How-To: Root And Install CWM Recovery Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000

Last updated: July 1, 2020.

Root and install CWM Recovery Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000

When it was released in 2011, the Samsung Galaxy Note was the first phablet that was released by a smartphone manufacturer.  Initially, the device came with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but Samsung has since updated it to Android 4.1.2.


If you want to play around with your Galaxy Note’s settings, you are going to need to root it and install a custom recovery.  In this post, we’re going to show you how to root and install CWM Recovery Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N700.

Before we begin, make sure of the following:

  1. You have charged your battery to over 60 percent.
  2. You have backed up all your important messages, contacts and call logs.

Note: The methods needed to flash custom recoveries, ROMs and to root your phone can result in bricking your device.  Rooting your device will also void the warranty and it will no longer be eligible for free device services from manufacturers or warranty providers.  Be responsible and keep these in mind before you decide to proceed on your own responsibility.  In case a mishap occurs, we or the device manufacturers should never be held responsible.


Rooting Samsung Galaxy Note on Android ICS / JB:

  1. First, go to your Galaxy Note’s Settings > About Phone.
  2. Check what your phone’s Android version is, whether it is Android IceCream Sandwich (4.0.x) or Android Jelly Bean (4.1.2).
  3. Check your phone’s Kernal version.
  4. Download the .zip file for your phone’s kernel version here. Place the file on the phone’s external sd card.
  5. Turn off the phone by either long pressing the power button or pulling off the battery. Wait for about 30 seconds. Now turn it on by pressing and holding down the Volume Up + Home + Power Keys.
  6. The phone should now boot into the recovery mode. While in recovery mode, you can move between options by using the volume up and down keys. To make selections, you can use the power key.
  7. Select: install update from external sd card.
  8. Choose the downloaded .zip file and select yes.
  9. The installation of the custom recovery should begin now and your phone will be rooted as well.


If you want to enter the custom recovery repeat the step 5.

If you want to check that you have root access, go to your apps menu and see if you have the SuperSu app.  You can check by installing the Root Checker App from the Google play store.


Rooting the phone on Android Gingerbread:


NOTE:  It is not possible to root a Samsung Galaxy Note running on Android 2.3.x Gingerbread, therefore; you need to flash a pre-rooted ROM. You can do so by following  the steps explained


  1. First download the following:
  • Download and Unzip Odin for PC.
  • Download & InstallSamsung USB Drivers.
  • Download and unzip Pre-Rooted Gingerbread ROM here
  1. OpenOdin
  2. Put phone in download mode, by turning off your phone either by pulling out the battery for around 30 seconds or long pressing the power button. Turn it back on by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power Keys.


  1. Attach the phone to a computer using the original USB cable.
  2. The ID:COM port at the top left of Odin should turn either blue or yellow now
  3. Select PDA tab and select downloaded-rooted ROM
  4. Make sure the options selected in ODINshould  be the same as shown below.
  5. Click on ”Start” and the installation process will begin. When it is done, your phone should restart and you should have pre-rooted ROM installed with CWM Recovery Samsung Galaxy Note

Recovery Samsung Galaxy Note


Why would you want to root your phone? Because it will give you complete access to all the data which would otherwise be locked by manufacturers.  Rooting will remove factory restrictions and allow you to make changes in both the internal and operating systems.  It will allow you to install apps that can enhance your devices performance and upgrade your battery life.  You will be able to remove built-in apps or programs and install apps which need root access.


NOTE: If you install an OTA update, the root access will be wiped.  You will either have to root your device again, or you can install OTA Rootkeeper App.  This app can be found on the Google Play Store.  It creates a backup of your root and will restore it after any OTA updates.


So you have now rooted and installed CWM Recovery Samsung Galaxy Note

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