Galaxy Note 4 is a new Android based device that has been recently released on the market. Of course we are talking about a highly expected and rumored phablet, which is Samsung’s latest flagship, thus we are also talking about high end specs and features. Well, if you have bought the Note 4 you are probably an advanced Android user who will defenetely try to use this device for completing various operations. Therefore, you must use your Note 4 on full power without dealing with factory or default restrictions.

In that matter, you will have to speed up your phablet and you will also have to optimize its general performances. Of course, these are custom operations that are usually performed only by experienced users. And the first custom process to apply on an Android powered smartphone or tablet is gaining root access. Well, as you can already tell, during this step by step guide we will be checking on how to easily root your Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The unlock operation will be completed by using Odin and Cf-Auto-Root exploit. In case you don’t know, Odin is an official tool while CF-Auto-Root is maybe one of the most popular and used root solutions.

Of course, Odin and CF-Auto-Root will work only for Samsung branded devices. Moreover, each device can be rooted by using a particular version of the root exploit. In our case, thanks to the Cf-Auto-Root devs we now have a compatible root solution for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Do not use this tutorial in case you have another smartphone, as you can easily end up in bricking or damaging the same. Also read all the lines from below before applying the proper root guide, just for being sure that everything will go as planned.

Good. Now the first to begin with are the positive aspects that are related to the root access. As stated before, when you first buy your Note 4, it will be delivered with a locked Android system which means that there are various factory and default restrictions pre installed. So, for being able to unleash the full potential of your phone, you need to remove these restrictions. Well, that is what you will obtain by rooting your Galaxy Note 4, an unlocked Android system and access to the internal system of your device.

Due to same reasons, after completing this tutorial you will be able to remove bloatwares, add new features that cannot be found on the default Android OS, replace the stock recovery image with a custom one, update with a custom ROM firmware, overclock your Android device, flash a custom kernel, install custom apps from Google Play or from other sources and lot more. So, in the end, you will optimize the performances of your Note 4 and you will also customize its Android firmware and the Samsung UI.

So, these are the most relevant advantages that are related to the root process. Of course, when we are talking about an unlock procedure, there are negative details too. For gaining root access it is all related to the warranty of your Note 4. As you can already tell, rooting has nothing to do with Google or with Samsung – thus is an unofficial operation and you are about to complete a custom process. Because of that, the warranty of your smartphone will get void and you will not be able to reclaim the same if something bad happens – for example, if you manage to soft or hard brick your handset you will have to try to manually fix it, or else you will have to pay for the technical assistance if you will decide to take your phone back to service.

Moreover, it will be a good idea to backup your data before doing anything else. In rare situations, while using Odin for ensuring root access, the data which is saved on the internal storage memory might get corrupted or even wiped out. Due to same reasons, you should consider in backing up your personal data, info and accounts before using Odin in order to unlock your Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Therefore, go to Google Play and download compatible backup and restore apps. Then use the software and save your contacts, call logs, texts, market apps, EFS, internet settings, images, videos, audio files and everything else you might need afterwards.

Since you will have to use Odin and CF-Auto-Root, a computer running on Windows will be required. Of course your phablet and its USB cable will also be used for establishing a connection between your devices. In order to make things right and for avoiding unpleasant situations from happening, on your phablet from “menu – settings – developer options” enable the USB debugging option and from your computer deactivate – only temporarily – the antivirus and security protection. It will be important to charge your device before doing anything else – if your Note 4 gets turned off in the middle of the root process, it might also get bricked.

As already pointed out, this root method is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Be careful in what you are applying and try not to mess thinsg up – stick to the guidelines that are explained in this step by step guide.

How to Root Galaxy Note 4 using CF-Auto-Root and Odin

  1. Go to this page and from there get the root file and save the same on your computer.
  2. Download Odin and Samsung KIES on your computer.
  3. On desktop unzip Odin and the root package.
  4. Install Odin by following the on screen prompts and use Samsung KIES for installing the Note 4 USB drivers on your computer.
  5. In the end run Odin on your PC.
  6. You now need to enter your phablet in download mode; first turn it off (press power button and select “power off” or press and hold power key for a few seconds) and then you have to press and hold Power, Volume Down and Home buttons at the same time.
  7. Connect your handset with your computer using the USB cable.
  8. On Odin the “added” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will turn yellow or blue – if not, just reinstall the USB drivers and repeat the steps from above.
  9. Next, from the program pick the PA option and then select the root file from desktop.
  10. In the end, click on “start” and wait while the root process is completed.
  11. Finally, on Odin the “pass” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will turn green.
  12. Unplug the USB cable and reboot your smartphone.

