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How to get Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Galaxy Note 3

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The official Samsung firmware for the Galaxy Note 3 has been pushed out OTA across the US, bringing Android 5.0 Lollipop to the device. But you can install Android 5.0 on your Note 3 manually if you need to, by following our tutorial below.

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You can add Android 5.0 Lollipop to  your Galaxy Note 3 manually. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to update Galaxy Note 3 to Android 5.0 with Kies

The easiest way to install the update is by using Samsung Kies. Download the latest version of Samsung Kies on your computer and connect your Galaxy Note 3 with a USB cable. Kies should notify you that there is an update available. Then you simply follow the steps to install it.

How to install Android 5.0 Lollipop on Galaxy Note 3 with Odin

If Kies doesn't let you update the Android 5.0 firmware, you can flash it manually using Odin. Here's how to do that.

Note: the Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware, build number N900XXUEBOA5, is official Samsung firmware for the Galaxy Note 3 LTE, SM-N9005. While the firmware is Polish, it will also work on any international Note 3. Attempting to flash this firmware on carrier-branded Note 3's may cause problems, so we don't advise it.

As always, manually tinkering with your device has risks involved. Please be aware of them before proceeding.


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Install Lollipop on Galaxy Note 3 instructions

1. Unzip the downloaded firmware zip file on your computer.

2. Launch Odin.

3. Reboot your Galaxy Note 3 in download mode (Volume Down + Power + Home).

4. Connect your Galaxy Note 3 via USB cable to your computer and wait for Odin to recognize it (a blue box should appear next to ID:COM).

5. Make sure only Auto-Reboot and F.Reset Time are checked in Odin.

6. Make sure Re-Partition is not checked.

6.5 If you're experiencing an ext4 error message, you need to download the correct PIT file for your device (Google your model number and "PIT file" to find one). Then check Re-Partition, click on the Pit tab and then the PIT  button and locate the file. Then continue.

7. Click the AP button and locate the tar.md5 file in the unzipped firmware file and hit Start.

8. Wait patiently until the procedure ends and do not disconnect your Note 3. It may take a while.

9. You should see a green PASS message when successful.

10. Once your Galaxy Note 3 restarts, you should be running Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Now you can restore any backed up data. If you get stuck in a bootloop or encounter some buggy behavior, reboot your Note 3 in Fastboot (press and hold Volume up + Power + Home) and use the volume keys to navigate and the power button to access recovery mode. Clear the cache partition and then reboot.

If you have any major bugs at startup, do a factory reset on your Galaxy Note 3 from recovery mode and then restore your data again.

How do you like Android 5.0 on the Note 3? Why do you think the Note 3 beat the Note 4 to Android Lollipop? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Kris is a former AndroidPIT Editor who came to the team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • Sundui Tuvshinba 1
    Sundui Tuvshinba May 26, 2019 Link to comment

    Installed lolipop some error including app appear on top permission.

  • JD90 1
    JD90 Sep 5, 2016 Link to comment

    Bought a Note 3 in Spain and it came with android 4.2.2
    Since i'm from the Netherlands the update to android 5.0 didn't appear...
    Tried and searched everywhere and I didn't find a way to install lollipop the normal way so i got my stuff together and used the Odin Turtorial to install it on my device.

    I must say the first tries didn't work and i almost bricked my Phone, but I didn't gave up and also needed to find the proper PIT file and eventually it worked!

    However the Phone kept hanging on the samsung logo at first boot, so first wiped the cache and rebooted.. didn't work..
    So I chose for the factory reset option and BOOOM! there it was!

    I'm using it for one day now and all my problems (like connection and OTG cable didn't work) are gone!

    Super stoked right now so a BIG thank you for the clear and easy how-to !

  • Ashok SB 1
    Ashok SB Jun 10, 2016 Link to comment

    Is it works for Samsung galaxy Tab 3 ?

  • RajaRajan Manickam 1
    RajaRajan Manickam Apr 17, 2016 Link to comment

    Hi All, There is no tar.md5 file. Please help Which folder it is available. my mail id is

  • Bilal Sarfraz 1
    Bilal Sarfraz Mar 31, 2016 Link to comment

    Hello I have just tried this method on Note3 N9005 and got stuck with many errors. But after spending all night finally done it. If anyone is facing errors in ODIN then I will be happy to help you for free. (

    • Nthiwa Anthony 1
      Nthiwa Anthony May 4, 2016 Link to comment

      No Error But Downloading All Day? A Little Bit Frustrating....

