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Unlock SIM on Galaxy S3 and Note 2

It’s true that most users do some research before buying a smartphone and when it comes to choosing a carrier, they often make their decision after comparing plans and offers. In many cases users later find out that they made a mistake by going for a certain cellular operator because its offers poor service or an unstable connection. In a case where a device is locked to a carrier, a user might feel imprisoned.

In order to be able to switch to some other network provider, the user has to purchase hefty amount to get the SIM unlock code from the operator. In some cases, the carriers do not provide the unlock code until the contract period is over. Believe me, it really feels like hell to be left on the mercy of you network provider. There might be yet another reason why people want to unlock SIM on their device. Suppose you are planning to travel outside your country, you’ll certainly not be able to use a local SIM with your phone because it is network locked.

Of course, there are some websites that sell SIM unlock codes to those who are willing to pay a certain amount of money. But if you can unlock your device for free, there is no wisdom in wasting your hard-earned money. In the past, we covered various tutorials on unlocking Android device. Today, we’ll see how you can easily unlock SIM on Galaxy S3 and Note 2. The method described below works on the T-Mobile and Canadian Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. It have been tested successfully on following devices:

  • T-Mobile S3
  • T-Mobile Note 2
  • Rogers Note 2
  • Bell Galaxy Note 2
  • Bell Galaxy Rugby LTE
  • Telus Galaxy Note 2
  • Wind Mobile Note 2
  • Mobilicity Note 2
  • Wind Mobile S3
  • Mobilicity S3 YMMV
  • Bell Galaxy S3
  • Koodo Galaxy S3
  • Telus Galaxy S3
  • Rogers Galaxy S3

The SIM-unlocking method given below utilizes the unlock feature found on your phone’s system software and so it does not require root access. Needless to mention, the trick works only on Samsung’s TouchWiz-based stock ROMs.

Note:

If the procedure described below doesn’t work for you, you might need to downgrade your Galaxy S3/Note 2 to a lower version of firmware. The method has been tested on Android 4.1.1 and 4.1.2.

Unlock SIM on Galaxy S3 and Note 2

  1. Open your phone’s dialer.
  2. Dial the following keys *#197328640#
  3. Doing this will bring up the Service Menu of your device.
  4. Select [1] UMTS sim-unlock-menu-1
  5. Then tap [1] Debug Screen 
  6. Select [8] Phone Control on the next screen.
  7. Next, tap [6] Network Lock  option.
  8. Then select [3]Perso SHA256 OFF sim-unlock-menu-2
  9. Now wait for about 30 seconds and then go back one step by tapping the Menu button on your device and selecting Back option on the screen.
  10. You should now be on the same screen as on Step 8.sim-unlock-menu-2
  11. This time select [4] NW Lock NV Data INITIALLIZ.
  12. Now wait for about 60 seconds.
  13. Finally reboot your phone.

Done! You have successfully unlocked SIM on your Canadian or T-Mobile Galaxy S3/Note 2. Try to use your device with a SIM from some other operator. Cheers!

 

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root verizon galaxy note 2

All of us love software updates as they bring new features, bug fixes and improvements in performance. Our device manufacturers keep sending new updates to give us a greater user experience. Unfortunately, when it comes to rolling out an OS upgrade, they are most often lazy in doing that. The Verizon Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605 received a significant software update with build version I605VRUEMJ9 in December last year.

Every new OTA update for Samsung Galaxy devices from Verizon brings a new challenge to our developers as they have to look for a new way to root. Fortunately, the Saferoot exploit by XDA member k1mu can easily root Verizon Galaxy Note 2.

As you know, the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 comes with locked bootloader, you will not be able to install CWM or TWRP recovery on your device currently. However, if you think you can live happily with root access on your device, you can use the Saferoot method given below to root Verizon Galaxy Note 2.

The tool is  easy and safe to use and it does the whole trick without tripping the KNOX Warranty void counter. Please note that k1mu’s Saferoot tool is not meant for the Verizon Note 2 SCH-I605 only, but also works well on almost all US and Canadian variants of devices like Galaxy S3, S4 and Note 3.

Warning:

The rooting procedure described below is pretty safe and there is rare chance that it can do any harm to your phone, yet we do not take any responsibility for any unpleasant situation. Follow the guide and use the tool at your own responsibility.

Getting Prepared:

  • Download the latest Saferoot exploit from the official thread: saferoot.zip
  • Make sure you have already installed Samsung USB drivers or Kies on your computer. In case you have Kies, please ensure that it is not open while to use Saferoot.
  • Enable USB Debugging on your Note 2 with Android 4.3. Go to Settings> More> About, scroll down and tap the Build version 7 times. Doing this will unlock Developer options on your device. Now open Developer options and enable USB Debugging.

Root Verizon Galaxy Note 2 on Android 4.3 [VRUEMJ9]:

  1. Unzip the saferoot.zip file you downloaded earlier.
  2. Look for a file named “install.bat” inside the Saferoot folder and double-click it.
  3. A new cmd window will open.
  4. Now connect your Verizon Note 2 to computer. Wait for a few moments till your device is connected successfully.
  5. Finally, press any key on your computer’s keyboard to trigger the rooting script.vzw-note-2-saferoot
  6. Wait till the procedure is finished and then your Note 2 will reboot automatically.

