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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.
Step 4. Next, download GalaxyNote2Root.zip
Step 5. Unzip the files. Next, open up the ODIN program by double-clicking on the .exe file.
Step 6. You should see a yellow-highlighted COM box with a random number. If you don’t see it, double-check your Windows drivers (the Samsung USB drivers you installed in Step 3) and unplug, plug your Note 2 back into your computer.
Step 7. DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE and click on “PDA” button then find the file cwm6-root-note2.tar.
Step 8. Hit Start and let ODIN flash the custom CWM Recovery. When it’s done, your Galaxy Note 2 will reboot and you should have a fully rooted Galaxy Note 2.
Your phone will boot into newly installed CWM Recovery automatically once and install Superuser app and su binaries then reboot.
You should find a new Superuser app called “SuperSU”.
You can easily verify you have root by downloading Titanium Backup app (free on Play Store) and running it. You should get a nice Superuser permission pop-up window like below:
Credits – XDA
Q: Does this root method increase binary count?
A: Yes but you should be able to reset it using Triangle Away app (soon).
Q: During ODIN flashing, it failed and now I see “Kies Firmware Error Encountered” on the screen! HELP!!!
A: No worries, you can run ODIN again in that mode. Also, try another USB port. Usually, that will fix those ODIN flashing errors. And if you have Samsung Kies installed, make sure it’s not running at the same time as it can interfere with the ODIN flashing process.
Q: After rooting, my USB connection/screen mirroring/etc doesn’t work!
A: It’s something else wrong with your phone, rooting does NOT AFFECT the performance/features on your phone other than give you ROOT. It probably didn’t work before rooting if anything, that may be a defective phone/part.
Q: Does this method work on ALL Galaxy Note 2?
A: So long as your model number begins with GT-N7010, it will work yes.
Q: I am having trouble with SuperSU on Android 4.2.2 or Android 4.4.2!
A: Download the latest version of SuperSU here then install using CWM recovery to fix!
Don’t know how to install zip file using CWM recovery? Try Step 8 thru 14 here.
Q: How can I thank you for your tutorial?
A: I don’t take donations but if you could PLEASE subscribe to my Zedomax YouTube channel, that would help me greatly and thank you!
More questions? Leave them below and either Max or others will help you out.
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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!
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