Do you want to root your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 running on Android 5.0.1? Continue reading to find out how you can do so.
The Galaxy Note 4 is Samsung’s best selling Android powered phablet right now. And being a flagship phone, the Note 4 was obvious to receive the Android 5.0 lollipop treatment much before than most other phones in Samsung’s portfolio.
I have been using the Galaxy Note 4 since the last 6 months and like all other android phones i have owned, the Note 4 has also started to show signs of aging. My Note 4 has become less responsive and it lags a lot. The only fix for my Note 4’s slow performance would be a full system restore, however it would be better to root my Note 4 and see how much of a performance gain it receives.
Rooting a android phone has both its fair share of advantages and disadvantages. While the advantages are many, the disadvantages on the other hand are related to the voiding of your phone’s warranty. But if your phone is nearing its warranty period deadline and you are willing to take the risk, you can have total control of your android device and also add many additional features to it.
However it is also very important to read and follow the rooting instructions carefully otherwise you can get your phone bricked. The only thing that i can guarantee is, if you follow the instructions carefully, then you don’t have to worry about bricking your phone.
Note: Rooting your Note 4 will void its warranty and unlike older Samsung phones, you cannot regain your phone’s warranty by flashing the official ROM once again. So think twice before you proceed with the instructions below. I will not be responsible for anything that happens to your phone.
How to Check your Phone’s model number
For those who are not sure what their phone’s model is, here’s how you can check it.
- Step 1: Navigate to Settings > About Device > Model Number
Here you can check your phone’s model number. At the same time you can also check the Android version.
In order to root your Samsung Galaxy Note 4, you will need to download the following.
- CF-Root ( Differs for each Note 4 model )
- Download: Samsung mobile drivers
Both CF-Root and Odin come included in all the download links below. Make sure that you download the correct CF-root file that matches your phone’s model. Also install the Samsung Mobile drivers on your PC and restart it.
- SM-N910F (International, Qualcomm): CF-Auto-Root-trlte-trltexx-smn910f.zip
- SM-N910G (Asia, Qualcomm): CF-Auto-Root-trlte-trltedt-smn910g.zip
- SM-N910H (Asia, Exynos): CF-Auto-Root-tre3g-tre3gxx-smn910h.zip
- SM-N910T (T-Mobile USA, Qualcomm): CF-Auto-Root-trltetmo-trltetmo-smn910t.zip
- SM-N910P (Sprint, Qualcomm): CF-Auto-Root-trltespr-trltespr-smn910p.zip
- SM-N910R4 (US Cellular, Qualcomm): CF-Auto-Root-trlteusc-trlteusc-smn910r4.zip
- SM-N910W8 (Canadia, Qualcomm): CF-Auto-Root-trltecan-trltecan-smn910w8.zip
- SM-N910C (Thailand, Exynos): CF-Auto-Root-trelte-treltexx-smn910c.zip
- SM-N910U (Hong Kong, Exynos): CF-Auto-Root-trhplte-trhpltexx-smn910u.zip
- SM-N910K (Korea, Exynos): CF-Auto-Root-treltektt-treltektt-smn910k.zip
- SM-N910L (Korea, Exynos): CF-Auto-Root-treltelgt-treltelgt-smn910l.zip
- SM-N910S (Korea, Exynos): CF-Auto-Root-trelteskt-trelteskt-smn910s.zip
- SM-N9100 (China, Qualcomm): CF-Auto-Root-trltechn-trlteduoszc-smn9100.zip
- SM-N9106W (China, Qualcomm): CF-Auto-Root-trltechn-trlteduoszn-smn9106w.zip
- SM-N9108V (China, Qualcomm): CF-Auto-Root-trltechn-trltezm-smn9108v.zip
- SM-N9109W (China, Qualcomm): CF-Auto-Root-trltechn-trlteduosctc-smn9109w.zip
Note: If CF-Auto-Root is not there for your phone’s model in the above list, then your phone cannot be rooted as of now.
How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 running on Android 5.0.1
The following instructions are meant for the SM-N910G version of the Note 4. If you have a different version of the Note 4, use the appropriate CF-Root file from the download links provided at the bottom of this page.
Note: Please BACKUP all your contacts and messages beforehand. This will prevent you from loosing them in case something goes wrong during the rooting process.
- Step 1: Download the CF-Root file that matches your phone’s model. Once the file is downloaded, extract it to a folder in your desktop.
- Step 2: Run the Odin3-v3.07.exe with administrator rights.
- Step 3: Enable USB Debugging on your phone. ( How to Enable USB Debugging )
- Step 4: Put your phone in download mode ( Turn off your phone and Turn it on while pressing the Vol Down+Home+Power button ). Press the Volume Up button as instructed.
- Step 5: Connect your phone with your PC using the USB cable provided with the Note 4.
- Step 6: The ID:COM field in Odin should now turn blue. Click on the PDA button and select the CF-Auto-Root-….tar.md5 file.
- Step 7: Make sure you check the same options that I’ve checked in the screenshot below.
- Step 8: Finally Click on the Start button.
That’s it, now wait for your android to boot. Once you see the Passed message, you can disconnect your phone.
When your Note 4 boots up, download a free app called Root Checker and check whether your phone has been rooted or not. Here’s a confirmation screenshot from my Note 4.