The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition is available to gain root access for those developers out there looking to take things a step further. As you know, developers are smart people and don’t often require guidance for this sort of thing. Nevertheless, we are going to give a run down of pre-requisites and the guide like we would for any other smartphone or tablet. As you know, unlocking the OS will open up the system internal so you can install custom ROMS, custom firmware, custom applications and more. Whether you want to overclock the CPU and deliver better device performance or if there’s a favorite app out there, you can do as you please.
ChainFire is the genius behind this tool. He delivers an experience that is as close to the stock Android as possible and that’s why we love it. Correspondingly, it’s the easiest way to unchain the OS according to most people who enjoy the custom scene.
It comes as little surprise if the users reading this post already know how to backup their Note’s. Therefore, you can go ahead with your normal way of backing up the phone contacts, call logs, SMS texts, MMS texts, market applications, video files, music files, picture galleries, the EFS folder and anything you need to store and make an additional copy of before starting. Nonetheless, some of our favorite applications to get this done are ROM manager, Helium for Android. Titanium for those with root access already, Holo Launcher, Ultimate backup, My backup pro and G-Cloud. With the aforementioned names users can store everything they need. SMS Backup+ stores those text messages you can’t otherwise find a place for.
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
- You must turn off all security features from the computer and smartphone. That includes malware, spyware and antivirus protection. Furthermore, you can use a notebook, laptop or a computer t get this done. Just make sure it has a working USB slot since we need to plug our devices straight in. However, you will need a Windows-based operating system ranging from Windows XP to Windows 8. Windows 10 isn’t out yet at the time of writing this post. However, once it is out we know the Samsung team will make the Odin tool compatible.
- The Note 4 comes with USB charging as s stock feature. That means it will automatically charge the smartphone battery once plugged into the computer. If you know this is not working you must reserve enough power to see through the guide. You do not want the phone shutting off before it completes the installation since it leads to soft-bricking and factory resets which wipe the phones data.
- The steps we are detailing today is only for the Verizon or ‘Big Red” version of the Note 4 and isn’t for use on any other. The aforementioned device is available from T-Mobile, Sprint, At7t and Verizon.
- The steps are for advanced Android users only and shouldn’t be tried by rookies since you can soft-brick the phone if you make a mistake. If you don’t have any family or friends for assistance, make sure you read through the instructions carefully and leave a comment if you are stuck.
- Make sure you have enabled the USB Debugging Mode from the Developer Options menu available from the Settings menu. Moreover, download and install the up-to-date USB drivers either manually or by installing Samsung Kies.
How to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition with ChainFire’s CF-Auto tool
1. Download the rooting package here.
2. Down load the latest version of Odin here.
3. Extract the contents to the desktop of the computer.
4. Have the Odin application running and open on the monitor for us to come back to shortly.
5. Fetch the USB cable.
6. Use the USB wire for connecting the Note 4 to the computer of your choice.
7. Watch the ID: COM port in the application on the monitor change color to blue or yellow.
8. You will see a message appear on the screen saying “added”.
9. If this does not happen for you it likely means you need to re-install the USb Drivers.
10. Click the PA button and upload the rooting file from the desktop.
11. Leave the default settings as they are. They include:
- Auto Reboot on
- F Reset Time on
12. Do not check the box that says re-partition.
13. Click the Start button and wait for the flashing process to finish.
14. Do not touch any buttons while it’s flashing.
15. Disconnect the phone from the computer after the reboot is complete.
Click the safely remove hardware button from the system tray.
If you stumble across a message that says “Unfortunately SuperSU has stopped“, install the SuperSu application from the Google Play Store