This post shows the simplest methods which you can employ to root Samsung Galaxy Grand 2. This method works only on SM-G7102 variant, which is dual SIM version available in India. You all might be aware that Samsung had recently released official G7102XXUANE2 firmware which was around 118 MB of size. I hope all of you have updated, else you can download the complete firmware from here. After you have updated, you can follow the root procedure so that you have latest firmware with root access.
Steps to root Samsung Galaxy Grand 2:
Please read this carefully!
- As mentioned earlier, this method is valid only for Grand 2 SM-G7102 variant. Do not try it on other variants; else you may brick your device. If you are not sure what version you have, you can check it by going to Settings> About device or pull your battery and find it mentioned on the sticker.
- Warranty: Once you root your device, your warranty will be voided. However, you can regain your warranty back by flashing official firmware.
- Disclaimer: This guide has been tested by me and works flawlessly. I am not responsible if you soft brick your device.
- Make sure that you have enough battery, preferably over 80% so that it doesn’t turn off during installation.
- You should have USB debugging enabled. To do this, go to Settings> Developer options and check the option which says “Enable USB debugging”.
- Make sure you have Samsung’s USB driver installed on your PC. You can download the setup from here and install it.
- Backup your entire data. Though this is not needed, but it is recommended to take complete backup, just in case if anything goes wrong. For this purpose, you may use Wondershare MobileGo for Android software, which comes with free trial.
Alright, after following all the steps above, you are now ready to follow the next procedure. Remember, you must follow all the steps carefully in order to root your device successfully.
[UPDATED] Complete tutorial to root Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 SM-G7102 (Working on latest Android Kitkat 4.4.2 firmware:
- First of all, download CF auto root tool from Chainfire. Link. The CF Root tool was recently updated, so now it supports Android KitKat as well. You can use this same tool for rooting your Grand 2 running on Android 4.4.2, download it from here. Just follow the same methods below.
- Now extract CF-Auto-Root-ms013g-ms013gxx-smg7102.zip at your desired location. You should get two files, one .tar.md5 and Odin3 v3.09.exe along with few other .DLL files.
- Now, switch off your Grand 2 and put it in download mode. This can be done by simultaneously pressing Home, volume down and lock key together for about 4-5 seconds. It will display warning message, so continue by pressing Volume button.
- Go to the folder you extracted, and right click on “Odin3 v3.09.exe” and select “Run as administrator”.
- Connect your device to computer via USB cable. Once Odin detects your device, it will display ID: COM with light blue back ground and Added under message box of Odin.
- From Odin, click on PDA and select the downloaded package (i.e. .tar.md5)
- Once the file is added, you should click on “Start”. It will start the process.
- When the rooting process is completed, Odin will display the message as “PASS” or “RESET” and your device will be rebooted automatically.
- Congratulations!!! You have successfully rooted Samsung Galaxy Grand 2.
- After your phone reboots completely, you can go to app drawer and check “Super SU” app installed. Alternately, you can install Root checker app that will display the root status.
Related: Galaxy Grand 2 review.
Install custom recovery:
Once you have rooted your device successfully, just download Flashify app and grant root access. Grab the Philz recovery image file from here and flash it using this app with in-built options.
Known issues while rooting Samsung Galaxy Grand 2:
- In case if your phone is stuck at boot animation after rebooting, than you will have to reset your device.
- Note: You will lose your entire data after performing the following steps.
o Remove your battery so that your device is shut down completely.
o Insert it back again, and enter into recovery mode by pressing Volume up, Home and lock key together.
o In this menu, you have to use volume keys for navigating and power key for selecting the highlighted menu.
o From that menu, go to “wipe cache partition” and select it.
o After this, go to “wipe data/ factory reset” and under that menu, select “clear all” option. This will delete entire data from your smartphone’s internal memory.
o Select “reboot system now”, so that your phone starts normally.
o You can now restore your data from the backup which you had taken.
Do let us know and share your feedback below. In case if you need any assistance or having issues during installation, feel free to ask.
Thanks to user @balliboxer for cf root tool.
[Video]Guide on rooting Samsung galaxy Grand 2 by flashing custom recovery (Works on all builds of Android v4.4.2) (SM-G7102):
How to root Samsung galaxy grand 2 running on Android v4.4.2:
This guide works on both G7102 as well as G7102T. Follow all the steps listed above under “pre-requisites”, make sure you backed up your data and have drivers installed.
- First of all, put your device in download mode and connect it to your PC through USB cable.
- Run Odin as administrator and configure it as shown in the image below.
- Download Philz Touch recovery from here.
- Next, download Super SU zip from here and place it in your internal memory.
- Click on PDA in Odin and select tar.md5 package you just downloaded.
- Click on “START”.
- When it is done, just pull off your battery and reboot into recovery by pressing the 3 key combos.
- In recovery mode, select “Install zip”. Select the Super SU binary and flash it.
- Reboot your phone normally and startup Super SU app. It will show message as “disabling KNOX”. Once done, go to recovery mode again and flash Super SU zip.
- After you follow all steps properly, you should have proper root access. You can check it with root checker app.
- Note: Normally, when you have flashed tar.md5 package, the phone should reboot into recovery. But if it doesn’t, repeat above steps and uncheck “auto-reboot” in Odin.
- Thanks to XDA user @ali.filth for TWRP and Philz recovery for Grand 2.