The Galaxy Note 10.1 is a flagship tablet from the world’s biggest phone manufacturer Samsung. This tablet device is available in four variants depending on network connectivity features. Thus we have the Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000 (3G+WiFi), GT-N8010 (WiFi), GT-N8013 (WiFi 32 GB), and GT-N8020 (LTE+WiFi). The device was released in August 2012 with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box which has now been updated to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

The Galaxy Note 10.1, a tablet device with the advanced S Pen stylus is a complete package of utility, creativity and performance. However, if you wish to extend its capabilities by rooting it and installing the ClockworkMod Recovery, we have come with an easy tutorial to help you do this safely. Having rooted your Note 10.1, you will be able to install a variety of useful apps on your device and the ClockworkMod Recovery will unleash you from the bonds of remaining stuck to the stock firmware forever by letting you choose your favorite ROM and install it.


The following guide is meant only for the four variants of the Galaxy Note 10.1 mentioned above. Do not dare try it with any other device or you might brick it. The procedure given below is described below is considered risky. You are advised therefore not to proceed unless you are fully aware what rooting is and if you should root your device or not. Rooting your Galaxy Note 10.1 will void its warranty but you can reclaim it later by installing the stock firmware.

Works only on Galaxy Note 10.1 on Jelly Bean!

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Precaution and Preparations:

Here are a few preparatory steps to be taken care of before you go on to root your Note 10.1 and install ClockworkMod Recovery on it.

  • Charge your Note 10.1’s battery to at least 60% level.
  • Backup all your important data stored on the internal SD Card. Backup your contacts, call-logs, messages, APNs, bookmarks, calendar, apps & games using these nice free apps.
  • Install Samsung Kies or the Samsung USB Drivers on your computer if you have not installed it yet.
  • Go to Settings and turn on the USB Debugging from Settings> Developer Options.

Download Resources:

To root your Galaxy Note 10.1, you will need to files: the Odin flasher program and the insecure Kernel file with SuperUser and CWM Recovery pre-injected in it.

Download Odin:

Download the CF-Root Package for Your Device:

Download one of the following files, depending on your tablet’s model, unzip it and install via Odin. Note that this will only root your device and you will not get CWM Recovery on it.

Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000:

Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8010:

Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8013:

Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8020:

Rooting Galaxy Note 10.1:

Okay, if you done what has been instructed above this line, get ready to root and install CWM Recovery on your Galaxy Note 10.1 Here are the steps:

  1. Extract the both the zip files you downloaded earlier on your desktop.
  2. Inside the extracted Odin folder you will find a file with .exe extension. Double click it and run as administrator.
  3. Turn off your Note 10.1 and boot it into the Download or Odin mode. Here is how you can do it: press and hold the Volume Down+Power buttons simultaneously till the screen turns up and you see a warning message. Now press the Volume Up key to enter the Download Mode.
  4. Connect your device to the computer using the USB Cable that came with it.
  5. When the Odin detects your Note 10.1, the ID:COM port at Odin will turn yellow and you will see “Added!!” message at the message box below.
  6. Now click on the PDA button on Odin and select the file with .tar extension inside the extracted CF-Root folder.
  7. Make sure that only the “Auto Reboot” and “F. Reset Time” time options are ticked on Odin.
  8. Finally click the Start button and let the Odin do its work.
  9. When the installation is finished, you’ll get PASS! message on Odin and your Galaxy Note 10.1 will reboot automatically.

Your device should now be rooted but the ClockworkMod Recovery still needs to be installed on it. To confirm if the rooting was successful or not, download a free app called Root Checker and install and run it.

Install ClockworkMod Recovery on Note 10.1 (All Models):


To install the ClockworkMod Recovery on your Galaxy Note 10.1 (any model), follow the steps below. Now we will be flashing the CWM file in .tar format using the same method that we used while rooting the device.

  1. Download the appropriate and extract it on your desktop.
  2. Turn off your Note 10.1 and boot it into the Download or Odin mode. Here is how you can do it: press and hold the Volume Down+Power buttons simultaneously till the screen turns up and you see a warning message. Now press the Volume Up key to enter the Download Mode.
  3. Launch the Odin3 1.85 and connect your device to the computer using USB Cable.
  4. When the ID:COM port at Odin turns to yellow and you see “Added!!” message at the message box below, click on the PDA button and select CWM file with .tar.md5 extension.
  5. Make sure that only the “Auto Reboot” and “F. Reset Time” time options are ticked on Odin.
  6. Finally click the Start button and let the Odin do its work. note10.1-odin3-pass-firmware-flash
  7. When the installation is finished, your Galaxy Note 10.1 will reboot automatically.

Now you should have ClockworkMod Recovery installed on your Galaxy Note 10.1. If you do not wish to flash the CF-ROOT package from above and have installed CWM Recovery, you can also root your Note 10.1 by installing the file via CWM recovery.

How to Boot Note 10.1 into Recovery Mode:

Now that CWM Recovery is installed on your device, you must also know how you can boot your Note 10.1 into stock Recovery or CWM Recovery mode. This is how you can do it. Press and hold Volume Down + Power keys simultaneously till the screen turns up and Samsung logo with device model name blinks for two times. Then release the power key but keep the Volume Down key pressed till you see 2 icons. Use Volume down key to navigate between the icons, highlight the left icon and press Volume Up to select it. In the recovery mode use the volume keys to scroll the list or highlight an option and the Power key to select it. In case this method does not work, try Volume Up + Power buttons to boot into recovery mode.

Do not forget to share with us how it went for you and do leave a comment if you have a problem with the procedure. We shall be more than happy to help you out.

Done with Rooting? Also Try This:

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  1. I just rooted my GT-N8010 (Android 4.0.4) according instructions. Everything seems to work fine. Now, I’ve installed CWM Rom manager App. It asks which version of CWM is installed. Can you please tell me which version is installed by using the above package? Thnx in advance.

    • Hi
      You can find it yourself. Boot your device into recovery (method in the tutorial above) and you can see the version on the top of the screen. You can also enter the recovery mode from within the ROM Manager itself too. Open the app and select “Reboot into Recovery”.

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