How to Root Verizon Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605!

For those of you who want to root the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605, you can do it by flashing an official stock firmware with root injected.

Please see How to Unlock Bootloader and Root Verizon Note 2 on VRAMC3 if your software build is VRAMC3.

Unlike other models of Galaxy Note 2, the Verizon version comes with a locked bootloader, meaning you cannot use the usual custom recovery method. But this root-injection root method works fine, it’s just you will have to download a very big file (over 1GB).

This root method may erase everything on your phone (although it worked fine on mine as shown in video other than Amazon app force closing), so make a backup of everything on your Note 2 before preceding. You’ve been warned, you are responsible for any losses of data if you decide to root your phone.

Step 1. Turn your Verizon Note 2 power off.  Then hold down the Volume Down, Center Home, and the Power buttons simultaneously for about 3 seconds until you see a warning screen.

Step 2. Next, hit Volume Up to enter ODIN Download Mode and connect a microUSB cable from your phone to computer.

Step 3. Download the root-injected stock firmware and ODIN:

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Download ODIN

Unzip both files, you should get a file ending in “tar.md5″ and two files for ODIN.

Step 4. Run the odin3 v1.85.exe program by double-clicking on it.

Step 5. You should see a yellow highlighted box with a random COM number.  If you don’t, install Samsung USB drivers and repeat from Step 1.

Choose “PDA” and select the root-injected firmware file ending in “tar.md5″.

Step 6. Hit the “Start” button and ODIN will start flashing the root-injected system firmware to your Verizon Note 2.

Step 7. When done successfully, you will see “PASS!”.

Step 8. Once your Note 2 reboots, you will notice there’s a new app called “SuperSU”.  Congratulations, you’ve rooted your Note 2 successfully!

You can verify root access by running a rooted app like Titanium Backup app, you should see Superuser permissions window pop up.

Step 9. (Optional)  Optionally, if you have any problems that interfere with you using your phone (that may happen in the future if you are on newer software versions), you can do a factory reset in stock Android recovery. (Please see end of video tutorial for step-by-step instructions on that)

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110 Responses to How to Root Verizon Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605!

  1. Chetan Sharma says:

    So somehow I had two different root videos were open for Note 2 (one for Verizon and one was regular). It is so funny that after half of the process I started to follow the regular Note 2 root video and all most messed up the whole thing. Also got up to the point where it says something about Firmware and my phone was not booting and also into Odin 3 v1.85 it kept failing the process because I was selecting the wrong file (12 MB) and then finally I had to download the Verizon root66_VZW_stock_system file and every thing worked out. it seems like every time i do something like rooting or custom roms (Verizon don’t give us too many chances anyway) something wrong happens.
    So here it is guys this is the easiest root method for Verizon Note 2 and it works fine unless you do something dumb like i did.
    ———————-
    Thanks a lot Max Lee
    ———————-

  2. Spencer says:

    Max, PLEASE make a HighOnAndroid rom for this device. I love some of the touch wiz that makes this phone the Note 2, but I am on Verizon so I have the annoying wifi notification that cannot be turned off, as well as a lot of bloatware.

    Thanks for your hard work!

  3. Ben says:

    Nicely done! I ran the procedure on my gn2 this afternoon, with ZERO errors. Not bad for a noobie rooter. :) Thanks for making such an easy to follow vid, look forward to seeing many more from you in the future!

  4. Paul says:

    Max (and all other folks out there) – I’ve never rooted a phone before, and BEFORE I do so, will rooting my phone prevent me from getting software updates from either Verizon (later versions of Android OS) or Samsung? When I do get a software update, will I have to go through this process again, or???

    Just want to know the ramifications of rooting my phone before I do it. I’d appreciate an answer. Thanks!

    • derek says:

      This is correct once you root your phone you will not be able to receive updates unless you unroot your phone however once you root your phone the develops are pretty good about keeping up to date with the new trends ..

