Android 8.1 Oreo + Root for Galaxy Note 3! [Lineage OS 15.1 ROM]

For those of you who want to upgrade your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to the latest Android 8.1 Oreo, you are in luck as there is a stable version of Lineage OS 15.1 ROM that you can run on it if you have one of the models supported.  While Samsung has stopped updating stock firmware since Android 5.0 Lollipop, you can still grab the latest and best Android 8.1 Oreo and easily install it.  Now, this is an AOSP ROM(What is AOSP?), meaning you won’t be able to get any TouchWiz apps (Samsung apps that depend on Samsung firmware).  As far as the S-Pen goes, it still works you will just have to use a 3rd party app(such as Squid) which work just the same.

Supported Models:

  • SM-N9005, Sprint SM-N900P
  • T-Mobile SM-N900T, Canadian SM-N900W8, US Cellular SM-900R4, Verizon SM-N900V(must unlock bootloader first)
  • China SM-N9008V and SM-N9006
  • Korea SM-N900S, SM-N900L, SM-N900K

In my testing with the SM-N9005 and T-Mobile SM-N900T models, I was able to get everything working including calls, text, 4G LTE, bluetooth, and more.  The only thing seem to not work currently is NFC.  For camera, everything works if you use the FootEj Camera from the Play Store including 4K video recording.  Performance seem to have improved a TON with Antutu Score near 70K, which is 20-30% boost from stock firmwares on the Note 3.  Battery life is also very good.  In fact, there’s absolutely no reason to not upgrade your Note 3 to Android 8.1 Oreo.  Perhaps you have a Note 3 laying around in your house.  This is an awesome ROM and we are just starting.  I should have an update in the future but for right now, highly recommended.


  • Download Lineage OS 15.1 ROM for SM-N9005, Sprint SM-N900P – Link
  • Download Lineage OS 15.1 ROM for T-Mobile SM-N900T, Canadian SM-N900W8, US Cellular SM-900R4, Verizon SM-N900V(must unlock bootloader first) – Link
  • Download Lineage OS 15.1 ROM for China SM-N9008V and SM-N9006 – Link
  • Download Lineage OS 15.1 ROM for Korea SM-N900S, SM-N900L, SM-N900K – Link
  • Download Android 8.1 Oreo GappsLink
  • Download Magisk v16 – Link (optional, if you want root)
  • Download ODIN – Link
  • Download TWRP (Search for “Galaxy Note 3” in Devices and download latest “img.tar” file for YOUR MODEL of Galaxy Note 3) – Link
  • Download Samsung USB Drivers – Link

IMPORTANT: If after installing your phone calls don’t work, try rebooting your phone a few times first.  If you are not on the latest MODEM, you will have to flash the latest modem for the following models:

  • Download SM-N9005 latest modem – Link
  • Download SM-N900T latest modem – Link
  • Download SM-N900W8 latest modem – Link

Please put your phone in download mode, use AP section of ODIN, and flash this TWICE.

If your phone calls don’t work and you don’t see latest modem above, try checking XDA forums for latest one.

For most part, Lineage OS ROM 15.1 is not bad for daily driving.  If you experience any problems, we do highly recommend you to try Lineage 14.1 based on latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat.  If you are interested in a review of the Nougat version(which is flawless since it has been around for awhile), please do leave a comment below and I will get a quick review up soon.

Credits – XDA <— Please donate to the developers or hit the Thanks button on XDA if you like this, thx!

Also check out these mods I’ve installed along with the ROM:


Q: Bluetooth calls are not working!
A: This may be a bug on some of the models.  If you absolutely need bluetooth, you may want to try an Android 7.0 Nougat-bassed ROM instead.  We recommend Lineage OS ROM v14.1.

Q: When will bugs be fixed?
A: Usually within 1-3 months after release of Lineage OS ROM, many bugs will be fixed and we will have a full update when more bugs have been fixed.  For right now, this is still an experimental custom ROM.

Q: Is this the only way to get latest Android 8.0/8.1 Oreo firmware on my Galaxy Note 3?
A: Yes, since Samsung has officially stopped supporting new firmwares for Galaxy Note 3, your best route to get the latest Oreo is through custom ROMs such as this.  But if you want full stability, we recommend going with Android 7.0/7.1 Nougat for now as they have been around for much longer with no bugs.

103 Responses

  1. yerman says:

    Max, did you check if the GPS is working.

    • Max Lee says:

      Yes GPS working fine.

