Install CWM Recovery and Root Galaxy Note on XXLPY Ice Cream Sandwich Firmware

Galaxy Note XXLPY Root

Alert! There is a bug on XXLPY firmware which may totally brick your Galaxy Note N7000. Read about the bug and solution here, right now. And, don’t factory reset using recovery, don’t flash anything using recovery and in fact, don’t use recovery mode at all, whether CWM recovery (that you get using Cf-Root) or Samsung’s stock recovery, do not use either.

Samsung has officially released the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note N7000, the build number being XXLPY. Surely, you may have tasted the ICS earlier than that thanks to custom rom or earlier leak, but this one if official and final, and Samsung is distributing the XXLPY via its PC software Kies, too.

We know those of you who have the phablet device Galaxy note is have already updated to XXLPY firmware and as usual you now just want to root it, and restore the data, apps, etc. things of your earlier firmware to XXLPY right now. Thankfully, Chainfire — one of the coolest developer around — has got you covered and has already released the Root for XXLPY, which will make your international Galaxy Note equally, and more, awesome on ICS too. No life on android without root, eh! Okay, maybe not, but still, it’s agonizingly hard to use an unrooted android device after you’ve used one rooted.

So, let’s see how to root galaxy note on Android 4.0 XXLPY firmware.


This root guide is compatible only and only with the international Galaxy Note, model number N7000. It’s not meant for AT&T Galaxy Note at all and might brick AT&T’s device if tried. Check your device’s model number in Settings» About phone.


The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable. 

Pre-Installation Requirements

  • Drivers! — it’s important you’ve the proper drivers installed. Download links below.
    32 bit (x86) Windows |   64-bit (x64) Windows
  • If you have Samsung’s PC software Kies installed, un-install/shut it down completely from the taskbar first because it may interrupt the flashing process.

How to Root and install Clockworkmod CWM Recovery on Galaxy Note N7000 on XXLPY Ice Cream Sandwich firmware

Again, this is for XXLPY firmware/build number on Galaxy Note N7000 only. Don’t try this on any other build number of N7000. If you haven’t got ICS XXLPY firmware on your N7000 Galaxy note yet, install it first using our guide linked in first paragraph above. Check your Galaxy Note’s build number here: Settings » About Phone.

  1. After making sure that your Galaxy Note’s build number is XXLPY, download Chainfire’s root kernel from here. Filename: Size: 6.41 MB
  2. Unzip the above file once (7-zip free software is recommended). You will get a .tar file – CF-Root-SGN_XX_OXA_LPY-v5.3-CWM5.tar — inside the extracted folder. DO NOT extract the .tar file even if you see it as a zip file (thanks to same icon), which it is not. 
  3. Download the Odin software which you’ll be using to flash the chainfire’s root kernel on your Galaxy Note to root it on XXLPY build number.  Download Link | Filename: | Size: 199 KB Extract it to get this file — Odin3 v1.85.exe — which you gotta run when asked in step 6 below.
  4. Switch off the Galaxy Note now. Wait for vibration to confirm complete switch off.
  5. Now, boot the Galaxy Note into Download Mode. For this, press and hold these keys together: Volume Down + Home + Power, you’ll get a Warning! screen.. press Volume up to continue to enter download mode.
  6. Open Odin now by double clicking the Odin3 v1.85.exe.
  7. Connect your phone to PC now using the USB cable. You’ll notice Added!! message in Odin’s message box in the bottom left. Ig you don’t get the Added! ! message, restart both phone and PC and try again. It’s necessary you get this message in Odin when you connect Galaxy Note to PC.
  8. Now, on Odin, click the PDA tab and then select the .tar file you got in step 2 — CF-Root-SGN_XX_OXA_LPY-v5.3-CWM5.tar.
  9. Important! Do not touch any other button or make any other changes in Odin except selecting the required file as given in step 8. You Odin’s screen should look like this one below:
  10. Click the Start button in Odin to flash the CF-Root kernel to root your Galaxy Note on XXLPY Android 4.0Ice Cream Sandwich.
  11. After CF Root has been flashed, the Note will restart automatically. When you see PASS written in top left box, you can disconnect the phone from the computer.
    On Successful flashing, Odin’s screen should like this:
    IMPORTANT Note: If ODIN gets stuck at some stage (like, on setup connection) and it doesn’t seem to be doing anything, do this — disconnect the phone from the PC, close ODIN, remove battery, re-insert it, turn phone on in Download mode again, and do the procedure again from Step 5. Same if you get a FAIL message in Odin.
  12. If you face any problems while flashing CF-Root, let us know and we’ll try to help you out.
  13. For those who want, here’s the guide to root and install CWM recovery on XXLPY firmware of Galaxy Note.