Odin might get stuck during the root operation and in that situations you will have to close the program, remove the USB cable and force restart your phablet. Of course, in the end you will have to repeat the guide from step 1.
Also, after completing the steps from above, your device might get stuck on a boot loop. In that case you will have to enter your android smartphone in recovery mode. From recovery just select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”, go back to main menu and pick “reboot system now”.

There you have it; that’s how you can easily and safely root the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 by using Odin and CF-Auto-Root.

Habib · 2 months ago

Hi there I am using galaxy note 4 sm-n910f 5.1.1 lollipop I tried several times to root from latest odin and odin 1.85 but I got fail msg I tried cf auto root ,trltexx latest img and tar file but the result FAIL I have done all the ways possible my Samsung drivers are OK the odin boots I wonder what's wrong watched every corner on the watched a lot of videos .I got tired doing all this mess but thank I did not brick my device so if some out there can help me with this one thing I forgot to share developer option is on and USB debugging....

Marvin S. · 3 years ago

I'm not sure if anyone will Read this but apparently i used a version for the root that was for an older version of Android, the device is on 6.0.1 so basically is soft bricked, I can't go into recovery mode, just download mode, how do I get it back to normal or root it the right way...

vipul mittal · 3 years ago

sir i have note 4 (N-910H)
i recently get the marshmallo update 6.0.1 and i try to downgrade it to 5.1.1 lollipop by odin method following all the steps,but the firmware is not installing

all the process is going fine but in end it shows following screen and now phone is showing this screen when i start.
please help very urgent.........!

Kevin Jay Friesen · 3 years ago

I'm not able to open the Ini file from odin V3.09. Any help?

Aaron Bevan · 3 years ago

i cant get it to work with my note 4 from verizion can anyone help

lan lan · 3 years ago

Does it work on Note 4 AT&T?

Dee · 4 years ago

My phone is SM-N910T3 and it is not listed on the download page. pls can you help me on how to get it rooted?

Vittorio Bizzarro · 4 years ago

Per la 5.1 n91pf?

Bondhujit · 4 years ago

How to Full Format my note 4

bondhujit · 4 years ago

Full partition...bcz my note 4 not get auto update..lolipop

Martin · 4 years ago

Thanks so much! Managed to root using this method, SM-901C, Note 4 with Lollipop 5.0.1, everything is fine, except I have no recovery mode, just android robot loops. I can restart by pulling battery. Any ideas? Cheers Martin :)

john · 4 years ago

i get fail... followed all the steps carefully, twice, and same result... any ideas?

Diego Mello · 4 years ago

See if the configurations on security Reactivation Lock is on, if so , turn off and restart the procedure .

Richard Ryan E. Gonzalez · 4 years ago

i understand that rooting causes to void warranty. but if i root only and not flash anything, then unroot.. can i get my waranty back?


JumbleMumble · 4 years ago

The article advises you to: "try not to mess thinsg up" (sic). Too late, the author already messed "things" up.

Boo · 4 years ago

The introduction to this article has spelling and grammatical errors and often uses painfully superfluous language. It could be a third of its length and get the same point across. The actual rooting guide, which is the entire point, is too short and undescriptive with vague references to previous steps in case something goes wrong.

Stuart Halliday · 4 years ago

Article should say PDA not PA option. But it works.

RiD1 · 4 years ago

it should actually say AP. PDA is from vintage versions of odin. It is now AP

Michael Winters · 1 year ago

THANK you!!! The author says to use odin3.09 .. but is describing an earlier version. about to try this... wish me luck

StevetotheH · 4 years ago

Only those who don't own a large phone call it a 'phablet'. May be one of the stupidest terms for a large phone

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