Your Verizon Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605 running the VRUEMJ9 firmware should now be rooted now. You can try any of these root apps to verify the root privilege on your device. Cheers!

Unable to Get Root Access While Being Rooted?

Read this Tutorial to Fix the KNOX Issue

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Root-AT&T-Galaxy-Note-2

Samsung has been rolling out the Android 4.3 update to devices like the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 for a few weeks now. Usually, the US variants of Galaxy range of devices receive new firmware updates months later that it reaches international version. However, the OEM seems to have mended its old tendency these days. The AT&T Galaxy Note 2 SGH-I317 was blessed with the latest OS update with build version UCUBMK6 starting mid December.

Besides bringing the improvements and features typical to Android 4.3, the new update also introduces Samsung’s security tool KNOX and other tweaks to the TouchWiz UX. The new security features like locked bootloader, Reactivation Lock and KNOX will bring smile to those who wish to make secure use of their device.

In case you happen to be one who likes to try different mods and custom ROMS, you might feel disappointed because currently we do not have a working method to unlock the bootloader and install a custom recovery like CWM or TWRP. However, the good thing is that you can still root your AT&T Galaxy Note 2 SGH-I317 on the latest  Android 4.3 firmware and enjoy root apps. You’ll also be able to flash custom ROMs by installing the SafeStrap Recovery.

Disclaimer:

The root method for AT&T Note 2 has been tested successfully yet we do not hold any responsibility in case you end up in a mess. Follow the guide at your own risk.

Prerequisites:

Rooting AT&T Note 2 on Android 4.3:

Presuming that you would have already made the preparations described above, we are now heading towards the very steps that are required to root your Galaxy Note to easily.

  1. Unzip the CF-Auto-Root package.
  2. Turn off your Galaxy Note 2 and put it into the Download Mode. To do so, press the Volume Down + Home + Power keys for 2-3 seconds. When the screen turns up and you see a warning screen with a yellow triangle, press the Volume Up key to enter Download Mode.
  3. Now open the root package folder and launch Odin as administrator.
  4. Connect your device to computer via USB cable and wait till the ID:COM port at Odin 1.85 turns Yellow. It indicates that Odin has detected your device.
  5. Do not play with any options on Odin. Click the PDA button and select the CF-Auto-Root-t0lteatt-samsungsghi317.tar.md5 file.
  6. Then click the Start button.at&t-note-2-root
  7. The rooting process will initiate and when you see PASS message on Odin, your Note will reboot automatically.
  8. You can now disconnect the USB cable.

Wait till the device boots up and when it does, look for a new app called SuperSU in the app drawer. To make sure that the phone has been rooted properly, you can install and run the Root Checker app from the Play Store.

If the root privilege is verified on the device, you can start enjoying your favorite apps that require root access. We have shortlisted some of the best root apps for you in the following article:

Best Apps for Rooted Android Devices

Unable to Get Root Access While Being Rooted?

Read this Tutorial to Fix the KNOX Issue

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note-2-Android-4.3-update

So guys, after a long array of rumors, grudges from users and 3 versions of leaked firmwares, Samsung has finally started rolling out the long awaited Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update to the craving users of the Galaxy Note 2. As you all know Samsung had to stop the already released Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S3 and then the company decided to postpone the update for Note 2 due to some performance issues. Just the day before yesterday, Sammobile released a leaked firmware which seemed pretty stable in performance, indicating that Samsung is ready to push this update to the second generation of its phablet device.

Well, we were not surprised when today some users reported getting a new software update notification. The manufacturer keep sending little incremental updates at regular intervals, but when we noticed the size of the OTA (about 700MB), we were sure that it is the special updated for which we had been waiting for ages. Yes, it’s the first major update for the Galaxy Note 2 after about ten months.

galaxy-note-2-4.3-OTA

Anyway, the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note 2 model number GT-N7100 has finally started rolling out and this time the users of the device in India would feel themselves lucky to get this update first. The new update is really big but the users who are under apprehension that it will bring some cool features like the new lockscreen, weather widget and S Pen features from Note 3, might feel disappointed.

That is not to say that the new update does not come with new features at all. There is still a big list of changes and improvements that you will be entitle to enjoy after updating your device to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

  • New lockscreen with multi-page and widget support
  • New calculator
  • New video player, S Voice, Group Play, S Planner, Music Player, Gallery, Samsung Keyboard, Calculator
  • Some new icons
  • New music player with old icon
  • Display enhancement tweaks: text looks sharper and the screen more vivid
  • KNOX
  • New tabbed UI in Settings
  • Daydream
  • New Quick Settings page available in Notification panel
  • Galaxy S4 ringtones
  • ANT+ Support
  • TRIM support
  • Galaxy Gear support
  • Driving mode
  • Move Apps to SD feature
  • Sound and Shot feature in Camera
  • Voice control feature like S4
  • Faster UI experience
  • Many others

 

Download Android 4.3 Firmware for Note 2:

The firmware below is officially meant for India but because it an unbranded version, it can be install on any Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 that is not SIM-locked. More firmwares will be added below when they are available.

