How to Reset Binary Counter on Rooted Galaxy Note 2 using Triangle Away app!

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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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50 Responses

  1. MZN says:

    Awesome work buddy! thanks alot!

  2. Nadz says:

    Thanks a lot for the tutorial. Anyway, can you tell me where can I find the stock firmware for note 2? Any kind of help is highly appreciated.

  3. Warren says:

    Thanks for your video……Question….. WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR SLIM CASE????

  4. Wouter says:


    My T-mobile Note 2 has been rooted.

    When I check for software updates I get following message:

    Software Update
    Your device has been modified.
    Software updates are not available.

    After rooting, what is the best method to get the updates??

    Thanks in advance.

    • Max Lee says:

      you can reinstall stock recovery. i should have that up shortly.

      • ralph says:

        hi tried to root my galaxy note 2 (sprint) when i got to the step to hold volume up, home button and power button then let go of power button I let go of ALL buttons , so now my phone is in recovery mode and when i plug in my note 2 to my CPU it says hardware id missing, any thing i can do to fix ? if theres anything i can do please email me. thx…

  5. Shady says:

    I just reset my binary counter and unroot my Galaxy Note 2.
    When I go to Download mode it show:
    Product Name: GT-N7100
    Custom Binary Download: Yes(1 counts)
    Current Binary: Samsung Official
    System Status: Official
    Does the Custom Binary Download: Yes(1 counts) is the default count to return my phone for warranty?

  6. Paolo says:

    PLEASE HELP MAX.. I have install rom toolbox in my rooted galaxy note 2 GT-N7100 and download theme from ROM Toolbox and install after rebooting it hangs up in samsung logo.
    i tried to reintsall cwm6 thru odin and its still not booting.i think the theme that i intsalled is the one making it hang.please help Max.

  7. Yang says:

    Hi Max,

    I hope you are doing well. I just want to ask your suggestion here.
    I have problem in software update with my Note 2 lte which is always say
    “Your device has been modified.
    Software updates are not available.”

    let me know please, how can be fix it ?


  8. Nairobi says:

    I just tried using the triangle away on my SGH-I317 and it did not changed it says

    Odin Mode
    Product name: SGH-I317
    Custom Binary Download: yes (1 count)
    current: Binary: custom
    System statues: official

  9. maxen says:

    triangle away app can not be used as it says when downloading add-on , fatal error occured while downloading the package ,plz help

    • Iczifixis says:

      Dude, i had the same problem!! When i started the app again it didn’t asked to download the add-on again and i’m afraid that the file might be crashed and brick my G Note II. Any ideas? Maybe if we could find a way to erease the add-on and download it again.

  10. Samuel says:

    Hello, I have rootet my Note II (international). I want to unroot my phone. What are steps?
    – flash stock ROM
    – use triangleaway


    – use triangleaway
    – get to download mode
    – flash stock rom


    • Max Lee says:

      2nd paragraph u always use triangle away app first since it requires root and flashing stock roms via odin doesnt increase ur binary count.

  11. Hans Glomme says:

    Can you also make a tutorial, how to enable OTA again? Means I follow the instructions here for reset the counter but when I click on Settings -> info -> Software-Update -> Update : “It will be checked for Software Updates”. So I want reset my Handy or put on it the actual firmware 4.1.2. I also want do that because the dice status is “Changed”

  12. pp says:

    it did NOT work.

    International Note 2

    Binary stays at 1
    all the rest stays at custom.

    any idea? any help?


  13. Tony says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I used Triangle Away and it worked perfectly. I just rooted my Note 2 SCH-R950 and after words re-installed the default bootloader. This made it so that it says that it’s back to ‘Samsung Offical’ in the download screen. The only difference I had was I used version 2.50 and that allowed me to allow the tracker to run so that it shows normal in Android as well. I know that I didn’t have to do this, and I really shouldn’t have done this because I’m not returning it, but I like my phone to ‘look’ normal, but have root also.

  14. david says:

    I am using a rogers galaxy note 2.
    I used triangle away and then re-flashed my stock ROGERS ROM. For some reason now my “product name” (shown when in download mode) is SGH-I317M_NA_BMC, which would signify a BELL phone.
    I also see all the BELL pre-loaded apps now. I used the STOCK rogers rom that I used before so I know I am using the correct ROM.
    Any ideas on how to change the “PRODUCT NAME:” so that I can re-flash to ROGERS?

    thank you

  15. Udonitron says:

    So I had lost root on a factory reset.
    So I rerooted to use the triangle away and of course it shows Binary as custom so it won’t reset the counter to 0 as a result.
    Should I redo root with the newest firmware for my 1317M and then try it again?
    I fear if I factory reset it again I will lose root again rinse repeat.
    Cheers for the assistance as I have to send my phone back for a screen repair.

  16. TheAdN1000 says:

    Will I lose data if I reinstall the stock rom plzz reply fast….

