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How to root the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II

How to root the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II
MrRobinson and Beanstown101 - these are the folks you have to be thankful to and buy a beer for their hard work on rooting the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II already.

As usual, their method was pulled together over at XDA-Devs in a single thread by senior member Droidstyle, and is fairly straightforward, as Verizon Android rooting goes.

Initial complaints that the signal icon is not visible after applying this, or the multiwindow mode acting up seem to have been fixed with the latest version, so follow the steps below if you want to root the 5.5" giant at your own risk, then remove bloatware, introduce tethering and other goodies. There are even the steps to roll back the rooting if you need to for warranty purposes and such:

Step 1: Download and install these files to your pc:

Odin- http://forum.xda-developers.com/atta...2&d=1340993443
Samsung driver- http://tinyw.in/Fdoz(dont worry about the link saying GSIII, it still works fine on the GN2.)

Step 2: Download one of the rooted stock odin images below to your pc:

Root66_VZW_stock_VRLAJB 4.1.1- http://d-h.st/IKs(must be unzipped to extract the .tar file. also do not worry about the md5 extension)
mirror- http://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=9390210501348163619

Step 3: Power device off, hold the volume down/home/power keys until you see a yellow triangle, then press the volume up key to access "odin or download mode".

Step 4: Open odin and connect the oem usb cable from pc to device. Adb driver should automatically install(atleast it did for me on windows 7). There should be a "comport number" in upper left hand corner of odin indicating communication between the pc & device.

Step 5: Uncheck Auto reboot

Step 6: Click on the PDA function of odin. Select the rooted system.img you downloaded in step 2, then select start. This operation should take less than 8 minutes before odin will say pass/reset.

Step 7: Pull and reinstall battery.

Step 8: Press and hold the volume up/home/power buttons until you see a green android. You should boot into ASR(Android Stock Recovery)

Step 9: Wipe cache.(If you experience errors, boot back into ASR and wipe data.)

Step 10 reboot!

**This will not wipe data/factory reset unless you chose to do so after you flash the new image**
(It is recommended to wipe data in ASR if you experience problems after the install)

**This is a fully working root method, everything works. All issues reported early in the thread have been fixed**


How to unroot 4.1.1 JellyBean

- There is no Official stock image released as of 12/3/12. However the root image MrRobinson created, for all intents and purposes, is stock. 

- There are only two additional files added, /system/xbin/su and /system/app/Superuser.apk.

- If you remove those two files with a app such as filemanager you are back to unrooted stock.

source: XDA-Devs

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posted on 04 Dec 2012, 07:28 1

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

I'm puzzled. Doesn't rooting automatically end warranty? It's not very likely you can unroot if something happens to the device and you have to bring it back for repair.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 08:48 1

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Yes root does kill your warranty, but most warranties are for defects not for root issues. In the U.S. carriers have insurance on their phones, so if something bad happens to your phone like a busted screen or some water damage the phone will be replaced for $50.00 usually. Get my drift......? lol

Not a bad deal, plus the pro's of root clearly outweigh the con's.


posted on 04 Dec 2012, 16:56 1

5. bigdawg23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 25 May 2011)

Who has a $50 replacement? ATT and Verizon are $199.

As for issues, unless you loose the screen all together you can unroot. With Samsung devices, most people jump quickly and do not wait for a version that doesn't trip the counter which can show it was root and unrooted.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 11:41

3. aburgerBuksie (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

Is this only valid for n verizon note II of any note II. Coz I've got a normal international version and want to root it.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 13:41

4. superguy (Posts: 309; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

There's a separate method for the international Note 2.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 23:26

6. aburgerBuksie (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


posted on 26 Mar 2013, 02:34

7. basmaldini (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

Hi there, thank you for this root, I found myself overseas with a Verizon unlocked GN 2 only to find out that the data does not work!! I rooted and now it's perfect, my only concern is, how safe is this root? I am talking from a banking / credit card and stuff like that prospective.
Thanks for your help

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 15:04

8. basmaldini (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

I keep getting Verizon OTA (over the air) update, what do i do?, and it's not letting me update either, how do I unroot completely? or remove the auto update i kee on getting?

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 17:36

9. lizardking (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)

I bought straight talk sim kit after their site said my phone could be used. After data would not work they said my phone was not eligible. Do I put Verizon Sim in before I root and then add ST sim after I root?

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