How to Root T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 N920T with TWRP Recovery

The very new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is the latest big display device to come out of Samsung’s, seemingly constant, churring out of devices throughout the year. The Galaxy Note 5 is the anticipated replacement to the popular Note 4 that came out last year and, like a good successor, it improves upon the last model in every way.

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Root T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 N920T with TWRP Recovery

The only thing, that hasn’t gotten much better in my opinion, is the software. If you know me, you know I’m not the biggest fan of the custom UIs that all the manufacturers put on their device and, even though I understand why they do it, I’d just prefer to use plain stock Android instead.

If you’re like me and want that same experience (and happen to have a T-Mobile version of the device), you’re in luck. Thanks to those carriers’ much more lax attitude to rooting their smartphone and developers over at XDA, you can root the devices using Samsung’s own flashing software called Odin.

Once you’ve flashed the custom kernel and the custom recovery, you can install SuperSU to finish off the process and have a totally rooted Galaxy Note 5 N920P with a custom recovery that’ll allow you to flash custom ROMs to change the OS to plain Android (always my end-goal). If you don’t want to go all the way to stock Android there are still plenty of ROMs out there that keep TouchWiz -Samsung’s UI – but enhance the performance of it –a welcomed addition.

If you are interested in rooting your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 N920T, just follow the steps and get rooted.

Benefits of rooting

  • With the help of root access, one can remove those apps which are pre-installed by your network provider or by manufacturer.
  • Because of rooting you can also get the free storage space, rooted apps are available for efficient memory management.
  • After rooting user can also update their phone to the latest version of Android (by flashing a custom recovery/ROM).
  • It provides customization options when you use your new administrative rights to flash a custom ROM (again, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
  • Rooting also increases the battery life of the Smartphone because those running constantly can be removed).
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Root T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 N920T

Things to do

  1. This could void the warranty of your device. We won’t be held responsible for anything that happens from doing this tutorial so please proceed at your own risk.
  2. This procedure should only work on Windows based PCs.
  3. Make sure that Samsung USB drivers are installed on your PC. If they aren’t, please install those first.
  4. This procedure for the T-Mobile (N920T) Galaxy Note 5 variants of the device.
  5. This should also flash a custom recovery on your device.

Files to Download

  • Download Odin and save it to your desktop.
  • Download Noble Kernel and save it to your desktop.
    • Noble Kernel (download the one that is for your specific variant of the device)
  • Download TWRP Recovery and save it to your desktop.

Root T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 N920T with TWRP Recovery

  1. Extract files from both Noble Kernel and Odin over to your desktop by right-clicking on each of them and selecting Extract here.
  2. Double-click on Odin executable and it’ll launch.
  3. When Odin launches, click on PDA and select Noble Kernel available on your desktop. Make sure to select the extracted kernel file and not the archive itself.
  4. Uncheck Repartition in the Odin.
  5. Checkmark both Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options in the Odin.
  6. On your device, head to Menu > Settings > About phone and tap on Build number for 8 times and it’ll say you’re a developer.
  7. Head to Menu > Settings > Developer options on your device and turn on Enable OEM unlock.
  8. Head to Menu > Settings > Developer options and turn on USB debugging.
  9. Turn off your device.
  10. Turn your device back on in download mode. To do so, hold down Volume DOWN, Home, and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
  11. Hit Volume UP when a prompt appears on your screen.
  12. Your device should now be in download mode.
  13. Plug in your device to your PC using a USB cable.
  14. Click on Start in the Odin and it’ll start flashing the kernel on your device.
  15. When Odin’s done flashing the kernel, your device should automatically reboot.
  16. When your device reboots, head over to the Google Play store and download and install SuperSU on your device.
  17. Launch SuperSU from your app drawer.
  18. Allow the app to update the binaries.
  19. Your device is now rooted!

Your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is now rooted, and here’s how you can flash a custom recovery on it:

Install TWRP on T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 N920T

  1. Double-click on Odin executable and it’ll launch.
  2. Click on PDA in the Odin and select TWRP Recovery available on your desktop.
  3. Uncheck Repartition in the Odin.
  4. Checkmark both Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options in the Odin.
  5. Turn off your device.
  6. Reboot your device into download mode. To do that, hold down Volume DOWN, Home, and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
  7. Press Volume UP when a prompt appears on your screen.
  8. Your device should now be in download mode.
  9. Connect your device to your PC via a USB cable.
  10. Hit Start in the Odin and it’ll start flashing TWRP Recovery on your device.
  11. When Odin’s done flashing TWRP Recovery, your device should automatically reboot.