  5. gaurav says:

    worked like a charm on my vz galaxy note 2!! Smoothest rooting ever. Reminds me of the apple Blackrain jailbreaks. Great work indeed.

    • gaurav says:

      oh by the way, it did not wipe out my existing apps or home screen. I am very thankful for that. Needed this to run a samba server on my phone so that I could run it with a particular audio streaming app that works with windows samba share.

  6. steve v. says:

    AWESOME!! I searched for rooting steps for my phone, learned that the Verizon model SCH-i605 was a different rooting process, followed your excellent step-by-step video and list, and it worked great!! about to use Titanium backup (will probably pay for the PRO version). thanks for all the effort you made and an easy to follow to do this process.

  7. slimfamus says:

    Is there any way to put CWM on the i605 and get rid of the crap verizon puts on here to stop the bootloader?

  8. Chris says:

    I get this in Odin:

    Added!!
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    root66_VZW_stock_system.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..

    The box with the port is blue for me. I did install the drivers, even though it said I already had them. It does not say PASS, but seems to not be doing anything else after that. Any suggestion?

    • Chris says:

      Please disregard. I got it. Thank you.

      • Christina says:

        What was it that you had to do? Mine is saying the same thing and now I am stuck on what I am suppose to do. It does not say pass or anything. Please help

        • Brian says:

          I got that the first time, but realized I hadn’t followed the directions 100%.
          Did you do these two steps before running Odin?

          Step 1. Turn your Verizon Note 2 power off. Then hold down the Volume Down, Center Home, and the Power buttons simultaneously for about 3 seconds until you see a warning screen.
          Step 2. Next, hit Volume Up to enter ODIN Download Mode and connect a microUSB cable from your phone to computer.

          What steps do you follow, exactly?

  9. Cool says:

    Verizon and Samsung are not stupid. They lock down phones and apps knowing full well that we will want to unlock the device to use them to their full potential and their by legally voiding your warranty.

    • Brian says:

      “They lock down phones and apps knowing full well that we will want to unlock…”

      What? They know this full well and then?

    • Maneesh says:

      Yes, they limit our freedoms so we beg for more in newer versions. That is how they compel us to upgrade time and again, otherwise, we would all be satisified with our unlocked devices, which is catch 22, because we are satisfied with our unlocked devices, thereby rendering our warrantly useless, hence, making us unsatisfied in the process.

      • Brian says:

        I disagree on pretty much all counts.

        I’ve never felt the need to beg for more. I was happy with my Incredible for the two+ years I used it, and was happy with my G1 before that. (Both rooted). I don’t really give a crap about the warranty, but if I did, I could always revert to stock if need by, so the warranty is not useless in that regard. Even if it were voided, which it’s not, I would not be unsatisfied by that either. If I muck with my phone and brick it, I have no one to blame but myself, which doesn’t make me dissatisfied with my carrier in any way.

        If anything, I look forward to getting a new, unrooted, phone. It’s always a bit exciting/scary to get root on it, and run the phone “commando” (as it were).

        How is it a “catch 22″?? You’re happy with your unlocked device, but you’re not? Which is it? Contradicting yourself does not make for a “catch 22″ situation–it just makes you contradictory.

        • Maneesh says:

          Ok Brian, I have downloaded the files…..but let me know what are the major benefits of rooting it, in your opinion……

          • Brian says:

            There are a few! There are several cool apps out there that REQUIRE/UTILIZE root (ssh server/tunnel, busybox, titanium backup, wireless tether), and that’s reason enough alone. Also, I am a software developer. When I don’t have command of the machine I’m developing on, it bothers me. So when I start up an adb shell (or use a terminal emulator on my Android device), and am able to type “su”, it makes me more comfortable. Finally, if you want custom roms, you need root. Really, to me, any power using is going to want it.

            For people happy just making phone calls and playing Angry Birds, root is not necessary.

            You mentioned that you’ve downloaded the files. Be careful. Unless you follow the directions *to the letter*, you can have serious problems. Good luck and have fun!!

