Install N9005XXUGBOJ1 Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 Update October 2015

An update to build N9005XXUGBOJ1 has released on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 to which the latter is still base in Android 5.0 Lollipop. The N9005XXUGBOJ1 update mainly brings the Smart Manager app that allows you to monitor the best of battery performance, management of RAM Memory storage, and the device security protection to which equipped with a real-time scanning on any malware present on board the device. Adding to that is the new security patch that fixes the recent (Stagefright) vulnerabilities. The rests were improvements to features, several bug fixes, stability and further improvements to performance.

Fortunately, the update build N9005XXUGBOJ1 is only released on select countries over Europe region. Firstly, released in Spain but then continuously rolling out on both unbranded and carrier branded Galaxy Note 3 owners in UK, Germany, France, Italy and many other countries.
So those who might not have been able to get the update, especially those who have rushed into rooting and or running on a modified firmware then your only last resort to get the N9005XXUGBOJ1 update is by flashing back the stock firmware itself into your device.

Here’s what technical details reads: N9005XXUGBOJ1 Note 3

Device name: GALAXY NOTE 3
Model number: SM-N9005
Android version: 5.0 (Lollipop)
Baseband version: N9005XXUGBOI2
Kernel version: 3.4.0-5438778
Build number: LRX21V.N9005XXUGBOJ1

The N9005XXUGBOJ1 is now available and can be seen via Over-The-Air (OTA) update and by using Kies /Smart Switch, if you’re from those countries where the said update is officially released by Samsung. The N9005XXUGBOJ1 stock firmware  is only for advanced users and is useful for those who might have had a rooted and modified Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 and missed this update. You can use the manual method instead if the device will no longer receive any official update via Kies or OTA update. So it is much better to manually install it or otherwise you device may just stuck on outdated firmware build.

FAQ’s About Using Stock Firmware

Q: Will this trip KNOX warranty void flag counter to 0×1?
Nup, this an official and signed firmware from Samsung, so flashing official firmware will not trip KNOX.
Q: My Galaxy Note 3 is rooted, will I lose root?
If your device was rooted you will lose root right after the installation finished as the device OS will then restored back to the official default settings.

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 battery is fully recharge.
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 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.
Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings – Go to Settings>About Phone> then scroll down to the build number and tap that number for around 7-times ’til the Developer option appear.
TURN OFF the Reactivation Lock – (optional only if this feature is enabled)  just tap on Settings > Security > Reactivation Lock and then unchecked the Turn Reactivation lock on.
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.

However, the Android 5.0 Lollipop still comes with a protected bootloader that might cause issues when you try to install any unofficial or unsigned firmware builds. The Android 5.0 Lollipop can be downgraded to Android 4.4.4 and 4.4.2 KitKat, but this isn’t confirmed as 100% safe.

Stock firmware – 
N9005XXUGBOJ1 5.0 Stock for Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005
Odin3_v3.09Find it here
USB driverDrivers are here

Note: The stock ROM were both unbranded and carrier branded stock firmware packages. If you install the unbranded ones it on a branded or carrier locked Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005), you’ll lose the default logo and apps of that said network operator. While installing the unbranded ones over a carrier devices, it will just de-brand it and you’ll lose some important apps on that particular network provider.

Install the USB driver

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

Reboot your Galaxy Note 3 into Download Mode

To reboot the Galaxy Note 3 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 Phone into 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 N9005XXUGBOJ1 5.0 Android Lollipop stock

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 the firmware file like this. “N9005XXUGBOA5_ N9005XEOGBOJ1_N9005XXUGBOD3_HOME.tar.md5″

Start to Flash the BOJ1 5.0 stock 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 off the device. Just wait until it completely finish.

Wait on PASS!!

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. Go to Settings>About Device, then look for the baseband version and build number must be on N9005XXUGBOA5.

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 is 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 in Normal mode.

That’s it! Just let us know if you have issues upon flashing the stock N9005XXUGBOA1 5.0 Lollipop.