how to install. Will check the HD6 on just how to get that flashed in. its not immediately obvious at this late hour on little sleep
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I used..(vroot)..to root and it worked perfect took less than 3 minutes
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