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How to root the Galaxy Note 5 and install a custom recovery

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If you have a new Galaxy Note 5 and would like to delete some bloatware or otherwise take control of your phone, you can do just that, quickly and easily, by rooting it. Today we'll walk you through the process of how to root the Galaxy Note 5 and install a custom recovery, opening the door to all the control in the world.

Note: Rooting your Note 5 will void your warranty so only proceed if you are OK with that. There are also inherent risks in modifying your device and neither AndroidPIT nor I will accept any responsibility if you break or otherwise cause damage to your device. We advise you to read up, follow the steps carefully and make sure you have a basic understanding of root and the problems you might encounter along the way before you attempt this procedure.

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In Developer Options you need to flip the switch for OEM Unlock. / © ANDROIDPIT

First you'll need to unlock the bootloader on your Note 5. To do this you need to first enable Developer options. Go to Settings > About phone and tap Build number seven times until you see the notification pop up, telling you that you now have Developer options. Back up a step, go into Developer options and flip the switch for OEM unlock.

Note: You cannot use this root method if you have an AT&T or Verizon branded Galaxy Note 5. We're using the T-Mobile Note 5 (which does have OEM Unlock in the Developer options). Please also note that flashing a custom kernel will trip your Knox flag, making your device unusable with Samsung Pay.

How to root Galaxy Note 5 and install custom recovery

1. Turn off your Note 5 and reboot into download mode. Do this by pressing Volume Down, the Home button and Power at the same time until you see the warning screen, then release them. Press Volume Up to access Odin mode (also known as Download mode).

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This is download mode on the Galaxy Note 5. / © ANDROIDPIT

2. Download Odin v3.10.7 onto your computer along with the kernel. We're downloading Noble kernel for the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 (N920T) on Android 5.1.1 but you can grab any kernel that supports root for your specific device's model number and Android version (to find these details, go to Settings > About phone).

3. Connect your Note 5 to your computer with a USB cable.

4. On your computer, open Odin and ensure that the ID:COM box is blue. This means your Note 5 has been recognized. If it hasn't turned blue, make sure you have the correct Samsung drivers installed and try again.

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Make sure the ID:COM box is blue and then navigate to your downloaded kernel. / © ANDROIDPIT

5. Next, click the AP box and navigate to the kernel tar file you downloaded earlier. Make sure Re-partition is not checked in Odin (it's on the Options tab in v3.10.7).

6. Click Start and wait for your Note to reboot. You'll get a green Pass message in Odin once the process has completed.

7. Hit the Google Play Store and install SuperSU and update the binaries if requested.


8. Install Root Checker from the Play Store as well, to make sure you have now root.

9. Next, download TWRP to your computer and flash that through Odin as well – simply click the AP box and navigate to the tar.md5 file in the unzipped TWRP folder).

10. Once TWRP has been successfully flashed, you can reboot your Note 5 and you will now have a custom recovery installed too.

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Kris Carlon

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Kris is a former AndroidPIT Editor who came to the team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • Anthony Armstrong 1
    Anthony Armstrong Oct 11, 2016 Link to comment

    Do not do it. The Noble Kernal is outdated and your phone will go into an early grave called 'Seandroid Enforcing' I wish I was warned. :( but you were warned.

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    Mariya James Mar 19, 2016 Link to comment

    Rooting your Galaxy Note 5 can also give you access to the restricted parts of your phone. This can be helpful in downloading the apps you cannot download normally. You can even download the other Operating Systems by rooting your phone. Isn’t that simply great?

    Please do see this to root your device!
    mobilesiri .com/root-galaxy-note-5/

  • Andy L. Chasar 1
    Andy L. Chasar Feb 21, 2016 Link to comment

    My Verizon Note 5 has the OEM Unlock option in Developer Options. It's the 64GB version. Do all Note 5's have this included in the settings, no matter what the carrier is, or is my Note 5 unique? Running Android 5.1.1 right now.

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    CJ Collin Nov 10, 2015 Link to comment

    Any news on a root method for the Note 5 that doesn't trip KNOX?

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