The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes in several different versions with different model numbers that can be attributed to various phone carrier networks.

Furthermore, it also comes with a few different software updates now that after owning the device people have found several OTA’s coming their way. If you are running the official Android 4.4.4 KitKat build with a revamped phone dialer and a Google security patch, you can root that version by following the guide below.

REQUIREMENTS

  • The Note 4 comes in different models. Only follow this guide if you have the SM-N910G LTE version. Check that by turning on the Note and navigating to Settings > About Device.
  • You want to be running Android 4.4.4 KitKat software. Check that by looking at the same About Device menu. The following might not work for those running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above since Google might patch the exploit.

BEFORE WE BEGIN

  • Download the Samsung Galaxy USB drivers to the computer. Restart the computer for the drivers to take effect.
  • You can only use a Windows-based PC and not any other operating system on the computer. It doesn’t work for Mac or Linux.
  • The following will void the warranty of your device. That means you can no longer send it away for free repairs. Flash the stock Android software manually again after having root access to make the warranty work still. You can also install third-party applications from the Google Play Store to achieve the same.

HOW TO ROOT THE SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 4 SM-N910G LTE VARIANT RUNNING ANDROID 4.4.4 KITKAT

1. Download the CF-Auto-Root tool you want from here.

2. Download the Odin version from here.

3. Use the desktop of the computer for extracting both the files.

4. Open up the Odin folder and double-click the executable file inside so it runs.

5. Boot your Note 4 in Download Mode. (Hold Volume Down + Home + Power keys down until you see the warning triangle and press the Power button again.)

6. Connect the handset to the computer with the USB cable.

7. Click the PDA button and upload the tar.md5 rooting file from the other extracted file from CF-Auto-Root on the desktop.

8. Check the re-partition box is empty.

9. Click the Start button.

10. Now, wait until Odin shows you the pass message on the screen. It should also reboot the Note automatically. Once done, you can disconnect from the computer and start using the device for custom ROMs and root-requiring apps from Google Play.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910G LTE smartphone is now rooted when it is running on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat software updates. Root access to Android is the same as root access on a Mac: it means you now have access to the root file system, something that only happens when you’ve taken control of the root user account. On a Mac, you would have a root user password that locks people out. There isn’t necessarily a password on your phone though unless you have chosen to use one from the Settings application.

We recommend you do take the chance to set up a password, so no one else uses your phone. If someone less educated installs an untrusted application that ends up being malware, then it can do far more harm that it would have been able to do before you rooted your phone.