Rooting My Galaxy Note (Original HGH I717)
So, tired of my slow and slowing phone, I decided to bite the bullet. Some fourteen hours later, I’m almost there.
I wish there were a more straightforward guide, but alas, it’s piecing together a lot of information.
You can pretty much figure out how to find an app to help you back up your phone…be sure to put that backed up file on the computer rather than just the SD card…loading a new ROM can wipe the card.
Do a secondary nandroid backup to card. Load and use Titanium backup with some online instructions.
Chose a ROM…this is very hard to do. I lost TouchWiz…native only to Samsung operating systems. Honestly, just cleaning off the bloat from the root, the phone sped up a lot. I may have been able to stop there. But, I had to try. I chose Padawan Kang. It’s the Padawan app, stripped of anything unnecessary to try to increase speed, battery life, and performance.
So far, the most frustrating part of reinstalling apps from Titanium is my lack of forethought to how much time photo data would take to restore. Honestly, had I thought it through, I would not have restored even my pared down “Gallery” PHotos and videos…I would have copy and pasted them in from files on my desktop. Google + is another I would NOT backup data on. I’ve already saved everything to the online cloud anyway….all I needed was the app.
It’s amazing how fast the “USB” storage area fills up. I hope next to most more apps to SD card, and also to figure out ways to increase the available space on my phone for apps. I don’t use a ton of apps, but I still feel I do not have enough space for them.
All in all, the camera and phone were taking about 10 seconds to load, even after cleaning the cache on the phone and closing all unnecessary apps. Now, it’s 3-5 seconds. Still not as fast as an iPhone, but this is a 3-5 year old phone, so I’m happy that I breathed some new life into it.
UPDATE: A week later, I tried the KitKat 4.4.2 for i717. It is even faster, but the camera is unstable and crashes OFTEN, this issue apparently even one for NEXUS users…I would be irate if I bought a new factory phone and the cam wasn’t stable!
Tried 4.4.4 KitKat which fixed that issue, but the back key didn’t work a lot of the time, and there were odd ghosting issues with odd icons that looked like gallery icon search bar UNDER my google NOW search bar and ghosting of status screen. I spend 5-6 hours on the issue and eventually decided to revert back to 4.4.2 and try to overload a “fix” I found while working on 4.4.4 that supposedly fixes the camera. It’s a Pollutions_rom_patch. We’ll see how that goes. I was pleased with pretty much everything else about 4.4.2, especially with the Epic Launcher to reduce the size of icons…I couldn’t deal with the large KitKat ones.