TowelRoot Samsung Galaxy S4/S5 and Note 3 on Android 4.4.2 NF or Later

By | August 20, 2015

One of the best Android root after Kingroot is TowelRoot to root your Samsung Galaxy phones that using Android 4.4.2 KitKat. TowelRoot will not root anymore after phone rooted to NF update because the latest kernel has been patched on your Samsung. OK! Here on my tutorial I guide everyone how to root latest KitKat 4.4.2 OS on Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note 3 on NF update or later.

Requirements :

  • Charged Samsung galaxy S4, galaxy S5, galaxy Note 3 running on NF update or later.
  • Kernel files
  • Odin3 (all versions).
  • Installed Samsung Kies or Samsung mobile USB driver.
  • TowelRoot Apk by Geohot
  • Read notes before starting please.

Step by steps :

1. This process will not delete your data, but first, I recommend backup your phone to avoid the corrupt data during process.

2. Download and unzip all kernel files on your phone.

3. Flash Model ROOT Kernel.tar.md5 file using odin3 in PDA or AP section.

4. Make sure DON’T check mark Re-Partition.


After your device boot up

5. Now, use TowelRoot to root your device! Follow this method : [1-Click Root] Galaxy S4/S5/Note 3 Using TowelRoot Method

6. Make sure your phone is rooted…

7 Flash back the specific kernel for your phone build number using Odin3 in PDA or AP section.

odin3 1

Welldone, your phone has been rooted with the latest update without tripping binary or KNOX counter.

This video was made for Galaxy S5 but it’s exactly the same steps for Galaxy S4 and Note 3


  • Use this guide at your own risk.
  • Please make sure you download the specific kernel files for your phone model number.
  • If your device stuck in bootloop after flashing the ROOT kernel, wipe cache/dalvik from recovery mode will fix it.
  • This will not trip binary or KNOX counter, but it might change system status to custom.
  • To unroot your device –> Open SuperSU app / Settings / Full UnRoot then flash stock FW
  • The following models are the only supported devices till now.
  • After flashing ROOT kennel, you might face more force close (its normal), so that its better to disable S Health before flashing ROOT kernel (you can enable it after flashing your system kernel)
  • WiFi will not work also after flashing ROOT kernel, but you can fix it after rooting by flashing your system kernel.
  • For #SprintGalaxyS4 #L720, #TMobileGalaxyS4 #M919, #Verizon_Galaxy_S4_Mini #I435 use the following steps :
    – Open #TowelRoot_v3 and tap 3 times on “welcome to towelroot v3” a new field will appear
    – Change the value from : 1337 0 1 0 4 0
    to : 1337 0 1 7380 4 0
    – Now click “make it ra1n”

Downloads :

– Samsung Galaxy S3

                 Model Number                Download Link
SGH-I747M    Canadian [ROOT] – NF2NH2OB1
SPH-L710       US (Sprint) [ROOT] – NJ2
SGH-T999V    Canadian [ROOT] – NH2


– Samsung Galaxy S4

                 Model Number                Download Link
GT-I9505       International (LTE) [ROOT] – NF1NG2NG8NH6NH7
SCH-I545      US (Verizon) [ROOT] – NG6NK1
SCH-I545L [ROOT] – NK1
SCH-R970     US (US Cellular) [ROOT] – NF6NK1
SCH-R970X  US (C-Spire) [ROOT] – NK1
SGH-I337      US (AT&T) [ROOT] – NI1NJ4
SGH-I337M   Canadian [ROOT] – NI2NJ1NK1OA1
SGH-M919    US (T-Mobile) [ROOT] – NH7NK2
SPH-L720      US (Sprint) [ROOT] – NG2
SPH-L720T    US (Sprint) [ROOT] – NG5OA3
GT-I9195       International (LTE) Mini [ROOT] – NF7NH5NK1
SCH-I435      US (Verizon) Mini [ROOT] – NK1OC1
SPH-L520     US (Sprint) Mini [ROOT] – NJ1
SGH-I537      US (AT&T) Active [ROOT] – NH3
GT-I9295       Active [ROOT] – NH2NI1NK4
GT-I9515       Value Edition [ROOT] – NG1NI2NI3NJ2NK2
GT-I9515L     Latin Value Edition [ROOT] – NK1NJ1


