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Steps 1 through 3
Here’s how to root your Galaxy Note 2. (If you ended up on this page to root your Galaxy Note 3, see How To Root Galaxy Note 3 instead.)
Verified to work on the following Galaxy Note 2:
- International Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100
- International Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7105
- T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 SGH-T889
- AT&T Galaxy Note 2 SGH-I317
- Canadian Galaxy Note 2 with model number starting with SGH-I317 or SGH-T889 such as SGH-I317M or SGH-T889V
This root method works regardless of your OS version, so it will work on Android 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4.4
Note: For 4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4.4 please also flash latest version of SuperSU (see FAQ at bottom of this post) if having trouble!
For Sprint Galaxy Note 2 SPH-L900, please see How to Root Sprint Galaxy Note 2 instead!
For Verizon Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605, please see How to Root Verizon Galaxy Note 2 instead!
This root method is for Windows computer, I will post another root method for Mac and Linux real soon.
To root using this method, you will need a Windows computer.
For Linux/Ubuntu, please see How to Root Galaxy Note 2 on Linux/Ubuntu!
For Mac OSX, please see How to Root Galaxy Note 2 on Mac/OSX!
Step 1. Put your Galaxy Note 2 into Download mode by turning off your phone first then holding down Volume Down, Center Home, and Power buttons together.
Step 2. Once you see the warning screen, hit Volume Up button to enter ODIN Download Mode then connect a micro-USB cable from your Note 2 to your computer.
Step 3. If you don’t have Samsung USB drivers installed, go ahead and download it below and run it to install.
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You will need a rooted Galaxy Note 2 to install all ROM/kernels.
NOTE: If you are a noob, please remember the author of this site is not responsible if you mess up your phone. Make sure you know what you are doing before following any instructions on this site!
First time to rooting and custom ROMs? Please see our Galaxy Note 2 Root FAQ FIRST!