While software updates are welcomed by all the users, these updates often break the root access that the users enjoy on their phones. If you happen to have updated your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to the latest Android 5.1.1 and lost root access, you now have a way to re-gain the root access on your phone.

In order to root your Galaxy Note 4 on the Android 5.1.1, all you need to do is download a couple of files using the given links, have your phone flashed with them, and you will be rooted (again!).

Samsung Galaxy 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.

Here’s how it all works:

Files You Need

  1. You must be running a Windows based computer in order to do this tutorial. The reason for this is that the tool that you are going to use is Windows only.
  2. Make sure that Samsung USB drivers are installed on your Windows computer. If they are not, install them first.
  3. This should flash a bootloader file and then another file on your phone to achieve root access.
  4. Download Odin to your computer. It should help you flash the above file on your phone.
  5. Download Bootloader to your computer. It will be flashed using Odin on your phone.
  6. Download Flashable ZIP to your computer. It will be flashed using a recovery on your phone.
  7. You should only try this on a SM-N910C model.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 running on Android 5.1.1 (SM-N910C)

  1. Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable. Ensure your phone can receive files from your computer.
  2. Copy Flashable ZIP from your computer over to the internal SD card storage on your phone. Place it on the top so it is easily accessible.
  3. When Flashable ZIP is copied, disconnect your phone from your computer.
  4. Extract files from Odin over to your computer by right-clicking on it and selecting Extract here.
  5. Double-click on the Odin executable and it will launch.
  6. When Odin launches, click on the button that says BL. It means bootloader.
  7. Select the Bootloader file you downloaded earlier to your computer. Make sure you have extracted the bootloader archive before you select the file.
  8. Ensure that Repartition is unchecked in the Odin.
  9. Uncheck the Auto Reboot option.
  10. Turn off your phone.
  11. Turn your phone back on in download mode. To do that, hold down Volume DOWN, Home, and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
  12. Hit Volume UP when you are prompted and you will get into the download mode.
  13. Plug in your phone to your computer using a compatible USB cable.
  14. Click on Start in the Odin and it will start flashing bootloader on your phone.
  15. Wait for Odin to flash bootloader on your phone.
  16. When Odin’s done flashing, turn off your phone.
  17. Reboot your phone into the recovery mode by holding down Volume UP, Home, and Power buttons together.
  18. Your phone should be in recovery mode.
  19. Select the install option and choose Flashable ZIP that you transferred earlier to be installed on your phone.
  20. Confirm the prompt and wait for the recovery to flash Flashable ZIP on your phone.
  21. When the recovery’s done flashing, reboot your phone.
  22. You should now be fully rooted!

You are all set.

Your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 running on the latest Android 5.1.1 should now be rooted, and you can confirm the same for yourself by checking the presence of SuperSU app in your app drawer. If it is there, you are rooted.

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