How to Install Custom Recovery and Root Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Recenlty Samsung just overcame its promise of rolling out the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for Galaxy. Users have been pretty much disappointed, specially those Android enthusiasts who are always wanting to taste the newest firmware on their device. Well, its not that bad as Samsung surprised the users by skipping the Android 4.2.2 update and rolled out 4.3 instead of that.

So, those who are running Android 4.3 on their devices and are droid geeks they must be looking for a method to root their device on the latest firmware to get the administrative hold on their devices and play with it beyond the boundaries. Well, for all of em’ I’ve made the following guide that explains the method to Root Galaxy Note 2 GT N7100 (International), but if still you’re wondering what is root access and what are the advantages, let’s have a look at it.

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Rooting your phone gives you complete access over all the data which is apparently locked by the manufacturers. This includes removal of the factory restrictions and making changes to the internal system and the operating system. Gaining the root access gives you the privileges to install various applications to enhance the performance of your device, allows you to remove the built-in applications/programs, helps you to upgrade the battery life of your device & install the apps which require the root access for the proper functionality and modify your device in so many other ways e.g using mods and custom roms. By installing custom recovery, you can flash custom roms in the phone easily. Custom recovery also let’s you backup your current rom and restore it in case of any mishap. There is a laundry list of things you can do after having your device rooted and installed the custom recovery, now once you’re rooted and haveinstalled custom recovery, go ahead and enjoy it on your phone. Here’s our collection of 10 Best Root Apps.

Let’s move forward to the root process…

Disclaimer: The methods involved in flashing custom roms and rooting your phone is highly custom and may result in bricking your device, and has nothing to do with Google or the device manufacturer that is Samsung in our case. Also rooting your device will void its warranty and you will be no longer eligible for any kind of free device services by the manufacturers/warranty providers. In case of any mishap we may not be held responsible. Follow these instructions to the letter to avoid any mishap or bricking. Make sure that whatever you do, you are doing it at your own responsibility.

Before we go ahead, here are some pre-requisites that you need to follow:

      1. Make sure that your phone’s battery is charged over at least 60%. This is highly recommended in order to prevent any power issues on the device during the flashing process.
      2. Make sure that you have backed up all your important ContactsCall Logs & Messages. It is highly recommended in case of any mishap or data loss to backup all your important data.
      3. Make sure that you use the original data cable to connect your device to your PC.
      4. Make sure that your device is  Galaxy Note 2 and is GT N7100, check the model under Settings>General>About Device>Model.
      5. Make sure that your device running on latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Check it under About device. In case you want to update your device to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean first, follow this guide.
      6. In case of USB connection problems, enable USB debugging mode on your device. To do so, open Settings>General>Developer Options. If you can’t find the developer options, simply open About device and tap “Build Number” for 7 times and you should have the developer options enabled under the ”General Tab”.
      7. Install the listed files carefully, follow this guide to letter in order to prevent any mishap.

Files you need to download:

      1. Download and extract Odin PC – Get it here
      2. Download and Samsung USB Drivers – Get here
      3. Download the TWRP Recovery .tar.md5 file – Get here.
      4. Download SuperSu v1.69 file – Get here.

How to Flash TWRP Recovery on Note 2 Running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean:

      • Put your Galaxy Note 2 GT N7100  in download mode by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power key at the same time, you should get a screen showing a warning and asking to continue, press Volume Up to continue.
      • Now your phone should be in downloading mode. Connect your phone to your PC.
      • As soon as Odin detects your phone the ID:COM box will turn light blue.
      • Click on the PDA tab and select the downloaded TWRP Recovery.tar.md5 file.
      • Your Odin screen should look like exactly as shown below.
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      • Click Start and the root process should start showing you a process bar in the first box above ID:COM.
      • The process is quite fast and will finish in a few seconds, as soon as it ends, your phone will restart and you’ve installed the TWRP recovery.
      • Boot into recovery by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home Button + Power Key simultaneously.

How to Root Galaxy Note 2 on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean:

      • Carefully download the SuperSu.zip file from the link attached above.
      • Place the downloaded SuperSu.zip file on your phone’s SD Card.
      • Boot into TWRP Recovery. To do so, first turn off your device by pulling out the battery or by keeping the power key pressed for a while until it gives you the turn off vibration. Now turn on your device by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home Button + Power Key simultaneously.
      • Now in TWRP recovery tap “Install>Zip Files> Select the placed zip file” and proceed with the installation process.
      • The flashing process should take a few seconds to end, reboot your device after and find SuperSu installed in App Drawer.

Congrats! You’ve successfully installed a custom recovery and rooted your Galaxy Note 2 running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. In case you got any queries or face any issues, feel free to stop by the comment box below and leave your query. Thanks!


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  • Mustafa Bohra

    I have installed Knox in my note 2 with official android 4.3 . Can I still root my phone or there will be some problem

    • Usama Mujtaba

      If you root your phone now, you’ll trip the knox counter and void the warranty permanently. If you are Android enthusiast and don’t need warranty, go for it, if you want free services from Samsung’s service centers don’t do it. Wait for 1 year and wait for warranty to be finished.

