The Galaxy Note 2 is one mighty beast and people have been restless to have this awesome phone-slash-tablet in their hands. Who wouldn't when it boasts a quad-core 1.6 GHz processor, an HD Super AMOLED capacitive screen layered with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, and 2 GB of RAM? Talk about power, huh?
And, because this phone has been the talk of the town, custom software for it has been gradually rolling out. If you are looking to get this phone and want to root or flash custom ROMs on it, you came to the right place. Today, we will be showing you how to root your Galaxy Note 2 and flash ClockworkMod Recovery using a toolkit.
XDA Developers member mskip released yet another toolkit. This time, it's for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100. With just a few key presses, you can root, install Busybox, install USB drivers, flash insecure boot image, and so much more without going through complex processes. You can also download and flash the latest XXALJ1 stock image that allows for split-screen and multitasking on the Galaxy Note 2.
This guide outlines steps for root and ClockworkMod Recovery for Galaxy Note 2 N7100 using an all-in-one toolkit.
- The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, model number GT-N7100. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
- The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
- Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
- Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100
- Your phone's USB cable
- A Windows PC
- Download mskip's Galaxy Note 2 Toolkit V1.0.0 (Galaxy Note2 Toolkit v1.0.0.exe, md5sum: 6ad4ab27d3cb7f9d7883d24f9525a01d)
- Make sure your phone's battery is charged to at least 75% to avoid interruptions during the process.
- Backup all personal data on your device to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.
Installing the Toolkit
- Double-click on the Galaxy Note2 Toolkit v1.0.0.exe file you have just downloaded on your computer to start installing the toolkit.
- Keep clicking the Next button until the installation starts.
- After installation is done, you can opt to run the program after closing the installation window or you can manually launch the program through its shortcut icon on your Desktop.
Installing Galaxy Note 2 Drivers
Drivers are needed for your phone to be able to communicate with your PC. If you have Samsung Kies installed in your PC, it is better to uninstall it first before proceeding with the following steps.
- If your phone is connected to the PC, disconnect the phone. Make sure the phone is in Normal Mode.
- Launch the Galaxy Note 2 Toolkit v1.0.0 in your PC.
- Select Option 1 in the Toolkit's window by pressing “1″ on your keyboard to start installing the USB Drivers Pack to your PC.
- While installation of the drivers are still going on, enable USB debugging on your phone. To do this, head on to Settings > Developer options > USB debugging. Place a check mark on the box beside the USB debugging option.
- Once installation of the drivers is done, connect your phone to the PC using your phone's USB cable. The PC should be able to detect your phone and install the correct drivers.
- NOTE: To ensure that the USB drivers have been installed correctly, go to your PC's Device Manager. With your phone connected to the PC, you should be able to see “Samsung Android Phone” listed as one of the devices with a driver attached to it.
Using the Toolkit
- Connect your phone to the PC via USB cable. Make sure your phone is turned on.
- Double-click on the Galaxy Note 2 Toolkit icon on your Desktop to launch it.
- On the Toolkit's screen, you'll be asked to check if there is an available update for the Toolkit. If you want to check for updates, type in “yes” and press Enter. If not, type in “no” and hit the Enter button.
- The next screen will then ask you for your phone's build. To check your phone's build, head on to your phone's Settings > About device. Take note of the build.
- To select your phone's build in the Toolkit, key in the number that corresponds to it and press Enter.
- After selecting your phone's build, you'll be taken to the Toolkit's main menu.
- NOTE: If you have installed your drivers correctly, you will see your phone's serial number under the ADB Mode line. With this, you can start using the Toolkit's functions.
Rooting and flashing ClockworkMod Recovery
After meeting all the requirements mentioned above, you can use the Toolkit to perform certain functions. You can use the Toolkit to root your phone and flash ClockworkMod Recovery, as described below:
- Disconnect your phone from the PC and close the Toolkit if it is still running.
- Enable USB Debugging on your phone by heading to Settings > Developer options > USB debugging. Make sure that the check box beside the USB debugging option is ticked.
- Launch the Galaxy Note 2 Toolkit on your computer.
- On the toolkit's main menu, select Option 2 (Rooting Options) and press Enter.
- The following options for rooting will then be presented:
- Flash Insecure Boot Image and Root Phone
- Flash Insecure Boot Image, Root + Install Busybox
- ALLINONE [Flash Insecure Boot Image, CWM Touch, Root, + Install Busybox]
- Flash CWM Touch + Install Root via Recovery [works on ANY build]
- Flash Stock Boot Image back to your phone [can do after rooting if desired]
- Unroot, Uninstall Busybox + Uninstall CWM Manager via Custom Recovery
- Choose the option number of your preference and press Enter.
- Follow the instruction and prompts that appear on the screen.
Awesome job! You have successfully rooted your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 and installed ClockworkMod Recovery using the Galaxy Note 2 Toolkit.