The original Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 was recently updated to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean after a long wait. A few days ago, I had published a guide on how you could download and manually install the 4.1.2 firmware on your Galaxy Note. While flashing the official firmware did have its benefits in terms of all the awesome new features that Samsung had added – fully revamped UI, the Premium Suite Upgrade which came with Google Now, Page Buddy, dual-homescreen modes, multi-window support, and the all new S-Note and S-Pen features.
However. flashing stock firmware on your device does come with the caveat that if you are already rooted, you would lose root access and either root your device again if there is a working root available for the new firmware, or wait for one to come out. Fortunately for Note users, there is a working root available for the Galaxy Note on the official 4.1.2 firmware, and as always, I though it would be a good idea to compile a step by step guide on how to root the Note, for our readers who have already updated to the latest firmware.
By rooting your phone, you will be able to install various root-only apps that can enhance the performance of your device, and will also give you the ability to install Custom ROMs via a custom recovery on your device. This particular root method though is only meant for people who want to stick with the stock firmware, but just have root access. Which means that you will be able to run root apps like Titanium Backup and SetCPU, but won’t be able to flash any custom ROMs as this method will not install a custom recovery. And of course, if at any point in the future, if you want to unroot, you can just follow the same guide you used earlier to manually update to 4.1.2.
Root the Galaxy Note GT-N7000 on Official Android 4.1.2 Firmware
- Download the UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.25.zip from Chainfire’s official repository.
- Transfer the downloaded zip file to the external SD card on your Note
- Turn the phone off and reboot to Recovery Mode by pressing and holding the Volume Up + Home buttons together and then holding down the Power button till the screen comes on and the Samsung logo blinks twice. Now Release the Power button but keep the other two keys pressed till you see a black screen with green Android bot and Blue text. You are now in recovery mode
- Use the volume key to scroll down to Apply Update from external storage and select it with the Power button
- On the next screen, navigate to the UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.25.zip file you copied over in Step 2 and select it
- Confirm the installation on the next step.
- Once recovery has finished flashing the SuperSU zip, select Go Back and then Reboot system Now to reboot your device
- Once the phone has booted back up, look for the SuperSU app in the app drawer. Launch the app and update the binaries if prompted.
Congratulations!! You now have full superuser access on your Galaxy Note N7000 on official Android 4.1.2 firmware 🙂