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Root T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2 T889 using CF-Auto-Root

The T-Mobile variant of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 can now be rooted using Chainfire’s CF-Auto Root utility. Read the whole post and you will learn how to complete the root easily without losing any important data in the process.

Rooting your smartphone opens up a tone of new possibilities for you to take advantage of and improve the overall performance of your Galaxy Note 2 T889. The CF-Auto-Root tool is great and it packs SuperSU and an APK along with Stock Recovery. The stock recovery is used since Chainfire, creator of CF-Auto-Root, decided not to add any custom recovery tools to its root files. However, after rooting you can choose to install ROM Manager and use it to flash a CWM Recovery image.

In order to successfully root your phablet device, read the following preparation guidelines:

  • Use this tutorial only with the T-Mobile variant of Galaxy Note 2 smartphone model number T889. Do not attempt to root any other devices using the files listed in this article.
  • Your phone should be on an unlocked bootloader.
  • You need a computer running Widows OS. Also, the PC needs to have the Samsung USB drivers installed on it, as otherwise your phone won’t be recognized by Odin, the tool that you’ll use to flash the CF-Auto-Root tool.
  • Go to your phone’s Developer Options menu. Enable the USB Debugging option.
  • Make sure that Samsung KIES is not running on your computer while you’re rooting the SG Note 2 T889.
  • Disable all the antivirus and security software that are currently running on your PC. Such apps are usually interfering with the rooting process.
  • Your phone’s battery should have at least 40% power left in it.
  • Read all the steps listed and make sure that you don’t skip any of them. Also, note that we cannot be blamed in case something goes wrong and you brick your phablet device.
  • This is a guide for advanced Android users.
  • It would be best for you to create backups of all data files that are currently stored on your device.
  • If you have any other questions or you cannot complete the root process, then you should ask for extra help in comments.

Use the instructions below and learn how to root your phablet device.

How to root T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2 T889 using CF-Auto-Root utility:

  1. Download the Odin3 v1.85 from HERE. Save the file on your PC and when the download is complete you should extract its contents in a single folder. Place the folder on your computer’s desktop screen.
  2. Get the CF-Auto-Root tool from HERE. Extract the zip contents and place them in the same folder as Odin files. NOTE: The CF Auto Root should have a ‘.tar.md5’ file extension after you extract it from its zip archive.
  3. Power off your Galaxy Note 2 T889 completely.
  4. Launch Odin executable on your PC.
  5. Next, boot the phone into Download Mode by pressing simultaneously Volume Down, Home and Power. Release the buttons when the Warning screen appears. That’s when you should press Volume Up and confirm that you wish to boot your device into Download Mode.
  6. Use the USB cable and connect your PC with your Galaxy Note 2 T889. Odin will say ‘added!!’ and you can get to the next step. NOTE: if the phone is not recognized by ODIN then you can choose to re-install the Samsung USB drivers or change the USB port.
  7. Click ‘PDA’ button in ODIN. Next, find the CF-Auto-Root tar.md5 file. Load it into ODIN and don’t change any default settings. NOTE: Make sure that ‘Re-Partition’ option is not enabled in ODIN.
  8. Press ‘START’ and wait until the root process is complete.
  9. When the root is complete you will see that ODIN says ‘PASS’ and your device was rebooted. You can unplug the Galaxy Note 2 from computer now.
  10. Wait for the boot to complete and when that happens you should see the welcoming screen of your Android OS.
  11. Open the App drawer and check to see if the SuperSU app icon is listed. That means that the root was complete and you’re done.

NOTE: If Odin is blocked or it shows the ‘FAIL’ alert then you will have to close all applications, then remove the phone’s battery. Re-insert the battery after 5 seconds have passed and then repeat the entire tutorial starting with step 4. Eventually you should manage to flash Chainfire’sĀ files and gain root access for your device.

If you cannot complete the root of your Galaxy Note 2 T-Mobile with model number T889, then you should use our comments field and ask for extra help. Make sure to leave a detailed comment and tell us exactly where you got stuck and which steps you took until then.