Argentina: ARO-N7100UBUEMK4-20131223133009.zip  [mirror]

Brazil: ZTO-N7100UBUEMK4-20131223120105.zip  [mirror]

Serbia: TSR-N7100XXUEMK9-20131223120557.zip  [mirror]

United Arab Emirates: XSG-N7100XXUEMKA-20131220170203.zip  [mirror]

South Africa: XFA-N7100XXUEMKA-20131220164421.zip   [mirror]

Malaysia: XME-N7100XXUEML3-20131219160544.zip  [mirror]

Philippines: XTE-N7100XXUEML3-20131219151312.zip  [mirror]

Spain: PHE-N7100XXUEMK9-20131218161948.zip  [mirror]

Spain (Vodafone): ATL-N7100XXUEMK9-20131218144617.zip  [mirror]

United Kingdom: BTU-N7100XXUEMK9-20131217145556.zip  [mirror]

United Kingdom (Vodafone):  VOD-N7100XXUEMK9-20131218155258.zip  [mirror]

United Kingdom (O2): O2U-N7100XXUEMK9-20131218121117.zip  [mirror]

Italy: ITV-N7100XXUEMK9-20131218153422.zip   [mirror]

Italy (Vodafone): OMN-N7100XXUEMK9-20131218113625.zip   [mirror]

Romania (Vodafone): CNX-N7100XXUEMK9-20131218144321.zip   [mirror]

Luxemburg: LUX-N7100XXUEMK9-20131218152415.zip  [mirror]

Germany: DBT-N7100XXUEMK9-20131217160006.zip  [mirror]

Germany (Vodafone): VD2-N7100XXUEMK9-20131218145342.zip  [mirror]

Germany (E-Plus): EPL-N7100XXUEMK9-20131218110935.zip  [mirror]

Ireland (Vodafone): VDI-N7100XXUEMK9-20131218112024.zip   [mirror]

Greece: EUR-N7100XXUEMK9-20131218105221.zip  [mirror]

Switzerland: AUT-N7100XXUEMK9-20131218103030.zip  [mirror]

Finland: NEE-N7100XXUEMK9-20131217152945.zip 

Netherlands: PHN-N7100XXUEMK9-20131217160220.zip  [mirror]

Poland: XEO-N7100XXUEMK9-20131217153653.zip  [mirror]

France: XEF-N7100XXUEMK8-20131217145110.zip  [mirror]

Hungary: XEH-N7100XXUEMK9-20131217145946.zip  [mirror]

India: INU-N7100XXUEMKD-20131216180812.zip  [mirror]

 

How to Install:

To install this firmware on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2, follow the instructions give at this guide.

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Galaxy-Note-2-Android-4.3

A few days ago we broke out the news that Samsung have postponed the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note because they were not able to resolve some performance and stability related issue. It has been more than a month since we saw the first leaked firmware for this popular phablet device with build version N7100XXUEM16. At a time when the new update should have reached to the users long ago, there is still no news from the manufacturer as to when it plans to release the update.

What the users have been getting instead are some randomly leaked versions of Android 4.3 firmware now and then. In a very recent development regarding the new update Sammobile has shared another leaked firmware with build version N7100DDEMJ9. If you compare the older and new build numbers, you’ll notice a difference and it shows that the present version has been extensively revised. However, we cannot say with certainty how better in performance it is. We have some some feedback from the users who have tested the leaked test firmware and to believe them, it is more stable than the last release.

We would like to tell our users that the new  firmware is the unofficial version of the official one and flashing it on your Note 2 will not affect it warranty or trip the custom flash binary at all. The available firmware bears INU as CSC that means it is for India. Since it is an unbranded version, it can be installed on any Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 that is not locked to a network operator.

New Features and Changes:

  • New lockscreen with multi-page and widget support
  • New calculator
  • New video player, S Voice, Group Play, S Planner, Music Player, Gallery, Samsung Keyboard, Calculator
  • Some new icons
  • New music player with old icon
  • Display enhancement tweaks: text looks sharper and the screen more vivid
  • KNOX
  • New tabbed UI in Settings
  • Daydream
  • New Quick Settings page available in Notification panel
  • Galaxy S4 ringtones
  • ANT+ Support
  • Many others

 

UPDATE !!!

The official Android 4.3 firmware for Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 is now available for download. You can get it here.

 

Download:

N7100XXUEMK4_N7100ODDEMK1_N7100DDEMJ9_INU.zip

How to Install:

See detailed installation guide here.

How to Root Note 3 on Android 4.3:

Visit our rooting tutorial for Galaxy Note 2 on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

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android 4.4 kitkat rom on galaxy note 2

At a time when Nexus 5 users have been enjoying the new exclusive flavor of KitKat and other Nexus users are counting down the very hour when Android KitKat would reach their device, there is still a larger community of Android users who can only keep their fingers crossed in a hope that KitKat might come to them some day. Most of non-Nexus users have not  received even the lower versions of the OS like Android 4.2 and 4.3. Yesterday, we published a news that Samsung has pulled back the already out Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S3 and postponed the OTA for Note 2 to fix some serious issues.

The users of both the Galaxy devices have been forced to remain with Android 4.1.2 and keeping in view Samsung’s software update policy for its older devices, it appears that it would take forever for Android 4.4 KitKat to come to these models. Thanks to the open source nature of Android that does not let some die of eating and others die of hunger. Yes, this is pretty true for those who have a rooted device with a custom recovery installed on it. I see it as an irony that we have lazy and careless OEMs whose only goal is to dump the market with new models, and then we have hard-working developers who keep trying to give us the latest and best of Android.

