How to Root the Samsung Exhibit II 4G (SGH-T679)

Rooting a device is something that needs to be done if you desire something more from your device than what the device manufacturer intended for your device.  This will open up a world of opportunities and you’ll be able to use root-requiring apps, make full backups of your device and even flash a custom recovery.  If you want something like this on your Samsung Exhibit II 4G, this is the guide you should be reading.

I.  Before You Begin

1.  You will need to have ClockworkMod Recovery installed on your device before you begin.  If you haven’t already done so, use our guide to help you with it.

2.  Make sure that you have made a backup of everything you feel is important before you begin.

3.  Make sure that you have your device charged to 75% and more before you begin.

4.  This root procedure is known to work with the Exhibit II 4G running Android 2.3.6.  Make sure that this is the firmware you are running before you begin.

II.  Necessary Downloads [Download link available in this post]

III.  Rooting the Samsung Exhibit II 4G

1.  Connect your device to your PC and copy to your internal SD.

2.  Boot into ClockworkMod Recovery.  To do this,

i.  Power down your device.
ii.  Press and hold the Volume Up and Power buttons until you see the Samsung logo appear.
iii.  Release the power button.
iv.  Press the left bottom Menu capacitive button when you see the Recovery logo (white box with the android icon).

4.  On the next screen, select apply update from sdcard using the Volume Up and Down buttons to navigate and the Home button to select.

5.  Highlight on the next screen and press the Home button to select it.

Once the zip file is flashed, you should be rooted!  To verify, install Root Checker Lite or any other root-requiring app and see if a pop-up appears asking for Superuser access when you try to open those apps.

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.


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  • Do you know if this will also work on a firmware one version older, namely 2.3.5?

  • Jake Lee

    This method totally works thx.

    • Mahesh Makvana

      We’re glad it worked for you!

  • JulianApostate32

    I installed clockworkmod 6012.t679 successfully. I installed and it appeared successful, rebooted, phone started up normally, but no root. I’ve also tried SU-busybox-installer and t679-root.1.8 rooted kernel. No difference.

  • Guillermo Iglesias

    hola quisiera saber porque mi celular se quedo en blanco cuando lo encendi solo sale samsung galaxy 4g y no pasa de ese punto quisiera que me ayuden en ese caso que puedo hacer para restaurarlo espero su respuesta lo mas pronto posible

  • gracias muy util 😀

  • Luis Honzález

    thanks worked well.

    gracias funciono bien.

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Great! Thanks for posting your feedback!

  • jumpinwired

    Had a heck of a time trying to reboot in recovery mode. Not sure why but with the way the directions are wrote, just didn’t work for me. I might be splitting hairs here but I pressed the volume up button and the power button at the same time and held it until the recovery mode came up. Conclusion = Rooted Thanks

  • Eddie

    This method works very well, Its fast and easy. The only mistake is that, when going to the recovery mode, you don’t release both bottons, you only release the power botton and hold on to the volume up until you see the white box. The unlocker, please adress this mistake.

    • Mahesh Makvana

      That’s great! Glad we could help you!

      Sure, we’ll look into this ASAP.

      • Dax Krishna

        Eddie, we have updated the guide to reflect your suggestion! Thanks again and keep coming back!

  • Anne

    I rebooted my phone into recovery mode but can’t find the link for root-stock-zip, Help!

    • Dax Krishna

      Anne, are you sure you put the on to your SD card?

  • Mani

    This worked perfectly for me. Thanks for the info.

    • Dax Krishna

      You’re welcome Mani! 🙂

  • CarlF.

    Thanks a lot, it worked perfectly…The only issue i had,maybe because i am new on this, was to know which logo is the rigth one, because seriously there’s like five samsung logos….anyway THANKS!!!!!

    • Mahesh Makvana

      You’re welcome CarlF! Glad our procedure helped you root your device 🙂


  • irwing Martinez

    thank you guys really, i have rooted my device. Thank for the help, best help ever gotten was from this page.

  • Jan Orden

    got a problem regarding my phone. i just flash back to stock and currently running 2.3.6, installed cwm and rooted it with the your guide and check it with root checker and said it was rooted but still i cant remove those t-mobile bloatwares. what seems to be the problem? can somebody help me regarding this. thanks in advance..

    • pacificgraywolf

      Install Titanium Backup from the market

  • Joeris

    Thank you so much!! It work perrrrrrfectly fine for me!!!

  • Dougie Fuoco

    will this work for the canadian bell mobile version of the phone

  • Freddy Nieves

    i went to recovery went to the sd card did not see root-stock-zip or the cwm-zip and i un zip and cant see the file

  • Stuart

    can someone help me with how to download ADB drivers as well as extracting zip files,im having problems in those areas please

  • Meryll Ramirez

    What if my phone is not T-Mobile? Will it still work?

  • Stefanescu Constantin

    works fine.thansyou

  • whythis



    Is there another way to root this phone? Don’t trust anything associated with root-stock and that website. It will only lead you to adware and spyware. Avoide!