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For those of you who want to root your AT&T(or Bell, Telus, Rogers) Galaxy Note SGH-i717, here’s a “universal” method that will root any JellyBean, ICS and Gingerbread.
UPDATE: (8/12/2012) Users have confirmed this root method works fine on the new T-Mobile Galaxy Note SGH-T879!
This root method is completely safe, does not erase any of your personal settings/apps, and anyone can do it.
This method is using Windows only but I will have tutorial coming soon for Mac OSX and Linux (so please check back).
Step 1. You will need to first put your Galaxy Note into downloading mode, so go ahead and hold down Volume Down and Power button together for about 10 seconds.
Step 2. When your phone reset, keep holding down the Volume Down button but let go of the Power button. (You will feel a little vibration when your phone resets and your screen will turn black also.)
Step 3. Once you see the warning screen like below, hit the Volume Up button to enter Downloading mode.
Step 4. Connect a micro-USB cable from your phone to your Windows computer.
Step 5. Make sure your phone shows up as “Samsung Mobile USB CDC Composite Device” under Device Manager. If not, simply install Samsung Kies and you will see it.
Step 6. Download ATTGalaxyNoteRootICS.zip and unzip into a folder. (Don’t have unzipping program? Download and install 7Zip first.)
You will find 4 files. Run odin3v1.85.exe file by double-clicking on it.
Step 7. Next, you should see the ODIN program come up with a yellow highlighted COM. If you do, you are ready to go.
Step 8. Choose PDA and choose the file “odin_ni717_cwm_recovery_b4.tar”.
Step 9. Hit “Start” and this will flash ClockworkMod Recovery on your Galaxy Note.
Step 10. Reboot your phone and copy over the file Superuser-3.0.7-efghi-signed.zip to the internal storage or SD card of your Galaxy Note.
Step 11. You will now reboot into ClockworkMod Recovery. Hold down Volume Up, Volume Down, and Power button together for about 10 seconds.
Step 12. When your phone resets (you will feel little vibration and the screen will turn off), keep holding down the Volume Down button but let go of the Power button.
Step 13. Once in ClockworkMod Recovery, choose “install zip from sdcard” using the Volume buttons and hit the Power button to select.
Step 14. Choose “choose zip from sdcard” or “choose zip from internal sdcard” depending on where you copied over the Superuser zip file earlier.
Step 15. Choose “Superuser-3.0.7-efghi-signed.zip”.
Step 16. Choose “Yes”.
Step 17. This will root your phone by installing SU binaries (which gives you root) and SuperUser app (which allows apps to make use of root). If you get any errors at this point, don’t worry about it and repeat Steps 13 to Step 16 twice more and reboot. You will still get root.
Step 18. Reboot and you should find that your Galaxy Note SGH-i717 has been rooted with SuperUser app.
Congratulations! That was easy right? Not everyone can jailbreak an iPhone but anyone can root a Galaxy Note.
With Android 4.0.4 update, your phone might overwrite the ClockworkMod Recovery you flashed in ODIN.
To get around the problem, simply flash ClockworkMod Recovery again in ODIN, then when you see “PASS!”, immediately hold down Volume Up and Volume Down buttons, you should be in ClockworkMod Recovery instead of the Belly-up Andy Android figure.
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