Install N7505XXUCNH1 Galaxy Note 3 NEO N7505 Official 4.4.2 Firmware

For those who owns a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 NEO LTE SM-N7505 the first 4.4.2 update dubbed with firmware build number N7505XXUCNH1 is coming on your way.  The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Software Update to Android 4.4.2 has began and its gradually rolled out in select countries only.

If you are advance users and knows the flashing method you can grab the official 4.4.2 firmware build N7505XXUCNH1 and flash it directly onto your Galaxy Note 3 NEO SM-N7505.  If your device has root then there is chance that you cannot  get this update.  You will lose root access once you restore back your Note 3 NEO to official and a unrooted firmware. But don’t worry you can restore back your root again using CF-Auto-Root.

N7505XXUCNH1 Galaxy Note 3 Neo 4.4.2 Update

How to Manually Upgrade Samsung Galaxy Note 3 NEO LTE SM-N7505 to 4.4.2 N7505XXUCNH1

If you’ve been installed root on your Galaxy Note 3 NEO SM-N7505, then there chances than you cannot get the N7505XXUCNH1 update through OTA and or Kies. If have root, them your only last resort is to manually upgrade using the manual flashing method using Odin downloader tool.

Important Reminders before Flashing N7505XXUCNH1 4.4.2 Firmware

My Galaxy Note 3 NEO SM-N7505 has root, will I lose root once upgrade to N7505XXUCNH1 firmware?

If your device is currently rooted you will lose root after flash, but you can still root it again anytime you want.

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 NEO LTE SM-N7505 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 NEO SM-N7505.
Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings – while if you are on 4.3 just hit Settings>About Phone> then scroll down to the build number and tap that number for around 7-times ’til the Developer option appear.
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 are planning into rooting and installing any custom recovery and any unsigned firmware once you are on 4.4.2 KitKat, so please be aware with that.

Download The  Official N7505XXUCNH1 4.4.2 Firmware

Device name: GALAXY Note 3 Neo LTE
Model number : SM-N7505
Android version: 4.2.2
Baseband version:  N7505XXUCNG2
Kernel version: 3.4.39-2244489
dpi@SWD5001 #1
Thu Aug 21 23:10:22 KST 2014
Build number: KOT49H.N7505XXUCNH1

Saudi Arabia – KSA_N7505XXUCNH1_N7505OJVCNH2 (link)
Kazakhstan – SKZ_N7505XXUCNH1_N7505OXECNH1 (link)

Download the Tools
USB driver here

Install the USB Driver first to get rid of flashing failures. Also, you 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’, ‘AUTO-REBOOT’ and ‘F.RESET TIME’checkboxes must be checked. Only the ‘RE-PARTITION’ is unchecked.

Reboot your Galaxy Note 3 NEO SM-N7505 into Download Mode

To reboot the Galaxy Note 3 NEO SM-N7505 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 Galaxy Note 3 NEO SM-N7505 to 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 4.4.2 N7505XXUCNH1 KitKat 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 it.

Hit Start to Flash the N7505XXUCNH1 4.4.2 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 the device off. Just wait until it completely finish.

Wait until a word “PASS!!” Appears

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 by
Going to Settings>About Phone>Firmware info.

How to Fix Errors

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 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 NEO SM-N7505 in Normal mode.

Lastly, confirm if you successfully upgraded to N7505XXUCNH1 4.4.2 update from your Galaxy Note 3 NEO home screen, tap Menu button, tap setting and then tap the About Device. It should show you that your baseband version or build number says N7505XXUCNG2.