How To Root International Galaxy Note 2 (N7100)
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the successor to the original Galaxy Note, and is a bigger version of the Galaxy S3. Even though the Note 2 sports a bigger screen than its predecessor, it is much more compact in size.
The original Galaxy Note initially received a lot of criticism, but went on to sell in excess of 10 million units. The expectations with the Note II were higher than before, and Samsung definitely did not disappoint.
The Galaxy Note II is a bigger version of the Galaxy S3 with similar design, a better non-Pentile SAMOLED screen, a faster clocked Exynos processor (1,4GHz vs 1.6GHz) and double the RAM (2GB).
Like all other Samsung devices, rooting a Galaxy Note 2 is actually pretty simple. Users simply need to flash a pre-rooted kernel using ODIN, and they are done.
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to root the international Galaxy Note 2 (N7100) -:
Step 1: Head over to this thread on XDA forums and download the appropriate pre-rooted CF-Auto kernel for the firmware running on your Note II. You can check the firmware version of your device by going to Settings -> About Phone. Extract the contents of the zip file on your desktop or any other location you want. Make sure you end up with a file ending in .tar.
Step 2: Make sure you are running either Windows XP SP3 or Windows 7. Install Samsung’s KIES software which will automatically take care of all the required drivers. Then, download ODIN from here.
Step 3: Fire up ODIN, and click on the PDA button and select the .tar file that you extracted in Step 1. Do not play around with any other option in ODIN. Let everything be as it is.
Step 4: Switch off your Galaxy Note 2, and then boot it into Download mode by pressing the Volume Down + Home + Power button simultaneously. Skip the custom OS warning by pressing the Volume Up button.
Step 5: Connect the Note 2 to your PC now. Once all the required drivers are automatically installed, ODIN should detect it and display a random COM number inside a glowing rectangle.
Step 6: Press the Start button and wait for ODIN to flash the pre-rooted kernel on your Note 2. Your phone will automatically restart once the kernel is flashed.
Enjoy root access on your Galaxy Note 2 once it restarts. Keep in mind that the kernel does not contain any custom recovery, so users will need to manually install a custom recovery if they ever wish to install a custom ROM on their handset.