Root Sprint, T Mobile Galaxy Note 5 & Install TWRP Recovery

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 around 3 weeks back at its unpacked event which held in New York. The Galaxy Note 5 carries the top notch specifications, a cool design and a premium build. Galaxy Note 5 without a doubt is the best Note device as Samsung completely changed the device rather then going with its traditional design and traditional upgrades. Note 5 isn’t only about having a better hardware spec sheet, but the device has got some cool features that make it the best phablet of the present time.

Samsung used its own Exynos 7420 64 bit octa core CPU to power this device up. Galaxy Note 5 carries a 4 GB RAM, and the internal storage begins from 32 GB, no external SD card slot though. Samsung used the same 16 MP shooter in Galaxy Note 5 as the one it used in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. On the front we have a 5 MP selfie shooter fixed at the top of a 5.7 QHD display. A battery of 3000 mAh is placed inside, this maybe a thing to think about for some users, but Samsung’s battery optimisations won’t let you run out of battery on this new phablet. Note 5 runs on Android 5.1 out of the box.

Galaxy Note 5 is available from almost all major carriers. These include At&t, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon & others. If you’re planning to pocket a Galaxy Note 5 from T-Mobile or Sprint, you may get tired of seeing the bloatware on this phone. For those who do not have an idea about bloatware, bloatware are the in-built applications that are added by carriers or smartphone manufacturers. Most of the users do not use these applications, so its a good idea to kick these applications off from the phone in order to cater some extra storage space. A part from that, you may also want to enhance the performance of your phone by means of some software tweaks. Power users may also want to enhance the battery life. All this is only possible if you’ve gained the root access on your phone. Without root access, you can’t make any system tweaks to your Note 5.

Luckily, Root for T-Mobile & Sprint Galaxy Note 5 is available now. After rooting, you can also install TWRP recovery which allow you to flash custom zip files, wipe cache, dalvik cache and create & restore Nandroid backup. There’s a lot more you can do with a custom recovery. All the credit for root and recovery goes to XDA senior member Manh_IT so, thanks to him. Let’s skip any further talk and head towards the method to root your T-Mobile or Sprint Galaxy Note 5 and then install TWRP recovery on it.

Early Preparations:

  • This guide is only for the Sprint Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920P and T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920T. Do not try this method on any other device. Otherwise you will result in bricking it. Check your device’s model number in settings > general > about device.
  • Backup your important contacts, call logs, sms messages and copy your media content to your PC in order to keep everything on a safe end.
  • Use your original data cable to establish connection between your Galaxy Note 5 and your PC.
  • Disable Samsung Kies, Firewall or any Antivirus if enabled.
  • Follow this guide to the letter in order to avoid any mishap.

Disclaimer: Methods involved in rooting your Android phone are highly custom. Rooting your device voids its warranty. In Samsung’s case, rooting will also trip the Knox counter and you won’t be able to avail any free services from the warranty providers. While following this method, make sure that you’re doing everything at your own risk. In case of a mishap, TechBeasts or Samsung may not be held responsible.

Required downloads & installations

How To Root T-Mobile & Sprint Galaxy Note 5 Now

  1. First of all, you need to enable OEM unlocking on your Galaxy Note 5. Follow the steps listed below to do so.
  2. On your T-Mobile or Sprint Galaxy Note 5, go to settings > device > about device > tap the build number for 7 times. You will have the developer options enabled in the device section of settings.
  3. Now open the developer options and locate “OEM Unlocking” and check it.
  4. Now boot your Galaxy Note 5 in download mode. To do so, first of all turn off your Galaxy Note 5 completely. Now turn on your Note 5 by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power Key simultaneously. You will see a screen with a warning. Press Volume Up key to continue and you will enter the download mode displaying a message “Downloading”.
  5. Now connect your phone to your PC.
  6. Open Odin3.exe from the folder that you extracted in the required downloads and installations section.
  7. Odin will open up and show a blue light in the box above ID:COM, the blue light means your phone is connected properly. If the ID:COM box doesn’t turn blue, that means your phone isn’t connected.
  8. The only options ticked in Odin should be F.Reset Time and Auto-Reboot. Do not touch anything else, and leave all other options as they are.
  9. Now click on AP tab and select the extracted .tar.md5 Noble_kernal_Auto-Root file.
  10. Odin will take a second or two to load the file, once it has loaded the file click on the start button and sit back.
  11. Odin will now flash the Auto-Root kernel, once the kernel has been flashed your device will reboot and a “RESET” message will appear in the progress bar in Odin.
  12. Disconnect your phone and let it boot up.
  13. Once your phone boots up, open Google Play Store and locate SuperSu and install it.
  14. Now open SuperSu application from app drawer, if it requires updating the SU binaries, update those.
  15. Now install Root Checker application and verify root access.
  16. Pheww! That’s all. You’re done rooting your Galaxy Note 5. Head over to the next portion to install TWRP recovery now.

How To Install TWRP Recovery on your T-Mobile or Sprint Galaxy Note 5

  1. Download Noble Kernel file with TWRP recovery:  TWRP- (the same file will work for both variants)
  2. Now follow the steps 4-11 of the above method to install TWRP recovery. But this time you will select the TWRP recovery.tar.md5 file instead of the Noble Kernel Auto-Root file.
  3. Once you’ve flashed TWRP recovery, you can boot into the recovery by pressing and holding Volume Up + Power + Home Key.
  4. That’s all.

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