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Root Galaxy Note 2 on XXUEML2 Android 4.3 Official Firmware

As you know, the Galaxy Note 2 N7100 received a new OTA update; even though everyone was expecting Android 4.4 KitKat OS, Samsung decided to roll out an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS and this is how XXUEML2 built of the same is currently available for your Note 2. Now, if you have updated your phablet with the same software, then probably you are looking into a compatible root solution. If that’s true, then you are in the right place; during the present tutorial we will be checking on how to easily root your Galaxy Note 2 on Android 4.3 XXUEML2 firmware.

Instead, if you haven’t applied the OTA update yet and want to do that first, just use our dedicated tutorial: “install Android 4.3 XXUEML2 official firmware on Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100”. Of course, then, you can return here and perform this root solution that is available for those who have installed the XXUEML2 software. The root operation will be easy to apply since Odin will be used – therefore you don’t have to use complex and custom apps in order to achieve root access on your Note 2.

For those who are not used with root operations, I will explain in a few words the main aspects related to this process. Mainly, gaining root access is the first step to make when trying to tweak your Galaxy Note 2. More precisely, with root you will be able to install custom apps on your Android smartphone, you will be able to access the internal system, remove in built programs, remove bloatware, power up the performances, upgrade the battery life and so on.

Actually, when rooting your Note 2 you will remove the factory and default restrictions from your phablet. That’s why, after gaining root access you will be able to flash a custom recovery image, a custom kernel and even a custom ROM firmware. So, for example, if you want to update your Galaxy Note 2 with an Android 4.4.2 KitKat based custom ROM (like AOKP or CM11), first you will have to gain root access, then to install a custom recovery image and finally to flash the firmware by using the installed custom recovery tool. Also, on an unchained system you can perform other complex operations like overclocking your Android device.

So, that’s what you need to know before applying the guidelines from this tutorial. Now, according to the lines from above, gaining root access is also an unofficial procedure, so the method described here has nothing to do with Samsung or with Google. Because of that, the binary flash counter of your device will be increased once you complete this procedure. That means your Galaxy Note 2 warranty will get void and you can’t avoid this from happening. Don’t worry though as you will be able to restore the warranty whenever you will need to. For achieving that you will have to reset the binary flash counter – just downgrade / update your Android device to stock / official Android OS.

Also, do note that on rooted systems, the OTA releases can’t be received. Therefore, when Android 4.4 KitKat OS will be rolled out for your Note 2, you will be able to flash the software only by using a manual procedure (also Odin will be used on that matter).

Before heading to the proper steps from below, maybe you will want to backup your Note 2 data. Even though Odin will be used, and it is unlikely to lose your data when using the mentioned tool, the best will be to save everything that’s important to you. If something bad happens you will lose the data that’s saved on the internal storage memory of your phablet, so I strongly recommend you to make a backup first. Just use suitable backup and restore apps from Google Play and save your contacts list, call logs, EFS folder, market apps, personal data, info, accounts and so on.

Also, in order to succeed with your plans in rooting the Galaxy Note 2 N7100 on official Android 4.3 XXUEML2 firmware, you need to prepare some stuff. First you have to ensure that you can use a Windows running computer, your phablet and its USB cord. Then on both computer and device temporarily deactivate the security protection – the security tools might interfere with the root operation. Also, on your smartphone from “menu – settings – developer options” you have to enable the USB debugging option, since a connection between your phone and computer must be established. Finally, charge your device as there must be at least 60% power left – else your Note might get turned off in the middle of the root procedure.

How to Root Galaxy Note 2 on XXUEML2 Android 4.3 Official Firmware

  1. First of all, on your computer install the Galaxy Note 2 drivers – download Samsung KIES if you don’t know how to do it.
  2. Then, download the root package from here. Save the file on your computer and unzip the same on desktop.
  3. Finally download Odin. Unzip the program and install the same.
  4. Turn off your phone.
  5. Enter download mode.
  6. The Note 2 can be entered in download mode by pressing on power, volume down and home buttons at the same time.
  7. Run Odin on your computer.
  8. Connect your phablet with the computer; use the USB cable for establishing the connection.
  9. Now Odin will recognize your device; if everything is good, on Odin the “added” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will turn either yellow or blue.
  10. If not, then you have to abort the root operation; just re-apply the steps from above – also try to reinstall the drivers on your computer.
  11. Form Odin click on “PDA”.
  12. Pick the root package from desktop.
  13. Don’t make any other changes on the program.
  14. Click on “start”.
  15. Wait while the root file is being flashed.
  16. When completed, on Odin the “pass” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will turn green.
  17. You are done.


If in the end your phablet gets stuck in a boot loop, you will have to: reboot it in recovery – in order to do so you need to turn off your device; then you need to use this guide. From recovery select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. Reboot and that’s it.

Also, in some cases Odin gets stuck in the middle of the root operation. In order to resolve this problem you have to close Odin and unplug the USB cable. Force restart your Note 2, reinstall the drivers on the computer and repeat the steps from root procedure.

If you are dealing with other issues, I recommend you to use our dedicated step by step guide from here. If that isn’t resolving your problems, use the comments area from below and share what’s wrong; we will try to assist you as soon as possible.

Congratulations; you have completed our step by step guide which means that now you know how to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on Android 4.3 XXUEML2 official Jelly Bean firmware. Stay close as we will bring new tutorials for your Android device.

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