In this tutorial we will show you how you can root your Galaxy Note 2, while keeping your stock recovery. It’s very similar to the one posted before for the Galaxy S3, to the point where we will use the same tool (CF Auto-Root), differing only slightly in the procedure. The reason this is the root method of choice is because not only is it easy to do, it’s also (generally) easy to remove and can leave no trace if done correctly (which is good for warranty purposes and such). It’s also a well-supported tool, made by one of the most prolific developers in the Samsung community, so any doubts or problems you may have are probably already answered somewhere. If you’re on the fence about whether you should root your Galaxy Note II or not, this article can be a good place to help make up your mind.
Disclaimer: Unlocking and rooting your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 may void its warranty. I, nor DroidLessons, nor anyone else assumes liability for any problems, including bricking, that you may encounter.
For starters, you need to make sure your model is supported. So, head on over to this post and see if your model is listed, and download the appropriate version. If your model is not listed, this method will not work on your device and may even damage it, so please look carefully (remember, you can check your model by going into Settings > About device > Model number).
After downloading the appropriate version for your model, extract its contents somewhere into your computer (preferably the Desktop, or some other easy to remember location). Make sure you end up with a .tar.md5 file and two other files: an executable for Odin and a .ini file. If the Odin executable and .ini file are absent, you can download them from here.
Next, simply run the Odin executable. You will be faced with this screen:
It may look scary, but don’t worry, we won’t hang around for long. Next, simply press the “PDA” button, and a window will pop up asking you to select a file. In here, select the .tar.md5 file you extracted before, and press “Open”.
Now, you’ll need to do a little something on your phone. Turn it off, and put it in Download Mode (if you don’t know how to do this, all you have to do is hold Volume Down + Power Button + Home/Ok Button, as shown on the diagram), and press the Volume Up key when faced with the warning to continue:
And then, just press the “Start” button and the process will start. The progress bar should fill up, display “Pass”, and then after a few moments your device should reboot itself into Android as usual, except now root-enabled. Don’t disconnect your device during the procedure! In order to use root features, make sure SuperSU is installed, or download it from the Play Store in case it’s not. And that’s about it, you can now take advantage of applications that demand root access on your Galaxy Note 2, like “Root Explorer” or any other number of power-user apps out there. Have fun!