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How to install Android 4.4.2 on the Galaxy Note 3 [Update: official]

Kris Carlon
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If you got a Galaxy Note 3 for Christmas, Samsung has just given you a belated gift: Android 4.4.2 can now be installed on your Note 3. It's a test build only, with a build number of N9005XXUENA6, for the Note 3 SM-N9005. If you don't mind the occasional bug while the polished version gets prepared for delivery, then you can pop the latest Android version on your Note 3 right now. Update: the official firmware update via Kies has now begun in Poland, and the firmware number for that official update is the same as this firmware, meaning nothing at all has changed since this version.

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Wait no more! Get Android 4.4.2 on your Galaxy Note 3 right now. / © Google, Samsung/AndroidPIT

As far as changes go, according to Sam Mobile, it's all much the same as the Android 4.4.2 test firmware for the Galaxy S4 that we shared last week. This is a preliminary final build, so nothing will be added or subtracted from this to the final version, just minor bug fixes and other improvements. That rollout will go live in the next couple of weeks and slowly filter out to different countries and carriers. But if you can't wait that long here's how to get Android 4.4.2 on your Galaxy Note 3.

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Without manually flashing you could be waiting weeks or months for the OTA update. / © AndroidPIT

Please note: Flashing this firmware on your device is done at your own risk and neither AndroidPIT nor I will assume any responsibility for damage done. Flashing this firmware will not void your warranty or increase your binary flash counter. Please back up your data before proceeding as this process will wipe your device. This is the Open Europe firmware for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) with a build date of January 9th, 2014.

Install Android 4.4.2 firmware on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005

1. Download the firmware here: Android 4.4.2 firmware test Samsung SM-N9005.

2. Unzip the zip file, and you will get two files with the extension .tar.md5 and a file with the extension .tar

3. Download Odin 3.09, and unpack the .zip also.

4. Launch Odin.

5. Reboot your Galaxy Note 3 in download mode (Volume Down + Power + Home button).

6. Connect your Galaxy Note 3 via USB cable to your computer and wait for Odin to recognize it. A blue box should then appear (in the program).

7. Add:

AP_N9005XXUENA6_340325_REV03_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to AP box.
BL_N9005XXUENA6_340325_REV03_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to BL box.
CP_N9005XXUENA2_REV03_CL1277177.tar.md5 to CP box.
CSC_OXX_N9005OXXENA5_327209_REV03_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to CSC box.

8. Make sure that the re-partition box is not checked.

9. Click Start and wait a few minutes until the procedure ends. Do not disconnect your Note 3, be patient.

10. Once your Galaxy Note 3 restarts, it's over!

As usual, if you have any concerns at startup, perform a wipe data/factory reset in recovery mode (Volume Up + Power + Home button).

Have you flashed the Android 4.4.2 test firmware yet? What are your thoughts on KitKat on the Note 3?

[Update: 2:30 PM Berlin time 13.01.14]

The official Samsung update via Kies has already started to roll out in Poland. That official update has the exact same build number as this ''test'' firmware, meaning that no further  improvemetns or bug fixes were made to the firmware presented in this article before being released officially. So if you've installed this, you have the official version, and if you were holding off - there's no longer any need (but you can also attempt to update via Kies as well).

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      Kris Carlon 3 months ago Link

      Yep, duly updated. Although apparently the Polish firmware may still get changed before it appears elsewhere...

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  • Narayan Sharma 3 months ago Link

    will their be a 4.4 update for the note 2

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      Kris Carlon 2 months ago Link

      Hi@Narayan, there will be, more than likely around March/April, barring any unforeseen catastrophes with Samsung updates in between now and then.

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  • King Butt 2 months ago Link

    Helloo Sir,,,
    please inform this updates used in Galaxy note3 sm-n900 or Galaxy note3 sm-n9005
    soon ,,,,i have SM-N900

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    • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 2 months ago Link

      is is noted, that this is for N9005:
      "This is the Open Europe firmware for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) with a build date of January 9th, 2014."

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      • King Butt 2 months ago Link

        hmmm this updates is not for sm-n900???

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      • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 2 months ago Link

        no.

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      • King Butt 2 months ago Link

        okay thanks,,,,,,
        you have any idea updates for sm-n900 andriod 4.4

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      • King Butt 2 months ago Link

        you have any link downlaod this updates,,,for my mobile galaxy note3 sm-n900

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      • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 2 months ago Link

        no sorry. maybe they come later this month or in Feb...

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      • King Butt 2 months ago Link

        hmm thanks buddy,,,,,,after come,,,you will be upload in this page,,,okay,,,,

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      • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 2 months ago Link

        you can also check sammobile.com they are pretty fast with bringing news about their updates and you can also DL them there...

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    • Zodiak Khan 2 months ago Link

      The official Android 4.4.2 update for Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900 and SM-N9005) is now available.

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  • Alireza Asi 2 months ago Link

    i have a problem
    i can add
    AP_N9005XXUENA6_340325_REV03_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to AP box.
    BL_N9005XXUENA6_340325_REV03_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to BL box.
    but how add
    CP_N9005XXUENA2_REV03_CL1277177.tar.md5 to CP box.
    CSC_OXX_N9005OXXENA5_327209_REV03_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to CSC box.
    ????
    i just download a zip file and extract it
    ad have
    N9005XXUENA6_N9005OXXENA5_N9005XXUENA2_HOME.tar.md5
    SS_DL.dll
    pls help me

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    • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 2 months ago Link

      this is a one-part file. only put it in AP andf push through... CP-CSC and BL are for 3 and four part roms...

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  • Alireza Asi 2 months ago Link

    where i can find cp and csc file to add?

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      Kris Carlon 2 months ago Link

      Hi @Alireza, as @Philipp suggested, you can simply add the AP line and ignore the rest.

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      • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 2 months ago Link

        if you ask me you should add this also to your guide, along with the note that on older versions of Odin we have Bootloader, PDA and Modem for BL, AP and CP respectively...

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