Thursday, March 6, 2014

N9005XXUENB7 Galaxy Note 3 LTE SM-N9005 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE SM-N9005 4.4.2 KitKat update is not fully stabled yet.  Yet there is another firmware build has now seen in Germany's unlocked Galaxy Note 3 LTE SM-N9005 that much likely similar to the previous released 4.4.2 N9005XXUENB4, but this one might got some few modification for it is freshly baked on February 27.  Although the KitKat update has been promising for the re-styled UI but there are some issues that according to some of Galaxy Note 3 users that I gathered so far regarding the 4.4.2 KitKat.  To name a few, are the external SD card issues which restricts the users while creating, renaming and copying the file folder.  Another one is the audio recording from which also brought some complains that only noise are being recorded.  If you also experienced such issues, you might as well better just check this update, who knows this might have include some bug-fixes for any certain issues.

Update: The 4.4.2 KitKat  N9005XXUENB7 upgrade now also available for UK's unbranded Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005, we have just spotted it now live from Samsung Kies firmware server as of March 11, 2014. Stock Firmware are also added below.

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.
- 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.


Model: SM-N9005 Galaxy Note 3
Country: Germany
Android Version: Android 4.4.2
Kernel version: 3.4.0-636608
Build date: 27 Feb 2014
Build number: KOT49H.N9005XXUENB7

The N9005XXUENB7 changelist details is still the same from N9005XXUENB4 which is ’636608′ but the build date is bit latest so there might be some added tweaks and patches  to this one. Here are the Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware build comparison between N9005XXUENB7 and the previous released N9005XXUENB4.

Android Version: Android 4.4.2
Changelist: 636608
Build date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014
Android Version: Android 4.4.2
Changelist: 636608
Build date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014

Important Reminders before Flashing Stock Firmware

Q: Will this trip KNOX warranty void flag counter to 0×1?
A: Nup, this a official and signed firmware from Samsung, so flashing official firmware will not trip KNOX.
Q: My Galaxy Note 3 is rooted, will I lose root?
A: If your device is currently rooted you will lose root after flash, but you can still root it again if you want. Don’t go anywhere else if you want to root, the proper root guide for N9005XXUENB7 is here.
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) N9005XXUENB4 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. 
Germany (unlocked Galaxy Note 3) – (1.28GB)
United Kingdom (unlocked Galaxy Note 3) - (1.25GB)

Odin3.v3.09 link
USB driver link

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.

Pit file: N9005.pit
(Important Note): Some flashing failure issues have been reported when tried flashing Germany’s firmware on top of Poland’s NB3 .  If it happens that you might also encountered such Odin flashing failure, just try to load the pit file on the Odin’s PIT field along with the stock firmware N9005XXUENB7.  Again, there is a risk danger using a Pit file.  Using it is solely at your own risk.

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 N9005XXUENB7 4.4.2 KitKat update, just drop it on our comment form below.


  1. Thank you for this information and instructions. The 1st time failed, so I followed you your suggestion and downloaded the PIT file and the 2nd time it worked. Had to go into recovery and followed your instructions to get out of bootloop. After booting and setting up a new Build version KOT49H. N9005XXUENC2 dated Tues Mar 4 13:42:20 KST 2014 was installed.

    Best regards

  2. does it get rid of region lock?