Following the Sprint and Canadian variants which have been obtained official KitKat Android 4.4.2 update, now the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2 also got it. The AT&T version comes with I317UCUCNE5 software, while the Canadian models (Bell, Virgin Mobile, Rogers, Koodo Mobile, SaskTel and Telus) got the I317MVLUDNF1 version. Since these two phones have a comparable model number, the changes included in the software update is not too different, comes with the brand new OS along with multiple improvements. However, there is one more similarity, both of these smartphones will lose root after upgraded to KitKat.
In addition to the shiny new KitKat software, the NF1 and NE5 update for Samsung Galaxy Note II also brings numerous enhancements, such as media controls and a camera shortcut on lockscreen, simplified and white colored status bar icons, NFC-based transactions via Host Card Emulation (HCE), Beat music and a lot more. With so many goodness brought by the latest software, we recommend you to upgrade your phone immediately. For rooted users, don’t worry, because we can still get back to the root AT&T Galaxy Note 2 running KitKat updates (I317UCUCNE5).
Previously, many are expecting that the trending root exploit – TowelRoot will be able to easily deliver superuser access after these phone upgraded to official KitKat. But the reality is different, the Towel method has failed to give us root privileges, fortunately the aged yet powerful tool (CF Auto Root by Chainfire) can help us, although it’s not as easy as the towel app.
- Canadian (SGH-I317M) or AT&T variants (SGH-I317) of Samsung Galaxy Note II, with updated software to official KitKat.
- A Windows powered desktop PC or laptop.
- Grab the most recent version of Samsung USB Mobile Drivers.
- Avoid insufficient power during flashing by charging the battery.
- Get the CF-Auto-Root tool from official Chainfire’s site here, make sure to pick a file that matches with your phone model number.
Canadian and AT&T Galaxy Note 2 official KitKat root (NE5 / NF1)
Don’t forget to backup important data.
- Extract the zip file you’ve downloaded, typically you will see 5 files inside the zip file.
- Double-click the Odin3.exe from inside the extracted folder.
- After the Odin window popped, select the ‘PDA’ button, then seek for a file with ‘*.tar.md5’ extension.
- You do not need to make any changes in Odin, but make sure the ‘Repartition’ in the ‘Options’ section is not marked.
- Now put your Samsung Galaxy Note II into download mode, press and hold these keys sequentially (Volume down + Home + Power). You may get a warning, just hit continue.
- Connect the Note 2 to computer through USB cable. At this point, Odin must recognize your phone, otherwise, there’s driver issue.
- Once ready, back to Odin and click the ‘Start’ button, when flashing in progress don’t touch your phone. Once the flashing completed, the phone will restart by itself.
- Open a new installed app called SuperSU then finish the su binary installation. Your Canadian and AT&T Galaxy Note 2 runs KitKat (I317MVLUDNF1 / I317UCUCNE5) should rooted now.