Anyone wanting to root the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 device and install a custom recovery should definitely install the Flashify application. With Flashify, we can queue up many files to flash at once. The files you can flash include zip files for your ROMs and kernels, boot images, new mods, recovery images and more. You can queue up the files so they can continually flash without you having to reboot the device in between flashes.
The CF-Auto-Root exploit in this guide is based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and the KOT49H.I9200XXUDNF3 firmware. You do not need to be running that same KOT49H.I9200XXUDNF3 firmware build ID on your Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.2 smartphone. You should be using it as an indicator. SOme Samsung smartphones and tablets will not boot the older images.
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
- Download the new CF-Auto-Root file for the GT-I9200 on Android 4.4.2 KitKat from this page.
- You are voiding the Galaxy Mega 6.3 warranty from Samsung when you root the device. You can always head over to the Sam Mobile website, enter your Galaxy Mega 6.3’s model number in the firmware section and flash your stock ROM to unroot the device later. Once you unroot using the official Galaxy mega stock ROM for the right model number, you will be unrooted and the warranty will start working.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 GT-I9200 On Android 4.4.2
- Download the CF-Auto-Root for the GT-I9200 on Android 4.4.2 from here.
- Extract the CF-Auto-Root file to the desktop of the computer.
- Right-click on the Odin flashing tool executable and choose to run it as an administrator.
- Do not make any changes from the default Settings of the Odin application.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 smartphone before you connect it to the computer.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 device in download mode and then connect it to the computer.
- Wait until you can see the green ID: COM port or the added message appearing in the Odin app message box. Anyone who does not get the device detected must install the universal Windows ADB drivers.
- Click the AP button and browse the desktop for the rooting exploit for the Mega 6.3 ending in tar.md5 file.
- Click the Start button and the Odin application will flash it on your device.
- Wait for the Odin application to give your device the pass message and then look over to the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3’s display. Check that it says it is restoring the stock recovery, cleaning up and then about to reboot in ten seconds.
In conclusion, that’s how to root the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 running Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating systems. You should see the Galaxy Mega 6.3 reboot to recovery mode at the end. Anyone who does not see the Mega 6.3 make it to recovery mode, must use the hardware key combination to reach recovery mode manually. Only then will the device be properly rooted, according to the developer of the rooting method.