Wondering why you might want to root Samsung Gear 2 smartwatches? The reasons are largely the same as the reasons why you would want to root your Samsung smartphone. Once you root the Gear 2 smartwatch, you can remove the carrier supplied apps that you do not use, increase the battery life and tweak the performance in your favor with how you want your device performing instead of it being in the default state it was in out of the box to perform on a medium level across the board.
- The following guide roots the Samsung Gear 2 only. Do not follow this guide unless you have the second-generation of the Gear smartwatch by Samsung.
- Moreover, you need to be running the official NDD R380XXU0BND8 firmware file to get this to work. Do not flash the rooting file unless you are running on that same firmware or else you will probably brick the device. You can check your firmware build by tapping on the Settings > About menu from the smartwatch.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- You can only follow this guide to root Samsung Gear 2 devices using a Windows computer. Correspondingly, it works on nearly all versions of Windows. The only exception is the Windows RT operating system that comes with the Microsoft Surface tablet since it does not let you install anything from outside the Microsoft App Store.
- You will need to have the USB Debugging Mode enabled on your Samsung smartwatch before you can connect it to the computer and start using the Odin flash tool. Unlock it first by tapping on the Settings > About > tap the build number seven times. Now go back to the settings and enter the newly unlocked Developer Options menu to find the USB Debugging Mode option you need to turn on.
- You are voiding the warranty by following this guide to root the Samsung gear 2 smartwatch using the Odin flash tool. You can use the same flash tool to flash a stock ROM on your device. Flashing a stock ROM will revoke the root access and return your smartwatch back the way it was out of the box.
HOW TO ROOT SAMSUNG GEAR 2 RUNNING NDD R380XXU0BND8
- Download the R380XXU0BNDDrootfs_root.tar file to the computer and shift it over to the desktop.
- Since I know you are running Windows, it will end up in the ‘Downloads’ folder unless you have changed the default download location of your files.
- Click and drag the Gear 2 rooting file over to the desktop.
- Download the nulled Odin 3.09 from from the link here.
- Follow the same steps and get the Odin flash tool on the desktop of your computer.
- Run the Odin executable file on the desktop so the Odin user-interface is ready.
- Turn off the Gear 2 smartwatch.
- Turn it back on by holding the Home + Power + Volume Down keys and get it in download mode.
- Once you have the smartwatch in download mode, connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Click the AP button from the Odin user-interface and browse the desktop for the rooting package you extracted earlier.
- Click the Start button and the flash tool will root the smartwatch in a few minutes.
- Wait until you get the pass message from the Odin user-interface before unplugging and closing the Odin app on the computer.
You are ready to start installing the root-requiring applications from the Google Play Store and other third-party sources from around the web like the App Brain app store. Just make sure you download real apps and not fake apps. Read any available reviews and check the comments for what people are saying.