It seems like the LTE version of the Galaxy Note 3 lives in the shadow of the 3G version when it comes to updates, as the second is getting consistently updated, while the first get nothing. There is a new firmware stock build, based on Android 4.4.2 for the 3G version of the Galaxy Note 3. This update turns your exynos 5 octa core CPU powered device into the build number N900XXUENG1. This update is available in India, as well as some other Asian countries. The firmware is also Live in Russia, for those curious. The build date for the Galaxy Note 3 N900XXUENG1 firmware update is July 8. The N900XXUENG1 stock build is free for any country and region, so if you want to install it on your SM-N900 Galaxy Note 3, here’s an easy guide on how to do that:
Before starting, be advised that we will not be held responsible for any damage cause to your phone.
Before you start the actual process:
- Make sure you have the appropriate USB drivers installed on your computer for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
- Go to Developer Options and make sure that USB Debugging Mode is activated.
- Make sure to backup all your important data, because this process will wipe out all your data.
- Only start the process when you have at least 80 % battery or above, so it won’t turn off due to lack of battery in the middle of the process and possibly damage your phone.
- It is recommended that you perform this on phones that are not locked to a particular carrier.
- Note that this process will replace any custom ROM and recovery you might have with stock firmware and recovery.
- The installation of this official firmware will cause you to lose your root priviledges
- Go to your phone settings in the About Phone screen, and make sure you have the SM-N900 model of the Galaxy Note 3, because this tutorials is only for that model, and flashing this firmware on anything else may result in bricking your phone.
Getting to the actual installation :
- Extract the firmware zip you downloaded and get the files inside. The most important file you should look for is the .tar.md5 file
- Get the Odin3 v.3.09.exe by extracting the Odin zip.
- Turn off your Note 3, then bring it back in Download Mode, which you achieve by holding down the Power, Home and Volume Down buttons all at once.
- Run Odin on your computer as an administrator, then connect the phone to your computer using a USB cable, and then wait for the ID:COM box in Odin to turn light blue.
- Click the AP button in Odin, then select the .tar.md5 file.
- Enable F. Reset Time and Auto Reboot, but not Re-Partition, leave that once unchecked.
- Make sure that everything is ok, then hit start.
- After it will finish, the phone will automatically reboot, and you can plug it out of your computer when it reaches the home screen. The last thing you should do, is go to the About Phone section of your settings and make sure you have the correct build installed.
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