  10. Brian says:

    Thank you!

    Fabulous! Worked perfectly on the first try, and Titanium has now made a nice backup for me.
    No apps or data were injured in the making of this root.
    Verizon Galaxy Note 2 : SCH-I605, Android 4.1.1

    Looking forward to custom roms and no bloatware!

    It appears that clockwork mod does not support this phone (it has the n7100, but not sch-i605).
    Hmmm…

  11. B says:

    I have been searching for hours to see if I can somehow install a custom android 4.2 rom for the verizon note II, i see you can do it on the n7100, is this possible and if so, why is it such an issue for the verizon version?

  12. Aaron says:

    There is a program out there called voodoo OTA root keeper that allows you to keep root if you do an over the air update, but not sure if the note 2 is supported or not. Works fine on my other devices.

  13. copter says:

    I posted that it didn’t work after using the wrong file..I somehow skipped pages..anyway, worked great thanks. Oh, I get a message that it’s not finding my phone, though is sort of is, and I can’t access it as a drive….. goggling.

  14. john says:

    after extract the rar file i cant find the tar file -.- max please help

  15. Kai Lau says:

    this help a lot, thx. perhaps do you know anything about taking pictures and videos, and after I transfer them to my computer, they all came out upside down. I own this phone for less than a month and it just recently started to happen, and I tried to clear the data on camera, take out the battery, reset setting, none of this work. please help!!

  16. Nick says:

    I wish odin worked every time. It’s very picky it seems.. I try everything under the sun to make it work, and then out of no where, it decides it’s time to push root..

  17. lokker says:

    i did everything like in the tutorial and odin said it was a succes but i have no superusersu app and i cant use any root apps

  18. kirin says:

    Worked flawlessly (using windows xp). Everything working well so far since first reboot. No need to factory reset!

  19. Maneesh says:

    My advice to all of you, once you root your Android, you will be a slave to Odin. And if something does go wrong with your Android smartphone in the future, your dealership warranty would be voided due to the rooting process, and the developers of the software that keep your software up to date will not take any responsibility whatsoever. Stick with the basics, or perhaps take an older smartphone to play around with, before jumping into an ocean of uncertainties.

    • Brian says:

      Psh! Learn how to revert to stock! “jumping into an ocean of uncertainties”! haha. Hyperbole much?
      Using a tool does not make you a slave to it. Are you a slave to Android? A slave to busybox?
      hmph!

    • Mark says:

      I ignored that line of thought for my EVO and went from boring to fun for the next year or so. I just ignored it for my Galaxy Note 2 and expect the same :) The warrenty is a low concern, the ROMS range from risky to solid and a little research can tell you this. Good luck with your stock ROM.

  20. Brian says:

    BTW, the procedure still worked after Verizon OTA update!

    Today, I received an OTA update from Verizon, which took away root.
    I ran the procedure described above again, and all was well with the world once more (no reset required).

    Just in case anyone was wondering (like I was).

    (^_^)/

    • Shin says:

      @Brian, thanks for sharing the info!!! I just got the OTA and was wondering about that!

      • rene says:

        it worked for me too, got the OTA, and im rooted again :)

        • Brian says:

          The thing I’m wondering is, what state are we in now? By applying this ROM update, Verizon should notice that we need the OTA again. I don’t want to be stuck in one of those endless “OTA is available, click here” modes like I was with my Incredible. Will an /system/update to build.prop be needed?

          I wish I had made a copy of build.prop from before the OTA.
          Current value is:
          (retrieved via “adb pull /system/build.prop cow”)
          ro.build.fingerprint=Verizon/t0ltevzw/t0ltevzw:4.1.1/JRO03C/I605VRALJB:user/release-keys

          If anyone has rooted and not yet gotten an OTA update, what is your build fingerprint?

    • James says:

      I received an OTA update and it gave me a big yellow triangle on boot. I had to do a factory reset.

