Last week we reported that the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 had a root method from a couple of enterprising gentlemen over at XDA. The same team-up of designgears and Chainfire has now reproduced the Root De La Vega root method for Verizon's Note 3 (model number SM-N900V), which isn't quite as appropriate as far as the name goes, but it's just as awesome.


The same unfortunate conditions apply for the Verizon version of this exploit. You'll need a Windows PC, Samsung's Odin flash tool, and a basic understanding of the tools of the trade, but that's not the worst of it. This exploit is basically flashing a modified, pre-rooted version of the stock Galaxy Note 3 software onto your device, so you can say goodbye to your personal data. It's also a rather hefty download at 1.24GB. (At least it's the latest firmware this time.) It should be noted that this is root and only root. The bootloader on Verizon's Note 3 is still very much locked, and likely to remain so at least for the near future. Custom recoveries, kernels, and true custom ROMs are still off the table at the moment.

But if you need root privileges, want the biggest, baddest phone around, and can't bear to leave Verizon, this is the way to go. Check the link to designgears' instructions and download below, and be sure to follow them to the letter. (Also, it wouldn't hurt to double-check that you're on the right sub-forum.) Have fun.

Source: XDA Developers, screenshot by designgears - thanks, flosserelli and ather!

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • vwbeetlvr

    Mine is rooted and ready to go!

  • flosserelli

    Awesome job, designgears!
    Thanks for your work and congratulations on taking the root bounty :)

  • ather akber

    There is a similar root for the N9005 version, rooted my unbranded device purchased from Bahrain, and the best part is, didnt require any wipe, the only catch is downloading the entire 1.7 gb fw file

    • Ali Mohamedali

      the n9005 is lte but not compatible with verizon lte right? from what i found verizon runs on 700 MHz which the n9005 does not support. am i correct?

      • ather akber

        Yes, the US versions have different bands, so a Verizon or an at&t verison wont work in the middle east

  • Ted

    T-mobile note 3 has it working too, according to http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2481330

    • http://www.grantbarker.com/ Grant Barker

      That's right. The Galaxy Note 3 resource page on my site has up-to-date info.
      Thumb it up if you think it helps.

  • Mr. S

    Honestly, I hope they end it here. Allowing root without wipe is a huge security liability.

  • http://www.weblineapps.com/ Richard Boss

    Again you rock! You have done an excellent job.

  • Steve Freeman

    I almost wish Verizon would get rid of grandfathered unlimited data contracts...it's the only thing keeping me with them, and forcing me to deal with their locked down phones.

  • Daniel

    when i try to make root to my galaxy note 3 in ODIN showme a mesage FAIL!! What can i do???

  • Hitesh Patel

    I bought an internataion model SM-900 in India. However, I can not use
    it here in the USA for verizon. it works but can not get 4g data. Can I
    flash the phone with verizon stock rom to make it work?