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For those of you who want to reset your binary counter on a rooted Galaxy Note 2, you can now do that using Triangle Away app.
What is “binary counter”. Binary counter is a simple counter Samsung put on the Galaxy Note 2 so that they can tell whether you’ve flashed a custom recovery on your phone or not. Flashing a custom recovery usually results from rooting your Galaxy Note 2.
The binary counter does not affect performance of your phone in any way, it’s not advised to use this tool unless you are returning your phone to Samsung for warranty. Also, most U.S. carriers DO NOT check the binary counter when you return your phone for warranty, they only check to see if you are running stock ROM, hardware/water damages. This is not recommended to do unless you are returning your phone straight to a Samsung service center.
So, here’s how to reset your binary counter if you really need to do it.
Step 1. Turn your Note 2 off. Then hold down Volume Down, Center Home, and Power buttons together for about 5 seconds until you see the warning screen.
Step 2. Hit Volume Up to enter Download Mode. You should see that if you’ve rooted your Galaxy Note 2 using CWM root method (which is our recommended root method), you will see counts. If you see 0 counters, you do not need to reset your binary counter.
Step 3. Reboot your Note 2 by holding down the Power button. Then download and install Triangle Away app, it’s around $2-3 on the market. You can also get it on XDA here if you don’t have access to it.
Step 4. Open the Triangle Away app, confirm your Galaxy Note 2 model (in my case a GT-N7100).
Step 5. Next, it will ask you to download an add-on.
Step 6. Next, choose “Reset flash counter”.
Step 7. Your Note 2 will reboot and hit Volume Up button to reset binary counter if you see something like below.
Step 8. Once done, you can reboot your phone into Download mode (Step 1-2) to check that your binary count has been reset, it will say “No”.
That’s it! If you are returning your Note 2 for warranty, you can unroot your phone with ODIN and stock firmware and no one will be able to tell you’ve rooted your phone.
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