  21. Jack_N says:

    Tried couples of times, but the firmware download in Odin kept stopping about 1/4 of the way…
    Finally get Verizon Note II to root with the white USB cable that originally came in the phone’s box and charger.

    -> Don’t use just any USB cable, especially the old Galaxy’s phone cable!

  22. David Polister says:

    Just worked for me with no issues. Thanks! Installed TBU and running that as I type.

  23. RaptorOO7 says:

    My GN2 is brand new from the store and annoyingly the sales rep installed the OTA without my knowing and its something I never let anyone do. I normally order online but I was exchanging my original phone (GS3) for a GN2 so I was not fortunate to be rooted prior to the OTA.

    So if I understand correctly I am in a holding pattern until Adam and company can find another useful exploit to get us around Samsung & Verizon’s stuff. Or, can we use the Roote66 image via odin and get back to VRALJB?

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  25. krazzy says:

    the same as RaptorOO7

    I believe the boot loader was changed in the ota. I was rooted but not after the ota because it broke my root.
    it also screwed up my phone it drops long calls now and i noticed a few more probables that wear not there before the ota. i was using the exyon exploit for root pretty much just so i could take out all the addwhere that zvn put on there. now i miss ruining all my data thru tor servers and i miss titanium backup and my tether is acting strange now it likes to turn off on its own. so….

    I’m going to do this. i have not flashed a phone since my vzn razor back in like 05 lol. I use to brake them all the time.
    anyway ill let ya know if i kill this 700$ phone today or not.

  26. Cullen says:

    If I do this root, will it allow me to overclock with SetCPU? I’ve got the Verizon GN2 with Android 4.1.1?

    • Cullen says:

      Also, I literally just got the phone a week ago and last digits of my build number are VRALL4 I believe.

      • Brian says:

        Mine is also “VRALL4″, so you should be good to go.
        As for overclock, I imagine the answer is “yes”, but why don’t you try it and see?

        • Cullen says:

          So you’ve already rooted with this method using the VARLL4 build? Also, can my phone be un rooted if this doesn’t work out for me? Is it difficult to un root after this method? I’m a bit new to rooting so just wanted to be positive..

          • Brian says:

            I rooted, got an OTA update and rooted again. My current baseband version is “I605VRALL4″. I haven’t tried to unroot, but it shouldn’t be difficult. I’ve never had the need to unroot, so far (of the 3 phones I’ve rooted).

            Always good to get everything clear before trying something like this.

          • Cullen says:

            Brian, was the OTA update the 4.1.1 that I already have or is there another one after that will be coming? And I’ll need to re root after every ota update? Did yours wipe all your data after the rooting process?

            I think I’ll give it a try in the coming days, also do you know if the insurance you can buy from Verizon will cover my phone if its bricked?

  27. Brian says:

    See my previous comments above.

    I wouldn’t count on that insurance. clockworkmod DOES NOT yet officially support SCH-I605 though, so ROM management will be tricky. (I’m sticking with vanilla root until we get clockworkmod support).

    BTW Build number is JR003C.I605VRALJB

    • Cullen says:

      Wait, so your baseband version is i605VRALL4 and build number ends in VRALJB? Cause my build number ends the same way as your baseband number.

      My Build # is JRO03C.i605VRALL4
      And my Baseband # is i605VRALL4

  28. Kevin says:

    I rooted the phone using the above, it works fine. However, I am now receiving notices from Verizon of an update to LL4. I get the notice twice in the morning, of course it fails (it changes my stay awake setting to off) and the next day it happens all over again. Is there some way to turn off this autoupdate process until someone provides a rooted version of LL4?

  29. Andy says:

    Anyone have any apk installer issues after rooting? I had no trouble installing a non-market app before rooting, now after rooting I cannot install 3 different apks. When I click the install button, nothing happens.

