How to Safely Root T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 T889UVALJ1 Jelly bean

If you are one among all Android tech-savvy’s and wonder how to root your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note II SGH-T889, so that you can install a wide-variety of apps from GooglePlay store. Here is the root method that has been  proven safety and tested without any hassles of tripping the flash binary counter.   Some root method cases, you need to install a custom recovery first before you can install a rooted system images that triggers the flash binary counter. It will then lead you to reset it back again when you need to restore back your Galaxy Note2 to its original out-of-the-box factory default settings.

Root T-Mobile Samsung galaxy note2

This root process is yet simple, saves your time and effort. The idea of this technique is by injecting a rooted image (su and superuser.apk) to the original stock T889UVALJ1 Android 4.1.1 Jellybean firmware.  So, by installing this is just likely flashing the original firmware with only added root system image. The man behind this is mrRobinson, already known as highly recognized developer from XDA-Developer. He is the one  responsible from earlier rooting method of the Samsung Galaxy S3, both United States (T-Mobile, AT&T and Canada Bell, Rogers, Telus and Sasktel) variants.

FAQ About Rooting Galaxy Note2

Does rooting will unlock my Samsung Galaxy Note2?
A: No, your device stay locked from T-Mobile.

Can I unroot it easily, in-case I needed back to restore my device and looks likely remains untouched.
A: Yes, to revert back to factory stock, you just need to install back the unrooted factory stock firmware. I also added how to unroot guides here.

Does all default apps or bloatwares from T-Mobile will remove?
A: NO, this is the default firmware, only root system images is inserted to this, so all T-Mobile’s bloatwares are still intact.

Guide: How to Root T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SGH-T889 4.1.1 T889UVALJ1

Grab the Rooted Image:
Mirror 1: root66_TMO_T889UVALJ1.7z
Mirror 2: root66_TMO_T889UVALJ1.7z
Then extract or unzipped the root66_TMO_T889UVALJ1.tar.md5 from the .7z file you downloaded.

Odin flasherOdin3_v3.07

USB DriverSGN2 USB Driver (Install it first)

  • Make a back up copy of all important files stored from the phone, before you proceed. Although this will not wipe all data stored from your device (just for safety)
  • Use PC with Windows OS (Odin will not work on Mac and Linux OSX)
  • Make sure to fully recharge your battery
  • Use the original supplied USB cable for your Galaxy Note 2.

Disclaimer: Use of this guide is solely at your own risk! Rooting will void the warranty of your device.

Step 1: Run Odin on your PC desktop
Step 2: Boot the Galaxy Note 2 into download mode screen for Odin.
Turn it off, once completely shut down hold down the ‘HOME’ + ‘VOLUME DOWN’ buttons and press the ‘POWER’ button for about 2 seconds until a WARNING! Screen appears. Press the ‘VOLUME UP’ button to continue or enter Download Mode. It will then display an – Android Robot and says ” Downloading.. DO not turn off target”

Step 3: Connect the phone to PC via USB. Then make sure you can see as phone “Added” in Odin log box or a highlighted (blue color) COM:ID, once the device is detected or recognize with Odin.
Step 4: In Odin window, DO Not tick ‘RE-Partition’ only Tick ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F. Reset Time’ and nothing else.
Step 5: Now load the rooted stock image.
Click odin’s PDA button then select the root66_TMO_T889UVALJ1.tar.md5

Step 6: Click on “Start” to begin flashing.
Step 7: Wait until the flashing finishes, DO NOT remove nor touch anything unless it completely finishes.
Step 8: Remove the phone from PC once rebooted.

If you have any doubts about how this rooting method works, you visit mrrobinson XDA-developer original thread to get further details.

Author: Kim Bubble

I'm a tech savvy, I love movies and music too! But my deepest passion lies on technology.

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