      <ID:0/011> SetupConnection..
      <ID:0/011> Initialzation..
      <ID:0/011> Get PIT for mapping..
      <ID:0/011> Firmware update start..
      <ID:0/011> SingleDownload.
      <ID:0/011> aboot.mbn
      <ID:0/011> NAND Write Start!!

      FROZEN HERE ALL DAY!!!! :( :( :(

    • Nthiwa Anthony 1
      Nthiwa Anthony Jun 15, 2016 Link to comment

      Mine failed, just keeps going round and round....what. tar file should i exactly use?

  • 1
    donz tiger Mar 17, 2016 Link to comment

    many many many many thanks admin its works fine on my SM-9005 wifi and others things r also works fine thank u again

  • sudarshan nelaturi 1
    sudarshan nelaturi Feb 9, 2016 Link to comment

    I am getting an error message saying Complete(Write) Operation Failed.

    all Threads completed, Succeded 0/ failed 1

  • 1
    Darren Mathews Jan 20, 2016 Link to comment

    Thank you it worked and I most grateful

  • 1
    Ayan Gupta Dec 18, 2015 Link to comment

    really helpful.. thanks a ton

  • 4
    Bobo Brazil Dec 12, 2015 Link to comment

    I am really surprised at the number of Note 3 users who haven't been updated to Lollipop yet. Shame on you Samsung!!! My hope is that Samsung will have a heart and upgrade ALL Note 3 users to Marshmallow in the new year.

  • 1
    Richard Jones Oct 27, 2015 Link to comment

    Please could you help me, I followed the procedure step for step and it faild. Here is the error log, please help!

    <ID:0/006> Added!!
    <OSM> Enter CS for MD5..
    <OSM> Binary Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    <OSM> Please wait..
    <OSM> Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    <OSM> Leave CS..
    <ID:0/006> Odin engine v(ID:3.1100)..
    <ID:0/006> File analysis..
    <ID:0/006> SetupConnection..
    <ID:0/006> Initialzation..
    <ID:0/006> Get PIT for mapping..
    <ID:0/006> Firmware update start..
    <ID:0/006> SingleDownload.
    <ID:0/006> aboot.mbn
    <ID:0/006> NAND Write Start!!
    <ID:0/006> boot.img
    <ID:0/006> cache.img.ext4
    <ID:0/006> hidden.img.ext4
    <ID:0/006> FAIL! (Size)
    <ID:0/006> Complete(Write) operation failed.
    <OSM> All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

      MUHAMET ABDULLAHU Apr 17, 2016 Link to comment

      Seems somethings wrong with "Firmware"make sure you have downloaded the correct one as per phone model. I'm sure you have solved the problem, would mind if share how did you overcome this error?

  • 2
    Kumail Abbas Sep 11, 2015 Link to comment

    Hi frds I am not getting new android update for note 3 32gb pls help me out

  • tumbone 2
    tumbone Aug 31, 2015 Link to comment

    Just updated my 32gb version succesfully. So far everything works just fine. Thanks for the links :)
    - South Africa!

    Richard Jones

  • 1
    Mahmoud Sayed Zaghlool Jul 25, 2015 Link to comment

    After flashing the stock firmware, my wifi doesn't work. It doesn't even start.
    Any suggesstion?

  • 1
    talha perveze Jul 7, 2015 Link to comment

    It is awesome, only drawback is that passwords for wifi are not saved, have to enter them every time i connect with any network.

  • 1
    Raimond Reginheraht May 29, 2015 Link to comment

    Hi ,will i still be able to use knox?

  • 1
    Sheraz Habib May 24, 2015 Link to comment

    Today after waiting long time for Lollipop OTA update, I manually updated the polish version. Instructions were easy to follow and process took only 15 minutes to update. Update working well up till now and I am very happy to have active LTE network selection option. I bought Note 3 SM-N9005 only to use LTE in Pakistan and after purchase I found that I have to wait for an update in order to use LTE (Samsung Sucks) though I was still able to use LTE by manipulating some codes. After waiting a long time today I am able to use this bloody LTE service.

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