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World smartphone leader Samsung has already rolled out Android KitKat OS to Galaxy Note 8.0 (N5120 LTE model) last month, as part of routine software update to their flagship devices but users who are interested in rooting can unlock the device using the Chain Fire's CF-Auto-Root (developer, Chain Fire) applications.

Rooting enables users to install custom ROMs or third party apps of their choice and also perform tweaks in the settings to improve the device's performance. Though users get more control over the smartphone this way, it makes the company warranty void and they will no longer be liable to provide future updates [warranty can be restored by flashing the device with stock-ROM]

Prerequisites (things to remember before rooting the device):

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 N5120 LTE must be running on the official firmware - XXDNE4 Android 4.4.2 firmware.
  • Rooting of devices leads to a complete data wipeout, so make sure to back all 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 8.0 N5120 LTE model.
  • Make sure your device 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) Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or 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 the smartphone is bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.]

Step-by-step installation procedure of Android v4.4.3 KitKat firmware rooting for Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (N5120) LTE via CF-Auto-Root

Step 1: Download Android v4.4.2 rooting package (CF-Auto-Root application) in to your PC, and pull the .zip file to be later installed in to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE

Step 2: Download ODIN (v3.09) [This application software will help you through the rooting process]

Step 3: Now, turn-off of the phone, then enter download mode, by press holding volume (down) + home button+ power button, once you see animated Android bot, press power key 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 on your PC, and then connect the device (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 with the COM port number]

Step 5: Then, choose the file to be installed, in this case, select 'PDA'/'AP' and click the file – 'CF-Auto-Root-konalte-konaltexx-gtn5120.tar.md5'.

Step 6: In Odin, don't forget to check options- Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time

Step 7: Now, initiate the rooting process by tapping 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 Galaxy Note 8.0, disconnect the USB chord between the phone and the PC.

Now, your device (Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 N5120 LTE) will take a minimum of five minutes to complete the booting process. Users should then head to Settings >> select 'About phone' to verify the installation of Android 4.4.2 KitKat or use SuperSU app/ Root checker to confirm the installation.

[Credits: Team Android]