While some users are happy with what they got with their Galaxy Note 4 (Sprint), others have that strong itch to modify their device with the things they like the most. So for those who fall in the latter category, here’s how you can root your Galaxy Note 4 (Sprint) and start tinkering around with it.
Rooting is the process of gaining administrative rights on your Android device. Once we root our Android device, we can then make changes to it to customize it well beyond what it normally can do.
Once you have root access on your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Sprint), you’ll be able to:
- Remove apps that were preinstalled by your carrier/manufacturer from your device.
- Free up storage space (because of the above benefit).
- Increase battery life (apps that might have been running constantly can be removed).
- Increase performance (after removing apps that are always running, the device will be less bogged down and run smoother).
- Update to a new version of Android (by flashing a custom recovery/ROM, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
- Tons of other customizations when you use your new found administrative rights to flash a custom ROM (again, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
Interested? Here’s how to root your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Sprint):
I. Before You Begin
1. This’ll void the warranty of your device. We aren’t liable for the consequences of this procedure. Do it at your own risk.
2. This only works for the SM-N910P model of the device. To find out what model you have, head to Menu > Settings > About phone on your device and your model number should be listed there.
3. This should only work on Windows based PCs.
4. You should’ve appropriate drivers installed on your PC. If you haven’t, go ahead and get the latest drivers installed from here.
5. This should flash a custom recovery as well.
II. Downloading Required Files
1. Download Odin and save it to your desktop.
2. Download CF-Root and save it to your desktop.
3. Download TWRP Recovery for your device and save it to your desktop.
TWRP Recovery (Download the one that ends with .tar extension)
III. Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Sprint)
1. Uncompress files from both Odin and CF-Root to your desktop by right-clicking on each of them and selecting Extract here.
2. Launch Odin by double-clicking on its executable file.
3. When it launches, click on PDA and choose CF-Root available on your desktop.
4. Uncheck Repartition if it’s already checked in the Odin.
5. You can checkmark the boxes that say Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time.
6. Turn OFF your device.
7. Turn it back on by holding down Volume DOWN, Home, and Power buttons together.
8. Press Volume UP and your device should enter Download mode.
9. When in download mode, plug in your device to your PC using the USB cable.
10. One of the boxes in Odin should turn yellow indicating your device’s been recognized by your PC.
11. Hit Start in the Odin and it’ll start flashing CF-Root on your device.
12. When it’s been flashed, your device should automatically reboot.
13. You’re done!
Congrats! Your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on Sprint is now rooted. You should see the SuperSU app in your app drawer, that’s what you’ll use to provide root permissions to various root-requiring apps on your device.
If you think root-only apps just don’t cut it for you, you may want to flash a custom recovery which will then help you flash a custom ROM on your device. Here’s how you can get one up and running on your device:
IV. Flashing a Custom Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Sprint)
1. Double-click on Odin executable and it’ll open.
2. Uncheck Repartition if it’s already checked in the Odin.
3. Checkmark both Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time.
4. Click on PDA and choose TWRP Recovery available on your desktop.
5. Turn OFF your device.
6. Reboot your device into Download mode. To do that, hold down Volume DOWN, Home, and Power buttons together.
7. Press Volume UP when a warning message appears on your screen. It’ll get you into download mode.
8. Once in download mode, plug in your device to your PC using the USB cable.
9. Click on Start in the Odin and it’ll start flashing TWRP Recovery on your device.
10. When the recovery’s flashed, your device will automatically reboot.
11. You’re all set!
Excellent! You’ve successfully flashed a custom recovery on your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Sprint). You’re now all ready to flash a custom ROM on your device, go ahead and do it now!
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