Galaxy Note 2 is a powerful phablet which was highly appreciated by all the users who have bought, or tested the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean based device. Of course now everyone is looking into getting the Note 3 as Samsung is preparing the release of the same. Anyway, until then, you can still take full advantage of your Note 2 and this by unchaining the internal system and then by powering up the performances. And the best way to do so is by overclocking the CPU; that’s why on this tutorial I will show you how to easily overclock your Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
This is not the only operation that can be applied for upgrading the speeds and the performances of your Verizon Note 2, but it is the most complex and important one because you will make changes right on the CPU by modifying the maximum frequency of the processor. That’s why, after overclocking your phablet you will be able to gain more speed, run HD movies, 3D games and other apps that are requiring extra resources from your handset.
As mentioned there are also other ways to use for upgrading your device; as you know you should start by rooting your Galaxy Note 2 and then you should resume the improvements by updating to a custom ROM firmware. And if that isn’t enough for you, use this step by step guide and learn how to overclock your Android Jelly Bean powered smartphone.
The overclock operation can be applied only on rooted devices, so you have to gain root access first. Then, you will have to flash a custom kernel on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (I will show you how during the lines from below, so don’t go anywhere) which will enable overclocking on your Verizon Note 2. Anyhow, take note: the warranty of your phone will get void because you will root the system – remove the factory and default restriction. But, as usual, the warranty can be restored by downgrading to stock Jelly Bean software or by updating to an official Android update.
Be aware as on rooted smartphones you will not be able to receive or apply the OTA updates, so you will have to flash the firmwares manually, by using suitable guides for your Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
Also, be careful when overclocking your Note 2 because if you are messing things up, you can end up in bricking your phablet. Furthermore, read the guide from here before going any further – you can learn everything that’s related to the overclock operation (the risks, the advantages, how to properly apply it for avoiding battery drain issues and so on).
Then, resume this tutorial by completing the pre requisites:
- Remember to root your smartphone.
- Then, if your handset is installed with a custom ROM check the kernel as maybe the overclock capability is already enabled – if so, skip the installation procedure from below and head straight to the overclock procedure.
- Now, backup the Note 2 data because your personal info might get corrupted or erased.
- Consider in saving all of your data and info, including EFS, internet settings and current ROM (make a Nandroid backup for the last one).
- Make sure that you can use and access a computer, your handset and its official USB cable.
- Enable the USB debugging option on your phone, or else you will have troubles while trying to connect your device with the PC.
- Deactivate the security tools from the computer as you need to safely download the custom kernel file.
Finally, remember that this guide is suitable only with the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, so don’t try the same if you own a similar phablet. Also, this is all possible thanks to those of xda-developers who are providing us with the custom kernel.
How to Install a custom Kernel on Verizon Galaxy Note 2
- Download the kernel file from here.
- Place the downloaded file on your computer – on desktop; don’t unzip the file.
- Connect your phablet with the computer by using the USB cable.
- Copy-paste the downloaded file from desktop to your phone.
- Unplug the USB cord and turn off your handset.
- Reboot in recovery mode: press and hold Volume Up, Power and Home buttons.
- From recovery select “install zip from sd card” followed by “choose zip from sd card”.
- Flash the custom kernel.
- Select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.
- If your phablet gets stuck in a boot loop, reboot in recovery once more and select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”; reboot and you are done.
- Don’t forget to check the next section of this guide for learning how to:
Overclock Verizon Galaxy Note 2
- On your Note 2 go to Google Play.
- From there download one of the following app: SetCPU, or AnTuTu CPU Master.
- Install the tool on your device.
- Then run the same.
- Follow the prompts and change the frequency.
- In the end, close the app as your Galaxy Note 2 has been overclocked.
That was all, you have successfully overclocked your Verizon Galaxy Note 2. So, is your device running faster than before, are you satisfied by its performances and its speeds? Do share your experience with us and tell us how things worked for you. If there were problems, use this step by step guide and learn how to resolve the same. Also, stay close for further Android related tutorials, tips and tricks.