How to Root T-Mobile Galaxy Note SGH-T879?

For those of you wondering how to root your T-Mobile Galaxy Note SGH-T989, you can use the AT&T root method as hardware is identical to the AT&T SGH-i717 version.

As for custom ROMs, please do not flash AT&T Galaxy Note ROMs.  Users have reported success though that custom ROMs work fine so long as you flash T-Mobile modem back on after flashing ROM on Touchwiz-based ROMs.  CM9/CM10/AOKP/AOSP ROMs are not working though so don’t flash it!


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50 Responses to How to Root T-Mobile Galaxy Note SGH-T879?

  1. Joe Z says:

    I Have an Att Note, will I be able to Flash the Tmobile T879 ROMs into the i717 in the future and have Tmobile Service which I think its simpler than having to keep flashing the Blaze Modem Over the i717 Base Roms or Will Going through the Haggle of Selling the Att and Buying the TMobile Note a Better Idea ?

  2. Shiv says:

    I wanna know the same thing like can I flash my baseband to the t-mobile baseband? I think I may have asked about this before lol. I have an i717M from Bell Canada and I already use it with mobilicity (which runs on AWS here in Canada) I was just assuming that I would get better connectivity to the network with t-mo’s baseband.

  3. tj says:

    Where can I find a copy of the T-Mobile Modem I can flash back after installing a AT&T based TouchWiz ROM on my T-Mobile Galaxy Note?

  4. nii says:

    I have the galaxy note T879 and have already updated the ICS version from 4.03 to 4.04 over the air.
    I am trying to have it rooted but can’t get the phone to load into the download mode. I feel these repeated vibrations and screen goes black as the boot logo pops up. tried several times. Is there another way around this?

  5. Tom99 says:

    I’m also updated to 4.04 on T-Mobile Galaxy Note and had exact same experience as nil above.

  6. Tom99 says:

    SO i found out how to manually get into Stock recovery on the t mobile version of the galaxy note.

    1) While the phone is on just hold down Volume Down + power button for 10-12 second

    2) When you feel a light vibration release the power button while still holding down button, and then just hold volume up button as well
    ( both volume up and down at same time) hold until it show manual mode.

    • nii says:

      I had success getting it into the manual mode early this morning, but I’m still having problems getting it into download mode. I have no clue why.
      Any help please? A vivid description will be very much appreciated.
      Thanks in advance.

  7. nii says:

    @ Tom99… Did it work for you? I tried that too already, but no luck.

    • Tom99 says:

      To clarify, start with phone ON home screen. I held vol down with left pointer finger and power with right pointer finger. after vibration, still pressing and holding vol down button, i moved right pointer (quickly, but not insanely fast) to vol up and held both . It worked. It did take a few tries because i’m not very coordinated, but it worked everytime I did it correctly.

      BTW, I’m holding off on rooting until instructions and tools get better. If you successly root, please post how.

  8. cait says:

    Just rooted myTmo galaxy note using ATT version..It’s working i’ll just for a custom ROM..

    Thank you MAX

  9. Happyoldman says:

    Hi Max and everybody
    I feel my Tmobile Note is not statable after root.
    How can I unroot it ?

    • Tom99 says:

      There is an unroot option in one of the versions of SuperUser. If your version, which was installed when you rooted, doesn’t have that option, find a different version at the play store. The option is in one of the free versions. I’m sorry I don’t remember which one. Also, you might try XDA for help.

    • Max says:

      Thats not root related probably just tmo stock rom acting up unrooting will not fix that.

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