      • Kahonas says:

        You ROCK, Max!! Your video and this page were a lifesaver! However, the GPS on my hlte Samsung Note3 SM-N9005 does NOT work, I don’t even have Location in my settings… Could this have anything to do with my having to install OpenGapps-ARM-8.1 (the Beans version did not work at all and this phone is ARM, not ARM64)? My speedometer is broken so I DEPEND on the GPS as a speedometer. Is there somewhere that I can install the GPS like I did to get the modem working? Please enlighten me, ANY advice is appreciated! You are the BEST!

      • Rohit says:

        No not mine

  2. Keith Marantz says:

    I don’t believe bluetooth calls work, do they?

    • Zanguet says:

      No meu, nem reconheceu meu fone Bluethooth da JBL. Não sei o que faço. Reconheceu outros aparelhos, mas meu fone nada.

  3. Eden says:

    Anybody having trouble getting past the “Welcome” screen? I’m tapping the four corners and not getting to the Lineage home screen.

    • Eden says:


      I was able to get pass the “Welcome” screen. Like you said, the taps on the corners have to be quick! Also for anyone installing this ROM and wants root, install Lineage and the G Apps first through TWRP, then setup your Google account. Once your Google account is setup, restart your phone and then press Volume Up, Power Button, and Home Button to log into TWRP. From there install Magisk v16 (or the latest version, if you’re seeing this post in the future), reboot to system. Once back into the Lineage 15.1 home screen, you’ll be rooted.

  4. Louis H says:

    Hi Max, if you are able to use BT-calling … which headset brand are you using?

  5. sK says:

    dude can i just updating this rom from s8 rom?which is android 6.0

  6. Francisco Robles says:

    Hola, lo he instalado en un n900v y funciona de maravilla, no se me va la señal, magisk al 100, estoy muy contento, muchas gracias

  7. Francisco Robles says:

    Lo instale en un n900v, con el firmware de tmobile, instalé el firmware luego las gapps. Lo inicié, metí mis datos de Google. Luego lo reinicié en recovery e instalé el magisk y perfecto , no tengo ningún problema, todo le funciona, muchas gracias.

  8. Kostyantyn says:

    Good day Max and thank You!!! I have and solve one problem with mobile network and SIM. (Last modem from your link and by your installation metod was installed and work well). I use mobile one day, install many apps, adjust and check all possible settings. Once, looks like saddenly, I lost mobile network indicator and in the same time even “NO SIM”- inscripted in status bar, also IMEI + SIM status was gone(((. Many attempts of adjusting, resets of phone and reinstallation of modem (TWICE, according instruction) does not help 🙁 After this attempts all items in “Mobile network” menu was still NOT ACTIVE! (Gray color). Solution in: TURN ON AND OFF AIRPLANE MODE! So: “Settings”–“Network & Internet”–“Airplane mode” TURN IT ON ANF OFF and AFTER THIS YOU HAVE FEW SECONDS TO CHOOSE and INTER: –“Mobile network”–“Advanced”–“Preferred network type” in this folder You should choose another network type!!! (In my case it is help to remove indicator from “LTE/WCDMA” to “GSM/WCDMA/LTE”)

  9. Kostyantyn says:

    Good day Max. Do You know what for exist: “Settings”–“Display”–“Advanced”–“Advanced display”–“Accessibility mode”–“Screen curtain” в Android Oreo 8.1??? I select it and screen became copletely black!!! Only comlete Odin reinstallation solve this problem. Please tell what for this mode and easy way to reset this display option.

    • Max Lee says:

      I would advise not using that feature for now. Perhaps a bug?

      • Kostyantyn says:

        Good day Max. Thank You for fast responce! I have Note3 SM-N9005 (hlte). GPS does not work 🙁 No sattelite could be detected by special Apps or Navigation Apps. Also battery drain extremely fast. That could You advise in this case?

    • Mike says:

      Kostyantyn, did you ever find out what causes this? or better yet how to fix it without re installing the ROM. I unfortunately got nosy and clicked on that setting as well.

      • Kostyantyn says:

        Yes!!!!! I solve this problem! Go to XDA forum by Max Lee link (above). And find in Dowloads this link or just copy it:
        According to your model dowload LATEST file form haggertk (for my model SM-N9005 hlte) this is From 5 may 2018! After that do everyfing according Max instruction only just use this file. If you already install latest modem (like me by previouse attemts to install Linage OS with Android 8.1) it is no nessesary to reinstall it. Android installation go like on the new phone from box, no any wellcome screen problem etc. Follow advise of Eden in this comments with Magisk installation.
        GPS navigation working good, NFC slowly, hardly but very good that it work at all 🙂 also it is looks like not consume power.

