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By gallogj, Member on 20th June 2014, 04:07 AM
Post Reply Email Thread I've been reading almost every post in here all day long...and I wanted to upgrade my Stock Android 4.1.2 phone to one of the cool roms on here. One rom (I can't remember which one)...said I needed MJ9 I flashed it. Then I successfully rooted. I then tried to install a new recovery so I could flash the new shiny rom. As soon as I the Verizon Brick Message from hell. Ok...then I searched how to get rid of that. I found a post saying to flash back to stock MJ9 which gave me Android 4.3. Now that means I can't unlock my bootloader so I could root and install the roms...correct?

I guess my question is. Can I use ODIN to flash back to 4.1.2 and have a chance at an unlocked bootloader...or am I skrewed? I should just accept the OTA kitkat and be done with it?

20th June 2014, 05:44 AM |#2  
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Well if you flashed stock 4.3 you most likely locked up your boot loader and there is no known exploit to unlock that boot loader atm. I think there's still a way to root 4.3 but I'm not 100% sure how. Hopefully someone else can chime in on that.

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20th June 2014, 05:48 AM |#3  
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Unfortunately, your bootloader is locked now, so trying to ODIN to 4.1.2 won't unlock it. There's not an easy way to unlock it now (search the threads and you'll see that Mobile Tech videos can downgrade for a price... and someone else reported that they used an "unbricker" method to downgrade... but others don't appear to have had as much success).

If you stay on 4.3 MJ9, you can still get root, run root apps/ Xposed, etc... And with 4.3 MJ9, you can also use Safestrap to run custom Touchwiz ROM's.

If you take the OTA to kit kat, there's not a root method currently for our Note 2's, so you'll be running pure stock.

It's totally up to you, but if you want root (at least for now), you'll want to stay with 4.3 MJ9.


Edit: You can check out Safestrap at this link:

Here's a link to the saferoot method for 4.3 MJ9:
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