Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has received an updated which takes it to the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop version. As the firmware has been updated, the previous root methods won’t work on this one. However, Phil3759, a recognized developer, has developed a modified kernel for Galaxy Note 4 that can be rooted. This custom kernel needs to be flashed through a custom recovery like TWRP. Hence, you need to install TWRP on your device, and only then can you root Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
You also need to flash the SuperSU package after you flash the kernel. This custom kernel supports root, and SuperSU package is to provide root access. This process will trip KNOX, that means, you wont be able to install or update Samsung apps and Samsung Pay won’t work; as KNOX will be disabled. This works only on N910F variant. If you have an updated Galaxy Note 4 and want to root it, then this tutorial will guide you through the same.
- The listed custom kernel is compatible with only Samsung Galaxy Note 4 N910F. Do not try it on any other device or variant.
- You need a Custom Recovery like TWRP installed on your device. Click here to get the latest TWRP recovery.
- You must have device drivers installed on your PC, so that you can transfer the ROM file to your device’s storage.
- You must fully charge your device or at least to 60%, as the process may take a while.
Backup your Apps and Data
Before you proceed, make sure you backup all your data. This process will wipe all the data from your device except for the internal storage. Hence, a full backup or nandroid backup is recommended. Also backup all your internal storage files just in case anything goes wrong.
- Download | Custom Kernel for Galaxy Note 4 (File: N910F-Stock_Kernel_XXU1OH4_Root_Permissive_NTFS_PhilZ_v1.0.zip (11.5 MB))
- Download | SuperSU v2.46
How to Root Samsung Galaxy Note 4 N910F on Android 5.1.1 Update
- Download the custom kernel from the download section. Also download either the listed Google Apps or get your preferred ones.
- Now transfer the two listed zip files into your device’s internal storage. Place the zip file where you can easily locate it.
- Make sure you have TWRP installed on your Galaxy Note 4 and reboot into it. To boot into TWRP, press and hold home, volume down and power keys at the same time.
- It is highly recommended that you perform a nandroid backup. To backup your ROM, tap on backup option in TWRP and select the following elements: System, Data, Boot, Recovery, EFS and swipe right where appropriate, to backup.
- After performing the ROM backup, return to the TWRP main menu and tap the Install button and select navigate to the location of the custom kernel. Select it and perform the swipe operation.
- Go back to the TWRP main menu or home screen again and tap on Install option. Navigate to the SuperSU file and install it.
- Now reboot to system.