The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is reaching out to stores all around the world now. People are yet to receive the device in their hands but the rockstar developer, Chainfire, renowned for his awesome SuperSU app and CF Auto Root for Smasung devices has already released root for several Galaxy Note 4 device. Chainfire has released the Galaxy Note 4 root for Exynos and Qualcomm devices based on exynos5 and apq8084 chipsets, respectively.
Galaxy Note 4 root was first released for the Asian variants of the device as soon as the stock firmwares were made available for the device. Chainfire promised to release root for other variants as and when stock firmwares were to be made available.
It has always been easier to root Samsung Galaxy devices for Chainfire, but for the carrier locked Galaxy devices it has never been an easier road to root them, even for Chainfire. Last year, the Verizon and AT&T variants of Galaxy S5 weren’t rootable with the CF Auto Root package, so the users of these devices raised bounty of around $2000 for anyone who’s able to root the said devices. And then, a root method from another renowned hacker/developer, Geohot, known for his work on jailbreaking several Apple devices, released an universal rooting method, Towelroot.
Towelroot was able to root Verizon and AT&T Galaxy devices along with several other Android devices from various manufacturers. Towelroot used an exploit which could root almost all Android devices released prior to April, 2014. However, the root exploit is now patched by Samsung and all other Android manufacturers and it doesn’t work anymore on newer firmwares. And hence, the Galaxy Note 4 won’t be rootable with Towelroot.
The US variants of Galaxy Note 4 from T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, etc. may not see Galaxy Note 4 root from the CF Auto Root package. Even with unlocked bootloaders, carrier locked Samsung devices come in hard when it comes to rooting capabilities.
The CF Root package has been around since the days of the original Galaxy S back in year 2010. The rooting tool then evolved into CF Auto Root with the release of Samsung Galaxy S3. It’s the most successful rooting method in the history of for Samsung Galaxy devices, all thanks to Chainfire for his active development for the community.
CF Auto root uses Chainfire’s own SuperSU app for managing Superuser permissions, which too is actively developed and is (in our opinion) the best app on the Play store to manage Superuser permission for root access to apps and ADB.
So that was all about the history of CF Auto root and rooting info for Samsung Galaxy devices in general. But if you’re new, you may not even know about what’s root, so let’s begin with that and then we’ll discuss the benefits of rooting Galaxy Note 4 and the risks involved.
What’s Rooting Galaxy Note 4?
Rooting an Android device simply means gaining root access to the device. It’s having system-level privileges on your Galaxy Note 4. You don’t get these privileges by default on your phone because if misused or used without caution these privileges can easily make useless (brick) an otherwise fine device.
That said, rooting is all fun and gems. You could do a lot of wondrous things on a rooted Galaxy Note 4. And if you’re pro user, rooting your Note 4 will super boost the way you interact with your phone.
The benefits of rooting Galaxy Note 4?
By rooting your Galaxy Note 4 you’ll be able to do a lot of fun stuff on your device. Third-party developers make so many awesome themes, MODs, custom ROMs and other such stuff that only a root user could enjoy. The Note 4 has just released yet though, so we’re only providing the general benefits of rooting Note 4 for now, but as soon as we find some awesome stuff specifically for Note 4 users to play with, we’ll update this page.
Here are some immediate benefits that you’ll enjoy as soon as you root your Note 4. But know that, there many benefits to rooting in general and to keep it short, we’re sticking to the immediate benefits only that you’ll enjoy after rooting your Note 4:
- Remove bloatware (completely): Bloatware is the shit that Samsung puts on your phone as features. But the truth these features from Samsung actually hogs down your phone and unnecessarily consumes your phone’s battery. So for the pro users, it’s a big deal. And with root access on your Note 4 this can be easily dealt with. With a rooted Note 4 you’ll be able to completely remove any app that came pre-installed on your phone, even hidden apps from the /system/apps/ directory on the phone. But make sure you use the root access on your Note 4 with caution, because if you remove an app that’s integral part of the system, chances are that you’ll soft-brick your phone.
- Enable WiFi Hotspot: Samsung devices support WiFi hotspot and USB tethering by default, but some mean carriers block this feature. With root access you’d be able to bypass any carrier limitation and use your Galaxy Note 4 as WiFi HotSpot.
- Performance Boost: Removing bloatware alone should give you good performance boost and increased battery life. But if you’re looking for more, you can manually profile your phone’s CPU to your liking using the SetCPU app with root access.
- Backup and Restore apps with data: With root you can easily backup and restore apps/games along with data using Backup + or TitaniumBackup (and other similar apps).
- Flash Firmware updates without PC using Mobile ODIN: With root access you can easily flash official/leaked unofficial firmwares on your Galaxy Note 4 using the Mobile ODIN app by Chainfire.
- Use Xposed Modules: Xposed modules lets you tweak your device like anything. WanamXposed is one of the most popular module for Samsung phones. There are more cool modules available for the Xposed framework, which basically every rooted Android user can use.
I hope the list above gave you a pretty good idea of benefits of rooting your Galaxy Note 4. And like I said before, there are a lot more things you could do with root access on your phone. To start with, have a look at the link below:
icon-hand-o-right Essential Root apps for every rooted Android user
Risks involved with rooting?
Everything has a price. Yes! Rooting involves some risks (serious? that depends on you):
- Voids Warranty: Rooting will void the warranty on your Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
- Could soft-brick your Galaxy Note 4: This is serious. And it totally depends on you. If you don’t follow proper instructions (or you be ignorant) with anything regarding rooting or root apps in general, chances are that you’ll end up soft-bricking your Galaxy Note 4.
If you’ve any other doubts regarding rooting, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.
HOW TO ROOT GALAXY NOTE 4
Like we discussed before, we’ll be using CF Auto Root to root Galaxy Note 4. And while the process of rooting is similar for all variants of Galaxy Note 4, the cf-auto-root file is different for each. So we’ve different pages for rooting instructions for each variant of Galaxy Note 4, select your variant from the links below and enjoy root access on your Galaxy Note 4:
International Galaxy Note 4
icon-hand-o-right Root Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910C
Canada Galaxy Note 4 (Bell, Rogers, Telus, etc.)
US Galaxy Note 4
Root AT&T Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910A [placeholder]
Root Verizon Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910V [placeholder]
Korea Galaxy Note 4
China Galaxy Note 4
Other Galaxy Note 4 Variants
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is yet to release in many regions, so we’re putting some of devices as placeholder only. We’ll update this page as soon as Galaxy Note 4 root is available for more variants of the device.