Will Verduzco · Feb 18, 2012 at 04:43 pm

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note Rooted Before Official Release

Less than 72 hours ago, AT&T started shipping its variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note to pre-ordered customers. While the international version of the Note has been out since the end of October, AT&T’s variant packs a much-appreciated LTE punch.

However, due to inherent device differences, root methods are incompatible between devices. Thanks to work by XDA Senior Moderator Da_G, owners of the AT&T-branded Note can now achieve elevated permissions as well—and this is one day before the device officially goes on sale in retail outlets.

With the developer’s ODIN-flashable pre-rooted kernel, you can now use custom boot animations, adb root, init.d scripts, and more. In the words of the developer:

This kernel enables custom boot animations, adb root, init.d support, runs a script to auto-root your /system partition, and then you’re on your merry way  You may need the USB Drivers available here. (Support & Downloads for SGH-I717)

Once the USB Drivers are installed, power off the phone, then hold volume down and power it on, you’ll get a screen asking you to hit vol up to continue, do so. This puts the phone in download mode.

Stick the provided pda.tar in the PDA box of Odin3 1.85, flash away!

Install Superuser from the market after booting.

AT&T-branded Galaxy Note owners who don’t mind adding a tick to their flash counter should proceed to the modification thread to get started.

[Thank you to XDA Moderator Committee leader NotATreoFan for the tip and help!]
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willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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