      • ItsMasta

        so, this process successfully roots galaxy note 2 gt-n7100 running android 4.3 jelly bean?

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @itsmasta:disqus Yes it does, it will also root if you have older android version.

          • Rards

            Can i use this if my phone is simlocked to a carrier?

          • Rards

            My phone is locked on a carrier. Can i still root?

          • Usama Mujtaba

            @disqus_PS7vj1BqnO:disqus if its N7100 or N7105 you can root it.

      • ItsMasta

        hello! is this process succesfull? just need confirmation.
        thanks!

        • Usama Mujtaba

          Go For IT! Verified by myself 🙂

  • Usama Mujtaba

    It looks like you have enabled Knox on your phone. In case you get error after using this guide, let me know i’ll tell you what to do next!

  • Usama Mujtaba

    It looks like you have enabled Knox on your phone. In case you get error after using this guide, let me know i’ll tell you what to do next!

  • Usama Mujtaba

    But this guide should work perfectly for you!

  • Usama Mujtaba

    But this guide should work perfectly for you!

  • Aj TeX

    Hi there, I have custom installed the latest

    Android 4.3 XXUEMK4 stock ROM for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100. Regarding the KNOX, I haven’t even opened the app. I have tried to root several times, but it keeps activating KNOX warning and leaves me to install the ROM over again with Odin. Anyways is there any way it will work with your process and 100% rooting without tripping the KNOX warnings and that SuperSU will work? Your answer will be much appreciated.

    • Usama Mujtaba

      While you have installed the latest 4.3 firmware, the Knox warranty void has been activated on your bootloader now. If you will root your phone now, or flash a custom rom, you will trip the knox counter to 1 and that will not be in the favor if you want to claim the warranty.
      There is no method to root the phone without tripping the knox counter as off now.
      This method is working, i’ve verified it by myself, but again the thing is using it will trip your knox, so if you don’t care for the warranty then go for it, after you gain root access install Titanium Backup and freeze Knox, things should be working fine.

      • Aj TeX

        Hi Usama, thanx for replying back and giving me the info. Will try again and luckily I have purchased Titanium Backup Pro previously. So hope it will freeze KNOX this time for good!

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @ajtex:disqus Hit the little button with a tick on it in the top right corner inside Titanium and find the freeze option by scroll down and move to alphabet “K” and select all Knox apps and freeze them. Use any root app after that you will not get any error.

  • Kris Gauthier

    This is Great! now that you have this working for the Note running 4.3 how do we take this to make it work on a Gs4 running 4.3? right now people running 4.3 MJ7 can’t install any custom recovery. Do you know anyone working on this? and how much progress have they made?

    XDA would love a response here:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2540534&highlight=mj7&page=2

    • Usama Mujtaba

      Unfortunately I couldn’t make the guide to root Verizon Galaxy S4, I’ll make one soon and help this guy.

      • Kris Gauthier

        We have a root method but currently lack the ability to install custom roms because there are no working custom recoveries sorry if I was unclear

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @krisgauthier:disqus Yup, i searched for the Verizon Galaxy S4, although i have the guides for all other S4 Variants but not for the Verizon one only, i hope that there will be a custom recovery soon, the problem is that Verizon Galaxy S4 needs to get its bootloader unlocked, only then you can install a custom recovery, but let’s see the Developers can do anything anytime..

  • Usama Mujtaba

    @disqus_NYXCqdYoG0:disqus How did you disable? If you freezed it, it won’t cause any issues, perhaps if you face issues, you can factory reset and freeze it using titanium backup.

    • bhavik

      I did nt freeze it. I uninstalled it using titanium backup. I am nt fcing any issues till nw

      • Usama Mujtaba

        @disqus_NYXCqdYoG0:disqus its ok then, keep it going.

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  • exrienz

    Do you have any tutorial to unroot back the the phone?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @exrienz:disqus flash stock firmware and it will unroot the phone 🙂 Good Luck.

  • Usama Mujtaba

    @exrienz:disqus Can you please tell me your device model number? try flashing the recovery once again and let me know it works or not.

    • exrienz

      I am a note II GT-N7100 user, running latest official android update 4.3. I also had a Samsung Knox installed. After flashing the recovery, i still cant access to TWRP Recovery as mention above. An in addition, the knox are now cant be used, “Your device are not authorized to access Knox Mode”.

      Flash again? using the same method?

      • Usama Mujtaba

        oh. You can try flashing a stock firmware now, flash it and do not enable knox, just leave it as it is and then flash this TWRP. let me know if it works or not, i’ll find some other solution.

        • exrienz

          Is it true? THe knox flag is an EFUSE, you will NEVER be able to reset it back to 0. It is PHYSICALLY destroyed in the S800 chip and there is no way to change that fact. The best you can hope for custom bootloader that fakes the flag. But they will always be able to check the flag.

