Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Install N9005XXUFNG2 4.4.2 Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 Stock Firmware

Manually install the stock 4.4.2 KitKat firmware build N9005XXUFNG2 for the international Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE SM-N9005 (Snapdragon) version. The N9005XXUFNG2 is an update from previous 4.4.2 N9005XXUEND3 and it has the same features that brings the Download Booster, Kids Mode and Camera Virtual Tour  found on Samsung Galaxy S5 and also been seen on the last few days roll out of the N9005XXUFNF4 in United Kingdom and other select countries.

The firmware build N9005XXUFNG2 has been found rolling out in Germany,Italy, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and the rest of Nordic Countries and Southeastern parts of Europe region.

The stock firmware is only useful for those  who might have had a rooted or modified Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 devices and have missed the update if the device no longer received any official update via Kies or OTA update. So it is much better to manually install it or otherwise you device may stuck on outdated firmware build version. Though this process will removed root from your device but you can re-root again to any available root method.

N9005XXUFNF4 Galaxy Note 3 n9005 kitkat update

Important Reminders before Flashing the N9005XXUFNG2 4.4.2 Stock Firmware

Q: Will this trip KNOX warranty void flag counter to 0×1?
A: Nup, this an 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 flashed, 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 serial port.  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.

  • TURN OFF the Reactivation Lock – juts tap on Settings>>Security>>Reactivation Lock and then unchecked the Turn Reactivation lock on.

  • 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 want to get root and custom recovery and any unsigned firmware once you are on 4.4.2 KitKat, so please be aware with that.

Download your N9005XXUFNG2 4.4.2 stock firmware and the necessary tools

Note: These are unbranded firmwares only, if you install it on a branded or carrier locked Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005), you’ll lose the default logo and apps of that said network operator.

Download Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 (Snapdragon) N9005XXUFNG2 4.4.2 or Stock Firmware (Official OS) according to your country’s location.

Firmware Build technical details (About Phone info):
Model: SM-N9005 Galaxy Note 3
Android Version: Android 4.4.2
Baseband version: N9005XXUFNG2
Kernel version: 3.4.0-1955971
Build number: KOT49H.N9005XXUFNG2

Download unbranded N9005XXUFNG2 4.4.2 Stock Firmware

  • Germany - N9005XXUFNG2_DBT.zip

  • Italy - N9005XXUFNG2_ITV.zip

  • Finland, and the rest of Nordic Countries - N9005XXUFNG2_NEE.zip

  • Switzerland - N9005XXUFNG2_AUT.zip

  • South Eastern Europe -  N9005XXUFNG2_SEE.zip

  • Italy (branded/TRE) - N9005XXUFNG2_DRE.zip

Flasher Tool:
Odin3.v3.09 here
USB driver here

Install the USB Driver first to get rid of flashing failures. Also  need to extractthe 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 number and 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 N9005XXUFNG2 4.4.2 Android KitKat stock firmware file

The stock firmware is pack in a tar.md5 file only.  Now, you need to just simply click on the AP button, then browse to the folder where  you have previously extracted and then select and load the firmware file like this. “N9005XXUFNG2_N9005DBTFNG2_HOME.tar.md5″

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 cable or 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.

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 is 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 N9005XXUFNG2 4.4.2 KitKat update, just drop it on our comment form below.


  1. Good evening,
    Am Emma, am using a samsung galaxy note 3 (9005) by vodafone.
    am stuck on N9005XXUFNC2 . I was woundering if i can upgrade to N9005XXUFNG2?
    or what Rom wud u recommend.


  2. I wish to install official note 3 Rom in s4 via odin is it possible
    my device is not rooted
    if yes what are the steps to follow
    I have installed Knox
    Request you to kindly update me
    Thanks in advance