If you are new here, please take a minute to get yourself acquainted with the below information. I know it is a lot to read but you will be a more productive member of the forums for doing so!
The OP will cover the basics! You will find everything you need to learn to get the most out of your AT&T Galaxy Note 3 here!
The second post of this thread aims to provide current links for root methods, recovery options, stock firmwares, radios, themes & apps, mods, & misc. guides.
Got it? Good! Let’s get started!
Just a little housekeeping..!
Many of the forum's threads have multiple pages of information. You are not expected to know everything but if you are having an issue or you just have a question please try and use the "search" function before creating a new post/comment! Oftentimes, the information you are looking for has been covered multiple times. This helps to keep the discussion focused on development which is what XDA is all about!
If you have to ask a question or you just bricked your device (oops!)...try posting in the Q&A, Help & Troubleshooting subsection! Many people will be willing to help you out!
If you just want to chat...try posting in the General subsection...this is the place for general discussion, tips & tricks, etc!
What does “root” mean?
Rooting is often performed with the goal of overcoming limitations that carriers and hardware manufacturers put on some devices, resulting in the ability to alter or replace system applications and settings, run specialized apps that require administrator-level permissions, or perform other operations that are otherwise inaccessible to a normal Android user.
On Android, rooting can also facilitate the complete removal and replacement of the device's operating system (“flashing” Custom ROMs) usually with a more recent or modified release of the devices factory operating system.
Root sounds awesome! How do I root my Note 3?
What is Safestrap Recovery & what does it allow me to do?
Created by @Hashcode, Safestrap Recovery is a custom version of TWRP/CWM Recovery that has been modified to run on bootloader locked devices like the AT&T Note 3.
Safestrap Recovery is essential if you’d like to flash Custom ROM’s or mod’s to your device. For more information on how to install, update, & use Safestrap please visit the original thread by using the link in the Links section below.
I was able to root my AT&T Note 3 & install Safestrap Recovery…how do I “flash” a Custom ROM or Mod?
- Safestrap Recovery
- Your favorite Custom ROM.zip
Step by step instructions on how to flash a Custom ROM on 4.3.X. Jelly Bean
- Reboot your phone.
- After rebooting you will see the Safestrap Recovery splash screen.
- Select the “recovery” option from the Safestrap splash screen & enter the Safestrap Recovery menu.
- Once in the menu choose the “wipe” option and FACTORY RESTORE your device if flashing a Custom ROM! If you are just installing a mod - wiping cache should suffice.
- *NOTE! If you are experiencing an issue that no one else is reporting…chances are you did not wipe data/cache! While inconvenient, “clean flashing” is ALWAYS recommended!!!
- On 4.3.X “ROM Slots” are supported in Safestrap (click here to read about ROM Slots!) so select which Slot you would like to flash your custom ROM to.
- Once you have selected which ROM Slot you would like to flash to proceed to the “install” menu in Safestrap.
- Navigate to the location of the ROM or Mod you would like to flash.
- Follow on screen instructions to flash the ROM or Mod.
- Optionally wipe cache upon successful flash!
Step by step instructions on how to flash a Custom ROM on 4.4.X. KitKat
- Safestrap has now been updated for KitKat! The procedure to flash a ROM on KitKat is the same as flashing a ROM on Jelly Bean so follow the steps above! *Note: ROM Slots are currently a work in progress so you will have to flash KitKat ROMs to your stock slot. While inconvenient this is really no different from TWRP/CWM.
Now that I know how to flash a Custom ROM – what types of ROMs are compatible?
Because of the locked bootloader on the AT&T Note 3, only Samsung TouchWiz based Custom ROM’s are able to be flashed to the AT&T Note 3. These ROMs can be found under the Android Development subheading of the AT&T Note 3 XDA Forums.
Custom ROMs based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) such as CyanogenMOD, Paranoid Android, Omni, etc cannot be flashed. This is due to the inability to flash custom kernels using Safestrap Recovery.
I am ready to update from Jelly Bean to KitKat! How do I do this safely?
Ohhh noooo...I think I just bricked my Note 3! Fix it for me...please!
If you can get into Download Mode (& you probably can) you can get it fixed thanks to @evilpotatoman's awesome MJ5 restore method!!! It may seem intimidating at first but as long as you read the instructions, read them again, and then follow the instructions exactly your Note 3 will be back to new! If you have any problems..just ask in the Q&A thread...there are many members willing to help you!
Ready to fix your "bricked" AT&T Note 3 - CLICK HERE!
What is Samsung KNOX & do I need to worry about it?
TLDR; Your IT Department likes Knox but there isn’t really a reason for you to like Knox. Most Custom ROM’s have already removed Knox for you so it’s not something that you need to be worried about unless you are running factory stock.
What does it mean when other members ask if something will “trip Knox”?
By tripping this counter it allows Samsung to deny warranty claims for bricked devices….that’s pretty much it.
How can I tell if I have tripped the Knox Flag?
- KNOX WARRANTY VOID: 0x0 - you have not tripped Knox...you're doing great!
- KNOX WARRANTY VOID: 0x1 - you HAVE tripped Knox...commence the freak out!
THIS THREAD IS A WORK IN PROGRESS!!!
I will continue to update & format as we go! If you see anything that is incorrect or you think you can improve upon drop me a PM!