Anyway, if you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and are frustrated with the jumbo delays in firmware update from Samsung and your carrier, it’s time to kick them to side and move on. You need not be jealous of Nexus users as the Android 4.4 KitKat based custom ROMs are now available for almost all the variants of Galaxy Note 2.

In the present article we’ll see some new ROMs that will let you enjoy the latest version of Android on your phablet device. Before proceeding, make sure you have one of the following variants of Note 2:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE GT-N7105
  • AT&T Galaxy Note 2 SGH-I317
  • T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 SGH-T889
  • Sprint Galaxy Note 2 SPH-L900
  • Verizon Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605

You can check your phone’s model by going to Settings> About.

Disclaimer:

Please note that the procedure described below and considered risky and despite that fact that is has been tested successfully, you can get into trouble if you do not follow the steps to the word. We or the developers of the included ROMs shall not, in any case, be responsible for any mishap. Do not proceed unless you understand what you are going to do. Remember, you’ve been warned!

Requirements:

  • A rooted Galaxy Note 2
  • Latest version of CWM (v6.0.4.3 or above) or TWRP (vv2.6.3.0 or above) Recovery installed on the device. If you do not have the latest version of these recoveries, you’ll receive “Failed!” message while installing the ROM. The older versions do not have support for Android 4.4 KitKat. To update your recovery software, you can use the ROM Manager app (for CWM) or Goo Manager (for TWRP).

 

About the ROMs:

Please note that all the ROMs that are listed below are still in experimental stage. Therefore, do not expect bugless performance from them. I have tested the Omni ROM and the only issue I discovered was the camera FC bug. We hope that with new versions of the ROMs, all such bugs will be fixed.

note-2-android-kitkat-rom

Downloads

Android 4.4 KitKat ROM on Galaxy Note 2:

Download Google Apps Package (for all): 

pa_gapps-full-4.4-20131114-signed.zip

Download the Latest SuperSU:

UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.69.zip

Download Camera App:

After installing the Android 4.4 based ROM in case you discover that  your app is not working, please download any of the photosphere camera apps from below and install it manually.

Android 4.4 KitKat Camera

Focal Camera App

Android 4.3 Camera App

 

How to Install a Custom ROM on Note 2:

  1. Do not forget to backup your phone’s EFS data or IMEI before involving in any such activity. Read this article for detailed tutorial.
  2. Make sure you device is charged up to 70%.
  3. Copy the downloaded Android 4.4 ROM file in zip (do not extract) to your Note 2.
  4. Then copy the Gapps file to the device.
  5. Now copy the “UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.69.zip” file to the device too.
  6. Boot your Galaxy Note 2 into CWM/TWRP Recovery mode. To do this, hold down the Volume Up+Home+Power buttons together for 4-6 seconds till the screen turns up and you see the recovery screen. If you are not able to get into recovery using the key combo, use any of these apps.
  7. If you are using CWM, use the volume keys to scroll up/down and the power button to select files and options. TWRP users can simply touch the corresponding buttons to get a job done.
  8. Important: Before doing anything, do not forget to backup your current ROM using “backup and restore” option (in CWM) oe “Backup” option (in TWRP) and check all items to backup.
  9. CWM Users: Go back to main menu in recovery and select “wipe data / factory reset> yes”. Then go to “mounts and storage” and wipe data and system.
  10. TWRP Users: Just tap on “Wipe” button and select Data, System and Cache.
  11. Now go back again and choose “install zip from sdcard> choose zip from sd card” option, select the ROM file in zip and choose “yes” when asked. If you have TWRP, use “Install” button, select the ROM and swipe the slider to confirm installation.
  12. When the ROM is installed, install the Gapps zip package just like you flashed the ROM in Step 11.
  13. Then install the “UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.69.zip” file the same way.
  14. Finally, select the reboot system option.
  15. Done!

The first boot will take a few minutes, so do not panic. Set up your data connection, Gmail, Google Wallet, etc. and enjoy the newly installed Android 4.4 based custom ROM. Enjoy and allow me to go on a KitKat Break too! Cheers!

 

sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

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Android-4.3-for-AT&T-Galaxy

We all know that Samsung cancelled the Android 4.2.2 update for a number of its devices like the Galaxy S3, Note 2 and Note 10.1 because it was late in rolling the update. The OEM then decided to upgrade the software version of these and some other devices directly to Android 4.3. The international GSM and LTE variants of the Galaxy S4 have already received the latest version of the OS and we already have the leaked 4.3 firmware for Note 2 GT-N7100 too.

When it comes to firmware update for the Galaxy devices, it seldom happens that a new version of firmware (leaked or official) arrives to a US carrier variant. XDA member designgears has shared Android 4.3 leaked firmwares for four devices from AT&T namely the Galaxy S3 SGH-I747, Note 2 SGH-I317, Galaxy S4 SGH-I337 and S4 Active SGH-I537. If you have any of these devices and you wish to get a peek into the latest version of Android before it’s available officially, you can download the complete firmware and install it manually using Odin or Heimdall.

