It's been more than three months since Samsung released the v4.4.2 KitKat update for the 2012 flagship model Galaxy Note 2.
Many believe this might be the last OS update for Galaxy Note 2 from the company, as the obligatory 18 months software update support ended this year (in May).
Fret not, users can root their smartphone to enable the installation of custom ROMs, so the phone will be able to run third party applications, which were previously restricted to only a few devices.
This will also give power to the user to do tweaks in the settings options to improve the device's performance.
Though the users get more control over the smartphone, it does take away the company's warranty. [Note: users can restore the warranty simply by flashing the device with stock-ROM.]
Pre-requisite (things to remember before the rooting the smartphone):
- Make sure Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 is running on the latest Android v4.4.2 KitKat (XXUFNE1)
- Rooting of devices leads to complete data wipe out, so make sure to back all the data. [Install Clockwork Mod (CWM) Recovery/ TWRP in the smartphone to save the data]
- Users make sure you have installed USB drivers on the PC to connect your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100.
- Make sure your smartphone has more than 80-percent battery.
[Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) of Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or may even lead to the device being permanently irreparable. International Business Times, India Edition cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if smartphones get bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.]
Step-by-step installation procedure of rooting for Samsung Galaxy Note N7100:
Step 1: Download Android Rooting package (CF-Auto-Root) for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (N7100)
Step 2: Download Odin v3.09 (here) [This will help in step-by-step procedure of rooting the phone]
Step 3: Now, turn-off of the phone, then enter download mode, by press holding volume (down) + home button+ power button, once you see an animated Android Bot, press power key (again) to enter to download mode.
[Note: Before plugging the phone to the computer, be sure you have installed USB driver software, if not, click here to download firmware]
Step 4: Now, open ODIN file on your PC, and then connect the smartphone (under download mode) to the PC.
[Note: If the connection between smartphone and PC is successfully established, then one of the ID: COM turns to yellow color and it will display the COM port number as well]
Step 5: Then, choose the file to be installed, in this case, select 'PDA'/'AP' and click the file – 'CF-Auto-Root-t03g-t03gxx-gtn7100.zip'
Step 6: Inside Odin, don't forget to check options - Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time
Step 7: Now, initiate the rooting process by tapping the 'Start' button in ODIN.
Step 8: Once the installation is completed, the phone will re-boot automatically in Recovery Mode to place the root package in the smartphone [hint: ID:COM turns green, if everything done in the procedure is going in the right way]
Step 9: Once you see the home screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100, disband the connection between the phone and the PC.
Now, your device (Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100) will take a minimum of five minutes (for the first time only) to complete the booting process. Users can use SuperSU app/ Root checker to confirm the device has been rooted or not.
[Credits: Team Android]