The Samsung Galaxy Note GT-7000 has received the long-awaited Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware update. The new update has revived and revamped the whole UI of the device and has added a plethora of new features and improvements that have given the owners of this giant phone another reason to stay with it. The good news is you can now root Galaxy Note GT-N7000 on the new firmware.
The JB update has blessed the Galaxy Note with most of the features of Samsung’s Premium Suite Upgrade that include Google Now, Project Butter, better battery management, new notification panel, page buddy, two homescreen modes, new S Note and S Pen features and so on.
If you have already updated your Galaxy Note GT-N7000 to the latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware and want to root it and install the ClockworkMod Recovery on it, our easy tutorial on the topic might help you do this. By rooting your phone, you will be able to install a number of essential apps that can make your device better but can also make you privileged to be able to install a mod or custom ROM. Using a custom recovery, you can also backup your ROMs and restore them back at any time. To reclaim device’s warranty you can install the stick firmware later. If you are confused if you should root your phone or not, read our great article explaining both the reasons to root Android devices and avoid it.
Please note that rooting your Galaxy Note will certainly void its warranty and if you are not careful enough, it might also put your device in risk. As the owner of the phone, you know better what is good for you. We, at Droidviews, or the developers of this method will not, in any case, be liable to any mishap. Proceed only if you understand what you are about to do. Further, the procedure given below is meant only for the international model of the Galaxy Note with model number GT-N7000. Trying it with a different phone or model might produce bizarre results.
Getting the Weapons Ready
So, if you have decided to fight against the bondage of stock firmware and to enjoy greater freedom, we salute you. There are a few preparations, however, you need to do before actually rooting your Samsung Galaxy Note. Below you will see 2 methods that can be used to root the Galaxy Note with Jelly Bean ROM.
- Rooting and installing PhilZ Kernel with CWM Touch Recovery zip via stock recovery It does not bump up the flash counter and thus you do not lose the warranty.
- Rooting and installing PhilZ Kernel with CWM Touch Recovery tar file via Odin (increases flash counter).
Also, take care of the following things
- Make sure your phone has a decent battery-life left.
- Turn on USB Debugging on your phone from Settings> Developer Options> USB Debugging
- Rooting does not delete any data from your phone but as a precautionary step, you can backup your contacts, messages, app, etc. Backup your contacts, messages, APNs, bookmarks, calendar, apps & games using some backup apps.
Method 1: Don’t Try it
This method does not increase flash/binary counter, nor does it create the notorious Yellow Triangle that shudders many people. In other words, it does not void the warranty of your Galaxy Note GT-N7000.
- Download PhilZ-cwm6–signed.zip file that corresponds to your device firmware. You can check the Firmware version from Settings> About. Make sure that you download the file with .ZIP extension to install via Recovery: Download PhilZ Rooted Kernel with CWM
- Copy the zip file to the external SD card memory on your Galaxy Note.
- Turn off the phone and boot it into recovery mode. If you have a smartphone, you can do it this way: press and hold the Volume Up+Home buttons together and then hold the Power button till the screen turns up and the Samsung logo blinks for two times. Release the Power button but keep the other two keys pressed till you see a black screen with green Android bot and Blue text.
- Using the volume keys for moving up and down, scroll down to “apply update from external storage”. Press the power button and navigate to the PhilZ-cwm6-XXLSZ-OXA-4.63-signed.zip file and select it. Confirm your choice if asked.
- When the installation if finished, select “reboot system now” option.
When the phone boots up, you will see “Android is upgrading…” message on your Note’s screen. When the phone is finally ready to be used, open app drawer and look for an app called SuperSU. Open the app and update the binary if asked to do so. Done! Note: To later boot into CWM Recovery mode, you can use the same method as described in Step 3.
Method 2: Root Galaxy Note GT-N7000 via Odin
The Odin method is the most popular way of installing an official firmware and rooting Samsung Galaxy range of devices. Personally, I prefer this method. Odin requires a file with .tar extension. Follow the following steps:
- Download the Odin3_v3.04.zip file and extract in on your desktop/laptop.
- Download PhilZ Kernel with CWM Recovery from the following link. Since the present method relates to rooting using ODIN, make sure you download only a file with .tar.md5 extension. Also, download the file that corresponds to your device’s firmware version. You can check the FW version from Settings> About: Download PhilZ Rooted Kernel
- Download and install Samsung USB Drivers or Samsung Kies if not installed already. Restart your PC when the drivers are installed.
- Put your Galaxy Note in Download Mode: turn off the phone, press and hold Volume Down+Home + Power buttons simultaneously for a few seconds till the screen turns up and you see a screen asking you to press the Volume Up key to continue to Download mode.
- Open the Odin folder and run the program. Make sure that only the “Auto Reboot” and “F Reset Time” options are checked on Odin.
- Now connect your Galaxy Note to the computer using a USB cable and wait till the ID:COM port at Odin turns blue and you see “Added!!” text on the message box below. In case you do not see that, check that the cable is connected properly, USB Debugging is On, and the drivers are installed.
- Now click on the PDA button and select the PhilZ-cwm6-XX.tar.md5 file.
- When everything appears to be okay, click on the “Start” button on Odin and let the play begin.
- When the installation is finished, you will see “PASS!’ message on Odin and your Galaxy Note will reboot.
When the phone boots up, you will see “Android is upgrading…” message on your Note’s screen. When the phone is finally ready to be used, open app drawer and look for an app called SuperSU. Open the app and update the binary if asked to do so. Done! To verify the root, download the Root Checker app (free) from the Google Play store and run it.
If you do not see SuperSU on your phone
In case you are not able to see the SuperSU app in your phone’s App Drawer, do this:
- Download the latest UPDATE-SuperSU-vx.xx.zip file (do not extract) and copy to the external or internal SD card of your Galaxy Note.
- Boot your Galaxy Note into CWM Recovery mode. See how to method above (Step 3 under Method 1).
- When you are inside recovery, use the volume keys to scroll and the Power key to select options/files.
- Scroll down to “install zip from sdcard> choose zip from sd card”, navigate to the SuperSu file and select it.
- Confirm your selection by choosing “yes- install UPDATE-SuperSU-vx.xx.zip”.
- When the installation finishes, go back and select “reboot system now”.
What If I Get a Bootloop?
Though the procedure described here has been tested by many (including myself) and both methods are working fine, I do not guarantee 100% success in all cases. It also depends on how you do things at your end. In case your phone is stuck on the Samsung logo after installing the Kernel, do this:
Pull out the battery and place it back after 30 seconds. Download the latest official firmware and install it using Odin.