After a long wait, Samsung Note 2 users can finally update their phones with Android 4.3. The updates have just started arriving on the T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (model number SGH-T889). They happen to carry a firmware build number T889UVUCMK7.

For those who missed the Over-The-Air (OTA) update, it can also be had through the Samsung KIES app.

Users who have updated their Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (T-Mobile) SGH-T889 with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean can use the tutorial below to root their devices. This method was originally posted via XDA-Developers original thread.

It is worth noting that the tutorial uses CF-Auto-Root file, which has been released by Senior XDA-Developers, Chainfire.

What's unique about the CF-Auto-Root file is that it allows Galaxy Note 2 users to root their devices without having to depend on the firmware.

IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held responsible for any damage to the device. Users are also advised to verify that their devices meet following requirements. Rooting voids the warranty of your device.


1.Users must install the required USB Driver for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 onto their computers.
2. They must enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone. This can be done by navigating to Settings >> Developer Options.
3. It is very important that users make a proper backup of all their vital phone data. This will come in handy in case something goes wrong with the process.

4. Users must make sure that the battery of the handset has more than 90 percent charge.
5. It is worth noting that the CF-Auto-Root file works only on the T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (SGH-T889). Apply it to any other variant might cause the handset to brick.

6. Users are advised to go to to Settings >> About Phone and verify their model number properly before starting the process prescribed by this tutorial.

Required Files
1. CF-Auto-Root for for Galaxy Note 2 (T-Mobile) SGH-T889 (
2. Odin 3.07

Root Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Step-by-step process of rooting the Note 2

Step 1: Users must first extract CF-Auto-Root and Odin 3.07 files. This can be done by using winrar/7zip and other extracting tools.

Step 2: Users must now turn off the Galaxy Note 2. They should boot the device into Download Mode. This can be done by pressing and holding the following buttons simultaneously: Volume Down, Home and Power buttons. Press them until a construction Android robot icon along with a warning triangle appears on screen. By pressing the "Volume Up" button, users can enter Download Mode.

Step 3: Up next, users must launch Odin on the computer as an Administrator.

Step 4: Next, they must connect the Galaxy Note 2 to the computer using USB cable while it is in Download Mode. Please wait until Odin detects the handset.

Upon successful connection, the ID: COM box will turn to light blue. It will also display the COM port number. Users will also receive a message that says 'Added'.

Note: If the Added message does not appear, then users can try two things. First, they can try re-installing the USB drivers. They can also try changing the port on the computer.

Step 5: In Odin, click the 'PDA' button. After this, select the CF-Auto-Root-t0ltetmo-t0ltetmo-sght889.tar.md5 file.

Step 6: It is very important for users to ensure that the 'Auto Reboot' and 'F. Reset Time' checkboxes are ticked off in Odin. Users must also ensure that the 'Re-Partition option' is NOT selected.

Step 7: Double-check the last few steps and hit the 'Start button' in Odin. The installation process should start now.

Step 8: As soon as the installation process is completed, your Note 2 handset will restart. You will then receive a PASS message with green background in the left-most box at the very top of the Odin.

Step 9: If you received that message, then you can unplug the USB cable and disconnect your device from the computer.

The process is complete and your handset should now be rooted. Users are requested to verify the same by downloading Root Checker app from Google Play Store.