Friday, February 14, 2014

Install N9005XXUENB3 Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 4.4.2 KitKat Update

A new Android 4.4.2 KitKat update build N9005XXUENB3 for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 now recently release in Poland and also arriving in all other countries soon.  Some Galaxy Note 3 users reported that this update now fixes the SD card issues, including like copying, storing archive, and renaming files will now work. The music album art is still missing so far, but all previous stuff like the camera shortcut and the new color header icons are still intact.

N9005XXUENB3 4.4.2 KitKat Update Details and Changelog

- Software Update to 4.4.2 (KitKat OS)
- New start setting menu.
(Start-up screen, SMS)
- Camera shortcut added in the lockscreen.
Security Enhancement and Stability Update.
- external SD-card fix
- Other changes may depend on the country or the mobile network providers.
- Once received the 4.4.2 KitKat update, you can not revert back to the old software version due to the new security policy guidelines.

N9005XXUENB3 Galaxy Note 3 KitKat

Model: SM-N9005 Galaxy Note III
Country: Poland
Android Version: Android 4.4.2
Changelist: 636608
Build date: Sat, 08 Feb 2014

The changelist is a bit higher compared from N9005XXUENA6 which ’340325′ while this N9005XXUENB3 update got ’636608′, so there might be some added tweak to this one. Here are the Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware build comparison between N9005XXUENB3 and the previous released N9005XXUENA6.

Android Version: Android 4.4.2
Changelist: 636608
Build date: Sat, 08 Feb 2014
Android Version: Android 4.4.2
Changelist: 340325
Build date: Thu, 09 Jan 2014

Important Reminders before Flashing Stock Firmware

Will this trip KNOX warranty void flag counter to 0×1?
Nup, this a official and signed firmware from Samsung, so flashing official firmware will not trip KNOX.
My Galaxy Note 3 is rooted, will I lose root?
If your device is currently rooted you will lose root after flash, but you can still root it again if you want.
Disclaimer: Use of this method is solely at your own risk! Please proceed with precautions, for we will not take any responsibility if anything happens to your device by using this guide.

  • Make sure that your Galaxy Note 3 battery is fully charge.

  • Stock Firmware packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data after flashing) and the ‘Non-Wipe’ (it doesn’t delete your phone’s stored data) but it is highly recommended to make a back up all important files stored from your phone’s internal memory – contacts, messages, etc.  before flashing no-matter if it is Full-WIpe or Non-Wipe,  just to be safe and ensure that your stored data are in  safe  if something went wrong during the flashing process.

  • Use a PC or laptop that runs in Windows OS, with a good and perfectly working USB serialport.  Odin will not work on MAC OS.

  • Use the supplied USB cable for your Galaxy Note 3.

  • Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings – while if you are on 4.3 just hit Settings>About Phone> then scroll down to the build number and tap that number for around 7-times ’til the Developer option appear.

  • Ensure that KIES is closed and not running in the system tray! Kies and Odin are both created by Samsung but Kies will interrupt and doesn’t like Odin, it will block you from flashing.

The Android 4.4.2 KitKat now comes with a new protected bootloader that might cause issues when you try to downgrade to the old software updates. This also applies if you are planning into rooting and installing any custom recovery and any unsigned firmware once you are on 4.4.2 KitKat, so please be aware with that.

Download the needed tools for flashing

Download Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 (Snapdragon) N9005XXUENB3 4.4.2 Stock or Official  Firmware

Note: For carrier branded firmwares, if you install it on a unbranded Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005), you’ll get the default logo and apps of that said network operator. 
Poland (unbranded or unlocked) - N9005XXUENB3 Firmware


Install the USB Driver first to get rid of flashing failures. Also  need to extract the downloaded file which is packed in zip or rar files, so that you’ll get the tar.md5 file.

Run and Configure Odin

Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.09 on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the ‘Phone Bootloader Update’ (only if your device runs on 4.3) , ‘AUTO-REBOOT’ and ‘F.RESET TIME’ checkboxes must be checked. Only the ‘RE-PARTITION’ is unchecked.

Reboot your Galaxy Note 3 into Download Mode

To reboot the Galaxy Note 3 into  download mode , you need to turn the power off.  After it completely shut off,  just  press and hold the Volume Down key,  Home button and the Power ON/OFF button simultaneously.

You should then prompted into a warning screen and asking you  to press volume up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, just simply press volume up to get into download mode. The download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!!”

