If you bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 it has turned out to be a pretty good buy that most can’t complain about. Making it even better is the manufacturers and phone carriers coming to terms with bringing out a newer addition of the Android 4.4.2 KitKat namely XXUFD4. If you managed to update successfully already then you would know that the root was taken away by now, and if you want to open it back up again we are about to show you how.
Even if you were impressed with what the Note 2 was capable of with its big 5.5 inches display combined with high 720 x 1280 pixels resolution you likely will not experience what it is capable of doing. The only way to change that and improve its performance and testing is to make some changes and unchain what is locked away. There is no easier way to do that than by using the root and installing a custom recovery image. This time it will be the ClockworkMod recovery or otherwise known as CWM for short. Everything you need will be compiled in a neat little package so the ease of use is high and there is nothing else you need to search for. However, even though this is basic and manageable for those without knowledge, it is still important to take a good look at everything we write so nothing gets past you. It would be a shame to lose data or make a mistake because you were so anxious you didn’t read properly. If you already have experience with customizing devices than by all means skip ahead to the instructional manual because you will already know the prerequisites. Those of you who feel vulnerable right now then take a read at what is coming next.
The Galaxy Note 2 is a powerful smartphone that started off running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean before being updated OTA to 4.1.2, 4.3 and now Android 4.4.2 KitKat. But, as you well know, there are many apps and custom ROMs that cannot be used until root access is successfully made.
- Always be careful when going ahead and unchaining a device because in doing so means that the devices warranty will be void. Some people do not have any warranty left and for them you will need to weight up if doing such a thing is worth it. If you do not have much money and cannot afford a replacement, and you need this to use every day then keep your mind on the job and do not miss a step. Others plan on buying a newer device soon and for them it doesn’t matter as much. However, if you should still be under a warranty and this takes it away try an app made by the same developer Chainfire called triangle Away that is available from the Google Play Store. It takes back the flash counter and makes it all good again. For $2.49 AU triangle Away will take the flash counter back to 0 and also make the yellow triangle that is visible upon the boot process for many devices after root for custom firmware.
- Deactivate any security programs running on the PC such as antivirus. It can be free like AVG or paid like Trend. It doesn’t matter as long as you temporarily disable it. Make a conscious effort not accidentally to uninstall the software or else that will result in trouble you will rather avoid. Remember to turn it back on again when the tutorial is complete.
- When you visit the download link I give in the guide also take notice of the other links in ChainFires page. In particular check out the link that says, “my other apps” because in here will be a list of everything this developer has made. Like I always mention he is one of my favorites and you can also donate to him from the same link! Do not donate anything to us because we do not create anything but gives the guides. If you are in the mood to give than he is the guy to give it all too.
- Install the appropriate USB drivers. Most people will not have any problems with this especially if you connect it to the computer a lot and you know it works. However, if you do not know and don’t do it regularly then check out the drivers to it can connect properly to the computer.
- Speaking of computers, we are using a tool today called Odin and it needs a Windows-based OS. Windows XP through to Windows 8 will suffice. Although keep in mind the XP is not supported anymore and saving to the C: Drive is a lot easier done from Vista onward.
- USB Debugging needs to be enabled by visiting the Develop Options via the system Settings menu.
- Use the 16 GB of built-in storage space to backup all data to the internal memory. Otherwise use the microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC expansion slots available up to 64 GB. Back up call logs, market apps, contacts (or sync with Samsung Kies or your Google account) and any other data you can think of such as pictures, video, music that isn’t stored already.
- The Galaxy Note II comes with a lot of connectivity features and one of them is USB charging. What it means is that it can charge when plugged into the computer with a USB cable. Sometimes this can play up and not work. For the people that do not see their devices automatically charging make a special note of charging the device to above 50% before starting this guide. Even with it being an older device, 50% should be plenty to do this ten minutes exercise. Those of you who know it charges when plugged into electronics such as PCs then you do not need to worry because it will end up with more power than when it started.
How To Root The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 On The XXUFND4 Android 4.4.2 Kitkat Firmware
1. Turn on the PC.
2. Download the CWM and CF Auto Root package from here.
3. Download Odin 3.09 from our link here.
4. Place these files on your computer. I always use the C: Drive so I can store them for next time. Go to Start > search field and type in the file name to bring up the file. For example, typing on “Od” will bring up Odin already.
5. Turn the Note on in Download Mode by pressing the Volume Down + Home + Power buttons at the same time and not letting go until the Android logo appears on the screen.
6. Open the Odin application. You may need to unzip the file and allow access through the Windows security alerts. We trust this source and Windows will pick it up as unknown.
7. It should let you know it is connected by saying, “added.” If this does not happen try re-downloading the USB drivers that you skipped earlier.
8. Click the AP button and upload the CF-Auto-Root-t03g-t03gxx-gtn7100.zip file.
9. Do not alter Odin’s default settings which are Auto reboot and f reset Time already marked as on.
10. Leave the other boxes blank such as the re-partition.
11. Click the Start button when it has uploaded and you have happy that everything is the way I mentioned.
12. Wait for a “pass” message to come up and then close down the Odin program by clicking the “X” in the top corner.
13. Always disconnect the handset properly from the computer by putting a stop to the USB Mass Storage device. Right click on the “safely remove hardware” icon in the taskbar and follow the instructions to do this.