How to Root AT&T Galaxy Note SGH-i717! [JellyBean][ICS][Gingerbread][Easiest Method]

Click on Play button above or Click Here to Download High-Quality HD video to your Smartphone or Computer.

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 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.

Sponsored Links


Sponsored Links

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 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 “”.

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.

Having problems?

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.

Need Help? Follow/add me on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter!
Want to stay updated on latest Galaxy Note Root news?
Sign up for our Galaxy Note Root Newsletter here so you don't miss a single tip and get personal help via e-mail!
Galaxy Note Reference
You will need a rooted Galaxy Note to install all ROM/kernels.
NOTE: If you are a noob, please remember the author of this site is not responsible if you mess up your phone. Make sure you know what you are doing before following any instructions on this site!
First time to rooting and custom ROMs? Please see our Galaxy Note Root Guide FIRST!

If you like this post, please Sign up for our Galaxy Note Root Newsletter here for weekly updates in your inbox and personal help from author via e-mail!

Recent Android News from

511 Responses to How to Root AT&T Galaxy Note SGH-i717! [JellyBean][ICS][Gingerbread][Easiest Method]

  1. Sebastien says:

    Awesome! I downloaded this rom and flashed it this afternoon from rootwiki and like a hero you put up the root method already. Only issue is the download links dont seem to be working on your site tonight, I ll try back tomorrow. GREAT JOB! thanks so much.

  2. Sam says:

    Thanks for everything bro, you are the best at this sh#$, the only problem now is that I cant download the ZIP file, please help!

  3. Sam says:

    I need HELP!! I installed the ICS ROM on my phone, everything was working fine (the phone was running on GSM network) until I rooted the phone , It said that there wasnt any SIM Card inserted and I couldnt turn the mobile network on, so I had to flash it back to Saurom ROM in order for it to work! Im a Tmobile user!

    Pleasee HELP ME 🙁

  4. 2tupaccolypse says:

    I think we are waitign on cwmr

  5. julio says:

    downloads are not working…

  6. henry says:

    Where are the files you say to download?

  7. eva says:

    where do you download

  8. eloy says:

    use the same files as if you are rooting on gingerbread

  9. Chris says:

    Max–You didn’t include the files for download? Can you PLEASE post them? Thanks!

  10. David Jordan says:

    Just 2 items:

    Step 12, When your phone resets (you will feel little vibration and the screen will turn off), keep holding down the Volume Down AND Volume Up button but let go of the Power button.

    I had to download from The one in your zip file kept failing.

    Thanks Max! You made it soooo easy.

    Onto a custom ROM 🙂

  11. Michael says:

    I got an Error while flashing with odin

    When you wrote AT&T how can i check if your great tutorials also run for my Version out of Germany ?
    Direct byed without Branding
    Kernel Version
    Build Number
    I am new in this and it´s the phone from my wife ….. ! 🙂

  12. Chuck says:

    Does this method increase the flash counter?

  13. Tony says:

    Hi There,

    After installing ICS and trying to use Tmobile SGH-T989_VKL1_radio_ATTNOTE.
    I lost my IMEI, it is gone! Could I flash back to Gingerbread?
    It was Rooted and installed ClockworkMod Recovery.
    Need help.

    • _____hOmz says:

      Hey, i just successfully flashed my stocked aat rom into the ics rom leaked and i was about to install the tmobile modem in order to get 4g speed but came acrossed your post so i had a second thought of doing it (scary….lol). So, what do you mean by your IMEI is gone after installing the tmobile modem?

      • Tony says:

        Yeah it was gone! I did restore using Roger ( Canadian Telephone Co.).
        I’ve got everything back using Gingerbread not ICS.
        I’m able to run T Mobile 4G without any problem.

  14. Spike says:

    “Congratulations! That was easy right? Not everyone can jailbreak an iPhone but anyone can root a Galaxy Note.”

    You must not have jailbroken an iPhone since 2007. They are always a simple one-click jailbreak, easier than this was bay far, unless you want a full custom firmware which is more than 95% of users want or need.

  15. Aamir says:

    Does this increase the binary counter?

  16. richard says:

    hih..ot question. how come when i used instagram it freezes and it reboots.i dont know why.thanks!

