Samsung Galaxy Note can be easily rooted but most of the new devices have been packed with a flash counter, which is a small software that records how many time you have installed / flashed a kernel using Odin. In this article you will find instructions that will help you find a way around the flash counter and avoid being checked by it.
This software has been created by Samsung to keep track of those who flash firmware on their phones, and of those who are't performing any changes. This new root is a system image that has been pre-rooted and it looks something like system.img.ext4 and it can found in a 'pda.tar' pack which needs to be flashed via Odin. All these actions can be easily applied if you carefully follow all the instructions listed in this post. So, by using Odin you will only ensure that your installation via Odin has been logged and counted for. The tutorial guide you will find here will teach how to successfully root your device without increasing the flash counter. Also, remember that this works only with Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 and AT&T Galaxy Note devices.
Before starting to apply all the changes you need to read the pre-requisites list and make sure to respect all the instructions contained within it. Only by properly preparing your device for this process, you will ensure that the installing will work accordingly to plan. Also, please note that our website cannot be held responsible for any damage done to your smartphone and you should carefully read and apply all the steps listed in the tutorial guide. Here's what you need to do before moving to the first rooting step:
- backup all the data that is currently stored on your phone. Do not use Samsung KIES.
- the USB Debugging Mode has to be enabled and this can be done by going to 'Settings', then Applications and then Development; now tick the box next to USB Debugging option.
- make sure to backup the APN and MMS Settings for your Internet connection to work after the root has been successful.
- the battery level on your device has to be over 75% so that it won't discharge in the middle of the rooting process.
Now that you know all this, it means that you are ready to move to the tutorial guide.
How to root your Samsung Galaxy Note Device without increasing the Flash Counter:
- First, you need to download the Odin 3v1.0 utility.
- Now download the Rooting TAR file.
- Launch Odin and power OFF your device.
- Enter download mode by pressing both Volume down key and the Home center button simultaneously, then press the Power button.
- Connect your phone via USB cable and after 60 seconds you should notice that the ID:COM box turned yellow in Odin. This means that all the drivers have been installed correctly.
- Select the files needed to root by clicking 'PDA' and select the one file that has the extension '.tar'.
- Click Start for the root process to begin. After this is completed, the phone will automatically reboot. Please note that if you're device freezes after you apply one of the instructions above, then you will be forced to repeat the entire rooting process.
These were all the steps that you had to follow in order to successfully root your Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone and, from now on it won't counter any flashing, updating or rooting process you might perform on it. In case you can't complete or you can't understand the instructions above, then please let us know by posting in our comments filed.
Remember that this guide works only with Samsung Galaxy Note and AT&T Galaxy Note devices.