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For those of you who want to root your Galaxy Note 2 on Mac OSX, here’s how to do it.
Note – This is only for Galaxy Note GT-N7100 model!!!
Step 1. First, browse to the following URL and download the file on your Note 2:
Step 2. Next, turn off your Note 2. Then hold down Volume Down, Center Home, and Power buttons together until you see a warning screen.
Step 3. Next go ahead and hit Volume Up to enter Download ODIN mode and connect a micro USB cable from your Note 2 to your Mac OSX computer/laptop.
Step 4. Download GalaxyNote2RootMacLinux.zip and unzip. Then double-click on the file heimdall-suite-1.3.2-mac.dmg to install Heimdall for Mac. You will have to reboot your computer once.
Step 5. Open a command terminal and type:
sudo heimdall flash --recovery recovery.img
Step 6. If you don’t get any errors you can skip this step. If you get “ERROR: Claiming interface failed”, then copy and paste the following into terminal and repeat the last line in Step 5.
sudo kextunload -b com.devguru.driver.SamsungComposite
sudo kextunload -b com.devguru.driver.SamsungACMData
sudo kextunload -b com.devguru.driver.SamsungACMControl
Step 7. Your Note 2 should reboot.
Step 8. Once rebooted, turn off your Note 2 then hold down Volume Up, Center Home, and Power buttons together until you see CWM Recovery.
Step 9. Choose “install zip from sdcard” and hit the Power button.
Step 10. Choose “choose zip from sdcard” and hit the Power button.
Step 11. Choose “Download” and hit the Power button.
Step 12. Choose “CWM-SuperSU-v0.94.zip” and hit the Power button.
Step 13. Choose “Yes”.
Step 14. You should see screen like below.
Step 15. Reboot and you should find a new Superuser app called “SuperSU”.
Step 16. Verify you have full root by downloading Titanium Backup app from the Play Store and running it, you should see Superuser permissions window pop up.
Q: My phone does NOT boot into CWM! It boots into stock recovery!!!
A: What’s happening is that on some of the Note 2, there’s a security mechanism that overwrites the recovery on reboot. So long as you don’t let your Note 2 boot into system, you can avoid it. So just try the battery pull method and make sure you pull it out after heimdall finishes immediately and try the buttons, then it will work.