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For those of you who want to root your Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000(3G version) or GT-N8013(Wifi version), here’s a tutorial on how to do that.
This root method will give you “root” on your Galaxy Note 10.1 and you will still be able to get OTA updates after rooting. The root method works by injecting root to an official Samsung firmware, meaning it will also not increase binary count so you will be able to fully unroot easily (actually just one click in SuperSU app) and return for warranty.
UPDATE: I don’t recommend this method anymore as you can have problems on newer firmware, there’s an better, easier new root method now using ClockworkMod Recovery!
Step 1. Go to Settings->About Device and make a note of which Build number you have.
For GT-N8000, if you have build number ending in XXALGA orXWALG7, you have a European or Saudi Arabian/United Emirates firmware. For now, I only have these firmware so if you don’t have this Build number, you can still install it (if you don’t mind having European/Saudi Arabian/United Emirates firmware) or you can wait until I post another firmware for your country/continent. (I will also post another root method using ClockworkMod Recovery image in the near future)
For GT-N8013, if you have build number UEALGB, you can flash the UEALGB with root injected.
Step 2. Reboot into ODIN download mode by holding down Power and Volume Down buttons together for about 15 seconds.
Step 3. When you see warning screen, hit Volume Up button.
Step 4. Connect a Galaxy Note USB cable to your computer.
Step 5. Download ODIN and Stock ROM with root injected for your Build number. (I only have European one right now but will post others soon, check back!) Unzip both files, you should get a folder with two files for ODIN and also another file that ends in “.tar”.
(Don’t have unzipping program? Download and install 7Zip first.)
XXALGA works for all European Galaxy Note 10.1 (same firmware for all, you can also use on any GT-N8000)
XXALG7 works for Saudi Arabian/United EMirates (same firmware for all, you can also use on any GT-N8000)
Download XXLGA Stock European Firmware with Root injected (Mirror)
Download XWALG7 Stock Saudi Arabian/UnitedEmirates Firmware with Root injected
Download UEALGB GT-N8013 Firmware with Root injected (Mirror)
Step 6. Make sure you see yellow highlighted box with a random number, if you don’t, download and install Samsung USB drivers then unplug/plug your Note 10.1, you should see it now.
Step 7. DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE but hit “PDA” button and choose the stock ROM file ending in “.tar” and hit the “Start” button.
Step 8. Your Galaxy Note 10.1 should be now updating with the stock firmware with root injected. If for some reason it fails during this process, do not worry. Simply reboot into the ODIN download mode and try the process again. Make sure you are directly connected to a USB port on your computer or laptop and DO NOT USE A USB HUB or USB 3.0 port!
Step 9. Once you see “PASS!” you are done and your Galaxy Note 10.1 will reboot.
Step 10. You should now find SuperSU superuser app in your app drawer. Congratulations!
Step 11. You can test you have full root access by downloading a rooted app like Titanium Backup app from Play Store and running it. You should get a nice Superuser request.
Q: Does this root method increase binary count?
A: No it does not as it’s a root-injected official Samsung stock firmware. It only gives you root, does not give you custom recovery either.
Q: Do I lose my apps?
A: No, you won’t lose any apps, settings, or any of your photos/videos.
Q: What does rooting do?
A: Rooting gives you “full” admin control over your Galaxy Note 10.1 so you can do cool stuff like run rooted apps like Wifi Tether app (to tether your Note 10.1), backup apps using Titanium Backup app, install custom ROMs (so you can overclock and also get better performance/battery life), and a whole lot more.
Q: How did you inject root in the official Samsung firmware?
A: It’s pretty easy to do if you have some Linux/Android knowledge, I will actually have a tutorial guide over at AndroidRootSchool.com soon. (The site isn’t up yet, I just bought the domain name.)
UPDATE: 8/10/2011 4:20PM Just made High On Android ClockworkMod Recovery for Note 10.1! Will post soon, stay tuned folks!
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