As you try more of the apps for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note SGH-T879, you'll find that a number of them require root access. Rooting the T-Mobile Galaxy Note is actually very similar to the process used for rooting the AT&T Galaxy Note. There are a few differences though and there's more than one file that you can use to do so.
One way, in particular, does not trigger the flash counter on your phone or display a yellow warning triangle (indicating that the phone has been tampered) during bootup. This method, described in this guide, requires flashing a pre-rooted but stock system image of build UVLG3. This means that everything will be stock T-Mobile and stock Samsung. The only difference is that your phone will now have root privileges.
This guide shows you how to root the Galaxy Note T879.
- The instructions in this guide are intended for use with theT-Mobile
Samsung Galaxy Note, model number SGH-T879. 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.
- T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note SGH-T879
- A Windows PC
- Handset USB drivers installed on the PC. You may install the drivers by installing Samsung Kies.
- Enable USB debugging on your handset.
- Disable antivirus, firewall, and other security software. Also disable Samsung Kies and other software that accesses your phone. Such software can interfere with the procedure in this guide.
- Download the following files to 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.
- Extract Odin 1.85.zip into a folder on your computer.
- Right-click Odin3 v1.85.exe and then select Run as Administrator from the context menu.
- Turn off the phone.
- Connect the phone to the computer using the USB cable.
- Press the Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons on the phone together until you see the warning screen.
- Press the Volume Up key to go into Download Mode.
- Go back to Odin and check if it has detected your phone. It should have the message “Added!!” in a message box.
- Click the PDA button in Odin.
- Select the file tmob-system.img.tar to load it into the PDA tab in Odin.
- Make sure the “Repartition” option is not ticked.
- Click Start in Odin.
- Wait until you see the “PASS” message in Odin.
- The phone will reboot and then you can disconnect your phone.
- If the process fails or if Odin gets stuck in initializing or freezes, disconnect the phone and redo everything from step 3.
Awesome! If everything went right, your T-Mobile Galaxy Note SGH-T879 should now be rooted. Now you can run the apps that needed root access.
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