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How to Root T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 Running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Here's a guide on how to root a Galaxy Note 5 (T-Mobile version) running on android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Before anything else, read the following reminders and precautions:
  • This guide is intended for T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920T only. Do not try this on any other Android device. Flashing a file on an incompatible device will result in bricking it.
  • Charge your phone up to 50% to avoid power issues during flashing process.
  • Backup your important contacts, call logs, sms messages and media content before proceeding.
  • Don’t forget to create a Nandroid backup and also backup its EFS partition.
  • If there’s OEM Unlock option in your phone, then enable it first. Enable OEM Unlock on your phone. To do so on your phone, go to settings > about device > tap the build number for 7 times to enable developer options. Get back to the settings and open developer options. Under developer options turn on “OEM unlock.“
  • Turn off Windows Firewall before connecting your device to your PC.
  • Uninstall Samsung Kies if you have already installed it.
  • Make sure that you’re using original data cable to establish connection between your phone and your computer.
  • Follow this guide carefully to avoid any mishaps and get the process done successfully.
Required downloads and installations
How to Install Android 6.0 Marshmallow on T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5

1. Make sure that you’ve installed and downloaded the stuff linked above.

2. Open Odin3 V3.10.6.exe that you extracted on your PC.

3. Put your Galaxy Note 5  in download mode now. To do so, turn it off completely. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power Key. Once your phone boots up, press the Volume Up key to continue.

4. Connect your phone to your PC now. The ID:COM box in the top-left corner of Odin3 should  turn blue. This indicates that your phone is connected properly.

5. Now load the files in Odin one by one as follows.
  • Click on the PIT tab and load the PIT file that you got after extracting the firmware.zip file.
  • Click the BL tab and select the BL_N920TUVU2DOK5_CL6256935.tar.md5 file.
  • Click the AP tab and select the AP_N920TUVU2DOK5_CL6256935.tar.md5 file.
  • Click the CP tab and select the CP_N920TUVU2DOK5_CL6256935.tar.md5 file.
6. Make sure that your Odin3 looks like this. The only option ticked should be F. Reset Time.

7. Now you’re all set to flash the test firmware. Just click the start button in Odin3 and sit back.

8.Once the process box above ID:COM box shows green light and flashing process is finished, disconnect your device.

9. Now reboot your device. To do so, press and hold Volume Up + Volume Down + Power Key. It will reboot in a few seconds.

10. As it boots up, checkout the all new Android 6.0 Marshmallow running on your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920T.

How To Root Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920T Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow

1. Download SuperSu.zip file and copy it to your T-Mobile Note 5’s internal storage.

2. Download this custom kernel.tar file and place it on your desktop.

3. Put your Galaxy Note 5 in download mode using the method explained in step 2 above.

4. Open Odin3.exe now and click on the AP tab. Select the kernel.tar file in the AP tab now.

5. Connect your Galaxy Note 5 to your PC now.

6. As soon as Odin detects your device, click on start.

7. This will flash custom kernel on your device.

8. Now you need to flash a custom recovery on your Galaxy Note 5. To do so, download this philz_advanced_cwm_recovery.tar.md5 file.

9. Flash the recovery on your Galaxy Note 5 using step 2 – 5.

10 Once you’ve flashed the file, boot your Galaxy Note 5 into recovery mode. To do so, turn off your device, now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Key.

11. Once your’e in recovery mode, tap “Install Zip > Choose Zip from SD card > locate SuperSu.zip and flash it.”.

12. Now reboot your device. Your Note 5 will be rooted on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. That’s all.

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