Finally, the US Cellular version of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900R4) receives its first OTA update to software version N900R4TYUCNAB, though a first update, it brings the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Much like some other Android devices, when you choose to download and apply an upgraded software, the root access will be gone permanently. The method that you use earlier, including Kingo will most likely not be able to work with this new software version, since it is designed for a previous version of Android (Jelly Bean).
The new NAB software version brings major upgrades to our phones so it’s a pity if you missed it. Apart from providing upgraded OS it also brings numerous tweaks, such as media controls and camera access from the lockscreen, now you can choose between three options (GPS, Wi-Fi, mobile networks) to determine your location, wireless printing support as well as others.
Luckily for us, Chainfire just updated its CF-Autoroot, and magically it works to root our US Cellular Galaxy Note 3 running KitKat Android 4.4.2 from OTA update (N900R4TYUCNAB). Even though the method isn’t as simple as Kingo one-click tool, but it’s worth a try.
- You should have the latest Samsung USB drivers, which can be obtained through the standalone installer or via the Samsung KIES desktop app.
- A CF-Autoroot package, get it here, it’s designed for SM-N9005 running 4.4.2 but it has been tested by Team USC member and reportedly working.
How to: US Cellular Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat root
- Extract the zipped file you’ve downloaded from Chainfire’s site. You will see several files there, but the important thing is a file with md5 extension (CF-Auto-Root-hlte-hltexx-smn9005.tar.md5).
- Put your USC Galaxy Note 3 into download mode (Shut off the unit initially, after that press and keep the Volume down + Home + Power button pressed for a couple of seconds).
- Link up the device to your PC via USB cable, the Odin should detect your device now (look at the ID:COM), if not there’s should be a problem with the installed drivers.
- Click the PDA button, then look for the tar.md5 file that’s located in the same folder.
- Once all set, now click the “Start” button to begin the flashing process of superuser exploit.
- After the flashing is successful, the phones will reboot and you will see a new SuperSU app installed, open it and finish the su installation. Once done, your US Cellular Galaxy Note 3 running KitKat (NAB) should rooted, just verify it with a root checker app.