How to Root the AT&T Galaxy Note (I717) running Ice-Cream Sandwich

If you are looking to root your Galaxy Note, look no more as this guide below will get you rooted in no time at all and have you flashing a custom ROM of your choice.  Why do you need to flash a custom ROM?  Only to get the features that your manufacturer forgot to include of course.  So read on then if you want to root your AT&T Galaxy Note running Ice-Cream Sandwich.

I.  Before You Begin

1.  Back up everything you feel is important.

2.  Make sure you have your device charged to 75% or more before you begin.

3.  You will need to have a custom recovery installed for this procedure to work.  Look to our guide on the same to help you with this.

4.  This procedure works only with the AT&T Galaxy Note that has been updated officially to Ice-Cream Sandwich.  Do not try this if you are still running Gingerbread.

II.  Necessary Downloads

Superuser-i717-ICS-signed.zip [File attached to this post]

III.  Rooting the Galaxy Note

1.  Connect your device to your PC in MTP Mode and copy the Superuser-i717-ICS-signed.zip to your SD card.

2.  Disconnect your device and shut it down.

3.  Press and hold the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons and let them go once your device boots into recovery mode.

4.  Use the Volume Up and Down keys to highlight to apply update from sdcard and press the home button to select it.

5.  Locate and Superuser-i717-ICS-signed.zip to flash the file.

6.  Once you see the install from sdcard complete message, highlight and select reboot system now.

Your Galaxy Note should be rooted once it reboots!  Look for the Superuser app to confirm that you indeed have root access.

If this procedure helped you please thank/donate to the original developers here.

If you need help with this procedure, please ask in the comments below or in the forum.

This is part of our Android How To’s. We have how to’s on rooting, loading ROMs, and tons of other tips and tricks for your specific device or for Android devices in general! For all of our Android How To’s, head here.

If this procedure helped you, please consider donating to the original developer or at least sending them a thank you.

Now that you are rooted, head here to learn some of the fun things you can do!

For all the devices we have rooting procedures for, head here.


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  • starboychad

    How long do I have to hold down “volume up + home + power” before it will boot into recovery mode? I have held it for over a minute.

  • Eddy

    works for Jelly Bean 4.1.2??

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Well, it’s supposed to work on ICS only, however, you can try it on Jelly Bean to see if it works.

      • goof

        do you know if it works w/ 4.1.2? also after you root the phone how do I get 4.3 loaded onto the phone? thanks in advance.

    • goof

      did it work for 4.1.2 ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joel.omar Joel Omar

    Any help on this folks? Getting the same error when trying this

  • Julio Fernando Maradiaga Argue

    Thank you!! this really worked for me

    • Mahesh Makvana

      That’s great! Glad we could help you!

  • Animal05

    Great instructions, the only correction I would make is that you hold the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons, not the home button in step 3.

    • http://www.theunlockr.com/ Dax Krishna

      thanks, we have changed the guide to reflect your suggestion! :)