Having installed to the leaked test firmware on your device, you’ll notice the following changes and features:

  • Galaxy Gear support
  • New Reading Mode in Display settings and Notification toggles
  • Driving Mode now becomes Hands-free Mode
  • Improvement in Camera performance and imaging
  • New tabbed UI in Settings
  • TouchWiz launcher now has less lag and feels much faster
  • Samsung Wallet comes pre-installed
  • Improved Keyboard
  • Improvements in display color
  • Samsung Browser is now fullscreen by default
  • New firmware adds Galaxy Gear support
  • OpenGL 3.0 Support
  • ANT+ Support
  • TRIM Support
  • Better RAM management
  • Many other UI tweaks to improve performance

Warning:

Please note that the firmwares available below are test versions and therefore one should not expect perfection in performance. After installing the firmware on your Galaxy, you might discover bugs. The good thing, however, is that no user has yet reported any major bug. Installing this firmware will unroot your device and will wipe the apps and data. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you backup all important data before proceeding.  Also, install the firmware at your own risk. We do not hold any responsibility for any mishap.

Download Firmwares:

(All firmwares come with KNOX and SELinux)

AT&T Galaxy S3 SGH-I747: I747UCUEMJ2.7z

AT&T Galaxy Note 2 SGH-I317: I317UCUBMJ4.7z

AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-I337: I337UCUEMJ6.7z

AT&T Galaxy S4 Active SGH-I537: OneClick_I537UCUBMI2.zip

 

For AT&T S3 Users with Root and Custom Recovery:

If you own a rooted AT&T Galaxy S3 SGH-I747 and have a custom recovery like CWM or TWRP installed on it, you can enjoy the leaked Android 4.3 ROM on your phone without losing root access and custom recovery. loserskater from XDA has repacked the leaked firmware into a flashable ROM that can be downloaded from below.

Downloads:

ROM: d2att_I747UCUEMJ2_root_noknox.zip

Also download the bootloader file: d2att_I747UCUEMJ2_bootloader_modem.zip

Before you attempt to install the ROM, make sure that your AT&T Galaxy S3 has either stock Samsung ROM, or a stock-based custom ROM. If your device meets this requirement, follow the instructions given below:

  1. Download and copy the ROM and bootloader files to your device.
  2. Boot device into recovery mode by pressing Home + Volume Up + Power buttons together for 4-6 seconds.
  3. If you have CWM on your phone, go to “backup and restore> backup to external sd” and perform the backup. In case you use TWRP, tap the “Backup” option and confirm your choice.
  4. Now go back to the main menu and select “wipe data/factory reset” (in CWM), or “Wipe” (in TWRP) and swipe the slider button with arrow to factory reset your S3.
  5. Return to main menu in recovery and install the “d2att_I747UCUEMJ2_bootloader_modem.zip” file using “install zip from sdcard” option (in CWM), or “Install” option (in TWRP).
  6. Repeat the Step 5 but this time install the ROM file “d2att_I747UCUEMJ2_root_noknox.zip”.
  7. When installation is finished, reboot your device.
  8. Wait for the phone to boot and enjoy Android 4.3 Jelly Bean!

 

Screenshots:

The screenshots shown below have been taken on Galaxy S3, to see more screens click here.

at&t-galaxy-s3-android-4.3

How to Downgrade:

If you ever make up your  mind to downgrade your Galaxy Note 2 to Android 4.1.2, follow this tutorial.

 

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Hidden-CSC-Features-on-Galaxy Samsung’s firmware for its Android devices have several components and CSC is one of them. The term is an abbreviated form of Consumer Software Customization and denotes to a specific geographical region or carrier branding. While most features of a specific Galaxy device are common globally, there are a bunch of other features that may or not be available to the end users in a particular country and region.

Every Android device from Samsung has a folder called csc under system directory. This folder contains some XML files that keep the configuration codes for country and carrier based customization options. If you have root access on your Samsung phone or tablet, you can access this directory and edit those XML file to enable or disable the features that are available or unavailable on your device. In other words, by editing the XML files present in the csc folder, you can easily personalize your device by adding features like your native language pack, screen rotation control, infinite scrolling on home screen, turn on/off camera shutter sound and so on.

Also Read:   How to Change CSC on Samsung Galaxy Devices

To be able to enable or disable a CSC governed feature on your Samsung Galaxy device, you need to edit the corresponding lines for a feature or add code yourself. To make this task easier for aspiring users, XDA member kkoolpatz has compiled some codes that can be added to your device using a root file browser. And, you can access the system files and modify them only if you have root permission on your Android device. If you have not yet rooted your Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet, you can do it now by following our easy and step-by-step tutorial:

Download a Root File Browser

You can download any of the following root file manager apps on your device:

 

Enabling Secret CSC Features

So, if you have root access on your device and have installed a root browser app on it too, here is what you have to do to enable CSC features.

  1. Launch the root file manager app and grant it root permission when prompted.
  2. Go to system> csc directory on your device and look for a file named feature.xml. If you do not find this file, look for others.xml.galaxy-s4-csc-features
  3. Now tap on feature/others.xml and find <FeatureSet>.
    <FeatureSet>
        <!-- This is a comment. You may write anything between these tags -->
      </FeatureSet>
  4. Make sure to add your CSC feature comment line (you can find some of them below) between <FeatureSet> and </FeatureSet> otherwise it would not work.

