How to root Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 using ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery (both 3G and WiFi) [Guide]

Getting an Android device rooted might be one of the most looked upon things after a new device has been launched. And the developer community working behind Android and its dependencies is such big that there is usually almost no delay for a device to get rooted after its release. Rooting your device will let you do many useful things such as block ads, allow/disallow specific permissions to specific apps, take advanced backups and install custom ROMs (naming just a few). If you are looking forward to rooting your Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 in the simplest, though safe method, we would suggest you to first install ClockworkMod recovery on your device, which will make performing advanced tasks on your device much simpler. Also, this guide requires you to have ClockworkMod recovery installed beforehand (check our guide on installing CWM recovery on your device if you haven’t already checked it out).

Disclaimer: This guide is intended as a helpful “how to”. dotTech and its writers are not responsible for any gain or loss (including but not limited to bricked devices) incurred as a result of following this guide. Root your device at your own risk. Rooting may void your warranty.


This guide will help you to root your Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 running on Ice Cream Sandwich. This guide will work for both the 3G and WiFi versions of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. As per zedomax (the developer who is reportedly the first person to have rooted Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1), if your model number starts with GT-N8000 or GT-N8013 or GT-N8010, you will be able to root your device successfully using this method. Proceed at your own risk.

Before We Begin

Before starting with the rooting procedure, verify the following checklist:

  • Download RootGalaxyNote10.1.zipto your computer. Extract this file to obtain 4 files:
    • this file to the root directory of the internal storage of your device)
    • HighOnAndroidCWMRecoveryGTN8000.tar (Not required if you have already installed CWM recovery on your device. If you don’t have CWM recovery on your tablet, keep this file and head over to the guide to install CWM recovery on your device; you wouldn’t have to download any files other than drivers specified in that guide if you have all the files from this guide.)
    • odin3 v1.85.exe
    • Odin3.ini
  • Make sure that you have ClockworkMod recovery installed on your device.

How To Root Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

To root your Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, follow the steps below:

  • Turn off your device.
  • Enter ClockworkMod recovery by keeping the ‘Volume Up’ and ‘Power buttons pressed until the device responds. Once the display turns on, release the ‘Power’ button, while holding the ‘Volume Up’ button.
  • Select ‘install zip from sdcard’.
  • Select ‘choose zip from sdcard’.
  • Now select the file that you had downloaded earlier.
  • Choose Yes, and CWM recovery will now start installing the file.
  • After successful installation, you can reboot your device by choosing ‘go back’ and then ‘reboot system now’.
  • Done! Your phone is now rooted (if everything went fine)!
  • Open up your Apps list and you will notice a new app ‘SuperSU’. You can access it anytime to manage root permissions for different apps.

If you are having trouble following the text-only guide, or if you would like to get yourself more guidance with a video guide, check out one by zedomax himself: How To Root Galaxy Note 10.1!


Enjoy a rooted Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with ClockworkMod recovery. Now you can do things such as take advanced backups, block ads or deny apps Internet access. And don’t forget to check back for more on your device.

[via RootGalaxyNote]

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