Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Install N9005XXUGNI4 Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 4.4.2 Firmware, data connection improvements

Another firmware update with build number N9005XXUGNI4 for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE SM-N9005 rolled out as of October. The N9005XXUGNI4 4.4.2 firmware seen on both unbranded or unlocked versions of the Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 in select European countries. The update will add an improved system stability, noting that the previous UGNG1 update already brings new features like the Kids Mode, Download booster, Camera Virtual Tour, Knox 2.0 and among system enhancements so this update will highly boost the phone and might be a preparation for the next Android 4.4.4 that reportedly to be available earlier on November.

The new 4.4.2 N9005XXUGNI4 update has a newly built baseband version dubbed with numbers N9005XXUGNI4. So expect some minor changes when it comes to network data connection.

N9005XXUGNI4 Galaxy Note 3 N9005 Firmware

The stock firmware is useful for those who might have had a rooted and modified Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 and might have missed this update. You can use the manual method instead if the device will no longer receive 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 So it is much better to manually install it or otherwise you device may stuck on outdated firmware build.

Firmware build details of N9005XXUGNI4 Galaxy Note 3 N9005 4.4.2 update:

Model number: SM-N9005
Android version: 4.4.2
Baseband version: N9005XXUGNI3
Kernel version: 3.4.0-1955971
Build number: KOT49.N9005XXUGNI4

Changelog of N9005XXUGNG1:

  • Improved System Stability

  • Security Enhancements Update

Important Reminders before Flashing the N9005XXUGNI4 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. Don’t go anywhere else if you want to root, the proper root guide for N9005XXUGNI4 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 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 – Go to 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 the N9005XXUGNI4 4.4.2 Stock Firmware

Note: These are unbranded firmware 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) N9005XXUGNI4 4.4.2 Official or Stock Firmware according to your country and network provider's origin.

Switzerland - (unbranded firmware packaged) Download Firmware N9005XXUGNI4

Flasher Tool:
Odin3.v3.09 - Odin3_v3.09 
USB driver – Drivers are here

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 into your computer

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 N9005XXUGNI4 4.4.2 Android KitKat stock 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 the firmware file like this. “N9005XXUGNI4_N9005AUTGNJ1_HOME.tar.md5″

Start to Flash the UGNI4 4.4.2 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 on 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. 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 N9005XXUGNI4 4.4.2 KitKat update, just drop it on our comment form below.


  1. Can I flash any rom for my Note 3 N9005 from this site, no matter which country I come from? Thanks.

  2. What country you came from so we can point you to the right direction.

  3. From Serbia. I would like to flash this update N9005XXUGNI4 and any which future. Because my country rarely gets updates. This is why I bought SM-N9005. Im checking this site very often.

  4. It's okay to use that one.. but Serbia has never been left behind on most recent updates of 4.4.2 update to n9005xxugng1.
    Its the same build value to N9005XXUGNI4. check it here: http://androidromupdate.com/2014/08/09/install-n9005xxugng1-4-4-2-firmware-galaxy-note-3-sm-n9005/

  5. Well, then OK. If this update are the same like previous, then I won't update. Nothing leaves me no other, than to wait 4.4.4
    Thank you very much.