Since the Galaxy A9 Pro 2016 is still running on Android Nougat OS and since the Oreo update is currently nowhere to find, you might think in updating your smartphone with a custom ROM firmware. Well, in that matter you will first have to gain root access on your Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro. About the advantages of rooting the Android system we will discuss during the following lines where we will also check the risks implied, the essential pre-requisites and the actual rooting steps that must be followed in this situation.
Ensuring root is possible on almost all the Android based devices that are available on the market. However, for each smartphone or tablet you need to use specific root methods or else the Android system can get damaged. Well, in our case, this particular root solution should be applied only on the 2016 model of the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro that runs on stock Android Nougat OS. Be careful, and try not to mess things up from this perspective.
The root process will unlock the Android firmware that runs on your Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro. Shortly, you will be able to remove the factory / default restrictions. And, because of that you will afterwards be able to customize, optimize and personalize everything else. Of course, the goal is to improve the performance of your Android device, which can be done through different tweaks such as: installing custom ROMs based on Android 8.0 Oreo (like Linage OS, AOKP, Paranoid Android and so on), flash custom MODs and kernels, add custom features which cannot be found on the default Android system, overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies or remove bloatware.
For this root process you will have to flash SuperSU. So, a custom recovery image must run on your Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro. Therefore, before doing anything else, go ahead and flash TWRP recovery on your smartphone.
SuperSU is developed by third party devs and cannot be associated with Samsung. Unfortunately, Samsung KNOX will get tripped during the root process which means that you will most likely lose your phone’s warranty and that some built-in apps might not work correctly in the end. But, these are the risks that must be assumed in these kinds of situations.
Before applying the steps from this tutorial you need to backup your Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro. The backup will secure your personal files as everything that’s not there by default can get wiped out during the unlock procedure. Good; so take your time and apply your favorite backup and restore services in order to save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, the EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and more. Now, along with the general backup you should also secure the Android system and this can be done through a Nandroid backup procedure.
Gaining root is a manual operation. So, a computer is required and your phone and its USB cable should be near you all the time. On your smartphone you have to enable Developer rights – go to About Phone and start tapping on Built Number until you notice the ‘you are a developer’ message displayed (you will have to tap for 7 or 10 times). Then, from Developer Options (which is located under “menu - > settings”) you have to check the USB Debugging field.
Now, on your phone check the power that’s left. If there is not enough power (lower than 50%) your A9 Pro 2016 can get switched off in the middle of the root process. In that particular cause various software-related problems can cause malfunctions within the Android core system. So, for avoiding further unpleasant situations charge your handset before doing anything else, if that’s required.
How to Root Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016 on Android Nougat OS
- On your computer access this page. From there download the latest version of SuperSU.
- Save this root toolkit on desktop if that’s possible.
- Reboot recovery mode on your phone: switch off the Android system and then press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons.
- From recovery make a full wipe: choose “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition” and by “wipe dalvik cache”.
- Afterwards, go back to main menu of recovery and pick ‘reboot system now’.
- Connect your Galaxy A9 Pro with your computer and from desktop transfer the root exploit on your device.
- When done, remove the USB cable and power off your handset.
- Reboot recovery mode on your Android device again.
- From recovery tap on Install and pick the SuperSU package.
- Swipe and wait while the root file is being flashed.
- When done, go back to main menu of recovery and pick “reboot system now”.
- That should be all.
- If a boot loop is caused in the end, return to recovery and once more initiate the wipe. Then, reboot and enjoy.
There you go; root access is now ensured on the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016 that runs on stock Android Nougat OS. You can complete further tweaking processes now and you can choose to customize everything that’s installed on your smartphone. Do tell us how everything worked for you and stay close for similar Android related tips and tricks along with dedicated tutorials and step by step guides – you can easily talk with us through the comments field which is available below.