  17. kem says:

    Has anyone figured out how to create a mobile hotspot without purchasing the tethering plan from at&t? I rooted my device and had the capibility before I installed the ics leak. Now it doesn’t work unless I purchase the plan.

  18. Bill says:

    does this work for Android 2.3.6?

  19. BinYaqoob says:

    Hi, Can this method be used for GT-N7000 ?

    • _____homz says:

      No, it says at&t galaxy note only… The steps on how to root the international galaxy note is on the other topic on this site.

    • sharil says: u have any link for root for samsung galaxy LTE GT-N7005…pls i needed to root my phone

  20. Spencer says:

    Does the S Pen still work with Root/ROMs??

  21. MrNote says:

    Please, where is the MAC OSX tutorial coming?? I need help

  22. jeremy says:

    once again his methods do no not work ….i flashed the leaked ICS earlier now im trying to root…phone will not boot in cw recovery mode after i use odin to install…i dunno where this guy gets his your tutorials from but if i were you guys i would just stick with the xda forums this guy is an idiot

    • Spencer says:

      I tried a leaked ICS rom on my Bionic and couldn’t get it to work either. I found a ICS ROM that had been tweaked and such and got that to load, but the 3g, 4g, and wifi didn’t work 90% of the time. Its the roms, not the guy.

      Side note, does the S Pen work with root/ROMs? I really want to buy one but haven’t found any info about if the S-Pen works once another ROM is running

      • _____homzki says:

        One more thing, why would you install it on your droid bionic? This tutorial is for AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note exclusively… Do you know how to read right? F.Y.I: “You are here—–”

        • Spencer says:

          Are you that stupid? Just because you can’t follow a tutorial doesn’t mean you have to go off on people. Go here, its the same guy with tutorials and roms for the Bionic. On THAT SITE, there was a link for a leaked ICS Bionic ROM. The ROM didn’t work well with any of my data connections (3g, 4g, wifi). Just because you’re an idiot doesn’t mean everyone is. I was trying to be helpful and say most of the ICS leaked roms are very buggy. Just go to another rom until ICS hits the Note.

      • christine says:

        why are you talking crap on someone who is on so many different rooting websites and has helped so many people? roms are constantly changing and rooting is not always perfect. it almost never goes the way you want it to. but i give him props for always trying to help answer all different kinds of questions. lets see YOU on a website giving people better tutorials before you open your mouth and complain..i bet you wouldnt help anyone except to say “oh go on xda forums”…

    • _____h0mz says:

      You must be doing the wrong way… I successfully installed the is Rom the 1st day the tutorial was posted here…

      • Spencer says:

        Hey I want to buy an unlocked Galaxy Note. I’ve been on these sites and such to see if anyone knows if the “S-Pen” still works once you root/install roms before I drop $700 on one. I assume yours is rooted with a rom running… does the S-Pen (stylus) still work?
        Thanks in advance for taking the time to respond

    • _____homzki says:

      Who in the world would flashed any ROM before rooting the phone first…Now who’s talking IDIOT?

  23. _____homz says:

    PAST TENSE A ****!

  24. kelly says:

    do i have to unroot saurmrom first to do this

    • _____homz says:

      If you are using saurom rom already it means you are rooted. These tutorial is the other method for un-rooted at&t galaxy note.

  25. Mauricio says:

    AWESOME!!!!!! Bye, Bye AT&T crapware!

  26. MANGO says:

    I’m totally new to the flashing and rooting world but I did the odin install of the ICS leak on my phone….it erased everything that I had on the device and now its very buggy. A lot of force closes and freezes. Can any one offer any suggestions on what I should do to improve the performance? Should I reinstall the ROM using this method? Also is there any way to get back my old media/settings/apps or is that gone for good? I wouldn’t even mind going back to the stock gingerbread at&t rom if it means I can get back the usability of my phone. I really miss the big swype keyboard too. 🙁 Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  27. ralph says:

    hey can anybody please help im totaly new to rooting followed this viedo and got all the way to step 7 i cant get odin to stay open i can see it for like a second see the yellow box in it highlited like on video but disapers in a second i no im a dummy when it comes to this what am i doin wrong can anybody please help thanks

  28. Ben says:

    I’m using the Rogers (Canadian) version of Galaxy Note, the model number is slightly different SGH-i717R. I’ve done all the steps and seeing “”install complete, enjoy!””, HOWEVER, I still couldn’t uninstall the craps apps came with the Rogers ROM; not even the bookmarks… when I delete the Rogers crap bookmarks, it’sll say “This bookmark cannot be deleted”. Question: What does this ROOT do if I can’t even do delete the bookmarks…. any input is greatly appreciately. Thank you for reading!