Connect your Phone to PC or Laptop

Once you already reboot the phone in download mode,  simply connect the phone to your PC or laptop USB.
In Odin window – the ID:COM box will turn to blue color and indicates the COM port numberand a word “Added” on a log box will prompt you that the device is already detected or recognized by Odin. Your COM port number might be different from mine. If you do not see a COM port number then there’s something missing or wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.

Load the stock  N9005XXUENB1 4.4.2 Android KitKat firmware file

The stock firmware is pack in a single .tar.md5 file only.  Now, you need to just simply click on the AP button, then browse to the folder where the file you have previously extracted and then select and load it.

Start Flashing or Installing the stock firmware

Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the stock ROM.
Do not ever interrupt the phone while already in flashing progress, like disconnecting the cableor turning off the device. Just wait until it completely finish.

Wait ’till it PASS!!

When the Stock Firmware installation successfully completes, you will then see a word “PASS” in Odin. This indicates that the flashing was already finish, and on the log box it says “All threads completed  (succeed 1 / failed 0)”. The phone will just then automatically reboot, then it’s about time to remove it from PC or laptop USB connection.

Confirm if you successfully installed the stock firmware

Confirm your fresh firmware installed by typing *#1234# or
Go to Settings>About Phone>Firmware info.
You can also do factory reset by dialing *2767*3855#.

Possible errors that you may encountered, this is based on my own experience while flashing stock firmware on Samsung Android devices. These are just a few hints on how to resolved it.

Q: I got an error message that says “Set-up connection Failed” ?
A: 1. Check your USB connection from the phone to PC,
2. Connect to another PC USB port
3. Check and or try to another USB cable
4. Re-install the USB driver.
Q: Odin just suddenly stuck in the middle of nowhere while in flashing progress, it isn’t responding at all?
A: Check for possible program that might interrupt the process, like disabling the anti-virus and closing any running programs. Also try to use another computer or laptop,
Q: I experienced bootloop or the phone just stuck on Welcome Logo (phone always stop at bootanimation) and it won’t boot normally?
A: This eventually happens if your device came from custom firmware but you can fix it via recovery mode option, do this:
Boot in recovery mode
1. Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button.
2. Use volume keys to select, Up and Down and Power or Home key to select the option
3. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the Home button.
4. Next select the Wipe Cache Partition
5. Lastly, select Reboot System Now to reboot your Galaxy Note 3 in Normal mode.

That’s it! If you found some interesting features on this N9005XXUENB3 4.4.2 KitKat update, just drop it on our comment form below.


  1. I have used both roms and I have to say the first rom had a huge battery drain. But the new one n9005xxuenb3 is top notch. Better battery life than 4.3 much faster and responsive . Sent using smn9005 in UK

  2. Thanks.very good guide.:)))

  3. Whoah! This update also allows for unofficial S View cases to work again.

  4. I was originally from 4.3 N9005XXUDMK2 not rooted, now I successfully updated with this 4.4.2 KitKat. I've' been waiting for Germany's update to come out, but it looks like Samsung already forgotten us. I was afraid that it actually tripped KNOX but now seems it seems stayed official with 0x0 KNOX counter. Thank you very much!

  5. Installed on top of N9005XXUENA6 .. . SD card is working fine now, what a relief!

  6. Hi. Me in Singapore. Phone is from official Telco here but believe the phone is unlocked. Do I wait for the official firmware to be released here or can I flash this firmware now? Any difference?


  7. Singapore already got the 4.4.2 KitKat update on both unlocked and carrier branded (Singtel, M1,Starhub) network with build N9005XXUENA6, check it with Kies or flash the official firmware if you haven't seen it yet.

  8. hi guys im downloading now but can someone check if VPN is working well on this firmware and thanks

  9. I have the TGY (Hong kong) 4.3 installed on phone. Tried this firmware and the flash failed. There's a message on phone that says invalid ext4 image. Shall i download again from another source and try ? Now KIES 3 says the phone is not supported.

    Please help.

  10. Had same trouble. You have to get the 4 files update plus pit, check repartition, flash bl first and then rest 3 without repartition enabled. The one file zip will just not work.

  11. Hi, have you made sure that your phone is NOT SM-9000? There is 4G and NON-4G variant of NOTE 3. Please be careful that you have tried to flash the right firmware to the correct variant of your NOTE 3.

    I believe this firmware is only for N9005 which is the 4G version.

    Hope that helps.


  12. Careful with four files that's typically like leaked firmwares. Pit file is only necessary if you are truly sure that you have a damaged memory partition and is enough along with the single file in Odin.