When a new official firmware is applied the Android UI is restored back to its factory state. Shortly, if you set up the stock software you lose your root access and the other tweaks that were previously applied. Well, exactly that happened when you updated your Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 to Android Oreo OS. So, now you should be looking for a new root solution that can work on the new Android build. If you are, don’t worry, as we have the perfect tutorial for you and for your device.
That’s right; during the following guidelines we will be checking on how to root the Galaxy A5 2017 that runs on Android Oreo firmware. And along this process we will also learn how to set up TWRP recovery as this custom recovery image will be required during the root operation. Of course, if you already flashed TWRP recovery, skip that part and head towards the unlocking section.
Anyway, the root operation will remove the factory restrictions that run by default on your device. Basically, with root enabled you can gain full control over the Android system that runs on your Samsung Galaxy A5. So, in the end you can choose what tweaks to apply in order to customize and optimize the Android UI. The goal is, of course, to upgrade general performance, improve battery life and speed up the daily Android experience.
For example, once root is gained you can remove bloatware, add apps from other sources than Google Play, install custom ROMs, add custom MODs and kernels, overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies and more.
Be careful as the root operation cannot be related with Samsung or with Google. That means you can lose access to built-in apps and even you phone’s warranty – unfortunately, while gaining root access Samsung KNOX will get tripped. Don’t worry though, as the warranty flag can be restored if you choose to use Odin for manually reinstalling the stock software package.
A computer must be used – it will be required for both procedures that are explained below. If you want to set up TWRP recovery first, on your computer you have to install your Galaxy A5 2017 drivers before doing anything else – the Samsung KIES tool can be used in that respect.
During the root operation you will have to connect your phone with your computer and for flashing a custom recovery image your device will have to be recognized by Odin. In order to make those things happen without experiencing problems you should first check the USB Debugging feature that can be accessed on your Galaxy A5 from Menu - > Settings - > Developer Options. Note: if Developer Options cannot be accessed, go to About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message.
A general backup should be completed on your Samsung branded device. A wipe might be initiated duing the processes that are explained below, or some of your files might get corrupted. Thus, for being able to secure your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and other similar packages you should use your favorite backup and restore solutions – the easiest way in which you can backup your Galaxy A5 is byusing Samsung’s cloud storage services; additionally you can sync data with your Google Account or you can download backup and restore apps from Google Play.
If your smartphone runs on low power a sudden switch off might happen while you try to resume the steps from below. Well, a sudden shut down can cause different malfunctions within the Android core system meaning that if you’re not careful enough you can end up in soft-bricking your Galaxy A5. That’s why you should first verify the power that’s left on your handset: if the power left is lower than 50% you should first plug in the charger.
How to Root Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 running on Android Oreo OS
Set up TWRP recovery
- Download the required files on your computer: download Odin from here and the TWRP recovery file from here.
- Save the custom recovery image on desktop and run the Odin executable file; then, follow on screen prompts and install the flashing program.
- In the end, run Odin.
- Power off your Galaxy A5 and afterwards enter download mode: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home keys for a few seconds.
- Use your phone’s USB cable and connect your handset with your PC.
- Once you do that the ‘added’ message will be displayed on Odin, where the ID:COM field will be turned yellow or blue – if you don’t receive this feedback try to reinstall your phone’s drivers and repeat the steps explained above.
- On the flashing program click on the AP button and afterwards pick up the custom recovery package.
- Make sure that F.Reset is enabled on Odin – the rest of the options displayed must be disabled.
- Click on Start when you are ready and wait while TWRP recovery is set on your Samsung Galaxy A5 2017.
- Afterwards (when the ‘pass’ message shows up and when the ID:COM field is turned green) close the flashing program, unplug the USB cable and reboot your smartphone.
Ensure root access
- Start by downloading the root files which will be required during the next steps: so, get the no-verity encryption disabler (from here), the rmm bypass file (from here) and the root exploit (from here); save these three packages on desktop.
- A hard reset must be completed on your Galaxy A5 2017 and you also have to clear app data cache first. So, enter your Android device into recovery mode (press and hold Power, Volume Up and Home buttons) and in there select these options: ‘wipe data factory reset’, ‘wipe cache partition’ and ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
- Return to Android mode after completing the wipe.
- Connect your handset with your computer – plug in your phone’s USB cable in that respect.
- From desktop transfer the downloaded files and save it on your Galaxy A5.
- Next, remove the USB cable and return to TWRP recovery mode.
- Tap on Install and select the RMM-Bypass package files.
- Flash that file and then repeat that steps in order to install the No-Verity Encryption Disable and the Magisk root packages.
- When done, return to main menu of recovery and pick ‘reboot system now’.
- That should be all as root should be enabled on your Samsung Galaxy A5 2017.
Thus, that’s how you can use TWRP recovery in order to gain root access on your Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 that runs on stock Android Oreo. The root access can be anytime verified by using a dedicated app that’s available for free on Google Play – we’re talking about the Root Checker app.
If you had problems whiletrying to complete the steps from above, don’t hesitate and share the issues with us – use the comments field from below in that respect. Based on the details you offer we will try to find the right troubleshooting solutions.
That’s all for now; stay close and check out our ‘how to’ section if you want to learn other Android related tips and tricks compatible with your Smasung Galaxy A5 2017. Enjoy.