With the Note 4 being announced late last year the Note 3 has quickly become outdated. This means that Samsung will take a lot of time before rolling out the firmware to your Note 3 devices. However, we are here to remedy that with a taste of Lollipop and Touchwiz for your prized phablet.
- N9005 Galaxy Note 3 (LTE variant only)
- Windows PC
- USB data cable
- Samsung USB Drivers. You can get them from here or here.
- You will need an ADB interface. you can learn how to set it up from here or download Minimal ADB from here
- Next up is Odin. You need to download it from this link here. After completion extract the zip files to a folder, you’ll be needing them soon enough.
- And last but not the ROM itself. This one is a whooper at 1.1 Gigs so check the zip for corruptions. Download it from here.
For the transition to go smoothly we will need to enable the USB Debugging options from the Developer Options in the Settings menu.
If you cannot find the Developer options on your device, head to “About device,” then tap on “Build number” repeatedly to unlock it!
Plug the phone into the computer with the USB cable and tick this dialogue box on your phone.
Open Minimal ADB and type in the following commands in it:
db shell su -c "dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk0 of=/sdcard/My-N9005.pit bs=1 skip=17408 count=4244"
adb pull /sdcard/My-N9005.pit
This is used to generate a backup of the PIT file of your Note 3 and can be found at C:\Program Files (x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder.
Extract the ROM file that you downloaded.
You should have these files left in the folder
You’ve to put your phone into Download Mode.
Start by powering your phone completely off. When the screen goes black, press and hold the home, volume down, and power buttons simultaneously. After a few seconds, a warning message will appear, press the volume up button.
With this done, plug your phone into the PC
Run the Odin exe file “As Administrator“.
Next up Odin will connect to your device. It may take a few minutes, but you’ll know when it’s ready as the “ID:COM” box turns light blue and a COM port number is displayed.
With that done, click on the “AP” button.
Go to the folder of the extracted ZIP of the ROM. From the extracted MD5 files that starts with the letters “AP,” then select it and click open.
Wait a few momments for the file to load by Odin. When it has, the text box in the bottom-left corner will say “Leave CS” and the AP box will be check marked.
Repeat this same process for the “BL,” “CP,” and “CSC” buttons and their associated MD5 files from the extracted folder.
This is where it gets a bit tricky so listen up.With the 32GB version, make sure that the “Auto Reboot,” “Re-Partition,” and “F. Reset Time” boxes in Odin are all ticked.
If you have the 16GB version, make sure that only the “Auto Reboot” and “F.Reset Time” boxes are ticked—do NOT check the “Re-Partition” box.
Click the Start button to start the process.
For the 16GB version you have to perform a factory data reset. Boot into recovery mode by pressing the volume up, home, and power buttons simultaneously from a powered-off state, then choose the “Factory Reset” option.
With that done, you’re ready to enjoy the leaked Touchwiz Lollipop firmware on your Note 3. If you have any comments or queries leave them in the comments below.