That’s it. You have successfully rooted your Galaxy Note and installed CWM recovery too along with it. Open the app drawer and the CWM app will be there, which you can use to make total backup of the phone ad restore it when required, flash themes, flash roms, etc. Enjoy!

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  • works, no over clock though, but im happy with underclock, saves battery, works fine at 1ghz

    • It’s 1.4GHz by default, man. Which app you are using yo check it? Try any other app, it should be 1.4 GHz.

  • Kendratovia

     Hello i followed the instruction for installing the official ICS for galaxy note via Odin 1.85 it was successfully Pass after the reboot i see the galaxy note logo then the samsung logo, the thing is i stuck at the samsung logo, for what i can see on my note samsung logo is blinking, what should i do please help

  • 55

    i flashed the c-f root correctly but till now i can not aquire root permission or authinticate programs like root explorer!

    i hope from you to fix it

    • Hey, read this. And better go back to Gingerbread as there is a bug on XXLPY. Don’t flash anything from recovery mode. Don’t do Factory Reset from Recovery. Don’t use recovery mode at all.

      Read whole thing here —

  • Alert! There is a bug on XXLPY firmware which may totally brick your Galaxy Note N7000. Read about the bug and solution here, right now. And, don’t factory reset using recovery, don’t flash anything using recovery and in fact, don’t use recovery mode at all, whether CWM recovery (that you get using Cf-Root) or Samsung’s stock recovery, do not use either.

  • Kendratovia

     Hello, Kapil it works and the rooted method as well, now i have the
    official Samsung Galaxy Note Premium Rooted phone, I have a question, I
    Don’t understand the warning above not flashing the XXLPY its seems to
    work smooth, whats seems to be the problem?

    Last question, how can i remove the yellow triangle logo, i installed
    the Triangle Away App, but it doesn’t work, is there any way to remove
    the yellow triangle? Im using LPY

    Thanks Kapil

  • amith

    Is this method increase flash counter?

  • semi3107

    o to remove yellow triangle..

  • mtin

    I didn’t like the rooting at all. My phone is now much slower than original samsung firmware. How can I remove or reinstall the original samsung firmware !

    if I knew that it gets slower with this root, I would never do that. very very annoying

    • Just install the firmware you want back. Root will be gone and it will be original Samsung firmware as you would want.

  • goran

    You forgot to mention that USB debugging should be enabled before doing this..

    I actually tried (forgot it myself too) and got unresponsive phone ..
    thought that I’ve hard-bricked the phone (famous mmc bug) .. fortunately
    after shutdown, unconnected the usb cable … waiting for short time
    and doing stock ICS reinstall everything worked fine .. Then I’ve
    discovered that USB debugging was turned off by default.. Now I’m on rooted ICS 🙂


    • Ouch, our bad 🙁

      Thanks for notifying!

    • sokhemarak

      By this method I still have Yellow Triagle in my Device.What wrong with me ?Help please

      • It’s okay to have yellow triangle. I ave it on my Galaxy S and Galaxy S2 too. When you a Samsung firmware back, like XXLC1 or XXLPY or ZSLPF, it would be gone unless you root it again.

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      You don’t need to have USB debugging on for flashing anything in ODIN. Odin doesn’t take any settings on the phone into account and is totally separate from the OS. Odin can sometimes get stuck at the beginning and soft-brick the phone, in which case one needs to retry, as given in the important note in the guide 🙂

  • keyy

    i’ve root my galaxy note…but now my galaxy note wont me here

  • Mina

    Kapil …… my Galaxy Note
    build number is XXLPT NOT XXLPY
    is there a different???

  • Mina

    Kapil …… my Galaxy Note
    build number is XXLPT NOT XXLPY
    is there a different???

  • brendan

    i love you so much… i thought i bricked NOTE untill i found you… thank you for ur help.. u guys are TECH Geniuses

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