The new OTA Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware can be installed on the Galaxy Note 3 N900 by using a manually step by step guide as an alternative if this release isn’t pushed out as an automatically OTA update.
As you might know that, if you want to install a custom ROM you can choose to flash it on your Note 3 by using ODIN app.
Well if you want to change your firmware from your device, then I will begin to teach you the customize process for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on official (stock) Lollipop Operating System by show you how to flash the CWM recovery image on your device.
The custom recovery mode is very important if you are an Advanced Android user and you want to proceed numerous custom action on your device. So, this step by step guide will show you how to install the CWM recovery for the new Android 5.0 Lollipop device.
Note that, not all CWM recovery versions are fully compatible with the newest Android updates.
As you might know that this operation is now an official one and it is representing a custom and unofficial process. Each Android based device comes out of the box with a stock/ official recovery image. This tool is integrated to establish a connection between the user and the device’s internal system. Of course, when the recovery image is a stock one then there you’ll have limited possibility to customize your device, that’s why you need to replacing the stock recovery with a custom recovery one such as CWM.
Another important thing to know is that when you are applying a new stock update, all factory restrictions will be reintegrated on your device and the stock recovery image will also reinstalled on your Galaxy Note 3 device. Therefore, if you want to have a custom recovery image on your device you will now have to flash the CWM recovery once more.
The CWM recovery image represents one of the best and most popular custom recovery apps available for Android based devices. CWM recovery brings with a user friendly interface and numerous great features. By using its options you can do different operations such as: updating your device with a custom ROM, obtaining root access, installing custom kernels. Get Nandroid backup, removing bloatware and more.
As I told you before, the installation of the CWM recovery image is not an official operation and you should know that you will lose the warranty of your device once the new custom recovery is flashed on your device. So, if you don’t perform a correct installation of the CWM you can end up in bricking your device and you will either to pay for the technical assistance.
Ensure that you will back-up all your data because, during the installation process your data might get wiped out. For getting the backup you can use compatible and free available applications from Google Play Store.
When you backup your data you can include to save your contact list, call logs history, SMS and text messages, EFS folder, market applications, device’s internet settings, images, videos, docs and all files important for you.
During the installation process, a PC is necessary, your Android device and your device’s USB cable will also be required to connect the smartphone at some points.
Deactivate or temporary uninstall antivirus or antimalware protections, these security tools might interfere with the installation process and to stop it.
On the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 device deactivate the USB debugging option from “menu – settings – developer options”, this thing is necessary to establish an USB connection between your device and the PC.
The device’s battery power level should have more than 65 % power left before starting the installation of CWM recovery image.
This step by step guide is fully compatible with Samsung Galaxy Note 3 model number N900, only. Your device should also run the newest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS.
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Download the ODIN app, save it in your PC and then unzip the downloaded file and install the same on your PC.
Download the Samsung Kies, save it on your PC and install the same. (The Kies software is required to be installed for flashing the Galaxy Note 3 USB drivers on your computer).
Now, download the CWM recovery file from here and unzip the file on your PC.
Run ODIN application on your PC.
Power off the Note 3 device completely.
Boot the device in download mode by pressing and holding power, volume down and home buttons simultaneous.
Connect the device with your PC by using the USB cable (Note that the device must be into download mode and on your PC ODIN must be running).
Once the connection is done, on the ODIN application the “added” message will appear and the ID:COM section will turned in blue or yellow color.
Now, from the ODIN app select “PA” option and pick the extracted CWM recovery file from your PC (desktop).
Don not make any other changes on the ODIN app.
From ODIN app click on “START” button.
Next, wait until the installation process is successfully.
When the ODIN app will display the “pass” message and the ID:COM section will turn green the installation process of the CWM recovery is completed.
Now, unplug the USB cord and reboot the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 device.
Odin might get stuck during the CWM recovery process on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 device. If that happens, you need close ODIN app and disconnect the device from the PC by removing the USB cord.
If the device get stuck in a boot loop you need to boot your Android device into recovery mode and from the main menu of the recovery mode select “wipe data factory reset” and then select “reboot system now”.
Congratulation, the installation process of CWM recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N900 running on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS is now successfully.