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:

  • 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&A

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.

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Max Lee is the founder of HighOnAndroid.com. Max makes Android tutorials and review videos for people who want to get high on Android over at his YouTube channel and Korean YouTube channel.

16 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!

  2. Keith Marantz says:

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

  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:

      *Update*

      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?

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