We all love to update our Android device to the latest version but sometimes it causes more trouble than we’d expect. Particularly when you’re a root Android user, you’ll face many issues after updating the new firmware as many apps malfunction. In the worst case, you’ll entirely lose the root permissions on your device as the update blocks the root installation. So, you have to look for another workaround to root your device and enjoy all of your favorite apps. Samsung users are well acquainted with this problem as they receive frequent updates which block SuperSU installation, thanks to the Samsung’s stringent security layers.
If you’re a Note 4 (N910C) user who has updated to the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, you might have faced this issue. Thanks to geiti94 of XDA, you don’t have to suffer anymore as he has shared a simple process to root your device on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The process is straightforward and all you need to do is to install a root package from the recovery menu. However, you need to be on the Android 5.0.1 bootloader before you flash the file, else you’ll end up with a bootlooping device.
The package removes Knox and installs SuperSU, Busybox, 5.0.1 modem and modded googymax n4 kernel. At the moment, the root process is still tagged for developers only but it was confirmed by many users that it works flawlessly. So, if you want to give it a try, follow the below procedure carefully.
This procedure is ONLY for the Galaxy Note 4 N910C, don’t use it on other variants of Note 4 or you’ll end up with a bricked device. Rooting your device using this procedure might be harmful and you might lose the warranty, so proceed at your own risk. We are not responsible for any damage caused to your device during the process.
- Make sure your device is charged above 60% to avoid unexpected shutdowns during the rooting process.
- Enable USB Debugging on your Galaxy Note 4: Go to Settings » About » Build number and tap it 7 times to unlock Developer options. Now return to Settings » Developer options and tick the USB Debugging check-box.
- Install the latest Samsung USB drivers on your PC.
- Install TWRP recovery on your device. For tutorial click here.
- Take a nandroid backup of your device to make sure you’re on the safe side. For the tutorial, click here.
Root Package → Download here
How to Root Galaxy Note 4 N910C on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- Download the root package and transfer it to the device’s storage.
- Download and extract the Android 5.0.1 bootloader package, you’ll find a folder in which there are an Odin flashable tar package and Odin binaries.
- Now boot your device into download mode. To do this:
- Power off your phone first.
- Press and hold Volume Down + Power + Home together until you see Warning screen with Android logo.
- Press Volume Up now to continue to Download Mode.
- Connect your device to the PC using a good USB cable and make sure the device is detected by the PC.
- Double-click on the Odin3 v3.09.exe file to open the Odin flash tool.
- Now flash the bootloader by loading it in the BL section of the tool and press Start. For a more detailed tutorial, click here.
- Once the bootloader is flashed, reboot your device into recovery mode. To do this:
- Power off your phone first.
- Press and hold Volume Up+ Power + Home together until you see the Samsung logo and then the release the Power button but keep the Volume and Home buttons pressed until you see the recovery menu.
- In the recovery menu, simply flash the root package from the Install menu.
- Reboot your device once the flashing is complete.
That’s it! Your device should now be rooted. Let us know if you’re facing any issues.