  5. After adding/editing the lines, save your changes.
  6. Finally reboot your device for the changes to take effect.

 

Some Codes to Enable CSC Features

Here are a few code lines for you that you can add to activate some hidden features on your Galaxy smartphone or tablet.

Feature: Pressing Enter key takes the cursor to a new line in stock SMS

<CscFeature_Message_ReplaceCRToNewLine>true</CscFeature_Message_ReplaceCRToNewLine>

Feature:  Stock Samsung keyboard with sub symbols

<CscFeature_Sip_UseSymbolInCMKey>true</CscFeature_Sip_UseSymbolInCMKey> <CscFeature_Sip_EnableSymbolInSecondary>de;en_US;en_GB</CscFeature_Sip_EnableSymbolInSecondary>

Note: To enable your preferred input language on your device’s keyboard, you would have to replace the language code (highlighted in red) with those you want on your device. Below is a list of language codes (in small letters) followed by country code (in capital letters).

en_GB;en_US;en_AU;en_CA;en_PH;en_IE;en_NZ;en_ZA;
ko_KR;de_AT;de_CH;de_DE;fr_FR;fr_CH;fr_BE;fr_CA; bg_BG;cs_CZ;da_DK;el_GR;es_ES;et_EE;fi_FI;
ga_IE;hr_HR;hu_HU;is_IS;it_IT; lt_LT;lv_LV;mk_MK;ms_MY;nb_NO;nl_NL;nl_BE;pl_PL;pt_PT;pt-BR;ro_RO;sr_RS;sv_SE;tr_TR; ca_ES;eu_ES;gl_ES;kk_KZ;ru_RU;sk_SK;sl_SI;uk_UA;uz_UZ;az_AZ;hy_AM;ka_GE;
pt_BR;in_ID;ja_JP;vi_VN;zh_CN;zh_TW;ar_AE;ar_IL;fa_FA;ur_PK;iw_IL;th_TH;zh_HK;zh_SG

 

For an Easier Way to Get Your Native Language, Read This Article

Feature: Enable scheduled message

<CscFeature_Message_EnableScheduledMessage>true</CscFeature_Message_EnableScheduledMessage>
<CscFeature_Message_EnableScheduledMsgBox>true</CscFeature_Message_EnableScheduledMsgBox>

Feature: Dialer search matches numbers in contacts and call logs

<CscFeature_Dialer_PhonebookNdigitsMatching>true</CscFeature_Dialer_PhonebookNdigitsMatching>
<CscFeature_RIL_CallerIdMatchingDigit>true</CscFeature_RIL_CallerIdMatchingDigit>

Feature: Join unlimited contacts together

<CscFeature_Contact_SetLinkCountMaxAs>999</CscFeature_Contact_SetLinkCountMaxAs>

Feature: Get 100 speed dial shortcuts on phone’s dialer (you can personalize the number)

<CscFeature_Contact_ExtendSpeedDialTo100>true</CscFeature_Contact_ExtendSpeedDialTo100>

Feature: Extend Contact name length limit to 1280 characters (you can personalize the number)

<CscFeature_Contact_LimitNameLength>1280</CscFeature_Contact_LimitNameLength>

Feature: Add exit menu to stock web browser

<CscFeature_Web_AddOptionToTerminate>true</CscFeature_Web_AddOptionToTerminate>

Feature: Turn camera shutter sound on/off

<CscFeature_Camera_ShutterSoundMenu>true</CscFeature_Camera_ShutterSoundMenu>

Feature: Enable infinite scrolling in home screen, app  and widget drawer

<CscFeature_Launcher_DisablePageRotation>false</CscFeature_Launcher_DisablePageRotation>

Feature: Enable rotation control icon in Gallery

<CscFeature_Gallery_AddAutoRotationIcon>true</CscFeature_Gallery_AddAutoRotationIcon>

Feature:  Show hardware revision in Settings> About

<CscFeature_Setting_EnableHwVersionDisplay>true</CscFeature_Setting_EnableHwVersionDisplay>

Feature: Enables stock browser to load sites in Desktop mode.

<CscFeature_Web_EnableDesktopSiteAsDefault>true</CscFeature_Web_EnableDesktopSiteAsDefault>

For  now we only have the above codes to enable some CSC feature on Samsung Galaxy devices. We would keep updaing the list as we come to know of more codes. Cheers!

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The leaked version of the long awaited Android 4.3  update for Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 is out for a while now. Those who have already installed the test firmware have been looking for a way to root their device on the N7100XXUEM16 firmware. If you happen to be one such person, we bring you the easiest way to root your device and install a custom recovery on it.

In most cases people tend to to try a leaked firmware for some time as a deviation and then go back to the previous official version. Since the Android 4.3 test firmware is pretty stable, many of them might want to stick with it till the arrival of the official release. If you do not want to be with a device with stock firmware without root, the present guide will help you gain root access on your Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Firmware.

Disclaimer:

The rooting procedure described here is considered risky and might soft-brick your Galaxy Note 2. Despite of being a tested method, we do not guarantee that it is perfectly harmless. In most cases, the success of such drills depend on how careful you are in following the steps. Proceed at your own responsibility and do not blame us for any mishap.

Requirements:

Make sure you phone is on N7100XXUEMJ5 firmware.

 

Getting Prepared:

Installing KNOX-Free Bootloader on Note 2:

When you are sure that you have made all required preparations and gathered the tools, follow the following steps to install the customized version of CWM recovery.

