There is a way people can root the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone now, and it is the official way that most Android enthusiast love the most. When it comes to rooting the Android OS, the one-click rooting method is usually for beginners. Moreover, the people who know Android down to the deepest level are often wanting to unlock the bootloader, install a custom recovery image and the get root access after booting up the custom recovery by flashing a version of Chainfire’s SuperSU. The Verizon Galaxy Note 4 wasn’t easy to root, but now that it does have a method available, people should be reveling in the new that root access comes in the most traditional form.
If you have not yet unlocked the bootloader or installed a custom recovery, then we suggest having a read of those articles and everything that is said in the introductions, so you know what you are getting into because some security changes happen to the system on the device after you do those things. Most notably, the encryption is gone when you unlock the bootloader. Once everyone who is reading this post has come to the conclusion that they do not care for encryption on the smartphone at this time can start to think about the upside they get after rooting the Android operating system. Rooting means becoming the root user or having access to the root user account. The root user account is always there underneath in the Android operating system and embedded into the Linux kernel, but the Android developers take it away because whenever you are selling an operating system to a mass audience, it is important to give them as much security as possible. Rooting is necessary for many people, however. The Google Nexus range of devices come with locked bootloader for the sheer fact that so many people but them, but a lot of those people are developers who then unlock the bootloader and start doing developmental work to the Android operating system that is running on the device. None of those developers could do anything if root access to the internal system were not possible and that is one of the reasons why we are sure that people will be able to root the Android OS for many years to come.
People who are into developing Android are usually interested in unlocking the bootloader and installing a custom recovery so they can go on and install a custom ROM or custom kernel. Since Android is built on open source software people, who know what they are doing can create their unique version of Android that includes their features and ideas for design. They can then distribute those ROMs in the form of zipping files, and people can upload and install them from the custom recovery partition. Many people install ROMs to free up memory, debloat the ROM, try new features and layouts and just because they are interested to see what people have managed to create.
Individuals who are into rooting the Android operating system are often a little bit different in the sense that they prefer heading over to the Google Play Store and installing apps. There are some apps out there that help people who enjoy custom ROMs too like the ROM Manager app. However, most individuals with a rooted Android are not doing it for ROMs because root is not a requirement for installing ROMs. There are other applications out there for root usera like the Titanium Backup app that is amazing for people to use. Titanium should replace your current backup app immediately as soon as you have root access. If you do not fall in love with the interface of the Titanium Backup app, you get to enjoy the option of freezing or completely uninstalling any apps that you do not use. By doing so, you are creating more free memory space which allows your hardware on the device to breathe easy and the battery lasts noticeably longer too.
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
- You need to install a custom recovery image on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 by Verizon before you can root the same device using the steps below in this guide.
- Download the SuperSU package to the computer.
Note that our guide directs you to install the Team Win TWRP Recovery for the custom recovery image installation that you need before the rooting can take place. However, it is also possible to flash the rooting package using numerous custom recoveries. The TWRP Recovery is the best option out there for the Galaxy Note 4 in our opinion, and that is why we have created that guide. Feel free to use a different custom recovery guide if you prefer something else. Our search box might show some more, or you can always head over to Google search and check out what is on offer. ClockworkMod Recovery is another custom recovery image that people install though it is not still being developed into the future at this stage.
Rooting the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates
- Open the downloads folder on the Windows computer if you are using Windows and you will see the SuperSU download is available there.
- Connect the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phone to the computer with the USB cable that you usually use to charge the battery pack on the device.
- Copy the SuperSU zip file from the downloads folder to the internal storage SD card folder available for the Note 4 phone.
- Unplug the Verizon Galaxy Note 4 phone from the computer once you have copied the SuperSU zip file.
- Boot the Verizon Note 4 into the recovery mode by holding down the hardware button combination for the stock recovery mode and the custom recovery partition now boots up since you installed it over the stock version already.
- Tap on the Backup button and take the full NANDroid Backup if you have not backed up, or just tap on the buttons that say Install and then follow the guidelines to browse the SD card for the SuperSU file and proceed to install it.
- Choose the option to reboot the system once the SuperSU is installed and it reboots back into the normal mode.
That is how to root the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone when you have it running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates by flashing a version of the systemless root SuperSU. The SuperSU in this guide is called the systemless root version because it no longer needs to access the system partition to get enabled. The result in an even cleaner rooting method that before. It also means you can fully unroot the device just by getting access to the recovery mode and performing a factory reset instead of having to flash a stock ROM with the Odin flashing tool.
When you have rooted the Android operating system, it means you are then able to start installing every app that there is online without any of the restrictions that you had before. If you had tried to install an app like Titanium Backup or ROM Manager before you rooted, then it would download, but it would not run when you tried to open it. Now you can run every app because the root user has all of the permissions. The Google Play Store plays host to most of these apps like Titanium backup that can now run; however, there are also many other root apps like ROM Toolbox and Xposed Framework that are available outside of the Google Play Store. You can mutually find those by typing those into Google search. For all the times your apps are a situation in the Google Play Store you need to know the names of the before you can find them. There is no featured root apps list like the Play Store shows for the stock apps. We help you kick things off if you do not know any names. All you need to do is check out the post for the best root apps for Android and read the list to find some that you like. Key in the names into the search box next time you open up the Google Play Store app.