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For those of you who want to root Sprint Galaxy Note 2 SPH-L900, you can follow this root tutorial as it will show you how to install TWRP custom recovery and also root your Sprint Note 2. (If you followed the original root guide, you can follow Steps 4-11 in this guide to re-install TWRP as the CWM Recovery you installed is not compatible with Sprint Galaxy Note 2.)
This root method is for Windows only but I will have another guide for Linux and Mac soon.
Step 1. Connect your Sprint Galaxy Note 2 to your computer via a micro-USB cable.
Step 2. Download GalaxyNote2RootSprint.zip and unzip, you will find 4 files.
Step 3. Copy the file CWM-SuperSU-v0.96.zip to anywhere on your Sprint Galaxy Note 2. For Android 4.3/4.4.2, please download and copy latest version of SuperSU here.
Step 4. Turn off your Sprint Galaxy Note 2.
Step 5. Hold down Volume Down, Center Home, and Power button together for about 5 seconds until you see a warning screen.
Step 6. Hit Volume Up button to enter ODIN Download mode and connect a micro-USB cable to your computer.
Step 7. Double-click on odin3 v1.85.exe file to run ODIN program.
Step 8. You should see a yellow-highlighted box with a random COM number. If you don’t see it, install Samsung USB drivers and unplug, plug your micro-USB cable. Next, DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE but hit the “PDA” button.
Step 9. Browse to the folder you unzipped files earlier to and choose “openrecovery-twrp-126.96.36.199-t0ltespr.tar”. This is the TWRP recovery for Sprint Galaxy Note 2.
Step 10. Hit “Start” button and this will flash TWRP Recovery to your Sprint Galaxy Note 2.
Step 11. If you see “PASS!” and your phone reboot, congratulations! If you get stuck for some reason, do not panic, just try another USB port first. Also, make sure Samsung Kies is not running at the same time. Repeat from Step 4 if you get stuck.
Step 12. Turn off your phone again and this time hold down Volume Up, Center Home, and Power buttons together for about 5 seconds. Then let go of the Power button but keep holding down the Volume Up and Center Home button.
Step 13. Once in TWRP Recovery, choose “Install”.
Step 14. Choose the file you copied over earlier, “CWM-SuperSU-v0.96.zip”.
Step 15. Swipe to install the file, you should see the following message. This roots your phone and also installs SuperSU superuser app.
Step 16. Reboot and you should find a new app called “SuperSU” app.
Step 17. You can verify you have root by running rooted apps like Wifi Tether app for Rooted users or Titanium Backup.
Congratulations! Now you have a fully-rooted Sprint Galaxy Note 2 Android smartphone, ready to backup, restore, and install new custom ROMs.
Credits – TWRP and ChainFire!
Q: I cannot enter ClockworkMod Recovery, I get stock Android recovery instead! I’ve followed the root guide to the T and same thing is happening after doing it 100 TIMES!!!
A: Newer software updates on the Galaxy Note 2 sometimes may overwrite the ClockworkMod Recovery you just installed, you can get by this by simply reflashing ClockworkMod Recovery with ODIN, then hold down Volume Up and Center Home button together for 10 seconds as soon as you see “PASS!” in ODIN. Or also you can check off “auto-reboot” in ODIN. Then when you see “PASS!”, pull the battery out, then in, then use the buttons to enter recovery right away.
Q: I am getting errors while opening up SuperSU app OR I am not getting root!
A: You may be on newer Android 4.3, 4.4.2, or higher, then please flash the latest version of SuperSU in TWRP recovery and reboot.