Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 users who have already updated their devices with the official Android 4.0.4 XXBLK4 ICS firmware can now root the firmware using this step-by-step guide. Rooting is essential not only for installing third-party root-based apps, but also to install various custom ROMs and system hacks for superior performance.
The rooting method used in this guide makes use of CF-Auto-Root tool along with flashing software - Odin. Your personal data and settings may be lost in the process of rooting your device, so data back-up is a must.
NOTE: The warranty on your device will become void after the device is rooted. You can recover the warranty by installing any official firmware update on the rooted device.
- Download and install Root Checker app from Google Play Store to check whether your device is rooted.
- The rooting software and instructions given in this guide are applicable for the Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 model only. Do not attempt the rooting procedure on incompatible devices, as it may cause permanent hardware damage. Verify your device's model number by navigating to Settings > About Tablet.
- Ensure that your Galaxy Note tablet is running Android 4.0.4 XXBLK4 ICS official firmware (guide) before proceeding with the rooting procedure.
- IBTimes UK advises users to back up apps, important data and settings to avoid data loss while flashing the CF-Auto-Root tool using Odin.
- Verify that your device has at least 80 percent battery power to prevent unexpected device shutdown (due to battery drain) while installing the CF-Auto-Root using Odin.
- Make sure that the correct USB drivers are installed for Galaxy Note N8000 on your computer (Download USB Driver)
- Enable USB Debugging mode on your tablet by navigating to Settings > Applications > Development
- You need to separately install custom recovery software such as CWM Recovery to flash custom ROMs or hacks on your Galaxy Note N8000.
NOTE: The Root process will increase the binary flash counter on your device.
Download Odin 3.07
How to Root Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 on Official Android 4.0.4 XXBLK4 ICS Firmware with CF-Auto-Root
1. Extract CF-Auto-Root zip to a folder on the desktop and you will see a file with .tar extension in extracted folder.
2. Extract Odin zip file to get Odin3 v3.07.exe along with few other files.
3. Switch off your tablet and wait for the vibration (about 5 to 6 seconds) to confirm complete device shutdown.
4. Boot the Galaxy Note N8000 tablet in Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down and Home buttons while simultaneously tapping the Power button. A Warning message will appear. Now hit Volume Down key to progress into Download Mode.
5. Launch Odin3 v3.07.exe (see Step 2) as an Administrator, as Admin privileges are required to authorise and complete the process.
6. Connect your Galaxy Note N8000 to your computer with original USB cable. A message reading "Added" appears in Odin's message box at the bottom left. If you fail to get the message then just try another USB port (preferably the rear USB port on your computer). If all else fails then reinstall the USB drivers. If you get the "Added!!" message in Odin then you are set to begin the next step. On successful connection, ID: COM box will turn yellow with the corresponding COM port number.
7. Choose the following file in Odin by tapping respective button:
- Click the PDA Button, and choose the CF-Auto-Root file.
8. In Odin window, enable Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options.
9. Verify that step 7 and step 8 are done correctly and then hit the START button to begin the flashing process.
10. Once CF-Auto-Root is flashed successfully, your tablet will reboot automatically and a PASS message with green background appears on the screen (in the left-most box at the very top of Odin). You can now disconnect the USB cable from computer.
Your Galaxy Note N8000 is now rooted on Android 4.0.4 XXBLK4 ICS firmware. Root-based apps and custom ROMs can now be installed on your device.
[Source: Android Jinn]