          • Usama Mujtaba

            @exrienz:disqus Yes that’s true. But that matters only as long as you care for your phone’s warranty. It won’t cause any problems as such.

  • Usama Mujtaba

    @jimmullet:disqus Nope. I will make a guide for Chinese model soon as well. Stay tuned.

  • GIO Tarakji

    i am on 4.1.2 note 2 7100 , and im on root now . so can i flash 4.3 and do this processor ?
    or i have to disable knox b4 ?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @giotarakji:disqus yes you can root it after flashing Android 4.3 using this guide. In case you face difficulties with Knox, install Titanium Backup and freeze all knox apps on Android 4.3

      • GIO Tarakji

        thx bro

  • Kavish Arman

    i have a problem with boot into recovery mode,when i’m trying my samsung note 2 into revovery mode my phone displays show no command.What should I do?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @kavisharman:disqus flash stock firmware first..and then root it.

  • Abraham

    Hi I didn’t enabled my knox can I root

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_x1a5tIwIwg:disqus yes you can root, but disable / freeze knox after rooting it.

  • Abraham

    How can I disabled freezing knox

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_x1a5tIwIwg:disqus once you’ve rooted, install Titanium backup and use it’s freeze option to disable knox.

  • Igor Al Khalili

    I installed CWM via Odin but my NOTE 2 GT-N7100 is still going only in Android stock recovery… I’ve tried the same with philz_touch v5 and v6 but after VOL UP + HOME + POWER I still get only Android recovery… PLEASE HELP…

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @igoralkhalili:disqus flash stock firmware and then flash the custom recovery again. It will work.

      • jannahtees

        I have tried this step but when I boot into recovery it still went to stock recovery.
        I already had stockrom 4.3 I downloaded via wifi.
        If I should flash the stock firmware, could you please tell me where i can download it cuz I updated 4.3 via wifi.
        Plz help n thanks

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @jannahtees:disqus which recovery did you flash? for Android 4.3 we have recommended TWRP, not CWM. Anyways, find the stock android 4.3 here: http://Samsung-updates.com

          • jannahtees

            I flashed TWRP and I already on stock android 4.3 baseband n7100xxuemj9
            and still not work

          • Usama Mujtaba

            @jannahtees:disqus first flash new firmware and then flash twrp! you’ve done something wrong in the process.

          • jannahtees

            i flash my note 2 via odin, but it stucks on like 50%, is it okay if i just plug off my phone from pc and redownload via odin again?

          • Jonathan De Felice

            yes flashing new firmware and flashing twrp worked for me, thanks! can’t wait to install DN3!

  • victor shi

    Thank you for helping me, but how can change my samsung note 2 GT-N7100 from China to Swedish, i mean that my phone is from china and i need to change it to swedish, to write and read in swedish.
    Thank you agine.
    B.Regards
    Victor shi

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @victor_shi:disqus if you’re asking about the language, you can change it from within settings 🙂

  • Usama Mujtaba

    @nay_lin_aung:disqus this is only for GT N7100, however you can flash recovery for N7105 and flash this SuperSu using the same guide. If your device is already rooted and you only need a custom recovery, you may not root it again. Simply flash CWM or TWRP.

  • adrian

    Hi I done the recovery part but the supersu.zip thats provided dznt install fully,ive downloaded the supersu app also but it wont open cause the device is stll not rooted

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_GR4FVDbCCM:disqus you need to flash SuperSu.zip in recovery, please follow the instructions properly and carefully.

      • adrian

        I already flashed it in twrp recovery under apply update from external sd,but it starts installing then fails showing E: failed to apply whole-ly. Now my phone’s still not rooted and shows no service. Wht do I do cz I realy wnt to root my phne…thnx for replying.

      • adrian

        Sorry I got it all wrong,I flashed twrp using odin,bt it seems tht im still running on android recovery,thats y the su ddnt work. Now shuld I flash with stock firmware first and then with twrp or how do I go about the whole situation…sorry and thnx

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @disqus_GR4FVDbCCM:disqus You can either flash a twrp recovery first and give it a try, if it doesn’t work, you may install stock firmware and then flash the recovery and it should work fine. Good Luck.

  • Nawab SaHab

    Hey Good evening..
    I rooted my gt 7100 now I have came to unrroted version of galaxy note 2 but now my knox is saying I don’t have authorized access to it.
    Pls resolve

    • Usama Mujtaba
      • Nawab SaHab

        hey thanks for response
        but i have given my phone to samsung service center because last night i updated it to 4.4.2 kit kat and phone stuck on samsung logo.
        all i want to know that does motherboard change can fix the issue
        is there any other issue which can cause my phone still in vain after motherboard change

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @nawabsahab:disqus the issue you were facing would have been fixed by flashing stock firmware, however this isn’t a thing to worry about, and you don’t need a board replace for boot screen stuck.

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