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.

Disclaimer

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.

Preparations:

  • Download Odin and unzip the downloaded file: Odin3 v3.09.zip 
  • Download Philz CWM recovery for Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100: philz_touch_6.26.6-n7100.tar.md5
  • Download the latest SuperSU: UPDATE-SuperSU-vx.xx.zip
  • 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 UPDATE-SuperSU-vx.xx.zip 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 UPDATE-SuperSU-vx.xx.zip 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.

Root Check Price: Free

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:

Best Apps for Rooted Android Devices

29 COMMENTS

  1. Rakesh what should i use philz_touch_6.26.6-n7100.tar.md5 becouse its says the file is no longer available i havent start the procedure yet am afraid i will not able to complete it

  2. hi Rakesh, m not able to root my XOLO Q3000 4.4.2 kitkat android can u help me, i have tried lot of methods like kingo, root genius, srs root, v root and many more but not working, pls help

  3. Hi Rakesh
    1.I have did the same but the problem isnt solved.i have did a pass using the first link(first it said reset and it gave a pass result)

    2.I have removed and did the manual boot using the keys, when i hold the keys for the first time Up volume+Menu+power keys it gave me a logo screen when i lev all the keys it takes me to the boot screen which says manual.

    As you mentioned we have to lev the power key and hold the rest of the keys to get the phliz boot, the screen keep display the LOGO on and OFF( which means it goes and come again) when i lev the keys it come to the start up screen not the boot menu.

    pls help. i am trying this for past 1day no result.i am doing this to change the ROM,I need the phone to be rooted.

    thx in advance

  4. Hi, I have completed the odin process and it gave me a PASS sign.i have disconnected and made a boot using the keys, The screen entered only manual boot not the CWM, It says No command in the screen.

  5. thank you. In the options I tested the browse files option, but browsing was restricted to the card. I then removed the card from the phone and copied the file via the desktop computer to the card, but when I started the phone, the normal system was booted insted of PhilZ. I tried to repeat the whole procedure, but actually Odin does not recognize my phone (first time it did…). I removed Kies and reinstalled the lates USB samsung drivers for mobile phones without success. I’ll try it with older Samsung USB driver versions, may be this helps.

  6. Reboot system, copy the zip to card and try again. Also, you would see option to browse files on internal storage too. What options do you see in PhilZ recovery?

  7. Hi, i try to root my phone. Unfortunately i stored the SuperSU-zip-File in the main memory, not in the SD card. Is there any chance to locate the file? It was not stated that the file has to be stored in the card memory. Any idea how to proceed?

  8. i have samsung galaxy note 2 & running 4.4.2 kikkat, After entering boot mode the phone is not getting connected to pc…. please help me how to connect

  9. It means you have not installed this: philz_touch_6.26.6-n7100.tar.md5

    You are trying to install SuperUser zip via stock recovery and that is why it fails. Install PhilZ recovery and flash super using via it.

  10. After booting Recovery, it only appears Update from ADB, and Update from
    External device, but when I select update from external and choose the SuperSU file, it doesn work, it doesnt let me install supersu… can anyone help me?

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