If you like customizations and customizations, then you know that a rooted Android OS is not optional, but a real necessity. So, if you used to use a rooted Galaxy A7 but now you lost the root priviledges due to the new Android Oreo update, don’t panic. There is a new root solution that can be applied in order to unlock the new Oreo system that now powers your Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 and we will be detailed the actual process during the following guidelines – do read all the lines from this tutorial for making things work without hassle.
As you know, if you use a rooted Android system but you manually install a new official system update, the root access gets revoked. Well, that happened when you flashed the Android Oreo firmware on your Samsung Galaxy A7. Unfortunately, the root solution that used to work for your device is no longer compatible with the new Android UI meaning that you need to find a new unlocking procedure that can work with the Oreo platform. And, in that respect you can now follow and apply the steps that are explained below.
As you will notice this tutorial will also contain info on how to install TWRP recovery on your Samsung Galaxy A7. That’s happening because this root process can be performed only if a custom recovery image can be used. Of course, if on your device you can already use TWRP recovery, skip the custom recovery installation section and head towards the root operation instead; otherwise, do complete all the steps from this tutorial.
Keep in mind that the root access means an unlocked Android system. Shortly, while root is ensured all the factory and default restrictions are removed. So, in the end you can gain full control over the Android OS that runs on your Galaxy A7 2017. That’s why, once this step by step guide is completed, you can tweak your smartphone by applying other dedicated custom operations including: setting up a custom ROM firmware like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android; removing bloatware and start up programs; installing apps from other sources than Google Play; adding features that cannot be found on the stock Android software; flashing custom MODs and kernels; or overclocking / undervolting your Android device.
It should be obvious that the root operation isn’t supported by your OEM. In fact, you shouldn’t associate the steps explained below with Samsung or with Google. Thus, in the end you will lose your phone’s warranty as Samsung KNOX will get tripped – do note that the only way in which the warranty can be restored is by reinstalling the stock Android OS via Odin, but then the root access will be once more revoked.
Since you are about to perform two unofficial operations, you should take some precaution measures. And, the main ones are related with your personal data, info, accounts and files. Yes, you should backup your Samsung Galaxy A7 before proceeding to the root operation – your data might get corrupted or wiped out and that’s why you should secure everything that might be still required afterwards (such as contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, EFS folder, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAM data, etc.). On your device you can already use Samsung’s cloud storage platforms, or you can choose to sync data to your Google Account, or to use other dediated backup and restore apps from Google Play.
Both operations explained below will require a computer – TWRP recovery can be installed only if you use Odin and the root exploit will have to be downloaded to a computer first. Thus, make sure that you can use a PC, where the Galaxy A7 drivers should be already installed (you can set up the drivers by using the Samsung KIES toolkit).
Your phone and its USB cable are needed too as a connection between your handset and your computer will be required. That’s why you need to check the USB Debugging option on your device – it’s located under Menu - > Settings - > Developer Options. Hint: if the Developer Options section cannot be reached, go to About Phone and start tapping repeatedly on Built Number until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message.
One more thing: make sure that your smartphone runs on at least 50% power; if the power that’s left is lower than that threshold, take your time and charge your handset before starting the root process. Do that as if a sudden shut down happens you risk in soft-bricking your Android device – different malfunctions can cause issues within the Android core system.
Don’t forget this step by step guide will work only for the Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 that runs on Android Oreo; so, be careful and try not to mess things up.
How to Root Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 running on Android Oreo
Install TWRP Recovery
- The TWRP recovery file available for your Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 can be downloaded from here – save the custom recovery package on desktop.
- Next, set up the flashing program on your PC: download Odin from here and then run the downloaded file and follow on-screen prompts for resuming the installation process.
- Afterwards, switch off your handset, wait a few seconds and then enter download mode: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons.
- Run Odin on your computer and when done connect your Galaxy A7 with your PC via USB cable.
- Now, on the flashing program you should receive the ‘added’ message while the ID:COM field should be now colored in yellow or blue; if that’s not happening, on your computer reinstall your phone’s drivers and then retry.
- Good; now on Odin click on the AP button and select the TWRP recovery packages.
- The F. Reset option must be checked and the rest of fields shouldn’t (such as Auto Reboot or Re Partition).
- Click on Start and wait while the custom recovery image is installed on your Samsung Galaxy A7 2017.
- The process is completed when the ‘pass’ message is returned and when the ID:COM section is turned green. At that point you can unplug the USB cord and reboot your smartphone.
Enable Root Access
- On your computer download the other files that must be used during the root operation: the np-verity encryption disabler (from here), the rmm bypass file (from here) and the root exploit (from here).
- Save all these files on desktop.
- Power off your Galaxy A7 and wait a few moments; afterwards, reboot your Android device into recovery mode – press and hold Power, Volume Up and Home buttons.
- In recovery choose to make a full wipe: just select ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ and by ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
- Return to main menu of recovery and choose to reboot into Android Mode.
- Connect your Galaxy A7 with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- Transfer the downloaded files from desktop to your handset.
- Unplug the USB cord and go to recovery mode menu again.
- This time, in recovey tap on Install.
- Pick the RMM-Bypass package and flash it. Then, do the same thing and set ip the DM Verity disabled and the Magisk app.
- When done, go to main menu of recovery image and choose ‘reboot system now’.
- That’s it; root access is now granted on your Samsung Galaxy A7 2017.
Perfect; now TWRP recovery should run on your Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 and root priviledges should be also ensured. Thus, starting from now you can succesfully tweak your device for bumping speeds, upgrading general performance and improving battery power. Do tell how you plan to further customize and optimize your device by using the comments field from below. There also tell us how things worked while following the steps from above – if you encountered issues we will try to find the perfect troubleshooting solutions for you and we will update this tutorial accordingly.
The root status can be verified on your Galaxy A7 easily by using a dedicated app from Google Play – just download and run the Root Checker app. Anyway, that was all for today but stay close if you want to learn other similar Android related tips, tricks and tutorials – in that respect you can already take a look over our ‘how to’ section; enjoy.