How To Root Samsung Galaxy Note SGH-i717 On Android 2.3.6 [Tutorial]

Samsung’s huge smartphone / mini tablet – the Galaxy Note – will be releasing today over in the USA on AT&T and there is good news for would-be owners and Android enthusiasts: the device has been rooted! We’ve got the step-by-step guide after the jump.

Before you continue, please be sure to backup all sensitive data on your device. Pre-requisites for this rooting guide include a .tar file, ODIN and the latest drivers for the Galaxy Note [Official Website]. Keep in mind that you will lose your warranty if you root your device.

DISCLAIMER: Redmond Pie will not be held responsible if you lose data or your device gets damaged in the following of this guide. Proceed at your own risk.


Step 1: Download PDA.tar [Direct Download] and place it on your desktop for easy access later on.

Step 2: Download ODIN 1.85 [Direct Download]. This is the tool we will use to flash the pre-rooted kernel. Extract the .zip file’s contents using appropriate software (we recommend 7zip). Launch it.

Step 3: Turn off your Galaxy Note. Once it is completely shut down, press and hold Volume Down + Power/Lock buttons until you see a screen that asks you to press Volume Up to continue. Doing so will put your phone in download mode.

Step 4: Your smartphone (or is it a tablet?) will now be detected by ODIN.

Step 5: From ODIN, click on PDA and select PDA.tar file which you downloaded in Step 1.

Step 6: Click on Start to begin rooting procedure. Your device may reboot multiple times; this is normal behavior so there is nothing to be worried about.

Step 7: Once your device is rebooted for the final time, launch Android Market and search for SuperUser [Market Link] and install it.

If you followed the steps correctly, your Samsung Galaxy Note for AT&T/TELUS/Bell will now be rooted on Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread. Go ahead and check out cool root-only apps like Network Spoofer and WiFiKill but remember what Uncle Ben said, “With great power comes great responsibility!”

For queries, check out the official thread over on XDA-Developers.

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