  1. Boot your Note 2 into Download Mode. To do this, press and hold the Volume Down, Home and Power buttons simultaneously for 2-3 seconds. When you see the warning screen, press the Volume Up key.
  2. Launch Odin and connect your device to PC via USB cable.
  3. Wait till the ID:COM port turns Blue and you see “Added!!” message on Odin.
  4. Now click the PDA button and select “MJ5BLPatch.tar.md5“.note-2-knox-free-bootloader
  5. Then click the Start button and wait till it is flashed to your device.
  6. Finally, you will get PASS!! message at Odin and your Note 2 will reboot automatically.

When your device boots up, KNOX will be disabled on it. However, disabling KNOX will create issue with WiFi connectivity on your Note 2. To fix it, you will have to install WiFi patch file using the same steps (as you did above) in Odin. But  this time you have to select patch.tar.md5 file (in PDA section) from the extracted wifi_fix_for_MJ2 folder.

 

Install PhilZ Touch Recovery on Note 2:

To root the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 on Android 4.3, we’ll use the advanced multi tool utility by DR. Ketan. Since this Aroma based installer program requires a custom recovery, we recommend you to  install PhilZ CWM Recovery the same way as you installed the KNOX-Free Bootloader and WiFi fix patch above.

 

Rooting Galaxy Note 2 on Android 4.3:

  1. Boot it into Recovery Mode. To do this, press Volume Up, Home and Power keys at the same time for 4-6 seconds till you enter the CWM recovery main menu.
  2. Go to “install zip from sdcard” option, navigate to the DrKetan_MultiTool_AdvanceV5.zip file and select it.
  3. Select “yes” to confirm installation.
  4. You’ll then be taken to Aroma installer. Select root option in Aroma:note-2-multitool-root
  5. Besides rooting your Galaxy Note 2, MultiTool can also install a custom recovery, kernel, clean bloat apps and perform various useful tasks.
  6. Finally, select reboot system option in Aroma.

Your Galaxy Note 2 will boot now. When your device becomes ready to use, open app drawer an look for a new app named “SupeSU” there. If you can see this app, your device is rooted. To verify proper root access, install Root Checker app from the Play Store and run it.

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The are various instances of exploits bringing out the security vulnerabilities of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy devices. To arouse the trust of business class customers, Samsung also launched an ad campaign. However, it was with the launch of the Galaxy S4 that the company introduced a dedicated security service trademarked as Samsung KNOX.

Previously, the service was only available for people in enterprise and in government institutions. Later during IFA event in Berlin, Samsung  showcased some new devices like the Note 3, Note 10.1 2014 Edition, Galaxy Gear and also revealed the commercial availability of a its Knox mobile security system that helps better protect device data against unauthorized use.

 

What is Samsung KNOX?

In this way, if you have Knox installed on your device which you use as a personal and as a workplace phone both, Knox lets you store enterprise applications (corporate email, contacts, calendar, etc.) securely using an Exchange ActiveSync Server. The service is capable of separating personal and work data and thus it makes it possible for both types of data to coexist on a Knox-enabled device. You just have to press an icon to switch from personal to business mode.

Here’s an official video that reveals what KNOX does:

Actually, Samsung came with KNOX when it realized that security-lovers and corporate class tended to  abstain from its smartphones due to security vulnerabilities. By integrating KNOX in the TouchWiz UX, Samsung provided a second version of a smartphone as KNOX mode that is protected with password and restricts unauthorized access. KNOX mode includes apps like Camera, Gallery, Downloads, Email, S Planner, My files, Phone, Contacts and S Browser by default. Besides these, there are about 75 KNOX-apps that you can download additionally.

 

Why Disable Samsung KNOX?

There’s no doubt that Samsung Knox service is really a good security solution for those who got a financial and business reason to protect their data, but there are still many others who might not like to have it on their device. If you are not a fan of the kind of security Knox provides and love to root your device and install custom ROMs on it without caring about the security warnings, we have come with some tips to disable Samsung Knox security shield on your device. Knox might also be responsible for FC (force close) error with some of your root perm apps, and so this is another sound reason to disable it.

 

Unable to Get Root Access Due to KNOX?

If you have KNOX on your Galaxy device and you have rooted it, you’ll see a verification message that pops up every time SuperSU is called for action by some apps on your device. The message runs like this:

“SuperSU tried to access system in your device without authorization. This action was blocked.”

OR

“An application attempted to access system on your device without authorization.”

OR

“Unauthorized access to a secured area has been blocked.”

You can get rid of this annoying thing easily by disabling Knox service and its agent apps. Remember, once KNOX is aware of SuperUser on your phone, it’ll block its functioning and you might not be able to use any root app. In case you are unable to get root access (after rooting your device) because KNOX prevents SuperSU in doing so, do this:

  1. Download the latest SuperSU zip package: UPDATE-SuperSU-vx.xx.zip
  2. Extract the zip and open the folder.disable knox security 2
  3. Go the folder named “common” and copy the Superuser.apk to your phone.
  4. Install the APK manually (do not forget to tick Unknown Sources option under Security settings of your device).
  5. Now launch the SuperSU app on your phone and it will ask you whether or not you want to disable KNOX: “Samsung Knox has been detected. This might limit root capabilities and cause annoying popups. Try to disable KNOX.”
  6. Select OK. It will then tell you that KNOX has been successfully disabled.disable-knox-security-2

You should now be able to enjoy root access on your Samsung Galaxy device. If you want to remove KNOX from the device, use the method given below. If the above method does not work for you, you phone might not be rooted properly. Verify the root with Root Checker app.

