Retain root on T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3 after NE6 software update

Shortly after getting the first software update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, in late May, T-Mobile released a new update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with software version N900TUVUDNE6. Based on its changelog, the NE6 update for Note 3 just a minor revise that delivers TMo VoLTE compatibility, so the most significant changes are located in the phone’s radio, while the system software receives no significant change. However, your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 root access will lose once it upgraded to NE6.


As we know, T-Mobile is the first carrier in the US that implement VoLTE, which means our phone calls will be carried over LTE networks. There are so many benefits that we can get on VoLTE-enabled smartphones, such as the faster phone call setup times and also the ability to utilize fast 4G LTE data connection while calling. Having said that, at the moment the TMo VoLTE only available in Seattle, so for those who live in other locations this software update won’t be beneficial for you.

Also read: How to enable ISIS Mobile Wallet on rooted Note 3

For those who already have TMO’s VoLTE access, you should immediately perform a software upgrade, do not worry about superuser privileges, since the Chainfire’s Auto-Root method still works with this N900TUVUDNE6 update. Here is the detailed guide to maintain root on the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 NE6 running software version.

  • A PC running Windows OS (Win 8 / 7 / XP).
  • Update your Samsung USB drivers (optional).
  • An OEM USB cable, that came with the box.
  • Battery capacity should more than 50%.
  • Pick up the CF-Auto-Root tool from, make sure to choose a file for SM-N900T model number.
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Image: Samsung

How to: T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3 NE6 root (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)

  1. Extract the “”, you will see a file with .tar.md5 extension as well as Odin.
  2. Double-click the Odin executable file.
  3. Right after the Odin is launched, hit the “PDA” button and point to “.tar.md5” file you’ve extracted before.
  4. Before flashing check out the option, ensure that the Repartition option isn’t checked.
  5. Now turn of your Note 3, then put it into download mode, by using Volume down + Home + Power, just opt to continue.
  6. Connect the phone to the computer’s USB, avoid using a USB 3.0 slot. You should see your phone detected now, look at ID:COM area.
  7. When all set, hit the “Start” button on Odin, do not disrupt the flashing process. As soon as the Odin displays a PASS message, the phone will restart by itself.
  8. Once starts up, login to to Google Play Store then update SuperSU (when it’s available), then run the SuperSU app to complete the su binary set up.

Your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 running NE6 should rooted now, sometimes the phone is unable to boot into recovery to obtain root. Repeat the process once again, but be sure to uncheck the “Auto Reboot”. Once flashing completed, simply take out the battery then put it again, boot into recovery mode manually (Volume Up+Home+Power).



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One Response

  1. Nate
    June 1, 2014 at 5:13 PMReply

    Good simple guide. This method is confirmed to work on Note 3, T-Mobile, 4.4.2 NE6. Was previously rooted before Kies NE6 update. DO NOT USE KINGO. Kingo causes bootloop and sadness. Thank you very much,

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