The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 model number P905 on the XXUANH3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware can now be rooted using the Odin application. After reading the long list of essentials you should be able to easily root the tablet with the help from one of our favorite Android developers who goes by the name ChainFire. That’s his stage name and not his real name, but it’s a name most of the Android community know very well since he makes many tools. The package we are using today is the CF-Auto-Root tool and it delivers as close to the stock Android experience as possible. Chainfire is also responsible for the SuperSu program that we know well. As you know, Samsung devices use Odin for flashing firmware and delivering root access by unlocking the internal system away from the default factory restrictions. He makes great use of this and we are using the same application again.
The amazing thing about continually using the same flashing tools is that we learn how to troubleshoot using the same techniques. That means if you do get stuck in what is known as a boot loop error, you can work your way out. All other problems are easily identifiable also. As usual, we run you through the worst case scenarios and we offer advice on how to fix them so you leave here happy.
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
- That said, you ought to understand that applying root and stepping away from the factory restrictions comes with risks that we cannot account for. It does void the rest of the manufacturer’s warranty and there’s nothing we or the developers can do it fox that. Once we “trip the wire” it is obvious. However, we can backtrack and revoke the root access; essentially leaving the hardware without a trace. That way they don’t know we previously tinkered with the hardware and OS and they will look at your device again.
- I’m sure you know that each time a new firmware comes out it must follow a new set of instructions since Google and Android patch the security holes found in the previous builds. That’s part of the reason we see the upgrades. Nevertheless, it doesn’t take long for Devs to unchain the system once more and that’s what we have here. Follow this guide with confidence if you are running the latest version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat on your tablet. You can always check the firmware build number by turning the tablet on and stopping over at the “Settings” followed by “About Device.”
- Furthermore, if the Galaxy Note Pro doesn’t go past the boot animation screen after saying that the root process has passed you must enter recovery mode and apply a factory reset. These resets will wipe the phone and tablet data stored unless it’s stored on the internal memory. The internal memory is what we use for the backups. That’s why we strongly suggest you take the backup before starting the steps. Nobody wants to fill out the entire contact books from all friends and family members because they didn’t want to take a couple of minutes applying the backup.
- You must use a Windows computer from Microsoft. Samsung only make the app for Windows operating systems. You can flash firmware on other operating systems, but not using the Odin tool. Research more on that from the XDA Developers forum if you don’t have Windows.
- Stop the security programs from running on the computer and the Android device. Sometimes they interfere with the flashing tool we are using today. Remember to start the antivirus software again before you leave and start browsing the internet or you risk exposing your machines to Trojan Horses and other nasty viruses.
- Correspondingly, you want to back up the phone contacts, call logs, SMS and MMS text messages, videos, pictures, music files and anything else you’ve saved that you don’t want to lose. There are many ways to back up the data. I prefer using Google Drive since they offer a free service for a limited amount of GB’s. If you have a lot of data you likely prefer storing it on your phone. You can use the internal memory or the SD card to back everything up properly. Applications such as Helium for those waiting for root access and Titanium for those already with root access are extremely handy. SMS Backup+ helps store the texts you don’t wish to lose. Additionally, you’ll find G Cloud backup, Holo and others worth mentioning.
- The Note “Pro” comes in several different sized models. Only follow these steps for the larger 12.2 edition. You can verify yours by going back to the “About Device” section off the “Settings” menu and verifying the model number stands as P905. Failing to follow the orders often results in soft-bricks.
How to root Android 4.4.2 XXUANH3 on the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
- Turn the computer on and log in to your user account.
- Download the CF-Auto-Root-viennalte-viennaltexx-smp905.zip here.
- Download Odin 3.09 here.
- Use the desktop for both files.
- Have the Odin application operating and waiting on the PC monitor.
- Boot the tablet in Download Mode by pressing Power and Volume Up.
- Find the USB cable.
- Connect the Note to the computer using the USB wire.
- Watch as the “added” messaged shows up and the ID: COM port turns yellow.
- Click the AP button and upload the CF-Auto-Root-viennalte-viennaltexx-smp905.tar.md5 file
- Don’t adjust the other default settings from the Odin app.
- Do not touch the re-partition box.
- Click the start button and the flashing starts.
- Wait until the ID: COM port turns green and it says “pass”.
- Disconnect the tablet by clicking the “safely remove hardware” icon from the Windows system tray.
- Stop the USB mass Storage device.