I never really looked into rooting my Galaxy Note II phone before but decided to give it a try a couple of days ago. The core reason for that was that I wanted more control over the phone. Not only would it allow me to install apps from Google's Play store requiring root, it also would enable me to uninstall stock apps running on the phone that I'd never use.
You cannot uninstall stock apps if you do not have root access, and since Samsung decided to add a lot of apps to the phone by default, I decided to give it a try to remove all the apps that I'm not using from it.
Note: The method that follows worked on my international version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with the model number GT-N7100. It may be compatible with other versions as well but I cannot guarantee that it will work. Rooting may void the warranty of the device.
What you need
To test that this is working, try and install a root app from Google Play on the phone, for instance Root Validator.
If you have root, you should receive a superuser prompt when you click on the do I have root button that the app displays in its interface.
Rooting your Android phone is not a complex operation anymore, provided that you have the right application package for the job. The big advantage that you now have is that you have given yourself additional rights. This enables you to install apps that require additional privileges among other things.
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