    • Spencer says:

      It depends on the ROM, some let you uninstall apps some don’t. Personally, I would google it to see if theres a trick to it

    • auslander says:

      Have you tried using TiBu (Titanium Backup) to remove the bloatware?

      I’m also running a Rogers Note with a Bell SIM and I am about to root and do my needed fixins’ so this should work.

      • David says:

        I just wanted to confirm that Titanium Backup does indeed remove all of the bloatware and can allow you to uninstall all of the unwanted software or apps. You can manually remove most, but like AT&T navigation you have to use Titanium do remove it.

  29. Wayne doull says:

    Hi i just came over to android and am using the sghi717 and want to root it so i can put ics on, so my question is do i need the zip file like this( for telus as thats who im with.
    Thanks vm

    • Spencer says:

      Yes. You install the zip to your computer, drag and drop to your phone, then you can go to his tutorials if you need help installing the ROM

  30. awesome post but .
    I got an Error while flashing with odin

    When you wrote AT&T how can i check if your great tutorials also run for my Version out of Germany ?
    Direct byed without Branding
    Kernel Version
    Build Number

    thanks 🙂

  31. ralph says:

    does anybody no how to make odin not flash of screen

  32. Alex says:

    Two questions:
    1) How do I remove all the AT&T bloatware from my phone after installing ICS and rooting it? (Which I love!)
    2) Is free tethering enabled with the ICS ROM or do I need to enable it somehow? I’ve been afraid to try it since I was one of the ones that AT&T sent the threatening letter to about a year ago.

    Overall, LOVE the ICS on my i717! VERY stable and absolutely no problems as of yet! Now if they couldjust find a way to allow it to stay connected to the internet and GPS 24/7 and still have decent battery life like my iPhone4 did… That’s my only complaint. lol

    Thanks again!

    • Teddy Byrd III says:

      just go to google play store and search “android wifi tether”. It should be the second link and has a yellow wifi type symbol. I use it all the time and just tested after i did icecreamsandwich and rooted. Enjoy.

  33. Alex says:

    Oh, and before someone calls me an idiot, my phone IS rooted and I DO have Titanium backup. When I go in to disable the stock tethering like it shows in the tutorial, tethering doesn’t show up. Instead, mine shows, “TetheringProvision 1.03.08.” Any ideas?


    • Spencer says:

      To remove bloatware try Googling a deodex or a rom that includes deodex. You can also try going into “manage apps” and uninstalling it. As for tethering, I use the barnacle wifi tether app. Works flawlessly and I have no complaints about it

  34. Hary says:

    Hello. Not new to the rooting scene (used many custom roms in the past, so rooting is fairly simple), but I have two concerns: Based on my experience with the Samsung Galaxy SII Epic 4G Touch, if the phone is rooted, you get a binary count and the yellow caution triangle on the boot screen. On my soon to arrive Galaxy Note 4G, I want to root this but without those two issues. What are your experiences with this root and do you have the same issues as I experienced on my Galaxy SII? Oh, do you have issues with both 3G and 4G LTE network speeds/connections? And the wifi, does it work as well (I heard some rooted phones have wifi issues if you try to enable that radio)? Thanks!!

  35. Nago Desi says:

    Just ordered a Ceramic White Galaxy Note today from Coscto’s website $249.99 for my AT&T upgrade :), I saw your video, It’s fantastic.. Since I’m a n00b coming from the Iphone phase, I have a few questions:

    How do you create a back-up of the Galaxy note?
    Do I need to upgrade to ICS before creating a back-up?
    Is there any difference between ICS & Gingerbread?
    Will Rooting void any warranty issue’s with At&t or any other carrier?
    Is it safer to keep the back-up on the phone or the microsdhc card?

