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Root Galaxy Note 5 on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Official Firmware

You can now root Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with SkyHigh TW custom kernel whilst running latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop official firmware. In previous Note generations, CF-Auto-Root was the best method to root but as Lollipop has progressed, it has become more complicated for developers to find an easy exploit. Therefore in this method we will rely on flashing a custom kernel. SkyHigh TW supports root so once you flash this, you can easily install SuperSU and gain root access. The two variants of Samsung Galaxy Note 5 that are supported by this guide include SM-N920C and SM-N920I. Both of these variants are based on Exynos Octa-Core chipset. Don’t really know how you will use root after you’ve gained access? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device. You can root Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920C and Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920I  on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop official firmware using the tutorial below.

As you continue reading further, we will guide you through the entire process of how to root Android 5.1.1 on Samsung Galaxy Note 5 using ODIN and SkyHigh TW custom kernel tool. Make sure you backup all your data before trying out the root method tutorial below because we don’t want you to lose anything. Rooting will allow you to install root apps on your phone, i.e Titanium Backup. Read our list of the essential root apps you should install! The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s continue with the tutorial now.



Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Root Galaxy Note 5 — SkyHigh TW custom kernel Method Details:

A few important things to note here. SkyHigh TW custom kernel method works well with the Galaxy Note 5 and is probably the most safest root method available. It fully supports Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmware and future firmwares as well since it is not firmware dependent.

NOTE: This root method tutorial is only for the Galaxy Note 5 (Exynos, Octa Core) variants. If you have a separate variant then check from the following root compatibility list:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 N920C (Exynos, Octa-Core CPU)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 N920I (Exynos, Octa-Core CPU)

For those who are not sure about SkyHigh TW custom kernel, please read the following two paragraphs for a quick intro to the root package:

SkyHigh TW custom kernel is the root for “rooting beginners” and those who want to keep as close to stock as possible. SkyHigh TW custom kernel is meant to be used in combination with stock Samsung firmwares, and be the quickest and easiest way for your first root. A modified recovery and cache partition will be flashed, which will install (only) SuperSU, then clean-up the cache partition and re-flash the stock recovery.

NOTE: Using this root increases your flash counter. You should run Triangle Away after rooting to reset the counter. Note that if you want to run custom kernels or custom recoveries, your flash counter will be set to 1 at every boot. Either configure Triangle Away to reset the counter at every boot (Play version only) or only reset the counter when you need to go into warranty.

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy Note 5 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy Note 5 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Lollipop.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

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All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and root Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on Android 5.1.1 official firmware.

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  • How do we perform Step 3 – removing/disabling Samsung KNOX? It seems to have a lot of processes and ties tightly with the OS.

  • Step 11 It’s not have ‘PDA’ button. I see ‘AP’ button.
    and I cann’t select ‘‘. becasue it’s is .zip file.

  • I rooted my note 5 but every time i make or recieve calls phone reboots and in left corner is written kernel is not seandroid enforcing…other than that everything else works

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