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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.
NOTE: THIS METHOD IS NOT FOR USERS WITH 4.3 OR 4.4.2! THIS IS AN OLDER TUTORIAL FOR USERS WITH OLDER FIRMWARE!
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:
Download root-injected system firmware for Verizon Galaxy Note 2
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)