The Galaxy Note 2 had just received a new OTA update, the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 XXDME6 firmware, so as usual, now we will be checking on how to root the same. The root operation is not complicated as we will be using the CF-Auto-root package – for those who aren’t familiar with the same, CF-auto-root offers an easy to apply (via Odin) and safe root solution that can be performed on almost all the Android based devices out there – but you do have to read all the lines from below, or else you might get stuck or worst, you can even brick your Note 2 by messing things up.
The XXDME6 software has been OTA rolled out by Samsung for the Galaxy Note 2 N7100 (you can learn how to flash the same by using this guide), only in Europe, so not all the Note 2 users will be able to install the latest version of Jelly Bean 4.1.2 on their phablets. Anyhow, if you haven’t received the XXDM36 OS yet, or if you will not receive it at all, then use the guide from here and learn how to flash the ROM manually. Then, resume this step by step guide and learn how to root the new JB 4.1.2 XXDME6 ROM. Be aware as this guide is suitable only with the Galaxy Note 2 though.
The root access must be gained if you need to unchain the system of your smartphone. An unchained system comes with many advantages as you will be able to access, change, optimize, customize and improve the same. Also, if you root your Galaxy Note 2, you will be able to install complex apps (like CWM recovery) that require root access in order to work properly and you can also flash a custom ROM firmware for powering up the performances of your device. As you see, there are many advantages that are linked with the root operation, though there are some negative aspects too.
First, and most important, by gaining root access you will void the Galaxy Note 2 warranty. This is happening because you are making changes into the factory and default settings of you handset and also because the root operation is an unofficial one. Furthermore, on a rooted system you can’t receive OTA updates. So, if you choose to root your Note 2 then you will not be able to automatically receive the further updates release by Samsung and Google – you will be able to flash stock ROMs only by manually applying the firmwares.
Now, related to the warranty, you should know that it is not permanent – you can restore the same; all you have to do is to downgrade your phablet to stock Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean XXDME6 OS, or to apply a un-root method. Then, the default JB firmware will be reinstalled along with the factory restrictions, so the system will be relocked.
Because Odin will be used, for the root operation you have to ensure: that a Windows running computer is near you; your handset and its USB cable will be required; you need to deactivate the security protection from both PC and device; the battery of your Note 2 must be charged – there should be more than 60% power left; the USB debugging option must be enabled on your smartphone; and you shouldn’t apply the next steps if you own a similar or different device with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 model number N7100.
Finally, and most important, I recommend you to backup the Note 2 data before starting the root procedure. Unfortunately, your personal info might get corrupted or even wiped out, so for avoiding the unpleasant situations, you should complete a full backup operation. Use suitable backup and restore apps from Google Play, or just use our tutorials.
How to Root Galaxy Note 2 N7100 on JB 4.1.2 XXDME6 Firmware
- Download Odin on your PC. Unzip the file and install the program; also run the tool.
- Download Samsung KIES. Install the tool and then flash the Galaxy Note 2 drivers on your computer.
- Download the rooting package by using the link from here. Then, extract the file preferable on Desktop.
- Next, enter your Note 2 in download mode.
- The download mode can be reached by: first turn off your device, then reboot by pressing and holding the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons.
- Use the USB cable and connect the phablet with the computer.
- Once the connection establish, Odin must recognize your handset (the “added” message must be displayed and the ID:COM section should be yellow or blue) – if not, unplug the USB cord, close Odin and re-install the Note 2 drivers on the computer; then repeat the steps from above.
- From Odin you need to select the option named “PDA”.
- Then, you have to select the CF-auto-root file.
- Ensure that the Re-partition box is unchecked.
- Click “start”.
- Wait while your device is being rooted.
- In the end (the “pass” message will be displayed on Odin) disconnect the devices and reboot your phablet.
Be aware as Odin might get stuck while you are trying to apply the steps from above; in that case you will have to close the program, remove the USB cable, force restart your Galaxy Note 2, re-flash the drivers and repeat the steps from the root operation.
Also, the same might happen with your smartphone (get stuck in a boot loop). For fixing this problem you need to reboot your handset in recovery mode – press and hold Volume Up, Power and Home buttons – and from there you need to select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
And with that we are done. Your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 on stock Android JB 4.1.2 XXDME6 Firmware has been successfully rooted. If you have questions or if you want to share something with our team or with other users, use the comments field from below.