The Samsung Galaxy Note8 is one of the most recent released Android devices. However, root is already available for this phone, all thanks to the xda-developer community. Now, since gaining root on the Galaxy Note8 can be achieved only in certain conditions I decided to detail this process for you. So, if you are ready to unlock your new smartphone, don’t hesitate and check all the guidelines that are explained during the following lines.
Right from the start one thing should be cleared: the root solution explained during this step by step guide is compatible only with the Exynos Samsung Galaxy Note8 – don’t use the process from this page if you own any other model of the already mentioned smartphone as you can end up in soft bricking its Android system.
Good; additionally, you must know that you can use the steps from below for gaining root access only if TWRP recovery is running. Therefore, before doing anything else learn how to install TWRP recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Note8. After completing that task return here and resume the rest of the guidelines.
Gaining root access will unlock the Android OS that runs by default on your phone. The unlocking process will bring various advantages as now you will be able to unleash the true potential of your smartphone. And, of course, on a rooted system you will be able to test new custom ROMs (ported versions of the stock Android OS) and try many other tweaking possibilities like flashing custom kernels and MODs, adding root-only apps, removing bloatware and start-up programs, installing apps from other sources than Google Play, overclocking or undervolting CPU frequencies and so on.
Removing factory restrictions from the stock Android OS (that’s what root does) is not an official process – so gaining root can’t be associated with Samsung or with Google. That’s why, on a rooted system KNOX will be tripped and certain system apps might not work properly. Shortly, you can lose the warranty of your Galaxy Note8 – the warranty can be restored if you choose to restore your device back to stock by reinstalling the official Android firmware through Odin.
Another important aspect: the data that’s not there by default might get corrupted or erased during the root operation. That’s why the best will be to backup your Galaxy Note8 first. The backup can be easily initiated by using different solutions that are already running on your phone, by syncing certain files with your Google account or by using dedicated apps from Google Play. Also, a Nandroid backup should also be performed if you want to secure the Android system – this dedicated backup process can save important system files; afterwards you can use the Nandroid backup package for going back to stock.
As you will notice, completing this operation can be done only in a manual manner. So, a computer is required as there you will have to download the root files that will be later flashed on your Galaxy Note8 – so, a connection between your phone and your PC will also be implied. In that respect, on your phone, the USB Debugging option and the Unknown Sources feature must be checked. You can check these fields from Developer Options, under Menu – > Settings. Hint: you can enable Developer Options by tapping for 7 or 10 times on Built Number – keep tapping on this field until the ‘you are a developer’ prompt shows up.
You can end up in experiencing software related problems if you start the rooting process without checking the power that’s left on your handset. As a general rule, a manual process shouldn’t be initiated if the power left is lower than 50% – in that case the Android system might get turned off situation during which malfunctions can be caused within the Android core system. So, do plug in the charger if that’s necessary.
One last thing: please remind that this root solution is available only for the Exynos Samsung Galaxy Note8. Don’t try this step by step guide on any other Android based smartphone or tablet in order to keep everything safe and secured.
How to Easily Root the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 using SuperSU and TWRP recovery
- Begin the unlock process by downloading the root exploit. You can get the SuperSU package for your Samsung Galaxy Note8 from this page.
- Save the file on desktop.
- Power on your device and connect it with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- From your computer select and then transfer the root package on your smartphone.
- Afterwards, unplug the USB cord because the computer is no longer required.
- Meanwhile, switch off your smartphone – it’s important to want while the shut down process is completed.
- Up next, recovery mode should be rebooted on your Note8 – press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons for a few moments.
- From recovery tap on Install and then load the SuperSU file.
- Swipe for beginning the flashing process and when this operation is completed, go back to main menu of recovery and pick Reboot.
- If during this last reboot your device is experiencing a boot loop you need to: return to recovery mode and make a wipe by choosing “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
Good job. Your Samsung Galaxy Note8 is rooted which means you can start other dedicated tweaking operations. By the way, you can verify if root was successfully ensured by using the Root Checker app from Google Play – don’t worry, this is a free-distributed app. Enjoy and don’t forget to let us know how everything worked for you and for your smartphone – you can contact us easily and quickly through the comments field from below.