Updated 25 May, 2013, 6:56 pm IST
How to - Root the Samsung Galaxy Note
| by Francis D'sa
Rooting a mobile phone is not always easy, but it differs from one phone to another. While some Android handsets can be rooted in a single-click, for others one needs to undergo a tedious procedure. Why root an Android mobile? The answer is pretty simple—rooting an Android is a method that allows you to gain administrative rights to the main operating system, which in turn allow you to tweak the device and even install custom firmware. This helps in increasing productivity, performance and also taps into hidden areas of the phone to reveal additional features that the manufacturer does not disclose.
The one good thing about Samsung Android devices is that they never have locked bootloaders, which is the key to gaining root access. Installing custom ROMs can actually be a good option, as you can have a very light operating system — useless applications and eye-candy removed, tweaked kernels for faster processing, additional applications for better tweaking and productivity and a list of other possibilities. In this section, we shall show you how you can go about rooting your Samsung Galaxy Note in a few steps. This method does not increase the flash counter in the phone’s firmware and you can switch back to the stock ROM, if you need to claim for warranty.
Disclaimer: Rooting the phone involves hacking into the firmware and operating system of the phone. As these procedures are risky and can permanently brick or damage your phone, we shall not be responsible for any damage caused to your phone. A bricked phone can cause warranty issues. Root your phone at your own risk.
Here is a list of what you will need to keep ready to get root access to the Note:
The kernels available for download
Now that you have kept ready what you require, let’s get started. Make sure your phone is not connected to the PC at this time. We shall inform you when it is needed.
Step 1: Open the folder, which contains the kernel. You should see a .tar file there. Unzip that too and you should find a Zimage file. Right-click on the file and select ‘Copy’
Uncompressing the files
Step 2: Now open the folder, which contains the Chain Fire Root Flasher utility and browse to the folder ‘Zimage’. Right-click in this folder and click ‘Paste’. This should create a copy of the kernel file in this folder.
Pasting the image file in place
Step 3: Now hit the backspace key and you should go back to the parent folder. Here you should find the file ‘Not-rooted-yet.bat’. Double-click this file to execute it and the flashing process will begin.
Starting the flashing process
Step 4: Now make sure your phone is charged, switched on, has USB debugging enabled and then connect USB cable to the phone and to the PC. Warning: Don’t do anything else, yet.
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