The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition is receiving a OTA update between the 12th of November and the 28th of November that upgrades the OS to Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The new build number associated with the installment is P607TUVUANJ4. If you already installed the file manually or the over the air signals automatically, you can root the tablet once again by following these steps.
You should know that gaining root access is the first step in unchain the devices internal system. It removes the default factory restrictions put in place by the device manufacturer. We remove and unlock the hardware. Google and Samsung do not permit this so there are many risks involved. Firstly, it voids the warranty. Moreover, users can brick the device if they don’t follow the steps carefully. That’s why we always suggest finding somebody with experience if you don’t have any yourself.
We are using our favorite method for gaining root namely the CF-Auto package from ChainFire. We love ChainFire’s work since it delivers an experience that stays close to stock. Additionally, it’s easy to follow the guides. You don’t have to be an advanced Android users to understand what’s happening.
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
- Backing up is the most important part before taking the initiative and going ahead with any guide. We know the data is sensitive and a factory reset will wipe the data. Backup the SMS texts, call logs, videos, pictures, market apps and all other data you don’t want to risk losing. There are several useful applications available from the Google Play Store if you don’t want to use Google Drive. Search for Helium, Holo, G Cloud, SMS backup+ and others.
- This version of the One-Click root solution only works for the 2014 variant of the Note 10.1 for T-Mobile. Thus don’t use the same step-by-step guide for a different device.
- You must enable USB Debugging Mode from the Developer options menu. The Developer options menu comes from the Settings menu unless it’s locked in previous versions of Android. We know KitKat doesn’t lock it up, therefore it’s on display. You can’t follow these steps unless you are using the latest version of KitKat so that’s why we know.
- Check the battery power level is enough so that it doesn’t shut down during the installation process. We recommend having at least 50% battery power before starting. We know the tablet comes with USB charging as a stock feature. However, sometimes USB charging doesn’t work and that will cause a great deal of pain for those who experience a device shutting down. It can soft-brick the tablet.
- Make sure you have the up-to-date USB drivers. You will find them from the official Samsung website or third-party sources where you download the file manually. If you are connecting the tablet to the PC and you can get access to the data, you already know the drivers are working properly.
- The one-click program is easily applied. But, before being able to do so, we must make sure we have a computer ready. We are using a Windows PC since we have the Odin tool. Samsung only makes the application available for those using Windows ranging from Windows XP through to Windows 8. Correspondingly, you want to deactivate any security programs running on the computer and the Android tablet. The Android device has them from the apps screen, while you’ll notice the antivirus from the Windows task-bar or system tray. Remember to start them up again once you leave here so you don’t browse the internet without protection. We know the files are safe during the installation process, therefore there’s nothing to worry about here.
How to root the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 running the P607TUVUANJ4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware
- Turn the computer on and log in to your user account.
- Download the CF-Auto-Root package here.
- Download Odin 3.09 here.
- Boot the tablet in Download Mode.
- Press Volume Down + Power + Home keys at the same time.
- Start the Odin application so it’s open on the computer’s monitor.
- Find the USB cable.
- Connect the Note 10.1 2014 to the computer using the wire.
- Watch as Odin says “added’ and the ID: COM port changes color.
- Click the AP button and upload the CF-Auto-Root-lt03ltetmo-lt03ltetmo-smp607t.tar.md5#sthash.qzVVkVck.dpuf file.
- Leave the default settings as they are.
- Do not check the re-partition box.
- Double check there’s enough battery power remaining so it doesn’t shut down if USB charging isn’t working.
- Click the start button when you are ready for the flashing.
Boot the device in recovery mode if a boot loop is caused. From there you must “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. Go back to the main screen in recovery and select the “reboot system now” option.