If root is not verified, root the device again and then try this method.

 

List of Galaxy Devices that Feature KNOX:

Our tutorial on removing/ disabling/ uninstalling KNOX might be used to get rid of KNOX on all Samsung devices with Android 4.2 or above. The following Galaxy phones and tablets support Samsung KNOX:

  • Galaxy Note 3 (LTE, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Rogers, Bell and other variants)
  • Galaxy Mega 6.3
  • Galaxy S4 (all variants)
  • Galaxy S4 Mini
  • Galaxy S3 (all variants)
  • Galaxy Note 2 (all variants)
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
  • Galaxy Round

 

Removing/Uninstalling KNOX Without Root:

Samsung KNOX can be removed from a Galaxy device without root access. Just follow the steps given below:

  1. Open the app drawer on your phone or tablet device.
  2. Then tap on Samsung> Samsung KNOX.
  3. When you enter the KNOX Homescreen, tap the Menu button android_Menu
  4. From the available options, select KNOX Settings.knox-menu-disable knox security
  5. Then select touch About KNOX> Uninstall.
  6. While uninstalling KNOX, you’ll be asked if you want to backup your KNOX data.
  7. To back up your KNOX data, select Backup now, else touch OK button. Make your choice.
  8. Now enter your KNOX password and then select Continue> Next.knox-backup
  9. All backed up data that does not include your email and app data will be save as Zip to My Files> All> Knox.
  10. KNOX will then be uninstalled from your Samsung Galaxy device.

Done and enjoy! Now your phone or tablet is KNOX-free.

 

Disable KNOX Security Using Terminal Emulator

  1. This method requires root access on your device.
  2. Download and install the Terminal Emulator app on your phone or tablet.
  3. Launch the app on your device and grant it root permission when prompted.
  4. When you see the command box, type the following command:
    su pm disable com.sec.knox.seandroid
  5. Doing this will disable Samsung Knox on your device

 

Alternative Method To Disable KNOX:

Download and install an app that is capable of freezing system apps on Android devices. Titanium Backup is a good option. This method requires root access too.

 

Uninstalling KNOX Apps on Rooted Devices:

  1. Download and install System App Remover app from the Google Play Store.
  2. Open it and do not forget to allow root permission to this app when you are asked to do so.
  3. Find all KNOX agent and all associated apps by typing “knox” in the search box (see below):Uninstalling-KNOX-on-Note-3
  4. Then check/select the boxes before these apps and tap the Uninstall button.

All the KNOX apps will be uninstalled. You should now get rid of it. Enjoy!   Open Titanium Backup when it is installed, grant SuperUser permission to it when prompted and freeze the following apps:

  • com.sec.enterprise.knox.attestation
  • com.sec.knox.eventsmanager
  • KLMS Agent
  • KNOX
  • KNOX Notification Manager
  • KNOX Store

Removing Samsung KNOX Using Root Explorer:

If you have root privileges over your Samsung Galaxy S3/S /Note 2/Note 3, there is yet another method using which you can get rid of this irritating KNOX thing.

  1. Install either Root Explorer or Root Browser app on your device:  
  2. Now open Root Explorer/Browser and navigate to system/app directory.
  3. Tap on the Search icon and type “knox”.
  4. Doing this will give you a list of KNOX and its related apps.
  5. Mark all item by checking the box and then tap on the Delete icon.uninstall-knox-security-apps
  6. Select Yes when you are asked if you want to delete the selected apps.

Having deleted these apps, there will still be some KNOX apps left on your phone. Let’s now eliminate them too. Go back to the  system/app folder and find the following apps:

  • Container Agent.apk
  • Container Agent.odex
  • KLMSAgent.apk
  • KLMSAgent.odex

If you do not find KLMSAgent app in system/app directory, look for it in system/priv-app folder. Either mark these items together and delete them or find and remove them one by one.

Disabling KNOX Notifications:

Method 1:

If you just want to disable Knox notifications on your Samsung Galaxy device, there is a good app available at the Google Play Store that requires root access and makes the job pretty easier:

Download APK: KNOXDisablerFree_v1.0.1.apk knox-disabler-app Here ends our easy-to-follow tips tip on turning all Samsung Knox services off on Samsung Galaxy devices. If you have a question or problem related to the topic, you can share with us via comments. Also, do not forget to give us your feedback on how it  worked for. Cheers!

Method 2:

If you keep getting the annoying KNOX notification on your Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet, there is another way you can disable it very easily. This method requires root access on your device and uses the well-known Xposed Framework and its module named Wanam Xposed. Here is how you can do it.

  1. Download the latest Xposed Installer and Wanam Xposed Module on your device: Download Here
  2. After activating the module, launch the Wanam Xposed app from the app drawer.
  3. Scroll down to Security Hacks option and tap it.
  4. Then check the Disable KNOX notifications option.disable-knox-notifications
  5. Exit the app and reboot your Galaxy device.
  6. Done!

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