The US version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 that runs on official Android Nougat firmware can now be successfully rooted. So, if you are currently running a carrier branded device (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile) you can safely unlock the Android core system by following the steps from down below. Do note that this can be a tricky process so make sure you read all the lines from this step by step guide before applying anything on your Samsung Galaxy S7.
Gaining root access on Android Nougat on the Snapdragon model of the Galaxy S7 is possible thanks to those of xda-developers. As you will see, for being able to successfully apply this root solution you will first have to flash an engineered boot image via Odin and afterwards flash the compatible SuperSU package. Of course, you have it all explained and detailed below so you have nothing to worry about.
With root access enabled you will be able to change / modify the stock Android Nougat firmware by your own taste. The Android OS will be therefore unlocked and you will gain an extended control over the built-in features, apps and capabilities. That’s why on a rooted Galaxy S7 you can complete different custom operations such as the following ones: remove bloatware and certain start-up programs, add custom kernels, flash custom ROMs and MODs, install a custom recovery image, overclock / undervolt CPU frequencies and lot more.
Gaining root access is not an official process as the unlock method is not supported by Samsung, Google or your carrier (this root solution can’t be associated in any manner with Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T or Sprint). However, Samsung KNOX won’t be tripped if you use the steps from below, though the warranty of your Samsung Galaxy S7 might still be lost. So, be careful when completing this tutorial and try not to mess things up – if problems are issued you might have to pay for the technical assistance if you choose to take your phone back to service; or you might just have to learn different manual troubleshoot solutions in order to fix the Android related malfunctions.
Moreover, by using the steps from below for gaining root access your data should remain safe and secured all the time. However, since we are talking about personal data, info, files and accounts, the best will be to make a backup process before doing anything else. On the Samsung Galaxy S7 that runs on Android Nougat OS is quite intuitive to save everything; all you have to do is to sync your data with your Google Account or to save your files by using built-in cloud storage platforms. In addition you can also go to Google Play and download tested backup and restore tools which can help you save personal and system files (like the EFS folder and the IMEI / NVRAM data).
Do note that on a rooted device you won’t be able to use Samsung Pay. Also, if the Android Nougat system is rooted you won’t be able to receive further OTAs and other similar Android notifications. Anyway, the root process is reversible – all you have to do for revoking root is to make a full wipe (a hard reset and clear app data cache) and to flash the stock Android OS manually, through Odin.
For completing this tutorial you will have to consider the following pre requisites:
- A Windows based computer is required; there you will install Odin and download the other required files.
- If you cannot complete the download procedures consider in temporarily turning off the antivirus protection that runs on your computer.
- On your computer install the Galaxy S7 USB Drivers before doing anything else; you can do so by using the Samsung KIES utility.
- On your phone make sure you have developer rights enabled; if you don’t, go to “menu - > settings - > about phone” and tap 7 times repeatedly on Built Number (until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed).
- Then, from Developer Options (access it from “menu - > settings”) check the USB Debugging field – otherwise you might have problems while trying to connect your handset with your computer.
- Charge your smartphone before resuming the steps from below; or at least make sure that there is enough power left – more than 50%.
- If the power is low your Galaxy S7 might get turned off, and soft bricked, during the root process, so be careful and try not to mess things up.
- Keep in mind that this root method works only for the Snapdragon model of the Samsung Galaxy S7 that runs on stock Android Nougat OS – so the steps from below are compatible with the Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint versions of the SGS7.
How to Root Samsung Galaxy S7 (Snapdragon models) on Android Nougat OS
- On your computer download the PrinceComsy modified Odin file – you can get it from here. Unzip the package and then install Odin on your computer by following on screen prompts.
- Then, download the engineered boot.tar package from this page. Save this file on desktop and unzip.
- Finally, download the SuperSU 2.79.bat file from here – also place this file on desktop and unzip it.
- Run Odin on your computer; then put your Galaxy S7 into download mode: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons at the same time for a few moments.
- Connect your handset with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- Odin should now recognize your phone – the “added” message should be displayed and the ID:COM field should be turned yellow or blue; if not, try to reinstall your phone’s drivers before repeating the steps from above.
- From Odin click on the AP field and load the boot.tar file (the engineered package). Make sure you don’t check the Auto Reboot and Re Partition options from Odin.
- Click on Start when ready. Wait until the flashing process is completed – on Odin you will see the “pass” message displayed and the ID:COM field which will now be turned green.
- Now, reboot your Galaxy S7 – keep it connected with your computer.
- From your computer open the folder where you extracted SuperSU and double click on the root.bat executable file.
- Your Samsung Galaxy S7 will be now automatically installed with SuperSU.
- That’s it; in the end you can enjoy your new root privileges.
Good job. Now you know how to root the AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint Samsung Galaxy S7 that runs on stock Android Nougat OS. Enjoy and stay close for further tutorials and Android related tricks and tips.