      • Kostyantyn says:

        First read the comments NO PRESS to SCREEN CURTAIN ))))) Only comlete Odin reinstallation with PC and new TWRP and ADVANCE WIPING MODE use solve this problem. A T T E N T I O N : with advance wiping you should wipe system also but BEFORE DOWLOAD SISTEM FILES ON EXTERNAL SD card of your mobile. Actually follow instruction like on this video after you install TWRP. (Start from 3:10)

      • Kostyantyn says:

        Google camera (recorded video file savings) also working without any problem so no need to install FootEj camera. So Max Lee You can record new YouTube video.

      • Kostyantyn says:

        Also gapps I take not from Max link but this: I download and use file “micro”


    Obrigado ficou ótimo

  11. CARLOS ALBERTO says:

    Obrigado ficou ótimo

  12. nahasco says:

    Please help me. TWRP 3.2.1 isnt loading on my note 3. Only the 2.8.7 version works. Any fix???

  13. anh trinh says:

    i cant pass the set up winzard

  14. raul says:

    I have problems with Google Play, it does not let me start the play store, it goes wrong “Google Play Services has stopped”
    any solution?

  15. miguel says:

    sm-n900 version international???????

  16. Mike says:

    Flawless install, but after poking around in settings >display>advanced>accessibility mode> screen curtain.
    screen goes completely off. phone sounds fully functionally just know display. As soon as reboot home screen displays for a few seconds then boom!!! darkness!! any fix to this yet other than doing a complete re- install. SM900V Note 3

  17. tom says:

    does the active cover works with this rom

  18. Hamza mir says:

    Please do a review of android 7.1.1 nougat on note 3! I would really appreciate that.

  19. NOTE3 user says:

    Gapps link error?????

  20. Bernhard says:


    I used the beansgapps, not the one you linked and I have the problem that my phone starts oreo, and eventually boots into recovery mode

    • Bernhard says:

      how can I get the other gapps down there? I have reinstalled without gapps and now it boots, but I can’t circumvent the error you are shwoing in the video with the setup manager repeatedly stopping

  21. Bernhard says:

    has anybody tried calendar sync? I can’t find it. It should be under account settings but isn’t

  22. Bernhard says:

    And has anybody tried device encryption? I have heard there might be issues with LineageOS.

  23. karim says:

    everything working perfectly except my mobile data network, i have the default from my service operator but cant still use the internet.

  24. Nate says:

    Sound glitches out when playing anything so that’s a bug

  25. Shikachi says:

    Imei not showing please help

  26. slami21 says:

    N900 Ha3g?

  27. EM4CP says:

    Play Store seems to be not installed right after I successfully upgraded my phone, HELP PLEASE.

  28. Vince says:

    also got problems with play store…model SM-9005.
    Just download link above, and newest on mindgapps site. And used open gapps but no.

  29. waleed basham says:

    hey max i did what u did but my gapps are not installing on my note3 help plz

  30. mahammadjavad says:

    i want it for sm_n900 model

  31. Samet says:

    Hi there , I could not find my model number in anywhere (SM-N9000Q) . I am trying to give a second chance to my old note 3 here, any help counts. thanks.

  32. Simeon says:

    Hi there! I have a problem, I was able to install oreo no problem and have no issues… Except that I can’t connect to wifi and don’t have cellular. any ideas as to why? and how I can fix this issue? best regards.

  33. Paul says:

    Thank you Max

    Please do the review and install of Lineage 14.1 based on latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

  34. Sebastian says:

    Thank you so much dude! Huge money saver. Works perfectly.

  35. Aaron says:

    Can anyone help me with this? I am completely new at this, & just wanna update my old Note 3 so my dad can use it.

  36. Diyor Malikov says:

    hey why the play store not showing up

  37. Gideon says:

    Max Lee please will it work on my SM N900

    • Herbert Lye says:

      I’m voting for this question too as I’m on a Note 3 SM-N900 (International model – Malaysia) too, hoping for your response to whether can this ROM works on it? Tqvm.

  38. Jesús says:

    Saludos Max, te pregunto si es posible utilizar el modem del N900W8 en el N900T

  39. Zanguet says:

    My network does not connect. I already installed the Modem, but it did not solve. Someone with the same problem? N9005 here !!

  40. Reza says:

    i want to install android 8 on note 3 -n9005
    but I see this error message : signature verification failed .
    its repeated when i want to install android 7 too
    HELP ME please

  41. DO THUONG KIET says:

    SM-n900L fail when installing

  42. Mudarwan Henly says:

    Is there an update for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 ?

  43. dada says:

    my note 3 is n9005 is old wich i install mr max lee

  44. IBRAR says:

    Is there any Rom for unlocked note 3?

