How to Root T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note-II Without Increasing Flash Counter

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If you are the user of T-Mobile  variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note and are looking forward to root your device, then here is the easy tutorial for you. With the help of this tutorial you can now easily root your device without tripping its flash counter or switching to another ROM.

Full Credits will goes to the XDA Recognized Contributor mrRobinson who has taken the latest stock Odin-flashable factory images for the devices, and injected them with the su binary and SuperSu app, leaving everything else as is. The result is a pure stock ROM, with only root access added. Since nothing else is modified, the flash counter on your device should remain safe.

Pre Requisites:

  • Once you root your device, there is a chance of your datas getting wiped off so, before start to proceed take backup of your datas completely.
  • We also advice you to charge your device battery fully in order to apply the update. Minimum 80% is recommended from our side. If you do not consider this there is a chance of your device getting switched off during the middle of the process.
  • Next disable all the antivirus suites in your computer as well as mobile so that the rooting process may not get interrupted.
  • Make sure USB debugging is enabled in your mobile. If not, you can do it by following the path – “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging” and after that USB debugging would be enabled in your phone.
  • Get the drivers for the SPH-L900 from the Samsung website. There just click on the Manuals and Download options at the bottom and then on the Software and get the latest drive for your device.

DISCLAIMER : Use the given below procedures at your own risk. We should not be held responsible/liable if any thing happens wrongly to your device.

How to Root T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note-II without increasing flash Counter:

This is a root injected factory stock T889UVALJi Odin Flashable image. You flash this in Odin just as you would completely stock ROM from Samsung. In this tutorial, we simply injected the su binary and SuperSu app so you now have rooted stock image.


  • First, download the image from here or here.
  • So, once you have downloaded then extract the file root66_TMO_T889UVALJ1.tar.md5 from the .7z file you downloaded..
  • After that, use the Odin, put the phone into the download mode. To enter into the download mode you need to off the phone, after that hold the volume down button + Home button + Power button.
  • So, once you entered into the download mode connect your phone to the computer with the help of micro USB Cable that came with the phone (Please don’t use other USB cable if you do so you may face any issues)and open the Odin file.
  • Once you open the Odin file, click the PDA field and select the image file which you have downloaded at the first step.
  • Leave your device to Auto Reboot and F.Reset time checked.
  • After that click start button and when it finished then again let your phone to reboot.

If you just want a stock, rooted phone with no custom recovery, no plans to flash custom ROMs, etc. then you can stop here.

Optional, Recovery (will trip counter):

It seems loading any custom recovery will trip the download mode flash counter. Loading a non stock recovery will also prevent you from successfully applying OTA updates however, here is a procedure for any who want a non-stock recovery (TWRP Recovery).

Option 1: Download the GooManager from the Play Store. Once installed click the menu and select “Install Open Recovery Script”.

Option 2: Download the TWRP recovery image from here. Copy the same into the SD-card of your phone.

Connect your phone to your computer and use ADB.

type adb shell
once in the shell run su
dd if=/sdcard/openrecovery-twrp- of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p9

Just in case, you are unfamiliar with adb commands then Grab the android terminal emulator from the Google Play Store and run the same commands starting with su and then the dd command.

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