Samsung finally made its promise come true with the release of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000. If you’re one of those people who just flashed via over-the-air (OTA) upgrade, then you probably know that stock ROMs such as the official updates coming from Samsung will eventually remove your root privileges.
Luckily for Galaxy Note owners, XDA member deathst has managed to come up with an interesting ClockworkMod-flashable package that will automatically root your phone without your having to use complicated ADB commands.
This method will work on any stock Galaxy Note running Ice Cream Sandwich, as it will only require you to flash the mod by booting into Recovery Mode. As an added bonus, the mod will not increment your phone’s binary counter or cause a yellow exclamation mark after rooting.
Check out our guide below on how to root your Samsung Galaxy Note.
- The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the Samsung Galaxy Note, model number GT-N7000. 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.
- The developer mentioned the risks of bricking your phone if you create or restore NANDroid backups using the ClockworkMod Recovery package mentioned in this guide. As a safety precaution, don’t use the CWM package’s Backup and Restore function.
- Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 (international version) running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich.
- Fully charged battery or at least 70% battery power left.
- Download the following files and save them to your PC.
- Copy the downloaded files that you have acquired and place them on your phone’s external SD card.
- Switch off your Galaxy Note.
- Boot into Recovery Mode. You can do this by pressing and holding down the Volume Up, Power, and Home buttons. When the Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 logo appears, release the Power button but keep the Volume Up key and Home button pressed.
- Inside Recovery Mode, select Apply Update from External Storage, then browse for the CWM.zip file and select it. This should install ClockworkMod Recovery on your phone.
- From this point, the Volume rockers and Power button on your phone will not work. Instead, a touch-based interface will take its place. Your phone should automatically boot into ClockworkMod Recovery.
- Inside ClockworkMod Recovery, select Install ZIP from SD Card.
- Select Choose ZIP from SD Card, then browse for the SU-Busybox-Installer.zip file and select it.
- Head back to the main recovery menu by selecting Go Back.
- Select Reboot System Now to reboot your phone.
For unrooting, just download the SU Uninstaller package (SU-Uninstaller-signed.zip, 241.4 kB) and flash the file instead of SU-Busybox-Installer.zip.
Congratulations! You have successfully rooted your Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich without incrementing your device’s binary counter.
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.