Rooting my Note 3 and Note 4

Basem Khawaja
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I would like someone to educate me on rooting my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and 4. Are there any benefits of doing so. Will it damage anything in the OS? Finally, please provide a detailed step by step on how to root the phone. Thank you.
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AlexSenior Infrastructure Analyst

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Not really, if you root your Android device, anything related to banking will no longer work. You get some additional access to the hardware, you can then flash it with a new OS.

Essentially, if you're not planning on modifying the hardware parameters, installing a new OS or doing any sort of development. Leave it as it is.
Basem KhawajaClinical Pharmacist

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I just want to have the ability to get rid apps that comes with the phone that I am unable to uninstall . I only able to disable it. I am not changing hardware or anything. Please answer my questions.
Basem KhawajaClinical Pharmacist

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Are there any benefits of doing so. Will it damage anything in the OS?
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AlexSenior Infrastructure Analyst

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Hi Basem,

Are there any benefits of doing so.

The benefits of rooting a phone are to remove built-in security restrictions from a phone's operating system. Yes, rooting your phone will allow you to uninstall apps you currently can't and do a whole host of other technical things, none of which are easy or well supported.

Samsung will no longer be able to offer you any support and the majority of their support articles and problem solving articles you find on the Internet become null and void as soon as you root the phone because most will no longer apply.

Your Telco may refuse to offer you service support if they identify your phone as having been rooted.

I could go on and on but in a nutshell - it's just not worth it.

Will it damage anything in the OS?

Yes. It will damage your OS in the sense that it will expose you to much higher security risks if you don't know what you are doing. You would even be at higher risk of someone hacking into your phone and using your telephone number to make calls all over the world, all on your dime. Got internet access on your phone? So will any hackers who find you if you don't know how to protect yourself from them on a rooted phone. Again, all on your dime.

If it sounds like I'm trying to scare you away from doing this - then you're correct - I am.

I would not recommend screwing with any phone's operating system unless you are highly technically minded and capable. I would never do it on my own phones because it's just too risky in my opinion. Disabling apps you can't uninstall is a much better and safer idea.

Finally, please provide a detailed step by step on how to root the phone.

Sorry, that I wouldn't do even for a member of my own family. I am totally against the idea.

Regards, Andrew
nociSoftware Engineer
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Samsung has a kind of security flip. Once any non-officicial change has been made (bootloader, recovery, ...) the switch is flipped and all warranties are void from that moment on. This cannot be unflipped AFAICT. (Maybe an official Samsung service center can restore it, but then again you will loose the root access).

Also the phone will not OTA upgrade anymore. YMMV  i had Galaxy S5 mini that would not allow to encrypt personal data because of this.
So there is no damage to the OS, there will be damage to the warranty. In the end i dropped the Whole SamSung stuff for lineage 14.1 for my phone.

Good source (albeit confusing because of rapid updates) the xda forum has a lot of info.
https://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-note-3
https://forum.xda-developers.com/note-4
Basem KhawajaClinical Pharmacist

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Thank you Andrew.
AlexSenior Infrastructure Analyst

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Noci,

You can actually set it back, when you root it you can use another application to "Flip the switch" as long as you are putting on the original firmware it's not an issue.

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Ah ok, but then one is back where one started.  With all the bloatware...
(I put a lineage version on my  Samsung device, problem solved another way.).
It was out of warranty anyway as it is 2 years old. I run a rooted system, with minimal extra apps.
Mostly those are to connect to my nextcloud environment for contacts & agenda without google.
(gapps are minimally installed).

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