In today’s step by step guide I will try to explain the easiest way in which you can learn how to root the Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 handset. This tutorial will be suitable only for the handsets that are running on the recently released XXLQ2 ICS 4.0.3 firmware, which is an official update, launched by Samsung for the UK and Ireland users. If you don’t know, the XXPLQ2 ROM is the most stable update available for your Note so far, so it will be a good idea to flash the same on your device.
Of course, being an official release, by installing the update you will restore all the factory restrictions back to your phone. The system will be once more locked and the root access (in case you had previously gained it) will be revoked. That’s why, you must follow this tutorial, as if you want to root the XXLQ2 firmware this will be the only way possible. Don’t try to perform other steps that are explained for a different ROM as you can brick your Galaxy Note. Also, don’t apply this guide for similar devices as you can damage its system.
But, why to root, you may wonder; well it’s pretty easy to offer an answer. First of all, there are many complex and important apps that requires root access. Then, if you want to gain more access over your phone’s OS the root operation is not an option for you. Of course, we must mention the custom ROMs. If you want to flash a ROM for improving the performances of your Galaxy Note, than you will have to previously gain root access over its system. As you can see, the reasons for performing a root operation are many, but remember, it’s your decision.
Before adventuring in doing something, you must know that by rooting the Note you will lose its warranty. So, if something bad happens while completing this task or while doing other stuffs with your handset, you will be on your own. No one will help you as the warranty will be void. That’s why you should be careful in what to do and always follow a how to guide like this one. In this way you can avoid bad things from happening.
In order to succeed you will have to download a file, provided by our sources, and Odin, which is a tool, designed especially for those who are trying to flash a custom ROM or gain root access on their Android powered devices. Therefore, you will have to use a computer, the Note and its USB cord. On the PC and on the phone you must first deactivate the security tools as these programs are usually interfering with our job. Also, the handset must be charged as it might get turned off in the middle of the “action”. Least, but not last, you must enable the USB debugging option from your smartphone. For doing this, go to “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging” and check the last option.
Don’t forget that you have to do a backup. If you skip this part, than you can lose important info, so be patience and perform all the things from here. A backup procedure will not take long, not to mention that is more than easy to save the data stored on your device. There are many apps available for the process, just choose the ones that you like the most. If you don’t know how to make a backup, just search through our guides as you can find many tutorials which will show you how to safely complete a full backup. You can them return on this page and continue with this step by step guide.
I think that that was all with the preparation tasks. You can now head to the main section of this post and start doing the proper steps. Tell us if you can’t understand something, or if there are issues.
How to Root Galaxy Note N7000 that runs Official XXLQ2 ICS 4.0.3 Firmware
- As already stated, first of all download the rooting file from here and save it to your computer.
- Do the same for Odin.
- Extract the root file and the Odin one.
- Open Odin.
- Enter your Note in Download mode. Turn it off, and then reboot by holding on the Volume Down Key and OK button while pressing the Power key.
- Now, take the USB cable and use it for connecting the phone with the computer.
- On Odin, the ID:COM option should be yellow now.
- If not, try to install the USB drivers and then re-do the steps from above.
- On Odin, click on “PDA”.
- Select the “CF-Root-SGN_XX_XEU_LQ2-v5.6-CWM5.tar” file and click on “Start”.
- Wait and don’t press anything.
- When the process is done you can disconnect the handset from the PC.
And with that you are finally done. Your Samsung Galaxy Note is now rooted. Remember that this was the procedure suitable for the Note that runs on the Official XXLQ2 ICS 4.0.3 Firmware. You can now go and perform other operations with your phone as the system is unlocked. You can apply a custom ROM or beta software, so think of your device as your new playground.