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
- Go to this page and from there get the root file and save the same on your computer.
- Download Odin and Samsung KIES on your computer.
- On desktop unzip Odin and the root package.
- Install Odin by following the on screen prompts and use Samsung KIES for installing the Note 4 USB drivers on your computer.
- In the end run Odin on your PC.
- 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.
- Connect your handset with your computer using the USB cable.
- 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.
- Next, from the program pick the PA option and then select the root file from desktop.
- In the end, click on “start” and wait while the root process is completed.
- Finally, on Odin the “pass” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will turn green.
- 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.