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20th June 2014, 10:06 PM   |  #1  
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Hey guys, I just recently bought my Note 3 and it unfortunately came with NC4. Thanks to Geohot and his TowelRoot I was able to root my phone and install some minor/simple tweaks using Xposed Installer to make my Note 3 usable. Here's a step-by-step of what I did to get my phone to achieve better battery life and performance while also maintaining a decent amount of customization options without installing a full-blown ROM since SafeStrap currently has issues with the OTA NC4 update..

1. Download, install, and run TowelRoot to achieve root on the Galaxy Note 3.
2. After the reboot induced by TowelRoot, install SuperUser from the Google Play Store. You should install one of the following three: Superuser by ChainsDD, SuperSU by Chainfire, or Superuser by ClockworkMod.

You will probably get a notification when you open any of these apps: “The Superuser binary (su) must be updated.” I never bothered to update and every app that has requested root has been working fine for me. Please skip to the second post to see how to update your Superuser binaries if this notification bothers you.

3. Next, install Greenify and SetCPU. Open Greenify, select all apps, and then select hibernate. You can select whichever apps you'd like to hibernate but since this is a post about what I did, hibernate all!
4. Open up SetCPU and set your max clock-speed to 2265 and min clock-speed to 883. Check “Set on Boot” and change “interactive” to “ondemand”.

* I also set a conditional profile that is activated when my screen is turned off (max CPU 729, min CPU 300, Governor powersave). However, this causes some delay when unlocking the phone as the CPUs have to ramp-up. It is actually doing much better on standby but I know that others don’t have patience for that split-second CPU ramp-up to occur, so creating this profile is up to you.*

5. Open up your browser and go to http://repo.xposed.info/module/de.ro...osed.installer. Then download de.robv.android.xposed.installer_v33_36570c.apk. Install the apk and run it. Select “Framework” and then select “Install/Update”. Allow it to install and reboot.
6. Once rebooted, open up the Xposed Installer app once again. Go to the “Download Section” and search for and install ActivityForceNewTask, Chrome New Tab (Xposed), DVFS Disabler, GravityBox [KK], Smooth System Progress Bars, Statusbar Scroll to Top, StopSwitchDelay, and YouTube AdAway.
7. After installing these modules, open up the Xposed Installer app once again and go to Modules. Make sure you activate all of the aforementioned modules you installed by checking each’s checkbox.
8. Reboot your device.
9. Open up Xposed Installer again, go to modules, select DVFS disabler, and check the box within the app that states “Disable TouchWiz DVFS”. Go back to the Modules section in Xposed Installer, select GravityBox and enable or disable any customizations that you’d like. Go back to the Modules section in Xposed Installer, select Greenify and enable Boost Mode and Keep Notifications. Go back to the Modules section in Xposed Installer, for the Smooth System Progress Bars, Statusbar Scroll to Top, StopSwitchDelay, and YouTube AdAway modules, select whatever settings you desire.
10. Reboot your device.
11. Enjoy smoother performance and somewhat better battery life.

Please let me know what you guys think if you do this!
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20th June 2014, 10:16 PM   |  #2  
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*OPTIONAL* For those that can't stand that their SuperUser binaries are out of date, follow these instructions:
I do know that some of you are extremely anal about these things so I’ll list what you need to do in order to update the Superuser binary.
1. Download http://download.chainfire.eu/448/Sup...SU-v1.99r5.zip .
2. DO NOT FLASH IT. First, unzip the file and transfer it over to /common folder and install superuser.apk.
3. Run SuperSU from the App Drawer and let the binary update. If you installed SuperSU by Chainfire earlier, disable KNOX. By flashing CWM you’ll trip KNOX.
20th June 2014, 10:48 PM   |  #3  
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^^any clue how the DVFS effects battery Wanam exposed has or defaulted on so I disabled it as well as dl'd the DVFS disabler stop switch and you tube add away..I'll give em a shot thanls!

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Quote:
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^^any clue how the DVFS effects battery Wanam exposed has or defaulted on so I disabled it as well as dl'd the DVFS disabler stop switch and you tube add away..I'll give em a shot thanls!

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I'm not sure what you meant, however, I do know that if you have DVFS disabled through Wanam you do not need to download and install DVFS disabler. DVFS disabler is more for performance rather than battery gains.
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Quote:
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I'm not sure what you meant, however, I do know that if you have DVFS disabled through Wanam you do not need to download and install DVFS disabler. DVFS disabler is more for performance rather than battery gains.

I should proofread...lol..sorry about that I meant to ask if the DVFS can eat battery while enabled I don't know much about it..I disabled it and will check it out..sorry for the confusion..thanks!

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What should the I/O scheduler be set to in SetCPU for normal and your profile?
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Would this work on the N900W8 model running KitKat 4.4.2 with the latest band and kernal update?
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Just greenifying a few apps has helped my battery immensely. Before, I was getting terrible battery life.. burning over 3% at idle. Didnt matter if I turned off Google now, location reporting, or any of that stuff.

Now I have everythign on full bore.. syncing, location, google now, etc.. And Im getting about a 1.3% burn at idle. Probably could tune it more, but im satisified for now.
22nd June 2014, 07:32 PM   |  #9  
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I don't understand the binary update issue. I do it on every device I have rooted directly after installing SuperSU. Never had a single problem... although, I am slightly new to the Verizon Note3 NC4 ownership.

I don't really have any battery issues or performance problems, but I'm curious to try this and see the difference. My device runs a smooth 24 hours with constant use, and I still have 60% by the time I get home.

My apps are all greenified. I use SD Maid to turn off autostart programs. I keep Bluetooth, WiFi, and Full location GPS on all the time, and play some serious games throughout the day. Maybe I have a super battery. Lol.

Im all about performance....so will update after trying this. Thanks for the detail and great post!
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Got the idle burn rate down ever lower now.. greenifed everything that the app listed, turned off wifi, gps, location reporting, and google now.


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