  45. kbkc says:

    galaxy note 3 N900L no signal, i can use SM-N9005 latest modem?

  46. Dasher says:

    thank you for everything but how to use odin and how to install the files you attached step by step if possible
    thanks again

  47. axeemex says:

    Hey MAX, thank you so much for this awesome update for my note 3.. Just one thing, after updating the wifi is showing there is no connection ?
    What can i do please help me MAX….

  48. Daniel Martindale says:

    Hello I am interested in a review on the Lineage 14.1 based on latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Thank you!

  49. Don says:

    Device boots directly to ODIN “download” mode.

    “Could not do normal boot”


    Any ideas as to why ? as all instructions were followed.

  50. Aqib says:

    all went good, but everytime I install it I never get Google apps. This is the one am using MindTheGapps-8.1.0-arm-20180320_011415

  51. AliRzA says:

    i cant install any apk on this rom
    not from unknow source on from app permission not from any where
    how i can install app on this rom??

    and one more thing
    this rom hasnt playstore for me

  52. neil says:

    can i use the BL and CP for n9005 in my korean variant n900L

  53. BH says:

    Hi. I try to flash Gapps but it doens’t work on my note 3 9005 Europ. Can u help me pls. Thx

  54. ot says:

    thank you for all, but google play do not work. There is no GSF ID

  55. Ayemjv says:

    why i dont have a google play store but i follow your instructions carefully and its successfull but when i open my phone i dont have google play store . can u help me with that ? i really love this ROM pls reply on my comment ASAP 🙁

  56. JimNorman says:

    hi , thanks for awesome update
    thats very fast and makes me happy :))))
    i updated my galaxy note 3 sm-9005 but i have a problem with rom and i confused
    my phone shows me lte icon above screen but shows another icon like multiplication symbol
    it shows me when i use Wifi , (Wifi icon with little multiplication symbol,lte icon and little multiplication symbol)
    and both of them dont connet to the internet
    whats solotion to fix this ?
    thank you and sorry about bad english

  57. daniel says:

    I can´t download PlayStore…. do u got any idea why ?

  58. anis says:

    Hi max and every one .I flash android oreo 8.1 in my note3 N-9006 but galaxy app and s note dont working ? I’m downloading samsung account apk and create new account samsung but nothing change

  59. Isco Matrix says:

    My phone version is (sm-n900)is it supported?

  60. pierre says:

    i don’t have play store and google account

  61. mpakasha says:

    i cant bypass setup wizard the taps are quiet fast.what can i do?

  62. Pablo says:

    So I did everything on the video, except I did not know if I had an unlocked bootloader or not, but I went ahead and followed the instructions after looking around for 2 hours trying to figure out if I had it on or not. The root worked perfectly, so I am guessing I had an unlocked bootloader but I had never done so, so go figure. I run the n900t

  63. Aaron says:

    Hi Max. Thanks for the step by step guide! I just successfully flashed Lineage OS 15.1 for my Sprint SM-N900P and everything is working fine. I feel like I have a new phone again. I tried the other Gapps, but like you mentioned BeansGapps was the one that worked in the end. I did not need to flash a modem either. Calls, texts, data, GPS and bluetooth are all working fine.

  64. jiang kevin says:

    Excuse me Suitable for Chinese language(zh-tw)?

  65. e says:

    Hello, evrything is working fine, but i dont got the google play store app and cant install it

  66. Cp says:

    Need a new rom to update my old Note3 to android 9
    Have had x-note rom installed on it for the last 5 years

  67. Dane says:

    Yea I install the gapps an not google play shore

  68. Mark Wilber says:

    SM-N900s here followed everything but it doesn’t have google play

  69. Fred says:

    I followed your quide. Everything was very clear! TWRP installing went well and from there I could install lineage-15.1-20180319-UNOFFICIAL-hlte. But when I tried to install MindTheGapps-8.1.0-arm-20180320_011415 I got an error: Could not mount/system! Aborting Error installing zip file ‘MindTheGapps-8.1.0-arm-20180320_011415’ . Can you tell me what to do?

    • Danyo says:

      Has there been or will there be any updates and/or bug fixes to this rom? I have it installed on my Verizon Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900V) and it’s working pretty good. The only issues I have are with the network data not auto connecting after losing signal. It makes me switch airplane mode on/off to restore my connection. The other thing is the lock screen. The lock screen number will go away and only show a square at the top of the screen with the date/time.

  70. Nomi Aly says:

    worked perfectly on samsung note 3 sm-n9008 chines version, thanks <3

  71. Carl says:

    Is there any sm-n900L modems?

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