Samsung Galaxy Note is the first phablet by any of the smartphone manufacturers, and the device really changed the era of gadgets after its release in 2011. Galaxy Note sported a 5.3” Super AMOLED display, 1.4 GHz Dual Core processor and 1 GB RAM as well. Initially the device came with Android 2.3 Gingerbread installed in it, perhaps the good thing about Samsung that it never forgets it’s old devices and it managed to get Android 4.1.2.
Before we begin, I would like you to have the following precautions. Make sure that you have battery charged over 60 % and have backed up all your important Contacts, Call Logs & Messages. It is highly recommended in case of any mishap or data loss to backup all your important data. Rooting Samsung Galaxy Note on Android ICS / JB:
- First of all go to your Galaxy Note’s Settings > About Phone.
- Check your phone’s Android Version here, whether it is Android IceCream Sandwitch (4.0.x) or Android Jelly Bean (4.1.2).
- In the about phone, you also need to check your phone’s Kernal version.
- Download the .zip file for your phone’s kernel version fromHERE.
- Place the downloaded .zip file on your phone’s external sd card.
- Turn off your phone by long pressing the power button or pulling off the battery, wait for about 30 seconds. Turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Keys.
- Your phone should now boot into the recovery mode, you can move between the options by using volume up and down keys, the power key can be used to make a selection.
- Select ”install update from external sd card”.
- Select the downloaded .zip file and then select yes.
- Let the process begin, it will install the custom recovery and root your phone. You can enter into the custom recovery by repeating the step 6. Find the SuperSu application installed in your phone in the apps menu, or verify the root access by installing the Root Checker App from the play store. Congrats!
Rooting the phone on Android Gingerbread: Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note running on Android 2.3.x Gingerbread is not possible therefore, you will have to flash a pre-rooted ROM. follow the steps explained below to flash a pre-rooted ROM.
- Download and Unzip Odin PC – Get it here.
- Download & Install Samsung USB Drivers – Get here.
- Download and unzip the Pre-Rooted Gingerbread ROM – Get it here.
- Open Odin
- Put your phone in the download mode, in order to do so turn off your phone first of all by pulling out the battery for around 30 seconds or by long pressing the power button. Turn it on by pressing and holding the Volume Down + Home + Power Keys.
- Attach your phone to your computer using the original USB cable.
- The ID:COM port at the top left in ODIN should turn blue or yellow now.
- Select the PDA tab and select the downloaded pre-rooted ROM.
- The options selected in your ODIN must be same as shown below.
- Click on ”Start”, the installation process will start in ODIN and on your phone too. As soon as it is done, your phone will restart and you have the pre-rooted ROM installed with CWM recovery.
- In case you are facing any screen issues, you don’t need to worry at all as these issues will vanish after updating your ROM. Download a ROM from HERE and flash it using the method explained in above steps.
- Congrats! You’ve rooted and updated your Galaxy Note now.
Now wondering what to do with your rooted phone?
Here’s the answer for you! 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.
How to keep Root after OTA Updates
The OTA updates rolled out by the manufacturers wipe the root access on your phone. In case you don’t know how you can restore the root access after OTA update, you’ll have to root your phone once again, but there is no need to do it as you can restore it using the OTA Rootkeeper App which is available in the Google Play Store. The app creates backup of your root and simply restores it after any OTA update.
While rooting your phone, please keep it in mind that the Root Process isn’t official and has nothing to deal with Google Inc and the device manufacturer, which is Samsung in our case. Follow the guide carefully to prevent any damages to the device as the method is completely custom.
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