AT&T and Verizon customers, it's finally happened. After many long months of waiting, and a fairly significant bounty up for grabs, your Galaxy Note 3s can finally be rooted! Best of all, it may be the simplest method for achieving root we've ever encountered.
Towelroot is the method, and it's brought to us by none other than famed hacker geohot, known for being the first to jailbreak an iPhone and hack the PlayStation 3. And trust me when I say it's easy, because once you have the app, you'll be rooted in less than thirty seconds. Yup, no USB cables, no PCs...just one quick download and the tap of a button.
Note that the video above from Dallas is showcasing the Samsung Galaxy S5, but the steps will be exactly the same for any variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, as well as other Android devices (except for HTC and Motorola, for now). For a detailed explanation of how this exploit came to be, and what it actually does to gain root privileges, check out the full article by Dallas for a full breakdown.
Go to the Towelroot homepage on your Android device and click on the lambda symbol to download the app.
Next, make sure installation from "Unknown sources" is checked in Settings -> General -> Security -> Device administration, then tap on the APK file to install Towelroot.
Be sure to check the box for I understand this app may be dangerous, then click Open once the app has been installed.
When Towelroot launches, all you have to do is click the make it ra1n button, and the process will be initiated—your Note 3 will automatically reboot, and when back up, will be rooted.
After installation, launch SuperSU, allow it to update, then you'll see an option to disable KNOX. This is entirely up to you—Towelroot does not trigger KNOX modification, but letting SuperSU try to disable it will.
Your Galaxy Note 3 has been easily rooted with Towelroot. Now you're free to download, install, and use apps that require root. Let us know if it worked for your in the comments below.
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