How to root T-Mobile Galaxy Note SGH-T879 and Install CWM recovery

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T-Mobile has recently launched Galaxy Note SGH-T879 which has very similar hardware and firmware as AT&T Galaxy Note SGH-I717. You can use the same method of Rooting and installing custom recovery on T-Mobile Galaxy Note as we used to root AT&T Galaxy Note. The method is very easy and I have explained it below:

First, you will need to unlock the bootloader and then install CWM recovery. With the help of ClockworkMod recovery you can flash a zip file that will root the device and install SuperSU app.

How to root T-Mobile Galaxy Note SGH-T879 and Install CWM recovery


1. We request you to create the backup of your device’s Data  as you may lose all your precious information during the process of installation. Sometime, if the process goes wrong then you may have to flash a stock firmware that will erase all data.

2. Charge your phone to atleast 70% to ensure that you do not face any power issues while following the process.

3. This process works well on AT&T, T-Mobile, Rogers, Telus, Bell LTE Galaxy Note models. Please do not use it on International Galaxy Note N7000.

4. Enable USB debugging on your device, go to settings, tap on “Developer options” and enable the “USB debugging” option.


Galaxy Note Root Package

Samsung Kies must be installed for Drivers


How to root T-Mobile Galaxy Note SGH-T879 easily:

Step 1: Extract the root package to a folder on your PC’s Desktop. Open Odin exe file.

Step 2: Switch off your Galaxy Note and reboot into Download mode. For this press the Volume Down and Power button together for few seconds. When the phone starts and shows a warning screen with exclamation mark release the power button [but keep holding Volume down button], now press Volume up and phone will be in Download mode. Connect it with PC using data cable.

Step 3: Check ODIN, you will see a Yellow box in ID:COM section. It insure that drivers are installed and Odin has detected the phone.

If  Odin do not recognize the device then install Samsung Kies and repeat the process again.

Step 4: On Odin, Click the PDA button and choose the file named “odin_ni717_cwm_recovery_b4.tar” on the extracted folder. Hit “Start” and it will show a success message after installation. ClockWorkMod is now installed on your system.

Step 5: Now, Phone will reboot and you can enable USB storage mode and transfer file named “” from extracted folder to Galaxy Note’s SD card.

Step 6: Now, reboot Galaxy Note is recovery mode. Switch off the phone and Press the Volume up+ Volume Down + power button together for 10 seconds. When the phone resets, release the power button but keep holding Volume down button.

Step 7: Once in the recovery mode, select “install zip from SD card” >> “Choose zip from SD card”. Select the zip file we have transferred to phone’s SD card in step 5.

Step 8: It will take a minute to install the zip. Now, select “Go Back” and then “Reboot the system”.

Your T-Mobile Galaxy Note is rooted now, you can go ahead and check phone’s app drawer if SuperSU is installed. I suggest you to update SuperSU to latest version and update the binary. Please do not try to install AT&T or International Galaxy Note ROM’s on T-Mobile Galaxy Note, it may brick your device.

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4 thoughts on “How to root T-Mobile Galaxy Note SGH-T879 and Install CWM recovery

  1. It does not work… it seems like the file odin_ni717_cwm_recovery_b4.tar is for android 4.0.4… it fails every time… I guess we will have to wait for an updated files.. Thanks anyway!

  2. Spencer "Thunderball" Thayer says:

    Okay so is a bad file. It’s only 5kb. Where did it go?

  3. Well done guys! SGH-T879 all done.
    your explanation was good and THANKS for the simple and necessary step of providing MD5 hash. I am appalled that people install downloaded ROM’s and files that have not been error checked… crazy.

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