How to Root Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 on Android 4.4.2 KitKat & Install PhilZ Recovery


The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 received the long-awaited Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware update just a few days ago. Thousands of owners of the device have already updated their old device with the new software. The KitKat update for the Note 2 brings several new things that include faster UI performance, some graphical tweaks, updated apps and some new features. Android 4.4.2 also brings Samsung’s security solution KNOX to Note 2.

If you have already updated your Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 to Android 4.4.2 and are now looking for a method to root it, here’s our rooting guide for you. Many users who are used to enjoy the benefits of root access, do not accept OTA or update their phone manually unless they are sure that a root method for that specific OS version is available. If you happen to be among those people, take the latest update as you can now easily root Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 on Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware. Besides rooting, you can also install a custom recovery on your Note 2.


The root method described below has been tested and found working successfully, yet we do not guarantee the same for all. As far as you do things carefully and as instructed below, there are rare chances of putting your device to risk. Besides, rooting will void your Galaxy Note 2’s warranty. Proceed at your own responsibility.


  • Download Odin and unzip the downloaded file: Odin3 
  • Download Philz CWM recovery for Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100: philz_touch_6.26.6-n7100.tar.md5
  • Download the latest SuperSU:
  • Also download Samsung USB Drivers on your PC if you have not it already: Download
  • Do not forget to enable USB Debugging on your Galaxy Note 2. Go to Settings> About device> Build number and tap it 7 times to enable Developer options. No go back to the Settings menu, open Developer options and enable USB Debugging.

Root Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 on Android 4.4.2

Having downloaded the required files and enabled USB Debugging, you can now move on to rooting procedure that takes only a few minutes.

  1. Copy the file to your Galaxy Note 2.
  2. Now turn off your phone and boot it into the Download Mode. To do so, press and hold the Volume Down, Home and Power buttons at the same time. Keep the buttons pressed till the screen turns up and the warning screen appears. Now press the Volume Up key to enter the Download Mode.
  3. Open the Odin folder and launch the program.
  4. Now connect your device to the computer via USB cable.
  5. Wait till you see “Added!” message on Odin and the ID:COM port turns to light blue.
  6. Click the AP button and select philz_touch_6.26.6-n7100.tar.md5 file.
  7. Uncheck the Auto Reboot option on Odin.
  8. Now hit the Start button to initiate installation.
  9. Wait till the installation is finished and you see PASS! message on Odin. PhilZ CWM recovery has now been flashed to your phone.
  10. Now disconnect the USB cable, pull out the back cover and remove the battery.
  11. Wait for about 30 seconds and put the battery back to its place.
  12. Now boot the device into recovery mode. Press and hold the Volume Up + Home +Power keys together till the screen turns up and the Samsung logo appears and disappears. Now release the Power button and keep other keys pressed till your Note 2 boots into PhilZ recovery mode.
  13. Scroll to Install zip from sdcard option, navigate to and select it.
  14. Confirm the installation and when the file is flashed to the device, go back to the main menu in recovery.
  15. Select Reboot system option.

Your Galaxy Note 2 will reboot. Wait till it becomes usable and then go to the app drawer. Look for SuperUser app there and launch it. Since your Note 2 has KNOX on it, you might see the following message:

“Samsung Knox has been detected. This might limit root capabilities and cause annoying popups. Try to disable KNOX.”

Select OK. It will then say that KNOX has been successfully disabled. To further verify root access, you can install Root Checker app from the Google Play and run it.

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When the proper root access is confirmed on your Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100, you can start enjoying root apps. We have shortlisted a bunch of must-have root apps for Android users. Do not forget to have a look:

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