    Sorry, just taking some safety precautions 🙂

    • Spencer says:

      You root it, then you can use an app called Titanium Backup Root to back it up.
      You don’t need to upgrade to ICS before backing up.
      There are many HUGE differences in ICS and Gingerbread, and there way too many to list so just youtube both of them or something to see a video on both if you’re that curious (at least youtube the ICS video, but do the Gingerbread too if thats your stock OS and you don’t know all about it).
      Rooting DOES void the warranty, but you can unroot very easily so you’ll be fine.
      Personally, I always backup to my SD card

  36. fer says:

    In step 12, to boot into CWM, you should specify hold down both up & down volume buttoms after releasing power button as your current description will boot back into Downloading mode.

  37. dbstevey says:

    at&t galaxy note flashed the ICS rom rooted according to video and everythings good to that point. i am on tmobile so i wanna flash a tmo radio. the ICS rom picks up the tmo sim card until i flash any of the tmo radios. after that the phone says theres no sim installed and in settings if i go to mobile networks i get an error to install a sim card to access mobile networks. i flashed the stock AT&T radio and it doesnt fix anything.
    If i reflash the rom i can get the same results and iv duplicated it several times so its clear the tmo radios that worked in saurom or on the at&t stock rom do not work in ICS. so, is there a working radio for ICS that we can try? i really like the ICS rom it runs fast and doesnt seem to have the lag issues the stock rom has. i want to use this on tmo though so i need a working radio. any ideas or suggestions would be great. thank you.

    TMoUS Samsung Galaxy S2
    AT&T Galaxy note (need a working Tmobile radio to get 4g) ICS rom
    i was using stock rom with the Tmo_SGH-T989_VKL1_radio but the signal and data were not very good.
    less than 1mb/s usually sometimes i would get better speeds. is there a better radio for this?

  38. Rob says:

    FYI there is a typo in the text the video is correct:

    Step 12. When your phone resets (you will feel little vibration and the screen will turn off), keep holding down the Volume Down ( Need to hold both Volume Up and Down otherwise it boots to default recovery) button but let go of the Power button.

  39. auslander says:

    Straightforward tutorial! Thanks for the break down step-by-step!

    I need to be able to unroot so that I can run my enterprise email application (which checks for “root” as a policy). Does anyone know how I can unroot after I carry this out, restore my data using TiBu, get rid of bloatware, etc.?

    Thanks all!


  40. mw says:

    still waiting for the mac version, as promised..

  41. ivex says:

    how come only edge? no 4G network on my Tmobile

  42. ruffpl says:

    Does not work for me. I get FAIL error.

    File analysis..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    NAND Write Start!!

    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    What can I do?

  43. ruffpl says:

    I was trying many also restarting phone, computer and it worked after I plug usb cable to another usb input in my copmuter. It install the drivers again and it went with no problems…. stupid windows…

  44. Floyd says:

    This doesn’t work with T-mobile SGH-T989_VKL1_radio_ATTNOTE?

  45. Zak says:

    So now that ICS is rooted on the AT&T Note, does that mean that the iMilka tablet tweak from a while back works on the AT&T model as well?

  46. Shehzad says:


    Just bought a locked Samsung Galaxy Note, will rooting help me to unlock it?Thanks in advance

  47. Eric says:

    I’m unable to go on recovery mode.
    Can somebody help me please.
    Everything work pretty well until i have to hold button volume up/down and power and releasing power button.
    I have try hundred time and cannot access recovery mode.

  48. pat says:

    hi..i root and unroot my phone but i tried to root it again and it wont go through..its stuck on odin mode..what should i do?little help please,thank you in advance

  49. V says:

    I am wondering when I tried downloading KLIES – I am wondering why now I have flip toast on my computer?

  50. Max says:

    I think you are talking about GT-N7000, this is AT&T Galaxy Note SGH-i717 root, no problems like that whatsoever. There’s also new way to safely flash ICS ROMs on GT-N7000 using Abyss or FM kernel, completely safe to do but don’t give people wrong ideas, please post comments in the correct section!

