How to Root Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 on Android 5.0 Lollipop Leaked Firmware [CF-Auto-Root]

Android 5.0 Lollipop stock firmware with build number N900XXUGBNL8 leaked for the Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 (Exynos Variant) recently which is a stable version. Additionally, the bluetooth and screen issues has been fixed without any external file flashing, according to shinu-kou (XDA Member). So if you have Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 and updated it to Android 5.0 Lollipop leaked firmware then the next thing is to get the rooting method for that Android OS version, that every Android user wish.

Rooting basically enables you to get full control over your device. No doubt that stock apps and mods are good but installing Custom Mods give you better performance, support and enhanced battery life. Those who have already flashed the leaked Android 5.0 firmware on their Galaxy Note 3 devices, here is a good news for them that the root method is now available to root your Galaxy Note 3 SM-900. Thanks to shinu-kou for sharing Lollipop leaked firmware, CWM recovery and Super SU to get access to the internal file system of the Note 3. In this guide we’ll use Odin to flash the CWM recovery and SuperSU will be installed via CWM recovery.


This guide is working with the Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 only. Do not try to attempt it on any incorrect variant, as a result it might brick your device. You can verify the model number of your device by going to Settings > About Device > Model Number.

Warning: will not be responsible for any kind of damage or lose occurred to your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) before or after the rooting process. Rooting will void the manufacturer’s warranty of your device. Proceed at your own risk.

Before Getting Started:

  • Make a proper backup of all your important data before proceeding to the rooting guide.
  • Make sure that you have properly installed correct USB drivers on your PC for Galaxy Note 3.
  • Enable USB Debugging Mode on your device by navigating to Settings - Developer Options.
  • The battery level of your Galaxy Note 3 should be at least about 70% charged to prevent unexpected shutdowns while rooting the phone.

Required Files:

Steps to Root Galaxy Note 3 on Android 5.0 Lollipop (N900XXUGBNL8) Leaked Firmware & Install CWM Recovery:

Step No 1:- First, download the CWM recovery, CF-Auto-Root files and Odin flashing tool from the above links on the PC.

Step No 2:- Now unzip Odin package in a folder on the desktop of your PC.

Step No 3:- Copy the CWM recovery and the CF-Auto-Root files to the same folder where you have extracted the Odin files.

Step No 4:- Turn Off your Galaxy Note 3 in order to boot into Download Mode.

Step No 5:- Turn On the device by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power keys altogether till a warning screen appears. Confirm to enter into Download Mode using Power button.

Step No 6:- Run Odin flashing tool on your computer (Run As Administrator)

Step No 7:- Plug your phone to the PC via its USB Data cable.

Step No 8:- In Odin, click on the AP button and navigate to the CWM recovery file (n900-cwm-recovery- Select it and confirm to begin the flashing process.

Step No 9:- Once the CWM recovery installed on your Galaxy Note 3, flash the CF-Auto-Root file by repeating the above steps.

Step No 10:- Now to install SuperSU, put the device into Recovery mode. To do so, first, turn off the phone and then turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power buttons at the same time. Release the Power button once the Galaxy Logo blink three times.

Step No 11:- Navigate to Install Zip > Choose Zip.

Step No 12:- Flash the Super

Step No 13:- Reboot your Galaxy Note 3.

Done! You’ve successfully Rooted Galaxy Note 3 and Installed CWM Recovery.

Let us know in the comments section below if you have any query or issue while rooting or installing CWM recovery on your Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900.

  1. Reply HarshJan 23, 2015 at 6:15 am

    After flashing CWM Recovery and CF Auto Root File my mobile shows error after booting “Google stops, S healty fail, MTP storage fail” and my moble doesn’t on. To on it again i have flash Lollipop file again.

  2. Reply Band1cerv0Jan 23, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Same problem for me. Any solution ?

  3. Reply Band1cerv0Jan 23, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Plus I dont see “Install Zip” in recovery menu, so I can’t flash Super SU.

  4. Reply CarpevilJan 24, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    This version is not working well. The volume options is missing some options and Facebook doesn`t work as well, always crash even before a new instalation. I try for 3 times install that version, and I didn`t get anything else different. Sorry guys, but I think is better wait for another one.

  5. Reply AntitoxinFeb 13, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    My device is SM-N9000Q (Turkey) running Lollipop 5.0 stock rom for Russia which makes it look like a SM-N900. I followed the above steps. Didn’t have to flash Super SU. (It somehow updated su itself to 2.45)
    No problems until now.
    Thanks for the guide. =)

    • Reply ANTITOXINFeb 15, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      Hi, me again. After several hours of using my phone (sometimes idle of course) all applications started to stop one by one. Turning it off and on didin’t work, so I had to reflash the rom and left this root aside for a while

  6. Reply Alfred IkediashiFeb 28, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I need your guide on how to flash,How do I get to the option of install zip on my phone SM N900 Note 3



  7. Reply plazman91Mar 1, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Hi, be sure to untick auto reset when flasing cwm, u need to flash it a second time because when you flash cf-auto root it restores the original recovery, instead after flashing cf-auto root flash cwm and make sure to untick auto reboot, once flashed, pull battery and disconnect usb, then reinsert battery and boot into cwm and flash supersu, vol up-power-home button.

  8. Reply MartinMar 4, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    hi guys! i always hae the same issue no matter what root i try i always get stuck in this part

    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    NAND Write Start!!

    it stays in there for a while and then say root fail… no chance off reboot i need to update firmware from kies or reflash cwm and start the cel again…

    Any idea whats the issue here?

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