  30. Art says:

    Hey anyone,
    I’d like to know which SGNote2 You’d suggest to work best for metro p c s 4GLTE and gsm (no contract symcard)when traveling overseas.Based on my online research I’m assuming the SCH-i605 since its descibed as cdma gsm & 4gLTE. Please advise

  31. Phone_Guy says:

    Hi there-
    Perhaps I’ve found your web site too late? I was unable to obtain the necessary files from the page I was redirected to. I’ve rooted and jailbroken most phones that are out there, so I’m not new to this procedure.

    When I access the download page, it provides me with other links. (i.e. swiffer jet, hand controls, etc…) Is there a page that will just provide the links I need to complete the task at hand?

    That would be most appreciated.

    Best regards,

  32. jay says:

    i can’t download the root injected file. when i click download, it leads me to another site that has download button and it goes forever. can someone help me with this?

    thanks!

  33. aaron says:

    I rooted my Verizon note 2 with this method and now there is a update for the phone.should I update to it? If so do I need to unroot before updating and will I beable to root after update also?

  34. Burak says:

    Question about the builds. I am at vraL-L4. Is there any updated information on whether this root works cleanly?

    • Brian says:

      vraL-L4? What is that? Do you mean VRALL4? (What is the significance of the mixed case and hyphen?)
      My build number ends in VRALJB, and I’m not sure if this procedure will work with VRALL4, but there seems to be some good info on android central about rooting from VRALL4…

  35. josh.comlugav says:

    u just got a note 2 but the guy at verizon gave it the latest update, will this process still work with the latest update?

    • josh.comlugav says:

      *just got… don’t know why it put a “u” in front of that post…

    • Brian says:

      Read the older posts. If you can post your build number and ro.build.fingerprint, that would help too.

      It’s OK with VRALJB and
      fingerprint as follows:
      ro.build.fingerprint=Verizon/t0ltevzw/t0ltevzw:4.1.1/JRO03C/I605VRALJB:user/release-keys

      I’m not sure about build VRALL4…

  36. anthg says:

    So I was wondering if you could run ClockworkMod Recovery using this method to root the phone, but a couple said at this point it’s not supported.

    There is a method over on theunlockr.com/ that says it works on the Verizon GN II – has anyone tried that? It came out this month.

    http://theunlockr.com/2013/01/21/how-to-install-clockworkmod-recovery-on-the-samsung-galaxy-note-2-verizon/

    Would love to get a Verizon GN II but I don’t want a crippled one, so I would love to root it and put Jellybean on it – without all the hassle. Let me know if anyone’s managed to do that and how…

    Thanks in advance!

  37. Sterling says:

    This worked fine for me, and my build number ended with ALL4.

  38. Tiezane says:

    Investigating for a buddy of mine. I understand the method above will downgrade the phone from the VRALL4 he is on now to VRALJB, with root. Has anyone gone from that point, installed OTA Rootkeeper, made a protected copy of root, pulled the OTA to VRALL4, and restored root? I want to help him get root without losing data. Can anyone confirm this works?

  39. Fredo says:

    Is this posible on a macbook pro,(Veizon note 2)?? I’ve been at it for like 2 days and I’m lost.. Tried almost everything.. Note 2 tool kit, Hemidall, Odin.. front loader tells me that tar extension is too big. When I type commands into terminal it tells me that command is not found. odin does not work on mac.. Using android file transfer so phone is recognized by mac. Please help!

    • Brian says:

      It seems you answered your question. “odin does not work on mac..”
      I would really look for a Mac specific solution, since you really don’t want a several hundred dollar brick.

  40. Roger says:

    Mr. Rooter
    The only thing I want with my verizon GN2-SCH i605 is to run international SIMs.
    But I don’t know how to unlock this particular phone. It is 4.1.1, any update for unlocked verizon phone? Sometimes it lags, I don’t know how to fix this too.
    Anything could help………

  41. Pablo says:

    so i have been trying to root my note 2 using casual however when i open the program my device wont show. any help is appreciated.

    • Brian says:

      This thread is unrelated to using casual. I checked and there seem to be some “rooting android with casual” threads out there. You’ll have better luck there.