  17. si_jurig says:

    its worked N-7000

    thanks u

  18. ronald says:

    Hey Max,
    My phone can’t connect to Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi nor Bluetooth is switching on).
    I am going to return the phone to Samsung.
    But, Triangle-Away app requires Wi-Fi or data to download an add-on. I don’t have data either.
    Could you share the add-on on your page here? It will definitely be handy to some of us here that shares the same boat.

  19. obada says:

    hey there,
    I used triangle away on my n7100 but now I can’t get into CWM recovery mode.
    I want to do a nandroid backup, so what should I do?
    P.S. after using triangle away the counter still says 1.
    and Thanks for everything man.

    • Slavo says:

      same thing here. I did everything you said, and now my SD catd doesnt work and I cant get into recovery. I dont know ehat to do now, whether I should kist flash stock ROM via Odin or what. Could it brick it? help

  20. Ranjo says:

    You Are Grat MAN . . . Its Working Vry GOOD . ..

  21. matsrl says:

    After several tries it finaly worked, thanks 😀

  22. andrea says:

    Can someone please help me!!!!! I received a new Note 2 from Tmobile and have to return my other one. I rooted it and I used triangle away but when I look it still says I have 1 count and custom. I trianged away again then I unrooted the phone and went to odin mode and flashed back to stock. I had to go through all the updates to make it current. I check the binary counter and it said 0 count and official. So I unmounted my sd card and removed it and did a factory reset to clear all my phone contacts and info. Well when I did that my phone got stuck in boot load. I took the battery out and pushed the home volume down and power buttons. I get a binary count of one and custom. What did I do wrong? I can’t afford to pay $150.00 for this phone. How do I keep the binary count to 0 and official?

  23. andrea says:

    Also when I re root my phone and use triangle away the binary count says o the current binary says official and system status says official. But when I unroot my note 2 and do a factory reset it goes back to binary count 1 and current binary custom and system status custom. Please someone help. I have three days to return this phone or I’ll be charged $600.00.

  24. CrAzeeNawDzi says:

    LOL… trolls!!! Good one MAX… sERVE them trolls right!! Easy for them trolls to point n make noise…
    Anways.. Your works is always very much appreciated bro…

  25. Richie says:

    Hi Max,
    after I unroot the binary count 1, system: samsung official, system status: official
    How to turn it back to 0 ?
    Should 1 root amd download triangle away again?

    Thanks, please help

  26. Anant says:

    please advice if this traingle away app should be run before unrooting or after it.


  27. arnel says:

    hello max, i use triangle away and i works fine.. my previous binary download was (5 count).. after using triangle away it turn (1 count) bcoz my unit n7100 is rooted on 4.3 leak version of n7100. thanks fort he help!

  28. Dane says:

    Hey Max, love the work you do for the community. Thank You.

    Unfortunately TA will not help me in my situation.

    I can enter download/odin mode with no issue.

    I had attempted to install jediX on my phone and it got stuck in a loop that made the area above my battery very hot. I’m thinking that was the beginning of the issue. At this time no sim recognized or external SD, those are on the same flex circuit if I’m correct.

    Funny thing is I can flash through odin3.07 without error except on the reboot it just loops, telling me the memory is there just not able to hold onto the rom or something else that’s a little deeper. Is there a .pit, .tar .bin that can reset the counter(as I’m trying to send it in for warranty) or is there a way through terminal commands to reset that counter?

    I did try the usb jig(soldered one right up) and that did nothing but go from off to “Factory Mode”.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!!


  29. keith wadree says:

    hi max just a question. i recently upgraded my note 2 to 4.3 xxuemk4 build. i rooted my phone with philz touch but after i updated the superSU, my phone is to its stock recovery mode. but im still rooted. how can i get back to philz touch? is it safe to flash again? because i want to flash air command on my note 2. please help.

    God bless you and your family.

  30. mohit says:

    Not working triangle away my phone galaxy note 2 (n7100)

  31. Connie says:

    Hi, I would like to know if there is any other solutions to reset binary counter without using Triangle away.
    As, my phone doesn’t want to turn on but can display the download mode and i can see 3 counts.
    Thank you

  32. shivam says:

    triangle away not working in note 2 saying magic header not found creat dump
    wht can i do

  33. chris marksman says:

    hey!! i don’t know if you’ll reply or not but i really need your help. I was trying to install a custom rom on my Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but i don’t know how i soft bricked it. My custom binary download counter is 10. Its stuck at samsung logo that comes after the samsung galaxy note 2. Please help me. Ive already tried everything but nothing is working for me. please help me get it back to its previous condition. Thanks

  34. Danish says:

    Max i have note 2 n7105 and i used triangle away many times but my count is (yes 1)..but its official but i want my count to 0…
    plz i have also flash after triangle away asked to do… but nothings happining plz help me …plz

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