The Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910C is the official European variant of Sammy’s large smartphone series for this year. It comes with the powerful Exynos 5433 system chip and not the Snapdragon 805 that other parts of the world received with the N910S variant. The Exynos of this variety comes with 8 core Cortex A57+A53 and clocked between 400MHz to 1300MHz.
Anyhow, if you are looking to unlock the system internals and open the device up away from manufacture restrictions, you must follow the steps we are presenting to you below. Once unchained, users can experiment with custom applications that are not available from the Google Play Store, custom ROMs and custom firmware if there are any available for you model. There’s not a great deal going around at the present time since this large mobile came out of the box with Android 4.4.3 KitKat. As you know, the latest software anyone is running is the Android 4.4.4 KitKat since the nexus 9 and the nexus 6 are not out yet. When they are official released with Android 5.0 Lollipop the newfangled software will start trickling down to other devices. We expect the Google Play Edition and the early nexus devices such as the nexus 5 to get first chance at the fresh software iteration. However, the Note 4 series by Samsung will not be far behind.
The rooting package we are using today is the ChainFire Auto-root. We prefer this method above all others since it unlocks the OS just the same and gives users as close to the stock Android experience as possible. ChainFire is a supremely talented individual and he knows how to create an easy guide that just about anyone can follow. Furthermore, it’s a quick guide that takes under a few minutes once we get started. Nevertheless, it’s important we run through all the precautions before starting the steps so you know what is happening and what choices you wish to make before kicking things off.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
Details of Note
- Firstly, it’s a great idea to backup everything you have installed on the OS so that if you lose the data you can restore it again. Everything like the phone contacts, SMS texts, MMS messages, call logs, market apps, videos, pictures and more. We must make copies of them all. there’s more than one way to do this. If you already have your preferred method for backups then you can continue with that. However, those looking for advice will be interested to learn of a nifty application called Helium available from the Google Play Store. Helium is the best way to sync the contacts and backup those market apps so you won’t lose them. Moreover, use SMS backup+ to make copies of the text messages. Since this is a Samsung device you may prefer installing Samsung Kies and storing the data that way. Kies is also fantastic for coming up with the up-to-date USB drivers.
- Since this is installing the package using the Odin app, we must use a Windows-based OS with a notebook, laptop or desktop computer. the Samsung developers do not make the Odin package for Mac or Linux machines, therefore, you can’t expect it to work. It doesn’t look like changing any time soon either, so if you are in the hunt for a new operating system we suggest picking up the latest Microsoft Windows if you are an Android enthusiast.
- You must stop all security programs from running on the computer and the Android phablet before continuing since they are known to interfere with proceeding.s it’s not essential as sometimes it can work perfectly fine without putting a stop to any of them. However, if you would prefer to skip any of the potential problems go ahead and stop them now. Just remember to start them back up again before you begin browsing the web since you are exposed to vulnerabilities such as the awful Trojan Horse without antivirus.
- Turn the phablet on and stopover at the Developer Options menu where you must enable the USB Debugging Mode. Moreover, download and install the latest USB Drivers from the Samsung official website if you are not using Kies. Those using Kies must disable it before starting the steps. the drivers will carry over without the need of it running.
How to root the Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910C using ChainFire’s CF-Auto-Root
1. Start the PC up and log in to your user account.
2. Download the root package here.
3. Download Odin 3.09 here.
4. Use the desktop for the downloads. Extract the CF file.
5. Run the Odin application so it’s open on the monitor.
6. Fetch the USB cable from the phone charger
7. Connect the computer to the Note 4 with the USB wire.
8. Wait for the ID: COM port to change to blue or yellow
9. Look out for the “added” message appearing on the computer screen.
10. Click the PA button inside Odin and upload the root file.
11. Leave all of the default settings as they appear.
12. Do not check the re-partition box.
13. Click the Start button when you are ready for the flashing to begin.
14. Wait for the ID: COM port changing once again.
15. Wait for the “pass” message to appear on the screen.
16. Disconnect the phone from the computer by stopping the USB mass Storage device from the system tray.
Stopover at the Google Play Store and download the root checker app to make sure it worked. Once you verify it is working, it’s time to start checking out the bevy of apps available such as ADB Wireless, Move2SD Enabler, market Autoupdate Bulk Toggle, LEDs hack, Theft Aware, DroidWall, Final Words, Button Savior and more.