A new root solution is available for the Exynos-powered Samsung Galaxy Note 9 so if you were looking for the safest way in which root privileges can be granted, this tutorial might be perfect for you and for your device. Don’t worry as if you’re new to tweaking initiatives you will find all the details that must be checked for ensuring that everything will go as planned: we will shortly review the advantages of using a rooted Android system, we will list the risks implied, we will discuss about the essential pre requisites that should be applied first and we will then detail the steps that must be followed in order to successfully complete this operation on your own Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
Gaining root privileges over the Android UI means that you have access to built-in features, apps, capabilities and over the actual Android functionality. And that’s possible because factory restrictions will be removed once root is enabled. Shortly, you can now gain full control over your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and that can mean only one thing: you can afterwards choose how to customize, optimize and personalize the Android firmware for increasing general speeds, upgrading the battery life and unleashing the full power of your handset.
That’s why on a rooted Galaxy Note 9 you can apply custom operations such as the following ones: setting up custom ROMs like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android; removing bloatware and other start-up programs; adding root-only apps and tools from other sources than Google Play; installing features that cannot be found on the stock Android firmware; adding custom kernels and MODs; or overclocking/undervolting CPU frequencies for bumping speeds or upgrading battery life.
So, granting root means removing factory / default restrictions. Well, that cannot be done in an official way – the root exploit which will be used is developed by third party devs and cannot be associated with your OEM or with Google. Thus, Samsung KNOX will get tripped and you might lose access to built-in Samsung apps. Of course, chances are you lose your phone’s warranty and also the capability of receiving future OTAs. However, the warranty flag and everything else can be restored but only if you choose to reinstall the official Android firmware package on your Galaxy Note 9 – and you can do that by using Odin.
Your personal files will be removed during the root process – a hard reset must be completed and you must clear app data cache; otherwise you won’t be able to properly use your smartphone after setting up the root exploit. So, protect everything that is important for you and which wasn’t there from day one: contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on. In that regard, make a backup by syncing files with your Google account, by using Samsung’s built-in cloud storage platforms, by using an external storage device or by using backup and restore apps from Google Play.
TWRP recovery must be installed on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 if you want to apply the steps from below – as you will see you will apply the root package from the already mentioned custom recovery environment. Therefore, before doing anything else you must learn how to complete this additional operation – just follow the link from above as we have a detailed tutorial in that respect prepared for you and for your device.
Since TWRP recovery is now running on your phone, use it first for making a Nandroid backup operation. In this way you can save the current Android OS that runs on your Galaxy Note 9. Thus, if somehow something unexpected happens during the root process you can choose to reinstall the Nandroid backup package for going back to stock – so, in this way you can avoid any unpleasant situations and you can better protect your smartphone.
This root process can be completed only if you can use a computer – don’t worry, the PC is required only for downloading the root package as then you will flash it from TWRP recovery. So, your Galaxy Note 9 and its USB cable are also needed.
On your phone you must access Developer Options from General Settings. If this field isn’t located on your handset you should first go to About Phone and there you have to tap repeatedly on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message is being displayed. Then, from Developer Options check the USB Debugging feature – otherwise you might have problems while trying to connect your handset with your computer.
It’s important to verify the power that’s left on your device. If that power is lower than 50% your smartphone might get turned off while you try to follow and apply the steps from below. Unfortunately, a sudden shut down that happens during the root process might soft-brick your Galaxy Note 9 – in the end you can end up in experiencing different problems such as boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues, total blackouts and so on. So, try to keep everything safe and secured and plug in the charger if that’s required.
Of course, remember that this step by step guide is compatible only with the Exynos model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Do not use the steps from this tutorial if you own a similar or a different Android based device as you will only manage to mess things up.
How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- On your computer download the Magisk app from here.
- Switch off your Note 9 and afterwards go to recovery mode: press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Bixby buttons together until recovery mode shows up.
- In recovery go ahead and select these options: ‘wipe data factory reset’, followed by’wipe cache partition’ and by ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
- Optional: if you haven’t done it while setting up TWRP recovery also install the DM verity disabler and the RMM Bypass files before going any further.
- Reboot to Android mode now.
- Connect your Galaxy Note 9 with your computer by plugging in the USB cable.
- Transfer the root package from desktop to your phone.
- Disconnect your devices when you are done.
- Go back to recovery mode on your Android device.
- In recovery tap on Install and then load the Magisk app.
- Swipe in order to start the flashing process.
- Wait until this operation is being automatically completed.
- In the end, return to main menu of recovery and pick ‘reboot system now’.
Well done; at this point root access should be granted on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9. You can easily and quickly verify the root status on your Android based device by using the Root Checker app from Google Play – just download and then run the app on your phone.
So, there you have it; that’s how you can now successfully root your Galaxy Note 9. You can share your rooting experience with us by using the comments field from below. Also, if you had problems try to describe the issues in detail so that we can find the right fixing solutions for your problems. For further tweaks and customizations available for your device stay close, or just check out our ‘how to’ page. Enjoy.