How to Root T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 without increasing flash counter
The T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 already has received root tools but they increase the flash counter, but if you install a rooted stock firmware, it will not trip the flash counter, thanks to recognized XDA developer mrRobinson for releasing rooted stock ROM for T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 that don’t tease the flash counter and is based on T889UVALJ1 stock Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean firmware.
This guide shows you to how to root T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 without increasing the flash counter via rooted T889UVALJ1 stock Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean firmware. Do keep in mind that rooting will void the warranty of your device.
Use a Windows PC, USB drivers should be installed on it. You may use Samsung KIES to install drivers, but before installation disable. Make a backup of your device data such as SMS, internet setting, contacts music files etc because the below procedure may wipe data, you can sync your contacts with Gmail account and for messages use SMS apps, lastly use file expert app to backup apps.
DISCLAIMER: Please proceed the below guide at your own risk, Android Egis will not be held responsible if your device lost data or gets damaged following this guide.
Step #2: Download Odin3_v3.04.zip file to your PC.
Step #3: Unzip both .zip files into a folder.
Step #4: Open the folder where you’ve unzipped above file and run Odin3 v3.04.exe.
Step #5: Turn the device off.
Step #6: Reboot the device into download mode, to do so reboot your device by holding down volume down, home and power buttons until screen turns on, then press volume up button to enter in download mode.
Step #7: Once you’re in download mode plug the device to PC using USB cable. Odin will detect the device, ID:COM will change color, and a message saying ADDED will appear. (Note: If Odin doesn’t detect the device, make sure that USB drivers are properly installed on your computer).
Step #8: Click on PDA Button and locate root66_TMO_T889UVALJ1.tar.md5 from the folder where you’ve unzipped above files in the step 2. (Note: Don’t make any change, just make sure that re-partition is unchecked).
Step #9: Click on Start button to start installation, once the installation done, your device will reboot itself and you’ll see message saying PASS (Note: If Odin refuse to install the update and show message FAIL, or get stuck, close the Odin and unplug device, then pull out battery from the device for a few seconds. Then put the battery back to the device and reboot into download mode. Then install the firmware again.
Step #10: Unplug your device from PC.
Great job, your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 has been rooted, you can install any root-required app on the phone. If you experience any problem during installation, holler in comment section.