Although a bit late when compared to its predecessor – Galaxy S3, the official Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) finally released for Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note II with software version L900VPUBNE2. This is a highly anticipated software update, since the previous updates introduced over 6 months ago. As always, you must be prepared to lose root once successfully upgraded Sprint Galaxy Note II to the official KitKat (NE2).
The NE2 software comes with several common KitKat features and improvements, including redesigned status bar icon with white simplified icon, wireless printing support, camera and media access on the lock screen, expanded emoji icons, integrated location services, as well as the new Samsung KNOX 2.0. So you are strongly advised to take the OTA update, as it will make your device more valuable.
It seems you do not have to worry about losing root access on Sprint’s Galaxy Note 2 after updated to official KitKat L900VPUBNE2. Some members at xda has confirmed that the superuser can be recovered by the same method as before, by using CF Autoroot by Chainfire, the following are a guide for those who don’t remember how to get it done.
- Grab the updated version of Samsung USB drivers for Windows (optional).
- A computer with Windows OS.
- The original or OEM Samsung USB cable for stable connection.
- Get the CF-Autoroot for Sprint Galaxy Note II on Chainfire’s site, get tool for SPH-L900 model number (CF-Auto-Root-t0ltespr-t0ltespr-sphl900.zip).
Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note 2 official KitKat update root (NE2)
- Unzip the file you’ve downloaded, make sure you find a file with *.tar.md5 extension and also Odin executable.
- Execute the Odin.exe
- Switch off your phone, now put it in download mode, use this magic combo keys (Vol down + Home + Power), when notice a warning just decide to continue.
- Now link up the Note II into the PC. Make sure you find the smartphone is detected, take a look at ID:COM area.
- Next, still on Odin, press the PDA button and look for the “*.tar.md5”.
- Once ready, click the “Start” to begin the Autoroot procedure. When the Odin shows a PASS message, the flashing process seemed to be successful.
- The SuperSU app included in the tool is outdated, we need to update it. Head to to Play Store then update it from there.
- We need to setup the su binary, before we can utilize the superuser access, just run the SuperSU app, it will configure it for you.
Your Sprint Galaxy Note 2 running official KitKat (NE2) should rooted now, when you get the option to disable KNOX, just disable it, if you still enable it, the root will not work properly.