November 27, 2013

How to Root Galaxy Note 2 (Sprint) SPH-L900 on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Firmware

Samsung has begun rolling out the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the Sprint subscribers of the Galaxy Note 2 (SPH-L900). The new official firmware is now available as an Over-The-Air (OTA) update as well as through Samsung KIES.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (Sprint) SPH-L900 users who have already updated their devices with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, may root their devices using the tutorial below.

This tutorial uses CF-Auto-Root file released by Elite Recognized XDA-Developers, Chainfire. The CF-Auto-Root file allowing Galaxy Note 2 users to root their devices easily without depending on the firmware. It completely supports Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and future firmware as well. Head over to the CF-Auto-Root main thread to learn more about the root method.

Disclaimer: Rooting voids the warranty of your device. We and the developer of this rooting procedures shall not be held responsible if any undesirable outcomes may happen to your device. use of this root guide is solely at your own risk!

Pre-requisites
1. Install USB Driver for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on the computer.
2. Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone by navigating to Settings >> Developer Options.
3. Make a backup of all your important data before following the guide.
4. Ensure the battery of the phone is charged more than 80 percent.
5. The CF-Auto-Root file works only on the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (SPH-L900). Applying this to any incorrect variant might brick the device. Verify the model number of the Galaxy Note 2 by navigating to Settings >> About Phone.

Files Required
1. CF-Auto-Root (Mirror Link) for Galaxy Note 2 (Sprint) SPH-L900 (CF-Auto-Root-t0ltespr-t0ltespr-sphl900.zip)
2. Odin 3.07

Steps to Root Galaxy Note 2 (Sprint) SPH-L900 Running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Firmware
Step 1: Extract CF-Auto-Root and Odin 3.07 files using WinRAR/7-Zip/WinZip or any other extracting tool.
Step 2: Switch off the Galaxy Note 2. Then boot the device into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together until a construction Android robot icon with a warning triangle appears on screen. Now press the Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
Step 3: Launch Odin on the computer as an Administrator.
Step 4: Connect the Galaxy Note 2 to the computer using USB cable while it is in the Download Mode. Wait until Odin detects the device. When the device is connected successfully, the ID: COM box will turn to light blue with the COM port number. Additionally, the successful connected will be indicated by a message saying Added.

Note: If the Added message does not appear, then try re-install USB drivers or changing the port on the computer.

Step 5: In Odin, click the PDA button and select the CF-Auto-Root-t0ltespr-t0ltespr-sphl900.tar.md5 file.
Step 6: Verify that Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checkboxes are selected in Odin. Also, ensure the Re-Partition option is NOT selected.
Step 7: Double-check and click Start button in Odin. The installation process will now begin.
Step 8: Once the installation process is completed, your phone will restart and soon you will see a PASS message with green background in the left-most box at the very top of the Odin. You can now unplug the USB cable to disconnect your device from the computer.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (Sprint) SPH-L900 running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is now rooted successfully. Open the app drawer of the phone and check for an app called SuperSU. Verify the root status of the device by downloading Root Checker app from Google Play Store.

Note: Many Samsung devices store a flash counter that keeps track of how many times you have flashed custom firmwares to your device. Triangle Away can be used to reset the flash counter to zero.

How to Fix "Unfortunately, SuperSU has stopped"?
Step 1: Download and install the latest APK of SuperSU on your device.
Step 2: Open SuperSU app (update the binary if prompted) and allow it to disable KNOX.
Step 3: Reboot your device.

Thank's to all fellas at XDA who first tried out this rooting technique. This method was originally posted via XDA-Developers original thread.

Click here to know How to Update Galaxy Note 2 (Sprint) SPH-L900 with Android 4.3 VPUBMK4 Jelly Bean official firmware.

25 comments:

  1. I had the same problem where it wouldn't let me root using this method due to Knox saying it was unauthorized access attempt.

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    1. Did you ever find a fix? I'm thinking about rooting mine today.

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  2. It's not working for me. I tried it twice. Still no root and no WiFi after the 4.3 update. I wish I'd never applied the 4.3 update!

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  3. I tried it twice also and it didn't work for me either WHY??

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  4. Well, I gave it a shot and it worked! (^_^)Y

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    1. Any special instructions we need to follow in order to get this to work? I appreciate your feedback.

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    2. Hmmmm, I did exactly what it said, nothing fancy.

      One thing, I was impatient when 4.3 rolled out, and I heard that if you did a hard reset (where everything was wiped clean), then the new update would come. I did a hard reset and sure enough the update came. About two weeks after that I rooted it using the above method. I'm not sure, but MAYBE doing a hard reset has something to do with it???? That's the only thing I can think of that's out of the ordinary.

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    3. Also, I used the Odin version that was included in the zip (it wasn't mentioned in the above tutorial), not the one downloaded separately.

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    4. I too used ODIN3 V1.85 instead of the separate ODIN file download and everything rooted fine. If you want a custom recovery as well, download the RomManager app from Google Play and install the Clockwork Mod custom recovery.

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  5. Worked for me 3rd time around was the charm.
    re-downloaded the files. 1st time dates on files were from Feb 2013.
    2nd time they were from Dec 2013
    I also used the Odin version that was included in the zip not the one i had already.
    Hope this helps someone..

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    1. **Correction**
      2nd set of files dated Nov 2013 not Dec

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  6. I've tried twice but both times after restart, I get a security warning about unauthorized access to a secured area...

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    1. I am getting the same thing about unauthorized access to a secure area.

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    2. This is an easy fix. It did work. The security issue you have is samsun KNOX. Goto the Play Market and update SU app. (super user) It will let you know KNOW was found and that you can disable it. Accept and you will be good to go.

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  7. I too had problems when I first tried to root my phone using this method. However, once I uninstalled Samsung Kies from my phone, Odin was able to successfully install the CF-Auto-Root file. Then I downloaded and installed SuperSU (free version) from the Google Play Store which updated the phone's binaries. I also approved the disabling of Samsung KNOX when I was asked. I then rebooted my phone. When I ran Root Checker (also from Play Store) it verified that my phone has root access!

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  8. I attempted three time and it worked on the third try. I just followed the instructions except for enabling USB debuging because i could not find it in my phone.

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  9. Did anyone get wifi tether to work

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  10. Worked for me. It just didn't come with a Super user app. hap to download my own from the app store. Super SU allows you to disable the KNOX

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  11. This thread may be old, but I want to add my two cents. Once you finished the process, you must update super user app. after this you will be able to disable know

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  12. YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD SUPER SU FROM THE PLAYSTORE!!! IT HAPPENED TO ME.

    The Knox seems to be a security to cancel or difficult the root so when you download SUPER SU from the playstore it will get recognized and then you can turn it off!!

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  13. It worked for me on the first Try . I had no Problems at All.

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  14. My question is if i use this method and disable knox will i be able to return the phone to factory state with knox not tripped in case i need to return to sprint

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    1. No, for now there is no way to reset the KNOX counter to 0x0.

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