How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (N8000)

The 5-inch Galaxy Note has been around for some time and is obviously the darling of the masses, given its massive sales numbers.  Building upon this brand name, is the new Note 10.1, a 10-inch tablet from Sammy again.  The device is a powerhouse of features and comes with a quad-core 1.4GHz CPU aided by 2GB of RAM (juice equivalent to a PC from a couple of years back!) and runs Android 4.0.3 Ice-Cream Sandwich currently, although we are sure Samsung will have have some Jelly Bean plans in the very near future.  This guide below will show you how to root this device and get into realm of custom ROMs.  Read on to know how.

I. Prerequisites

1.  This procedure works only on the N8000 running the XXALGA (European) or XWALG7 (Saudi/UAE) versions of ICS.  Do not try this if you have any other version.

2.  Ensure that you have at least 75% of battery left before you start.  This is to prevent the device from shutting down during the procedure and bricking your device!

3.  Using this method increases the binary count on your device voiding your warranty, but there should be a solution to reset that soon; still, it’s best you don’t proceed further if you are not okay with the increase in binary count.

II.  Downloads

1.  SAMSUNG_USB_Driver_for_Mobile_Phones.exe

2.  RootGalaxyNote10.1.zip

III.  Installing HighOnAndroid ClockworkMod Recovery

1.  Install the drivers necessary by downloading and installing them (link in previous section).

2.  Extract RootGalaxyNote10.1.zip to a folder on your desktop.

4.  Connect your device to your PC.

5.  From the extracted folder, copy CWM-SuperSU-v0.94.zip to your device’s SD card.

6.  Press and hold down the Power+VolumeDown buttons until you get to the warning screen.  Then press VolumeUp to continue booting into Download mode.  (Do not disconnect your device!)

7.  Run odin3 v1.85.exe from the same extracted folder on your PC.

8.  The ID:COM field should be yellow, signifying that your device is connected and recognized by Odin properly.  If not, make sure that you have installed the necessary drivers and try again.

9.  On Odin, click on the PDA button, navigate to the location of HighOnAndroidCWMRecoveryGTN8000.tar, select it and click on Open to load it on to Odin.

10.  Make sure that nothing else is ticked under the Option section other than Auto Reboot.

11.  Ensure that your Odin screen looks like below and then hit Start.

Once Odin flashed PASS! and your device reboots, you should have installed ClockworkMod Recovery successfully.

IV.  Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (N8000)

1.  Hold down the VolumeUp and Power buttons until your see the Samsung Galaxy Note logo.  Release the Power button but continue pressing the VolumeUp button you boot into CWM.

2.  Tap on install zip from SD card > choose zip from SD card and locate the CWM-SuperSU-v0.94.zip you copied in the previous section.

3.  Click on Yes on the next screen.

4.  Once the zip file is flashed, go back to main menu and select reboot system now.

You should see the Superuser app installed on your device, which means you have successfully rooted your N8000!

All credit goes to zedomax on XDA for thinking up this easy procedure!  If you feel this helped you in anyway, don’t forget to thank him on his XDA thread!!

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