– Samsung Galaxy S5

                 Model Number                Download Link
SM-G900A     US (AT&T) [ROOT] – NG3OA1
SM-G900F     International (LTE) [ROOT] – NF6NG2NG4NG7NG9
SM-G900I      Australian [ROOT] – NG3NI2NI3NK1
SM-G900K    Korean [ROOT] – NH3NI2
SM-G900L     Korean [ROOT] – NG1NH3NI1
SM-G900M    South America [ROOT] – NG5NH2NI1NJ2
SM-G900P     US (Sprint) [ROOT] – NI3NK4
SM-G900R4   US (US Cellular) [ROOT] – NG3NK1
SM-G900T     US (T-Mobile) [ROOT] – NF6NG3NG4NH5NK2
SM-G900V     US (Verizon) [ROOT] – NE9NHANI2NK2NK7
SM-G870A     US (AT&T) Active [ROOT] – NG3OA1
SM-G900W8  Canadian [ROOT] – NF3 – NF4NH3NJ1


– Samsung Galaxy Note 3

                 Model Number                Download Link
SM-N9005     International (LTE) [ROOT] – NF4NG1NG2NH1NI4
SM-N9005D  Chinese [ROOT] – NG2
SM-N900P     US (Sprint) [ROOT] – NH7         [NOT TESTED]
SM-N900T     US (T-Mobile) [ROOT] – NF1NF4NK3
SM-N900W8 Canadian [ROOT] – NI1NJ1


– Other devices

                 Model Number                Download Link
SM-T530        Tab 4 10.1″ (WiFi) [ROOT] – NH7OA1OD8
SM-T530NU  Tab 4 10.1″ (WiFi) [ROOT] – NK1NK3OA2
SM-P600        Note 10.1″ 2014 (WiFi) [ROOT] – NH3


Sep 14 : Added new models G900I, G900L, I747M, I9195 G870A.
Oct 14 : Added  new models I337M, I537 and I545
Added (NG7,  NI4 kernel for G900F), (NH7 and NI2 kernel for I9505), (NG5 kernel for G900M)
and (NH1 kernel for N9005)
Nov 14 : Added new models N900W8,  M919V, N900A and N900V
Added (NI3,  NJ1 , NF6 kernel for G900F), (NH6, NJ1, NJ3, NJ8 kernel for I9505),
(NI4,  NJ1, NJ2 for N9005), (NI1, NJ2 for G900M), (NJ1 kernel for N900W8),
(NJ1 kernel for G900W8), (NI2 kernel for G900I), (NJ4 4.4.4 kernel for I337),
(NK3 kernel for N900T)
Dec 14 : Added new models G900P, G900K, I9515, I9515L, I9295 and I435.
Added (NK2, NK4, NL1 kernel for I9505), (NL1 kernel for G900F), (NK1 kernel for R970)
(NK1 kernel for I545), (NK1 kernel for I337M), (NK2 kernel for M919), (NK1 kernel for                G900R4), (NK2 kernel for G900T), (NJ2 kernel for I9515), (NK2 4.4.4 kernel for G900V),
(NK1 kernel for I9195), (ZTUFNJ1 kernel for N9005)
Jan 15 : Added new model N900R4 Galaxy Note3 US Cellular
Added (NK7 kernel for G900F)04 Feb : Added NK7 kernel for G900V, OA1 kernel for G900A
05 Feb : Added new model T530 Galaxy Tab 4 10.1″
07 Feb : Added NJ5 kernel for I9505
08 Feb : Added NK1 kernel for N9005
10 Feb : Added new model L710 Sprint galaxy S3
Added NJ1 kernel for I337M, OA1 kernel for G870A         Added new model T530NU Galaxy Tab 4 10.1″14 Feb : Added OA1 kernel for I337M
Added new model T999V Galaxy S3
Added new model I545L Galaxy S4

Added new model R970X C-Spire Galaxy S4

09 Mar : Added new model SPH-L520 Sprint galaxy S4 Mini
13 Mar : Added OB1 kernel for I747M
19 Mar : Added new model SM-P600 galaxy Note 10.1 Wi-Fi 2014 Edition
22 Apr : Added OA3 kernel for L720T
26 Apr : Added NK3 kernel for T530NU
16 MAy : Added OA1 and OD8 kernel for T530
26 Jun : Added NK1 kernel for I9515

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