Rooting an Android device used to be a relatively simple process. This changed with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 since initial rooting methods triggered its Knox security software to mark the status of the device as unnoficial thus voiding its warranty. The good news is that a better rooting method has been discovered which does not void the warranty of the device.
XDA developers’ designgears and Chainfire announced the new rooting method which they call Root de la Vega. Its named after AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega. This method does not affect the Knox security software for the device in any way. The procedure will still initially set the device status as unnoficial and void its warranty however can be reversed using the Xposed Framework along with the Wanam Xposed app.
The procedure involves flashing a custom pre-rooted firmware that will wipe all data on the device instantly. This means that if you plan on rooting your Note 3 you better make a backup of your data first.
Right now Root de la Vega is available for the international Snapdragon model (SM-N9005), the SM-N900W8, and for the T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T variants.
General Rooting Instructions
Note: This will wipe out all data on your device (internal and sdcard).
- Remove the external sdcard
- Boot into bootloader mode
- Load the correct AP file into the AP slot in Odin
- Load the correct CSC file into the CSC slot in Odin
- Click start in Odin, wait for it to fully flash
- Let your device fully boot after flashing has completed
- Copy the contents of Root_de_la_Vega.zip to the root of the internal storage /My Computer/[Phone Name]/Phone/
- Delete the files from the internal storage that were added previously at /My Computer/[Phone Name]/Phone/
- Reinsert the external sdcard
- You now have a rooted Galaxy Note 3