WELCOME TO THE VERIZON NOTE 3
FIRMWARE MIRROR *** GUIDE FOR ROOTING, USING ODIN & UPDATING TO THE LATEST OTA *** TECHNICAL Q&A
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****STOCK TAR FILES****
*LATEST* MJE TAR: ALL_N900VVRUBMJE_N900VVZWMJE_2106277_REV03_user_lo w_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5
*OLD* MJ7 TAR: N900VVRUBMJ7_N900VVZWMJ7_N900VVRUBMJ7_HOME.tar.md5
*OLD* MI9 TAR: ALL_N900VVRUBMI9_N900VVZWMI9_1671014_REV03_user_lo w_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5
****MODEM TAR FILES****
Odin v3.09 - ALL NEEDED FEATURES ENABLED (AP, CP, ETC.)
SuperSU Zip v1.91
KIES3SETUP.EXE - SAMSUNG SOFTWARE TOOL
Samsung PC Drivers
MD5 Check Software
Archiving Software (For Use with Zip Files)
UPDATE TO LATEST OTA (MJE)
METHOD 1 - BACK TO MJ7 & ACCEPT OTA:
MJ7 Tar File
Latest Odin (currently v3.09)
PC & USB to Micro USB Cable
1) Download and MD5 check the Tar file above.
2) Power down your device. Once fully off, HOLD POWER, HOME & VOLUME DOWN BUTTONS. A screen will appear with a warning about custom operating systems - press VOLUME UP to continue to download / odin mode
3) Plug your device into the PC & wait for Odin to show a "com" box with a number in the upper left corner of the window. Put the tar file above into the "AP" slot of Odin and wait for the "Start" button in Odin to be enabled. It could take a minute or two for Odin to read the tar file - it's a couple gigs, which is large - be patient. Once it's ready, click start and it will install a clean, unrooted MJ7 stock OTA firmware.
4) Once on this firmware you can navigate to Software Update via Menu > Settings > About Phone > Software Update. Once you've tapped this you'll see an option to either check for updates or download now/later. Select whichever option you have to update and wait for the file to download. You'll then be prompted to install now or wait. Install and it will automatically take over and install the latest OTA Firmware build ending in MJE. This will install the latest software, firmware, modem and kernel. As always with Odin, most likely you will lose all your data. Some have reported that their data was intact - I have no explanation for this as Odin is supposed to wipe your device during the flashing process - PREPARE AS IF DATA WILL BE LOST.
METHOD 2 - STRAIGHT TO MJE:
MJE Tar File
Latest Odin (currently v3.09)
Archiving Software (i.e. 7zip)
PC & USB to Micro USB Cable
1) Download and MD5 check the Zipped Tar file above.
2) Navigate to the MJE file on your PC. Right click it and hover over "7-Zip," on the pop-out menu select "Extract Here." (Nearly any archiving software will appear in this right-click menu) It will decompress the tar file we need and you'll be ready to continue. This process will not work until you've decompressed the zip file!
3) Power down your device. Once fully off, HOLD POWER, HOME & VOLUME DOWN BUTTONS. A screen will appear with a warning about custom operating systems - press VOLUME UP to continue to download / odin mode
4) Plug your device into the PC & wait for Odin to show a "com" box with a number in the upper left corner of the window. Put the tar file above into the "AP" slot of Odin and wait for the "Start" button in Odin to be enabled. It could take a minute or two for Odin to read the tar file - it's a couple gigs, which is large - be patient. Once it's ready, click start and it will install a clean, unrooted MJE stock OTA firmware. As always with Odin, most likely you will lose all your data. Some have reported that their data was intact - I have no explanation for this as Odin is supposed to wipe your device during the flashing process - PREPARE AS IF DATA WILL BE LOST.
HOW TO ROOT
****DISCLAIMER: PROCEEDING & ROOTING YOUR DEVICE IS YOUR CHOICE - USING THE FOLLOWING ROOT TECHNIQUE IS, AS ALWAYS, AT YOUR OWN RISK - FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS AND YOU'LL BE FINE.****
There are two known methods to root MJ7 & MJE. I will not discuss how to root MI9 because there's no benefit whatsoever to remaining on that original build. Nothing was lost moving to MJ7 or MJE so if you want to be rooted I'd recommend moving on up to a later build.
Both Root methods are essentially "One-Click" applications produced by people or companies not using XDA as their methods of distribution. They are very simple and easy to use tools that are installed on your PC and guide you step-by-step through the process via the computer program. The one I recommend using is called "Kingo." There is also one called "vRoot" but, since I have no experience using it nor have any data on others successfully using it, I'll always recommend Kingo. Because they don't post these to XDA, I cannot post links to the source files. This is at the moderators and administrators of XDA's request. DON'T ask for the direct link(s) and NO posting them - they will be flagged down and moderators will haunt your dreams.
Once you've downloaded the files...Google is your friend
...install them and run them. They will ask for your phone to be connected - use the same USB to Micro USB cable as you used before - it should be a reliable one, as well as a reliable port on your PC. Watch the PC screen and the Device screen - there will be a few times you need to either wake the device or accept something on the device screen to progress - don't take a nap during this process. Sometimes it can take a while to download the files needed, other times it's a 5 minute process. YMMV
HOW TO ADD A CUSTOM RECOVERY
A logical next step after rooting is to add a custom recovery. Currently the Verizon Note 3 has a locked bootloader - this is bad news. It means we have no true custom recoveries available. There is nothing you can do about this, short of becoming extremely proficient in hacking enterprise level encryption overnight. Godspeed in this endeavor.
We have been blessed though - @Hashcode
has worked his magic and enabled "Safestrap" a form of "Bootstrap" recovery which is, as the name implies, more reliable and, well, safer. This is a very stable and viable replacement for a typical custom recovery. In fact, it's based on one of the most popular recoveries - Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short.
Head over here [RECOVERY LOCKED/MI9,MJ7,MJE] Safestrap Recovery v3.71 [2013-12-27 BETA]
to grab the latest APK and read the install instructions in the OP there CAREFULLY. This is not a foolproof tool and you are taking the same kind of risks as you took rooting your device. See appropriate disclaimers in Hashcode's thread. That being said, it's worked flawlessly for nearly everybody involved and word of "bricks" (or permanently damaged devices) for the Note 3 is basically nill - so stop worrying, follow directions and enjoy! I'd recommend version 3.65 currently as it has no reported problems.
There are STABLE and BETA versions as of this writing (12.19.13) so choose carefully based on what you need and the offerings of each. I'd recommend stable if you don't know which to choose for obvious reasons. It will do all you need for now, and the beta will surely be designated stable soon enough at which time you can update and enjoy.
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This is a GUIDE & Q&A thread so I am totally open to fielding questions about this or any other process of a technical nature regarding the Verizon Note 3. Please keep the chatter to a minimum and discussion of apps, themes, preferences, etc. in their appropriate places. Looking forward to helping!