  51. Teddy Byrd III says:

    Just did ice cream sandwich, rooted, got my beloved android wifi tether….everything works great. Now I’m gonna see if i can use da-g’s overclocked kernel. I’ll report my findings.

    • Teddy Byrd III says:

      nope didn’t work. just froze up on the samsung logo. gonna throw it in download mode, redo ics then cwm then root then wait til someone comes out with an overclock for it.

  52. SAU says:

    Great Info. Just rooted the Note, Unlocked Sim, and change to T-Mobile. Now, how can i safely remove the unwanted pre-installed APPS or APPS build for AT&T only? Basically I try to do a clean installation just like doing it on PC… Can it be done or just have to delete apps? Please show how!!!

    • Prav says:

      hi Sau,

      Are you getting Tmobile 4G services on your rooted Galaxy note, how is it? Do you mind sharing your experience? I am little hesitant in following the above mentioned instructions for rooting and needs little more clarity.



  53. ralph says:

    hi can any body please tell me how to keep odin open on my screen running windows vista junk it just flashes open the shuts off please help new too rooting

  54. Prav says:


    I recently bought the AT&T Galaxy note, I got it unlocked and now using T mobile services. Since this phone isnt rooted I am not able to receive T mobile4G services. I want to root this phone and I came across this site. After going through the reviews, I am not sure if someone really rooted there phone successfully and happy after rooting it using the above mentioned methods.

    My question is did they above mentioned instructions really worked for you? Are you receiving 4G services on your unlocked Galaxy note, is it fast enough as compare to existing Edge speed? Please let me know, I want to use the 4G services on my galaxy phone but not sure if the above mentioned method will work for me.

    Many thanks for reading and replying


  55. Pingback: The Complete Guide To Rooting Any Android Phone « Takeoff Technology

  56. Ari says:

    I rooted Gingerbread with this method and installed ICS for SGNote I717.

    But I can’t get root on this… Does this rooting method simply not work with this version of ICS? – or am I doing something wrong. Odin finishes process with ‘Pass’, but upon reboot I see the 2 samsung logos – but then nothing…

    What’s the problem here?

  57. TCB says:

    Just purchased a used AT&T i717 Galaxy Note running Gingerbread 2.3.6 build .UCLA1

    I’m a tech savvy MAC guy with experience in embedded systems, but want to move cautiously and not brick my new phone. To that end, can you recommend any links, sites, etc. that would help bring me up to speed with tools to unlock and root my phone from a MAC?

    My endgame is to have my AT&T Galaxy Note unlocked, rooted, and running 4G on T-Mobile with the $30/month pre-paid plan having unlimited Text, Web, and 100-minutes of talk per month. This plan is apparently offered only online via T-Mobile and through Walmart Stores (which require you buy a crappy phone) and Walmart online.

    Any pointers you can offer for accomplishing the above from a MAC would be greatly appreciated.

    • Heath says:

      You can find the tmobile activation kit on amazon for a couple bucks then activate $30 plan online with the activation kits activation number supplied. A sim card alone is not enough. I activated my used HTC Sensation doing this. I love this plan! Best cell plan EVER!

  58. trisha says:

    Rooting is something that solves half of the problem. You will get access to a free android smartphone and this is something that should accomplish all your goals. This is something that will gain you a lot as far as the over all user experience is concerned.

  59. kevin says:

    i keep getting stuck it says failed
    anyone get this
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:10)..
    File analysis..
    Can’t open the serial(COM) port.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    any help is greatly appreciated

    • Sam The Ram says:

      Hey Kevin,

      Go to rootzwiki and download it from there. This one is old and there is a newer out there that is way better. I just flashed it and it it awesome!!!

  60. Yura says:

    I rooted my Note and after two reboots phone started showing me logo carrier Rogers (splash screen) and thats it.Phone stocks on this screen.I tried to wipe using recovery mode but it didnt help.
    Maybe someone had same issue as I have now?

  61. yong says:

    How to open .tar file? When click the file, an unzip program pops up to extract the .tar file.

  62. WebDevel says:

    Awesome tutorial thanks bro really appreciate your insight that you share so freely.