[Update: Root Fix available] Third-party accessories not working on Galaxy Note 3 post KitKat update

A few months ago, word got out that Samsung was working on a policy where only those accessories that were officially certified by the company would work on the Galaxy Note 3 (and future devices). Basically, any accessory not sporting Samsung’s official identification chip would not work as intended (or at all), and it seems that Samsung is finally enforcing that rule on the Note 3 – those who have updated to Android 4.4 KitKat on their phablet have found that third-party cases have stopped working completely.

Numerous reports on XDA indicate that accessories like Spigen’s S-View flip cover are no longer functional when used with the Galaxy Note 3 on KitKat. Which, at the moment, means that Spigen (and likely others) is selling non-functional accessories for the Note 3, which could cause some backlash from those who’ve spent money on those. Spigen is also working on new armor cases for the Note 3, and if the accessory maker learns of this issue, those cases might not be released in the near future.

For Spigen’s S-View case, a solution is available, but that requires one to have Samsung’s official S-View cover as well: according to one XDA member, tearing off the IC chip from the official case and putting it on the Spigen one, along with a magnet from one of the phone’s earphones, makes the Spigen case start working as intended for the most part.

That confirms that Samsung is using some form of identification on KitKat, which could make third-party accessories rather useless, until accessory makers start licensing Samsung’s identification chips. Naturally, this is a move that will come as yet another step the Korean manufacturer is taking in limiting what users can do with their devices (though with the obvious advantage that accessories will now be better tested and compatible), and we’re looking forward to an official statement from Samsung on the matter.

For now, if you want to enjoy using KitKat on your Galaxy Note 3, it would be best to refrain from buying any third-party accessories. Oh, and if you’ve had a similar case of a particular accessory not working post the KitKat update, do let us know in the comments.

Update: Well, it looks like the community has found a simple way to make third-party cases work on KitKat, as long as a user has root access and is willing to install Xposed Framework mod. Details can be found here, though you should keep mind that installing Xposed Framework can cause issues, so make sure to take a backup of your data before attempting anything.

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  1. Samsung has become an Apple clone, time to raise a new brand to replace them, Yes Samsung, we put you where you are.

  2. After S2 and Note3 no more Samsung device… I doubt we need another Apple, so there is no reason to stimulate such market approach

    • Actually, Apple does allow third-party accessories, but yes, it seems Samsung wants to make more money by making third-party accessory makers take a license before giving them the necessary compatibility.

  3. My Note 3 is my 5. but now last Samsung phone. I HATE this. Solutions like this actually add production costs and have no benefits whatsoever for the customers. Think again Samsung, this is not a winning move!

  4. Samsung, You’re being a dick.

  5. This really rubs me the wrong way. I have purchased 2 Samsung phones and love them. But if this is going to be the way they do business, au revoire Samsung.

  6. Completely agree with previous opinions. 6th and the last Samsung.

  7. Yeah…. Samsung is getting creepier. If I can find a phone with a decent sized screen, removable battery and external SD support this may be my last phone from them.

    This, Knox warranty garbage and even supporting locked boot loaders… this is getting pathetic. Thankfully I don’t use a flip cover, but what’s next 3rd party batteries? Keyboards?

  8. Arrogant Asshat = Samsung

    They are only interested in the value of Samsung Electronics stock and extreme profits.

    The new Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet is 880,000 KW in Korea for the non-LTE model.

    Way overpriced as is the Note 3.

    Nexus devices are the best way to go for Android.

  9. i will remain with my old Note2. until samsungshiting unlocks it’s devices. otherwise i will change to other brand who’s not playing apple’s game.

  10. I love when I see manufacturers become greedy and start stabbing themselves.
    We gave the power to make samsung a new poor HTC.
    And I’m surprised they weren’t sued for making S2 knox compatible. Did they ask the owners who bought it almost 3 years ago? I’ll love see then crawl.

  11. I love when I see manufacturers become greedy and start stabbing themselves.
    We gave the power to make samsung a new poor HTC.
    And I’m surprised they weren’t sued for making S2 knox compatible. Did they ask the owners who bought it almost 3 years ago? I’ll love see then crawl.

  12. Wholeheartedly agree with all of the commenters saying it’s a douchey, shitty way to treat your loyal customers and fans. Shame on you Samsung. Make this right, and knock this garbage off or you will lose me as a customer. It doesn’t matter how fantastic your devices are, if you’re a douche I won’t do business with you.

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