One of the most challenging steps in customizing your phone is rooting it and unlocking its bootloader. If you're a newbie user, the words “rooting” and “bootloader unlock” sound like a warranty nightmare and you'd most likely settle for the regular firmware. However, if you want to make your phone perform faster and look sleeker, these are necessary steps. Not to worry, the Android community has time and time again created programs that will make customizing your devices easier.
If you own a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SGH-T889, XDA Developers member mskips has just answered your prayer. He has created a great and easy-to-use toolkit for the Galaxy Note 2. The toolkit was designed to help you root your phone, unlock your phone's bootloader, install custom recovery, and many other functions that you will find helpful once you get that modding feel. Just follow the instructions below and you're on your way to a better and more efficient Note 2.
This guide shows you how to install the Galaxy Note 2 T889 toolkit for root, bootloader unlock, and custom recovery.
- The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2, model number SGH-T889. 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.
- A T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SGH-T889
- Your phone's USB cable
- A Windows PC with Android Debug Bridge installed.
- Enable USB Debugging on your Galaxy Note 2 SGH-T889. Go to Settings > Developer Option > USB Debugging.
- Download the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 toolkit (Galaxy_Note2_Toolkit_v3.0.0.exe, md5sum: 8aa73101da4e33eef9d5d71ad0e2caea) on your computer:
- Make sure your device's battery still has at least 70% power. You don't want the device to shut down in the middle of the procedure.
- Backup all personal data on your phone 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.
- Install the toolkit to your computer by double-clicking Galaxy_Note2_Toolkit_v3.0.0.exe.
- On the installation window, just keep clicking on the Next button until the program starts installing. Make sure to not change anything on the setup, including installation paths.
- A shortcut of the program will appear on your desktop. To initiate the program you can either click the Close button on the installation window or by right-clicking on the shortcut and run the program as an administrator.
- Once the program initiates, select the appropriate model and build number of your handset.
- Type 1 and press Enter on your keyboard to install the Note 2 drivers to your computer.
- Note: If you have Kies installed, uninstall it before doing this.
- Turn your phone on.
- Once fully booted, connect your phone to your PC via USB cable.
- Note: To check if your drivers have been installed properly, go to Control Panel and open Device Manager. On the list, you'll find a device named “Samsung Android Phone” or something similar with its corresponding driver.
- On the Toolkit's main menu, you will see “ADB Mode” at the top and your phone's serial number if your drivers were installed correctly.
- You will also find different options with a certain number assigned to it. Each of these options have detailed information on what it is about and how to use it. To execute an option, type the number assigned to it and press Enter on your keyboard. From here, you can root, unlock your phone's bootloader, or install custom recovery, to name a few of the options available.
- Press the X option found on the main menu to close the program and terminate the ADB process.
Congratulations! You have installed the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SGH-T889 toolkit on your computer. You now can easily root, unlock your phone's bootloader, flash custom recovery, and more! Flashing custom ROMs and kernels has just become easier.