I bought a brand new Samsung Note 3 Neo here in China, just to find out that all the major google apps are obviously not working. Could have thought of it before!

I found some comments in this forum that gave me hope, apparently you just need to root it and install something, and then it works out like a phone bought in Europe.

Could anyone give me some detailed and simple advice of how to do that? I'm not experienced at all with this and I'm afraid to damage my phone entirely if I intervene there through rooting...

Thank you for your help!



Well, I think that can be done by using CF-Auto Root, best option over here would be heading directly over to the EDITED: Try using this guide over the PRIME HOW TO which I think is going to help you in getting things step by step ! Nothing much is changed over here I guess things are mostly the same and for self satisfaction I would say you can work with this one !

  • Hey Peter Carlos, thanks for the hint. My version is Samsung Note 3 Neo SM - N7506V, and the hints are all on another model... Does that make a difference? – JulianC. Dec 19 '14 at 7:07
  • Also, when successfully rooted, what do I need to do to get access to google play and the other google related apps? Thanks so much – JulianC. Dec 19 '14 at 7:08
  • Hold on a sec I haven't seen the model number actually, I'll make a edit to my post ! I have been under the impression that Neo came in just single version. And rooting doesn't means it will remove the access of the Google Play Store and PlayStore related apps rather than I will work the same way like it was previously ! – Peter Carlos Dec 19 '14 at 7:28
  • okay thanks, the guide looks helpful... but the question remains: After rooting, how do I get access to google play store and all the other google related apps? ultimately, I want the phone to work as if it was bought in Europe... – JulianC. Dec 19 '14 at 7:40
  • @JulianC. there's nothing much to worry about the Google Play Store and Google Play Apps like I said on the top it would work exactly the way it was running I don't think there would be any change after rooting the device until or unless you flash some other custom ROM other than the stock ROM over your device. – Peter Carlos Dec 19 '14 at 7:46

There are many clones that originate from the east like China.

Meaning, things like CF-ROOT are made for that particular model and not a clone.

The build.prop could have been modified to state those things, most likely if it has a mediatek processor - it's a clone.

If you are sure it's not a clone, root the phone, google TWRP and download their custom recovery for your device (as a tar file) then use odin to the flash the tar (AP). Then go to XDA Developers and flash any rom from the recovery and it acts like a European device.

  • If it is a clone, do not flash a ROM for the Note 3 Neo. It will likely softbrick the phone. If it's a clone, it will not have the same hardware that the real model will have and the ROM will not work. – Ryan Conrad Jan 2 '15 at 0:48

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