  42. Justin says:

    So i attempted to root my galaxy note for the first time, and somehow my computer no longer recognizes my phone. Instead of it saying the model number which is sch 605 it just says samsung android. what does this
    mean? Did i somehow mess up the software or something?

  43. Justin says:

    So i attempted to root my galaxy note for the first time, and somehow my computer no longer recognizes my phone. Instead of it saying the model number which is sch 605 it just says samsung android. what does this
    mean? Did i somehow mess up the software or something?

  44. Michael Partridge says:

    I am pretty sure this doesn’t include CWM Recovery. Can you show how to install this on Super SU

  45. ramon says:

    I unlocked the bootloader and flashed a custom rom with a custom recovery but i forgot to backup the stock rooted rom. How do i flash back stock rooted rom using custom recovery instead of odin?

  46. danielle says:

    all i can say is, thanks. It worked great

  47. John says:

    Tried the root step by step. Said it passed but when rebooting stuck in a loop of the 4lte logo and then samsung logo and back to 4lte logo. Stays like this. Any suggestions.

  48. lenny says:

    i followed the steps all correctly but am stuck on a boot loop

  49. Gary says:

    Same boot loop here

  50. Carol says:

    What is the benefits of rooting my phone ? Can someone take the time to explain what rooting means ? Will rooting open my phone to hacking ? or does it mean my phone becomes unlocked ? I was told it makes your main screen look really pretty… But I won’t root my phone for just cosmetics…. It has to be for much better reasons. I unlocked a few phones before and it wasn’t anything special. So what makes this Rooting so special.

    • Brian says:

      Carol, it sounds like you really DO NOT NEED root, and the benefits don’t out-weigh the risks for you. Basically, having root allows you “super user” access to some of the lower-level features of the phone that are normally blocked (for good reason!). Some cars have a limiter that prevent you from going over a certain speed. For most drivers, this is fine, and it’s safe. Without the limiter, you could push the car to excessive speed, possibly damaging the engine, or getting into an accident and destroying the car. Rooting your phone is like removing the limiter on a car. Unless you need the extra power and are prepared to handle the dangers, there’s no need to do it.

      For myself, I am a software developer of 20-some years, linux user, wannabe sys admin, etc. I crave “root”, I need “root”, I want “root”. I’ve installed a linux distribution, use wireless tether, and a variety of other “system utils” that all require root. I can go into the file system and modify/remove system files. Dangerous stuff, some of it, but useful in the hands of a knowledgeable user.

      Do not confuse rooting your phone with “unlocking” your phone. They are unrelated. The unlocking (which can be done by your provider) allows the phone to be used with a different SIM card. Locked phones are tied to a specific SIM card and carrier. If you go overseas, or want to switch carriers or SIM cards, you’ll need your phone unlocked. Trivial to do.

  51. Christian says:

    Hi guys,
    I have several questions about the rooting/bootloader locking process.
    Something is not right with my phone, a Verizon Galaxy Note 2 (SCH-605), currently having build 4.1.1
    Thanks a lot for all tips.

    I rooted my phone (Odin 3.185 described here) and it worked fine.
    Then I tried to unlock the bootloader (Odin 3.07, also on this site) and it failed.
    Now, after a factory reset, my device is still rooted.
    Now I am regularly prompted for OTA updates (that of course fail) yet my device is rooted.
    I also got several messages like “incompatible Verizon firmware, walk in to a Verizon store to solve the problem” (the yellow triangle). Now they are gone.
    I failed to save the out of box ROM, I thought I would do it after rooting.
    I’d like to install a cusotm ROM (4.2)

    Now, the questions:

    1. Since I can restart my phone both into recovery (power + volume down), but also into power + volume up, I think the bootloader is locked, but I don’t know. How do I find out? Is there a tool? Or over command line?
    2. Would you recommend installing the custom ROM at this point? I wouldn’t like to take any chances.

