Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update: How to Install and Keep Root Access on Verizon SM-N900V

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | May 21, 2014 2:08 PM EST

The Verizon variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 released last September only received the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update last week. The update can be installed manually or via an OTA update and owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Verizon variant who have root access should be wary to push with the update.

Immediately after the release of an OS update, developers are quick to release rooting files that give users root access to delete unwanted apps and install custom ROMs but users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Verizon variant might need to wait because of the carrier has a locked bootloader that makes rooting harder. Therefore, if a root access is so important to you, you can hold out o updating to the KitKat using the N900VVRUCNC4 build.

Revered XDA developers like the Hashcode and the BeansTown106 are encouraging users of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Verizon variant not to update to the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat if they want to have root access. Essentially, users whose devices were automatically updated to the Android 4.4.2 KitKat via OTA are no longer qualified for the root access.

The steps bellow is the only way to update to the Android 4.4.2 KitKat and continue to enjoy the root access. Basically, users should try this technique at their own risk because it only worked for a handful of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Verizon variant users.

1 - First, you need to have your device rooted with Kingo or another programme and running stock 4.3 MJE.

2 - Take the N900VVRUCNC2 OTA update with survival mode checked in the SuperSU app.

3 - You will receive the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update but still have root access on your device.

Rooting an Android device gives users root access or control over the software administrative commands of the device and it gives users the ability to make changes by installing ROMs and eventually overcoming the limitations set by carriers like ads and pre-loaded apps. Furthermore, tweaking the OS can free-up memory space, save battery life and optimise its speed.

Although there are a number of benefits to root an Android device, doing so might void the warranty, not to mention that rooting might lead to a bricked device.   

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