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If you have bought your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 from Canada, then you would be glad to know that your variant can also be rooted by just flashing a custom kernel and SuperSU.

Root access has been enjoyed by the other variants of this phone, and now it is your turn to enjoy the same on your Canadian variant. So, if you are all set and ready to take the plunge, here’s how to root your Canadian Samsung Galaxy Note 4:

Root Canada Note 4

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.

Files You Need

  1. Please backup your phone before doing this tutorial to be in safe side.
  2. This first flashes a custom kernel and then flashes the SuperSU file to obtain root access on your phone.
  3. You must have a custom recovery installed on your phone before you can do this tutorial. A quick Googling should help you get to that recovery tutorial.
  4. Download Custom Kernel to your computer. It should be flashed on your phone.
  5. Download SuperSU to your computer. It should be flashed on your phone to achieve root access.
  6. You should only try this on the Canadian variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The model number is SM-N910W8.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Canadian Variant)

  1. Make sure that you have not extracted the archives that are downloaded to your computer.
  2. Connect your phone to your computer using a suitable USB cable.
  3. Copy both custom kernel and SuperSU from your computer over to the internal SD card storage on your phone. Place them on the top so they can be easily found at a later time.
  4. When both the archives have been copied, disconnect your phone from your computer.
  5. Turn off your phone completely.
  6. Turn your phone back on in the custom recovery mode. To do that, hold down Volume UP, Home, and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
  7. Your phone should boot up into the custom recovery mode.
  8. Once you are in the recovery mode, select the option that says Install.
  9. Navigate to your internal storage and find the custom kernel archive and select it to be installed on your phone.
  10. Confirm the prompt and wait for the recovery to flash the selected file on your phone.
  11. When the recovery’s done installing the file, choose the Install option once again.
  12. This time, select the SuperSU archive to be installed on your phone.
  13. Just like before, confirm the prompt and wait for it to flash SuperSU on your phone.
  14. When the recovery’s done installing SuperSU, reboot your phone by selecting Reboot followed by System in the recovery menu.
  15. Your phone should reboot.
  16. You should now be rooted!

And there you go.

Your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 from Canada is now rooted and is running a custom kernel.

Now that root access is up and running on your phone, you might want to give a try to the apps that have been requesting for the SU permission. Go ahead and hit up the play store, find the apps for rooted phones, install them, and enjoy what they provide you with.

These apps will satisfy almost all of your needs, however, a custom ROM would be a good choice should you wish to change everything on your phone in one go. Since you already have a custom recovery, getting a custom ROM installed on your phone is not a big deal. Just download the ROM of your choice on your phone, and have it flashed through the recovery and you will be all set. Enjoy.

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