Root and Install CWM Recovery on Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 [How to – Guide]

After the success of Samsung Galaxy Note 1, Note 2 and Note 10.0 Samsung brought up the regular tablet version of the Galaxy Note sized at 8.0 inches. The device is powered up with Exynos 4412 Quad Core CPU clocked at 1.6 GHz with a 2 GB RAM, a 5 MP camera at the back while a 1.3 MP on the front. 16/32 GB internal storage variants are there, as well, the storage is expandable through microSD card. Most of all, the device has an S Pen that adds to its functionality. Under the hood, this device got a massive 4600 mAh. Over all, Galaxy Note 8.0 outdated the rival tablets on the basis of its hefty hardware specifications.

While there is a lot to play with on the Android devices, and Galaxy Note 8.0 is one of those, the root access becomes essential if you want to go beyond the boundaries and tweak your device. So, let’s get back to the topic, if you are finding the root method then you’ve spotted the right place as I’ve explained the method in easy, simple and detailed steps below. But before we begin, you may be actually wondering about the proper know-how off the root access and custom recovery. Well, 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. 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 have installed 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 8.0 and one of these GT-N5100, GT-N5110, GT-N5120, check the model under Settings>General>About Device>Model.
      5. 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”.
      6. 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 CF Auto Root Package file for your device and extract it once: 

How to Root your Galaxy Note 8.0 :

      • Download the root package file for your Galaxy Note 8.0’s model number carefully from above.
      • Put your Galaxy Note 8.0 in download mode. To do so, turn off your phone completely and then turn it on  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 CF Auto Root Package file that you downloaded and extracted once above.
      • Your Odin screen should look like exactly as shown below.odin_explained
      • 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 device will get rebooted now, unplug it from the computer.
      • You will see the SuperSu installation on your phone now, it will start in a few seconds automatically.
      • Congrats! You’ve rooted your phone successfully now!

How to Install CWM Recovery on your Galaxy Note 8.0:

The method explained above is basically for beginners and does not install a custom recovery in your phone, it simply installs a stock recovery with having your phone rooted. Custom recovery allows you to modify in your phone in so many other ways like flashing custom roms, flashing mods etc.

Download Philz Advanced Touch CWM Recovery for your device:

Now you need to follow the same procedure explained above to root your phone but this time instead of giving it CF Auto Root file in the PDA tab you need to give it the downloaded recovery file that is in .tar.md5  format,  for your phone, the recovery will be flashed within a few seconds. You can enter the custom recovery now pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Key.

Congrats! You’ve successfully rooted and installed CWM recovery on your Galaxy Note 8.0 In case you got any queries or facing any difficulties, feel free to write us in the comment box below. We will try out our best to help you. Thanks.

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