  52. Rasheed says:

    My phone was originally rooted and then returned to stock firmware after I bought it second hand now after an OTA update my phone is in a boot loop and I am unable to flash the stock firmware back on my galaxy note 2 I have been looking for a solution for days nothing is working and the warranty does not cover my device since I bought it second hand as per vzw PLZ HEEEELLLLPPPPP I NEEED MY NOTE 2 SOOO BAAADDDLLLLY

  53. Lisa says:

    Max, I just received a replacement note 2 from squaretrade for verizon. Apparently this is a sim version, which verizon didn’t use 9 months ago. I changed carriers from sprint. This time I have options and don’t know what order to root and activate it in. It is model sch-i605, android 4.1.1, build jr003c.i605vrall4, kernal 3.0.31-414933. Should I activate it on verizon first or root? Do I need to do any other prerp work? Luckily I don’t have to care about data or apps. I have titanium on my old phone and I can restore everything from there to here when ready. Thanks for your work. Your instruction got me thru my first root on the sprint note 2.

  54. Kevin Tate says:

    I have the Samsung Note II from Verizon (SCH-I605) however recently I have switched to T-Mobile due to coverage issues. I have rooted my phone many times with no problems. The question I have is can I root this phone to be able to use the tether or hotspot with T-Mobile. I have everything set up and working fine. I am just wanting to be able to un-bloat my phone and also use it as a hot spot. Can this be done and how can it be done if so? Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

  55. Derek T says:

    In the midst of ensuring I was on the latest OTA for rooting, I’ve installed stock 4.3. I’ve searched and searched and haven’t come across a method for unlocking the bootloader for the the Verizon Note 2 running stock 4.3. Anybody have any suggestions or links?

  56. Passthegame says:

    question if i have ready rooted my phone, would it messed up if i used this method

  57. wade says:

    After I rooted my phone it won’t reboot?

  58. Justin says:

    Hey Guys,

    I am looking for a little bit of assistance since after following the guide it seems my results are not quite as fruitful as I had hoped. I followed all of the steps however it seems when I attempt to boot my phone up all I see is the Samsung logo for about 5 seconds and then a black screen. It won’t allow for me to do anything after this point unless I remove the battery. I can get into the system recovery and I have attempted to reset to factory defaults/wipe it but this doesn’t help the situation. This is the first phone I have ever attempted to root however the directions seem very straight forward and hard to screw up…

    What I have tried:
    – System Recovery Wipe
    – Reapplying the Firmware
    – Checked the md5 validity of the download
    – Removed battery at the PASS screen then wiped and attempted to boot.

    Have I bricked my phone? :/ That would suck to be 300 bucks down the drain that quickly… Regardless I would love to hear back from you guys if you have any ideas on what I could try. I am very good at listening to directions so you won’t have to hold my hand too much to try and get this fixed.

    • Brian says:

      I have the same problem. My Note 2 will not boot up after all 8 steps that i took. Please HELP!!!

      • zack s says:

        I have the same problem, has anyone gotten any further on this, this is not my first time Rooting/unlocking phones just about three days ago i rooted my father in law’s note 2 and a week before that rooted my fiance’s note 2 both through t mobile,… in the middle of DL’ing stock so i can start over and try not to fail again, please help.

  59. Dianne says:

    I am a newbie and I have software build I605VRUEMJ9, android 4.3. Verizon. If I followed your instructions will I get this phone rooted?

  60. antonio tood says:

    well i tried to do this, followed it step by step, odin said it passed….. then my phone wont restart. i didnt backup, factory reset my phone, and it still doesnt work. now i dont know what version of android i have so see if i can get my old firmware back, so now what do i do. i have samsung note 2 model # is the sch i605. please help totally bummed. ontop of that the last couple of comments on youtube said that this doesnt work if so what do i do?

  61. Dylan says:

    PLEASE HELP
    I passed the odin and installation but when my phone tries to reboot or turn on it does not turn on. it just shows the power up screen and then goes black and does nothing. only when i take the battery out and put it back in will it do anything but then continues to shit off and blackout..

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